Jane Weaver Seemingly from nowhere, Jane Weaver shot to prominence last year with her cosmic, trippy, space-folk-rock album, ‘The Silver Globe’, the title taken from a 1970s sci-fi film. However, Weaver has been making music since the 1990s with various bands and solo, as well as running a record label.


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The Lovely Eggs It’s a bit of an odd coincidence, but with The Lovely Eggs I have now reviewed three bands in a row made up of married couples. The Eggs are Holly Ross and David Blackwell from Lancaster. Holly sings and plays guitar and David is the drummer, which sounds like a sort of English White Stripes, with gender reversal. However, the Stripes were steeped in the American blues and rock, whereas the Eggs look more towards a punk tradition with a distinct northern English edge.


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Placebo Once upon a time there was a band - quirky by look and quirky by nature and named after a ‘simulated or medically ineffectual treatment for disease.’ Well this particular treatment has indeed had the desired effect - they’ve sold around 11 million albums in their near 20 year career. And back in Brum tonight at the start of a two year twentieth anniversary restrospectove - enjoy the androgynous independence that is Placebo.


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The Handsome Family Nowadays country music is a pretty broad genre and, since around the time of Gram Parsons, mutated versions, often dubbed ‘alternative country’ and ‘Americana’, have proliferated. A band with a very quirky take on alt-country are The Handsome Family, who offer a rather unique Gothic country-noire flavour. They’ve performed in Leeds on several past occasions and this time it’s at the palatial, by rock music standards, Irish Centre. The gig is in the posh Tara Suite, laid out with tables and chairs for the comfort of punters.


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The Charlatans I first saw The Charlatans waaaaaaayyy back in 1990 on a bleak Wednesday night, in Leeds at some tiny little club which housed 1000 people tops. Halcyon days. They'd literally just released 'The Only One I Know' and Tim Burgess was an impressionable floppy haired twenty three year old with mahoosive lips. They oooozed enthusiasm, potential and passion before what has now been a 25 year journey into the glorious world of the music industry. Interspersed in this last quarter century are colossal performances like Knebworth in 96 (Oasis) and a headline slot at Scotland’s T in the Park when they were bang on top of their game.


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Hardcore Superstar In January 2008 when Hardcore Superstar (HCSS) announced the departure of guitarist Thomas Silver and their new relationship with Nuclear Blast Records I really thought that was the end of the band as they were. However Crazy Lixx guitarist Vik  Zino slot straight in as a temporary measure and then soon became a permanent fixture within the group.


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The Stranglers Well it’s that time of year again, it’s the middle of March though with the freezing cold wind, spring seems to have left us. We can set our clock with this date, this time of year, this venue. Mid March. And here in Brum, at the 02 Academy the Men in Black return, tonight we’ll be a-waltzinblack, with The Stranglers.


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My Darling Clementine Birmingham-based country-duo, My Darling Clementine, have received high-praise for their two albums and it’s a big treat to catch up with them performing at, what must surely be, one of the most delightful gig venues anywhere.


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Architects Exactly a year ago to the day Architects were in Birmingham unleashing their blockbuster record Lost Forever // Lost Together onto a thronging Institute crowd, tonight they returned to hammer home their message and brought with them some friends in the form of Every Time I Die, Bless The Fall and Counterparts.


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New Model Army All come all ye faithful. From across Northampton and across the UK the fans are drawn  in as the Army marches into town. Tonight at the Roadmender in Northampton, in this room, a young lass making war with music - She Makes War before we march on with the New Model Army.


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Clean Bandit Clean Bandit have enjoyed quite a run recently; I’d say winning the Grammy Award this year for Best Dance Recording has only brightened the spotlight already shining on them as a result of storming the pop charts. At Gig Junkies, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to see how they group would translating such success into a tour.


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The Unthanks Two memories of The Unthanks' show will stick with me. The first was the affinity between siblings Rachel and Becky Unthank (just the way that they looked at each other and held hands at the close of the show was a moment to savour). The second was the majesty of the music, particularly the arrangements and the prominence of the trumpet. Talk about folk as a springboard into a sea of possibilities...


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Idlewild Birmingham is awesome and I'm telling everyone!! Scottish veterans Idlewild headed here as part of their present UK/EU tour and were greeted with open arms by an energetic/warm audience, the atmosphere within the room making the evening all that more electric.


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Rhodes By half 8, the Village Underground is already packed, and Rhodes isn’t due on for another hour. It’s no surprise: his debut album hasn’t even dropped yet, but bloggers and music fans have been hyping him ever since he released his first EP in 2013. This is his biggest headline show to date, but large venues are nothing new to him: he spend much of last year touring with none other than Sam Smith.


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