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 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: BEACH SLANG – The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham

Nostalgia is big business nowadays. Bands reforming left and right, others playing classic albums in their entirety, intent on selling your youth back to you one overpriced concert at a time. And it’s not just within the medium of music: the hottest TV show of the summer was affectionate 80s Spielberg-rip Stranger Things, and while cinematic remakes are a dime-a-dozen, rarely do they feel genuine.…
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