Saturday, 30 October 2010

How will YOU spend your Halloween?

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The Big Comedy Jam, Halloween Special - Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall: Saturday 30th October 2010

A proper treat for comedy fans tonight ...

From the promoters that brought you The Big Fest featuring: Tinie Tempah and Wiley, now they are back with the funniest comedy show to come to the Midlands and yes it is a Halloween special.

This event will be hosted by Robbie Gee star of the hit series Desmonds and The Real McCoy and well as films Snatch and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Plus coming to the Midlands for the first time awarding winning comedian Eddie Kadi. He alone has sold out the 02 arena in London and now makes his first appearance in Wolverhampton.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Battle of the Bands 2011 is here!!

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Battle of the Bands 2011 is here.

This years competition is going to be better than ever!

The BIG news is that the FINAL is going to be held in The Civic Hall, instead of the Wulfrun Hall so the final bands get the chance to have a real taste of the big time! Imagine, playing on that legendary stage!

If you think you’ve got what it takes email phil@wolvescivic.co.uk NOW!

As usual we've teamed up with some of the big names in the area: this year our partners are Banks’s, The Express & Star, Beacon Radio, M2 Studios and Surge Music.

The heats take place throughout January and February, with the final taking place, AT THE CIVIC, on Saturday 23rd April

THE PRIZES

  • £1000
  • A free recording session at M2 Studio
  • A photo shoot with a professional photographer
  • A bespoke website designed and hosted by Surge Music
  • and more goodies!!
Bands will be judged on several criteria including Presentation/Delivery, Songwriting, Originality, Vibe and Audience Reaction with bonus points awarded for every 10 tickets they sell - so get all of your friends down there!!!

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Sunday, 24 October 2010

COMPETITION! Colin Fry & TJ Higgs Free Spirit Show

Details here of a VERY special competition to win tickets to see psychic mediums Colin Fry and TG Higgs at The Civic Hall on Thursday night.

They're two of the most celebrated British psychics, who are known for their accuracy and compassion, as well as giving a very entertaining show.

The prize includes a PAIR of tickets to the show, and a personally signed book (you'll be taken to the front of the book signing queue during the evening!)

How to enter the competition:

Either:

Twitter: Send out this message in full: "I want to see Psychic Mediums Colin Fry & TJ Higgs at @wolvescivic on Thursday!"

Or:

Facebook: Write a comment on the Facebook event (here http://on.fb.me/afLw2s)

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Thursday, 21 October 2010

FREE MUSIC Love Amongst Ruin (ex-Placebo)

UPDATED WITH RECENT REVIEW

We love it when a musician in one of out favourite bands goes off to try something else. This is the case with Steve Hewitt - one time drummer of Placebo, who is now with a new band called Love Amongst Ruin. Check out the videos and FREE music download below.

You can spot elements of Placebo in their music, but there is also a heathy dose of Queens of the Stone Age. Linkin Park and Foo Fighters

The self titled debut album came out on 6th September 2010, preceded by the single So Sad (Fade).

We are delighted to have the band playing The Slade Rooms on 31st October 2010 - do not miss out.

HighRotation (review of current tour)



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Love Amongst Ruin (Steve Hewitt - Ex Placebo)Sunday 31/10/2010The Slade RoomsBook Now

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Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Frightened Rabbit: RECENT REVIEWS!!!

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REVIEWS FROM RECENT US TOUR

"It was the best club show I’ve seen this year" BCT Review

Frightened Rabbit Finish US Tour in Chicago Spinner UK

OTHER REVIEWS

"they come on like a Celtic Kings Of Leon. If you’re a fan of Scottish indie rock, this could well be your new favourite band." The Independent

"brutally honest sentiments and battered-but-euphoric psyche" Full Drowned in Sound Review here



Frightened Rabbit are an indie rock outfit from Selkirk in Scotland (now based in Glasgow). They formed in 2003 and since then have released 3 studio albums, Sing the Greys, The Midnight Organ Fight and The Winter of Mixed Drinks (which was released this year)

The band's made up of Scott Hutchison (lead vocals, rhythym guitar, lyricist), Grant Hutchison (drums), Billy Kennedy (bass and guitar), Andy Monaghan (guitar) and Gordon Skene (keyboards)

The band have supported Death Cab for Cutie, played on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, featured on several TV show soundtracks, and were handpicked by Belle and Sebastian to play the Bowlie Weekender festival in 2010. And now they are coming to play The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton on 30th November 2010 (ticket link below)



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Other Frightened Rabbit news:
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FREE MUSIC! The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster

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The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster are an odd band. They have their uber-dedicated followers, but have, criminally, always missed out on superstar status.

This is down to the fact that they've always been under the psychobilly umbrella, but a more fair description, is probably quirky rock.However, this band are definitely worth checking out. They recently headlined the 3rd stage at the Sonisphere Festival and put on, as usual, an amazing show. They are playing The Slade Rooms on Saturday 30th Oct! Check out the live reviews below, plus a few of their videos and see you there!

The Eighties Matchbox B-Line DisasterSaturday 30/10/2010The Slade RoomsBook Now

And now, you can download a FREE track from the band CLICK HERE

"they play with rock and roll iconography with a level of self-awareness which prevents them from becoming clich├ęd" LeftLion: Live Review

"The band leave the crowd defiled, breathless and covered in beer and sweat" The Fly: Live review

"genuinely thrilling and the outrageous" Addict Music: album review

" they’ve never sounded more caustically thrilling" Drowned in Sound: album review

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Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Gaslight Anthem: "you really can believe the hype"

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Channelling a a whole lotta Springsteen, Gaslight Anthem burst onto the scene last year with their second album, and the epic track '59 Sound (video below)

The timing was perfect, and they helped forge a whole new wave of folk rock sounds. Having the blessing of The Boss, and appearing with him during his headline slot at Glastonbury hasn't done them any harm at all.

Always picking up fierce live reviews, get involved and do NO miss out on one of the most exciting bands of recent years!!!
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Saturday, 16 October 2010

FREE music from Ginger of the Wildhearts

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That lovely chap Ginger (frontman of the wonderful band The Wildhearts) has put an entire albums worth of music, for free download, on his website!


We're so glad to have Ginger back in Wolverhampton this Christmas - he'll be performing at The Wulfrun Hall with The Wildhearts Band.

Anyone who's been to one of these shows before will know that this frontman is superb good fun! Get involved ...
Ginger and The Wildhearts BandWednesday 22/12/2010Wulfrun HallBook Now


Friday, 15 October 2010

Best Music Videos ...

Well this mornings #830question was about your favourite videos ...

Here are the ones we could find on Youtube! (I'll try to add more later ... Youtube's being naughty right now ... )


Tuesday, 12 October 2010

FREE MUSIC: Isolated Atoms

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And finally FREE MUSIC here from local boys Isolated Atoms.

Head HERE to download a couple of tracks by this lot, see what you think - and if you like it, well there's a chance to see them live.

They join the very lovely Emma Scott for one of her Presents ... shows at The Slade Rooms, along with Century Man, Mr Twist and Of Kings and Captains

The #830question ... your thoughts

For the past few months we've been running something called the #830question. It's a general music question, whether its coming up with song suggestions, your thoughts on favourite musicians, etc - which we send out to Facebook and Twitter at 8.30am every day

A lot of you love it, and we've been having tonnes of fun.

In fact it was so popular that we decided to send the same question out again at 8.30pm in case people were missing it in the morning and might like to get involved.

So far, it's been a success with some new faces getting involved, which is great! However, I also know that some of you more regular Facebook users are seeing the same question appearing twice in your feed.

So, you decide - we'll keep running the evening question as well as the morning question for another week, but you can have your say on it via this little poll! We'd love your thoughts ...

(if the poll below doesn't appear in your browser - click here

Friday, 8 October 2010

KoRn - nu-metal gods return to Wolverhampton TOMORROW

It's hard to imagine a time without Korn! One of the first, if not THE first, nu-metal band - a genre that gave metal a well overdue kick in the behind in the 90's - they are often credited with sparking an entire rethink of that type of music.

They've had their ups and downs - 2 original members left the band, but they have maintained their ferocious live performance! Plus, the current album has been hailed as a serious return to form for them.

If you haven't got your ticket for the show yet, get it now - you will NOT be disappointed.


Korn - Ballroom Blitz Tour 2010Saturday 09/10/2010Civic HallBook Now

The Lines: Wulfrun Hall TONIGHT!!! (Friday)


Local-lads-done-good, The Lines will be at The Wulfrun Hall tonight ...

Not only should you support them because they are from this fair city, but they're also incredibly talented. (check out the track and video below)


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Monday, 4 October 2010

Your thoughts on .... Yuck

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You guys have impeccable taste in music - and I'm not just saying that.

So we decided we're going to start getting your thoughts about some of the bands heading to Wolverhampton soon - so please pass this link around, comment or tweet away about the band under the spotlight ...

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So today's band is YUCK

An unfortunate name in some respects, and open to abuse by any music journalist not liking them .. but at least it's got people talking.




So here's what you need to know:
  • Yuck have been described as shoegaze, but at times they head into grunge territory with a definite Dinosaur Jr and Sonic Youth edge.
  • The band consists of Danny and Max (ex Cajun Dance Party)
  • The band release "Rubber" as a 12" on 26th October (you can hear the song streaming on their Myspace http://www.myspace.com/yuckband
  • They've already supported Modest Mouse and Teenage Fanclub so are certainly picking up friends in all the right places ..
So now it's your turn ... watch the videos, listen to the music and let us know what you think in the poll below ....

YuckSunday 10/10/2010The Slade RoomsBook Now