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Velvet Revolver @ Wolverhampton Civic Hall – 22nd March 2008

It was only two nights ago at the Glasgow Carling Academy that Scott Weiland decided to announce that this would be the last Velvet Revolver tour. Apparently the rest of the band were as surprised as the fans and some “on-stage bickering” flared up. There’s been no official news thus far but judging by the […]

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Breed 77 + Panic Cell + Last Stop China Town + Forever Never @ Barfly – March 19th

‘Tonight you’ve seen the British metal scene’ yells Breed 77’s Paul Isola, and from what we’ve seen tonight, British metal is still at its best. From promising newer bands to the well established headliners, the line up represents what music in this country has to offer for those who like their bands brutal. Forever Never […]

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Infadels @ Birmingham Barfly, 16 March 2008

It speaks well of a band when, with the venue just over half full, the band’s appearance causes everyone in the crowd to huddle down the front with not a single straggler left propping up the walls. Before being assigned to cover this gig I knew two things about The Infadels – their dance/rock songs […]

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Gallhammer @ Birmingham Barfly – March 15th 2008

Japan – the home of Hello Kitty and all things super-cute. Until now! Say hello to three lovely ladies from Tokyo who are taking the world of metal by storm while at the same time bringing an altogether blacker view of what the land of the rising sun has to offer. Gallhammer’s sound is so […]

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Himsa @ Birmingham Barfly – 14th March 2008

If there’s one thing you could never accuse Seattle five-piece Himsa of it’s giving less than 100% when they play live. Vocalist Johnny Pettibone seems less comfortable on stage than he is lurching over the front row and trying to make friends with every person he can reach. Meanwhile, on stage, his cohorts whip up […]

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The Futureheads @ The Barfly – 11th March 2008

Leaving their pens, promo pics and acoustic guitars at HMV, the Futureheads are at the Barfly tonight for a gig hosted by Kerrang! Radio‘s Emma Scott, to show us that what doesn’t kill your music career only makes you stronger. Go:Audio kick things off tonight with their synth-powered pop-punk and do a pretty good job […]

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Panic At The Disco @ The Academy – 9th March

Back in 2006, the buzz surrounding Las Vegas boys Panic At The Disco was unbelievable, their debut album dramatically outselling that of The Academy Is.., the band they were supporting on tour at the time. By now, the hype may have died down, but for the 3000 fans packed into the Academy tonight, many of […]

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Jack Penate @ Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall – 7th March 2008

Picture a cross between Bambi on Ice, Rag Dolly Anna, and the bendy-est most supple Yogi you’ve seen and you’re somewhere approaching the song-mister Jack Penate. Or, to put it another way – Using breakfast TV analogies of yesteryear – he’s a slightly cooler cross between Mr Motivator and the Green Goddess. I think you […]

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Envy & Other Sins @ Bar Academy – 7 March 2008

You may remember MobileAct Unsigned as T4’s awful indie-X-Factor show with an amusing twist. The twist being that it managed to be more embarrassing for the presenters (hello Alex James, Jo Whiley and Simon Gavin) than for the acts involved. The eventual winners were the Birmingham-based Envy & Other Sins; a likeable quartet of Victoriana-clad […]

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The Levellers + Alabama 3 + 3 Daft Monkeys @ Wolverhampton Civic Hall

Opening this, the second show of The Levellers twentieth anniversary tour, were Cornish three piece 3 Daft Monkeys. Hailing from the southern region of England, this female fronted folk band owned the crowd tonight with their Celtic rhythms, gypsy beats and folk/punk reggae vocals coming from both Tim Ashton and Athene Roberts. Funky bass lines […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Rival Sons @ o2 Academy, 5th February 2019

Mixing a little California cool with a little Nashville edge, hard rock band Rival Sons is an amalgamation of style […]

Enter Shikari @ o2 Academy, 1 February 2019

What’s the best thing for a band to do between albums and tours? While this may be influenced by their […]