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The Destroyers – Hole In The Universe

The Destroyers Hole In The Universe Prod. Gavin Monaghan/Louis Robinson Transition Records 2012 With this long awaited, exhaustively gestated debut album, Birmingham’s apocalyptically named, multi-membered ensemble, The Destroyers, head-butt down the doors of musical reactionism, give genre shibboleths a shafting and thoroughly blow wind to caution. It’s anarchy ok – but not as we previously […]

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Breton – Other People’s Problems

Breton – Other People’s Problems (Fatcat Records) Out Now Listen to this if you like these: LCD Soundsystem, Foals, Tom Vek, Burial, Friendly Fires I have no doubt that if you listen to this album you will be captivated from the very first few bars of the fantastic opening track Pacemaker right until the finale […]

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The Wedding Present – Valentina

With all the hullaballoo that comes with everyone’s favourite Indie band reforming to peddle their long forgotten seminal album about the place to keep the Taxman happy, it’s easy for the media to ignore the small group of bands who started out in the 1980s and in one way or another have just kept on […]

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Alex Butler – “Turn” EP

Describing himself as pop-ska-indie, Alex Butler enters the music business with a 4 track EP and the lead song Turn. Containing the imaginative lyric in the chorus, that goes something like: “Turn, turn, turn, turn, turn ‘til you see her” repeated not once or twice, but six times; six numbing times in a row… it […]

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Sharon Van Etten – “Tramp”

Sharon Van Etten is my big discovery of the year so far. She is an American singer-songwriter from New York and “Tramp” is her third album. She has been around for a while and one of her songs was even covered by Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and Aaron Dessner of The National. I first […]

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All the Saints – Intro To Fractions

At the end of the 1990’s, a band of young Scottish glam-art indie rockers called Dawn of the Replicants recorded some of the finest music of that decade. Fifteen years later and 4000 miles away across the Atlantic, Georgia band All the Saints release their second album “Intro To Fractions” that has more than a […]

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Emile Sande – Our Version Of Events

Have you ever waited so long for something, but not quiet sure how to react when you get it? This was the case with the eagerly anticipated album of Half Scottish, half Zambian medience graduate from Abberden Scotland. Emile Sande The album started with her notable first single “Heaven” then followed by “My Kind Of […]

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Ringo 2012

It is easy to approach a new album release by Ringo Starr as something of a none event, given that Ringo has not really produced anything remotely original since 1969, and even then he was playing a minor role in a groundbreaking quartet. But still, Ringo Starr survived being in the biggest band in pop […]

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Hippo Campus @ o2 Institute,18 February 2019

Since I last saw Hippo Campus play in Birmingham (supporting Modest Mouse in 2015), they have not returned to Birmingham, […]

Holy Holy – Tony Visconti and Woody Woodmansey @ Town Hall, 13 February 2019

When I last reviewed the Holy Holy show in 2015 link here I stated it was the best gig of the […]

Hanson @ Symphony Hall 11 February 2019

As someone who spent the 90’s making create-your-own Beatles scarves out of old curtains whilst my peers were crying over […]

Hoobastank + Buckcherry + Adelitas Way @ o2 Institute 10th February 2019

Tonight is bitterly cold again, no ice needed in our drinks, I’m not really sure what to be expecting from […]

Blue October play o2 Institute 22nd February

It has been a while but Blue October are returning to Birmingham later this month.  The Platinum-selling Texas-based band, are […]

The Murder Capital + The Cosmics + Bad Girlfriend @ Sunflower Lounge, 5th February 2019

The late pick-up on this gig combined with a very busy weekend meant that I was unprepared and unresearched for […]