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Dodgy @ Academy 2, Birmingham – 25th March 2008

Academy 2 is one of my favourite venues in brum. There are always a few things I can guarantee will happen. One, that there will be a good sound, two, a good crowd. Tonight was no exception to the rule. As soon as I arrived, promptly at 7.30, very early for me to arrive at […]

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Red Route + Matt Geary + Grand Union Revival + The Dead Fish @ The Barfly – 22nd March 2008

Ever been to a school reunion? Well, that’s kind of what I’d walked into tonight at the Barfly, with all the bands, bar one, being previous occupants of a local school. First up are The Dead Fish, unfortunately for them there wasn’t much of a crowd, at which the lead singer joked, “People at the […]

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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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Pagan @ The Flapper, 15 May 2019

Every now and then you see a band that is enjoyable for no clear reason other than the music is […]

Matthew and The Atlas for the Castle and Falcon on Saturday

The Birmingham Live team are all geared up for this one as Birmingham Promoters bring Matthew and the Atlas to […]

Download Festival, 14-16 June 2019

A countdown clock graces the upper right hand corner of Download’s main page signalling the double digit days till the […]

Micah Erenberg plays Coventry 23rd May

The Tin Music and Arts in Coventry, welcomes Micah Erenberg next Thursday (23rd May) and he’s one to see. Canadian […]

Hollywood Undead + Loathe @ Rock City, 3rd May 2019

Arriving into the venue to see Hollywood Undead tonight I noticed how busy it already was half an hour after […]

Papa Roach @ O2 Academy, 29th April 2019

The unpredictable, yet always charming Papa Roach take over O2 Academy Birmingham again, touring in support of their 10th studio […]