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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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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 […]