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REVIEW: Laura Mvula @ Institute, Tues Oct 8th

Words by Matthew Osborne / Pic from Dawbell As I push through the double doors leading to the Institute’s modestly sized main theatre, I’m instantly struck by the noise. Those of you who regularly attend gigs will find nothing unusual about being able to hear sound at such an event, but the prominent noise tonight […]

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Laura Mvula

PREVIEW: Laura Mvula @ Institute, Tues Oct 8th

Local girl Laura Mvula has had quite a 2013. Releasing her debut album, Sing to the Moon, in March, to critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic, she went on to perform a memorable set at Glastonbury; just one date on a busy summer schedule that included dates all over Europe, as well as […]

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REVIEW: Live_Transmission: Joy Division Reworked @ Symphony Hall, Sat Sept 28th

Words by Matthew Osborne / Pics by Katja Ogrin There are some legacies that are just dangerous to mess with; and, especially amongst hardcore music enthusiasts, Joy Division’s is perhaps one of the deadliest. In the brief time pre-New Order, their music, lyrics and imagery struck chords that continued to resonate for decades; with many […]

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PREVIEW: Live_Transmission: Joy Division Reworked @ Symphony Hall, Sat Sept 28th

Above image by Philippe Carly This Saturday night (Sept 28th) sees the arrival of ‘electronic composer’ Scanner and the Heritage Orchestra’s collaborative touring show, Live_Transmission: Joy Division Reworked, at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall. Billed as a ‘totally unique audio-visual reinterpretation’ of the work of Joy Division, Live Transmission is a reimagining of not only the music […]

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Balkanic Eruption

REVIEW: Balkanic Eruption presents… Gypsy Fever + Damba @ Hare & Hounds, Fri Sept 20th

Words by John Noblet If you haven’t heard of Balkanic Eruption yet then you’re probably some kind of hopelessly deluded fool; or more likely, just don’t live in south Birmingham. It’s been around for ages now, somehow flying the flag for a fairly obscure genre of music in an age where ‘The Birthplace of Heavy Metal’ (I […]

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