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Hypnotic Brass Ensemble @ The Glee Club, 10th June '15 / By Ella Carman - Birmingham Review

REVIEW: Hypnotic Brass Ensemble @ The Glee Club, 10th June ‘15

Words by Helen Knott / Pics by Ella Carman From the days of the Salvation Army street bands, to David Byrne, St Vincent and Taylor Swift, brass has become a lot cooler in recent years. Raised in Chicago, the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (HBE) was taught music from a young age by their father, Phil Cohran, himself […]

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REVIEW: Föllakzoid + The Hungry Ghosts, Sky Children @ The Sunflower Lounge, Sun 7th June

Words by James Gardener Chilean psych band Föllakzoid weren’t content with playing one gig of blissed out cosmic music in the Midlands, so they decided to make a surprise lunch time appearance at Lunar Festival – before heading to The Sunflower Lounge for their eagerly awaited Birmingham Promoters show. Opening for them were Birmingham new […]

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REVIEW: Boat to Row @ The Rainbow, 22nd May ‘15

Words by Ceri Black / Images courtesy of Boat to Row & Birmingham Promoters Initially founded in 2009 as a solo project, Boat to Row have evolved into a band with an impressive live reputation – bringing this evening’s harmonious tones to the The Rainbow in Digbeth. Tonight’s venue, one of the few to be found under The Rainbow, is fairly low […]

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REVIEW: Lang Lang @ Symphony Hall, Fri 4th Apr

Words by Jonathan Glen / Pics by Steve Thorne & external sources Performing: Mozart Piano Sonatas 5, 4 & 8 / Chopin Ballades 1, 2, 3 & 4 It can’t be easy walking out on stage as ‘one of the world’s greatest pianists’. Having the knowledge that if this is not the best performance the […]

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REVIEW: China Shop Bull + Dantanna, Malarkey @ Wagon & Horses, Sat 29th Mar

Words by John Noblet Can you remember those World War II soldiers who, isolated from the rest of their army, hid on a deserted island and didn’t realise the war had ended, decades after everyone else had finished fighting? Sometimes music scenes work like that – the media declares something to be over, but a […]

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