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EP Review – Nothing Is Nothing – Alcuna Wilds

British Dutch atmospheric trip rock band Alcuna Wilds create massive records that undulate with transfixing tempos and melodic lyrics. Intermixing a slew of sonic elements including ambient breathy synths, sombre vocals and rock tinged drum patterns each song is a layering of sound that is simple yet complex. Released on 25th January Nothing Is Nothing […]

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Album Review – The Twilight Sad – It Won/t Be Like This All The Time

So, rumours of The Twilight Sad producing an album containing eleven versions of  “The Love Cats” have proved to be wide of the mark. OK so this is a bit tongue in cheek but my, don’t people like to moan? Social media has been full of experts defining a new scientific paradigm; Schrodinger’s band. The […]

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Gregory Porter – One Night Only: Live at the Royal Albert Hall, album review

One Night Only: Live at the Royal Albert Hall is the latest release from Gregory Porter, on Decca Records. Recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall earlier this year, it is his first live release and it confirms why he is one of the best vocalists of his generation. His vocals are effortless and the […]

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Novo Amor – new album ‘Birthplace’

On first listening to Ali Lacey’s debut solo record ‘Birthplace’ (under the name Novo Amor), I was transported back to when I saw Sufjan Stevens play live, supporting Rosie Thomas in 2004 at Birmingham’s Glee Club.  Not just because of the musical similarities with Stevens’ albums from that time, but because of the way I […]

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Album Review – Tom Odell, Jubilee Road

Strikingly honest and soulful singer songwriter Tom Odell has made a career of combining heart wrenching lyrical content with intricately laid instrumentals. Over his two releases, 2013 Long Way Down and 2016 Wrong Crowd, Odell has masterfully crafted hit after hit, propelling him to sold out stages around the world. While the fame may have […]

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Album Review – Alt-J REDUXER

What is happening? It is my first thought when I open the new Alt-J project REDUXER. Expecting the indie transcendence that has come to typify Alt-J my brain was immediately bombarded by in your face urban tinged explosion, an intoxicating mixture of genre splicing that literally stops my breath. A reinterpretation of previous album RELAXER, […]

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The Blinders – “Columbia” Debut album released 21 September 2018

‘Columbia’ by The Blinders is a very exciting debut.  I’ve got a lot to say about this so I will endeavour to guide you while I meander down a trail of highly charged emotions.  This is in part due to the feeling you get when you watch a great band over a period of 18 […]

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Album Review – Bananarama Live at the London Eventim Hammersmith Apollo

Bananarama surprised many fans when the original line up announced they were going on tour at the end of 2017. I was one of the fortunate who reviewed this reunion and their latest album captures one of the dates from this tour. Recorded on 29th November at the London Eventim Hammersmith Apollo, Bananarama prove their […]

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Album Review Pale Waves – My Mind Makes Noises

It’s been a massive summer for rising phenomenon Pale Waves. The band has found themselves on major festival stages around the world including spotlights at Barn on the Farm, Reading and Leeds, Summer Sonic and Lollapalooza, merely warm-up gigs for their insanely massive headlining tour coming in the next few months including a late September […]

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Album Review Gabrielle – Under My Skin

I have always felt there is an honesty and humanity in Gabrielle’s work that makes it stand out from the manufactured pop that floods the airwaves.  It has been a bright light twinkling in a sea of mediocrity for the last three decades.  Gabrielle also is an artist who doesn’t feel like she needs to […]

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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 […]