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Hot Chip + Max Tundra @ Birmingham Academy – 29th October 2008

Max Tundra opened tonight’s electronic pop music feast with a one-man rave of delightful computerised layers and a live synth performance. It became obvious very soon that Ben Jacobs (alias Max Tundra) embraces and loves the fun side of music as he flapped his arms round in a manic eccentric dance. It definitely got people’s […]

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Slayer + Trivium + Mastodon + Amon Amarth @ Wolverhampton Civic Hall – 28th October 2008

Despite a heavy blizzard and a slight hiccup with the passes for tonight’s show, I still manage to catch the second half of Amon Amarth’s set. I can see I am not the only person to have been held up by the weather or put off by the early start (doors opened at 5.30pm!), as […]

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Al Green + Gabrielle @ Birmingham NIA Academy – 28th October 2008

Gabrielle opened tonight’s show to what was initially 60% of the NIA Academy’s capacity. During her set late arrivals continued to pour in, yet this did nothing to deter her performance. A modest supporting band and backing singers who somewhat lacked finesse didn’t make for an unforgettable performance, although Gabrielle herself was on form vocally […]

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Miss Halliwell @ Katie Fitzgerald’s, Stourbridge – 27th October 2008

Normally when you read a gig review, and it says something along the lines of “this band is like nothing you’ve ever seen”, the majority of readers will raise their eyebrows and think “Oh yeah?” Well, there is a band from Amblecote who for once are taking inspiration from their record collections, and instead of regurgitating […]

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Funeral For A Friend + Cancer Bats + In Case Of Fire + Attack! Attack! @ Birmingham Academy – 26th Octoberer 2008

Funeral For A Friend have been around for a few years now, and although they’ve changed a lot since the early days, the fans are still out in force. Tonight, they are back in Birmingham with a new album to showcase and three very different support bands to back them up. Keeping up the Welsh […]

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The Datsuns + Sons of Albion + Thoria @ Coventry Kasbah – 23rd October 2008

It doesn’t really seem right that a band as well known as The Datsuns have to play in room that would struggle to hold 200 people – not that long ago they were very definitely going to be the next big thing. However, the fact that the room is barely half full tells its own […]

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Black Kids + Magistrates @ Birmingham Academy – 22nd October 2008

Tonight was I pessimistic towards the events that would unravel before me. I’m not sure I like Black Kids and I find most support acts tedious. It’s the wrong attitude to take, I’m sure. But my recent experiences have held me to it. Tonight I wanted to enter the Academy open minded. I’m not really sure […]

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Frank Turner + Chris T-T + Emily Barker @ The Barfly, Birmingham – 22nd October 2008

So, after a short stand in the cold, the Barfly is refreshingly warm, although Emily Barker has already by the time I get in, despite being one of the earliest in. So, as the room slowely fills Emily plays her accoustic pleastentry. It’s certainly nice on the ears, but it does little to stimulate the […]

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Atreyu + As I Lay Dying + Story Of The Year + MUCC + HORSE The Band + I Spy Strangers @ Birmingham Academy 2 – 21st October 2008

This year, the Rockstar sponsored Taste of Chaos tour is the smallest it’s ever been; after being downgraded from the NIA to the Academy last year, it’s now in the Academy 2. Whether this is a reflection of this year’s line up or if people are just going to gigs less is unclear, however those […]

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The Hoosiers + Absent Elk @ Wolverhampton Civic Hall – 21st October 2008

I arrive at The Civic Hall this evening knowing what to expect, as I pull up I witness a sea of bright coloured, badly constructed fancy dress costumes. Everyone from police, presumably based on the song “Cops and Robbers” straight through to girls wearing brightly coloured knee socks, fairy wings and scribble on their faces […]

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Taking Back Sunday @ Birmingham O2 Institute, 13 June 2019

With an extensive tour to celebrate twenty years as a band, New York emo-pop band Taking Back Sunday are feeling […]

10 Unmissable Acts at Barn on the Farm 2019

With the ten year anniversary approaching, Barn on the Farm celebrates the momentous occasion with an epic line-up that intertwines […]

Wallows @ O2 Institute, 10 June 2019

American indie post-punk rock band Wallows haven’t been around for long, but their lack of years has not stopped them […]

Villagers & Pat Dam Smyth @ Hare and Hounds, 9 June 2019

Every once in a while you see a performance by a band that makes you re-evaluate their entire back catalogue. […]

Rod Stewart @ Molineux Stadium, 8 June 2019

Having been in the music business for almost sixty years, the big question hanging over a Rod Stewart tour is […]

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 […]