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Album Review – The Twilight Sad – Nobody Wants To Be Here and Nobody Wants To Leave

Similar, but definitely not the same. That phrase can be applied to every performance by The Twilight Sad that I have had the pleasure to experience and on hearing this, their fourth album; I can confirm that it continues to apply to their recorded output as well. The “folk with layers of noise” description that […]

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Elephant Stone – The Three Poisons – Album Review

For various reasons, Canadian bands including The Besnard Lakes and The High Dials have been very much in the eye line of Birmingham Live over the past few weeks. In late September we reviewed Elephant Stone supporting Sleepy Sun at the Oobleck. Elephant Stone is a Canadian indie rock band, fronted by Rishi Dhir (formerly […]

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Meshuggah – The Ophidian Trek – Review

Meshuggah return with a retrospective offering covering their past twenty five years. It’s impossible to try to describe them, but they are loud, heavy and offer a power of force than no-one can match. With tracks from their Koloss and ObZen albums this is a superb introduction for those who’ve not yet had the pleasure, […]

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Whitechapel – Our Endless War – Album Review

Deathcore was never a genre meant for the mainstream but if one band can take this extreme music to the masses in 2014 it’s Knoxville, Tennessee sextet, Whitechapel. Their fifth full length album, Our Endless War, sees the band taking their sound in more varied directions without losing any of the brutal energy of its […]

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Chuck Ragan – Till Midnight – Album Review

Chuck Ragan’s fans have had to wait three years for Till Midnight, which is Chuck’s fourth solo release on SideOneDummy. 2011’s Covering Ground was highly acclaimed and to date is my personal favourite Ragan offering. Till Midnight therefore has a lot to live up to. Chuck’s glorious gravelly tone is superlative and always compelling to […]

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Album Review – Transgender Dysphoria Blues – Against Me!

Since Against Me! frontman Tom Gabel stepped out on stage as Laura Jane Grace their new album has been something of a revelation for rock fans and a turning point for the band for a number of reasons. First of all, let’s get the elephant in the room out in the open. This album eloquently […]

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Electric Swing Circus – Electric Swing Circus, released on Ragtime Records 22nd July 2013

After building an enthusiastic Birmingham based fan base via their regular club night ‘Hot Club De Swing’, this summer the Electric Swing Circus have been let loose on the road, hitting festival after festival to wild acclaim, with the likes of Fieldview and Shambala to come. Now – finally – we are treated to a […]

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Album Review – High In The Lasers by Nightmare Air

It can be a tricky job to review the familiar, and anyone who has come into contact with Nightmare Air, guitarist Dave Dupuis, or his previous band Film School, over the past few years will know that a couple of the tunes on High In The Lasers have been around for a while. However, the […]

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Album Review – Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones by Black Veil Brides

Black Veil Brides are back with their third studio album: Wretched and Divine:The Story of The Wild Ones. With glam rock overtones, and makeup to make KISS jealous, Black Veil Brides split opinions. They are indeed loved and loathed in equal measure. Their previous releases gave us radio savvy pop-rock tracks. Maybe for the older […]

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Album Review – Believe Acoustic by Justin Bieber

Canadian pop sensation Justin Bieber is a megastar, it has to be said! With 15 million album sales behind him, 33 million followers on Twitter and Forbes’ third most powerful celebrity in the world he’s on the rise to stardom on a continual basis. The release of his third studio album Believe in 2012 cemented […]

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Help needed regarding the forthcoming official documentary about Norwegian band JR Ewing

Do you remember punk/hardcore band JR Ewing?  An official documentary is being worked on and the filmakers are looking for […]

Killing Joke @ KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton 8 August, 2019

30 years is a buggeringly long time for any musical act to keep itself from splitting or killing each other. […]

Lime Cordiale @O2 Academy, 31 July 2019

Coming all the way from Sydney, Lime Cordiale took a break from the non-stop touring around Australia and New Zealand. […]

Inner City Live with Doves + Johnny Marr + The Coral + The Twang

Half way through Doves’ set at Inner City Live, Jimi Goodwin surveyed the soggy crowd in front of him and […]

Inner City Live with DOVES and Johnny Marr 28th July 2019

DOVES are playing at Perry Park this Sunday (28th July) with Johnny Marr, The Coral  and The Twang in support for Innercity Live! One […]

LiveLoudCov Summer Showcase @ Square One, Coventry 20 July, 2019

On Friday July 20th, Square One opened its doors to six up-and-coming Midlands-based bands as LiveLoudCov put on their second […]