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Album Review – The Very Best of Newton Faulkner….So Far

Sit back, relax and immerse yourself with this best of album, which is as relaxing as a candlit bath. Newton Faulkner has been around far longer than many of us realise.  He has busily created tunes which combine intriguing guitar work, rhythmic style and that surprising vocal range.  These abilities differentiate him from the “nice […]

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Album Review – The Japanese House – Good At Falling

British alternative indie pop band The Japanese House brilliantly string together synth charged energetic vibes with reflective indie oriented lyrics, creating record after record of sweet melodic music. Newest record, Good at Falling, springs to market 1 March. The album is filled with brilliant moments of sound and stillness, a cacophony of progressive sound that […]

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The Cardigans back catalogue remastered on vinyl

The Cardigans back catalogue remastered on vinyl In a fit of almost masochistic folly, The Cardigans released their debut album ‘Emmerdale’, into the UK music scene at the height of what was to become Britpop and during an overwhelming frenzy of lager and ladism.  In 1994 the world was not waiting for a soft and […]

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The Pack – ‘Dead Ronin’ vinyl release

When I first heard Theatre of Hate in 1980, they seemed to appear from nowhere.  Nobody sounded like Theatre of Hate then and no one ever did after.  However, Theatre of Hate did not spring up from nothing.  I found out much later that before Theatre of Hate was The Pack.  When I interviewed Kirk […]

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EP Review – Nothing Is Nothing – Alcuna Wilds

British Dutch atmospheric trip rock band Alcuna Wilds create massive records that undulate with transfixing tempos and melodic lyrics. Intermixing a slew of sonic elements including ambient breathy synths, sombre vocals and rock tinged drum patterns each song is a layering of sound that is simple yet complex. Released on 25th January Nothing Is Nothing […]

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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 wide of the mark. OK so this is a bit tongue in cheek but my, don’t people like to moan? Social media has been full of experts defining a new scientific paradigm; Schrodinger’s band. The […]

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Gregory Porter – One Night Only: Live at the Royal Albert Hall, album review

One Night Only: Live at the Royal Albert Hall is the latest release from Gregory Porter, on Decca Records. Recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall earlier this year, it is his first live release and it confirms why he is one of the best vocalists of his generation. His vocals are effortless and the […]

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Novo Amor – new album ‘Birthplace’

On first listening to Ali Lacey’s debut solo record ‘Birthplace’ (under the name Novo Amor), I was transported back to when I saw Sufjan Stevens play live, supporting Rosie Thomas in 2004 at Birmingham’s Glee Club.  Not just because of the musical similarities with Stevens’ albums from that time, but because of the way I […]

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Album Review – Tom Odell, Jubilee Road

Strikingly honest and soulful singer songwriter Tom Odell has made a career of combining heart wrenching lyrical content with intricately laid instrumentals. Over his two releases, 2013 Long Way Down and 2016 Wrong Crowd, Odell has masterfully crafted hit after hit, propelling him to sold out stages around the world. While the fame may have […]

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Album Review – Alt-J REDUXER

What is happening? It is my first thought when I open the new Alt-J project REDUXER. Expecting the indie transcendence that has come to typify Alt-J my brain was immediately bombarded by in your face urban tinged explosion, an intoxicating mixture of genre splicing that literally stops my breath. A reinterpretation of previous album RELAXER, […]

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Editors + Whispering Sons @ Arena Birmingham 27th February 2020

It made a nice change to go to a gig and not get battered about on the way there by […]

The Boys Are Back @ Symphony Hall, 25 February 2020

If you’ve come to this review expecting to see something about Thin Lizzy, you’re in the wrong place. No, this […]

The 1975 @ Arena Birmingham, 25th February 2020.

There’s often a conversation about where the future female headliners are or even female acts on festival line-ups. Well a […]

The Murder Capital + Egyptian Blue + Unorthodox Coolock @ O2 Institute 24th Feb 2020

It’s easy to get carried away in the here and now, especially with music.  Sometimes you have the feeling that […]

Palaye Royale @ KK’s Steel Mill Wolverhampton 23rd February 2020

What a week it has been for Palaye Royale , the first show of the uk tour in Glasgow was […]

Album Review Humanist – Humanist

Rob Marshall, one time sonic backbone of the stupendous Exit Calm, has surfaced under the pseudonym Humanist. I could cut […]