Tag Archives: Reviews

Bloc Party + whenyoung + Liz Lawrence @ o2 Academy, 13th July 2019

If you are a keen reader of music magazines and blog posts you may have read recently that indie is a dying genre, one that had its peak in the mid-00s only to fade away from its newfound fortune across this current decade. This evening was set to pay homage to (in my opinion) one […]

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Rival Sons @ o2 Academy, 5th February 2019

Mixing a little California cool with a little Nashville edge, hard rock band Rival Sons is an amalgamation of style and sound. Their anthemic rock records are massive, warping and transfixing a room in an unparalleled way. This pure epicness was on full display as Rival Sons took to the O2 Academy. Bringing new release […]

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Ben Howard @ Symphony Hall, 21 January 2019

There is an escapist essence that has forever permeated Ben Howard’s music. With the ability to create explorative sonic tapestries Howard’s music is a breathtaking getaway form the mundane, so it is no shock that he has over the years amassed quite a following. His newest release, Noonday Dream, is a body of work that […]

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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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Album Review – New Model Army “From Here”

For a band approaching 39 years, New Model Army continue to be prolific, not only live but by their studio […]

Album Review – Babybird “Photosynthesis”

It is strange when you read articles about Stephen Jones, in which he is made notable for having built up […]

Help needed regarding the forthcoming official documentary about Norwegian band JR Ewing

Do you remember punk/hardcore band JR Ewing?  An official documentary is being worked on and the filmakers are looking for […]

Killing Joke @ KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton 8 August, 2019

30 years is a buggeringly long time for any musical act to keep itself from splitting or killing each other. […]

Lime Cordiale @O2 Academy, 31 July 2019

Coming all the way from Sydney, Lime Cordiale took a break from the non-stop touring around Australia and New Zealand. […]

Inner City Live with Doves + Johnny Marr + The Coral + The Twang

Half way through Doves’ set at Inner City Live, Jimi Goodwin surveyed the soggy crowd in front of him and […]