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Mindless Self Indulgence + Templeton Pek @ Birmingham Academy – 25th April 2008

Less than a year ago, New York’s Mindless Self Indulgence were playing a far from sold out Wolverhampton Wulfrun, yet on this tour their sudden rise to fame sees them in front of a crowd of well over 2000. Their fans seem to be getting younger, probably due to their appearances in Kerrang and bassist, […]

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Björk @ Wolverhampton Civic Hall – 25th April 2008

From the light of the bar I pushed through the crowd in the darkened venue, trying to avoid standing on too many toes while my eyes adjusted. Leila was on stage rolling out punishing, glitchy, industrial rhythms; electronic swathes draped over breakbeats, punctured by the occasional snatch of recorded speech. It was an awesome way […]

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Opeth + Arch Enemy + Devildriver + 3 Inches Of Blood @ Birmingham Academy – 23rd April 2008

With tonight’s ‘Defenders of the Faith’ show boasting four great metal bands on the bill, the timing is tight, meaning 3 Inches of Blood are hitting the stage as the doors open. As the crowd run in, the band’s cries of ‘Get your asses in here’ are quickly obeyed as the room rapidly fills with […]

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Gogol Bordello @ Birmingham Academy – 22/04/08

I’ll admit it – I’m somewhat in love with Eugene, or at least what he represents. It’s my ulterior motive for going to a Bordello gig. The opportunity to see him prance about, unhinged and untamed. I find myself naively fantasising about the romance of a gypsy lifestyle, of having adventures in far eastern lands, […]

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We Are Scientists @ Birmingham Academy – 18th April 2008

For many bands, decent banter between songs at their gigs is a bonus and certainly not to be expected – it’s one thing to sit and craft a clever lyric, but a witty, off-the-cuff comment is a much trickier proposition. Not for We Are Scientists though, you get the impression that the banter is their […]

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Ocean Colour Scene @ Birmingham Town Hall – 17th April 2008

After forming in 2004, Twickenham boys Marner Brown are really boosting their career in the music business. Not only have they toured with the likes of The Feeling, Whitesnake, and Babyshambles but are now currently supporting one of the biggest Britpop bands ever; Ocean Colour Scene. Aesthetically, Marner Brown look incredibly rock ‘n’ roll, which […]

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The Madcaps + Against the Wheel @ The Sunflower Lounge – 16th April 2008

When I arrived at the Sunflower Lounge I went downstairs to the wee gig venue for my first time since visiting the bar. If you’ve not been there it’s small! Smaller than the Academy 2, perhaps half the size of the Glee Club. Certainly not the place you’d expect to house some fast paced rock […]

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The Long Blondes + XX Teens @ Birmingham Academy 2 – 15th April 2008

The first thing that occurred to me when I arrived halfway through XX Teens‘ set was that I’d walked into a reverse game of musical statues – the music was playing but everyone was very still, including the band. XX Teens played a set of mildly diverting avant-rock and, although the crowd watched politely and […]

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Portishead @ Wolverhampton Civic Hall – 13th April 2008

The last album of new material released by Portishead was in 1997, over 10 years ago, and at the latter end of trip hop’s popularity. Having been unable to see them on previous tours, I was excited about both the prospect of finally seeing them perform live, but also the treat of hearing tracks from […]

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Warrior Soul @ Dudley JB’s – 13th April 2008

Warrior Soul are like Marmite, you either really love them or your hate them. In all honesty, the majority of the population are in the latter category; however, I am one of the rare few that think they are fantastic. This ability to divide opinion means that Warrior Soul gigs tend to draw only avid, […]

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Album Review – Bloodhound “Fragile Skeleton”

Hailing from Hull and raised on Grunge, three-piece Bloodhound cite their influences from a dizzying array of sources: from Alice […]

Album Review – Ida Mae ‘Live in Memphis EP’

Live in Memphis is the follow up to Ida Mae’s debut studio album ‘Chasing Lights’ which has been nominated for […]

INME @ Redrum, Stafford 22nd January, 2020

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New Model Army @ o2 Institute, 10th January 2020

A somewhat delayed gig, due to illness, New Model Army finally played the second city to promote last years ‘From […]

Saving Grace + The Rails @ Town Hall, 22nd December 2019

And so, to the final gig of the year (for me) and come to that matter the final gig of […]

UB40 @ Arena Birmingham, 21st December 2019

All-time favourites and loved worldwide UB40 returned to Birmingham for their Christmas Hometown Show, bringing together people of all ages […]