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Barry Adamson – Interview

Over the last decade or so music has become simultaneously more superficial yet at the same time, if you want to look for it, more sophisticated.  Artists like Barry Adamson have tuned in to the 360 degree audio visual world and produced works that can be poppy and accessible whilst being at the same time […]

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Glass Mountain – Glacial CDEP

2016 has been an exciting year for the band Glass Mountain. In February they were asked to do their first gig supporting MARSICANS in Leeds. Accepting that they would need a second guitarist they quickly found a fourth member in Lewis, who, turning up for an initial jam session, caused them to realise that they […]

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Wolf Bites Boy – Family Isn’t Always Blood

Picking up this album by Wolf Bites Boy  after their recent very well received performance on the ‘new’ band stage at Rebellion Festival in Blackpool, I expected something good. Their live performance, so good as it was, meant that the merchandise stand outside the smallest of the festival stages struggled to keep up with demand. […]

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The Appleseed Cast @ The Rainbow, 19th June 2016

As the glorious British summer continues in fine form I make my way into Digbeth on a wet and dreary Sunday evening for what promises to be one hell of a night. Tonight The Rainbow plays host to Atlas:Empire, Kurt Travis, Listener and The Appleseed Cast which is one darn fine line-up if you ask […]

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Eagulls – Ullages

Often a band will look to drive home the advantage of an early success; keeping the ball rolling. They will approach the “difficult next album” scenario by giving us more of the same. In a move that cuts across the weave of the usual music industry approach, Eagulls have taken a deliberate pause for breath; […]

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The London Souls – Here Come the Girls

Some bands make great records, and some bands are great live; not often are they great at both.  This is because sometimes the qualities of a raw and edgy live performance cannot be captured in a studio; many times I have listened to a dull album and been told you have to see them live […]

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Killing Joke – Pylon

Every few years, with the state of Planet Earth sinking utterly beyond satire and parody in its Nineteen Eighty-Five-on-steroids ruination, a certain collective pauses to pass scathing comment upon it. This acidic dissent comes courtesy of Messrs Jaz Coleman, Martin ‘Youth’ Glover, Geordie Walker and Big Paul Ferguson, trading unclassifiable apocalyptic disco-metal as the legendary and […]

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Terry De Castro – You Can’t Separate Light

Sometime terms that are bandied around like indie, low-fi and the rest of the classifications thrown around by the pundits, do little to throw any light on the music they are meant to describe. But I’m going to succumb to this anyway because Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Terry De Castro has created a real mid-Atlantic “West […]

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Malpas – Rain River Sea

Malpas, aka songwriter Ali Forbes and producer Andy Savours, will release their début album ‘Rain River Sea’ on 27th July 2015 through Killing Moon Records. For Andy this is his first venture out from behind the mixing desk, having previously made records with artists including The Horrors, Sigur Ros and My Bloody Valentine.  The album has […]

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We Are The Ocean – Ark

With three years having passed since the release of Maybe Today Maybe Tomorrow, and the departure of singer Dan Brown, We Are The Ocean move further into area’s yet to be explored with new record Ark. Released through BMG Rights Management and being represented by a new management company, it feels like a clean slate […]

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Lloyd Cole @ The Assembly, Leamington Spa, 23rd March 2017

Looking out at a sea of Middle aged faces Lloyd Cole is still alive, in spite of what he says […]

Interview with The Loved and Lost

At Birmingham Live! we love to chat with local bands.  This time The Loved and Lost have taken up the […]

Emeli Sandé @ 02 Academy, 19th March, 2017

As bodies filed into the O2 Academy on a Sunday night, the temperature rose, and we all waited in anxious […]

Black Star Riders + Backyard Babies + Gun @ 02 Institute, 18th March, 2017

Birmingham Live’s Chris went to watch as Black Star Riders returned to Birmingham.  The queues are massive outside and partly […]

The Stranglers + Ruts DC @ 02 Academy, 18th March, 2017

If there were to be an atomic bomb, it’s a reasonable bet to suggest that cockroaches and the London Taxi […]

Monster Truck + The Picturebooks @ 02 Institute, 17th March, 2017

Our man Neale went out to see what the mighty Monster Truck would bring to a Friday night in Birmingham. […]