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Jimmy Eat World @ Birmingham Academy – 19th February 2008

Jimmy Eat World singer Jim Adkins is not your typical frontman of a multi-platinum selling punk rock band. If you didn’t know better you’d happily believe him if he told you he were a teacher or a solicitor. And yet here he is on stage at the Academy in front of 3000 adoring fans with […]

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Gallows @ Birmingham Academy – 16th February 2008

Frank Carter can rail all he likes against fans making idols of bands but if he’s a subject of adulation it’s no doubt a result of his thrillingly visceral and menacingly charismatic performances. If there’s a single reason why Gallows have been embraced (if a little cautiously) by mainstream indie and won plays on Radio […]

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Kaiser Chiefs @ Birmingham Barfly – 15th February 2008

After two massive albums and a fairly meteoric rise to the realms of indie superstars, Kaiser Chiefs are more often than not found parading around stadiums or headlining festivals before a cast of thousands. So it’s surprising to find them performing to a few hundred punters down at Birmingham’s Barfly on a Friday night in […]

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Bullet For My Valentine @ Wolves Civic Hall 1/2/08

Within 60 seconds of hitting the stage, the sold out Civic Hall is a sea of bodies jumping and punching the air, every face fixed on a band who know exactly how to work a room while throwing down monstrous riffs and thundering beats. This, however is not the headlining act. It’s only 7:30 and […]

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Baroness, Kylesa & Taint – Birmingham Medicine Bar 29/1/08

If there were any doubt as to where tonight’s Capsule gig was being held, the rattling shutters of the Medicine Bar might just give the game away! South Wales three-piece Taint certainly know how to make a big noise and their heavy groove has set things off nicely. Paying tribute to the home of Black […]

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Stars @ Birmingham Barfly – 28/01/08

Much has been made about the thriving Montreal music scene of late but in truth only The Arcade Fire have made any real major impact on an international level. Fellow Quebecors, Stars have slowly but surely been building a following in the UK since their second album “Set Yourself On Fire” and accompanying single “Ageless […]

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The Twang @ Birmingham Academy 20/12/07

It’s a year to the day since The Twang played at Birmingham’s Academy 2 and they were tagged as being a band “who look most likely to be one of the major players in 2007”. Twelve months later and what a year it’s been for this Birmingham five-piece! A major highlight on the festival circuit, […]

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Job For A Cowboy + The Black Dahlia Murder + The Red Chord @ Academy 2 Birmingham

17th December 2007 The cheap and tacky Christmas decorations adorning the bars of Academy 2 could not look more out of place considering the bands on tonight’s bill. There’s little trace of Christmas cheer in the lyrics of three of the finest purveyors of death metal on the planet. Indeed, such is the calibre of […]

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King Of Leon @ Birmingham NIA

December 10th 2007 Those of us not fortunate enough to be at the historic Led Zeppelin gig were at lease fortunate enough to have a spare evening to enjoy the Kings of Leon. Sadly, gone are the days when a KOL gig was for over 18’s only. This gig seemed to be for anyone aged […]

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Holy Ghost Revival @ Bar Academy

3rd December 2007 Monday night in Birmingham and 3000 people are crammed into the Academy to watch Queens Of The Stone Age plough through a set of psychedelic stoner rock while a few metres away in the bar next door just fifteen lucky punters get to witness one of the most entertaining and somewhat risky […]

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Album Review – New Model Army “From Here”

For a band approaching 39 years, New Model Army continue to be prolific, not only live but by their studio […]

Album Review – Babybird “Photosynthesis”

It is strange when you read articles about Stephen Jones, in which he is made notable for having built up […]

Help needed regarding the forthcoming official documentary about Norwegian band JR Ewing

Do you remember punk/hardcore band JR Ewing?  An official documentary is being worked on and the filmakers are looking for […]

Killing Joke @ KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton 8 August, 2019

30 years is a buggeringly long time for any musical act to keep itself from splitting or killing each other. […]

Lime Cordiale @O2 Academy, 31 July 2019

Coming all the way from Sydney, Lime Cordiale took a break from the non-stop touring around Australia and New Zealand. […]

Inner City Live with Doves + Johnny Marr + The Coral + The Twang

Half way through Doves’ set at Inner City Live, Jimi Goodwin surveyed the soggy crowd in front of him and […]