Live From The Ryman by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit Live From The Ryman by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit opens with 'Hope The High Road', a political guitar-driven anthem possessing all the right ingredients to tell you "Here’s the band you came to see". Politically outspoken, fiery with a side order of slide guitar and a sprinkling of nice harmonies - but it disappointed slightly as it felt like the sound tech wasn’t quite on point and the middle notes seemed a little muddy. However by track 2, '24 Frames', the sound technician seemed to have awakened and employed their skillset to its full potential with a much cleaner sound.


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Tom Walker From the moment a sunbeam of light immersed the stage; Scottish singer-songwriter Tom Walker was greeted with applauds from an army of fans at Birmingham’s O2 Institute. As if filtered through the trees of the Scottish Highlands, or even making reference to two hit songs Leave A Light On and Angels, his entrance was demonstrative of a cycle of lyrics that would set the scene for the rest of the evening, meaningful, emotional and down-right relatable.


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Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks Built in 1908 and Grade II listed, Manchester’s Albert Hall is another of those cherished Edwardian community buildings that are enjoying new life as a live music venue. The horseshoe gallery of the former Methodist chapel looks out towards a magnificent organ directly below which stand Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks.


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Alexander O'Neal As an 80’s baby growing up amongst the bright neon lights, catchy melodies and awesome anthems were the soundtrack to my childhood. As I neared adulthood the buzz of nostalgia filled, as the last Thursday of the month was 80’s night at Rosie’s in Solihull. 17 year old me snook into the club to party to the sounds I was born into with my group of college friends we used to always love nagging the DJ to play ‘Criticize’ and then belted it out to the boys who broke our hearts on the dance floor, so it was pretty apt my last night as a 35 year old was spent with the 80’s icon Alexander O'Neal.


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Coheed and Cambria American Prog-rock band, Coheed and Cambria recently released their ninth studio album, Vaxis Act 1: The Unheavenly Creatures album and is currently on a tour to support it. I was lucky enough to catch them a second time in just over a year at Roundhouse in London on Tuesday.


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Level 42 It was over 30 years since I last saw Level 42, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that the passing time hasn’t diminished their powers what so ever. Mark King and Mike Lindup on keyboards are the 2 remaining members of the original line up which saw brother Phil and Boon Gould leave the band in the late 80’s, although Boon would continue to write new material for the band. Originally formed in in the late 70’s, Level 42 really hit the mark during the mid 80’s which saw the release of the albums ‘World Machine’ and ‘Running in the Family’. Their distinctive jazz funk sound was underpinned by the Mark Kings trademark slap bass technique which often took on the role typical given over to a lead guitarist.


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Sir Cliff Richard Celebrating an impressive 60 years in the music business Sir Cliff Richard announced last year that he’d be taking his 58-18=60 tour to the UK and Ireland.


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The Parrots The Parrots have long garnered themselves a reputation as a band that prove to be as wonderful as they are wild at any given performance. Energetic, engaging, and anthemic to boot, theirs is a show that can bring even the dreariest of evenings to life.


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Jorja Smith Team Gig Junkies have been lucky enough to find themselves in delectable company of a certain Miss Jorja Smith twice this year. In the summer, on the day that a cartoon blimp depicting the American President was floating around London being roundly booed and jeered by 1000s of revellers like a modern day Court Jester, she was putting on a more classy showpiece at the wonderful surrounds of Somerset House. It was the perfect anecdote to all the political craziness.


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The Orb Most of you will (I hope) have a musical bucket list, and I’m glad to say that The Orb have been on my list for a long time, and Saturday night in Newcastle provided another tick on this list.


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whenyoung It takes a strong performance for a band to hold the attention of drunken students in the middle of a night out. This is exactly what newcomers whenyoung achieved whilst playing the side room of the Kasbah on a busy Friday night.


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Maribou State On an unusually warm autumnal Friday night it was a chance to catch critically acclaimed Maribou State on their current tour to promote their new album and EP which were released earlier this year.


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The Daniel Wakeford Experience The Daniel Wakeford Experience's adoring audience chanted Daniel's name eagerly as they waited for the Brighton singer to come to the stage.


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Tom Grennan It seems like he’s been around for ages but 23 year old Tom Grennan arrived on the scene a little over 2 years ago with his first single ‘Something In The Water’ back in July 2016. Since then he has released a steady stream of singles and EP’s and has built up large and loyal fan base. Initially an acoustic guitarist he has now become an accomplished frontman delivering an Indie/Alt rock sound, and his current tour is to promote his debut album ‘Lighting Matches’ which was released in July of this year.


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