MUSIC

Music is at the heart of Birmingham Review, it’s a core part of our passion and editorial focus. We love this city’s music scene and will report on and review it with nothing but over the table honesty.

Read our MUSIC pages here. And if you have a gig coming up, a release coming out, or you’re simply part of the local music scene with something to say, then get in touch with our editor: jaz@birminghamreview.net

Jam Jah Sound At The Station 23.05.22

Jam Jah Sound At The Station 23.05.22

Words by Reece Greenfield On Monday night, Mark and I decided to take a stroll down to Jam Jah, at the Station in King’s Heath. Upon arrival we assessed our surroundings, sat down with pints ...
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Donny Benét Schmoozes At Hare And Hounds 20/05/2022

Donny Benét Schmoozes At Hare And Hounds 20/05/2022

Writer Harry Croxford / Photographer Erin Connolly Performing at Hare and Hounds and supported by fellow Aussies, Greatest Hits, Donny Benét’s return to the UK is a triumphant expression of a libidinal, schmoozy, extravagance that ...
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Exile on Trinity Street At The Night Owl on 15 May

Exile on Trinity Street At The Night Owl on 15 May

Writer Richard Bari / Photographer Sian Dixon 12 May 1972, Exile on Main Street hits the shelves. Critically panned and widely misunderstood, the decadent yet unassuming double-LP settles into the charts and awaits its turn ...
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The Unique Experience At Hockley Social Club On 13 May

The Unique Experience At Hockley Social Club On 13 May

Writer Jasmine Khan / Photographer Hassan Ul-Haq My hand is stamped with an adorable martini illustration and I’m struggling to find a seat at The Unique Experience. Hockley Social Club’s got a nice buzz going ...
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Soul Sessions Present Skye Morrissey At The Night Owl On 11 May

Soul Sessions Present Skye Morrissey At The Night Owl On 11 May

Writer Mirab Kay / Photographer Ewan Williamson “We love you Skye!” bellows the crowd during the first few minutes of her set, a reflection of the familiarity and connection that buzzes throughout The Night Owl ...
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Seeking A New Journey Into Post-Punk Intensity? Consider Your Prayers Answered With Baudelaire

Seeking A New Journey Into Post-Punk Intensity? Consider Your Prayers Answered With Baudelaire

Writer Reece Greenfield / Images supplied by Baudelaire After having seen the Black Country pioneers Baudelaire perform live before, I expected their debut single ‘Prayers’ to be electrifying. However, upon hearing the driving rhythm section ...
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Osees Return To Birmingham To Kick Off European Tour 07/05/22

Osees Return To Birmingham To Kick Off European Tour 07/05/22

Writer Emily Doyle / Photographer Rob Hadley Indie Images  Exactly six months after a sell out show at the exact same venue, Osees (formerly Oh Sees, Thee Oh Sees, The Ohsees, Orange County Sound, OCS, ...
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Myles Newman Is The King Of The Hill At Kaleidoscope On 5 May

Myles Newman Is The King Of The Hill At Kaleidoscope On 5 May

Writer Richard Bari / Photographer Miren Harris Kaleidoscope locked, loaded, and hit the mark once again. The local promoters behind the monthly free event curated another wild night with a packed house, and a line-up ...
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Andy Panayi Quartet Live At The Warehouse Café 04/05/22

Andy Panayi Quartet Live At The Warehouse Café 04/05/22

Writer Henry Hanssen / Photographer Connor Pope The dark and rainy springtime in Birmingham is slowly but surely ending. Overcast and subdued evenings of sitting inside the pub, wrapped in your favorite scarf and coat, ...
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Dorcha Keep Birmingham Weird With Alt-Pop Epic ‘Bruiser’

Dorcha Keep Birmingham Weird With Alt-Pop Epic ‘Bruiser’

Writer Emily Doyle / Photographer Sam Wood - cover art supplied by Dorcha Sometimes acts feel the need to dredge up a song from their back catalogue over and over. It might be a fan ...
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Xhosa Cole Presents Jazz At Grosvenor On Bank Holiday Sunday

Xhosa Cole Presents Jazz At Grosvenor On Bank Holiday Sunday

Writer Jasmine Khan / Photographer Connor Pope I’ve not been to Handsworth for a gig before, and I’m not prone to moving much on Bank Holiday Sundays; but I’d travel pretty much anywhere to listen ...
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Katherine Priddy’s ‘Eurydice’: An Ephemeral Look At The Greek Gods

Katherine Priddy’s ‘Eurydice’: An Ephemeral Look At The Greek Gods

Writer Mark Roberts / Photographs supplied by Katherine Priddy Katherine Priddy has been an under-appreciated gem in the Birmingham music scene for a long while, but following her 2021 album The Eternal Rocks Beneath, no ...
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MØTE Do Indie Grooves At The Sunflower Lounge On 29 April

MØTE Do Indie Grooves At The Sunflower Lounge On 29 April

Writer Tabitha Green / Photographer Erin Connolly “I want to channel the artists of the 70s who were all about performance, you know?” MØTE frontman Alex tells me when I ask about his musical inspirations. The ...
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Erbium Records: Unity in Electronic Diversity

Erbium Records: Unity in Electronic Diversity

Writer Harry Croxford / Artwork supplied by Erbium Records Ambitious and experimental, with a vision that brings together both sound and image, newfound Birmingham/London electronic music label Erbium Records is an excellent addition to the ...
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Primeval Rhythms - Protomartyr at Hare & Hounds 25.04.22

Primeval Rhythms – Protomartyr at Hare & Hounds 25.04.22

Writer by Billy Beale / Photographer Rob Hadley Indie Images When Iggy Pop speaks, the wise shut up and listen. I first heard the name Protomartyr growled by Mr Pop on his BBC 6 Music ...
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Kathryn Williams at the Kitchen Garden Café 24.04

Kathryn Williams at the Kitchen Garden Café 24.04

Writer and photographer Ed King I wouldn’t necessarily describe myself as a ‘Kathryn Williams superfan’, but I championed her Mercury Music nominated album Little Black Numbers before it made the shortlist. Her soft declarations, personal ...
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Brain Food Support King Khan and The Shrines At Hare & Hounds on 22 April

Brain Food Support King Khan and The Shrines At Hare & Hounds on 22 April

Writer Jasmine Khan / Photographer Ewan Williamson It’s a pretty late start time of 9pm for hard to place psych band Brain Food at the Hare and Hounds on Saturday night; but the late evening ...
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Brum Locals Fitzroy Holt Support Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard at Mama Roux’s on 420

Brum Locals Fitzroy Holt Support Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard at Mama Roux’s on 420

Writer Jasmine Khan / Photographer Erin Connelly It’s been a while since I’ve been to Mama Roux’s for a gig. They’ve swapped the decadent décor for a cleaner aesthetic that gives the venue more breathing ...
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Expect Good Things From RnB Rising Star Indigo Marshall

Expect Good Things From RnB Rising Star Indigo Marshall

Writer Sannah Yousaf / Photographer BRYCE Rising R&B star Indigo Marshall has been on the Birmingham music scene for a few years now, making an impression on its residents with her classic take on RnB ...
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Pale World And An Apparition Ruin Bank Holiday Monday With Headliner Chalk Hands At Centrala

Pale World And An Apparition Ruin Bank Holiday Monday With Headliner Chalk Hands At Centrala

Writer Emily Doyle / Photographer Alice Needham As the Easter bank holiday weekend draws to a close, a select crowd of discerning listeners gather at Centrala. Local noisemonger Joe Parkes, a.k.a. Pale World, stands with ...
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Saxophonist Rachael Cohen Talks Birmingham Jazz Culture And Music Education

Saxophonist Rachael Cohen Talks Birmingham Jazz Culture And Music Education

Writer Henry Hanssen / Photographer Hassan Ul-Haq It is a sun-kissed evening in Birmingham late March and The Warehouse Café jazz sessions in Digbeth welcomes Royal Birmingham Conservatoire alumnus and formidable alto saxophonist, Rachael Cohen, ...
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We Speak To Danny C From Swampmeat Family Band About Working With Third Man Records and the future of Swampmeat

We Speak To Danny C From Swampmeat Family Band About Working With Third Man Records and the future of Swampmeat

Writer Mark Roberts / Photographer Maddie Cottam-Allan As I walk into The Night Owl ready to meet Danny C from Swampmeat Family Band at a fundraising gig, the vibe can only be described as familiar ...
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Maria Grapsa Transports Us To A Jazz Dreamland At The Ruin

Maria Grapsa Transports Us To A Jazz Dreamland At The Ruin

Writer Mirab Kay / Photographer Alice Needham The Ruin, on Floodgate Street, is a cosy little inn recently provided a home to some notable jazz talent, and will continue to do so on the second ...
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Birmingham Coop Promoters Delivers On Its Promise Of An Intergalactic Gig Experience

Birmingham Coop Promoters Delivers On Its Promise Of An Intergalactic Gig Experience

Writer Jasmine Khan / Photographers Maddie Cottam-Allan & Emily Doyle This Saturday just gone, Hare and Hounds hosted Birmingham Coop Promoters (BCOOPP) first event: The Fully Automated Luxury Space Communist Party. Full disclosure, this is ...
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Tuesday Jazz Nights At The Spotted Dog

Tuesday Jazz Nights At The Spotted Dog

Writer Henry Hanssen Since its humble beginning in 2011, Tuesday night jazz at the Spotted Dog in Digbeth have become a staple on the Birmingham jazz scene, attracting an audience just as diverse as the ...
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Mdou Moctar: Psychedelic Tishoumaren Rock

Mdou Moctar: Psychedelic Tishoumaren Rock

Writer Harry Croxford / Photographer Rob Hadley – Indie Images Presented by the folks over at This is Tmrw and Hare and Hounds on Friday, Mdou Moctar are electric in their rapturous repurposing of tracks ...
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Looking back on International Women’s Day: Rosie Tee is Officially Brum’s Björk

Looking back on International Women’s Day: Rosie Tee is Officially Brum’s Björk

Writer Emily Doyle / Photography Taylor Wright Last month Rosie Tee headlined the Hare & Hounds International Women’s Day Celebration, with Support from Echo Juliet, Lara Jones and Japes. Rosie Tee, is in fact an ...
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Melt-Banana Mesmerise Crowds at Hare and Hounds

Melt-Banana Mesmerise Crowds at Hare and Hounds

Writer Tabitha Green / Photographer Ewan Williamson Following Tokyo noise rock duo Melt-Banana’s first Peel Session in late 1999, John Peel described the performance as “Just mesmerising, absolutely astonishing." As I witness the pair in ...
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The Devil In My Guinness

The Devil In My Guinness

Writer Mark Roberts/ Photographer Jess Whitty As you enter Norton’s on Meriden Street, you really get a sense that this is a proper Irish pub. I can’t quite put my finger on it, it’s all ...
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What Showcases Brum’s Talent For Fusion Like Neighbourhd?

What Showcases Brum’s Talent For Fusion Like Neighbourhd?

Writer Jasmine Khan / Photographer KASA On the first Monday of each month, Neighbourhd runs its regular showcase and jam session at The Night Owl, in Digbeth. Neighbourhd's approach, unsurprisingly, is heavily community focused and ...
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Ozzy Osborne interview - 26.06.10 / Paul Ward

INTERVIEW: Ozzy Osborne

Words by Ed King / Pics by Paul Ward Everybody’s waiting. The media in a corridor upstairs, the fans against the railings downstairs. Gargantuan pillars of security standing stoic in the middle. We were all told ...
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