Live Reviews

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Live Review: The Beach Boys – Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham

Never let it be said that RAMzine has a blinkered approach to its music coverage! We were lucky enough to be catching the inimitable Beach Boys on the third leg of a relatively short UK tour, celebrating over fifty years of their music which had them referred to, in some quarters, as Americas first, best rock band (certainly their US ...

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Live Review: Beartooth @ Sub89, Reading

So, when I say “Bear” you say “Tooth” Bear~ That’s right, Beartooth. Caleb Shomo‘s latest music venture that was formed in 2012 after he left Attack Attack has started lighting up the ears and hearts of many worldwide. Whilst coming away from the Post-Harcore style djent riffs with synths and some dark screamo, Caleb actually started writing Beartooth songs during his time in Attack ...

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Alien Ant farm, Hoobastank and P.O.D in Manchester

Well it’s been an interesting night to say the least, full of jokes and random tracks. Firstly the line-up has changed at the last moment as Alien Ant Farm’s bus broke down in Wales while on route to Manchester so with an agreement Hoobastank were happy enough to swap slots and let AAF Headline. To get things in motion P.O.D ...

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Live Review: Foo Fighters, Stadium of Light, Sunderland

What a week it’s been for Foo Fighters: They played as the last musical guests for The David Letterman Show, headlined Radio 1’s Big Weekend, and started their European tour. So what better place to start than where they headlined the Big Weekend a decade ago – Sunderland. This premier-league  football stadium has seen many acts over the past 6 ...

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Live Review: InMe, The Dirty Youth, Ashes

Melodic Metal band Ashes from Manchester opened the show. I did think it was a bit of an odd opener for the gig as I can’t imagine them having similar fans, nonetheless they put on a great show. It’s hard to connect with a small crowd. However Ashes put a lot of effort into interacting with the crowd. Lead singer Jonny Meaney ...

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Dinosaur Pile-up

Review: Dinosaur Pile-up, at Tooting Tram and Social

Grunge-Punk trio Dinosaur Pile-Up, who are due to release their third studio record later this year, took the stage at Tooting Tram and Social last week – a former tram shed turned bar and live music venue. The high ceilings within did nothing to take away the intimacy of this small gig, and for someone who is as big a ...

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Men on a Mission: Oh Rococo, Deadlines

It’s a dull and slightly chilly evening; only two bands on tonight Oh Rococo & Deadlines, but the price is the same, £5.50; is this partly to blame for the decrease in audiences at local live music venues or are we still pointing fingers at money hungry promoters and the interweb…? Sadly, there are even less people than last weekend… ...

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Review: Dames of Darkness Festival 2015

The fifth edition of The Dames of Darkness bash took place over two days on 9th-10th May 2015 at the excellent Robin 2 venue in Bilston. RAMZine attended to report on the festivities. Day One Opening the festival on day one was The Fall of Eve – a symphonic rock project formed by formed by Laura Tracey (Evangeline) with Michael ...

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Live Review: Ginger Wildheart, Eastwood Park Theatre, Glasgow

Falling down a flight of stairs clutching a bottle of Jack Daniels and dreaming about a band that combines the riffs of Metallica with the melody of Cheap Trick is where we start Ginger Wildheart’s Songs and Words tour.  The mastermind behind some of the best alternative rock this country has ever produced, had just been sacked from The Quireboys ...

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Live Review: Toseland in Reading

The night isn’t off to a great start – I’m stood outside the venue for half an hour because of miss-information, but to put me in a better mood is the down right sleazy riffs of The Black Bullets – looking like they just fell out of London in the late 70’s. The only thing missing from front man Billy ...

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