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Foxy Geordie roams Heath after Black Swan 

16 Mar 16

Veteran folk troubadour Bob Fox plays at the Red Lion in Kings Heath on Wednesday nite.


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MY CITY: BIRMINGHAM > JUICE 

16 Mar 16

Birmingham’s finest fuzzed-up noiseniks Juice guide us through their favourite hometown hangouts.


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MAKING WAVES IN SENEGAL 

16 Mar 16

As part of our  project of the year, Homelands , Punch are off to Senegal for grime aficionado Saskilla ‘s journey back to his roots there… Saskilla at the Homelands launch at Rum Kitchen, Notting Hill But we won’t just be filming – we have…


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Live Review: Ady Suleiman 

16 Mar 16

Daniella Bassett tells us why Ady Suleiman’s live show needs to be seen to be believed The post Live Review: Ady Suleiman appeared first on Redbrick .


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Redbrick Meets: Mikey Kenney 

16 Mar 16

Paige Tracey interviews Mikey Kenney, the latest from Liverpool.


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Festival Preview: Slam Dunk 

16 Mar 16

Hannah Strong explains why you should be considering Slam Dunk Festival this summer.


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Festival Preview: Brownstock 

16 Mar 16

James Pettit can see the colourful character in Brownstock Festival.


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New city record label Weird On Purpose announces first release 

15 Mar 16

Arc Vel, Faux Palms, Health and Efficiency and Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam are among Birmingham … Read more The post New city record label Weird On Purpose announces first release appeared first on Brum Notes Magazine .


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Festival Preview: Truck 

15 Mar 16

Gabriella Marcucci gives the low-down on this affordable Oxford Festival.


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Redbrick meets… Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox 

15 Mar 16

Daniella Bassett sat down with pianist, composer, and arranger, Scott Bradlee, the mastermind behind Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox.


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Festival Preview: Creamfields 

15 Mar 16

The cream(fields) of the crop, Greg Woodin can’t wait for the UKs best dance event.


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Coming to Artrix 

15 Mar 16

There’s a mixed bag at the Bromsgrove arts centre.


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Screaming quietly 

14 Mar 16

Varied nights in Kings Heath.


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Arts preview: Birmingham Opera Company’s #DnA 

14 Mar 16

For their latest visionary production, the fearless experimenters of the Birmingham Opera Company … Read more The post Arts preview: Birmingham Opera Company’s #DnA appeared first on Brum Notes Magazine .


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We’ve been here B4… 

14 Mar 16

Waking up from a prolonged period of hibernation one of Brum’s great ‘lost’ bands The Bourgeois Four are back, back, BACK with this slow burning gem of a track that lulls you gently into dreamy reverie before ripping off your ears and mincing…


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Festival Preview: Lollapalooza Berlin 

14 Mar 16

Georgie Deaville is Berlin bound for the legendary Lollapalooza festival.


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Festival Preview: Y Not Festival 

14 Mar 16

A reasonably priced festival in Derbyshire has got Nathan Smith thinking Y Not.


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Call Me Unique: Better make time… to grab that chance. 

13 Mar 16

The big break? How and why? Let me count the ways…


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The Stranglers + Mike Peters and The Alarm @ 02 Academy, Birmingham – 12 March 2016 

12 Mar 16

Well the Spring alarm clock has gone off! Woohoo! And it’s that time of year again – we set our clock 12 months ago with this date, this time of year, this venue.


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Symphonic celebration 

12 Mar 16

Steve Beauchampe watches the latest performance from the CBSO.


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Symphony Hall date for Melua 

12 Mar 16

Twinned with Georgian choir for UK tour.


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Festival Preview: Roskilde 

11 Mar 16

Making it’s (Den)mark on the festival scene, Rebekah Peters introduces you to Roskilde.


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Festival Preview: British Summer Time 

11 Mar 16

Georgie Deaville knows why you should be running to Hyde Park this summer for British Summer Time The post Festival Preview: British Summer Time appeared first on Redbrick .


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Live Review: Lady Leshurr 

11 Mar 16

Paige Tracey talks about Lady Leshurr, Mother’s Day and the importance of dental hygiene.


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Live Review: Matt Corby 

11 Mar 16

Matt Corby returned to the Institute with a fierce and flawless performance.


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Live review: Sundara Karma, Rainbow Venues – 08/03/16 

11 Mar 16

Back in 2009, there was an emerging five-piece called Red Light Company.


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New opera production in temporary residency at former city music venue 

11 Mar 16

A new opera production involving around 100 volunteers is expected to take up temporary residency … Read more The post New opera production in temporary residency at former city music venue appeared first on Brum Notes Magazine .


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Details revealed for biggest ever Swingamajig Festival 

11 Mar 16

It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing, and boy has Swingamajg got it.


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Movie round-up: This week’s new film releases, Mar 11-17 

11 Mar 16

  NEW RELEASE Kung Fu Panda 3 (PG) The third outing for the fat and furry martial arts master … Read more The post Movie round-up: This week’s new film releases, Mar 11-17 appeared first on Brum Notes Magazine .


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Introducing Mama Roux’s – Digbeth’s New Orleans music venue 

10 Mar 16

Nestled within the Spotlight on Lower Trinity Street Digbeth is a raunchy, bizarre and extravagant… Read more The post Introducing Mama Roux’s – Digbeth’s New Orleans music venue appeared first on Brum Notes Magazine .


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PET SHOP BOYS 

10 Mar 16

We chat to Chris Lowe and Neil Tennant about the new Pet Shop Boys album, Super, which comes three years after the brilliant success of Electric, their highest-charting album in the …


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Weaves a spell… 

10 Mar 16

Flip me, yes, this is more like it.


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Album Review: Kendrick Lamar – untitled unmastered 

10 Mar 16

Conrad Duncan is unfiltered in his discussion of Kendrick Lamar’s latest album, untitled unmastered.


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Digbeth venue Alfie Bird’s and The Oobleck announces closure 

9 Mar 16

Digbeth live music venues Alfie Bird’s and The Oobleck has announced it has closed with immediate … Read more The post Digbeth venue Alfie Bird’s and The Oobleck announces closure appeared first on Brum Notes Magazine .


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Blossoms, Kasbah Nightclub, Coventry – 04/03/2016 

9 Mar 16

Stockport’s indie-pop five-piece arrive at the Kasbah in Coventry on the heels of their … Read more The post Blossoms, Kasbah Nightclub, Coventry – 04/03/2016 appeared first on Brum Notes Magazine .


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Barry Adamson + The Bear Around Your Neck at The Deaf Institute, Manchester, UK – 9th March 2016 

9 Mar 16

While long acclaimed as an accomplished musician and composer, Barry Adamson has usually been seen lurking at the back of the stage, as bass guitarist with Magazine and as keyboards / bass player with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.


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Radioactive Man, Hare & Hounds, Birmingham – 05/03/2016 

9 Mar 16

The night is shunted into Overdrive with the kind of acid house bangers that build up to such an uproarious,… Read more The post Radioactive Man, Hare & Hounds, Birmingham – 05/03/2016 appeared first on Brum Notes Magazine .


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Richard Alston Dance Company @ Exeter Northcott Theatre, Tuesday March 8th 2016 

9 Mar 16

“Dancing is a very inspiring thing that humans do.


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Single Review: Corinne Bailey Rae – Been To The Moon 

9 Mar 16

Corinne Bailey Rae has been to the moon.


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Festival Preview: Rock en Seine 

9 Mar 16

Phil Jones tells you why Paris is the place the place to be for your festival fix.


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Competition: Win Tickets to See The 1975 

8 Mar 16

Love The 1975? You can win tickets to see them through Redbrick Music.


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Pete Williams – songs in the quay (of life) 

8 Mar 16

Wonderful to see Pete Williams getting the kind of acclaim and coverage he deserves.


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Movie round-up: this week’s new film releases, Mar 4-10 

7 Mar 16

NEW RELEASE Truth (15) It’s rather ironic that, in the week Spotlight won Best Film for its story… Read more The post Movie round-up: this week’s new film releases, Mar 4-10 appeared first on Brum Notes Magazine .


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Library sends visitors to jail 

7 Mar 16

Ever wondered what a real prison cell was really like? For most of us, our perception is based solely… Read more The post Library sends visitors to jail appeared first on Brum Notes Magazine .


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This is not a review 

6 Mar 16

This week, Rosie Solomon was sexually assaulted while watching one of her favourite bands.


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Redbrick Meets: Samm Henshaw 

6 Mar 16

Megan Gibson gets ahead of the game and meets up with singer-songwriter and hat enthusiast Samm Henshaw.


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Live Review: New Street Records A&R Night 

6 Mar 16

Paige Tracey investigates a bastion of Birmingham’s best young talent at New Street Records’ artist and representation night.


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Single Review: Miguel – Waves (Tame Impala Remix) 

6 Mar 16

Does this latest cross-genre collaboration make waves? Kirstie Sutherland reviews.


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Miles Hunt. Straight outta Stourbridge to a world tour. 

6 Mar 16

Friendly Company! The Stuffies are coming to yours Miles and Erica Nockalls – from The Wonder Stuff pledge page Like a thousand other towns across the country, developers and lousy town planning have ripped the guts out of Stourbridge.


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Three’s company 

6 Mar 16

Upcoming jazz ensemble to perform in Birmingham.


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Field Music / The Drink @ The Phoenix, Friday March 4th 2016 

5 Mar 16

Bands are a bit like wine.


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Rudimental + Anne-Marie at Rock City, Nottingham, UK – 4th March 2016 

4 Mar 16

Blissfully unaware of Rudimental’s new album release, I felt somewhat ignorant turning up to Rock City as a follower of the band rather than a fanatic.


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Mutual Benefit – Not For Nothing 

4 Mar 16

If the hustle and bustle of the big wide world is well and truly getting on your wick cop a load of this slice of laid back chamber pop tinged loveliness from Mutual Benefit (AKA Jordan Lee and an ever changing collective of his buddies).


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The Day Ends – Ripples 

3 Mar 16

Yet another new track spews out from The Day Ends and this is their best yet, a visceral slap round the chops from Miles Perhower and co replete with suitably trippy video that, together with the music, is probably a pretty fair representation of …


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Redbrick Meets…Walk The Moon 

3 Mar 16

Fresh off the zeitgeist-defining success of Shut Up and Dance, James Hill catches up with the atmospheric indie four-piece.


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EP Review: Vanessa White – Chapter One 

3 Mar 16

With The Saturdays on hiatus, Vanessa White finally has her chance to shine.


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Single Review: LuvBug – Best Is Yet To Come 

3 Mar 16

LuvBug’s latest single features lead singer of Scouting for Girls, Roy Stride.


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Field Music hit the road! 

3 Mar 16

Somehow 12 years and six albums into their career Sunderland’s Field Music have hit the form of their lives with a brace of classic singles – The Noisy Days Are Over and the Hall and Oates-tastic Disappointed – and a critically acclaimed new album…


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The Marriage of Figaro: breezy, stagey and saved by beautiful arias 

2 Mar 16

Richard Lutz joins the wedding party for The Marriage of Figaro When you consider what a startling production Welsh National Opera served up last year for its Magic Flute,  this season’s   The Marriage of Figaro  comes across as a bit staid and …


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Album Review: Simple Plan – Taking One For The Team 

2 Mar 16

Hannah Strong analyses the complexities of Simple Plan’s latest record.