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PREVIEW: Death Cab for Cutie @ Birmingham Ballroom – Friday Nov 18th

  Described by Atlantic Records as a ‘supportive brotherhood’, and everyone else as ‘rabidly independent’ – a troubling duplicity, Death Cab for Cutie are one of Indie Rock’s anti-celebrity success stories. Reaching significant prominence through Barsuk Records, the Seattle based Independent that signed them in 1997, tracks from their 4th studio album, Transatlanticism, were featured […]

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REVIEW: Carina Round, Hare & Hounds – 8.6.11

Carina Round – photo by Paul Ward It’s been two years since Carina Round performed in Birmingham, with a mid week Hare & Hounds gig one of only two UK shows the singer/songwriter has booked for 2011. Supported by the truly sensational Vijay Kishore and the unfortunately forgettable Dan Whitehouse, the H&H’s main room was […]

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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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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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