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Album Review – DMA’s – For Now

If you haven’t heard of DMA’s, then it won’t be long before you have. Their sophomore album “For Now” is set to be released on the 27th April and it is a record that is going to capture you almost immediately. The Sydney based trio have drawn references such as the Australian Oasis, and yes […]

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Album Review – Skull -Thoughts Of The Others

Skull are a four piece from Leeds releasing their debut album, Thoughts Of The Others, on the amusingly titled Shove It Up Your Cult Records. They are classed as alternative rock and on an initial listen their album is a modern twist on 90s alt rock reminding me of bands such as Gruntruck with a […]

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Nightmare Air – Fade Out

Time flies by in the wonderful world of the #realbirminghamlive and the appearance of the new album by Nightmare Air is testament to that. Some Mancunian bloke once wrote: the passing of time and all of its crimes is making me sad again. Not that I’m particularly sad, in general or about the release of Fade Out. […]

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Embrace New Album Review – Love is a Basic Need

Music should be a journey, an experience you can recall long after the last song has finished. It should take you somewhere and tell a story. It should have a start, a middle and an end and it should take you through a range of emotions. Embrace’s seventh studio album, ‘Love is a Basic Need’ […]

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Marsicans play The Sunflower Lounge 1st March, 2018

Indie pop band Marsicans create vividly coloured tunes that are mirrored by their electricly charged gigs. Typifying their sound with strong pop structures intermingled with rock and indie influences, Marsicans music is full of glee and spontaneity, musicianship that is poignantly perfected in its simplicity. While their songs are usually balls of energy new single […]

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Album Review Jeff Lynne’s ELO – Wembley Or Bust

Live albums can be a little hit or miss.  I guess this is because part of the thrill of a show is being there; listening to a recording in your living room is never going to recreate that atmosphere. There are however, some great live albums:  the live versions on Led Zeppelin’s “The Song Remains […]

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Brooke Bentham – “This Rapture” EP released 17 November

Before you read this and listen to Brooke Bentham’s latest release “This Rapture”, if you haven’t already I need you to listen to and buy her earlier ‘The Room Swayed’ ep from June… I’ll wait for you to do that ok…?  You might also want to read a review of that ep here (http://www.brumlive.com/brooke-bentham-room-swayed-ep/).  Don’t […]

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Morrissey – Low In High School LP

Some thirty years ago Morrissey famously sang about dead people who had “loves and hates, And passions just like mine”. These days even his most ardent fans seem to be questioning whether his current loves, hates, and passions belong six foot under, or if he has just appointed himself the agitator general; the embarrassing uncle […]

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Gregory Porter – Nat “King” Cole and Me, Album Review

Following a very successful career to date, some may ask why Gregory Porter has chosen to release a covers album, but not of various artists, just of the great Nat “King” Cole. These are certainly large shoes to fill, however, from the first listen it is cleary evident that the shoes are not only filled, […]

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JP Cooper – Raised Under Grey Skies

 2017 was the year of “September Song.” JP Cooper’s hit single was played on every radio station in seemingly every minute of the day, and very rightfully so. The up-tempo island pop is the perfect balance of carefree ease and good vibes that typify a summer tune. After a summer filled with festivals and shows, […]

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Mercury Rev @ Glee Club, 10 December 2018

Never has a venue and band been more perfectly suited than the Glee Club and Mercury Rev, particularly for this […]

Nightwish @ Arena Birmingham, 10th December 2018

Nightwish in Birmingham caused a flurry of excitement through the Birmingham Live team when the tour was announced.  Could they […]

Razorlight @ o2 Institute, 10th December 2018

Opening the latest Razorlight tour at the O2 Institute in Birmingham on Monday evening were Fetiche, a French rock band […]

808 State and Lone @ O2 Institute 8th December, 2018

When I found out that Mancunian acid house pioneers and legends 808 State were touring for their 30th anniversary, I […]

Buffalo Tom @ o2 Institute, 6th December 2018

I first came across Buffalo Tom in something like 1991 when a friend with exceptional knowledge of the music scene […]

The Cardigans @ O2 Academy, 6th December 2018

It’s twenty years since The Cardigans released Gran Turismo, the album that eradicated the kitsch indie pop that the band […]