The Alarm Equals is the first studio album from The Alarm for eight years, of course in-between medical diagnoses and treatments, Mike Peters has toured as a solo performer, and personally for me, those shows are his most personal. To be stood within touching distance of the man is quite something, but tonight was an equal (forgive the pun) to those shows.


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Melvins I’d heard rumours after the Melvins set in Digbeth last year that ear drums were blown and minds were melted. I expected much of the same when they played the O2 Academy on Tuesday, and with my ears still ringing I can easily say they delivered.


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The Daniel Wakeford Experience The Daniel Wakeford Experience's adoring audience chanted Daniel's name eagerly as they waited for the Brighton singer to come to the stage.


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The Horrors The Horrors return with their monstrous new album ‘V’, exhibiting class & creativity on their latest UK tour. The boys from Southend-on-Sea delighted Birmingham with a real swagger about them. An indulgent performance that stimulated the senses & entertained throughout.


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Cancer Bats Having last seen the Cancer Bats on a joint headline tour with ‘While She Sleeps’ it's great to see them perform to a united front. Joint headline tours often suffer from a divided crowd but tonight there is no mistaking the horns in the air and big shouts for these guys.


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Foxes Since the last time I witnessed English, singer-songwriter Foxes on her first album tour ‘Glorious’ her style seems to have expanded to resonate with a huge demographic, as the fans of Birmingham’s O2 Academy 2 comprised of all ages.


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Four Year Strong Finally, headline act Four Year Strong punk rock quartet entered the stage with their melodic hardcore style, the room stepped up the tempo with a conventional mosh pit. Instantly setting a buzz within the venue with their powerful and aggressive intro, Alan Day (Vocals/Guitar) greeted the front row audience with his gritty vocals.


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Electric Six It would be awesome if we could dance! With Dick Valentine and Electric Six this is a nailed on dead cert if ever I’ve seen one. For me one of the most fun and underrated bands of the last ten years strutted into the Academy 2 stage in Birmingham. Some improper dancing is about to occur.


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James Bay Just days after topping the iTunes Chart with his new E.P. ‘Hold Back The River’James Bay headed to the O2 Academy 2 in Birmingham. Bay's songs and guitar playing would be presented to a sold out venue tonight, but first it was time for Port Isla to take to the stage. With their set ranging from melodic anthems to soft indie ballads, the four piece band from Norwich more than paved the way for James Bay to grace to the stage.


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The Brian Jonestown Massacre The Brian Jonestown Massacre is a cult band with a complex history and notoriety that precedes them. The band is led by Anton Newcombe, whose temperamental disposition and various addictions have been well documented throughout the band’s long recording history, plus founding members Matt Hollywood and Ricky Maymi and longstanding members Joel Gion, Dan Allaire, Rob Campanella, Frankie “Teardrop” Emerson, and Collin Hegna. Needless to say, it is a tight squeeze on the Academy 2’s stage as all eight take their places and begin Whoever You Are in a composed manner, demonstrating none of the chaos that ensued in their earlier career.


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Toro y Moi Although he is known as a solo artist, Toro Y Moi is one of those musical entities with whom you have no earthly idea how many people or what instruments they will bring on stage. A single man on stage with a laptop would not be completely out of the question, nor would a synth and drums duo. Anything short of a full orchestra would probably be viable. This evening however, we are greeted with the man also known as Chaz Bundick and a surprisingly traditional complement of support; bass, guitar, live drums and synths.


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Ren Harvieu To a dreamy piano intro Ms. Harvieu, in austere Amish-like gown and wide brim black hat, entered to a vigorous reception from a sizable audience aged from sixteen to easily, sixty-six. Somehow, word seems to be getting about.


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We Are The In Crowd We Are The In Crowd’s sound is bouncy New Yorkie saccharine-sweet sweaty High School muzakal Punk. Their ersatz anarchy being lapped-up by the, (possibly) sell-out crowd of predominantly mid/teenage girls who utterly adored them.


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Twin Atlantic It's a Friday gig at the 02 Academy 2 Birmingham, so it's an unusually early start to see a bunch of new rock kids on the block. Back after a pretty successful few months, to round of their year, it's time to bounce along with Twin Atlantic.


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