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Serj Tankian @ Birmingham Academy – 20th August 2008

Well, we’ve had to wait four months longer than originally planned, but System of a Down’s madcap leader is finally here in Birmingham, so let the fun and games commence. With the timing of this rescheduled show, tonight also doubles up as a warm-up for Mr Tankian’s performance at Reading and Leeds this weekend, giving […]

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N*E*R*D @ Birmingham Academy – 19th August 2008

Stupendous is not a word I use every day. In fact, if I’m honest, I can’t ever remember using it. But damn it, I’m determined to throw it into the review of N*E*R*D‘s phenomenal gig at the Birmingham Academy last night. Not being a huge fan of N*E*R*D, and not expecting to write a review […]

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V FESTIVAL @ Weston Park, Staffordshire – 16th-17th August 2008

This year’s widely anticipated V Festival came aggressively straight for us. With her guns blazing, she blew away anyone who was lucky enough to get in to the 60,000 capacity arena. The success of the weekend truly rested on one act and their extraordinary ability to put on the most intense and simply awesome performance […]

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Escobar + The Joe Fox Band + Barnesy + The Abbots @ The Rainbow, Birmingham – 15th August 2008

I’m slightly ashamed to admit that this was my first gig at The Rainbow but it was a fine way to kick things off. The promoters here are promoting a good spread of local bands, have created a decent atmosphere and you can get a kebab at the back of the room – what more […]

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Bombay Bicycle Club @ The Barfly, Birmingham – 15th August 2008

Like a newly born but sadly unwanted child, Everything Everything appeared on stage kicking, screaming and not able to focus. Talk about birth trauma – the trauma was all mine. At first, not really wanting to accept that they were actually in the room, I averted my gaze several times. The lead singer literally annihilating […]

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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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Album Review – The Twilight Sad – It Won/t Be Like This All The Time

So, rumours of The Twilight Sad producing an album containing eleven versions of  “The Love Cats” have proved to be […]

Alcuna Wilds + The Courtesy Group for Actress and Bishop

January 31st see the return to the UK of Dutch/UK Trip-Rock band ALCUNA WILDS, much likened to Portishead, who we […]

Clutch @ o2 Academy, 22nd December 2018

Thank the lawd it’s not snowing. Having had numerous wintertime gigs nobbled by the road-wrecking sky-dandruff several times before, I […]

Nile Rodgers and CHIC @ Arena Birmingham, 16 December 2018

Having sold more than 500 million records in his time, there are few musicians on the planet to have achieved […]

Madness @ Arena Birmingham, 15 December 2018

Formed in 1976 Madness have survived a break up, a change of direction and a Margaret Thatcher inspired sitcom written […]

Bury Tomorrow +36 Crazyfists + Cane Hill @ o2 Institute, 12 December 2018

Cane Hill came onstage to an already packed out 02 Institute main room; the largely mixed demographic audience arriving early […]