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Live: Vanessa Carlton @ Scala

Pennsylvania-born singer, songwriter and pianist Vanessa Carlton returned to London after a thirteen-year absence in style, following a capacity show at North London’s Lexington earlier this month, she was back at the bigger Scala venue to wrap up her European tour in...
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Live: The Dandy Warhols @ The Electric Ballroom

Whilst The Dandy Warhols have enjoyed mainstream success over a number of years, it isn’t too much of a stretch to say that to the general populous, they’re really only known for one song. The royalties from ‘that song’; Bohemian Like You – an instantly recognisable...
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Live: Band Of Skulls @ Electric Ballroom

Southampton-based rock trio Band Of Skulls are back with their Gil Norton-produced fourth studio album By Default. And to celebrate its launch next week, they played a duo of shows in North London; a last minute Lexington stop followed by tonight’s sold-out Electric...
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Video: Kate Jackson, End Of Reason.

Following the news of her debut solo album, British Road Movies, former Long Blondes frontwoman Kate Jackson has shared the video for new single, The End Of Reason. Kate spoke to RockShot Magazine about the video “The idea behind the video for The End Of Reason...
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Interview: Band Of Skulls, Church-Inspired Phase 2

Taking a step back from relentless touring, Southampton-based rock trio Band Of Skulls have been squirreled away in Monmouthshire recording the follow-up to their well-received 2014 album Himalayan. With the fruits of their labour – fourth studio album By Default –...
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Video: Hinds, Easy.

Spanish quartet Hinds may be well known for their irrepressible joie de vivre and infectious brand of ramshackle garage rock, but with their new video for Easy, directed by John Strong, they showcase another, darker, more emotional side to their music.   Though...
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Video: Peter Vogelaar, Television.

Peter Vogelaar is a bass player & producer from Waterford, Ireland. His new album The Science Of Summer features collaborations with Deaf Joe, Katie Kim, Cat Dowling, Ken Lally, Susan O’Neill & Aisling Browne. Peter spoke to us about the new album I...
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Interview: Elisabeth Webb, Beyond The Valley.

  Elisabeth Webb is a folk singer-songwriter brought up in The Valleys of South Wales, currently showcasing music from her debut extended play, Fly, which was released in January 2016. Before a run of upcoming gigs, and a performance on BBC Radio Wales. Michael...
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Live: Gov’t Mule @ The O2 Forum Kentish Town

It’s an unseasonably (read ‘unreasonably’) warm night in London; indeed, if the weather got any closer I’d practically be nose to nose with it. I imagine that Warren Haynes, front man of Gov’t Mule and a native of Asheville, North Carolina, is feeling right at home....
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Manic Street Preachers @ Royal Albert Hall

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan wouldn’t have approved of tonight. Playing albums through in full is nothing new and is often considered simply to be for milking a few extra quid out of  past glory days. But as soon as I heard that Welsh rockers Manic Street...
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Feature: Lera Lynn, Otherworldly Evocative Americana.

For devotees of HBO’s drama series True Detective, you could be forgiven for thinking Lera Lynn is as dark and melancholy as the mysterious singer she plays so well from The Black Rose, the dive bar featured in the second season which sees its fair share of unsavoury...
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Feature: Ray Wilson, Song For A Friend.

Stiltskin frontman and former Genesis vocalist Ray Wilson is set to release a new album entitled Song For a Friend. It is dedicated to his close friend James Lewis who tragically committed suicide in 2015.  Inspiration also came to Ray from other significant events in...
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Feature: Joseph Arthur. Welcome To The Family.

It’s almost two years since Joseph Arthur’s last concert in the UK so I’m more than happy to be at The Borderline this Sunday evening to witness his long-awaited return. It’s my twenty-sixth time seeing Joseph, although if time-money-distance were no impediment it...
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Interview: Bandini. Nomadic Jazz and Blues.

Bandini is a singer-songwriter born and bred in Italy and based in London, raised on jazz and blues and the art of storytelling and song-writing from an early age. He began showcasing his talent on the London streets before building a presence on the Open Mic circuit...
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Feature: Countdown to BBK Live

Tick, tock … while I would never want to wish my life away, I can only but wait for July to roll around before I pack my bags and jump on a flight to the picturesque Basque city of Bilbao for a few days of sunshine, pintxos and some of the best live music acts in the...
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Feature: Andy Shauf The Magician.

Here is the new video for Andy Shauf’s song The Magician. The track is from the Saskatchewan-based singer-songwriter’s forthcoming album The Party which arrives this May 20th. The video for The Magician, like the track, is an intensely evocative affair that’s warmly...
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Interview: Dylan Howe: Crossing All Barriers.

With his unique approach to music Dylan Howe provides a bridge between Jazz, Classical, Punk, Hard Rock and Concept Art music taking it all in his stride . In a recent interview with us Steve Hackett said it must be possible to find a possible link to ally all these...
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Interview: Jon Anderson. Creating New Spirit.

On a cool English afternoon Tim Price, connected with the legendary Jon Anderson in a sunny California. We learn how a new project with violinist extraordinaire, Jean-Luc Ponty, became a Kickstarter campaign. We delve into the works of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, King...
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Interview: Steve Hackett. Past Present & Future. Part 2.

It was a pleasure to interview Steve Hackett on July 1st. His memory is as sharp as a tack and he offered insights into the roots of how some of these Genesis songs came together, citing classical influences such as Ottorino Respighi, an Italian composer who in 1899...
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Interview: Chris Barron. Spin Doctors.

A great interview with Chris Barron of the Spin Doctors,  On a  New York morning in  May. Tim Price discovers why some rock stars run away from home,  the old school tie,  why he misses Ireland and a few surprises. Paul Jones recently introduced ‘If the River was...
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Interview: Cate Le Bon, Drinks. Raising A Glass To Good Friends

LA-based Welsh singer songwriter Cate Le Bon and American psych-rocker Tim Presley have joined forces to form Drinks. The pair became good friends after Presley’s band White Fence supported Le Bon on a US tour and she has returned the favour by regularly playing...
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Interview: Gary Lucas. Grace, Gods and Golem.

Gary Lucas is back in the UK, more than 30 years after first landing here from the US to tour with Captain Beefheart. He’s travelled the world in the intervening years, writing songs and playing guitar with a plethora of both legendary and obscure artists. This time...
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Interview: Sam Baker. Survivor Turned Storyteller.

Texan-born Sam Baker released Say Grace last year and it went on to become one of the most critically acclaimed albums of 2013, with Rolling Stone magazine naming it in their top five country albums of the year. Say Grace was his fourth album, but Baker’s music career...
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Cage The Elephant Interview: From Bowling Green to Nashville via Leyton.

Cage The Elephant returned to London for an explosive show at The Forum, in support of their latest album Tell Me I’m Pretty. Having transplanted to London for a spell at the start of their career, playing to a packed venue in the city with songs from their fourth...
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Interview: Bandini. Nomadic Jazz and Blues.

Bandini is a singer-songwriter born and bred in Italy and based in London, raised on jazz and blues and the art of storytelling and song-writing from an early age. He began showcasing his talent on the London streets before building a presence on the Open Mic circuit...
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Interview: Chuck Ragan. No Regrets.

Chuck Ragan is backstage at Scala, preparing for his headline London show touring the Till Midnight album with his current band The Camaraderie. He’s a week or so into his latest European tour and, before the doors open, he takes the time to talk about a life without...
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Interview: The Rebirth of Kula Shaker

Has it really been 20 years since Kula Shaker released their debut album, K? At the time it was the fastest selling debut since Oasis’s Definitely Maybe, and went on to shift more than 1m copies. Follow up albums performed well and solidified a hardcore fan base, but...
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Interview: Garland Jeffreys. Truth In Between.

Garland Jeffreys is on a UK tour and stopped off at the Hotel California in Bloomsbury to talk to me about life on the road, truth, families and sleeping in. He went to the same school as Lou Reed in Syracuse, they were friends for 50 years. He studied Renaissance art...
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Interview: Steve Hackett. Past, Present & Future. Part 1.

On a sunny morning in downtown Wolverhampton journalist Tim Price hooked up a line with the legendary Steve Hackett in London and they talked and talked. Here we learn about the Genesis Revisited project and the discovery of Nad Sylvan. The cover of your latest  live...
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Interview: Jo Harman. Dirt On My Tongue.

Jo Harman is supremely confident. She has a recently released debut album intriguingly entitled Dirt on My Tongue which has already sent reverbs through the music industry. One of Harman’s unique traits is her ability to sing in many styles, daring to take on the...
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Feature: John Helps. Introduction To Handmade Festival.

An introduction to Handmade Festival, a forward-thinking and totally independent music and arts festival in Leicester curated by some of the city’s best loved venues and promoters. Nicola Greenbrook is in conversation with John Helps – one of the Festival...
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Rock Media: Bully. Trying.

The last few months has seen Nashville four-piece Bully slowly but surely become the band to watch on everyone’s lips, and after a triumphant showing at SXSW this year which won over the likes of NME, NPR, Pitchfork and more, the buzz has only intensified. Now, the...
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Video: Low Cut Connie. Shake It Little Tina

Low Cut Connie feature on President Obama‘s Daytime Playlist next to Aretha Franklin and The Temptations. A handpicked playlist by the President as he joins Spotify. In November 2015, Low Cut Connie will release their third album Hi Honey in the UK. Already...
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Rock Media: Gill Landry. Funeral In My Heart.

Here is the new video for Gill Landry’s Funeral In My Heart, which he directed himself. We asked him what he was trying to achieve with the song and video. “It’s a small tip of the hat to the remnants of all the burned out sections of that psychotic and...
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Rock Media: Kurt Vile. Pretty Pimpin

In a great video directed by Daniel Henry and shot for the new Kurt Vile song Pretty Pimpin. Vile moves away from the drone unstructured structure of Wakin on A Pretty Daze and gives us a free flowing song that swings along and makes Kurt sound new and invigorated....
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Video: Squeeze. Happy Days.

Squeeze, South London’s enduring purveyors of pure pop magic, will release a new album entitled Cradle To The Grave, on Friday 2nd October on the Virgin EMI label. Cradle To The Grave is the band’s 14th studio album and features the first collection of new songs from...
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Rock Media: Laura Doggett. Moonshine.

Laura Doggett has today announced details of a very special and intimate London show for the New Year. Laura will be performing at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe on Monday 19th January 2015. This unique show, in one of London’s most stunning venues,...
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Video: Family Of the Year. Carry Me.

Family Of The Year gained notoriety with Hero from 2012’s Loma Vista and its featured appearance in the Oscar-nominated, Golden Globe winning film Boyhood. With 90 million combined YouTube and Spotify streams, Hero also became a Top 10 hit in Austria, Belgium, Germany...
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Video Exclusive: Conor Coughlan. Sun Don’t Shine

The Sun Don’t Shine is the latest video from Conor Coughlan and part of the set of songs on his new album Give It Up. We asked Conor about the new film. “The video was a lot of fun to shoot. It’s kind of a hybrid because it was shot in LA, Vegas,...
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Rock Media: Songhoy Blues . Should I Stay Or Should I Go.

Having already had a hugely successful 2015, including a recent nomination in the ‘Best New Band’ category at this year’s Q Awards, Songhoy Blues go into the end of the year by announcing their biggest UK headline show to date and a deluxe version of their...
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Rock Media: Nick Cave. Give Us A Kiss.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds release two previously unavailable tracks: Give Us A Kiss and Jubilee Street (live from The Sydney Opera House). The songs from the award-winning feature 20,000 Days On Earth will be available digitally from 4th September with a limited...
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Rock Media: Dylan. Ironworks.

Halcyon Gallery is to present a major exhibition of new works by artist and musician Bob Dylan, which will open at Halcyon Gallery this November. Building on the success of his first museum exhibition in Chemnitz, Germany in 2007 and several subsequent exhibitions,...
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Rock Media: From The Deep. Nick Marsh & Katherine Blake.

From The Deep will release their haunting self-titled debut album through Bellissima Records on 30th October 2015. The album was written and recorded over several years by musical and life partners Katharine Blake (Miranda Sex Garden, Mediaeval Baebes) and Nick Marsh...
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Video: Frankie Lee. American Dreamer

“Originally 15 verses or so… wrote it on piano after my fingers had been crushed in a farm accident. I’m singing to you, not at you… there’s a difference that I hope you can hear. How do you sing to a generation raised on fear and the pursuit...
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Rock Media: Vangoffey. Race Of Life.

Danny Goffey in Race Of Life. The first taste of solo album promises good things, as a guide it is a wonderful mix of Yello and Squeeze. Danny Goffey, founding member of the great British rock band Supergrass, returns with a new track ‘Race Of Life’ under the name…....
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Video: Two Ways Home, Still In Love

Anglo/Austrian alt-country duo Two Ways Home have announced that they will be touring the UK this May. The tour will be supported with the release of the beautiful new video for the track Still In Love, taken from the recently released EP Better Days. Produced by MsM...
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Photography: Patti Smith @ Empire Shepherds Bush.

Patti Smith was photographed by Rockshot photographer Kim Ford at the Shepherds Bush Empire. Kim is another of our new featured photographers this week and it was great of her to step in and help because we had photographers at three different music gigs on the night....
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Live: Grace Jones @ Hop Farm Music Festival

It was Hop Farm’s first year without Vince’s Power behind the promoting, but a quirky family orientated approach supplied by Neil Butkeraitis’ new organisation and plenty of festival charm and great headliners in Grace Jones, Brian Wilson and Ray Davies. Echo...
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Live: Simple Plan @ Bristol Academy

 When people think about the pioneers and major influencers of pop punk, they think Blink 182, New Found Glory, Good Charlotte and rightly so. But there is another inclusion and more often than not the Canadian 5 piece Simple Plan are missed off that list. They have...
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Live: Buck & Evans @ Half Moon Putney

Buck & Evans Live at Half Moon Putney In the summer, I was lucky enough to take photographs at the Ramblin’ Man Fair festival in Maidstone, Kent. Optimistically scheduled against Blue Öyster Cult in an unassuming mid-afternoon slot on Saturday, the Outlaw Country...
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Live: Lianne La Havas @ Brixton Academy

British folk-soul singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lianne La Havas closed out her UK headline tour in support of sophomore studio album Blood with the first of two massive shows at London’s Brixton Academy. “I’m going to be honest with you ladies and...
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Live: Silversun Pickups @ Islington Academy

Los Angeles-based alternative rock outfit Silversun Pickups are back with their fourth studio album. And ahead of their upcoming festival appearances, including Indio, California’s dual-weekend Coachella festival next month alongside Foals, Chvrches and Guns N’ Roses...
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Live: Editors @ Portsmouth Pyramids

Live Review: Editors @ Portsmouth Pyramid When a band changes musical direction there’s always a risk. Recently Mumford and Son’s ditched the banjo’s and went all electric to generally positive reviews. On the flip side a past master of being a musical chameleon,...
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Live: Gregory Porter @ Eventim Apollo Hammersmith

My nineteen-year-old daughter first played me Gregory Porter. It says a lot about the width of the demographic that it was her educating me about a forty-four-year-old American jazz singer, and not the other way around. 2013’s Liquid Spirit rang around our kitchen for...
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Live: The Monkees @ The Apollo

The 1960s music/TV phenomenon is back in town. Now reduced to just two members – Mickey Dolenz and Peter Tork – The Monkees are introduced by a series of video clips on a huge screen overhanging the stage of the Apollo. Opening up with Last Train To Clarksville, the...
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Live Review: DRINKS at the Lexington.

DRINKS live review at The Lexington Cate Le Bon and Tim Presley’s collaboration DRINKS played at The Lexington in London on 10 September to a sold-out crowd eager to see how the improvised sound of their recently released debut album, Hermits On Holiday, would...
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