Archive | April, 2011

PREVIEW: Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring 3D @ Symphony Hall

Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring has always been a visual production, from the original French ballet, to Disney’s incorporation of the score in the animated feature film ‘Fantasia’. Now it comes to the Symphony Hall, performed by the CBSO, in a modern combination of technology, film and dance, with the innovative score and choreography feeding a […]

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REVIEW: Children of Bodom, O2 Academy (B’ham) – 8.4.11

Not too far from the city centre, metal fans young and old (though mostly young) gathered outside the O2 Academy. The reason? To see Finnish ‘melodic death metal’ quintet Children of Bodom play the Birmingham leg of their ‘Ugly World’ tour. Crowds entered the venue with little else than the clothes on their backs, the […]

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REPORT: UK acts up at SXSW

The Vaccines As UK artists dominate the top spots on the US Billboard album charts, with Adele, Marsha Ambrosius and Mumford & Sons at positions 1,2 & 3 respectively, one of the world’s biggest and most influential music conferences comes to a close in Texas. South By South West, or SXSW as it is more […]

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REVIEW: Chalet Girl

Review/interview by Ed King ‘Its got snowboarding, Bill Bailey, and girls in hot tubs…’ was Chalet Girl director’s defence of ‘this year’s Bridget Jones’ to the UK’s male population. Sitting in the cinema, roughly a decade older than the rest of the audience, I was not short changed on the snowboarding.  Chalet Girl is the […]

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NEWS: Late licence extenstion for Bull’s Head, Moseley

Since being taken over by new management four years ago, the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath has seen everyone from Gilles Peterson and Norman Jay, to Roy Ayres and UB40 play in its 200 capacity main room.  Now the same owners have committed to ‘develop local artists and events’ at their sister venue, The […]

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