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Single cover for Refusenik by Jonny Melodic

Refusenik by Jonny Melodic – Single Review

Richey Edwards of the Manic Street Preachers once asked in an interview, and I paraphrase now…“what is it about human nature that we have to reduce all life to routine?”  And it was this penetrating question that came to mind […]

Album cover for Afterlife by Pink Drone

Album Review: Afterlife by Pink Drone

So Pink Drone is back with a new album and, without giving too much away at this stage, it’s absolutely fantastic. For those who haven’t come across Pink Drone before now it is the electronic and post punk musical styling […]

Photo of Tom Robinson at The Sub Room, Stroud

Gig Review Tom Robinson at The Sub-Rooms, Stroud

Tom Robinson, Emily Barker and Lukas Drinkwater at The Sub-Rooms, Stroud 5th May 2022 In the mid-90s I witnessed two young men unwittingly bring Portland street in Cheltenham to a metaphoric stand-still… You have to hold your hands up to […]

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Remi Harris and Tom Moore perform around the UK on 2022 tour

Local show: Friday 3rd June 2022, The Fold, Bransford, Worcestershire, WR6 5JB Acclaimed ‘and local’ jazz and blues guitarist Remi Harris and virtuoso double bassist Tom Moore head to The Fold in Bransford for an evening of music ranging from […]

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Gig Review: Fred Zeppelin at the Marrs Bar

Fred Zeppelin at the Marrs Bar, Worcester – Friday 29th April 2022 The Throng Remains The Same There’s a place for tribute bands – and then there’s a place for Fred Zeppelin Eleven hundred and ninety-two: that’s how many times […]

Photo of band Orange River Remedy

Gig Review: Us and Orange River

Us and Orange River @The Marrs Bar, Worcester 22nd April 2022 As one anonymous but forever immortal wise ass once cracked that nostalgia ain’t what it used to be. Tonight’s retro laden Marrs Bar line up of Orange River Remedy […]

Album cover for Amoeba Teen by Amoeba Teen

Amoeba Teen by Amoeba Teen – Album Review

Released 22nd April 2022 Big Stir Records Amoeba Teen, Stourbridge’s premier purveyors of Power Pop, return with the release of a brand new self titled album, the follow up to 2019’s Medium Wave. Like many other musicians over the past […]

Photo of crowd at Nozstock 2019, photo by Charlie Rimmer

Nozstock: The Hidden Valley 2022

Nozstock 2022: 21 – 24 July 2022 at Rowden Paddocks, Bromyard, Herefordshire, HR7 4LS Sister Sledge, Andy C, Bill Bailey, Flava D, Gentleman’s Dub Club, Submotion Orchestra, Ibibio Sound Machine, Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club, Break, Rosie Jones and […]

Performers at Bottles Open Mic

Open Mic at Bottles Wine Bar, Worcester

Are Thursdays the new Friday nights?  It sure feels that way at Bottles Wine Bar when they have their resident Jazz & Blues band on. Fronted by Matthew Waddoups, Matt & the boys know how to ‘whip up a storm’ […]

Cover for the single Voice on the Radio by Moulin Ridge

Voice on the Radio by Moulin Ridge – Album Review

The collaboration of Heather Wastie and Andy Middleton began in the mid-1970s, whilst attending Birmingham University and the listening pleasure of this moment in time is reflected in this musical and lyrical balm. Wastie’s voice is so very reminiscent of […]