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Single Review: Marsicans – Pop-Ups (Sunny at the Weekend) 

16 Jul 18

Marsicans’ new single is the perfect dose of pop positivity, Josh Parker reviews The post Single Review: Marsicans – Pop-Ups (Sunny at the Weekend) appeared first on Redbrick .


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Live Review: Funkenteleky: ‘A Poetry and Music Thing’ 

14 Jul 18

Jonah Corren sheds light on Digbeth’s ever evolving and brilliantly unique live poetry and music event ‘Funkenteleky’ The post Live Review: Funkenteleky: ‘A Poetry and Music Thing’ appeared first on Redbrick .


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Redbrick Meets: Boston Manor 

13 Jul 18

With a performance at 2000 Trees on the horizon, Naomi Penn chats with Boston Manor about the festival, musical growth and their upcoming record The post Redbrick Meets: Boston Manor appeared first on Redbrick .


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Album Review: Gorillaz – The Now Now 

12 Jul 18

The Now Now is a slower, more simplified work from Gorillaz, as Imogen Mellor argues that it fails to deliver on energy and experimentation The post Album Review: Gorillaz – The Now Now appeared first on Redbrick .


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Alfie Deyes and the Issue of Poverty 

12 Jul 18

Comment Editor Amelia Hiller discusses Alfie Deyes’ mistake and the responsibility YouTubers have to educate their fanbases The post Alfie Deyes and the Issue of Poverty appeared first on Redbrick .


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Single Review: Tom Odell – If You Wanna Love Somebody 

11 Jul 18

Deputy Editor Kat Smith is left underwhelmed by Tom Odell’s newest single ‘If You Wanna Love Somebody’ The post Single Review: Tom Odell – If You Wanna Love Somebody appeared first on Redbrick .


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Live Review: The Mouse Outfit 

10 Jul 18

Jonah Corren is impressed by a cohesive and versatile set from hip-hop group The Mouse Outfit, at the Hare and Hounds The post Live Review: The Mouse Outfit appeared first on Redbrick .


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The Upskirting Bill – Why Have We Had To Wait So Long? 

10 Jul 18

Deputy Editor Kat Smith asks why it has taken so long for upskirting to be criminalised, and explains why it is unlikely to be a perfect solution The post The Upskirting Bill – Why Have We Had To Wait So Long? appeared first on Redbrick .


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Album Review: Leon Vynehall – Nothing Is Still 

6 Jul 18

Nothing Is Still is an immersive ambient project, and represents a drastic change from Leon Vynehall’s previous work, writes Music editor Harry Hetherington The post Album Review: Leon Vynehall – Nothing Is Still appeared first on Redbrick .


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Live Review: Sofar Sounds at Birmingham Symphony Hall 

5 Jul 18

Outgoing music editor Luke Charnley signs off with a review of Birmingham’s latest Sofar Sounds, featuring a secret set from Peace among other highlights The post Live Review: Sofar Sounds at Birmingham Symphony Hall appeared first on Redbrick .


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Album Review: The Carters – Everything Is Love 

5 Jul 18

In the wake of Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s widely public marital issues, an excellent collaborative record comes alongside their revitalisation, Digital Editor Jonny Isaacs argues The post Album Review: The Carters – Everything Is Love appeared first on …


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Greatest Hits: Liv Francis-Pape 

5 Jul 18

Liv Francis-Pape talks us through the five tracks that have shaped her music life The post Greatest Hits: Liv Francis-Pape appeared first on Redbrick .


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Trump’s Space Force: The Empire Strikes Back 

5 Jul 18

Comment writer, Lola Ogunsanya, considers whether Trump’s decision to create a ‘Space Force’ is just another desperate reach to regain US hegemony The post Trump’s Space Force: The Empire Strikes Back appeared first on Redbrick .


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Festival Review: ValeFest 

4 Jul 18

ValeFest’s unabashed ambition to be the biggest and best student-run festival paid off, reviews Redbrick’s Holly Carter The post Festival Review: ValeFest appeared first on Redbrick .


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Redbrick Meets: Years & Years 

4 Jul 18

In discussion with Emre Türkmen, Sorcha Hornett finds out more about the new album from Years & Years The post Redbrick Meets: Years & Years appeared first on Redbrick .


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Essential Album: Jennifer Lopez – On The 6 

3 Jul 18

Suraj Hallan tells Redbrick Music why he believes Jennifer Lopez’s debut should be labelled a timeless classic The post Essential Album: Jennifer Lopez – On The 6 appeared first on Redbrick .


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Single Review: Kodaline – Shed A Tear 

30 Jun 18

Kodaline’s catchy new single nevertheless fails to rise above cliché or break any new ground, writes Liv Francis-Pape The post Single Review: Kodaline – Shed A Tear appeared first on Redbrick .


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The Paradox of Choice: ‘Love Island’ and Online Dating 

28 Jun 18

Comment Writer, Holly Pittaway, argues that Adam Collard’s actions on ‘Love Island’ are not too different from our own when it comes to online dating The post The Paradox of Choice: ‘Love Island’ and Online Dating appeared first on Redbrick .


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Trump’s Heartless Asylum Policy Upholds an American Tradition 

27 Jun 18

President Trump’s recent executive order to keep asylum seeking families together in incarceration is a cynical attempt to deflect negative press, argues Comment Writer Amy O’Neill The post Trump’s Heartless Asylum Policy Upholds an American …


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Album Review: Buddy Guy – The Blues is Alive and Well 

26 Jun 18

In his first review as Redbrick Music Editor, Harry Hetherington divulges exactly why Buddy Guy’s new album deserves four stars The post Album Review: Buddy Guy – The Blues is Alive and Well appeared first on Redbrick .


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Live Review: Dot To Dot Festival 2018 

25 Jun 18

Laura Mosley reviews some of the acts at this year’s Dot To Dot festival in Nottingham The post Live Review: Dot To Dot Festival 2018 appeared first on Redbrick .


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Festival Review: Slam Dunk 

24 Jun 18

Naomi Penn reviews the impressive Slam Dunk Festival, bringing a host of alternative artists to Birmingham The post Festival Review: Slam Dunk appeared first on Redbrick .


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Redbrick Meets: Knocked Loose 

23 Jun 18

Before they made their Download Festival debut, Naomi Penn spoke to hardcore up-and-comers Knocked Loose about playing the festival, and touring with Every Time I Die The post Redbrick Meets: Knocked Loose appeared first on Redbrick .


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Festival Review: Junction 2 

22 Jun 18

Redbrick’s Nathan Davies is impressed by the quick climb of quirky Junction 2 Festival The post Festival Review: Junction 2 appeared first on Redbrick .


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Album Review: Snow Patrol – Wildness 

22 Jun 18

Matt Taylor reviews Snow Patrol’s most recent album, summing it up as frankly disappointing The post Album Review: Snow Patrol – Wildness appeared first on Redbrick .


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Live Review: Carnival Magnifico 

20 Jun 18

Music Critic Greg Woodin reviews Carnival Magnifico 2018 at the newly opened B5 Arena The post Live Review: Carnival Magnifico appeared first on Redbrick .


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Festival Review: Parklife 

20 Jun 18

In her first outing as Redbrick’s Deputy Editor, Issy Campbell heads up to Manchester to review Parklife festival The post Festival Review: Parklife appeared first on Redbrick .


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Live Preview: Lauryn Hill 

18 Jun 18

Ben Johns previews Lauryn Hill’s return to the UK later this year The post Live Preview: Lauryn Hill appeared first on Redbrick .


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The Sun Pounds Sterling 

17 Jun 18

Tom Leaman argues that not enough is being done to regulate the tabloid media and the attacks on individuals such as Raheem Sterling The post The Sun Pounds Sterling appeared first on Redbrick .


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Six Months of #MeToo 

16 Jun 18

In light of Harvey Weinstein’s indictment, Emily Chapman reflects on the past six months of #MeToo and the impacts it has had The post Six Months of #MeToo appeared first on Redbrick .


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Album Review: Kanye West & Kid Cudi – KIDS SEE GHOSTS 

16 Jun 18

KIDS SEE GHOSTS , the joint project from Kanye West and Kid Cudi, is the psychedelic tour de force that both artists desperately needed, Music Editor Kieran Read argues The post Album Review: Kanye West & Kid Cudi – KIDS SEE GHOSTS appeared first …


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A New Path for Catholicism? 

15 Jun 18

Comment Writer Tom Shacklock discusses what the vote to repeal the 8th amendment means for Catholicism in Ireland The post A New Path for Catholicism? appeared first on Redbrick .


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Morgan Freeman’s Trial by Social Media 

14 Jun 18

In light of recent sexual abuse allegations made against actor Morgan Freeman, Comment Editor Natalia Carter considers his inadequate apology and the unforgiving nature of social media The post Morgan Freeman’s Trial by Social Media appeared first …


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Are We Being Referendumb? 

14 Jun 18

In the wake of #RepealThe8th, TV Editor Matt Dawson questions whether referendums can accurately portray the will of the people The post Are We Being Referendumb? appeared first on Redbrick .


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Album Review: Kanye West – ye 

14 Jun 18

More personal and uncut than we’ve ever seen before, Kieren Williams believes Kanye West’s latest record to be yet another important addition to his legacy The post Album Review: Kanye West – ye appeared first on Redbrick .


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Redbrick Meets: DMA’S 

12 Jun 18

Emmanuel Gutman sat down with Johnny Took from the DMA’s to talk about their sound, future and how the band met The post Redbrick Meets: DMA’S appeared first on Redbrick .


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Live Review: Peach Pit 

11 Jun 18

Music Critic Lydia Waller reviews Peach Pit’s latest live gig at Mama Roux’s The post Live Review: Peach Pit appeared first on Redbrick .


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Junction 2 Festival 2018: Top 5 Acts To Watch 

3 Jun 18

Nathan Davies tells Redbrick Music his top 5 acts to see at this years Junction 2 Festival The post Junction 2 Festival 2018: Top 5 Acts To Watch appeared first on Redbrick .


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Preview: NSR Presents Door2Door Festival 

30 May 18

The New Street Records team round off a successful year with the return of Door2Door Festival, bringing music right into the heart of Selly Oak The post Preview: NSR Presents Door2Door Festival appeared first on Redbrick .


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Redbrick Meets: WSTR 

26 May 18

Ahead of their slot on the Avalanche Stage at this year’s Download Festival, Naomi Penn talks to WSTR frontman Sammy Clifford about the band’s exciting new plans The post Redbrick Meets: WSTR appeared first on Redbrick .


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10 Non-Headliners You Need To See At Download Festival 2018 

26 May 18

Guns N’ Roses and Avenged Sevenfold may be leading the lineup, but Redbrick’s Naomi Penn guides you through the acts further down the bill that you simply cannot miss at this year’s Download The post 10 Non-Headliners You Need To See At Download …


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Redbrick’s Guide to Parklife Festival 2018 

25 May 18

With two weeks until Parklife Festival, Music Editor Issy Campbell gives you some top tips to make the most of the weekend The post Redbrick’s Guide to Parklife Festival 2018 appeared first on Redbrick .


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Live Review: U.S. Girls 

23 May 18

Letty Gardner watches U.


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Preview: Carnival Magnifico 2018 

23 May 18

Carnival Magnifico is returning to Birmingham for the next chapter in their succession of summer fiestas, one which has every right to be as enchanting as any of its predecessors The post Preview: Carnival Magnifico 2018 appeared first on Redbrick .


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Redbrick Meets: Skinny Living 

22 May 18

Kylie McCormick sits down with Skinny Living to discover what it is that makes the band so crucially evocative The post Redbrick Meets: Skinny Living appeared first on Redbrick .


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Album Review: Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino 

20 May 18

Arctic Monkey’s divisive comeback record swaps out anthemic choruses and guitar hooks for conceptual ambition and left-field instrumentation, earning a rave review from Music critic Luke Wheeler The post Album Review: Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility …


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Review: Avengers Infinity War 

18 May 18

Does Avengers: Infinity War live up to the hype? Film Critic Todd Waugh Ambridge unpicks a blockbuster supposedly ten-years in the making.


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Festival Review: Live at Leeds 2018 

16 May 18

Josh Parker heads north to check out the best in metropolitan music festivals, this year boasting indie darlings The Vaccines and Pale Waves as well as a host of fresh talent The post Festival Review: Live at Leeds 2018 appeared first on Redbrick .


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Single Review: Bastille – Quarter Past Midnight 

16 May 18

While worlds away from the sound that defined their debut, Bastille’s new single is an enticing glimpse into the band’s future The post Single Review: Bastille – Quarter Past Midnight appeared first on Redbrick .


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Album Review: Peace – Kindness Is The New Rock And Roll 

16 May 18

Peace live up to their name on their latest release, an album that sacrifices hit singles in favour of a more delicate approach that is equally captivating The post Album Review: Peace – Kindness Is The New Rock And Roll appeared first on Redbrick .


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Single Review: Thundercat – Final Fight 

15 May 18

Thundercat’s latest single bursts with anxious energy, yet fails to reach the highs of his last project, reviews Rhiannon Storer The post Single Review: Thundercat – Final Fight appeared first on Redbrick .


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Live Review: Her’s 

15 May 18

Letty Gardner enjoys a night of idiosyncratic dream pop and kitsch stage banter at the Hare & Hounds, courtesy of Her’s The post Live Review: Her’s appeared first on Redbrick .


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Yeezy vs. the People 

13 May 18

Comment Writer Kieren Williams argues that Kanye West’s recent Twitter outburst has negative repercussions for the black community The post Yeezy vs.


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Theresa May Must Answer to the Windrush Generation 

13 May 18

Immediate action needs to be taken to punish those responsible for creating a ‘hostile environment’ for the Windrush Generation, argues Comment Writer Kieren Williams The post Theresa May Must Answer to the Windrush Generation appeared first on …


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Interview: Sean Gunn 

11 May 18

Gaming editor Roshni Patel interviews Sean Gunn, who plays Kraglin and Rocket in Guardians of the Galaxy The post Interview: Sean Gunn appeared first on Redbrick .


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Live Review: Mallory Knox 

9 May 18

Naomi Penn catches Mallory Knox’s headline show at Mama Roux’s, finding a band determined to prove themselves following internal struggle The post Live Review: Mallory Knox appeared first on Redbrick .


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Single Review: Cherry Glazerr – Juicy Socks 

9 May 18

Cherry Glazerr are back with a track that progresses their trademark energetic sound, reports Letty Gardner The post Single Review: Cherry Glazerr – Juicy Socks appeared first on Redbrick .


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Live Review: Gengahr 

9 May 18

Gengahr’s return to the Hare & Hounds is a gloriously beautiful affair, Katie Leigh-Lancaster reviews The post Live Review: Gengahr appeared first on Redbrick .


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Interview: Michael Rooker 

9 May 18

At this Spring’s MCM Comic Con Birmingham, Gaming Editor Roshni Patel interviewed Michael Rooker, who plays Yondu in the Guardians of the Galaxy The post Interview: Michael Rooker appeared first on Redbrick .


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GradBall 2018: Your Guide to the Lineup 

4 May 18

Redbrick Music talks you through the newly-announced acts you need to be excited about for this year’s University of Birmingham Gradball, set to be the biggest party of the year The post GradBall 2018: Your Guide to the Lineup appeared first on …