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Murcof @ The Hare and Hounds, Kings Heath – 16th November 2008

The Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath is a great venue: I sound surprised because it has been a while since I ventured this far from my Audnam cottage and the last time I walked by, it looked rather shabby. It had a good history of supporting local talent (I should know, I played there […]

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Ida Maria + VV Brown + Birdpen @ Birmingham Barfly – 15th November 2008

BirdPen opened the evening by flitting between gentle vocals and ominous noise with heavy beats. They were reasonable opening-act fare, but I’m not sure cranking the volume up to distortion levels will have improved their sound. Whatever, they didn’t deserve the hand signals waved at them by one guy leaning against the barrier. VV Brown […]

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Ladytron @ Coventry Kasbah – 15th November 2008

As one of the pioneers of the Electronic-Rock movement in 2001, Ladytron have enjoyed a massive cult following that seems to grow each year, spurred on by a string of famous fans such as Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor. Ladytron are renowned for their live performances utilising antique synths that create their warm and mechanical […]

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Fat Freddy’s Drop @ Birmingham Academy – 14th November 2008

For those that don’t know, Fat Freddy’s Drop are massive in their home country of New Zealand where their single ‘Wandering Eye’ camped in the charts for 17 weeks. Not bad for a band specialising in dub, reggae and soul. They don’t have quite the same profile over here but there were enough fans in […]

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Bullet For My Valentine + Lacuna Coil + Bleeding Through + Black Tide @ Birmingham Academy – 12th November 2008

The evening started out with new metallers on the scene, Black Tide. These guys were amazing taking into consideration that their ages range from 15-19. These energetic youngsters only had half an hour on stage, but in this very short time they put on an amazing light show with some good guitar solos and they […]

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Alter Bridge + Logan @ Wolverhampton Civic Hall – 11th November 2008

The Alter Bridge story so far has been one of great success; two critically acclaimed albums and a touring schedule that has seen them win fans the world over, as well as turn them into one of the finest live rock bands you could ever wish to see. Even better, they love it here in […]

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Noah And The Whale @ Birmingham Glee Club – 11 November 2008

Looking and sounding as if Juno’s Michael Cera was a formative influence, Planet Earth are two young lads playing quirky, personal guitar music. There wasn’t much polish to their act, but then they had enough charm to see them through, even if many in the crowd preferred to chat near the bar. Sleeping States managed […]

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Youthmovies + Adam Gnade @ Birmingham Bar Academy – 11th November 2008

So, there’s only 12 people actually watching him but Adam Gnade really doesn’t seem fazed by it. He just dishes out his lo-fi Moldy Peaches folk, picking away at his 4-string guitar and throwing in a Johnny Cash ‘When The Man Comes Around’ interlude hand-in-hand with his mid-west Americana musings. It’s a much more attractive […]

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Okkervil River + Mr Bones and the Dreamers @ Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall – 10th November 2008

Wolverhampton City Centre is heaving tonight.  The car parks are full, the ring road is a mass of cars, all crawling to the Civic Centre.  The cars stop outside the Civic Hall, drop the kids off and then disappear:  posh-pretty pop boys The Feeling are playing the Civic and they are cashing in on the […]

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Less Than Jake + Pepper + Beat Union + Imperial Leisure @ Birmingham Academy – 9th November 2008

I was really shocked to see the size of the queue in to the Academy tonight. Not because the bands were crap but because it was a Sunday night, and it was raining that hard it was like monsoon season on this cold night in Brum. According to the touts, some people had been queuing […]

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Album Review – The Twilight Sad – It Won/t Be Like This All The Time

So, rumours of The Twilight Sad producing an album containing eleven versions of  “The Love Cats” have proved to be […]

Alcuna Wilds + The Courtesy Group for Actress and Bishop

January 31st see the return to the UK of Dutch/UK Trip-Rock band ALCUNA WILDS, much likened to Portishead, who we […]

Clutch @ o2 Academy, 22nd December 2018

Thank the lawd it’s not snowing. Having had numerous wintertime gigs nobbled by the road-wrecking sky-dandruff several times before, I […]

Nile Rodgers and CHIC @ Arena Birmingham, 16 December 2018

Having sold more than 500 million records in his time, there are few musicians on the planet to have achieved […]

Madness @ Arena Birmingham, 15 December 2018

Formed in 1976 Madness have survived a break up, a change of direction and a Margaret Thatcher inspired sitcom written […]

Bury Tomorrow +36 Crazyfists + Cane Hill @ o2 Institute, 12 December 2018

Cane Hill came onstage to an already packed out 02 Institute main room; the largely mixed demographic audience arriving early […]