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Pixies new album ‘Beneath The Eyrie’

It’s funny that after a band splits up and potentially will not make any more music, they are made into gods, and worshipped and mourned.  Their original albums become almost legendary, bordering on attaining a mythological status, and are played endlessly becoming more beloved with each passing year… and then two decades go by and […]

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Album Review – New Model Army “From Here”

For a band approaching 39 years, New Model Army continue to be prolific, not only live but by their studio output. From Here is their latest studio album, and it has all the hallmarks of what we’ve come to expect and love, gentle acoustics, pounding tribal drums and thought-provoking lyrics offering a commentary of the […]

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Album Review – Babybird “Photosynthesis”

It is strange when you read articles about Stephen Jones, in which he is made notable for having built up a mass of recordings either officially released or self-released (and not including hours of unreleased material), when he is one of many artists (me included) for whom this is true.  When you look at the […]

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Album Review- The Membranes, “What Nature Gives…. Nature Takes Away”

Never having been a band that have gripped me in the live arena, much preferring the Punk gospel of John Robb’s other band, Goldblade, I approached The Membranes newest album What Nature Gives…Nature Takes Away with trepidation. It isn’t anything specific that causes me to be unmoved when watching them live; they have charisma, the tunes, […]

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Album Review – “ACR:box” by A CERTAIN RATIO

The reissuing of their entire catalogue, releasing new pieces, and releasing this singles retrospective which includes 20 unreleased demos, remixes and unfinished pieces, sees a welcome resurgence in ACR.  Now on MUTE with their previous label mates, New Order, there feels to be a renewed interest in all things electro, 80s and Mancunian. As new […]

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Album Review – Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, End of Suffering

Let me start with a confession. I had little idea who Frank Carter was before listening to this album. I keep being told that I’ll love his band. The word is that they’re crazy live and great Punk Rock. A quick bit of research and I realise that Frank Carter was the lead singer with […]

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Album Review – The Very Best of Newton Faulkner….So Far

Sit back, relax and immerse yourself with this best of album, which is as relaxing as a candlit bath. Newton Faulkner has been around far longer than many of us realise.  He has busily created tunes which combine intriguing guitar work, rhythmic style and that surprising vocal range.  These abilities differentiate him from the “nice […]

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Album Review – The Japanese House – Good At Falling

British alternative indie pop band The Japanese House brilliantly string together synth charged energetic vibes with reflective indie oriented lyrics, creating record after record of sweet melodic music. Newest record, Good at Falling, springs to market 1 March. The album is filled with brilliant moments of sound and stillness, a cacophony of progressive sound that […]

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The Cardigans back catalogue remastered on vinyl

The Cardigans back catalogue remastered on vinyl In a fit of almost masochistic folly, The Cardigans released their debut album ‘Emmerdale’, into the UK music scene at the height of what was to become Britpop and during an overwhelming frenzy of lager and ladism.  In 1994 the world was not waiting for a soft and […]

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The Pack – ‘Dead Ronin’ vinyl release

When I first heard Theatre of Hate in 1980, they seemed to appear from nowhere.  Nobody sounded like Theatre of Hate then and no one ever did after.  However, Theatre of Hate did not spring up from nothing.  I found out much later that before Theatre of Hate was The Pack.  When I interviewed Kirk […]

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Liam Gallagher @ Arena Birmingham, 12 November 2019

Bucket hats, Beer and Blokes. If there’s ever an artist that has an immediately recognisable and stereotypical fan-base it’s Liam […]

Lighthouse Family @ Symphony Hall, 11 November 2019

After an 18-year album hiatus, 90’s band Lighthouse Family are back on tour showcasing their new album Blue Sky in […]

Loyle Carner @ o2 Institute 9 November 2019

  Loyle Carner’s latest album goes by the name of ‘Not Waving, But Drowning’ – but right now he is […]

Larkins @ The Sunflower Lounge 6th November 2019

A sold out show at The Sunflower Lounge is always the sign of an artiste clearly on an upward trajectory, […]

Bears Den @ o2 Institute 4 November 2019

Is it irony or just filthy karma when your support band is called Flyte and they miss their flight..? Whatever fates purpose, Christoph […]

Catfish & the Bottlemen @ Birmingham Arena 4 November 2019

I have to admit that having seen Catfish play twice before (at the Institute and then the Academy in 2015 […]