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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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Laura Marling @ The Glee Club – 5th March 2008

The Glee Club was humming when I arrived, most likely caused by a reportedly excellent set by Jay Jay Pistolet which I’d just missed. The merchandise table was certainly doing a brisk trade with his stack of 7″ promos disappearing quickly. “Very like Bright Eyes” was one approving verdict so I’d urge you to check […]

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The Murder Capital @Castle and Falcon, 12th October 2019

One of the albums of the year has been, in my opinion, ‘When I have fears’, by The Murder Capital. […]

The Divine Comedy + Man and the Echo @ O2 Institute, 11th October 2019

There’s a hint at the kind of show to expect from The Divine Comedy tonight when the stage is decked […]

Alice Cooper @ Resorts World 11th October 2019

The nights are drawing in, it’s getting cold and damp, approaching Halloween and so it’s apt ‘Ol’ Black eyes’ is […]

Richard Hawley + Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly @ o2 Institute, 10th October 2019

It’s been almost two decades since we were first blessed with the crooning voice and electrifying vintage guitar sounds of […]

Midge Ure @ Birmingham Town Hall, 7 October 2019

1980 turned out to be a pivotal year for pop music in the UK, as the punk scene faded and […]

Midge Ure plays the Town Hall on 7th October!

Midge Ure and Band Electronica bring The 1980 Tour to the Town Hall next Monday. This tour celebrates and revisits […]