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Album Review – Psychedelic Pill by Neil Young & Crazy Horse

  Before I start this review, let me establish that I have been a big-time Neil Young fan since 1970, when I bought the classic ‘After the Gold Rush’ album by mail order from Richard Branson’s then fledgling Virgin Records. Since then I’ve bought a shedload of Young’s albums. Like many great artists and bands […]

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Album Review – Toy Self Titled

The eponymous first album by Toy has been around for a few months now and has appeared in most of the ‘top albums’ of the year lists, in music magazines and newspapers. Being a sucker for good guitar bands, for me, this really was one of the top five albums of 2012. Over the years, […]

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Album Review – Django Unchained OST

Quentin Tarantino has just released one of the most hotly anticipated films of the year Django Unchained with a star studded cast. A very controversial film about slavery set in the American deep south in 1859, which has sparked a lot of debate in the United States. This has even lead to him being called […]

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Album Review – Anthems by Pure Love

In July 2011, Frank Carter announced his departure from hardcore punk outfit Gallows to pursue a different band entitled Pure Love. Veering more towards the alternative rock side of proceedings, it gave Frank a chance to demonstrate his talents as a singer, whilst still proving to be the incredible front man he always has been. […]

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Killing Joke – MMXII

Having released the acclaimed ‘Absolute Dissent’ in 2010, Killing Joke release this latest album at just the right time. For over 30 years Killing Joke have been assaulting and pounding ears and the recent re-forming of Jaz, Youth, Paul and Geordie could not have come at a better time with charts full of manufactured pap […]

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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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Nick Cave @ Symphony Hall, 17th June 2019

As a man of a certain vintage, I still go to gigs feeling like a youngster. Rarely am I out […]

Foals @ Digbeth Arena, 16 June 2019

For two nights in a row Digbeth Arena was packed with fans ready to witness one of the finest live […]

Taking Back Sunday @ Birmingham O2 Institute, 13 June 2019

With an extensive tour to celebrate twenty years as a band, New York emo-pop band Taking Back Sunday are feeling […]

10 Unmissable Acts at Barn on the Farm 2019

With the ten year anniversary approaching, Barn on the Farm celebrates the momentous occasion with an epic line-up that intertwines […]

Wallows @ O2 Institute, 10 June 2019

American indie post-punk rock band Wallows haven’t been around for long, but their lack of years has not stopped them […]

Villagers & Pat Dam Smyth @ Hare and Hounds, 9 June 2019

Every once in a while you see a performance by a band that makes you re-evaluate their entire back catalogue. […]