Tori Amos I know commitment. I know love, and dedication, and perseverance… as evidenced in my long time love affair with Tori Amos. Through her dabbling with electro (not keen, but I love her nonetheless), creating a beautiful musical theatre piece (vastly underrated), jetsetting to international gigs (staying in strangers houses all over the place), nurturing friendships with other similarly obsessed fans (she inspires obsession and camaraderie more than any other musician I know), and seeing her more than 25 times in my 20+ year love (and counting).


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Regina Spektor I’ve seen Regina Spektor play tiny venues, armed with just a piano, and a chair that she slapped for percussion on acapella tracks, but with the Symphony Hall comes drummer, keyboard and cellist. Strangely, no support for the Birmingham date at least (though I’m assuming it’s for the whole tour, as none has been advertised?) so I’d imagined an early curfew for once... But with a 24 song set, I was quite mistaken.


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Ani Difranco At a seated Birmingham Town Hall, with hardly half of the seats filled, a man with long long dreadlocks took to the stage to introduce the evening. I’ve seen Ani Difranco over 15 times now, and this wasn’t a face I recognized, but in recent years I’ve seen her less and less, so perhaps this is the new norm.


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Album Review: Laura Marling 'Semper Femina' Marling’s 6th album in 9 years is entitled Semper Femina, a nod to a longer quote from Virgil: “varium et mutabile semper femina“ – “woman is ever a fickle and changeable thing”.


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Agnes Obel YES YES YES! AN ALL WOMEN SET! (I couldn't help but hop excitedly from foot to foot at this. I'm so tired of all male backing, even for women! Nice one, Agnes!) her crew consisted of a cellist, oboe player, Agnes on keyboards, and another woman on drum machine. All dressed in white - they appeared formidable.


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Jesca Hoop I came late to the Hoop train, as mentioned in my earlier review of her tour with Sam Beam (of Iron and Wine fame). It’s no secret that I obsess over female singer songwriters - specifically those whose songs elicit feelings of sorrow and loss. Hoop’s earlier work varies in sound to my ears - unbeknownst to me, I’d heard ‘Born To’ many many times on BBC 6Music, without registering who she was, with it washing over me. But that song is heavily produced, with full band. And my preference is Hoop on her own with a guitar, stripped back and intimate.


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Ludovico Einaudi In a sold out room of people where we are each alone and listening only to these men play just for us.


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Tom Odell I’ve been interested in Tom Odell, long before ‘Can’t Pretend’ was used to advertise the latest series of The Newsroom (at which my heart dropped as no good has ever come from someone whose song has been used in advertising before they’ve even established themselves). ‘Can’t Pretend’ reeled me in the very first time I heard it – not so much through any complexity, but instead through the rhythmic ebb and flow of a song whose melody blended with simplistic lyrics to create a rousing tidal wave crashing down and leaving only an empty flat refrain – an aftermath, acceptance of the unhealthy relationship described therein. A song written by a talented songwriter that left me wanting more. Fast forward through 2013, the release of Long Way Down, a string of nominations and awards, and now I finally had the opportunity to see him live.


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Har Mar Superstar Har Mar Superstar took to the stage – with Lizzo as one of his backing singers. Wearing a white tassled leather jacket with a black hoody underneath (the Hare and Hounds is a bit chilly in the winter!) he gyrated around the stage showing off his more mature well rounded funk sound. Great rapport between Sean and Lizzo during DUI and then it was off with the leather jacket, to reveal a sequinned poncho over a geometric print tee. I love his playfulness with fashion, and seemingly so do a lot of women in the crowd who were cooing over him.


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Har Mar Superstar Har Mar Superstar took to the stage – with Lizzo as one of his backing singers. Wearing a white tassled leather jacket with a black hoody underneath (the Hare and Hounds is a bit chilly in the winter!) he gyrated around the stage showing off his more mature well rounded funk sound. Great rapport between Sean and Lizzo during DUI and then it was off with the leather jacket, to reveal a sequinned poncho over a geometric print tee. I love his playfulness with fashion, and seemingly so do a lot of women in the crowd who were cooing over him.


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Interview with Har Mar Superstar Gig Junkies’ very own Lee and Adrienne had the pleasure of a pre-show natter with Har Mar Superstar (aka Sean Tillmann). Tillmann is currently touring extensively to support his strongest record yet, Bye Bye 17.


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Daughter ‘Landfill’ was one of the show highlights for me, taken from their self-released EP “His Young Heart”. By this point, the sound was sorted, and Elena’s plaintive ennui rang out clear over the heads of the entranced audience. Lyrics such as, “this is dangerous, ‘cause I want you so much, but I hate your guts”, commandeers my attention back from staring out across the crowd, and snares the mournful teenager in me.


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