Hall & Oates With huge hits, these guys permeated the radio during the 80s and took over MTV. We know all the words, we sang all the songs. So as a blast from the past we have the luxury of spending a beautiful summers eve in the delectable Symphony Hall, with guys who have the acclaimed status of being the number one selling duo in history* (*RIAA) - we’ve here for a bit of Hall & Oates.


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Kiran Leonard I came to Kiran Leonard via hearing him on Marc Riley’s excellent Radio 6 programme. It’s always good to catch new talent when it’s fresh and before it becomes famous. I wish I had a better track record in this respect, because the only famous band I’ve genuinely managed to catch in its true infancy (nappy stage) was the Human League. And that was a long time ago.


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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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Neil Young Writing this review, I have to first own up to being a long-term Neil Young nut. I don’t always like everything Neil produces, but there’s no doubt that he’s always interesting and challenging as an artist and has produced some brilliant work over his long career. He’s ever unpredictable and can often challenge his listening fans, with strange new works and non-crowd pleasing live performances. For this you have to respect the man – he doesn’t care what we think, he does it all for ‘his art’. So the question is, what is Neil going to get up to in Liverpool tonight?


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Dead Sea Skulls Once seen never forgotten, maybe an overused phrase these days, but when Dead Sea Skulls are in town you know that they are going to bring a van load of entertainment, tonight was no exception when they played to a sell out crowd at the intimate upstairs room of The Victoria, in Birmingham's city centre on Friday evening.


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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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Extreme So let’s take ourselves back in time to 1990 as a over 2,000 people head into Birmingham to see veteran (this makes me feel old) rockers as they bring their classic album, 'Pornograffitti' to town. They be performing it from top to bottom in it’s entirety in track order. Get your singing voice ready and be prepared to rock with Extreme.


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Bam Margera F**kface Unstoppable Bam Margera F**kface Unstoppable tour last graced Birmingham O2 Academy back in July with a bit of a shambled performance, but the hardcore loving Margera fans still had a good time and went wild at all the dick and innuendo jokes, but will the F**kface Unstoppable tour be any better this time around?


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Gary Numan Following the release of the album Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind) late last year and the subsequent UK, European and US tours, in little over six months Gary Numan has returned to the UK from his US base playing 9 dates (plus Sonisphere). The Leamington Spa gig was the penultimate of the tour.


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Dolly Parton Delectable Dolly never fails to delight... Fresh from her triumphant set at Glastonbury, Dolly plays to a packed crowd at Nottingham Arena on a Wednesday night. You know you’re at the correct concert when the diverse crowd of fans are wearing pink Stetsons with fluffy pink rims and pink balloon boobs!


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Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel Tonight it’s to the exquisite Symphony Hall where 70’s pop meets classical. To quote the artist this is "the chance to make a dream come true." Tonight, ladies and gentlemen Steve Harley and his Cockney Rebel bandits will be making you smile, with a classical make-over of his first two albums, with the accompaniment of the Orchestra of the Swan & Chamber Choir.


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Chuck Ragan Coming into the gig Billy the Kid was somewhat of an unknown to me but like all Chuck Ragan gigs the support never disappoints. Ever since The Revival Tour days you could always guarantee if you hadn't heard of the the other acts before, you would end up loving them before you left, and Billy The Kid is no different. A shy but confident woman took to the stage with just an acoustic guitar and microphone and eases her way through a great performance. It's safe to say I will be going home and listening to some more of her music.


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John Grant Gemma Ray strikes me as the sort of girl you might see in a Tarantino movie, with her retro beehiveesque hair, and knife wielding guitar strumming, she’s that heady mix of ‘sweet sixteen’ & edgy B girl femininity. Ray has already a large number of album’s under her belt, and brings a selection here tonight along with her bequiffed and enthusiastic drummer, and shoe gazing bass player. It’s hard to define Ray’s music so many are it’s influences, from bottle slide blues to spaghetti western soundtracks, I’m quite surprised to learn she’s not American (but from the south of England). Central to her sound is the use of a customised Hagström guitar, which she wields with ease, later in the set drawing her large blade like a gun and pulling it across the strings to dramatic effect, eventually discarding the knife like a scene from a fairground sideshow. Ray is the perfect lead in to John Grant, the headline act tonight.


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Kings of Leon Nashville rock band Kings Of Leon are back! Performing on a sunny Sunday at the Milton Keynes Bowl, packed with a sea of approximately 65,000 fans, you could sense that this would definitely be a night to remember! With ‘Mechanical Bull’ being the band’s sixth studio album, following an already impressive string of hits, Kings Of Leon are no strangers to putting on a good show.


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