Playtime beckons for Johnny Marr

Droitwich Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

You wait 26 years for a Johnny Marr solo album, and then two come along at once.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 4th October 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

A good Ed on his shoulders

Droitwich Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 4th October 2014

Ed Sheeran is sitting in his dressing room in Melbourne Cricket Ground. In the background, Tom Jones can be heard soundchecking.

Pike's good girl image gone

Droitwich Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 4th October 2014

Rosamund Pike sits munching from a fruit plate. She's pregnant with her second child, and apparently has a craving for watermelon. "I'll gun down any questions that contain spoilers," she warns with her mouth full.

'It's raucous up north''

Droitwich Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

It's a curse of modern life that whenever you ask someone how they are, they say they're 'busy'.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 13th September 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

'It's time for us to turn things on their head'

Droitwich Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 13th September 2014

Faris Badwan is more than half an hour late to our meeting.

Uncle Tone returns with a familiar touch of old school class

Droitwich Advertiser: TONY BENNETT: AN AMERICAN CLASSIC -- NBC Photo; Paul Drinkwater (9976902)

4:50pm Friday 12th September 2014

Tony Bennett, approaching the end of a joyful performance, again pronounces Birmingham's Symphony Hall as 'the best concert hall in the world', writes Phil Barnett.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

The drugs do work

Droitwich Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

After The Pierces released You & I in 2011, it turned into a word-of-mouth hit.

Roland really is the Gift that keeps on giving

Droitwich Advertiser:

2:47pm Friday 5th September 2014

You can have too much of a Good Thing, writes Steve Zacharanda

World renowned pianist preparing for free Brum concert

Droitwich Advertiser:

5:36pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

WORLD renowned pianist Peter Donohoe CBE is tinkling the ivories in Birmingham on Saturday.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

God's gift to MTV returns home for gig in Birmingham

Droitwich Advertiser:

1:50pm Friday 29th August 2014

HE was God’s gift to MTV in the 1980s and now Roland Gift is returning to Birmingham for a intimate homecoming gig, writes Steve Zacharanda.

Tuning into the Channel Islands

Droitwich Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 16th August 2014

I imagine children who have grown up by the sea have a natural ability to scramble over rocks like sure-footed crabs and leap across gullies with lightening ease. Unfortunately, I spent my formative years inland, and so I lag woefully behind the rest of our group on a coasteering expedition exploring Guernsey's coastline.

To be Frank

Droitwich Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 16th August 2014

The phrase 'hardest-working man in show business' is overused. And more than that, it's an impossible thing to measure.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

Where art you now, Romeo?

Droitwich Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

The Magic Numbers' fourth album has been finished for about a year now. Understandably, Romeo Stodart, the man who wrote and produced most of it, is anxious for other people to finally hear it.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

Rattling around with St Vincent

Droitwich Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014

When an artist, or anyone for that matter, comes to the end of a busy period in their life, you'll often hear them saying they're going to take a break to reset, or change gear, 'reconnect' with nature.

Anyone who has ever loved, couldn't walk on by Burt Bacharach in concert

Droitwich Advertiser:

4:53pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

Birds suddenly appeared and stars fell down from the sky when Burt Bacharach performed in Birmingham last night, writes Steve Zacharanda.

About a girl

Droitwich Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

hen news emerges of an actor releasing an album, it's hard to stifle the groans.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

James and the giant peace

Droitwich Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 19th July 2014

James returned with a new album earlier this year, six years after their previous work.

Steel Pulse preparing for reggae fun in the sun at Simmer Down

Droitwich Advertiser:

5:11pm Thursday 17th July 2014

THE biggest reggae festival in the Midlands is set to take place in scorching temperatures this weekend.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 12th July 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

Judas Priest back at the altar

Droitwich Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 12th July 2014

Heavy metal, to use the phrase coined all the way back in the late Sixties, is among the most enduring genres of music.

Kimichi School of Music hits right note with open day

Droitwich Advertiser:

2:25pm Friday 11th July 2014

MUSIC-LOVING children are being given the chance to hone their skills at a special music workshop this weekend.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 5th July 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

Gray's skies brighten

Droitwich Advertiser:

3:51pm Friday 4th July 2014

When David Gray released White Ladder in 1998, it became something of a slow-burning success.

Tickets still available for giant Wireless festival in Brum

Droitwich Advertiser:

3:57pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

TICKETS are still available for the three day Wireless music festival in Birmingham this weekend.

Five favourite Abz giving the love at Brum birthday bash

Droitwich Advertiser: Abz Love

4:04pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

FANS of Five favourite and Celebrity Big Brother star Abz can get the chance to party with their hero tonight (Tuesday).

The Waiting is over - beautiful music on route to Britain from Barcelona

Droitwich Advertiser: Raquel and the Professor

12:35pm Monday 30th June 2014

A BRAND new band, by way of Birmingham, Columbia and Barcelona, is putting the beauty back into the Britain often boring music scene.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 21st June 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 14th June 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

This is England well on the way to inspiring a nation

Droitwich Advertiser: Jimmy Davis

4:32pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

ENGLAND has finally got a World Cup song it can be proud of - and it is a hip hop tune from the streets of Birmingham.

Chrissie stops pretending

Droitwich Advertiser: Chrissie stops pretending

6:00am Saturday 7th June 2014

"Don't let this exotic Ohio accent fool you, I've lived in the UK for 40 years," says Chrissie Hynde by way of introduction.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 31st May 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

Missed out on Glastonbury? Then head over to the Glastonbrummy tribute festival

Droitwich Advertiser: Australian Daft Punk tribute act Discovery

12:37pm Friday 30th May 2014

WITH Glastonbury tickets rarer than a Gary Barlow tax return a brand new festival has been launched to cater for music fans who cannot get to the icconic Gloustershire farm.

No maybes this time round

Droitwich Advertiser: No maybes this time round

6:00am Saturday 24th May 2014

Given how radically different British popular culture was 20 years ago, it's difficult to comprehend the impact Oasis had, unless you were around to experience it.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 24th May 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

Pint-sized Prince walked tall during incredible Brum gig

Droitwich Advertiser: Prince and 3rdEye Girl

4:54pm Friday 16th May 2014

Some people are supposed to be late and allowed to be late, writes Steve Zacharanda.

Embrace have world at their feet with comeback UK tour

Droitwich Advertiser: Embrace have world at their feet with comeback UK tour

1:39pm Friday 9th May 2014

YORKSHIRE outfit Embrace are back playing live after a seven year break.

CBSO to accompany the brilliance of Buster Keaton's silent comedy

Droitwich Advertiser: The Great Stone Face: Buster Keaton

12:41pm Wednesday 7th May 2014

THE comedy genius of Buster Keaton is being set to live orchestral music in Birmingham this weekend.

Eastern Electronic Festival has begun in Birmingham

Droitwich Advertiser: DJ Ninja is making her Birmingham debut

12:25pm Tuesday 6th May 2014

THE Eastern Electronic Festival has landed in Birmingham and will be bringing a series of ground-breaking events until its conclusion on Saturday, May 31.

Young, gifted and back

Droitwich Advertiser: Young, gifted and back

6:00am Saturday 26th April 2014

In the five years since his last album, Paolo Nutini has travelled, lived and, by his own admission, grown up. Andy Welch finds out why the Scottish singer needed an adventure.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 26th April 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

Dexy's set to rock the Kasbah before Glastonbury

Droitwich Advertiser: Pete Williams and Kevin Rowland from Dexy's

3:00pm Friday 25th April 2014

LEGENDARY Oldbury band Dexy's have announced a Midlands gig this Summer just days before their first appearance at Glastonbury.






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