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Amanda Palmer @ The Institute, Birmingham – Sunday 16th June 2013

It’s nice to find that using Facebook can occasionally leave you feeling a bit smarter, rather than the endless wedding pictures/ Candy Crush invites causing you to feel like your brain is rotting into a mound of pig-slop. Amanda Palmer (or Amanda F***ing Palmer as she is sometimes known) has been a name on the […]

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Counting Crows @ O2 Academy, Birmingham – Friday 19th April 2013

It is odd that throughout 1993 and ’94 Counting Crows’ debut album was never off my stereo, only for circumstances to intervene, and even hearing Duritz’s voice would bring back painful memories… “3500 miles away and what would you change if you could?” still echoing in my ears. For almost fifteen years I chose not […]

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Biffy Clyro + City & Colour – Birmingham LG Arena – 21st March 2013

It’s taken 18 years but it seems like Biffy Clyro are in danger of becoming the biggest rock band in the UK any day now. With a number one album in the bag, Ayrshire’s finest arrive in Birmingham for the second night of their first arena-filling tour and there is a definite sense of occasion […]

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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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ATP Curated By The National – Pontins, Camber Sands – 8th/9th December 2012

All Tomorrow’s Parties is not your typical music festival. No muddy fields, no stupid hats (well, maybe a couple) and no particularly well-known headliners. Plus, no worries about rain. ATP is back at its spiritual home of Pontins (yes, that Pontins!) in Camber Sands on England’s south coast, which means all the artists will be […]

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Kathleen Edwards + Peter Bruntnell @ Bush Hall, London – 6th December 2012

Canadian singer/songwriter Kathleen Edwards has slowly but surely been building a reputation as one of the most consistently impressive artists of the past decade, helped along nicely by last year’s Bon Iver-produced Voyageur album, and she’s over on our shores for three stripped back shows, concluding with an appearance at All Tomorrow’s Parties, curated by […]

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Ben Folds Five @ Birmingham O2 Academy – 3rd December 2012

Until the release of The Sound Of the Life Of The Mind in September it had been a long 13 years since Ben Folds Five released an album, and almost that long since they played live together, so to say their return to a Birmingham stage is highly anticipated may just be understating it a […]

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Rodrigo & Gabriela – HMV Institute, Birmingham – 25th November 2012

If there’s one thing needed on a cold, wet winter’s evening in Birmingham, it’s some duelling acoustic guitars by some incredibly talented Mexican musicians. Luckily, Rodrigo & Gabriela are in town. I first saw Rod & Gab almost a decade ago when they opened for Damien Rice in London and I was blown away by […]

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The Bronx @ The Underground, Stoke-on-Trent – Tuesday 13th November 2012

If straight-up, no-nonsense, immensely enjoyable punk rock sounds like a good way to spend a few hours on a Tuesday evening, then you can’t go far wrong with the boys from The Bronx. Who, by the way, are from California! The band are on UK shores for an all-too-brief tour which misses most of the […]

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Gojira @ Manchester Academy 2 – 7th November 2012

Let’s start this review with a bold statement… In my honest opinion, Gojira are currently the best metal band on the planet. Big words, I know, but each time they release an album, and especially every time I witness their live performances, my belief in that statement only grows stronger. Tonight, in Manchester, the French […]

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Hippo Campus @ o2 Institute,18 February 2019

Since I last saw Hippo Campus play in Birmingham (supporting Modest Mouse in 2015), they have not returned to Birmingham, […]

Holy Holy – Tony Visconti and Woody Woodmansey @ Town Hall, 13 February 2019

When I last reviewed the Holy Holy show in 2015 link here I stated it was the best gig of the […]

Hanson @ Symphony Hall 11 February 2019

As someone who spent the 90’s making create-your-own Beatles scarves out of old curtains whilst my peers were crying over […]

Hoobastank + Buckcherry + Adelitas Way @ o2 Institute 10th February 2019

Tonight is bitterly cold again, no ice needed in our drinks, I’m not really sure what to be expecting from […]

Blue October play o2 Institute 22nd February

It has been a while but Blue October are returning to Birmingham later this month.  The Platinum-selling Texas-based band, are […]

The Murder Capital + The Cosmics + Bad Girlfriend @ Sunflower Lounge, 5th February 2019

The late pick-up on this gig combined with a very busy weekend meant that I was unprepared and unresearched for […]