Everything Everything There’s a rich history of singing like you’ve just trapped your genitals in a car door (stranger things can happen), from Frankie Valli back in the 50s through to the Bee Gees in the 70s, on to Jimi Somerville in the 80s and, latterly that nice Mr Martin from Coldplay (more of them later). On top of the clever art rock electro feel of the music lead singer Jonathan Higg’s soaring vocals made Everything Everything’s 2010’s debut album Man Alive stand out and he’s wisely stuck with this winning formula on the new one, Arc (a top 5 album now no less), albeit with a noticeable shift towards a more epic stadium feel here and there.


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The Wonder Stuff A sell-out 02 crowd welcomed back homecoming Midlands heroes tonight concluding their four consecutive nights’ ‘Sleigh The UK Tour’ (slay, get it? Ho Ho Ho! 2013 tickets on sale already.) What a damnably nice bloke JJ’s Mike Edwards is - just as well given the antics of stunt keyboard-breaker, BarryD. Imagine if, after ‘Revolver’, Lennon/McCartney had time-warped into the Indie Dance scene and said, ‘We’ll have some of that!’


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Molotov Jukebox Samba-Swing, hug-a-Dub magpie musical Fusionistas, Molotov Jukebox, seemed to attract a number of not-so-closet Harry Pot-Heads tonight. Wonder why! And, worrying really, door-admission being 18+ as it was - how did they get in? Perhaps there was a Nymphadora Tonks aka Natalia Tena angle to it? Admittedly, seeing her writhe and squeeze-box strut about the stage - all sort of angles readily come to mind.


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Molotov Jukebox Samba-Swing, hug-a-Dub magpie musical Fusionistas, Molotov Jukebox, seemed to attract a number of not-so-closet Harry Pot-Heads tonight. Wonder why! And, worrying really, door-admission being 18+ as it was - how did they get in? Perhaps there was a Nymphadora Tonks aka Natalia Tena angle to it? Admittedly, seeing her writhe and squeeze-box strut about the stage - all sort of angles readily come to mind.


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The Levellers Even for the uninitiated a cursory glance at The Levellers' current tour set-list (and lyrics) suggests a band who embrace a shrewd socio/political agenda with a passion. After all, the clue’s in the name. ‘The Levellers’ campaigned for religious tolerance and broader suffrage during the British Civil War (yes, it all kicked-off in Scotland). And, scanning both published and blog reviews of their current album ‘Static On The Airwaves’ demonstrates not only feral loyalty but an admirable, dispassionate intelligence. That’s some fan-base to have on your side. As was made bruisingly, bone-crunchingly evident at this rammed 02 gig. Perhaps not so much of the intelligence bit tonight though!


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Bat for Lashes Right on time, Natasha Khan and her backing band enter a simply yet atmospherically lit stage, lanterns and angle photography lamps enhance rather than detract from her petite frame. The first song, of the evening, is Lillies which is the opening track from Bat for Lashes new album The Haunted Man. Instantly Khan’s vocal ability overwhelms you. She has a vast range which in its higher register has resemblances to Annie Lennox, not only in its tone but capacity to accurately hit the notes with such power and sensitivity.


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