Nap Eyes There is a short change over time before Nap Eyes take to the stage. I was fortunate enough to catch the Nova Scotian quartet at last year’s Moseley Folk Festival which led me to seek them out on their return to King's Heath. They open up the set with Judgement taken from the latest album, I’m Bad Now, with their usual laid back ease and understated approach to music making.


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At The Drive In If Death From Above punch you in the gut then At The Drive In obliterate all of your senses without a hint of mercy. Intentions are laid out from the outset with the post-hardcore band returning to their critically acclaimed album, Relationship of Command, for the opening track, Arcarsenal.


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Album Review: Microshift by Hookworms Hookworms' sound previously epitomised darkness and depression expressed through dissonance and well-crafted cacophony whereas Microshift is a transformation into the more palatable realms of electro-indie rock. The title of the opening track, Negative Space, suggests that this album isn't one of overwhelming positivity despite the more upbeat essence to the music which is evidenced by the desolate searching lyrical content.


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Mark Lanegan Before he starts playing, Mark Lanegan demands that the minimal onstage lighting be dimmed even more and when he is satisfied he begins his ninety minute set with Death’s Head Tattoo from his latest album Gargoyle.


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Moseley Folk Festival 2017 This is the 12th year that the Moseley Folk Festival has commandeered the park hidden away in the centre of Moseley village that gives a full folk three-day experience with a raft of artists including daily headliners Amy Macdonald, the legendary Fairport Convention and Laura Marling.


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Angel Olsen Tonight’s performance has been upgraded from the Rescue Rooms due to demand. Angel Olsen’s popularity has been steadily increasing thanks to rave reviews of her latest album,'My Woman.'


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Sun Kil Moon On the hottest day of the year, entering a sold out small venue was not all that appealing but the talents of Sun Kil Moon were what persuaded me to venture into the sweatbox. Sun Kil Moon is the vocalist and guitarist Mark Kozelek who has been making records under this moniker for the past fourteen years or so. Prior to the band’s entrance the venue closes the bar, dims the light and continues to play abstract instrumental music for a further fifteen minutes and just as the audience become fidgety, the four-piece group take to the intimate stage. Kozelek explains that he is feeling ill but is planning to take on board the words of Mike Tyson’s trainer, Cus D’Amato who proposed that to be a professional you have to perform to the best of your ability and with these words of wisdom the music begins.


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Suzanne Vega The brief introduction of "From New York City, Miss Suzanne Vega", sees Gerry Leonard take to an understated stage and begin looping guitar riffs and sounds to create a musical backdrop for Fat Man And Dancing Girl whilst an unassuming Suzanne Vega follows and begins delivering her warm vocal line.  No matter how many times you may have seen Vega, you cannot fail to be impressed by her calm and flowing voice which fills the Town Hall and draws you in no matter how far away from the stage you are sat. As the first song draws to a close, Vega places a top hat on her head for the spine tingling Marlene On The Wall.


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Nick Cave Promptly at 8.30, Nick Cave swaggers on stage looking characteristically dapper, in a tailored suit and shirt, and takes a seat at the centrally positioned grand piano. To the one side sits his co-conspirator Warren Ellis, whilst Martyn Casey, Thomas Wydler and a replacement for Barry Adamson take their positions towards the back on a raised part of the stage.


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Mark Lanegan Lanegan’s set starts in an understated yet powerful fashion, as he takes to the stage with his guitarist, Jeff Fielder and begins with When Your Number Isn’t Up resulting in hushed tones throughout the rammed venue. Mark Lanegan has one of the most distinctive vocal styles on the live music circuit, he has the gruffness of Tom Waits, the depth of Leonard Cohen and a raucous aspect that is reminiscent of Kurt Cobain which all combine to produce something so evocative and powerful yet with a delicacy.


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Robert Plant On a very wet Friday evening, the Wolverhampton Civic Hall is the busiest I have ever seen it, all waiting in anticipation for local rock royalty to take to the stage in the form of Robert Plant. As the house lights fade, the stage takes on a purple hue whilst Indian folk music replaces Sonic Youth and after a few minutes the Sensational Space Shifters enter followed by the living legend himself. Dressed simply in a black shirt and jeans with his trademark hair tied back, Plant still has the stature of a true rock star.


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Jackson Browne It takes a unique artist to receive a standing ovation before they have even played or sung a note, but that is the welcome that is bestowed upon Jackson Browne by the audience of Symphony Hall tonight.  There is no support as Browne is intending to deliver a lengthy set split by a brief interval of fifteen minutes.


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Tame Impala Tame Impala is the brainchild of Australian musician, Kevin Parker, and the band have come to prominence in the last four years, mostly noticeably with their second album Lonerism that received critical acclaim.


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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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