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The Amazons @ Zephyr Lounge, Leamington Spa, 12th March, 2017

A few weeks ago I had one of those moments, when you hear a song and think, blimey this is good. The song was ‘Little Something’ by The Amazons, a band I’d not heard of, but I’m thankful to Huey and 6music for exposing me to them. I did a quick search and discovered this […]

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The Cribs @ The Assembly, Leamington Spa – Monday 5th November 2012

“Brian May’s playing here t’morra, we should stay over and hang out wi’ Bri.” The Cribs‘ Ryan Jarman, himself the owner of as distinctive a hair style as the poodle-headed legend, seemed genuinely excited at the unlikely prospect of meeting up with his “hero”, to the point of engaging the crowd in the a capella […]

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The Lightning Seeds + Wicked Whispers @ The Assembly, Leamington Spa – 15th February 2012

As this was the first time that I had seen The Lightning Seeds in their own right, outside of festivals and the odd solo outing, I had been looking forward to seeing and hearing perhaps something different. Maybe we would get a set of new songs or a heavier feel, or perhaps the core fans […]

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Patti Smith @ Leamington Spa Assembly Rooms – 26th March 2010

Tonight’s performance is part of a tour supporting the recent release of Patti Smith‘s autobiographical book, Just Kids, which focuses on the life and times that she shared with fellow artist and photographer, Robert Mapplethorpe. The evening is a mixture of readings from the book and Smith’s music performed in a stripped down, acoustic arrangement […]

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Doves + Delphic @ The Assembly, Leamington Spa – 16th December 2009

I’ve seen Doves a handful of times this year already. Always an event, I’ve watched them fight through a bout of flu that would have felled most bands and turn the electric proms into a Mancunian delight by combining with the London Bulgarian choir, and with Magazine as support. I’d still pay to see Jimi […]

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Marillion @ The Assembly, Leamington Spa – 30th November 2009

If Marillion set out to produce brand new acoustic arrangements of selected highlights of their extensive back catalogue to give Steve “H” Hogarth a rest from writing, as he suggested tongue firmly in cheek, then that would be a shame. This acoustic set is no hackneyed “unplugged” attempt to put a few bums on seats […]

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Cannibal Corpse + Dying Fetus + Annotations of an Autopsy + Trigger the Bloodshed @ The Assembly, Leamington Spa – 1st November 2009

The Assembly in Leamington Spa seems like an odd venue to stage a death metal gig, what with its Art Deco ballroom appearance (which the website reliably informs me was designed by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen during its renovation in 2006!). Having previously flicked through up and coming gigs, I can see no other killer death metal […]

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Reverend & the Makers + Yves Klein Blue @ T­­he Assembly, Leamington Spa – 28th October 2009

Ever had one of those nights where you feel like you will never reach you’re destination? I was late to meet photographer Kat, the road we wanted was closed, we spent 20 minutes getting stuck in a one way system that we couldn’t fathom! We knew where we wanted to be, just couldn’t bloody get […]

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Peter Murphy + Lettie + Temporary Mind @ The Assembly, Leamington Spa – 10th October 2009

This was a night of the somewhat unexpected, from the pitifully poor turn out to the surprising turn of events during the encores. I have to admit that although a fan of Bauhaus my knowledge of Peter Murphy‘s solo material is a bit sketchy so it is a good job that this is the Secret […]

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The Cribs + Adam Green + Shrag @ The Assembly, Leamington Spa – 8th October 2009

Johnny Marr is in The Cribs! – a bit of an obvious statement maybe, but true nonetheless. Let me explain: I had the misfortune to see Modest Mouse at the height of Johnny’s much publicised involvement with that band. In spite of all the protestations to the contrary he was not a real member of […]

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Wolf Alice + Superfood @ o2 Institute, 16th November, 2017

If Wolf Alice were looking to project an image of established rockers, they certainly succeeded. During a concert that ebbed […]

Brooke Bentham – “This Rapture” EP released 17 November

Before you read this and listen to Brooke Bentham’s latest release “This Rapture”, if you haven’t already I need you […]

Morrissey – Low In High School LP

Some thirty years ago Morrissey famously sang about dead people who had “loves and hates, And passions just like mine”. […]

Run the Jewels + Danny Brown @ O2 Academy, 14th November, 2017

If you are familiar with both of these artists you will understand why I was so excited to attend this […]

Deaf Havana + Black Foxxes + Decade @ Kasbah Coventry, 14 November 2017

Norfolk band Deaf Havana, formed in 2005, have changed their style considerably over the years, going from pop-punk to a […]

Alice Cooper + The Mission @ Arena Birmingham, 14th November, 2017

Despite his age, Alice Cooper still tours regularly with his traditional shock rock show and tonight he has the support […]