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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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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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Album Review – Nathaniel Rateliff ‘And It’s Still Alright’

‘And It’s Still Alright’ presents Nathaniel Rateliff’s return to his solo career following the release of two LPs as Nathaniel […]

Inhaler @ O2 Academy 2, 13th February 2020.

It’s difficult at this stage in their career for Dublin newcomers Inhaler to be judged away from the umbrella of […]

Steel Panther & Wayward Sons @o2 Academy 8th February 2020

Opening up this evening Wayward Sons a band who isn’t shy of touring with many major rock bands. We last […]

Smoke Fairies @ The Sunflower Lounge, 7th February 2020

The venue fills up early on in the evening in preparation for John J Presley ‘s support slot.  He has […]

Bombay Bicycle Club @ o2 Academy 31st January, 2020

Formed in the mid 2000’s, Bombay Bicycle Club released four full length albums before taking a hiatus in 2016, reforming […]

Jonas Brothers @ Arena Birmingham, 29th January 2020

The Jonas Brothers have come a long way from being a Disney boy band many years ago. After 10 years […]