The Saturdays Here at Gig Junkies we’re lucky ducks! We get to photograph some superb gigs, and The Saturdays’ Birmingham date on their ‘Greatest Hits Live!’ Tour is just one of them. The girls just keep going from strength to strength, having now sold over five million records, with four top ten albums, The Saturdays continue to be a whirlwind force in the world of pop which shows no sign of slowing. They're planning to return to the studio later on in the year to start recording their fifth studio album.


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Benjamin Booker Academy 3 Brum played home to our latest Gig Junkies excursion and this time it was a trip to see the much hyped Benjamin Booker who'd come to visit all the way from NOLA. A lot smaller than its big brothers and sparsely populated with little more than 100 people in attendance, it mattered not a jot as there was that Saturday night vibe and everybody seemed up for it. The age range was really eclectic which was a little suprising. A couple of young kids were knocking about with their parents in tow and there were a number of people who were well into their 70’s. Obvious muso’s one and all.


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Roland Gift So way back in the 80’s, as one classic Brum band ‘dissolved’ another one was born. This new band did rather well,  worldwide success, and a couple of platinum albums beckoned before they too went their separate ways. But no matter, as tonight, in an exclusively snug venue, their lead singer plays in his own right, playing the old and new - it is the immense vocal talent of Roland Gift, of Fine Young Cannibals fame.


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Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks Tonight many folk will have come to see Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks because of our hero being a one time member of legendary, laid-back, US indie band Pavement. The influence of Pavement on the music scene has been enormous. However, Malkmus has now made more albums solo or with The Jicks than he did with Pavement and his career has clearly moved on. Tonight’s gig at Nottingham is one of just five shows that the band are playing in the UK, on their current world tour.


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Anberlin In January 2014 Anberlin announced that they would be going there separate ways and recording their final album 'Lowborn'. There’s no doubt, the band who have had such a presence in the music scene for the past 12 years will be going out on a high note, with an album so impressive, it will be remembered for years to come along with their legacy. Tonight, here in Manchester they will be performing their 2nd date of their final UK tour here at the Manchester Club Academy along with support from Fort Hope and Natives.


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Joan as Police Woman Joan Wasser’s post show musings on Facebook: “Holmfirth! The Picturedrome...your gorgeous town, stellar crowd and theater ceiling are magic. Thank you. Who knew?” Not enough people know about Joan As Police Woman, that is for sure. A small crowd - unusually seated - of around a couple of hundred are gathered to hear Joan (lead vocals, keyboards, guitar and violin), Matt Whyte (guitar), Eric Lane (keyboards) and Parker Kindred (drums). The band’s name, by the way, is inspired by the 1970s American TV show Police Woman which starred a similarly tough and sassy female lead.


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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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Andrew W.K. Andrew opens with a rousing party commander speech to his troops to rile everyone up into a frenzy. Cue lots of chanting of ‘PARTY! PARTY!’ and the fun was on course. Joining him on stage is his tour manager who rocks hard, provides fun dance moves and backing vocals.


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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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