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FKA Twigs @ Birmingham Institute – 3rd October 2014

You may never have heard of Tahliah Debrett Barnett but I’d put good money on most people being aware of her alter-ego FKA Twigs before long. While the tabloids get all excited about the singer dating Twilight star Robert Pattinson, it’s her music and theatrical performances which should soon be the talking point. That, along […]

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Ms Lauryn Hill @ Birmingham Academy – 23rd September 2014

After reports of booing, disgruntled fans at her London gig earlier this week, it seems many people were not expecting much from tonight’s Ms Lauryn Hill gig. The former Fugee was reportedly over an hour late on stage and, when she did finally appear, she reworked many of her songs to the supposed disappointment of […]

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Alt-J @ The Civic Hall, Wolverhampton – 22nd September 2014

Alt-J is the epitome of the millennial, internet-age rock band, marked by some as electro-pop, described by others as downbeat acoustic trip-hop, and my particular favourite, spooky neo-rhythm and blues. Whatever it is, tonight they play to the packed-out Civic Hall in Wolverhampton with hypnotic ease, kicking off the proceedings with Hunger of the Pine. […]

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Blondie + The Carnabys @ Birmingham Academy – 13th September 2014

It is sixteen years since I first saw Blondie live, when they had returned after a long silence with the stunning “No Exit” album. Tonight is different; Blondie have been more then active since 1998, almost to a point of over saturation, and to some degree much of their mystery has dissipated. At the other […]

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Nine Inch Nails @ Birmingham LG Arena – 18th May 2014

Tonight is the first date of Nine Inch Nails‘ UK tour, which takes in some of the biggest venues the band has headlined in this country so far. And it’s a show some of us never thought we’d even see! Only a few years ago, Trent Reznor announced an indefinite hiatus and many feared the […]

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Miley Cyrus @ Birmingham NIA – 16th May 2014

It’s official, Birmingham, we’re all sluts. “Birmingham is officially the sluttiest place in the UK!” announces Miley Cyrus to a wild and expectant crowd, about half way in to her two hour performance at the Birmingham NIA. It is a telling sign that by this point, such a statement did not seem a) out of place, […]

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Prince & 3rdEyeGirl @ Birmingham LG Arena – 15th May 2014

An email sent to ticket holders ahead of Prince’s first Birmingham gig in 19 years read “Please wear something purple! We also kindly ask you to bring no cameras and to not use your phones to film or take photos during the concerts. Let’s all enjoy the shows through our own eyes together.” And for […]

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Feed The Rhino + The Howling + Zoax @ Nottingham Rock City – 8th May 2014

Feed The Rhino are currently on the road for their ‘Wild Weekends’ tour, seven dates up and down the country just prior to their festival dates for this year and the release of their much anticipated follow up to ‘The Burning Sons’, ‘The Sorrow And The Sound’, due for release on June 16th. With The […]

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The Wonder Years + A Loss For Words + State Champs @ Birmingham Institute – 7th May 2014

Pop punk may often be seen as a less-than-serious genre, with immediate thoughts of Blink 182 videos or New Found Glory onstage shenanigans, but there are bands out there putting a little soul and, dare we say, intelligence into the music. Pennsylvania’s The Wonder Years could just be the band to get people to sit […]

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Ben Harper @ Birmingham Symphony Hall – 29th April 2014

Ben Harper is one of those artists that is pretty big in most parts of the world, and I’m talking a triple Grammy Award winning, multiple number one album in multiple countries kind of big! Yet somehow he is not particularly well known over here in the UK. I remember first hearing the mellow guitar-fuelled […]

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Album Review – The Twilight Sad – Nobody Wants To Be Here and Nobody Wants To Leave

Similar, but definitely not the same. That phrase can be applied to every performance by The Twilight Sad that I […]

Interview – Elephant Stone

Not content with reviewing the live band, and then the latest album The Three Poisons, Katie Grimason has completed the […]

The Wedding Present – Reissue Launch Event @ The Barfly, Camden – 20th October 2014

Some time ago David Gedge (DLG) decided it would be a good idea to reissue all of the albums by […]

Erica Nockalls Album Launch and Art Exhibition

In anticipation of the launch of her second studio album, Birmingham Conservatoire trained violinist Erica Nockalls has prepared a collection […]

Feed The Rhino + Night Verses + Baby Godzilla @ The Asylum 2 – 19th October 2014

With a line-up that included some of the best live bands around right now, tonight was never going to be […]

Holly Johnson + Dave Kendrick @ The Institute, Birmingham, 19th October 2014

The voice of Holly Johnson became the soundtrack to my final years at school in 1984/85 and as such stirs […]