Author: Rockshot

Vision: Ethan Gruska. Reoccurring Dream

Ethan Gruska’s video for the song Reoccurring Dream perfectly represents the moving lyrics in the song. Someone whom you love and admire does not want you back. You can imagine the hurt and longing and the “punch in the stomach” feeling. Rising US singer/songwriter Ethan Gruska’s deeply personal debut album Slowmotionary will be released July 28th on Sire Records. Alongside the release Ethan will be playing his first ever UK show at The Slaughtered Lamb July 26th. Produced by Tony Berg (Andrew Bird, Aimee Mann), championed by the infamous Lenny Waronker and written by Ethan Gruska, Slowmotionary includes 12 songs mixed...

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Vision: Damian Marley, R.O.A.R

Grammy Award-winning artist Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley’s upcoming album, Stony Hill, which will release on July 21st via Republic Records, is now available for pre-order! Fans who pre-order Stony Hill will instantly receive a download of the single R.O.A.R., as well as recently released songs Nail Pon Cross, Caution, Everybody Wants To Be Somebody and Medication. Exclusive CD + vinyl bundles are also now available at In support of Stony Hill, Damian announces his Stony Hill Fall US Tour, which kicks off on September 1st in Minneapolis, at Minneapolis Music Hall and continues on to Chicago, Boston, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and many more stops along the way until mid-October. The youngest son of Reggae...

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LeeFest The Neverland: What To Expect 2017

Possibly the most fun you can have in a field and with as much going on, in this smaller festival, as WOMAD or Glastonbury. I have attended many LeeFest weekends and witnessed the growth of the festival from ultra-DIY to beautifully produced sets and backdrops. There is always haybales, glitter, frisbee and powder-paint. LeeFest Presents The Neverland is an immersive world that prides itself on attention to detail and fun. You might discover your home with the Mermaids of Mermaids Lagoon, the Pirates at Skull Ridge or join the Lost Boys in The Neverwoods. You are definitely encouraged to...

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Dhani Harrison, All About Waiting & New Album IN///PARALLEL

Grammy Award winning musician Dhani Harrison’s first solo album  IN///PARALLEL will be released on October 6 through BMG. Today, he also shares the first single from the album All About Waiting and on first (and second) listening it sounds amazing! Dhani Harrison has been busy since the release of his last album with his collective thenewno2. In the past four years Harrison has scored a handful of feature films, marking his big screen debut as a composer on Warner Bros.’s Beautiful Creatures, which the LA Times praised for its “cool alt-rock sound thanks to the haunting music of Harrison”, as well...

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Vision: Alison Moyet, The Rarest Birds

Alison Moyet unveils the video for The Rarest Birds, the second single to be taken from her much-praised album Other. Filmed in her beloved hometown of Brighton and directed by award-winning photographer and videographer Steve Gullick, the video explores themes of diversity and acceptance. “The Rarest Birds is a paean to LGBTQ, to Brighton, to coming out after the darkest nights into the arms of those that delight in your flight. From me to you,” Alison told Rockshot Magazine A long-time advocate of Equal Rights and a patron of the charity, Diversity Role Models, Alison celebrates her LGBTQ friends,...

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Vision: Grizzly Bear, Neighbors

Grizzly Bear has released Neighbors, the fourth new song from their forthcoming fifth album Painted Ruins (out August 18th on Columbia Records). Neighbors follows the release of three other tracks from Painted Ruins, including Three Rings, Mourning Sound and Four Cypresses. Grizzly Bear began as a moniker for songwriter Ed Droste in the early 2000s. The band has grown to be four peice in the studio using electronic sounds as the centrepiece but now taking more risks with traditional and more established instruments.   GRIZZLY BEAR TOUR DATES Aug 14 – Portland, ME – State Theatre Aug 15 – Kingston, NY – BSP...

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Sound: Samantha Urbani, Hints & Implications. New EP, Policies Of Power

Samantha Urbani may be best known as the front-woman for conceptual punk pop chart crashers Friends but, now with her long awaited solo project, she is about to cut her own unique swathe through the music landscape all over again. Until now, Samantha Urbani has been teasing us with sporadic drops of tantalising pop gems – from the urban strut of U Know I Know, to the sparkling, irresistible rush of 1 2 3 4 and, most recently, the RnB infused Go Deeper. Now, Urbani is about to unleash the full scale of her brilliantly skewed pop vision with her...

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Vision: Dinosaur Jr, Knocked Around

The new album, Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not is out now on JagJaguwar, the new video for Knocked Around is above. In keeping with the ongoing plethora of activity in the Dinosaur Jr. camp off the back of last year’s widely acclaimed Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not LP, today J, Lou and Murph are pleased to announce a further run of UK dates this December alongside their already-announced headline show at Camden’s historic Roundhouse on December 13th. The mighty Cloud Nothings, fresh from releasing their acclaimed fourth album Life Without Sound early this year via Wichita...

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Sound Premiere: M1LDL1FE, How You Forget

How You Forget is a new song from the band M1LDL1FE (pronounced Mildlife)  about how we treat memories of the people we love. The track is a slow burner where the instrumental parts meet almost David Sylvian-esque vocals. Pulsing to a steady beat, the song is driven by a looping, almost ennui-like 4-note arpeggio, sitting in-between chiming, verb-drenched guitars. Paddy Ong from the band told us a little more “The idea for the song came about when I found myself not being able to remember some my moments with an ex-lover. It was as if those moments never existed. And I found it...

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Vision: Felix Hagan & The Family, Delirium Tremendous

The song is an electro rock stomper with a glitter-smacked take on its dark troubled themes about substance withdrawal, which is inspired by Felix’s own journey out of addiction. Directed by photographer Andrew AB the video perfectly matches the song and envelopes Felix Hagan & The Family ethos, capturing their theatrical and musical side and giving the impression that they are a large group..a seven piece no less. Delirium Tremendous is the first taste of the band’s forthcoming album due later this year. It follows the release of 2015’s Kiss The Misfits EP, which saw the band achieve high profile...

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Rock Show: Foo Fighters To Play O2 10th Birthday Show

Following a massive Pyramid Stage headline show at Glastonbury Festival on Saturday, Foo Fighters, who thank the UK for making them the band they are with frontman Dave Grohl stating that this is where they cut their teeth, show no signs of slowing down. With the rest of festival season still ahead of them, huge shows in Madrid at Mad Cool Festival and Poland’s Open’er still to come, The Foos have announced a massive one-off show on September 19th at East London’s O2 Arena as part of the venue’s 10th birthday celebrations, which kicked off last week with a...

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Guns N’ Roses Reunion Tour: Everything You Need to Know

Guns N’ Roses Reunion Tour: Everything You Need to Know We thought it would never happen, but Guns N’ Roses is not only back together but they’re keeping busy taking the world by storm. That’s right: Axl Rose, Duff McKagan, and Slash are on speaking terms again and blowing minds of fans spanning the globe. UK fans can finally get a load of all the action at the band’s two shows in London Stadium this month. Here’s a bit of what you can expect from the aptly named Not In This Lifetime tour this year. Not In This Lifetime: The...

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Vision: Wildwood Kin, Run

Having recently signed to the newly re-launched Sony imprint Silvertone, acclaimed indie alt folk band Wildwood Kin will release their much-anticipated debut album Turning Tides August 18th. In the meantime here is their new single and video Run. Wildwood Kin, a family trio formed in Exeter, borrow heavily from early folk influences, but their extraordinary debut album delves deeply in to other genres, featuring both electric and acoustic instruments. It boasts inventive sonics and spectral atmospherics alongside their sublime three-part harmonies. Guitarist Emillie Key, her bouzouki/keyboard-playing sister Beth and their drumming cousin Meghann Loney all sing, swapping leads on original songs,...

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Sound Premiere: Guide Dog, I Am The Daddy

“I Am The Daddy is the perfect representative soundbite to introduce Guide Dog and our debut album.”  Guide Dog told us “It’s a sprawling rambling reflection on parenthood, being in your mid thirties and working in accounts in the construction industry, set to a sleazy rumpy pumpy wedge of indie three piece rock”.   Guide Dog are Pete Roberts (vocals/ guitar), John Maloney (drums) and Ian Russell (bass). So, Pete and John met in school and were part of the band Robot’s In The Sky, which first put out a red double A-Side 7″ in 1999 on the Cardiff Council funded...

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Sound: Glassmaps (Joel Stein), Summer Rain

Glassmaps, the solo project of Howling Bells’ guitarist Joel Stein, release their debut single, the cinematic garage rock gem Summer Rain. This would fit right in with anything from Twin Peaks or Stranger Things soundtracks, a real cheese-grater of a song, imagine! Like an organic Black Lips given a symphonic pop sheen, ‘Summer Rain’ crowns a pugilistic blues-rock stomp with the sunny psych harmonics of its dreamy chorus and the insouciant twang of surf guitar. Joel Stein’s swooping vocals muse on the concept of wanting to be saved from oneself, of blaming others for one’s own demons. “It’s about the...

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Festival: Love Supreme Jazz Festival 2017

Herbie Hancock, George Benson, Gregory Porter, Robert Glasper, Kamasi Washington, Laura Mvula And The Jacksons Amongst Star Acts Set To Descend On East Sussex For Love Supreme Jazz Festival 2017 Just three weeks remain until this year’s Love Supreme Jazz Festival returns to Glynde Place in East Sussex for a three-day event jam packed with performances from a diverse cross section of jazz, soul and pop talent. Celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, the festival will run from June 30th – July 2nd and will present performances from over fifty acts across five stages including Herbie Hancock, Gregory Porter,...

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Vision: Tricky, The Only Way

Tricky is back with new material in the form of The Only Way, an orchestrated song in which we hear him bare his soul, with more than a nod to his Maxinquaye era and featuring his own trademark vocals taking centre-stage over a smoke-filled melodic backdrop. Recorded in Moscow late last year and described by Tricky himself as Hell Is Round The Corner Part 2, The Only Way is a beautifully rare glimpse into the now Berlin-based Tricky’s future, released on his own label imprint False Idols (via !K7 Music) on 9th June He told us that “A few years ago...

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Vision: Amplifier, Kosmos

Amplifier return with their sixth and most definitive album to date, Trippin’ With Dr Faustus, due for release via Rockosmos this June 30th. First track Kosmos instantly delivers Amplifier’s calling cards of massive riffs with lyrical sentiments that reach far beyond space, time and the limitations of ones, zeros and polycarbonate manufacturing. The story of Faust is more relevant than ever in the 21st century. In stark contrast to the compact kidney punch that was 2014’s Mystoria – ‘Trippin’ With Dr Faustus’, like all epic journeys, is in no rush to let the plot unfold and spill out its secrets. “Each...

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Festival: BBC Introducing Goes To Glastonbury 2017

BBC Radio 1 DJ Phil Taggart tonight announced whilst sitting in for Huw Stephens,  that the likes of Folly Rae, The Sherlocks and Matt Maltese are set to perform at Glastonbury 2017 with BBC Music Introducing. Returning to Glastonbury after launching at the festival 10 years ago, BBC Music Introducing will once again be showcasing some fantastic new under-the-radar talent and will also see some special, surprise slots from BBC Introducing’s finest alumni. The full line-up includes: Friday 23rd June Folly Rae, Gaffa Tape Sandy, Josh Barry, Onyda, Otis Mensah, Roe, Tourists Saturday 24th June Keir, Lulu James, Palm Honey, The Cosmics, Wild Front, Wildwood Kin, WOWH Sunday 25th June Happy...

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Vision: Placebo, Life’s What You Make It

PLACEBO NEW SINGLE LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT PLUS NEW UK TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED Placebo have made a stunning video to their brilliant cover version of Talk Talk‘s Life’s What You Make It For a band with such a strong and unmistakable catalogue of original material, Placebo have always had an impeccable way with a cover version. Starting with a take on Syd Barrett’s Dark Globe, way back in 1996, they have freely interpreted the songs of others to complement the originals. Their choice of covers, from Nick Drake to Boney M and Serge Gainsbourg to Depeche Mode, demonstrates Brian Molko and...

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Vision: !!! (Chk Chk Chk), Dancing Is The Best Revenge

New York City dance-punk band !!! (Chk Chk Chk) recently released their new album, Shake The Shudder  out May 19th on Warp Records. The latest single  and video Dancing Is The Best Revenge elaborates on the dance performance elements of  the first single from the album, The One 2, by giving the song to some ladies who can really walk the walk and perform the song in the spirit of reinvention. Lead singer Nic Offer describes the idea behind the video: “When we recorded Dancing Is The Best Revenge I pitched up my voice, becoming Nicole Fayu in the studio – much like Prince...

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Festival: Wilderness 2017

Wilderness Festival returns for its seventh summer with a fantastic array of new offerings. Renowned for their electric live shows, the sparkling Two Door Cinema Club open proceedings as Friday headliners. The shape-shifting divinity Grace Jones heads up Saturday night: her first ever Wilderness appearance. And Bonobo brings the heat on Sunday with a live set of hypnotic favourites and new tracks from his critically acclaimed 2017 album Migration. The Wilderness Main Stage, this year with BBC Music, will host an international selection of some of the finest musical talents – including the heart-wrenching harmonies of Swedish sibling duo...

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Festival: Rewind The 80s Music Festival, Three UK Festival Line-Ups 2017.

“REWIND” – THE 80s MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES  THREE UK FESTIVAL LINE-UPS FOR 2017  REWIND The 80s Festival – the world’s biggest 80s music festival, is back with three UK festivals during July and August 2017. Tickets for all three festivals are available from the official website REWIND SCOTLAND will return for its seventh year at Scone Palace, Perth on Friday 21st July until Sunday 23th July with performances from pop pioneers The Human League and the legendary Billy Ocean, alongside debuts from Scotland’s Tom Robinson, The Undertones, The Trevor Horn Band, Junior Marvin’s Wailers, Musical Youth and Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel. Jaki Graham, Joy Division’s Peter Hook, Owen Paul, Sex Pistol Glen Matlock, Claudia Brucken, and Heaven...

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Festival: Beyond The Tracks, Orbital, Leftfield, Ocean Colour Scene & Editors

Beyond The Tracks is a brand new, three day, green field festival taking place at Birmingham’s Eastside City Park in September.  Featuring some of the most revered names in UK music and the brightest new stars, the festival is a welcome addition to the musical offering of the UK’s second city. Friday night sees electronic music pioneers Orbital headline with the Hartnoll brothers reunited after a five-year hiatus. Orbital were one of the key acts responsible for taking electronic music into the mainstream and out of the clubs and into live venues and festivals.  Their seminal live performances are...

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Vision: Angelo De Augustine, Crazy, Stoned, & Gone. Animated by Sufjan Stevens.

Animated by Sufjan Stevens. Lyrics: everybody knows time’s running even you start fading away just for the day people hoping the time’s coming when the world feels peace for the day just for the day they’ll say that you’re wrong crazy, stoned, and gone gone you had all control of your mind of your mind and soul everybody knows lies come in when the truth gets buried away done for the day listening to all you’re saying now I think I’ll go my own way go my own way Pre-order “Swim Inside the Moon” CD/LP/Digital:

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Photography: Royal Blood @ Corn Exchange Cambridge

Hot on the heels of the announcement that their eagerly anticipated second album How Did We Get So Dark? will be released on June 16th and the unveiling of lead single Lights Out, Royal Blood build on that momentum with the confirmation of a series of intimate shows in support of the album. Here they are captured live by Lucy Kingsford at Corn Exchange in Cambridge on 17th May 2017. These dates are the first UK headline shows since March 2015, run alongside their previously announced summer festival dates which include Glastonbury, The Governors Ball, Summer Sonic, Lollapalooza and the Eden...

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Keeping The Rock In Your Wedding – The Ultimate Checklist

  Music plays such a pivotal role when it comes to someone’s wedding day that it can become quite tricky to assemble the songs that matter most to you as a couple. For many people, music is something very unique and this is what can make it all the more difficult to create the perfect party vibe whilst also playing the songs that you want to hear yourselves. When it comes to rock music, there is an endless list of sub-categories that can be delved into on the search for the most incredible anthems. However, we have made your...

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Vision: Black Lips, Can’t Hold On

Atlanta flower punk pioneers Black Lips have announced that their first album in three years, Satan’s graffiti or God’s art?, is set for release May 5th in the UK through Vice Records. Produced by Sean Lennon at his studio compound in upstate New York throughout 2016, the album is the group’s most musically evolved to date, while still staying true to their original blistering take on fuzzy, dirty rock n’ roll. The video of Can’t Hold On is directed and produced Ian Cone the director of photography is John Manfredi. During the recording the band isolated themselves from the outside...

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The Beatles, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Uncovered Rare Version

The Beatles have revealed an unreleased version (Take 9) of their classic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Celebrating 50 years since the masterpiece was released Paul McCarney said “It’s crazy to think that 50 years later we are looking back on this project with such fondness and a little bit of amazement at how four guys, a great producer and his engineers could make such a lasting piece of...

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Vision Premiere: Linah Rocio, Warrior Talk, Live at Royal

Born in Santiago, Chile and currently based in Zurich, Linah Rocio‘s music is expressive and somewhat fragile – a mix of jazz, indie and pop with a spark of avant-garde. Her songs are encrypted in poetic language, mostly autobiographical – her voice touching yet strong. The video shows a great live performance of her song Warrior Talk taken from the album of the same name at the album’s launch party at Baden‘s Royal venue in Switzerland. The first single Kill The Monsters taken from the album Warrior Talk, was released in January 2017 on Aveline Records and it follows Linah’s journey of finding her true authentic self,...

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