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Live From Birmingham: Joe Louis Walker, Alasdair Roberts & Brian Jackson

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Joe Louis Walker
Pizza Express
September 15, 2018

Mostly, the US bluesman Joe Louis Walker can be heard playing incendiary electric guitar licks, but this UK mini-tour offered the rare opportunity to catch him in acoustic mode, even if this dude's definition of 'acoustic' is much meatier than most. He ...

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Ideas Of Noise 2018

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Ideas Of Noise
The Edge & Vivid Projects
Birmingham, England
August 3-5, 2018

Noise isn't really noise. Much of this weekender's content was somewhat sculpted, even if often rough (or scaly, or oozing) to the touch. A 'noise' outcome is usually in the eardrum of the victim, as ...

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Live Harps From Birmingham: FitkinWall, Robin Williamson & Alina Bzhezhinska

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FitkinWall
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
June 25, 2018

In an uncanny bending of happenstance tendencies, we found ourselves with three harp gigs in less than one week, even though manifested as moderne classical, folk troubadour and spiritual jazz styles.

Harpist Ruth Wall and keyboardist Graham Fitkin regularly work together ...

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Supersonic 2018

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Supersonic
Birmingham, England
June 22-24, 2018

Running since 2003, the Supersonic festival specialises in musics that press firmly against the limits of cranial perception, whether expanding from deep inside our inner liquids, or fracturing in unexpectedly like a bolt of intrusive alien contaminate. Supersonic sounds can be minimalist and meditational, ...

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Live From Birmingham & Gent: David Byrne

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David Byrne

Symphony Hall
Birmingham
England
June 17, 2018

As each show piles up, on this year's seemingly eternal David Byrne tour, we can relish the wonderment of extreme precision, of rehearsals that become daily life. Conversely, as the old Talking Head rolls off, planning to ...

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Live From Birmingham: Dinosaur, Meatraffle, Hollywood Vampires, Black Asteroids & Paul Lamb

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Dinosaur
Hare & Hounds
June 14, 2018

Tonite, for one nite only, this is the band called Dinoseb, or perhaps Polarsaur. For some mysterious reason, Dinosaur's regular sticksman Corrie Dick went missing, to be guest-starred by Seb Rochford, most famed for his own combo, Polar Bear. Even more shocking was ...

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Live From Birmingham: Alan Wilkinson, Ari Eisinger, Manos Pa’Aribba & Paul Dunmall

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Alan Wilkinson & Andrew Cheetham
The Lamp Tavern
September 26, 2017

The fortnightly (apart from during the low seasons) Fizzle improvised music session takes place on Tuesdays in the rear room of The Lamp Tavern, a back street public house in the old industrial hinterland of Digbeth. Much of ...

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Live From Birmingham: Michael Chapman, Mike Heron, Trembling Bells, Ed Askew & Matt Woosey

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Michael Chapman
The Kitchen Garden Café
August 7, 2017

This intimate venue in the Kings Heath suburb of Birmingham was packed to capacity for an appearance by one of ye olde folk legends of England. Singer and guitarist Michael Chapman is now in his 76th year, originally sprouting in Leeds, ...

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Tony Bennett at Birmingham Symphony Hall

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Tony Bennett
Birmingham Symphony Hall
Birmingham, UK
July 3, 2017

The ghost of Frank Sinatra crackled over the PA, introducing Tony Bennett as “the greatest singer in the world." He was, The Voice declared, “gonna tear the place up"--a boast that seemed hardly credible as the dapper nonagenarian ...

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Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2017

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Cheltenham Jazz Festival
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
April 26 to May 1, 2017

The Cheltenham Jazz Festival saw the jazz world descend on the Regency Spa Town of Cheltenham for six days. The festival presented a mix of established jazz acts with emerging artists, complemented by stars from the soul and blues ...