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The Blinders interview April 2019

It’s been just over a year since I last interviewed The Blinders, but it feels like longer because so much has happened to the band since their show at the Sunflower Lounge just over twelve months ago… the debut album album “Columbia” was released to rave reviews (including our own) and a top 40 chart […]

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Bernhoft @ o2 Academy, 13 November, 2018

Norwegian singer Bernhoft is a well of insane talent, a poetic lyricist. Undefined by genre or sound his music is a multifaceted reflection on life and love, an intoxicating mixture of noise that reverberates deep into your heart. Joined by band Bernhoft and the Fashion Bruises transformed the room at the O2 Academy, delivering a […]

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The Head and the Heart @ 02 Institute, 30th January, 2017

Nothing soothes the soul like an incredible show. All the music heads out there know this truth all too well. The dark lights, the thudding rhythm, the people around you emotionally pouring out their souls in fervent yelps. Nothing beats a well-timed show. It was a cold and dreary night, and The Head and the […]

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The Dillinger Escape Plan + Ho99o9 @ o2 Institute, Sunday 22nd January 2017

  “Don’t Cry Because It’s over; Smile Because It Happened” Sure, it’s a bit of a cheesy, overused quote, but I feel it’s appropriate when talking about the mighty Dillinger Escape Plan. 2016 was a year that was bittersweet for fans of New Jersey’s math-core pioneers, with the band releasing one of the most accomplished […]

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Skindred + Crossfaith + (Hed)PE + Yashin @ O2 Institute, 13 November, 2015

It’s always a party when Welsh Ragga Metallers Skindred are in town, and with three other bands supporting them on the bill tonight including the mighty Crossfaith things were looking good. While not doing anything particularly wrong, the generic dual-frontman metalcore sound Yashin offered up didn’t get things off to a great start for me. […]

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Photo Feature – Slaves @ The Institute, 18th May 2015

  Slaves showed us exactly what to do with a sold venue at the Institute on Monday. If you were there, you’ll know exactly what we mean, if you weren’t it looked a little bit like this… You can see the latest list of Slaves live dates here. Photos: Katja Ogrin Tweet

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Die Antwoord + Tom Shorterz @ The Institute, 15th January 2015

Crazy, awesome, weird, amazing, insane….. Choose any of these words and put them in any order and you might come close to describing Die Antwoord‘s live show tonight. Talking to others in The Institute, it was clear that people had travelled far and wide to see the show.  The chap next to me had made a six […]

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Banks @ Birmingham Institute – 17th November 2014

I’ve come into this gig cold (both physically and musically). I’ve listened to Banks’ album “Goddess”, released this September, a handful of times, but not ‘properly’ by any means. But, I’ve been to enough gigs in my time to know that for every bystander loitering at the back, there’s a super fan at the front […]

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FKA Twigs @ Birmingham Institute – 3rd October 2014

You may never have heard of Tahliah Debrett Barnett but I’d put good money on most people being aware of her alter-ego FKA Twigs before long. While the tabloids get all excited about the singer dating Twilight star Robert Pattinson, it’s her music and theatrical performances which should soon be the talking point. That, along […]

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Janelle Monáe @ Birmingham Institute – 8th May 2014

Entering the Institute, I am ushered upstairs to the amazing main auditorium which is slowly filling up with a conglomerate of excited individuals. Supporting Janelle Monáe tonight is Cody ChesnuTT. A little late to the stage, but his multitude of influences ranging from classic rock to gospel music and his excellent band means we are […]

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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 […]

Inner City Live with DOVES and Johnny Marr 28th July 2019

DOVES are playing at Perry Park this Sunday (28th July) with Johnny Marr, The Coral  and The Twang in support for Innercity Live! One […]

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 […]