Valerie June We at Gig Junkies are big fans of Valerie June, as you may have noticed from our previous review, when she was supporting Jake Bugg. Tonight she’s playing the Rotonde, one of the fabulous Botanique venues in Brussels. All rather special, as this is her first major headline tour, on which she is launching her new album (out in the UK on 6th May).


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OMD Tonight we’re at the delectable Symphony Hall in Brum. Refined, comfortable and cosy and a venue where you just know the sound will be stunning, we’re here to see some retro (and the new) from electro legend John Foxx and the Maths in support of OMD (aka Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark).


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Barn Owl The reassuring predictability of any Capsule event (nothing so vulgar or prosaic as just a ‘gig’ about Capsule) will be its...well, unpredictability. And none more so that with this electronica/existential/experimenta triple line-up. Though it did take some getting used to watching congregated punters with pints shuffling politely in to high, wooden box-stall pews surrounded by the austere beauty of St Paul’s neo-classical columns and pediments. A bit like a piss-up watching the courtroom hysteria in Miller’s The Crucible, possibly.


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Barn Owl The reassuring predictability of any Capsule event (nothing so vulgar or prosaic as just a ‘gig’ about Capsule) will be its...well, unpredictability. And none more so that with this electronica/existential/experimenta triple line-up. Though it did take some getting used to watching congregated punters with pints shuffling politely in to high, wooden box-stall pews surrounded by the austere beauty of St Paul’s neo-classical columns and pediments. A bit like a piss-up watching the courtroom hysteria in Miller’s The Crucible, possibly.


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Low Low are not a band to rest on their laurels. Only one year on from their last appearance in Birmingham, we have yet another great new album and almost a completely new set, mostly taken from the new record. And yet again it’s a sold out gig. “We enjoy playing here”, Alan Sparhawk tells us, and he sounds like he really means it.


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Pere Ubu “It’s not easy being a Pere Ubu fan”, acknowledges David Thomas at the end of tonight’s gig. Pere Ubu have their own book of rules when it comes to music and performance and it proves to be an interesting and challenging evening of experimental rock.


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Frank Turner Tonight Frank Turner and his band The Sleeping Souls start their short run of headline shows across the UK at Manchester Academy. The tour is to celebrate the release of his highly anticipated fifth studio album ‘Tape Deck Heart' (out on 22nd april 2013) . Gig Junkies' very own Jay got to shoot the folk/punk hero's show. We hope that you like what he saw. Were you there? We would love to hear what you thought of Frank's gig...


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Rachel Zeffira Rachel Zeffira is one half of Cat’s Eyes, the other half being Faris Badwan of The Horrors. The duo released the ‘Cat’s Eyes’ album, generally considered to be one of the most interesting and best of 2011. However, now she is also a successful solo artist, having released her debut album, ‘The Deserters’, in December of last year. An awkward time to release a record, as this one came too late to be considered for albums of the year. It’s a beautiful, tranquil and melancholy album, that is spending a lot of time on my CD player. So I am very eager to hot-foot it up to Manchester to catch one of Rachel Zeffira’s few current gigs.


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