Interview: WITH CONFIDENCE – Seeing the World, 10 Year Old Albums and What They Did Right

Australia’s With Confidence are a band to watch, putting out an excellent debut in Better Weather and touring all over the world. Saturday the 23rd saw the band visiting Birmingham in support of Mayday Parade, where they put on a truly fantastic show and, to make the night even better, vocalist/bassist Jayden Seeley and guitarist Luke Rockets took some time beforehand to indulge me in a quick chat.…
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LIVE: Mayday Parade at the 02 Institute, Birmingham

As the name of the tour suggests, it’s been 10 years since Mayday Parade’s hit debut album A Lesson in Romantics, which has since sold over 200,000 copies and been listed as one of Rock Sound‘s “The 51 Most Essential Pop Punk Albums of All Time”. If you listened to pop punk as a teenager, you’ve almost definitely heard this album.…
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Live: CHARLY BLISS at The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham

Tonight at The Sunflower Lounge has a distinctive 90s flavour to the acts on offer. Joining Brooklyn-based headliners Charly Bliss are three Birmingham acts all with their minds variously focused on the Seattle sound, Weezer or the Golden Era of Emo. Local lowercase singer/songwriter the chalet lines is up first. A pleasantly concise set includes such highlights as an attempted but cheerfully abandoned Pinegrove cover, a smattering of jovial banter and a song literally about sleep.…
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Live: BELLEVUE DAYS at The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham

Back when I was growing up, pretty every band I listened to were influenced by either Faith No More, The Descendents or Nirvana. Now times have changed, and bands are finding newer bands to crib from. Case in point: Tonight’s bands (Bellevue Days, Patrons and Wood and Nails) have rich vein of Long Island emo-types Brand New running through them.…
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Spider-Man: Homecoming Is Peter Parker And Spider-Man At His Best

Coming to the second reboot and our third Spider-Man in the last decade or so, there’s a risk of fatigue with Spider-Man: Homecoming. How will Tom Holland perform in the shadows of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield? Did we really need another Spider-Man movie? The answers are great and yes, respectively.…
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The Curtain Starts to Fall for Peter Capaldi on Doctor Who

Last week’s “World Enough and Time” was one of my favourite episodes of Doctor Who in years, full of great twists and utterly terrifying in its treatment of it’s villains. “The Doctor Falls” closes out what has been a generally strong series for the show and begins the inevitable end of Peter Capaldi’s time as the Doctor.…
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Killjoys Returns As Fun As Ever For Season 3

I’ve written before about how Killjoys has become one of my favourite TV pleasures and it’s already good to have it back. “Boondoggie” has a lot of work to do in setting up the new arcs for the season, after having so much shift and change during last year’s finale. The Hullen threat is more daunting than ever, Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen) is off to war while Johnny (Aaron Ashmore) is still separated from the rest of the group.…
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So Simple And Yet So Hard, Concept Is A Whole Lot Of Fun

Concept is somewhere between Charades and Pictionary, but requiring a lot less physical ability. All you need for Concept is some creativity and some/lots of patience and you have yourself an excellent game. Like the other games of its style, players must draw a card, choose one concept from a list of varying difficult and describe it to the other players.…
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