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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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Angels & Airwaves + YouMeAtSix @ Birmingham Academy – 12th April 2008

YouMeAtSix have made quite a name for themselves over the last year, their recent support slot with The Audition receiving more of a reaction than the headliners. Tonight however the crowd seem a little less excited, maybe due to the fact that the Angels & Airwaves fans are not necessarily the same pop punk lovers […]

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Supergrass @ Birmingham Academy – 11th April 2008

Gaz Coombes is one cool dude. It’s official. He entered the packed Birmingham Academy Friday night donning a Panamanian Farmers hat and a waistcoat that Steve Davies would be proud of – attire that would leave rest of us looking like we’ve been dressed by a charity shop – and carried it off with aplomb. […]

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The Tunics @ Birmingham Barfly – 11th April 2008

The Tunics are a band from Croydon who really do their local tourist information centre no favours. With lyrics often centering on knife crime, mugging and general thuggishness juxtaposed with the occasional subtle love song there is a slight bitterness to their upbeat, fast paced songs. The band open with the distortion tinged Ballad of […]

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The Gutter Twins @ Birmingham Glee Club – 9th April 2008

There is no support for tonight’s gig, which makes waiting for The Gutter Twins all the more frustrating. Heightened by the lights being dimmed ridiculously early, there is a distinct air of impatience, smell of sweat and vast amounts of “for fuck’s sake”. The Gutter Twins are led by two of Sub Pop’s most enigmatic […]

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KT Tunstall @ Wolverhampton Civic Hall – 9th April 2008

KT Tunstall’s first album ‘Eye to the Telescope’ sold more than 4 million copies and her follow up ‘Drastic Fantastic’ also went ‘stratospheric’ according to journalists. However, tonight is a chance to see whether KT lives up to her commercial appeal and is a credible act live. The audience in attendance was typically varied – […]

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Editors + Whispering Sons @ Arena Birmingham 27th February 2020

It made a nice change to go to a gig and not get battered about on the way there by […]

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The 1975 @ Arena Birmingham, 25th February 2020.

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The Murder Capital + Egyptian Blue + Unorthodox Coolock @ O2 Institute 24th Feb 2020

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Palaye Royale @ KK’s Steel Mill Wolverhampton 23rd February 2020

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Album Review Humanist – Humanist

Rob Marshall, one time sonic backbone of the stupendous Exit Calm, has surfaced under the pseudonym Humanist. I could cut […]