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Album Review: Suburban Studs – Slam 2 CD Set On Cherry Red Records

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Hurray For The Riff Raff

The Rainbow is one of my favourite venues in Birmingham, a quirky pub has a discreet back door towards the toilets that opens into what appears to be a disused warehouse. The exposed beams (and wires) and brickwork providing a backdrop to a corner stage. Despite the shabby appearance, the sound is always good in the Rainbow.  And even …

Chloe Leone

Chloe Leone is an up and coming songstress from Birmingham, now residing in London and making her first steps into the world of music. She has released her debut EP, the wonderfully cool and entrancing “Domesticated” which features four full tracks and two shorter skits which all showcase her terrific vocals and modern, engaging style. …

I don’t really know how to begin. I’ve been seeing The Stranglers live for nearly forty years. There is no band that I have seen more times than this one. I’ve seen The Stranglers be brilliant, and I have seen The Stranglers when they appear to have lost their collective way and fall short of …

Since their inception some decade (or more) ago, Birmingham Alabama’s Through the Sparks have developed an enviable back catalogue which includes a couple of albums and EP’s and three (no less) compilations, and a cannon of songs to caress the ears of lovers of indie-psych, with a nod towards psych. From their upcoming album Transindifference, …

Legendary Birmingham reggae band Steel Pulse have teamed up with the director Yoni Gal and the Oscar nominated producer Mile Lerner to launch an Indiegogo site to raise the funds needed to finish a feature documentary about the band, titled Dreadtown. Expected towards the end of 2016, it explores the history of the band, through …

Every once in a while you come across a band that legitimately rocks. There’s no posing or jumping on the bandwagon. There’s something honest and visceral about the music. Something genuinely scary, too. Scott Vincent Abbot and Poppy Twist of Birmingham’s Table Scraps can be very scary. And they rock. Table Scraps take that boy/girl rock …

What’s that? Is that a guitar jangle I hear? Is that that “loud-quiet-loud” thingy I used to hear so much back in those magical times called “the early 90s”? There’s something quite comforting in the Fender jangle and power-smashed drums with a strong vocal presence that harkens back to a time when ‘alternative’ in music …

Birmingham based five piece Editors have just released their fourth album, The Weight of your love. Not a great deal to talk about then except for that their looking for their third consecutive number one album. The band, Tom Smith on lead vocals, guitar, piano, Russell Leetch on bass guitar, synthesizer, and backing vocals, Ed Lay …