Stumbling across live music

I love living in a city for so many reasons, but one of which is the richness of live street art and music that you can stumble across – sometimes it’s part of a festival and sometimes it’s just because.  Last night whilst I was ambling around the city centre, trying to decide what I …

Jimmy Eat World, HMV Forum, 22/6/11

HMV Forum, London 22nd June 2011 I’ve been trying to write a review of the Jimmy Eat World gig I went to last week but struggling.  I’ve written several attempts, but they just come off too gushing.  So, rather than try and write a straight up review, here’s my thoughts on the two albums they …

Brand New Birmingham setlist – 26/06/09

Brand New’s set-list from the Birmingham o2 Academy. 1. The Shower Scene. 2. The Quiet Things. 3. The No Seatbelt Song. 4. Sic Transit Gloria. 5. Okay I Believe You. 6. Jaws Theme Swimming. 7. Web in Front (Archers of Loaf cover) 8. Play Crack the Sky. 9. Gasoline. 10. Sowing Season. 11. Millstone. 12. …

Birmingham Academy is moving

Birmingham’s Academy is finally moving. They’ve been threatening this since I started secondary school back in 1996, but it’s finally going off to the old Dome II just off from Smallbrook Queensway to some place apparently called Horse Fair. Editors play the opening night on 10th September. This is fantastic news. The current Academy really …

Say Anything gig at the Birmingham Barfly

Birmingham Barfly 9th June 2008 Real life often gets in the way of going to gigs and when it does it’s annoying. What’s more annoying is when you spend more time travelling to and from a show than the band plays on stage. Unfortunately for me, tonight was one of those nights. I spent close …

Give It A Name Introduces

19th May 2008 Birmingham Carling Academy 2 Fresh off the back of the Give It A Name festival, Four Year Strong, Meg and Dia, The Colour Fred and Mayday Parade were on a mission to gain further fans on a string of revolving-headliner tour dates. Birmingham saw Four Year Strong opening the show with headline …

Give It A Name Festival 2008

Sheffield Hallam Arena 10-11 May GIAN this year was interesting. I’d originally agreed to go because of the awesome time I had last year and I think had the 2007 line-up been the one from this years, I would never have gone in the first place. For me, it was uninspiring and incredibly lacking. The …

Envy and Other Sins at the Birmingham Barfly 29/4/08

29th April 2008 Birmingham Barfly Winners of the T-mobile Act Unsigned and local boys Envy and Other Sins’ homecoming gig at the Barfly was likely to be something special and the inclusion of a small string section on the heavily cramped stage really made it. Teaming up with fellow Brummie band Deluka their quirky indie-rock …

City and Colour at the Glee Club 8/4/08

8th April 2008 Birmingham Glee Club Dallas Green’s side project City and Colour is a complete surprise. Gone are the screaming, thrashing guitars of the post-hardcore alexisonfire and replacing them is an acoustic guitar, introspective lyrics and a sort of stop-you-in-your-tracks simplicity. The fantastic Attack in Black support Green, both as a warm-up act and …