The Specials Thursday night, Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, it must be The Specials. It's cold outside, but inside The Civic, the crowd are warming up nicely for an evening of classic Two-Tone from The Specials and some Dancing with The Rude Boys.


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The Jesus And Mary Chain The Jesus and Mary Chain (JAMC) are back on the road, joining the ranks of established bands reforming and playing their iconic works live. In this case the album is 1985’s feedback fest ‘Psychocandy’.


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A Day To Remember As A Day To Remember are due to take to the stage Eminem - Lose Yourself was blasted through the speakers; ensue the crowd erupting with noise and everyone having a giant sing along. For a moment I thought I was at another gig. The lights went down and then BOOM! Confetti greeted the crowd together with deafening screams. A taste of things to come.


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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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Volbeat It might be a chilly mid-November Sunday night but Manchester's Academy is bursting at the seems. Metal fans, young and old, have gathered eagerly to see Danish band Volbeat on their Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies tour.


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Dick Gaughan and Jim Page Dick Gaughan is maybe not a household name outside of ‘folk music’ circles. However, he really should be because he has one of the finest voices you will ever hear. And he’s also a brilliant guitarist, songwriter and interpreter of songs.


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The Kooks Walking into spacious venue of the o2 Academy, I fight my way through the crowds, as this jam packed setting is fit to burst. With a bevvy in hand I hear a thunder of screams as The Kooks enter the stage! Pop rock at its best, the band kick starts the night with ‘Around Town’ which instantly sets the audience off, singing and dancing along.


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Joanne Shaw Taylor It’s almost a year since Joanne Shaw Taylor’s last homecoming gig at Birmingham’s Town Hall. Circumstances had conspired against me catching her act for a few years, so I’d been looking forward to this one for a while.


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New Found Glory On a cold, damp Saturday afternoon as I approach Birmingham's Institute the building is lined with fans queuing around the block to see New Found Glory. As I get closer to box office somebody behind me just couldn't contain their excitement and decided to urinate ​in their trousers​, whilst​ announcing to everyone around that they had just done this​. ​​Bless! It seemed like it was going to be one of those nights.


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The Struts OK a few things to get out the way first: I love The Struts. Like really, really love them. Makes doing an objective review tricky but I’ll try. Secondly I have a couple of issues with them. One: They’re too good for their own good and Two: Live, they are bad for my knees. (I’m 46 you know).


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Jamie T Once in a while – far from often – there seems to become a voice of a generation. Think Lennon/McCartney in the 60’s, Rotten in the 70’s, Gallagher in the 90’s and Alex Turner in the 00’s. It’s not just about their tunes, although all of the above are pretty much universally classed as being excellent singer/songwriters. It’s more about their ability to capture the ‘mood’ of the nation at the particular juncture in time and deliver a message in musical form. For me Jamie T deserves to sit within this group. No doubt. Read the review and I’ll tell you why…


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Difford & Tilbrook Tonight to the delectable Town Hall in Birmingham and a journey through the entertaining lives of two classic songsmiths. In the late 70s, early 80s the band that featured these guys turned out hit after hit - the lyrics such that these two individuals were deemed to be the Lennon and McCartney of their generation. The chap who played the keyboards tottered off on his own journey of ‘The Tube’ and ‘Later..’ and jazz, while the band became these core duo and a rotating shift of other musicians. So for something different tonight, part Q&A, part acoustic trip through their music journey - welcome ‘The At Odds Couple' - welcome Difford & Tilbrook.


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Ty Segall Like Jack White, Ty Segall is one of a new breed of young musicians who have real talent, as well as charisma, who take the trouble to learn from listening to the rich musical heritage of rock and seem to develop loads of ideas and a real sense of direction as to where they want to be. Still only 27 and with umpteen solo albums / other band collaborations already behind him, Segall is back in the UK playing sold out gigs based around his latest album, ‘Manipulator’.


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Mallory Knox With a four-band line up on a Sunday evening the early doors of 6:30pm were to be expected, however this soon became a 7pm doors opening for this first night on the tour. As we walk through the door into the main room, tonight’s opening act, Moose Blood have just started their set whilst the rest of the huge queue of MCR and Knox fan girls are still waiting to enter the building.


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