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LiveLoudCov Summer Showcase @ Square One, Coventry 20 July, 2019

On Friday July 20th, Square One opened its doors to six up-and-coming Midlands-based bands as LiveLoudCov put on their second showcase of the summer. The stage, which is actually part of Coventry University’s student Hub and located inside the building itself, marked a huge upsize for some of the smaller bands on the bill. At […]

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Bloc Party + whenyoung + Liz Lawrence @ o2 Academy, 13th July 2019

If you are a keen reader of music magazines and blog posts you may have read recently that indie is a dying genre, one that had its peak in the mid-00s only to fade away from its newfound fortune across this current decade. This evening was set to pay homage to (in my opinion) one […]

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The LaFontaines @ o2 Institute, 18th June 2019

With festival season in full swing, it often gets quieter over this period however there’s always a few gems that crop up and last night it was The LaFontaines at the O2 Institute 3 in Birmingham. Opening the show were London rock duo Anavae, who were a three piece in the live environment consisting of […]

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Pip Blom @ Hare and Hounds, 4th June 2019

Pip Blom‘s star has been rising for a while now, helped by regular playlisting by 6 Music which has showcased the high energy, guitar heavy, lo-fi indie pop. Excellent reviews for their debut album, Boat, has increased interest in their first big headlining set of shows and a sold out and expectant Hare and Hounds awaited them tonight. For the uninitiated, […]

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Warrior Soul @ Iron Road, 30th May 2019

As the band start on stage with the expected chants of “We are the government!” , the enthusiastic audience embrace the final sentence “and we rock n’ roll”. At a Warrior Soul gig, that is a guarantee. From start to finish, irrespective of the venue size or audience numbers, Kory Clarke gives his all to […]

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Sting and Shaggy @ O2 Academy 24 May 2019

There has been a wave of reviews for this tour, which on the face of it showcases pop’s most unlikely collaboration, absolutely slamming the two artists for daring to do something they enjoy, as if all artists must only do what an audience wants and what is deemed ‘right’.  I admit I did come tonight […]

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Manic Street Preachers @ O2 Academy, 23 May 2019

It’s a warm night here in Birmingham and as the sun was setting, this evening was going to deliver a little bit of extra sunshine and a touch of Welshness into the hearts of Midlands based Manic Street Preachers fans. When you arrive at a venue and are completely captivated straight away, you get the feeling that […]

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Jaws @ O2 Institute 27 April, 2019

It was an early start tonight at the O2 Institute, and it was promising to be a very blustery affair with storm Hannah delivering winds of up to 82mph outside and some very talented young artists cooking up a storm inside the venue. I’ve actually followed Jaws from their early single releases, but this was […]

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Only Sun + The Mustoes + Crymson @ The Sunflower Lounge, 17 April 2019

Getting to the venue on a really sunny day and finding a full room before the show even started really makes it a very promising evening! Only Sun is a thrilling indie rock band from High Wycombe formed of five exciting personalities: Aabid, Daz, Ed, Euan and Taylor. Last year they released one single every […]

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Indoor Pets @ The Flapper, 15th April 2019

Let me pitch you a paragraph. Formerly Get Inuit, the recently re-named Indoor Pets are currently touring the UK in support of their debut album ‘Be Content’ and on Monday evening found themselves at the soon to be demolished The Flapper in Birmingham. Opening the show were Brighton three-piece Gender Roles, who’s brand of fuzzy […]

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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 […]