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Live Review: Slaves @ O2 Academy, Birmingham

Self-proclaimed boy band Slaves have just released their stellar 3rd album "Acts of Fear and Love" which turned it up a notch for the punk duo. Taking it back to basics and just trying to create the sound that makes them so special, cutting it back to 9 tracks and ensuring that every single song could have been a single - throw in a song with a dance and the song of the year ("Photo Opportunity") and you have a top 10 album.

The first support act was the acclaimed Willie J Healy, fresh on the heels of his latest EP 666 Kill, which I really enjoyed, a very simplistic and acoustic feel to the EP brought out the wholesomeness off Willie's voice. As he strutted on stage to the crowd chanting "We love you Willie" - which I don't think they had fully thought through - he clearly had a huge grin on his face. And what really shone throughout the set was his incredible guitar playing,  honestly had no idea he was so adept with a guitar as it doesn't e…

Live Review: Bernhoft & The Fashion Bruises at O2 Academy, Birmingham

Bernhoft is a grammy nominated R&B artist, someone who came to my attention this year and blew me away with his album Humanoid, an album that almost edged on the side of pop, taking a large step forward and slightly away from a very traditional R&B setting. So when he stopped by Birmingham on his short rendezvous through Blighty.

First up were Lawrence, a 7 (I think) piece jazz-pop band that I only caught towards the en of their set but what I saw made me wish I'd seen it all, a fantastic rendition of Sean Paul lit the room up incredibly, immediately having me hooked in their set. The songs that followed were each as joyful as the next and contained some of the best contemporary jazz infused music I've heard in ages!

Bernhoft swaggered onto the stage with the Fashion Bruises in tow and blew the roof off the O2 Academy as he ran through a set that began with the title track of his latest record, dancing and performing to songs he loved just as much as the crowd screami…

Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra (Album Review)

I don't think there has ever been much denial in the fact that Jeff Goldblum is the coolest actor of all time, someone I've always loved to see on the big screen and one of my favourite actors of all time. So when I heard he was making a jazz album I was intrigued and slightly scared, seeing other actors take on music has never worked well (Here's looking at you Bruce Willis) and despite the outright genius of Donald Glover (Childish Gambino) there's not really any good ones that spring to mind, until now...

Jeff Goldblum rarely ever takes centre stage on this album, despite the introduction of various singers and guests throughout, even his piano playing stays well within it's aligned parameters. That's the most refreshing thing about this, Mr Goldblum doesn't take this as a vanity project, instead this is one of the most enticing and personal projects of the year. The live recording and the interactions between the likes of Sarah Silverman and Haley Rein…