Tag Archives: Reviews

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 gladly get work out of the way and finally zip off to see one of rock’s best kept secrets: Clutch. The Maryland no-nonsense outfit are one of the select few bands working tirelessly for the […]

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Jessie J @ o2 Academy, 20 November 2018

The word ‘authenticity’ gets thrown around often. We use it to designate a certain quality of humanity, a certain humbleness and sincerity found intermittently with artists. The word gets used often but perhaps not accurately, that is until we caught a set by Jessie J. Bringing a true meaning to the word, Jessie J completely […]

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Kurt Vile and the Violators @ The Crossing, 9th November, 2018

This Is TMRW have taken over The Crossing in Digbeth for a weekend of gigs, with Kurt Vile being Friday’s offering resulting in a sell-out show. Meg Baird and Mary Lattimer are the support act, promoting their new album Ghost Forests, which has been released today on Three Lobed Recordings.  Both Meg and Mary have […]

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Karine Polwart @ Birmingham Town Hall, 2nd November 2018

Scarcely seen in Birmingham, it’s with great delight that Polwart’s path has finally brought her to these parts in celebration of her latest release, ‘Laws of Motion’. Tonight’s audience is rewarded for their patience with not one, but two, rousing sets from one of Scottish folk music’s most candid, poetic and contemporary voices. A consistently […]

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The Blinders @ Castle and Falcon 23 October 2018

There is a full moon tonight.  It is eerily bright and low in the sky, and on my journey to the venue it seems to be at the end of every street I drive along until I reach the Castle and Falcon.  It feels like a guiding light.  The gig is sold out: no room […]

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Tom Odell @ o2 Academy, 21st October 2018

Soulful singer songwriter Tom Odell is a master of crafting expressive tunes. Backboned by the piano, Odell’s records are dripping in atmospheric eloquence, juxtaposed by rousing bluesy electronic guitar riffs and thudding drums. His music is a cacophony of sound transposing emotional situations to another expressive reality. The contained sound found on his album is […]

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Editors @ o2 Academy, 19 October 2018

It’s a misnomer that Editors are a Birmingham band as none of the members, past or present, hail from Brum. The original line up met whilst at Staffs University and they lived in Moseley and cut their teeth in their formative years playing the Jug of Ale and the Flapper and Firkin. Therefore we claim them […]

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Tom Walker @ o2 Institute, 18th October 2018

The first time we encountered Tom Walker we where huddled along with a small group of sweaty people in The Sunflower Lounge, mesmerized by the power and magnitude of his voice. We knew from that moment that Walker would be a staple in our music scene, and we were not wrong! Over the next year […]

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Sea Girls @ Mama Rouxs 11 October, 2018

We first met Sea Girls a handful of months ago when we caught their set at Barn on the Farm festival. Flooding the stage with energy, they put on a massive show that wowed us, immediately making us lifelong fans. While festival season is now sadly in the past it does mean that bands take […]

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Ólafur Arnalds @ Town Hall, 28 September 2018

Sitting behind me, a couple discuss the differences and pleasures of seeing live events abroad. I know eavesdropping is generally, and rightfully, frowned upon but listening to them seems a more engaging way to entertain myself before tonight’s concert starts without resorting to scrolling through my phone. While I don’t mind attending concerts on my […]

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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 […]