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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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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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PREVIEW: Ben E King & Gary U.S. Bonds @ The Jam House

This month Ben E King comes to Birmingham. On March 16th, the man responsible for one of the most revered, recognised and replicated songs in history, the simple and poignant ‘Stand By Me’, will be performing at The Jam House inSt Paul’s Square. In an evening hosted by R’n’B vocalist Gary U.S. Bonds, these two […]

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REVIEW: Band of Horses, O2 Academy (B’ham) – 28.1.11

Review by Ceri Black Band of Horses, from Seattle but now based in South Carolina, describe themselves as ‘Indie Country Rock’. This is apt. With a casual stroll onto the Birmingham O2 Academy stage, checked shirts and trucker hats, BoH looked and sounded like they’d just rolled in from the trailer park. But their music […]

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PREVIEW: Christian Scott @ Hare & Hounds

Another Atlantic import lands at the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath, this time in the shape of 27 year old Jazz trumpeter Christian Scott. Heralded as ‘the Architect of a new commercially viable fusion’ and ‘Jazz’s young style God’, Scott is the nephew of alto saxophanist Donald Harrison and a prominent face in today’s […]

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