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New Release: The Magpie Salute – High Water I

Imagine a group of musicians from different bands coming together to form a new band. There you have, The Magpie Salute, a band with new and original music, releasing their debut album, High Water I, this Friday, 10thAugust. Pulled together by guitarist Rich Robinson, it continued a storyline he began in the Black Crowes with guitarist Marc Ford and bassist Sven Pipien. Meanwhile, vocalist John Hogg shared Hookah Brown with Robinson as keyboardist Matt Slocum and drummer Joe Magistro… Keep Reading

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He Is We, Birmingham – 26/06/18

With the release of their ‘Hold My Heart’ EP being released in April this year; He Is We hit the UK for the first time to showcase almost ten years’ worth of work with their Let’s Talk About Us tour. Originally starting off on MySpace, He Is We, more specifically Rachel Taylor, came to show their growth not only within the music, but also in personality. Bringing singer-songwriter Lizzy Farrall… Keep Reading

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The Wonder Years, Manchester Academy -13/04/18

It certainly wasn’t an unlucky Friday 13th for fans of The Wonder Years, as the band hit the Manchester Academy for an enticing and emotion-filled night. A week after the release of their sixth studio album ‘Sister Cities’, the pop-punk giants treated fans to two sets – one acoustic, one electric – to display their wide discography and proving to their fans that they will never let them down. Entering… Keep Reading

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Dodie, O2 Academy, Birmingham

“I write a lot of songs that are sad, I’m not sure why, it just happens sometimes.” Singer-songwriter and YouTuber Dodie bought her mesmerising performance to the o2 Academy in Birmingham, complete with a band to emphasise her stunning talent. The walk to the o2 Academy soon became a maze of finding the way to the box office, as loyal fans who had queued early snaked around the block. It… Keep Reading

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Milk Teeth, Mama Roux, Birmingham.

The last time we caught the punks in Milk Teeth on a UK tour was after the release of debut album ‘Vile Child’ in 2016. Now, with their two EP’s ‘Be Nice’ and ‘Go Away’ having been released in the July and November of 2017, to touring the US with Enter Shikari, Milk Teeth are back – bigger and stronger than ever. Kicking the night off were Nervus, who with… Keep Reading

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As It Is, 02 Institute, Birmingham

Brighton pop-punkers As It Is hit the o2 Institute, Birmingham as part of their EU ‘Okay.’ Tour. With Grayscale, Like Pacific, and WSTR opening up as supports, the night was truly destined to be full of crowd-surfers and push pits galore. Grayscale, hailing from Philadelphia, took to the stage first. Taking absolutely no time at all to get the audience off their feet, Grayscale proved to the room that they… Keep Reading

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The World is a Beautiful Place…, Asylum, Birmingham

“If your arms become smoke. Then I’ll have nothing left to hold” From the ambient space of rung out chords, to the interwoven melodies and heart pounding rhythmic sections. The World is a Beautiful Place and I’m no Longer Afraid to Die spare no exception in ensuring their live performances are as emotionally gripping and intense as the records themselves. Starting their insane twenty-two date tour off in Birmingham’s own… Keep Reading

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The Front Bottoms The O2 Institute, Birmingham.

“There’s comfort in the bottom of a swimming pool, I’m holding my breath for you”  From densely packed basements to the grand walls of Birmingham’s o2 Institute, The Front Bottoms’ have shown no signs of slowing down over the last few years. Now cruising to success on the backs of their smooth melodies, catchy hooks and innately charming lyricism; the acoustic duo gone pop outfit are living proof that no… Keep Reading

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Free Throw, The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham

“Two beers in, already feels like its one of those nights…” Finally, back in the UK supporting of their sophomore release ‘Bear Your Mind’, Nashville quintet Free Throw found themselves in the tightly packed walls of Birmingham’s The Sunflower Lounge. Armed with energetic riffs, harsh vocals and contagious sing-alongs, Free Throw brought emo back to Birmingham in style. Opening the night were locals Rubio, who effortlessly wowed audiences with their… Keep Reading

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Shader ‘Broken Minds’ ‘An Impressive First Single

Shader are a four-piece rock ‘n’ roll band hailing from the Macclesfield and Manchester areas and have just released their sensational début single to the world. Having received praise on the live circuit, have the band managed to capture that magic and transfer it across to recorded music? A lot of bands fail to make an impact when releasing records after having gained a certain level of popularity on the… 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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NEW MUSIC: Movements ‘Feel Something’

With the 2016 release of the Outgrown Things EP, Movements set out to make their mark on the emo scene. Touring with the likes of Real Friends, Have Mercy and Hotel books, the Californian Post-Hardcore band came out swinging. Cementing their name as one of the true up-and-comers of the ever active music community. Now, with the release of their debut album Feel Something the band are out once again,… Keep Reading

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REVIEW: Knuckle Puck Release ‘Shapeshifter’

It’s been two long years since the Illinois pop-punk group Knuckle Puck released their debut album Copacetic. But now, after the long anticipated wait, their second album Shapeshifter is finally on shelves everywhere. The beginning of the album is the calm before the storm, as ‘Nervous Passenger’ is a short but sweet opening. With vocalist Joe Taylor’s distinct voice ringing out above the more tranquil backing of the band. The… Keep Reading

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Review: Enter Shikari ‘The Spark’

Enter Shikari are a band that have made a phenomenal name for themselves, and with good reason. With their vocalised view on the world, and their punchy riffs, Shikari have gone from playing tiny pub venues to headlining London’s Alexandria Palace. It’s no wonder that their most recent album The Spark has been a very much anticipated wait. Although Shikari have taken a more melodic approach to the new album,… 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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United We Rock Tour, Hollywood Casino Ampitheatre, Chicago

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… Keep Reading

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NEW MUSIC: Cabezudos ‘Tempting Fate’

Cabezudos are back after their 2016 debut EP ‘She Waits’. After their well received debut EP came out in 2016, Cabezudos have come back on the music scene with their new single, ‘Tempting Fate’. The blues rock/alternative 4 piece really show off their talent, and also their influences with this new single. The song starts with a slightly Led Zep/Black Sabbath intro, with heavy bass, and classic rock guitar tone,… Keep Reading

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NEW MUSIC: From Royal Blood’s ‘How did we get so dark?’

After a highly successful, award winning debut album back in 2014, (which resulted in them playing Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds… …T in the Park and Radio 1’s big weekend and Download) and possibly the best start to a career they could have asked for, supporting acts like Arctic Monkeys, and Foo Fighters, and being given the thumbs up by both Dave Grohl and Jimmy Page, Brighton boys, Mike Kerr and… Keep Reading

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NEW MUSIC: Paramore ‘After Laughter Review’

It’s been a whirlwind of a month for Tenessee trio Paramore. With the release of their 5th album ‘After Laughter’ hitting shelves a little over a month ago, fans have had the time to really sink their teeth in to a completely new sound. Moving away from the days of head banging riffs, After Laughter shows how the band has matured. Despite losing a member, then regaining an old member,… Keep Reading

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Tom Chaplin, The Palladium, London

Tom Chaplin delights the capital with songs old and new. The ex-Keane frontman confronted his recent demons during an emotional performance at The London Palladium. It’s a cliché that bleak emotional turmoil can be a stimulating force for creativity. You have to reach rock-bottom to climb your way back into the light. If ever the cliché held good, it does so in the case of Tom Chaplin. Since he last… Keep Reading

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