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PREVIEW: Misty’s Big Adventure / Hare & Hounds, Dec 24th

I’ve got one for you.  What do you get if you cross; jazz, lounge, psychedelia, two tone, pop & punk? I don’t know. Misty’s Big Adventure made a name for themselves being ‘weird’, or ‘avant garde’ if you live in Moseley. Named after a story in The Magic Roundabout 1968 annual, always a good start, Misty’s […]

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REVIEW: The Ordinary Boys – Maybe Somebody Tour / O2 Academy 2 (B’ham), Dec 9th

  Words by Ceri Black 7 years since their debut album, ‘Over the Counter Culture’, The Ordinary Boys embark on their final UK tour. The O2 academy was their Birmingham host, on what was possibly the coldest night ever recorded in the city. Wrapped up and excited the Birmingham Review went to see them check […]

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PREVIEW: The Ordinary Boys – Maybe Somebody Tour / O2 Academy (B’ham), Dec 9th

Widely unknown until Celebrity Big Brother, a rickety career ladder to stand on, The Ordinary Boys are back on the road after a 5 year live show hiatus. Armed with a new guitarist, bassist, keyboard player and pet cat, lead singer Samuel Peston is ‘freaking out just thinking about how fun it’s gonna be.’ Getting […]

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REVIEW: Hanson @ HMV Institute – 27.11.11

Words by Ceri Black 1997 has a lot to answer for; the death of Princess Diana, Tony Blair becoming Prime minister, and Hanson releasing ‘Mmmbop’. Now, after 5 years and three marriages, the Oklahoma trio are back touring the UK. Birmingham Review went to the HMV Institute to see how they’ve grown. I’ll admit, I […]

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REVIEW: ICE – by ACE Dance and Music @ MAC Theatre, 24th & 25th Nov

Words by Robert Kornreich Wonderful. Absolutely wonderful. The dance. The digital music. The lighting, video, graphics, all just… I’m sorry to sound gushy but while I watched ACE’s new production I thought: this is not happening; bodies can’t do this. But they did. OK, so what’s it all about? I’ve seen Gail Parmel’s amalgamation of […]

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