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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Live: THE WONDER YEARS at O2 Institute, Birmingham

A cold rainy night in Birmingham and The Wonder Years have assembled a jam-packed four-band bill. Sadly missing screamo/math rock unit Tiny Moving Parts, it’s up to St Albans’ TRASH BOAT to get things started. A shout of “when the chorus hits, I want everyone on their feet” seems to imply that they regularly play to crowds whose disinterest leads them to remain sitting throughout.…
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Live: THE HOTELIER at Mama Roux’s, Birmingham

You can boil down gigs to two main types. There’s the raucous, energy-filled explosion of an evening, supplied by bands that caffeinate a crowd with their movement-minded tunes. From The Beatles, T. Rex to pretty much every metal and punk band ever provide this form of show – essentially it is “extroverted” music.…
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Live: JIMMY EAT WORLD at O2 Academy, Birmingham

Reading four-piece THE AMAZONS are the ideal support band for Jimmy Eat World. Purveyors of crunching, caffeinating rock with a side of self-deprecation. Starting with ‘Stay With Me’ the band show a nice line in singalong choruses, and deceivingly inoffensive indie-poppery. But The Amazons are no flimsy indie types – just beneath the surface beat the hearts of warriors.…
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Live: LACUNA COIL at O2 Institute 2

Tonight is the first show of what is likely to be a very busy November, gig-wise. Inside Birmingham’s O2 Institute 2 a heaving crowd has assembled for Italian metallers Lacuna Coil. An interesting mix of metal-heads, goths and doomers; Opeth, Slipknot, Bring Me The Horizon t-shirts mingle with AC/DC emblazoned denim jackets.…
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Live: SONIC BOOM SIX at Mama Roux’s, Birmingham

Digbeth’s Mama Roux’s is a fairly new Birmingham venue, having only opened in March. It is here that Sonic Boom Six will play their Birmingham date, after being hastily moved from the under-reconstruction Rainbow. With its New Orleans-themed décor and vibrant atmosphere, Mama Roux’s seems especially fitting for this jam-packed night of (mostly) ska punk.…
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Live: JOHNNY FOREIGNER at The Flapper, Birmingham

It is Friday night at the Flapper and Johnny Foreigner are kicking off their UK tour. Joined by a pleasing duo of support, the night promises fun, laughter and a large helping of awkward alt rock dancing. Due to the non-appearance of opening act Andy McBurney, Nottingham’s LITTLE BRIBES are up first.…
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Feeder at O2 Institute, Birmingham

This is Feeder’s first tour in about 4 whole years. Did you miss them? With a touring band now consisting of five members (resulting in a Feeder that is three fifths not-Feeder) they are back in Birmingham on the eve of their ninth album, All Bright Electric. While new material has yet to be heard by the masses assembled, there is still a buzz in anticipation present in the mile-long long waiting outside O2 Institute – excitedly awaiting a night of quality pop rock.…
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LIVE Streetlight Society – Whistler Village Beer Festival

Streetlight Society had already won a few points with me by the time they arrived on stage, since there are few more pleasant ways to spend a few hours on a Sunday afternoon than being surrounded by dozens of beer kiosks in Whistler Village’s Olympic Plaza. I got to try pumpkin beer, turns out I’m easily amused by shit like that.…
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