Wilko Johnson Wilko Johnson arrives for the last night of his tour in York, proving he’s definitely not dead yet! There is an overwhelming simplicity to this, a 3 piece band, playing classic R&B tunes for an hour and a half with no backdrop (just a black curtain), no huge light show or need to occupy the whole of the stage. It’s breathtakingly perfect, a stripped back no nonsense honest showcase of what old school rock and roll music should feel like.


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The Kooks Fresh into their mammoth ‘comeback’ tour of the UK, The Kooks presented a night of nostalgia, rock ‘n’ roll and explosive energy at their sold out gig at Birmingham’s O2 Academy on Saturday night. The pop-rock band made up of Brighton boys Luke Pritchard, Hugh Harris, Alexis Nunez, and Peter Denton, are playing 17 gigs to coincide with the release of their current single ‘Be Who You Are’ whilst they ready us for the release of their fifth album, treating us to a taste of what to expect.


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Jasper Carrott And so to a hidden little gem of a venue in the heart of the Black Country, to see a legendary local comedian with friend and legendary musician in tow, with a bunch of friends. What more could you want on a Friday night, as we pop along to Dudley Town Hall, to catch up with Jasper Carrott, Bev Bevan and friends and to Stand Up and Rock.


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Chelsea Wolfe Warming up in the UK, Chelsea Wolfe added a few European shows around her performances at Roadburn, Hellfest, Dudefest, Smoke the Fuzz Festival, and Sideways Festival. Not one to complain about seeing Chelsea again, we went onto the 3rd show of the short tour in Manchester, which has the most about of homeless people in the space of 2 blocks I've ever seen... Very sad.


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Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble Stereolab, the ‘avant-pop’ band formed by Laetitia Sadier and Tim Gane back in 1990, have been on hiatus since 2009, since when Laetitia has embarked on a solo career. Last month saw the release of ‘Finding Me Finding You’, the first album released as Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble. Speaking on Marc Riley’s 6 Music programme last week, Laetitia indicated that, as she was working long-term with a trusty group of accomplished musicians, she felt she should release an album under a collective band moniker. So the current tour is a band outing promoting the new Source Ensemble album.


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The Magpie Salute The Magpie Salute play layer upon layer of classic rock, Rich Robinson and birthday boy Marc Ford are back together in fine form as they stun a London audience with a two hour setlist of great covers and Black Crowes songs.


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Kasabian Birmingham welcome Kasabian with open arms! Treating audiences to just 8 intimate shows across the UK this month, Leicester's favourite sons are back with ‘For Crying Out Loud’, their explosive 6th studio album which brims with confidence, swagger and unsurprisingly HUGE anthemic tunes (released April 28th).


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10cc Tonight's band were at their people in the early mid 70s. What seems a million miles away, these guys brought artmusic to the fore, mixing genres and creative inspirations and giving the world a raft of iconic hits. 40 odd years on, in the luxurious Symphony Hall, we’re here to take a peek into 10cc's hugely creative musical journey…


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The Amazons It was the glorious surround of the avant garde Mama Roux’s in Digbeth that greeted the newest kids on the block, The Amazons to Brummyland on Tuesday night.


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New Model Army A rallying call to the faithful, to the heart of England, to a legendary venue, in the back-end of the Black Country. And the faithful and then some, have responded to the call en masse. Welcome all to the powerful, raw and legendary New Model Army.


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Bear's Den As the London based duo Bear's Den graced the stage they were met with an excited cheer from the packed out Nottingham Rock City crowd, and effortlessly chimed into first track 'Red Earth & Pouring Rain', closely followed by 'Emeralds'. The stage was alight with a warm golden glow that cast a misty haze across the band which had you believing you could quite easily be at a folk festival rather than cramped into a two tiered room in the middle of the East Midlands.


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Esprit D'Air Esprit D'Air returned as a trio with the members, Kai, Ellis and Daishi to announce their upcoming new single 'Guiding Light' due to release on 12 April after the successful released of 'Rebirth' in late 2016, their first single in four years.


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Blackberry Smoke Southern Rock is a funny genre, it’s coloured fruit from a hotch potch of original blues, soul and rocknroll and yet mainly played by white blokes with long hair, beards and hats. Name me three Southern Rock bands and I guarantee there is a hat and beard in there somewhere, in fact most people would probably struggle to name three anyway. Lynyrd Skynyrd with Freebird/Sweet Home Alabama would be the populist call, and yet there have been many others more recent to take their trophy. Most notably for me personally are The Black Crowes from Atlanta Georgia, back in the early 90’s they developed a blues rock sound that had more than a nod to the Allmans, Grateful Dead and other jam bands of the 70’s. And it’s back to that same State in the US which has sent 2 current bands out to the world with a similar trade to sell – Blackberry Smoke and Biters might both be from the same city but are clearly different in style and attitude on stage.


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Blossoms As a callow youth I thought I was too cool for support bands. That changed sometime in the ‘90s when I discovered that the band I missed out on supporting Inspiral Carpets was a fledgling Oasis, going under the moniker Rain. Now sometimes it just can’t be helped. I was at a wedding yesterday which meant by the time we got to the O2 we’d already missed Rory Wynne. Cabbage have been on my must see list for some time but despite my promises to myself I always keep missing them. I did manage to catch 5 minutes of them once supporting Blossoms at The Leadmill. This time I was determined to catch the full set. Failed..


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