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Bombay Bicycle Club @ o2 Academy 31st January, 2020

Formed in the mid 2000’s, Bombay Bicycle Club released four full length albums before taking a hiatus in 2016, reforming to release their latest record ‘Everything Else Has Gone Wrong’ earlier this year. Opening the show at a sold out O2 Academy Birmingham was Liz Lawrence, before main support The Big Moon took to the […]

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New Model Army @ o2 Institute, 10th January 2020

A somewhat delayed gig, due to illness, New Model Army finally played the second city to promote last years ‘From Here’ album, which I was lucky enough to review and declared it to be one of their finest. Opening with ‘No Rest’ and a single drum intro, tipping a hat to that early Marquee show, […]

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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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Martha Wainwright @ Town Hall, 30th January, 2017

Birmingham is a hive of activity, from the building site that almost engulfs the Town Hall to the large protest outside about the current President of the United States. Inside the Town Hall it’s a little more peaceful and tranquil, as Martha Wainwright stops off on her current tour to promote “Goodnight City”. Support is […]

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The King Blues + Louise Distras + Sickoftheriot @ The Asylum, 27th January, 2017

Opening the show this evening was never going to be easy due to the very early stage time, however hand-chosen Birmingham punk three piece Sickoftheriot rose to the occasion and entertained the ever growing crowd. Next up was main tour support Louise Distras, who was absolutely excellent at getting the crowd ready for the evening […]

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A Day to Remember + New Found Glory + Neck Deep + Mooseblood @ Barclaycard Arena, 25th January, 2017

Currently touring the world in support of self released sixth record Bad Vibrations, A Day To Remember bought their Bad Vibes pop punk extravaganza to the Barclaycard Arena. Opening the magnificent bill were emos finest Moose Blood, who stunned the crowd with their alt rock anthems whilst basking them in their signature pink hue. Filling […]

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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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Girl Band + Goat Girl @ Hare and Hounds, 22nd January, 2017

Tonight is a sold out gig with many people waiting a year to watch Girl Band after last January’s concert was postponed. Support comes from London’s Goat Girl, a band that opted for the old school journey of gigging rather than an over zealous online presence which paid off with a record deal with Rough […]

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The Pretty Reckless @ 02 Institute, 20th January, 2017

  The rock of this generation follows three basic principles for success. Rock pairs 1) brilliant and talented musicianship with 2) live theatrically and 3) a dearly devoted fan base.  The perfected triple threat must be mastered in order to reach pique flawlessness. The Pretty Reckless has in many cases done just that. The band […]

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Meshuggah + The Haunted @ 02 Institute, 13th January, 2017

Meshuggah have been on the bleeding edge of extreme metal for thirty years. I’ll let that sink in and then say it again, thirty (three-zero) years. They are one of those rare few bands where almost their entire back catalogue still sounds as fresh now as it did when it was released. When I heard […]

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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 […]