Temples Whoooooooah...hey man, what’s happening? Going to see Temples at The Institute? Cosmic...faaaaar out dude. Okay, enough of the trippy 60s lingo (for now at least, I’m still having flashbacks from this show so frankly anything could happen in the next few paragraphs) but tonight was another of those time travelling gigs that made you question which decade you were living in.


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Palma Violets Although they’ve only been around for a couple of years and have just one album worth of songs, Palma Violets take the stage with real swagger and confidence, knowing that their stage act is unbeatable. They’re a sort of young version of The Jim Jones Revue, with the same sort of manic energy, delivering fast and ragged rock ‘n’ roll. They open with ‘Deanna’, their (similar) version of the Nick Cave song. Mr Cave is the master of stage performance and they’ve obviously paid considerable attention to all he can teach them.


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Alabama Shakes!  New!  Improved!  Now with BIGGER venue! Yes. That's right people, remember you heard it here first (or maybe you were on the HMV Institute mailing list like me ;o) ) If you were upset that you missed-out on a Birmingham ticket to see the hotly tipped Alabama Shakes, then fret no more! They've been upgraded to the BIG ROOM! I know! But be quick as they're obviously selling fast HERE. The gig is still on Friday 11 May 2012, by the way.


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