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Many things happen at the back of a bus. Today it’s where the Birmingham Observer caught up with Lissie, Sony’s new US import, bang in the middle of promoting her debut album, Catching A Tiger. “I usually know what’s going on a bit more,” jokes Lissie, “but we just flew into England from America.” Lissie […]

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NEWS: Major music project shelved as AWM collapses

One of the region’s most ambitious music initiatives has been halted in the wake of AWM’s demise. Music Central, a development programme for music professionals in the West Midlands, was due to start in September this year. The two year scheme planned to establish an industry support network ranging from mentor programmes to operational infrastructure. […]

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Nerm is a BBC broadcaster, DJ and underground muso

OPINION: The problem with ‘Asian’ music – Nerm

I’m in a bar or club and get introduced to someone. Sometimes in the paranoid gulf that is the entertainment industry, sometimes not. Wherever, whenever, the conversation often goes like this: “What do you do?” “I present shows for the BBC, mainly music ones. I also run a record label.” “Oh yeah, what station are […]

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INTERVIEW: Fyfe Dangerfield

Synonymous with ‘avant guarde’ Indie Rock ensemble Guillemots, lead singer Fyfe Dangerfield “had a bit of free time” after the band’s second album, Red. Two years later and his debut solo album Fly Yellow River got released into the musical wild alongside a smattering of ‘intimate’ UK gigs. Subsequent interest spawned more dates this September, […]

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Ed’s… Highlights – Aug ’10

Another UK festival seasons draws to a close. So far this summer; the angel of dance blew out her ten candles as Global Gathering made the restaurants of Stratford “too busy to comment”, Festival Republic took over The Big Chill – employing an army of sixteen year olds stewards to block roads from Malvern to […]

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