Steve Lamacq Steve Lamacq (BBC 6Music), lifts the lid on Rock’n’Roll at Birmingham’s Glee Club in an evening of anecdotes and observations on his life and a 30 year career in music media. ‘Going Deaf For A Living’ takes you on an adventurous journey (often hilarious, sometimes sombre and with occasional violence!) through music culture from the mid 70’s to the current day.


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Dirty Three Within seconds of being on stage, you realise how amusing Warren Ellis is with his comments about the lights reminding him of a bad trip that may set trigger a recurrence, followed by an advert for launderette that has made his clothes smell amazing whilst threatening the soundman with the sack if he doesn’t make him sound more Jim Morrison. All of this before Dirty Three have even played a note.


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Tyler James It was a band of mainly female fans in attendance on Monday night at the Glee Club to see the dashingly handsome Tyler James. Go figure...


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The Staves It couldn’t just have been the Summer-time booze that had the Moseley Festival crowd going all gushy late last August when The Staves’s bewitching harmonies beguiled the approaching twilight hour. It’s kind of magical faerie wings brushing across crystal cats’ whiskers.


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Low What a night! I was lucky enough to see one of Low’s few current UK gigs in a small intimate venue like The Glee Club. The band are touring their latest album, C’mon. Low have been around since 1993 and have gained a high critical reputation over the years, being championed by the late John Peel, amongst others. However, they have now deservedly come to the attention of a wider audience, especially following use of many of their songs on TV and after Robert Plant (a big fan) recorded two of their songs on his Band of Joy album, in 2010.


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Lianne La Havas Every now and again, you go to a gig and although the act has played well and ticked all the boxes, the night lacked that certain pazzazz. Sometimes however, something special, nay magical happens. A night to savour. Some might call it a 'wow night'. Monday at The Glee Club in Birmingham was one such evening. The omens were good from the start when the main act, Miss Lianne La Havas pottered past and said hello to me. Glorious! Support came from the uber talented Marques Toliver who offered an act seldom seen, belting out glorious vocal on top of looped violin, whilst playing lead violin over the top. Ingenious. In a time when people are trying find a unique twist this was certainly one.


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Kathleen Edwards We love the Glee Club at Gig Junkies HQ – it seems the perfect venue for a Monday night gig. It’s more refined, the clientele seem little more gentry and very often you even get a seat to rest ones weary legs. Splendid! This relaxed setting is ideal for the soothing sounds of a couple of vocally excellent ladies, both of whom hail from Canadian shores – namely Hannah Georgas and Kathleen Edwards.


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Rumer Imagine, just imagine, that The Graces of poetry and music summoned the likes of The Carpenters, Carole King, Julie London, Dusty Springfield, Bert Bacharch, Mary Coughlan and Herb Albert and asked them to kiss some of their magical muse upon this unassuming, singularly charismatic young lady, (BB already has) Sarah Joyce, who goes by the professional persona of Rumer (after a poet). She records an album; lovers go all moonstruck, kittens and puppies are sighed at in pet shops and your what to get you know who Christmas present dilemma is solved. Of Anglo/Pakistani descent and a history worthy of a tale she’s no overnight success but has worked doggedly these past six years to gain her deserved recognition.


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Marina and the Diamonds I love Marina and her Diamonds (ahem!). She's everything a woman should be... Young, sexy, curves in all the right places, sassy, seemingly intellectual, talented both musically and vocally and generally just awesome! In short - she hot! And any girl that can still look tidy in a Micky Mouse jump suit certainly has that je ne sais qua!


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Imelda May The support act for tonight's gig is a local band called The Toy Hearts. They are essentially a family band who play a mixture of Bluegrass and Swing, and have a monthly residency at The Kitchen Garden Cafe in King's Heath. It isn't often that I enjoy a support act, but this is one of those rare events...


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