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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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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