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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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Miss Conduct + Over And Out @ Birmingham Bar Academy – 4t March 2008

A cold March night in the centre of Birmingham, I decided to have a cigarette outside before venturing into the Bar Academy. People start trickling in about half seven, so I decide to join. Sat at the back of the room looking at the empty stage, I see members of Miss Conduct walking around and […]

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Kate Nash + Black Kids @ Wolverhampton Civic – 1st March 2008

It’s been quite a week for Kate Nash. Not only was she awarded a Brit for best British female, but she also beat Amy Winehouse to the NME Best Solo Artist. So it was a packed Wolverhampton Civic hall that greeted Miss Nash on Saturday night. But first the support act – Black Kids – […]

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Editors @ Birmingham NIA – 29th February 2008

Tonight was a truly special moment in Editors’ career so far, as singer Tom Smith put it, “this is the biggest thing we’ve ever done and its amazing that’s it’s just a stone’s throw away from where we are from”. Local lads done good – as some may say, they have certainly come a long […]

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Sam Amidon + Liz Green + George Thomas @ Coventry Tin Angel

“I should play something more upbeat” says George Thomas, standing before a small yet intimate crowd at Coventry’s lovely little Tin Angel. “Even the upbeat ones are miserable though”, he continues. Thomas’s gentle, almost ethereal songs have his audience quietly transfixed and a brilliantly chosen cover of the Pointer Sisters’ “I’m So Excited” manages to […]

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The Metros @ Bar Academy – 27th February 2008

Wednesday night, February 27th, Bar Academy Birmingham . A young and excited crowd was in attendance, already buoyed by the support and looking on expectantly for the hotly tipped Metros. What eschewed was a steady performance from a band with great expectancy on their shoulders. Their music echoes back to a more libertine time, jangly […]

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Hot Chip @ Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall – 22nd February 2008

Friday nights are often electric after a boring mundane working week – its time for masses of people to cut lose and let their hair down. This Friday is certainly no different, and at first sight of the jam-packed Wulfrun it is evident that the audience were about to witness something special. Hot Chip they […]

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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 […]

The Boys Are Back @ Symphony Hall, 25 February 2020

If you’ve come to this review expecting to see something about Thin Lizzy, you’re in the wrong place. No, this […]

The 1975 @ Arena Birmingham, 25th February 2020.

There’s often a conversation about where the future female headliners are or even female acts on festival line-ups. Well a […]

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

It’s easy to get carried away in the here and now, especially with music.  Sometimes you have the feeling that […]

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

What a week it has been for Palaye Royale , the first show of the uk tour in Glasgow was […]

Album Review Humanist – Humanist

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