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Banks @ Birmingham Institute – 17th November 2014

I’ve come into this gig cold (both physically and musically). I’ve listened to Banks’ album “Goddess”, released this September, a handful of times, but not ‘properly’ by any means. But, I’ve been to enough gigs in my time to know that for every bystander loitering at the back, there’s a super fan at the front […]

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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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Beartooth + Dead Harts + Climates @ Birmingham Academy 3 – 17th September 2014

Last time that Beartooth visited Birmingham (and the first time they visited the UK) was as the opening band for Of Mice & Men, back in April. Just five months later they’re back and headlining their own show at the Birmingham Academy 3, bringing along their own support in the form of Dead Harts and […]

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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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Mongol Horde + Palehorse + Oxygen Thief @ The Institute – 19th June 2014

Möngöl Hörde is a side project….or is it a super group? I’m unsure. Either way, it’s a hardcore punk outfit made up of members of other bands, both current and defunct. They’re mates and I get the impression they’re having a laugh whilst writing, recording and performing together. The band is fronted by punk/folk singer-songwriter […]

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Kasabian announce supports for homecoming show.

Kasabian have announced the support bill for their homecoming show in Leicester this weekend (June 21st). The band will be joined by Australians Jagwar Ma, BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe and Beardy Man at their biggest ever hometown show. Rudimental will also DJ on the day. The gig will mark 10 years since the […]

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Wooden Shjips + The Cult of Dom Keller @ Birmingham Academy 3 – 4th June 2014

The Cult of Dom Keller are the support tonight. The Nottingham based four piece has been creating psychedelic fuzzed out rock for the last five years or so, supporting the likes of Black Angels and White Hills and playing the renowned Austin Psych-Fest. The bass is the driving force behind their music, with its stoner […]

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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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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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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 […]