The Good, the Bad & the Queen A historic Victorian pier in Blackpool is not somewhere you would normally expect a high profile gig to take place. Trust the Damon Albarn fronted supergroup The Good, the Bad & the Queen to make the exception.


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The Japanese House Whilst most of Birmingham were either crammed into the German Market, or upstairs downing Red Stripe for Peace’s homecoming gig, deep down below, in the underbelly of the O2 Institute 2, a future star was emerging in the form of The Japanese House.


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Unknown Mortal Orchestra Bedroom pop is the in thing at the moment. Long gone are the days of artists booking out recording studios and expensive equipment. Now anyone with the right equipment and determination can record at home. At the forefront of this music revolution, especially in the psychedelic genre is Ruban Nielson also known as Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Currently touring the album 'Sex & Food' and the instrumental album 'IC-01 Hanoi', the O2 Institute was paid a visit on a chilly Monday night.


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Hinds They say that the third time is a charm, this point was proven as Hinds returned to Birmingham. With Sports Team as the high quality support, it was set to be another fun night at one of Birmingham’s newest venues The Mill.


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Wand There are few bands that master dynamics quite like Wand. Performing at the Hare & Hounds in Birmingham, the LA outfit brought their music to life with the spirited energy that they've become renowned for.


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I’m convinced Connan Mockasin comes from another planet. Like any good shape shifting alien you never really know what to expect from him. Thankfully the UK had three chances to experience his warped and wonderful world on his current tour supporting his latest album 'Jassbusters'. I flew up to his former homeworld of London to catch his final stop, a live performance and signing at Rough Trade East.


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The Voidz In support of their second release ‘Virtue’ earlier this year, The Voidz will play a handful of European dates this fall that includes stops at the pitchfork festival and a two night residency at Village Underground London.


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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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Paul Cherry The Night Owl proved itself to be a fantastic gig venue, hosting Thursday’s gig headlined by Paul Cherry.


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The Brian Jonestown Massacre It’s almost time for The Brian Jonestown Massacre to take the stage. How do I know? I know because an extremely enthusiastic fan spots someone backstage and cries, “Here it is! Denim on denim!” Oh my. That’s nothing on Anton Newcombe’s deerstalker. Newcombe is general emperor, vocalist, and one of the guitarists. They have many guitarists, and many, many, many guitars. They’re living proof that there’s no such thing as too many guitars or sunglasses. There are seven band members on stage in total, and the majority of them are wearing sunglasses. I can only assume that they’re going for the too-cool stoic look. (Either that or they’re hiding an infection).


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Toots and The Maytals 1964 was a big year in history the first pirate station went live the civil rights act came into play making a big impact on music and what musicians could record and Toots and The Maytals burst onto the music scene a as pioneers of Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae music with debut hit 'Never Get Weary'.


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Rex Orange County As I stood in the enormous queue outside the O2 Institute, I noticed the rare September sunset had turned a beautiful Peach colour. It seemed even the sky was excited for Rex Orange County’s sold out set tonight.


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Pale Waves Birmingham's O2 Institute was awash with teenage angst as Manchester band Pale Waves rocked into the city on Tuesday night, as scores of young fans waited excitably for their upcoming idols they were treated to support from indie rock band Swimming Girls.


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Brian Wilson A rainy underpass in Digbeth is an unlikely place to experience a bit of California on a Friday night, but that's exactly what the crowd at the Digbeth Arena were treated to when Brian Wilson brought the legendary Pet Sounds album to the newly formed Skyline Series. An audience of all ages donned raincoats and jumpers in perhaps what was ironically the worst day for weather all summer.


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