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Kerrang! Tour, 02 Institute2, Birmingham

Another year, another killer Kerrang! Tour. With a varied line-up, the tour hit Birmingham for its first date of the run, which involved Casey, Vukovi, Boston Manor, and The Amity Affliction.   Humbled and emotion-filled, Casey were the first to grace the stage. They did not need to move around the stage in an attempt to get their passion across, and it was clear that they already had a rather… Keep Reading

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Creeper, 02 Institute, Birmingham

It’s almost as if Creeper fans can’t catch a break, much to their delight. After the uproar that the mystery of ‘James Scythe’ created (to those who don’t know, it is a VERY long story to tell), the Southampton punks toured the UK again, but this time, bigger and better than ever before.   Along for the ride were Nervus, Microwave, and Can’t Swim. With the long line of eager… Keep Reading

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Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes, 02 Institute, Birmingham

The second night of the tour, and Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes came to make Birmingham wake the hell up. With support coming from Australian tornado Ecca Vandal and the UK’s punk-rockers Basement, Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes really made the night something to remember.   Ecca Vandal opened the night in a flurry of dynamic moves and electric tunes. A buoyant display across a limiting stage, there was no… Keep Reading

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REVIEW: Sly Antics at The Burgess, Manchester

  One small venue, one giant set. After wonderful support, Sly Antics ended the night on an almighty high. Want some Sly Antics Merch? read on for more details… Sly Antics absolutely blew the roof off The Burgess with a short, but absolutely brilliant set, featuring covers of Kanye West and The Chemical Brothers, and some new material, which went down a treat with the screaming fans. The band kicked… Keep Reading

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Ben Folds, Riviera Theatre, Chicago

The Riviera Theatre and it’s attendees reveled in the night with Ben Folds and his piano. Ben, looking sharp as ever, took the stage with poise and a shaggy beard and filled the air with the echoing beauty of his grand piano. From the first touch of Ben’s band-aid covered fingers to the cold ivory the crowd stared in awe.  They sang along to every inch of every song.  They… Keep Reading

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Frank Iero and the Patience, Wolverhampton Slade Rooms

Frank Iero once again proves that even fourteen plus years into his career, he can still put on one hell of an electrifying punk show. Swiftly cruising on from their September EP release Keep the Coffins Coming, Frank Iero and the Patience quickly found themselves back in the UK for more – this time in Wolverhampton’s one and only The Slade Rooms. The jam packed night was opened by alt… Keep Reading

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The Pretenders, O2 Apollo, Manchester

Chrissie Hynde and her latest crop of Pretenders rock a Manchester stage. It has been 14 years since The Pretenders played Manchester and John Hayhurst went along to review for Flick of the Finger to see if Chrissie Hynde still packs a post punk punch. I have a history with the Pretenders. It appears that every time I see them live something untoward happens, in the eighties at Newcastle I… Keep Reading

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Dream Wife, The Magnet, Liverpool

Dream Wife stormed into Liverpool with support from Sløtface and Peaness. Thursday 12th October 2017 saw Dream Wife hit Liverpools’ Magnet club. The three piece of Rakel Mjoll – Vocals, Alice Go – Guitar and Bella Podpadec – Bass, showed other bands exactly how to wow an audience. With punchy guitars, hammering bass, somewhat explicit lyrics and quirky singing, Dream Wife became a firm favourite with the Liverpool crowd. Before… Keep Reading

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Citizen, The Deaf Institute, Manchester

Bands like Citizen don’t come around often anymore! From the grit in Mat Kerekes’ uniquely haunting voice to the booming fuzzed up bass tone of Eric Hamm. The emo quintet have consistently delivered massive choruses crafted with lyrics as angst-filled and hopeless as they are eerily relatable. Now, returning to the UK for a short run of shows its safe to say that the gang of Michigan’s finest brought Manchester’s… Keep Reading

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New Found Glory, Manchester Academy

New Found Glory promised a party, and that’s exactly what they delivered. The Floridian punk rockers returned to Manchester last Friday, to celebrate ’20 years of pop punk’, playing their albums Catalyst and Stick and Stones in their entirety. Fresh from an Australian tour, a US tour and two festival appearances, New Found Glory prove that a hectic touring schedule does not dampen the energy of this notoriously dynamic quartet.… Keep Reading

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Chicano Batman, Thalia Hall, Chicago

Chicano Batman’s brings a holistic experience to Thalia Hall. The crowd erupted once frontman/multi-instrumentalist Bardo Martinez played the first notes on his keyboard. I don’t have a long history with Chicano Batman.  I have heard the name around different places and have heard a few songs as they streamed across my path. But when I was given the chance to see them up close and personal, through my camera I… Keep Reading

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Trash Boat Tear Up Birmingham Institute

If you’re looking for a few words to sum up Trash Boat’s live shows, they would probably be along the lines of sweaty, chaotic, but simply fun. Trash Boat rounded off their UK headline tour at the o2 Institute3 in Birmingham. With supports from Homebound and Broadside, the evening was an absolute treat to those who were witnessing it first-hand. A night tied together by both support bands giving 110%… Keep Reading

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Modest Mouse, Coca Cola Roxy, Atlanta, Georgia

The forever unpredictable Modest Mouse packed the house at the Coca Cola Roxy in Atlanta, Georgia this past Sunday and fans were torn on how they felt about the performance. Anticipation and discomfort was building in the crowd as the sound of bees buzzing and humming blasted through the speakers. The sound may have had a different effect on the crowd than it was intended to have. After what seemed like forever, the band walked out… Keep Reading

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Nick Mulvey, Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam

He’s back – Mulvey performs his newest album during a sold-out Amsterdam show The British singer-songwriter blessed his Dutch audience with a heartfelt performance, new live band in tow. Nick Mulvey’s voice is the musical equivalent to a hot bubble bath – totally soothing. Taking the stage at Amsterdam’s Paradiso Noord on a sunny Thursday evening, the singer-songwriter opens his sold-out show with ‘Remembering’. On his newest release – and… Keep Reading

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Santana, Ascend Amphitheater, Nashville

The irreplaceable Rey of Latin rock blessed Nashville with some of the most instantly recognizable guitar chords on warm Sunday night. Incense wafted through the air as Carlos Santana and his band transformed Ascend Amphitheater in to a space of love and peace. With a sound unbound and so pleasing he has never had to reinvent himself to stay relevant, Santana took the stage with his current band and peeled out the first notes… Keep Reading

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X Ambassadors, ULU Live, London

X Ambassadors were full of surprises at The Venue (the recently refurbed venue at the University of London), as part of their current VHS tour. The US four-piece played an energetic set of old songs and new to a packed room of adoring fans on 29 August 2017. My mate Mike first alerted me to X Ambassadors. We have a thing where we recommend new music to each other, which… Keep Reading

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All Set & Ready To Rock: Bingley Music Live 2017

Bingley Music Festival Myrtle Park is set to host something very special as Bingley Music Festival returns to the leafy setting for another year on 1st to 3rd of September. The festival, which is now in it͛s 11th year, burst onto the festival circuit back in 2007 and has quickly become one of Yorkshire͛s most celebrated outdoor music events. Returning bigger and better than ever, Bingley Music Festival is spread… Keep Reading

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Muncie Girls Hit Brighton

Fresh off of a busy weekend performing at Reading and Leeds Festival, punk rock trio Muncie Girls hit The Hope and Ruin in Brighton, waving off the bank holiday weekend with a bang. Supports for the night came from local bands H_ngm_n and Crushing, completing the laid back and welcoming vibe of the evening. Since forming in 2012, Muncie Girls have been doing their absolute most to push their music.… Keep Reading

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Marmozets Announce October UK Tour

It’s been a long while without Marmozets kicking and screaming their way through the music scene. But after a Reading and Leeds Festival 2017 announcement, and heading off on their shock intimate tour this week, the alt-rockers have announced a longer and larger tour for October this year. Busy busy! Starting the tour at Hull’s The Welly Club on the 17th October, Marmozets are set to hit Middlesbrough, Glasgow, Leeds,… Keep Reading

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Pitchfork Music Fest Day 3, Union Park, Chicago

Day 3 at Pitchfork Music Fest was one for the books! In typical fashion I arrived right before the opening act came on.   I wasn’t sure if Sunday’s lineup could live up to Saturday, but a few acts had caught my eye and I was excited for those.  I arrived at the photo pit for Kilo Kish.  I went through and checked out all of the artists prior to… Keep Reading

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