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LIVE REVIEW: Basement, Birmingham

Punchy riffs and lyrics you can shout your heart out to, Basement took over Birmingham’s o2 Institute2 by storm. Celebrating their most recent release ‘Beside Myself’, Basement bought along indie-rockers Joyce Manor and the chaotic Ecca Vandal along for the journey. Putting a spring in to the evening, Ecca Vandal bought a whirlwind of a set as she danced around the stage to synth-flled tunes. Keeping the audience on their… Keep Reading

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Miles Kane first night of two at Manchester Academy

Miles Kane plays to a packed crowd at the Academy, with a renewed vigour, one that seems to say thanks for coming along for the ride. Miles Kane brings His Coup De Grace tour and album for the first of two nights, to Manchester Academy, With a title inspired by his favourite WWE wrestler (the demonically body painted Finn Balor, who likes to finish opponents with his signature “Coup de… Keep Reading

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REVIEW: John Cooper Clarke, Toria Garbutt & Mike Garry at Bridgewater Hall

The Bard returned to Manchester. John Cooper Clarke came back home to tour ‘The Luckiest Guy Alive’ Whilst poetry may not be something that not everyone is into, it’s fair to say, JCC is one of the most important people, and highly overlooked people to come out of the Manchester scene. His poetry isn’t laced with love and fairytales, and instead is real and his collection has something in it… Keep Reading

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ONE TO WATCH: Lost Under Heaven

Come get Lost Under Heaven…. Lost Under Heaven are a relatively new band. But you might of heard of the band they emerged from, World Unite Lucifer Youth Foundation, or WU LYF for short. A product of the Manchester music scene, singer Ellery James Roberts left to join his girlfriend, Ebony Hoorn, in Amsterdam and Lost Under Heaven was born. And it was there that their first album was also… Keep Reading

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When COPENHELL Freezes Over 2019

Full program revealed for 2019 winter metal event SUNLESS DAWN, (0), COLD NIGHT FOR ALLIGATORS, XENOBLIGHT, TAINTED LADY and ALKYMIST delivers the hard sound page to an evil winter evening in hell when COPENHELL’s annual musical showcase “When COPENHELL Freezes Over” yet again takes over VEGA in Copenhagen in collaboration with MXD. “When COPENHELL Freezes Over” has become a regular must-go event, for everyone who wants to experience what is… Keep Reading

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Gerard Way Release New Track Getting Down The Germs

We were sure Gerard Way was working on his sophomore solo album, when he released his first new material in years last month. Today with a second new track, released in less than a month, we have another bold indicator that we are right!. The song is called Getting Down The Germs, released via reprise Records, and if the title doesn’t have you squirming at little at the thought, the petri… Keep Reading

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Allow us to introduce to you…..Kàryyn She is a Syrian-Armenian-American vocalist, artist and composer. She is also a new signing to the Mute label too. She is Kàryyn, and Flick Of The Finger wants you to get to know her better. And indeed, her brand new release, Quanta 11:11. This is a double A-side release too. The first song is, Today I Read Your Life Story 11:11. A song that was derived from… Keep Reading

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LIVE REVIEW: Gary Numan and the Skaparis Orchestra, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Bow before the Numan race….. Comeback is a vastly overrated word. Especially when the person in question hasn’t disappeared from anything. Gary Numan is a man with whom that word was associated with, until he smashed the charts last year with his album, Savage (Songs From A Broken World). He has now decided to turn it up a notch by doing an orchestral tour, and on Sunday 18th November, he treated Shepherds… Keep Reading

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Cane Hill Announce New EP Kill The Sun

New Orleans based Cane Hill have, most prominently since the established and current line up, provided brutal, emotionally charged alternative heavy metal with nu metal edges. An arguably odd genre path to travel, many having washed their hands of nu metal and its ilk some time ago, Cane Hill however, are not averse to some provocativeness in what they do. Cane Hill have announced a brand-new EP, Kill the Sun, to… Keep Reading

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REVIEW: Blue Nation Release Powerhouse Album ‘Kaftan Society’

The agonisingly long and tantalising wait for the new album from the Birmingham-based three-piece is now over. After a wave of behemoth singles that set the bar high, can Kaftan Society carry on the praise? Opener ‘Gimme Some Time’ sets the mood, and as I said in the single review back in May, ‘There’s something beautiful about the way it rolls along like an eighteen-wheeler about to mow you down.’… Keep Reading

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Palisades Share New Track Fragile Bones

New Jersey’s electronicore fusion purveyors Palisades have shared, Fragile Bones, the second track from their forthcoming new album Erase The Pain. Produced by Howard Benson (MCR, Of Mice & Men, In Flames) Erase The Pain is due for release via Rise Records on 28th December 2018. “Fragile Bones is about the pressure people feel to be a different version of themselves for whatever reason that may be. Whether to succeed,… Keep Reading

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GIGS: The Magic Numbers Announce 5 Date Tour

Following the release of the album Outsiders earlier in the year, London quartet The Magic Numbers will hit the road in December with some select tour dates across the UK, including Gorilla in Manchester, Nottingham’s Rescue Rooms, Islington Assembley Hall in London, plus two Scottish dates in Perth and Glasgow. Outsiders sees a grittier direction for the band, whilst losing none of their renowned melodic flair. In their four star… Keep Reading

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Ocean Colour Scene Support Teenage Cancer Trust With Intimate Solo Sets

Ocean Colour Scene support TCT with intimate solo sets with Simon Fowler Pretty Green celebrate Christmas Tour and announce intimate solo sets with Simon Fowler in Pretty Green stores.  The acoustic sets will be across 3 stores at the end of November: Pretty Green, Leeds – Thursday 22nd November- 7pm Pretty Green, Glasgow – Friday 23rd November-7pm Pretty Green, Birmingham – Wednesday 28th November 7pm The Birmingham band will then be… Keep Reading

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LIVE REVIEW: Tonight Alive, Birmingham o2 Institute

“Is anyone else feeling happy tonight? Because I am.” There’s no better feeling than nostalgia when seeing a band, and whilst Australian alt rockers Tonight Alive aren’t an old band, they bought the same energy and passion to Birmingham’s o2 Institute2 as they did when they first broke through. With Wolf Culture and Jamie Lenman supporting, the night flew by on an adrenaline induced high. Punk quartet Wolf Culture kicked… Keep Reading

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Black Oak County – the times they are a changing – Interview

Stopped in their tracks, or onwards to new horizons? Words and photography by Jakob Muxoll The Danish powerhouse of a hardrock band had massive success early on, released a critically acclaimed debut album, but was stopped in their tracks by a surprise departure by their singer, Niels Beier. Personal challenges plagued Beier, and with so many things, something has to give. Beier announced his departure from the band, and the… Keep Reading

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Stand Atlantic Announce 2019 UK and European Tour

Australian’s pop-rock outfit Stand Atlantic have announced a return to the UK and Europe for a headline tour in March and April next year. Stand Atlantic released, in October 2018, their debut album Skinny Dipping on Hopeless Records. Full of feel-good vibes with a side order of melancholy, the album, received plenty of thumbs up from critic’s sporting Cheshire cat grins. Soaked in a ’90s effervescence, Skinny Dipping’s title track… Keep Reading

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LIVE: Within Temptation, O2 Academy, Brixton

London goes Within Temptation… Within Temptation. A band from the Netherlands who have remarkably been around since 1996. Yet for some reason have never quite got the recognition they deserve. But all that has changed over the years, and on Tuesday 13th November, they played to a sell out crowd at the O2 Brixton Academy. And it was one hell of a show. The lights go down then come up… Keep Reading

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NEW MUSIC: Paper Buoys & The Pagans S.O.H ‘In Faith So Blind’

The Buoys are back in town…. Bands have normally done well from the Midlands. Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath are two examples. Fast forward to 2018 and it’s the turn of indie-punk rockers, The Paper Buoys. And they haven’t come alone either. The Paper Buoys hail from Birmingham, and they have teamed up with Black Country rap/rock outfit, The Pagans S.O.H, and this has created their new joint release, In Faith… Keep Reading

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Johnny Marr At The Roundhouse, Camden

Johnny Marr-vellous You could launch into a world of words to describe Johnny Marr. But there is no need, as his legendary status was already secure the moment he started The Smiths. Times change from those heady hey days, and now on his third solo album, Call The Comet, Marr entertained the troops at the Roundhouse in Camden on Sunday 11th November. And the crowd were in for a real treat. … Keep Reading

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Baby Chaos Tour Dates

Glasgow’s Baby Chaos have announced two forthcoming dates in Dundee and Glasgow in December when they will be performing songs from their soon to be released fourth album. Details as follows: DECEMBER Sat 01 Dundee Book Yer Ane Fest XII Fri 07 Glasgow Stereo Dundee Tickets: Glasgow Tickets: Facebook events page:   With the band members leading hectic and busy lives, it has taken a little longer than they would have liked to… Keep Reading

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