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The Pretenders, O2 Apollo, Manchester

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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…

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Dream Wife, The Magnet, Liverpool

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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…

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Citizen, The Deaf Institute, Manchester

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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…

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New Found Glory, Manchester Academy

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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.…

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Chicano Batman, Thalia Hall, Chicago

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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…

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Trash Boat Tear Up Birmingham Institute

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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%…

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Modest Mouse, Coca Cola Roxy, Atlanta, Georgia

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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…

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Nick Mulvey, Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam

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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…

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Santana, Ascend Amphitheater, Nashville

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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…

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X Ambassadors, ULU Live, London

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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…

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All Set & Ready To Rock: Bingley Music Live 2017

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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…

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Muncie Girls Hit Brighton

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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.…

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Marmozets Announce October UK Tour

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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,…

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Pitchfork Music Fest Day 3, Union Park, Chicago

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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…

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The Moody Blues, The Ryman, Nashville, Tennessee

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The Moody Blues immersed fans in Nashville this past Saturday with their magical sounds. It was a hot and muggy evening in Nashville, Tennessee. As we approached the historic Ryman Theater it was clear The Moodies were going to have a full house to entertain. The Moody Blues aren’t just another English rock band. They are professors of progressive and art rock. If you were alive in 1967 there is a very strong chance that their…

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United We Rock Tour, Hollywood Casino Ampitheatre, Chicago

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Both REO and Styx brought nostalgia back to life for a packed crowd. It was a sweaty night in Chicago, and the bands only turned it up as the night went on. I managed to hit some traffic on my way to the show and came in a bit late only to catch the tail-end of Don Felder’s set.  He capped it off with a cover of ‘Hotel California’ complete…

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Pitchfork Music Festival Coming To Chicago This Weekend!

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Don’t Forget!!  Pitchfork Music Festival Returns to Union Park this weekend! In its 12th year Pitchfork Music Festival brings some amazing musicians to Chicago over the course of the three days.  With headliners LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest, and Solange you don’t want to miss a single day. You also won’t want to miss some of my personal favorites that I can’t wait to see. Madame Ghandi is going…

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Punch Cabbie, Live Wire Lounge, Chicago

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Punch Cabbie brings the noise to LiveWire Lounge! The lights dimmed as Punch Cabbie took the stage and the fans cheered in excitement. Punch Cabbie played with fire tonight.  After much excitement from the three opening bands, Punch Cabbie started their set around 12:30am. LiveWire Lounge is a small venue, but the room was filled with fans ready for the impending onslaught to their ears.  Overall the band sounded tight.…

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Paramore, O2 Apollo, Manchester

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After a formidable 3 years of almost nothing from the Paramore camp, the band come back to the UK with a bang. A month since their fifth album After Laughter hit the shelves, the time had finally come for fans to cherish the new material. On the 18th June 2017, Flick of the Finger were lucky enough to catch Paramore tear down the Manchester o2 Apollo – a venue they…

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Tool, Allstate Arena, Chicago

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Tool captivates the arena with unbeatable live performance. Maynard and the gang took stage as the fans jumped from their seats. In typical fashion for the last few years, Tool kicked off their set with ‘The Grudge’ from their 3rd full length release Lateralus.  It was the only song I was allowed to photograph, but it is also a 9 minute song so I didn’t mind, until being there in…

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