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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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Korn + Flyleaf – 4th March – Wolverhampton Civic

It’s been a long tour for Korn, spanning the majority of 2008 so far with Deathstars and Flyleaf in tow. So it could be expected that tonight’s final show of the 34 date run may not see the bands performing at their best. Flyleaf quickly blow any such ideas away, with guitarist Pat Seals tearing […]

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Sum 41 + Reuben + Sound & Fury @ The Academy – 3rd March 2008

For a band who are yet to release a full length album, Sound And Fury receive an enthusiastic welcome from the young crowd. Their power chord packed rock n roll goes down well, but the atmosphere quickly evaporates as the set goes on. Although they are entertaining, the songs become repetitive having not heard them […]

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MUNA @ O2 Institute 3,4th December 2019

Having found and fallen in love with the band through social media, I have never met anyone in my life […]

Emeli Sandé + Ben Monteith @ Symphony Hall, 2 December 2019

British singer and songwriter Emeli Sandé took over the Symphony Hall on Monday as part of her “Real Life” UK […]

Billy Bragg @ O2 Institute 2, 1 December 2019

There are not many artists I have seen more than four times, Frank Black is one and Billy Bragg is […]

The Darkness @ o2 Academy, 1st December 2019

It’s icy and the roads are full of traffic; Christmas is coming and just to add more sparkle The Darkness […]

Glenn Hughes @ O2 Institute, 29th November 2019

It’s no coincidence that after two and a half years on the road playing the classic-era tracks from his former […]

Fat White Family @ O2 Institute 2, 28 November 2019

I wanted to simply write “Wow!” for this review and end it there because this was a fitting way to […]