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The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus @ Birmingham Barfly – 17th May 2008

Queuing for gigs is always a tedious task, standing around for hours on end whilst the British weather does what it does best; rains. Doesn’t sound too appealing, does it? Ordinarily I dread queuing but this time is different. At around 6pm Elias Reidy (Red Jumpsuit Apparatus guitarist) comes outside and meets the fans. Having […]

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Pendulum @ The Custard Factory, Birmingham – 16th May 2008

Pendulum‘s sound has shifted a little for the new album, In Silico, and, from what I’ve heard, so has their fan base. They’ve taken on a rockier band-based sound, more akin to The Prodigy, and left some of their die-hard drum ‘n’ bass fans behind, while picking up new ones along the way – of […]

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The Madcaps + The Meaning + Death 05 + The Likely Lads @ Bar Academy 16th May 2008

When I arrived at the venue last night I was shocked, yet rather pleased, that the crowd barrier has literally been removed from Bar Academy….Oh yes! That irritating barrier has finally been removed and any band playing no longer has to look like a caged mammal. Only time will tell if the barrier will return […]

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Skindred @ Birmingham Academy 2 – 15th May 2008

It seems like Skindred have been on tour forever, popping up supporting a range of bands, from Gogol Bordello to Bullet For My Valentine. Tonight, however, the spotlight is solely on them. First though, Daywalkers have their turn, taking on a reasonably similar style to the headliners, although they lack the experience and impact of […]

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Cancer Bats + Johnny Truant + Hexes @ Birmingham Barfly – 13th May 2008

First up tonight are London boys Hexes who sound great when they really get going, but the vocals sound weak at times, lost in their mix of punk, hardcore and electro. With so much going on, their music provides plenty of diversity, but can be difficult to follow at times, the electronic backing behind ‘Kiss […]

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MGMT + Florence & The Machine @ Birmingham Academy 2 – 12th May 2008

Only one support act this evening. Usually I relish the time spent watching what could be the next big thing, but to be honest tonight, I’m really not that bothered. Wait a minute, I should be bothered because this girl Florence, well she’s pretty awesome. After seeing Florence and her “Machine” in Scruffy’s beforehand I […]

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The Wombats + Magic Wands + The Blakes @ Birmingham Academy – 10th May

Hot, sweaty, sweat, heat, dripping. HOT! Just a few words I feel sum up tonight’s show. But don’t let me give you the wrong impression. The night was an absolute success. First support act The Blakes take to the stage with a certain swagger. Consisting of brothers Snow and Garnet, and drummer Bob, The Blakes […]

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Colin MakIntyre + Red Light Company + This Love Affair + Pete Haywood @ Birmingham Barfly – 7th May

Being the largest of all the Barfly’s, the Birmingham venue (on this one of the warmest days of the year so far) boasted a welcome underground hub of which the outside sun could not penetrate. Unfortunately I arrived a little late, consequently missing the first support act of the evening Pete Haywood. But my mood […]

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Shawn Smith @ The Medicine Bar, Birmingham – 6th May 2008

The first thing I noticed about Shawn Smith, as he took to the intimate stage at Birmingham’s Medicine Bar last night, was how much he looked like a young Dr. John who had forgotten to have a haircut in the last ten years. To be honest, it was probably the hat that emphasised the comparison, […]

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Academy In The UK @ Birmingham Academy – 4th May 2008

Kicking off at 12:30pm, Academy in the UK didn’t seem as busy as usual this year, but seeing as it finished at 2am, it was still very early on this drizzly Sunday. Steve E Nix and The Cute Lepers kicked off the show; unfortunately not everyone had made it in before the set finished, the […]

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