Toyah Willcox After her rainy day ramble down nostalgia lane to receive her Kings Heath Walk Of Fame badge of honour earlier today at The Hare, Toyah Willcox got down to the serious business of reminding us just how and why her Princess of Post-Punk/Goth-lite song-writing and stage theatrics undoubtedly caught the 80s zeitgeist.


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Toyah Willcox Neon Womb, It’s A Mystery , Thunder In The Mountains, Brave New World? Are bells ringing down memory lane? Do they bring outrageous red blushers to your face? Do you remember when it was a life or death struggle with your mom because you absolutely had to have your hair just like Toyah Willcox’s? And the girls as well.


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Toyah Willcox Neon Womb, It’s A Mystery , Thunder In The Mountains, Brave New World? Are bells ringing down memory lane? Do they bring outrageous red blushers to your face? Do you remember when it was a life or death struggle with your mom because you absolutely had to have your hair just like Toyah Willcox’s? And the girls as well.


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The Milk Essex four piece The Milk, self professed ‘new soul rebels’. Dexys were famously searching for just such a thing over 30 years ago, are The Milk the answer to their prayers? Well they’ve certainly got soul and a determination to do whatever they can to get the audience to enjoy themselves “We’re here to make every night like Friday night!” Oh goody, Friday night’s chicken kebab night. Not sure I could eat one everyday though, my waistline’s in enough trouble as it is. The Milk have hit upon the idea that breaks between songs get in the way of the party so it’s pretty much a non-stop set, kicking off with current single Broke Up The Family.


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The Milk Essex four piece The Milk, self professed ‘new soul rebels’. Dexys were famously searching for just such a thing over 30 years ago, are The Milk the answer to their prayers? Well they’ve certainly got soul and a determination to do whatever they can to get the audience to enjoy themselves “We’re here to make every night like Friday night!” Oh goody, Friday night’s chicken kebab night. Not sure I could eat one everyday though, my waistline’s in enough trouble as it is. The Milk have hit upon the idea that breaks between songs get in the way of the party so it’s pretty much a non-stop set, kicking off with current single Broke Up The Family.


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Poppy & The Jezebels t was not so long ago some of the condescending London-centric armchair Cassandras and faux purveyors of what’s essential cool were rash enough to dismiss Poppy & The Jezebels as regional teenage kitten kitsch. The beached and cadaverous floundering credibility of saccharine n’ spicey ‘Girl-Bands’ was long past its smell by date anyway. The Poppies, with adolescent invulnerability shrugged all this aside: They were the New. Focusing instead on honing their inimitable infectious groove - added to which was their well-endowed twinned usp - savvy brains. It might all have ended in tears - but it didn’t and it hasn’t.


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Poppy & The Jezebels t was not so long ago some of the condescending London-centric armchair Cassandras and faux purveyors of what’s essential cool were rash enough to dismiss Poppy & The Jezebels as regional teenage kitten kitsch. The beached and cadaverous floundering credibility of saccharine n’ spicey ‘Girl-Bands’ was long past its smell by date anyway. The Poppies, with adolescent invulnerability shrugged all this aside: They were the New. Focusing instead on honing their inimitable infectious groove - added to which was their well-endowed twinned usp - savvy brains. It might all have ended in tears - but it didn’t and it hasn’t.


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Pond Great rock band names... Black Sabbath! Iron Maiden! Hawkwind! Def Leopard! Metallica! Motorhead! You know what you’re in for just by the name eh? ROCCCCKKKKK! Call yourself Pond though and you could be a fey folk band with a penchant for songs about Maypoles and a hey nonny no. Any ill informed folk fans who may have stumbled in to this gig expecting a gentle rendition of All Around My Hat though may well now be undergoing counselling...


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Ellen & The Escapades Headline band, Ellen and the Escapades, are a curious curate’s egg of engaging, damn hard working, effervescent musicians. Their wholesome embracement of ubiquitous bitter-sweet sleek mid-West alt.Country-Folk ballads and galloping up-beat nu Folk has garnered fulsome praise from some who ought to know better than to make exaggerated claims the band’s self-effacing modesty might dream of but never assume.


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Ellen & The Escapades Headline band, Ellen and the Escapades, are a curious curate’s egg of engaging, damn hard working, effervescent musicians. Their wholesome embracement of ubiquitous bitter-sweet sleek mid-West alt.Country-Folk ballads and galloping up-beat nu Folk has garnered fulsome praise from some who ought to know better than to make exaggerated claims the band’s self-effacing modesty might dream of but never assume.


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Goodnight Lenin + Beth Jeans Houghton and The Hooves Of Destiny It’s a Leap Year Wednesday on the eve of St. David and the Moon’s in diagonal conjunction with Mars and Venus complementing a sell-out Hare that welcomes back home-boys, Goodnight Lenin, regaling us with anecdotal on-tour debauchery after a Folk Club lock-in at Richmond, Yorkshire. They admit, with bashful circumspection that, ‘What goes on tour-stays on tour’ and anyway, some of their moms are in the crowd and they’d go f**kin mad if they heard what went on. Theirs is an honest embracement of traditional and contemporary electric Folk exploiting accomplished musicianship and crisp four-part harmonies that eschew the horrors of finger-in-the ear cliched nasal keening.


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The Magic Tombolinos Ensemble troubadours, The Magic Tombolinos*, led by founder, vocals and stax of sax, Alejandro Toledo, brought their celebratory eclectic mongrel mash up genre-busting, idiom defying music to The Hare this evening. And what fun it was and full on credit to promoters, ‘World Unlimited’ for their ever valiant, non-profit making ethos of lending deserved support for all manner of diverse artists.


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Wolf Gang Wolf Gang, aka Max McElligott, and collective fine musicians has created his own engaging, idiosyncratic style, which, in this reviewer’s opinion, draws on some of the 1980s more noble attributes such as Howard Jones and Simple Minds. Some hear homage to Davids Byrne/Bowie. Not a derivative comparison but just little tingles of nostalgia and again, this is my impression, a tickle of Arcade Fire’s majestic harmonies and crescendos.


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Wolf Gang Wolf Gang, aka Max McElligott, and collective fine musicians has created his own engaging, idiosyncratic style, which, in this reviewer’s opinion, draws on some of the 1980s more noble attributes such as Howard Jones and Simple Minds. Some hear homage to Davids Byrne/Bowie. Not a derivative comparison but just little tingles of nostalgia and again, this is my impression, a tickle of Arcade Fire’s majestic harmonies and crescendos.


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