Tag Archives: Music Writers

The Sword + Lonely Kamel @ Wolverhampton Slade Rooms – 6th January 2013

After a quiet period for gigs over Christmas and New Year, it’s good blow those cobwebs away and to to start the 2013 gig season off with something loud, epic and nonsense-free. And tonight, Wolverhampton gets not one, but two bands who rise to the occasionally perfectly. Tonight’s main support, Lonely Kamel, are playing their […]

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Kate Nash + Brigette Aphrodite @ The Hare & Hounds, Birmingham – 17th April 2010

As angry clouds of volcanic ash sweep across the country from our dear friends in Iceland (presumably in part-payment for the £400 gazillion they owe us?), an (at times) equally angry Kate Nash is doing likewise, bringing her all new Riot Grrrrllllllllll act to the Hairy Hounds. I can’t believe it’s been three years since […]

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The Ghost of a Thousand + The Computers + Sharks + Sienna @ The Rainbow, Digbeth – 6th July 2009

Perhaps a torrential downpour is not exactly what you would wish for on your way to a gig in a garden! Thankfully the garden in question belongs to The Rainbow pub in Digbeth with its marquee-style courtyard and I am here to see what I would term a line-up of bands with a neo-punk persuasion […]

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Elliot Minor + Mission District @ Birmingham Academy 2 – 2nd July 2009

Walking into tonight’s gig I am certainly amazed by the amount of teenage girls wandering about. The average age of tonight’s crowd seems to be around 15 years old and as I look around I see that many of them have parents with them standing around looking out of place. One may feel that tonight’s […]

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Steely Dan @ Birmingham NIA – 29th June 2009

I am a big Steely Dan fan. I think Fagen and Becker are amongst the greatest songwriters of our generation, who are often overlooked and underrated. Their recorded work of the 1970’s is timeless, edgy, well-crafted and beautifully produced, the albums that followed that along with Fagen’s solo work is clever and polished. I suppose […]

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Anastacia @ Birmingham NIA – 28th June 2009

Entry to tonight’s gig was difficult, due to the box office staff trying to force me to have both a ticket and photo-pass (which I had to sign for). After some considerable explanation the photo-pass was taken back and I made my way to my seat, which was centre-stage and offering a superb view. The […]

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Lenny Kravitz + Anna F @ Wolverhampton Civic Hall – 27th June 2009

Support for this evening’s show is Anna F, an Austrian singer songwriter who has recently released a single called Time Stands Still. I miss the majority of her set, only catching the last two tracks, one of which is about Jimmy Page, who is her favourite guitarist. A female singer songwriter who loves the Led […]

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Jeff Beck + Imelda May @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham – 25th June 2009

Jeff Beck seems quite laid back and unassuming for a guitar god, but despite this and against the wealth of talent in his band, he cuts an imposing figure and you know that this is his show. Even the stage lay out seemed to emphasise this with bass drums and keyboards laid out in a […]

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The Joy Formidable + The Dukes Jetty @ Birmingham Academy 3 – 7th June 2009

Unfortunately I arrived at the Birmingham’s Bar Academy too late for the full set of tonight’s first act, Sunset Cinema Club. It wouldn’t be fair to give an opinion on one and a half songs so I’d just say check their Myspace if Hardcore / Post Punk / Funk is your thing. A quick change […]

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Blue October + The Parlotones @ Birmingham Academy 2 – 4th June 2009

Opening tonight’s gig is South Africa’s finest export, and probably the best dressed band around, The Parlotones. For those of you who have never heard of the them they are one of the biggest selling artists ever in their homeland, but thankfully they spend most of their time in England or on tour. As the […]

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Beyond the Tracks Day Three, 17th September, 2017

We stand in a muddy field as sheets of rain fall onto our jackets and boots. Huddled together we probably […]

Sigur Ros @ Manchester Apollo, 16 September 2017

Such is the interest and respect Birmingham Live has for a band like Sigur Ros, we are willing to break […]

Beyond the Tracks Day Two, 16th September, 2017

Beyond the Tracks, a new Birmingham music festival, started Friday with an electronic revival. As festivalgoer’s danced and swayed with […]

Beyond the Tracks Day One, 15th September, 2017

Birmingham’s own Beyond the Tracks kicked off an excellent festival weekend with a Friday night full of electronic dancing and […]

Neil Sedaka + Jack Lukeman @ Symphony Hall, 14th September, 2017

The UK has always been somewhat of a sanctuary for a pool of American performers seemingly ousted from the limelight […]

V Festival @ Weston Park, Sunday 20th August, 2017

After a great Saturday at V Festival Sunday had a lot to live up to. In the wise words of […]