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Welcome to the Flick Of The Finger live music review section. We cover live music and events across the UK, Denmark,  Nashville and Atlanta.    

The Saw Doctors Leeds O2 Academy 15th April 2017

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Tonight a virtually sold out Leeds O2 played host to Galway’s own The Saw Doctors. Formed in 1986 by Leo Moran and Davy Carton, the Celtic rockers have gone through a number of lineup changes but Leo and Davy have remained a constant. The gig was rescheduled due to Carton’s throat operation in the Autumn of 2016, but tonight he was back on form and ready to lead the party.…

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The Magpie Salute, Under The Bridge, London

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Rich Robinson and Marc Ford are back together and in fine form as The Magpie Salute. Playing Black Crowes, solo material and an assortment of classic cover tunes this “new” band are only on their 7th official gig but the future is bright. To say the anticipation is high for this reunion of Marc Ford and Rich Robinson, and the 4 night run of shows ‘Under The Bridge’ at Chelsea…

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Kasabian & Cabbage Smash, Llandudno

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It’s 6 o’clock on Tuesday evening and I’m sitting at home in Disley feeling pissed off having been turned down for a photo pass for the Kasabian/Cabbage gig in Wales, the first of a short UK tour of smaller venues. Suddenly a text message from Eoghan guitarist in Cabbage………GOT YOU 2 GUEST LIST PLACES… Cue a mad dash down the M56/A55 to arrive at the venue in Llandudno just after…

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Real Friends, Birmingham Asylum

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After rescheduling the original dates which were due to happen in December 2016, Real Friends hit the UK with a force that made up for the missed time. With a new line-up involving Microwave and Can’t Swim, Real Friends hit the Birmingham Asylum for a night of crowd surfers and push-pitters galore. Microwave opened the evening, jokingly telling the crowd ‘We’re a Limp Bizkit tribute act!’ Although far from this,…

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The Stranglers, Apollo, Manchester

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The Stranglers ended the last leg of a British tour to the Apollo Manchester. 40 years have passed, since they burst onto the Punk Scene, although back then they never did have that full-on safety pin, bondage, anarchy style that so many seemed to clamour for. The Stranglers have always had a musical edge, a polished poignancy, that stood them out as a musician’s band. With a full house before…

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You Me At Six, Doncaster Dome

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All killer and no filler, You Me at Six and Tonight Alive took the roof off the Dome tonight, in a show that was truly memorable. Tonight it was the turn of the Doncaster Dome to host the You Me at Six “Night People” tour. In a pop-punk spectacular we witnessed a combination of bands that made for an almost perfect night. Opening the show tonight were South West 3…

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Mallory Knox, KOKO, Camden Town

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Mallory Knox bring ‘Wired’ to the road. Cambridgeshire five-piece Mallory Knox blew the plaster from the walls of Camden’s KOKO on the first of their two-night headline residency promoting new album ‘Wired’. I’ve been listening to the latest Mallory Knox album in the car. As a result, my journey times have been reduced by an average of 17%. I’m not condoning or advocating speeding as a means of getting from…

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Children Of Bodom, ONI & Forever Still, Pumpehuset, Copenhagen

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Surprise from the support, excellent performance from COB Copenhagen, Pumpehuset: Children Of Bodom is on their 20 years anniversary tour, “20 Years Down & Dirty Tour”, bringing with them ONI (CA) and Forever Still (DK). This evening showed surprising performance from the support. ONI First support on stage, the sextet ONI from Canada plays progressive metal. Somewhat like the main act, they have synths in their tracks, but these are…

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Louis Berry, Soundcontrol, Manchester

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Its over two years since Liverpool’s Louis Berry first broke on to the music scene after famously securing a record deal after just two gigs and attracting nationwide attention following an incendiary BBC Introducing performance in 2015. Since then we’ve been treated to a handful of EP and single releases although an album recorded in Nashville in 2016 is set for release later this year. Live is where Louis Berry…

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Creeper, Birmingham O2 Institute

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With debut album ‘Eternity, in Your Arms’ gracing store shelves just days before tour started, Creeper worked their way around the UK to show that they are as powerful as ever. Working with ‘That’s Not Metal’ podcast to create a line-up full of exciting bands, Creeper bought Puppy, Energy, and Milk Teeth along for the ride. First up were heavy-metal 3-piece Puppy, and although a slower start to the evening,…

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Ghost, Manchester, 02 Apollo

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Tonight it was the turn of the Manchester unfaithful to come to confession with Papa Emeritus and his band of faceless Ghouls. We were treated to incense, smoke, CO2 canons, flash bangs, flames, confetti canons, .. oh erm .. lots more smoke  and some damn fine tunes as well. Ghost are on tour promoting their new EP, Popestar, without a doubt their best release yet. The Swedish theatrical, satanic, metal…

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Marc Almond Buxton Opera House 27/3/17

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Marc Almond has had a rich and varied career, first, as half of Soft Cell, the New Wave synth pop duo of the 1980’s then on to Marc and the Mambos an experimental collective embracing the avant garde art scene of the period before becoming a respected solo artist releasing over 20 albums many to critical acclaim. More recently he has become a regular on the 80’s Rewind Festival scene…

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Haken, Academy 3, Manchester

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Haken took to the stage Friday, on day three of their 21 day 10th anniversary tour. That’s ten years of creating some of the greatest prog’ you’ve probably never heard. Support was provided by French outfit The Algorithm and Pennsylvania natives Next to None. First up, Next to None, as they walk on the stage I’m wondering if these young lads are on work experience as roadies, until they pick…

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Judah & the Lion, House of Blues, Chicago

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Judah & the Lion pack the House of Blues in Chicago. The crowd roared and sang along as frontman Judah Akers started the night off with his second to none energetic stage presence. Judah and the Lion were supported on this tour by Wilderado.  They are based out of California and frontman Maxim Rainer could barely contain his excitement to be playing for the Chicago crowd.  They delivered an emotionally charged rocked-out set.…

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Dungen, Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago

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Dungen plays score to historic animated film The Adventures of Prince Achmed. The packed-in crowd went silent when Dungen took stage and the animated film started to roll.   Dungen’s task was to create an original soundtrack to the oldest viewable animated film in history.  Its plot is thickened with tales of an African Sorcerer, Aladdin, a prince, a witch, a flying horse, and flaming mountains.  While it is a silent film, the…

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All Time Low, Manchester Apollo

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All Time Low take to the Apollo stage with an explosive set Starting the ATL live at the ripe age’s of just fifteen/sixteen the band have built solid foundations on which they have formed great success.  With well-earned recognition for their success, the group has won two AP Awards and two Kerrang Awards, landed the title of “Best Pop Punk Band” at the Top In Rock Awards, and were named…

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Elbow, O2 Apollo, Manchester

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Tuesday saw Elbow take to stage for the final night of a 4-day residency at The Apollo. Hailing the end of a near month length tour of the UK. Doing my best to avoid a collection of superlatives, I was fortunate enough to catch the final night. Opening proceeding’s for Elbow was C. Duncan, and whilst the Mercury prize nominated musician certainly had very tight and enjoyable melodies, after the second…

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Strand of Oaks, Thalia Hall, Chicago

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Strand of Oaks captivated their nearly sold out audience Saturday night at Thalia Hall. Nothing could stop the crowd from being entranced from the moment Twin Limb took the stage until Strand of Oaks closed out the night. Twin Limb set the stage beautifully for Strand of Oaks tonight.  Lacey Guthrie has a magical voice that is even more enjoyable when accompanied by Ratterman and Bender. Kevin Ratterman’s guitar playing brings…

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State Champs, O2 Institute, Birmingham

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As It Is are a band well known for their energetic live shows. Therefore, it was only reasonable that they tour with the ever-eccentric State Champs. With the release of their second full length album ‘okay.’ that graced the shelves in January this year, As It Is came out to prove to fans that their energy had no wavered, and showed no signs of stopping anytime soon. The band took…

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Weirds Rock Sheffield!

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Friday night saw the up and coming Psych Rock foursome Weirds, play the Picture House social in Sheffield as part of their latest tour. I turned up a bit early and spent some time backstage with the band, I was greeted with free beer! Any band that offers you free beer and hospitality like these guys did are ok in my book. After chatting to the guys from the band…

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