Justin Bieber Beliebers were out in force on Thursday night, for the second Birmingham date of Justin Bieber's Believe tour. Crowds of over excited teenage girls, armed with glowsticks, flooded the NIA to see the pop sensation with support from his friends, Cody Simpson and Carly Rae Jepsen.


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I am Kloot They’ve have been around since 1999, were championed by John Peel and their ‘Sky at Night’ album was nominated for the Mercury Prize in 2010. However, I must confess to having been pretty unaware of I Am Kloot until recently. Like Jarvis Cocker and Pulp in the 1990s, real success has taken a long time to catch up with I Am Kloot, but at last it seems to be arriving.


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Deap Vally Kicking off with the stomping ‘Baby I Call Hell’ combining the howling vocal and banging rhythm which has quickly become their signature sound, the ‘Woah Woah Woah’ repetitive chorus certainly set the tone for the rest of the evening. Comprising singer Lindsey Troy – herself reminiscent of a young Suzi Quatro, combining all the sex appeal and gritty vocal, alongside the ‘cool as shit’ drummer Julie Edwards, it was easy to see why Deap Vally are amongst the current media darlings as they pelted into their next tune, new single ‘Lies’.


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Kaiser Chiefs Spring has disappeared, it’s gone all cold again and the weather is desperate to snow, but tonight we’ll be snuggy in the delectable Wolves Civic in the presence of the Kaiser Chiefs, almost exactly a year since they played in Birmingham and still touring to celebrate their greatest hits.


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Jenn Bostic Behold ye who forswore to venture into this cold, gentle night and weep mightily for your perfidy! Perhaps you’d given up ever believing that an artist of disarming charm, of engaging, folksy apple-pie sincerity could also sing like an angel breathing thunderbolts? ‘In Nashville,’ Jenn Bostic, comments wryly, ‘they think I'm a little bit too Pop for Country.’ Well, yes and no. Her songs are intelligent, crafted Country power-Pop ballads for sure and mightily sung too.


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Jenn Bostic Behold ye who forswore to venture into this cold, gentle night and weep mightily for your perfidy! Perhaps you’d given up ever believing that an artist of disarming charm, of engaging, folksy apple-pie sincerity could also sing like an angel breathing thunderbolts? ‘In Nashville,’ Jenn Bostic, comments wryly, ‘they think I'm a little bit too Pop for Country.’ Well, yes and no. Her songs are intelligent, crafted Country power-Pop ballads for sure and mightily sung too.


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Nerina Pallot The Glee Club Birmingham is one of the UK's premier hot spots for both recognised and emerging comedy talents from the World over. Sunday night however is all about the music, but whether taking inspiration from the venue or more likely she is genuinely really humorous (I think it's the later) Nerina Pallot seemed equally as happy on stage delivering well timed intelligent quip and joke alike as she did delivering her splendid repertoire of gorgeous songs. If she wasn't such a splendid musician, it is apparent she'd be on stage in some guise.


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Dinosaur Jr US alternative rock band Dinosaur Jr are back, with their original and definitive line-up, for a sell-out UK tour and I’m lucky enough to catch them in Manchester tonight. It’s heartening that so many veteran bands are making better than ever come-backs these days and tonight’s gig shows this really is the case with Dinosaur Jr.


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