Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Gaslight Anthem - video diaries Part 1

Well the great news this week is that Gaslight Anthem have announced a Wolverhampton Civic Hall date on 24th October

Tickets go on sale on Friday - details here

To get you in the mood, here are a few videos about the recording of the bands current album American Slang ... enjoy!

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

The road to Wolves #3: Korn, You Me at Six, Carl Barat, The Wedding Present, Feeder and Sepultura

The Wedding Present are jet setting right now ... they're about to head off to the Faraday Festival in Barcelona. A US tour follows after that then those UK dates ... 17 days to go tickets here

Check out this great piece on Korn over at Blabbermouth ... ... they have been signed up to play Jimmy Kimmell live in LA this week. The shows happening on Thursday and lucky American fans can get into the filming if they order an album from uber-emo clothing shop Hot Topic. The band have been getting loads of hype after launching a Boycott BP campaign following this months oil spill. 102 days to go - tickets here

Feeder's drunken adventures in Japan continue - with Taka obviously happy to be home - check out this pic he posted on Facebook last night!! Plus here's a review of the bands new single "Call Out" 118 days to go ... tickets here)

As well as working on his solo stuff, Carl Barat's also said he's penned a couple of tracks for this summers Libertinesreunion ... more here - he's also posted online saying thanks to all his fans at Glastonbury 120 days to go (tickets here)

Sepultura are currently sunning it up in the South of France . yesterday their plans were a day on the beach and watching the football (who says it's a hard life being a rock star eh?) .. Plus they've posted a video on their Youtube of guitarist Andreas Kisser showing off with his instrument (oooo errrrr) Sepultura: 18 days to go tickets here

you me at six 160 days Tickets for 6th December show here

Monday, 28 June 2010

Sepultura man plays with Motorhead

A bit of a coming-together this - Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser made an appearance with Motorhead at a recent festival in Spain in front of 80,000 people.

Video footage of the performance, at Rock in Rio festival in Madrid, has surfaced on Youtube (check it out below). Kisser played 2 songs with them "Going to Brazil" and "Overkill". Apparently it was all completely impromptu and Kisser had not planned to perform with them, but was called up by guitarist Phil Campbell.

Sepultura play The Wufrun Hall on 17th July - TICKETS HERE

Motorhead play The Civic Hall on 24th November - TICKETS HERE

More here

Sunday, 27 June 2010

The road to Wolves: Sepultura, Motorhead, Paloma Faith, Kid British and Chipmunk

2 for one here - as Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser performs on stage with Motorhead. This was at Rock in Rio in front of 80,000 people. More here Sepultura: 19 days to go tickets here Motorhead 149 days to go tickets here

Paloma Faith continued her Glastonbury adventures by playing the Pyramid Stage, meeting actress Samantha Moreton and, as she described it, getting drunk and playing the gay area of Glastonbury (does Glastonbury HAVE a gay area???) Anyway, I'm sure she enjoyed herself and the weather, for a change, was dry and mud free! If you're a fan have a look at this interview for Q Magazine: 126 days to go ... tickets here

Kid British release their latest EP today "Winner". They seemed to spend most of yesterday furiously tweeting about it, so the least we can do is buy it for them, right? buy it here. (check out the video below). 25 days to go TICKETS HERE

The Big Fest TONIGHT!!!!!

This is one hell of a line-up heading to the Wulfrun Hall this evening ... The Big Fest courtesy of Flavour Magazine

Here's the final line-up:So, by our calculations a £13 ticket is damn-fine value for money .. plus there's an aftershow party (extra £10 and what a way to wrap up your weekend)

The road to Wolves: Paloma Faith, Chipmunk, Blondie, Carl Barat, Feeder and Cheap Trick

A busy weekend for a lot of the bands heading to Wolverhampton this year - with the biggest music festival Glastonbury taking place.

Paloma Faith arrived on site on the Saturday telling her Twitter followers she was nervous about Sundays performance, feeling like she had to prove something. A midday slot on the Pyramid Stage for her with the band passing them time playing poker with Kitkat Senses instead of money ... rock and roll! :-) .. 127 days to go ... tickets here

Chipmunk's performance at Worthy Farm resulted in a pulled muscle - he reckons the set was was "major!" though, so couldn't have been that bad! ... 6 days to go ... tickets here. Carl Barat, meanwhile, had a stormer headlining the Park Stage, kicking off his set with some new tracks ... 120 days to go (tickets here)

Blondie have been gearing up for tomorrows show at the Civic with an open air gig at the Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire - good reviews too (The Independent) ... 1 day to do (details here)

Elsewhere, a lot of our bands jetting off overseas ...

Feeder have flown out to Japan - sounds like they had a rough landing (aborted at the last minute - eeeek) but they got there in one piece ... 120 days to go ... tickets here) Whilst You Me At Six (Kerrang Award nominees - vote here) are on the Warped Tour in the States along with Andrew WK, All American Rejects, Pennywise, Enter Shikari, The Dropkick Murphys and many many more.

Cheap Trick have been doing the honours in Las Vegas. Some great pictures here ... 134 days to go ... tickets

Saturday, 26 June 2010

Carl Barat wows the crowd at Glastonbury

Sounds like Carl Barat fans are going to love his new new material when he plays the The Slade Rooms in October


He headlined the Left Field stage at Glastonbury this weekend according to NME (review here) it was a great set, with him playing new material as well as favourites from Dirty Pretty Things and, of course, The Libertines.

The Libertines will reform for the Reading and Leeds festival in August.

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Friday, 25 June 2010

You Me At Six land THREE Kerrang Award Nominations

Big congratulations to You Me At Six, who have picked up THREE nominations in this years Kerrang Awards list!

Their album "Hold Me Down" has made it onto the final list for Best album (up against 30 Seconds To Mars, Biffy Clyro, Bullet for My Valentine and Paramore

They will compete against Avenged Sevenfold, The Blackout, Four Year Strong and Slipknot for Best Single for 'Liquid Confidence' (video below)

However, the big category for them HAS to be Best British Band - a tough group to compete is as they'll have to beat Enter Shikari, The King Blues, Lostprophets and Bullet for My Valentine.

It's no surprise - the band are SO HOT this year and have already booked 2 dates at the Wolves Civic Hall

Tickets for 6th December show here

Tickets for 7th December show here

Check out the full list below and Vote in the Kerrang Awards HERE

Deaf Havana
General Fiasco
Out Of Sight
Rise To Remain

Framing Hanley
The Swellers
Trash Talk

Avenged Sevenfold - Nightmare
The Blackout - Save Ourselves (The Warning)
Four Year Strong - Wasting Time (Eternal Summer)
Slipknot - Snuff
You Me At Six - Liquid Confidence

30 Seconds To Mars - Kings And Queens
Biffy Clyro - The Captain
Cancer Bats - Sabotage
Lostprophets - It's Not The End Of The World (But I Can See It From Here)
Paramore - Brick By Boring Brick

30 Seconds To Mars - This Is War
Biffy Clyro - Only Revolutions
Bullet For My Valentine - Fever
Paramore - Brand New Eyes
You Me At Six - Hold Me Down

30 Seconds To Mars
Bullet For My Valentine
Green Day

30 Seconds To Mars
Avenged Sevenfold
Green Day

Bullet For My Valentine
Enter Shikari
The King Blues
You Me At Six

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Sneak preview of "The Doors" orchestra show - video!

This is definitely something for fans of The Doors - a chance to hear the music in a whole NEW way - with a 52 piece orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

Sunday 18th July is the date you need to remember!

Complete with 2 of the original members, Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger, they'll perform the bands classic hits, including "Light My Fire", "Riders on the Storm" and "LA Woman". On vocals duties will be Micheal Matijevic from multi million record sellers US Hard Rock Band Steelheart. Check out the fan-video below for what to expect!


Oh and something to start thinking about now: you're favourite Doors song - stay tuned to this blog and Facebook for the poll!

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

We Are Scientists in Wolverhampton were "amazing"

Some great reviews coming in from the We Are Scientists gig at the Wulfrun last night with the word of the day being "amazing" ... Send yours in via our Facebook fan page ...

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Sean Walsh: "Amazing! No Other word to describe it"

Thomas Saunders "you guys were ******* awesome tonight. Words can't explain , can't wait till next time ♥"

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@charlottef92 2well, weren't We Are Scientists just AMAZING last night?

@iamscientist_,"We are Scientists last night. O.M.G. words cannot explain how amazing they were"

@Stephtaastrphe "We Are Scientists were amazing"

@MollyElizaGough "We Are Scientists were AMAZING!!!"

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Meet We Are Scientists support acts (Chew Lips and The Whigs)

We thought it was time to introduce you to the bands who will be supporting We Are Scientists at the Wulfrun Hall this evening.

Chew Lips first of all:

  • Formed in London in 2008 - and have since released 1 album and 3 singles
  • Described as minimal dance pop wih tecno beats
  • The album Unicorn received 4/5 in Q Magazine
  • BBC DJ Steve Lamacq is a big fan, as is Lauren Laverne
  • They played the Electric Proms in 2008

Also joining them will be American garage punk band The Whigs

  • Hailing from Athens, Georgia, the band started playing together in 2o02
  • 3 piece - made up of Parker Gispert (guitars/lad vocals), Julian Dorio (drums) and Tim Deaux (bass)
  • Released their first album "Give em All a Big Fat Lip" in 2006 through Dave Matthews label
  • Rolling Stone called them "perhaps the best unsigned band in America."
2nd album "Mission Control" came out in 2007 and "In the Dark" came out this year

Monday, 21 June 2010

We Are Scientists to play "Live at Kerrang"

Local rock station Kerrang Radio have invited We Are Scientists in to their studios this week to play a "Live at Kerrang" session

The band, who are playing at the Wulfrun tomorrow night (Tuesday - TICKETS HERE) will be heading to the stations Birmingham studios on Wednesday to play to a select crowd of ticket winners. (keep your ears open to win the chance to be there)

Their new album Barbara was released last week ... Remind yourself just HOW good this band are by feasting your eyes on the videos below - including their England football song!!. (Oh, and come back tomorrow - we'll be finding out more about the support bands for Tuesday's Wufrun Hall show Chew Lips and The Whigs)

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Carl Barat: Wolves setlist?

Well in case you missed the news last week - Libertines guitarist Carl Barat has announced a run of UK dates - ONE of them at our Slade Rooms venue on 25th October. (tickets here)

This comes as he announces a solo album, his first stint working alone. Plus, he's keeping extra busy by working on his memoirs. Both book and album are due out in October too.

Now, the tough decision for any performer going it alone is - how much of your OLD stuff do you play? Those old Libertines tracks are inevitably going to be more popular than his new stuff because they are better known. However, he will want to show off as much of his new material as possible.

What do you think? VOTE HERE

Other News:

Friday, 18 June 2010

Which band are you most looking forward to seeing at the Wolves Civic?

Well after the popularity of LAST weeks poll (results below), I thought I would give it a try with the Civic Hall

So, which band are you most looking forward to seeing at the Wolves Civic this year?


Here's a list of the bands you can choose from (+ links to tickets)

Chipmunk presents The Shine Shine Tour
Dweezil Zappa plays Zappa
Human League
Paloma Faith
Pixie Lott
The Anderson Wakeman Project
The Big Fest feat. Tinie Tempah, Wiley, Mclean + Tenny Ten
Thin Lizzy
You Me At Six

Here's the state of play so far:

Meanwhile, voting on the Wulfrun Poll is now closed .. final results as follows:

Thursday, 17 June 2010

You've seen the film: now see the band. Anvil TONIGHT!

The worlds most determined band have once again overcome adversity (Ratt cancelling their European tour) by going it alone and turning the Wolverhampton show into an Anvil headline show instead!

They're at The Slade Rooms this evening (along with Toxic Federation, Heresy and New Saints) with tickets for the original RATT show still valid! (with a partial refund too) Plus you can get tickets for this show on the door.

Remind yourself how great this show is going to be - check out the video for the movie below and see you there!

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Trigger the Bloodshed, Slade Rooms tonight!

It's been a busy week for us with great shows from Exit Calm and Band of Horses picking up a great reaction from all of our friends and fans online.

Tonight we hand The Slade Rooms over to Trigger the Bloodshed, who are supported by Bleed from Within + The Dead Lay Waiting + Forlorn + Morgue Orgy

Before we find out more - let's just remind you it's early doors tonight - with a 6.30pm start!!!! (details here)

For anyone who was at Download, you may have caught them opening the Ronnie James Dio stage on Friday afternoon. Described as "punishing" this is definitely one of the bands to see

5 Things You Should Know About Trigger the Bloodshed

  • 5 piece death metal outfit from Bath
  • Formed in Septemer 2006 - immediately a big hit on Myspace
  • Current Lineup: Dave Purnell : Bass, Jonny Burgan : Vocals, Martyn Evans : Guitar, Rob Purnell : Guitar, Dan Wilding : Drums
  • Dan Wilding joined the band in 2009 after their previous sticksman decided deathmetal wasn't the genre he wanted to persue
  • 3 albums released so far: Purgation ( 2008), The Great Depression (2009), Degenerate (2010)

Espy Rock - album review

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Were you are the Blur reunion show last year?

Were you one of the lucky ones to see Blur play reunion show at the Civic Hall last year?

The band played here as a warm up to their set at Glastonbury and Hyde Park Calling in June to a - not surprisingly - sold out venue. It was a massive treat for the fans who had all-but written off ever seeing the original line-up play together again.

However, it seems it was also a treat for the band

Have a look at this interview in Spinner with Damon Albarn (CLICK HERE)

Oh - and if you are a fan of Blur, may we please suggest you check out Kid British in July at the Slade Rooms (watch the video below and you'll see they are a lot of fun!!)

Kid British Friday 23/07/2010 The Slade Rooms (TICKETS HERE)

Gigs Coming Up!

We Are Scientists Tuesday 22/06/2010 Wulfrun Hall
Blondie Monday 28/06/2010 Civic Hall
The Wedding Present Friday 16/07/2010 The Slade Rooms

Monday, 14 June 2010

Exit Calm last night: Band of Horses tonight

Sounds like Exit Calms gig at the Slade Rooms was a success last night!

Some great fan reviews coming in, including this one from Val Blundell (via our Facebook)

First time we have been to The Slade Rooms...great venue and excellent value for money tonight. £7.50 for 4 bands, you can't go wrong. Had previously seen local band The Lines in Brum a couple of years back so was looking forward to seeing them again. Pleased to say they sounded pretty good and worthy of a support slot for Exit Calm. Next up was ...

Read the rest of the review on our Facebook Page (click here)

Also people talking about the show on Twitter: e.g. Bearnecessity said "@ExitCalm Great gig tonight...loved every minute of it!"

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Onto tonight and Band of Horses are at the Wulfrun Hall:

tickets - click here

An American 5-piece rock outfit, often compared to My Morning Jacket and Fleet Foxes (See for yourself, check out the videos below)

Still undecided? Here are a few recent gig reviews to whet your appetite



Sunday, 13 June 2010

Shoegaze lives on: Exit Calm

Every now and again you come across a band that is being hyped massively - and you wonder - are they REALLY that good? (yes, they are - according to reports we've heard)

Exit Calm are one of those bands and tonight they're playing The Slade Rooms, the third date on their UK tour (tickets on the door).

There's a definite 90's indie/shoegaze element here - think The Jesus and Mary Chain meets The Verve meets Ride (video below).

Here are some pics from Friday nights show in Manchester

People have also been posting on the bands Facebook Fan Page:

(And don't forget to become OUR fan on Facebook too)

Music Radar's Exit Calm album review

If you are going to the show: here are 5 facts to impress your mates!

  • 4 piece from South Yorkshire
  • They have been together 3 years
  • Self titled debut album was released on May 17th 2010
  • They played Glastonbury last year after Emily Eavis saw them at a gig, checked them out another 3 times, and stayed in touch with them!
  • The single Hearts and Minds was Single of the Week in the Sun last month

Saturday, 12 June 2010

6 things to do this month if you hate football

Yes there is the small matter of something called the World Cup which has got everyone into a bit of a frenzy.

If you love football, then surely this is going to be the best month of your life, especially if our lot do well. Unfortunately, if you're not into football, and there are some people out there like that, then it's probably going to be a month of hell. Your favourite pub (in fact, every pub) is right now a shrine to the game, and full of beered up idiots.

So here are a few OTHER things you can do to help this month fly by and avoid the lunacy:

* Festivals: So all the big ones have sold out (Glastonbury etc) but the great thing about this country is that there are music festivals EVERY weekend. So you can still get your mud/beer/music fix. There's a handy list of what's coming up

* Shopping: and this is NOT just aimed at the girls, I know plenty of guys who hate football - and everyone likes a splurge every now and again. So whether it's a new pair of shoes, or a splash out on some cool musical rare find (try Oldies Unlimited). Avoid those day-time matches by hitting the town (especially during the England matches, the shops will be deserted). During the evening games, try late night Ikea or supermarkets.

* Shoot stuff: and we're talking painballing, laser guns and that kind of stuff. Gather a group of your football hating mates, book an afternoon and go run about, get muddy and take out all your anti-football aggression!

* Get away: yes, potentially expensive, dramatic and potentially problematic (how do you escape the World Cup, fly to the moon?) but how about heading to the countryside to a little country hotel, or some far flung country? Even have dedicated an entire page to getting away from the football.

* Learn something: I'm not talking about dropping everything and heading back to uni, but how about a one day course in something you've always fancied - or take up a new hobby? With your other half/mates distracted it's a perfect opportunity to achieve some of those dreams!

* Geek out: in 2010 it's cool to be a geek. Facebook and Twitter have made it's acceptable to spend unhealthy amounts of time sat in front of a computer. That, however, is for amateurs. How about taking it to the next level and starting a blog? Try Wordpress or Blogger for FREE space and you can write about whatever you want, with pictures, video .... you never know where it may lead.

Friday, 11 June 2010

Not going to Download or Isle of Wight? see the bands here instead!

Well the good news is, a bunch of the bands playing this weekends festivals are swinging through Wolverhampton at some point soon - so you don't need to miss out!

(plus think of the perks: shorter queues at the bar, nicer toilets, and if it rains you don't have to wear of those silly see through cape things!)

If you are off to Download or Isle of Wight - have a blast, we hope it doesn't rain and tell us all about it when you get back!

Trigger The Bloodshed Wednesday 16/06/2010 The Slade Rooms

Blondie Monday 28/06/2010 Civic Hall

No Americana (Emma Scott presents Gundogs, , Crimson Joy) Friday 09/07/2010 The Slade Rooms

Mike Peters of The Alarm Friday 29/10/2010 The Slade Rooms

Paloma Faith Monday 01/11/2010 Civic Hall

Motörhead Wednesday 24/11/2010 Civic Hall

Reef Friday 03/12/2010 Wulfrun Hall

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Latest results are in: but keep on voting

Yesterday, for a bit of fun, I asked you which band you were most looking forward to seeing at the Wulfrun Hall over the next few months ...

Great response so far, you can keep voting HERE but have a look at the results so far, in a nice fancy pie chart:

Oh and don't forget to get your tickets for all the shows HERE

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Upcoming bands: which are you looking forward to the most?

A bit bored at work? Ok, tell us which bands you're most looking forward to seeing at our beloved Wolves Wulfrun over the next few months.


Get tickets here

RATT postpone Wolves date - ANVIL to play on

This is a shame: Ratt have had to cancel their European tour

They were due to stop off at the Wolves Wulfrun on 17th June (along with Anvil) but vocalist Stephen Pearcy has got to have urgent hernia surgery (and who's going to argue with that, eh?)

It's yet more disappointment for Anvil, who you will know - if you've seen the film - have had a pretty turbulent career, and plenty of knock backs along the way.

But there is GOOD NEWS for Anvil fans: the band have decided to play a show at the Slade Rooms NEXT Thursday (17th June) and tickets for the Ratt/Anvil show will get you in! (BUY TICKETS HERE) (if you don't fancy it, you can get your money back)

Remind yourself how great Anvil are with the trailer to their film below!

Meanwhile Ratt said to be gutted about having the cancel the shows, and are hoping to reschedule as many of them as possible! They were also due to play Download this weekend too ...

Their first album in 11 years, Infestation, has been getting some great reviews so far - check out the video for new track Best of Me, below

Monday, 7 June 2010

RIP Stuart Cable

Promotional mugshotImage via Wikipedia

Sad news today about the death of former Stereophonics drummer, and radio presenter Stuart Cable

The 40 yr old, who used to work for West Midlands radio station Kerrang Radio, was found dead at his home in South Wales this morning

He was due to play Download festival this weekend, and The Slade Rooms on the 9th July.

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Give me SKIN! Slade Rooms, Monday night ...

Now, hands up who remembers Skin? Yup - there you go, the rock fans of a certain age (i.e. around in the 90's) will probably remember them with fondness.

They toured with Bon Jovi, Thunder and Little Angels - releasing 5 albums before splitting in 1998.

A reunion performance at Download last year has now led to them reforming permanently - and they have got a new album ready to go - available now through their webstore HERE!

And if you're still in the dark: here's what you need to know:

  • Neville MacDonald (vocals), Myke Gray (guitar), Andy Robbins (bass), Dicki Fliszar (drums), Colin McLeod (keyboards)
  • formed in the early 1990s - originally called Taste
  • Signed to Parlophone
  • Released their debut single The Skin Up EP in 1993
  • The "Money" which peaked at no 18 in 1993, debut album peaked at no 9
  • Supported Bon Jovi in 1995 at Gateshead Stadium
  • Split in 1998, reformed in 2009
Album Track Listing

1. Bad Reputation
2. Indestructible
3. Redemption
4. Born To Rock & Roll
5. Good To Be Back
6. Stronger
7. When I'm With You
8. The Book Of Your Life
9. Trigger Inside
10. Don't Call It Love
11. Can You Feel It

Jog those memories with the video below, and follow the guys on



Saturday, 5 June 2010

New York Alcoholic Anxiety Attack TONIGHT!

Probably the coolest NAMED band we've had playing here for along time, the New York Alcoholic Anxiety Attack are described as "MC5 jamming with T-Rex after a long weekend feasting on mushrooms and Plymouth Gin'

Judge for yourself - catch the video below and if you like what you see, get along to see the at The Slade Rooms tonight


Want to know more? Ok ...

  • Mik Davis (front man, guitarist), Matthew Graham (bass/vocals) Jimmy Bridle (drums/vocals)
  • From Bradford
  • They fund their recording with micropayments from companies, who will get a logo on the final album - the funders then all get copies of the album to distribute for free
  • they have already released a 6 track demo EP

Friday, 4 June 2010

The Slade Room club nights

Well it's all happening down at the newest addition to the Wolves Civic family, The Slade Rooms

This weekend, 2 clubnights that you are going to love ... Pressure and Saturday Stomp

Ill say no more other than :

  1. check out the posters
  2. get along there
  3. have fun
  4. tell us all about it tomorrow morning on Twitter and Facebook