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Vision: Curse Of Lono, Pick Up The Pieces

Acclaimed new London five-piece Curse Of Lono will release their debut album Severed on Submarine Cat Records on April 7th. A sumptuously cinematic record that combines harmony-laden Americana with driving, gothic alt-rock, Severed was produced at Gun Factory studio by Oli Bayston (Boxed In). Curse Of Lono’s debut EP, released last October, forms the soundtrack to Saturday Night, a short film of inter-connected music videos directed by Alex Walker. The film recently won Best Music Video at the LA Independent Film Festival and the same category at the London Independent Film Awards, and has made the official selection International Music...

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James Blake, My Willing Heart video starring Natalie Portman

James Blake has released a stunning video for My Willing Heart, a highlight from 2016’s acclaimed third album The Colour In Anything. He has also confirmed a run of live dates across the summer, including those in support of Radiohead. Starring Natalie Portman just days before giving birth, My Willing Heart was directed by Anna Rose Holmer and filmed in Los Angeles. Centreing around Portman in and out water, the visuals shift the emphasis of the track’s lyrics from lovelorn romanticism to maternal anticipation with subtle monochrome images, blended together with soft-focus textures. Released with little to no prior...

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Vision: Moon Duo, Lost In Light & Cold Fear

Following the widely praised Volume 1 of Moon Duo’s two part psychedelic opus, Occult Architecture, today Sanae Yamada & Ripley Johnson announce the release of Volume 2 for May 5 on Sacred Bones. The announcement comes with a new track & video entitled Lost In Light, giving a glimpse into the shimmering world that represents the lighter half of this Yin and Yang themed creation – the Yang. The new video was created by Micah Buzan as a counter-reaction to his previous animation for Cold Fear. Speaking on this new video for Lost in Light, he told us: “Lost In Light is the yang to Cold Fear’s yin. In Cold...

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Vision Premiere: Screaming Peaches, Japanese Flower Garden

Screaming Peaches are a four-piece alternative pop band from South London and Rockshot Magazine is pleased to premiere their fantastic new video and song, Japanese Flower Garden. This is brilliantly realised film making and the song is a theatrical masterpiece taking journeys through jazz and prog that lead to a lushly produced and very listenable track. Having formed as MOVIE in December 2014, they released their debut single Ads in June 2014 and follow up single Tusks in November 2014 garnering radio support from Radio 1 (Huw Stephens, Zane Lowe, Phil Taggart), 6 Music (Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq) XFM and Triple j, as...

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Festival: Grace Jones Headlines Standon Calling

Already boasting an incredible array of entertainment across the festival weekend, Standon Calling is delighted to announce the incomparable Grace Jones as the very special Sunday night headliner for 2017. In what is set to be a rare opportunity to delve into the mind of one of the world’s true cultural superstars, Grace Jones’ set at Standon Calling is destined to be a true landmark moment. Celebrating fashion, artistry and a sense of extravagance not seen in modern pop, her influence remains as powerful as ever, and is an immeasurable force of nature in modern culture.  One of the...

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Vision: The Sherlocks, Was It Really Worth It

The Sherlocks release new single Was It Really Worth It? due for release March 17th. The video is directed by Aella Jordan-Edge and stars Kiersten Wareing (Fishtank, Eastenders, The Take) and newcomer Connor McCarron (Neds) following the dysfunctional couple’s relationship deterioration. After a sold out UK Tour last September, Sheffield four-piece The Sherlocks are currently on their biggest ever headline UK & Ireland tour and have just announced that they will be supporting Rat Boy and DMA’S in April (dates below). The band, consisting of two sets of brothers, have been steadily building a solid live following and were...

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Vision: Courtney Marie Andrews, Put The Fire Out

Courtney Marie Andrews was captured live in concert, with The Handsome Family, at Union Chapel by Rockshot Magazine journalists Sarah Sievers & Belle Piec you can read the live review here: http://rockshot.co.uk/24995/live-the-handsome-family-supported-by-courtney-marie-andrews-union-chapel/ Discussing the video, which sees Courtney driving an RV through America, Courtney stated, “This old RV is the biggest piece of work that’s ever come into my possession, but also the most fun when we can get it to run. Put The Fire Out is a tune about getting back to ones you know and love after spending so much of your time on the road. By the end...

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Festival: Bearded Theory with Seasick Steve, Skunk Anansie, Slaves & Madness

Bearded Theory Festival has announced three more stunning acts onto their already stellar line up for 2017. Platinum selling Scottish indie outfit GLASVEGAS join the Pallet Stage on Sunday, bringing their animated and renowned live show to the fields of Catton Hall. Their chart successes stem back to 2008 with their debut album going into the UK charts at number 2. The beautiful solid oak Woodland stage have bagged a coup in securing iconic post-punk band THE FALL to perform on Saturday night. Led by notorious king-pin front man Mark E. Smith, The Fall’s back catalogue is legendary, with nine Top 40 albums and a chart topping single...

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Festival: Y Not Festival Reveals Stereophonics, Two Door Cinema Club & The Vaccines.

Derbyshire’s finest festival Y Not (27-30 July) has announced the first wave of acts for this year’s festival and it already looks like the best yet with legends the Stereophonics, Two Door Cinema Club and The Vaccines topping the bill. With a remarkable 20 year career and nine seminal albums behind them, Welsh rockers Stereophonics have an incredible back catalogue to delve into and with the promise of some brand new material and a reputation for jaw-dropping live performances their headline set at Y Not is going to be a highlight. Award-winning three piece Two Door Cinema Club, known for their infectious indie-pop anthems, are...

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Vision: Andrew Combs, Blood Hunters

Andrew Combs today released the video for new single Blood Hunters The Ry Cox directed film is cinematic in scope with nods to sci-fi and horror, not too distant from Netflix hit show ‘Stranger Things’ and an example of the gifted songwriter’s exciting musical direction on the hotly anticipated album, Canyons Of My Mind, released on April 7th, 2017 via Loose in Europe. Already catching our attention with his previous release All These Dreams, including Canyons Of My Mind will no doubt be Andrew’s UK breakthrough. The 11-song set was co-produced by Skylar Wilson (Justin Townes Earle, Caitlin Rose) &...

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Festival: Standon Calling For Orbital, Clean Bandit, Laura Mvula & Slaves.

Bringing together a unique weekend of irresistible fun, extraordinary experiences and unrivalled entertainment, Standon Calling, 27 – 30 July 2017 in Hertfordshire, has over 11 years marked itself as the true epitome of what a festival is. Celebrating creativity, community and freedom – Standon Calling offers a genuine weekend escape that’s seen over 12,000 festival-goers return year after year – with 2017’s 12th edition only set to continue that story. Originators, visionaries and vital in defining an era for an entire generation, Orbital sit on the head-table of electronic royalty with a catalogue and legacy packed with forward-thinking music. Since emerging at the...

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Boom Town Reveal The Specials, Cypress Hill, M.I.A for Chapter 9

Boomtown have just announced their first wave of acts for Chapter 9, showcasing the festival’s signature mix of expansive genres, with unique acts spearheading a vast roster of talent. Joining previously announced 2 Tone ska legends The Specials are; hip hop pioneers Cypress Hill, world infused London M.I.A., multi award winning Arrested Development,reggae superstar Toots and the Maytals, 90s legends Chaka Demus & Pliers,  sounds from cult classic film with TheOriginal Blues Brothers Band, folk-punk star Frank Turner, Bob Marley’s eldest son and founding member of the ‘Melody Makers’ Ziggy Marley and folk-rock act Newton Faulkner. The 60,000 capacity Hampshire festival is the only fully immersive music and theatrical festival in the UK and have followed up their storyline trailer for 2017 by...

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Vision: Eivør, Into The Mist

Copenhagen-based, Faroese singer songwriter Eivør is sharing the video for Into The Mist, the first track to emerge from her forthcoming new album, Slør.  The release will come just ahead of Eivør’s first UK headline tour, taking in 4 dates including a sold-out show at London The Islington on June 2 2017. Slør is, rather incredibly,  Eivør’s first commercial release here in the UK. It’s one that has been over 2 years in the making- with Slør actually an English-translated re-imagining of her Faroese-sung 2015 album release of the same title. Eivør originally wrote the Faroese version of Slør – which...

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Vision: Young Astronaut, Chasing El Dorado

Every now and then, a music video comes along that stands out for its film-like quality, storytelling ability and great direction that adds something extra to the music, See for yourself but we think that Young Astronaut and Richard Dimery have done themselves proud. Directed by Richard Dimery (James Bay, Lower Than Atlantis, Neck Deep), the video for Chasing El Dorado was shot on location at the roller disco Rollerworld in Colchester. The band loved the look of the place as it felt authentically 90s with old arcade machines, traditional burger bar, vintage red skates and then they posted...

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Vision: The Magpie Salute, Comin’ Home.

The Magpie Salute, all your dream bands in one! If you didn’t manage to catch Delany and Bonnie, The Allman Brothers or Little Feat then go and see The Magpie Salute for they have the “live” essence of those legendary groups and they are coming to London!  Watch the video to see what we mean. Due to overwhelming demand and just after the recent announcement of their first-ever UK performance, The Magpie Salute, who are spearheaded by acclaimed guitarist Rich Robinson, have just announced a fourth show at London’s Under The Bridge on April 15th. Wed 12th – Under The Bridge...

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Festival: Love Supreme Jazz Festival 2017, The Jacksons, Gregory Porter, Herbie Hancock & George Benson.

Love Supreme Jazz Festival have a announced a wonderful line up including The Jacksons (50th anniversary show), Gregory Porter, Laura Mvula, Robert Glasper to join Herbie Hancock and George Benson on line-up for 5th edition of UK’s only greenfield jazz festival.   Taking place from June 30th – July 2nd, Love Supreme celebrates the very best music from across the jazz, soul and R&B spectrum and will this year present performances from Motown legends The Jacksons, who are marking their 50th anniversary with a world tour, the multi-platinum-selling Gregory Porter, Laura Mvula, who returns to the festival following her main stage performance in 2014, the Grammy-winning Robert Glasper...

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Vision: Nadia Reid, The Arrow And The Aim.

What a cool sound, New Zealander, Nadia Reid has. This song The Arrow And The Aim is taken from her new album Preservation released 3rd March 2017 on Basin Rock The video shot in Mt Somers, just outside of Christchurch in New Zealand, starring Chris Parker and directed by Julian Vares in an abandoned house surrounded by stunning landscapes. “I guess there’s a lot left to the imagination with the video. I like that. The song is about reaching the very end of a relationship.”  Nadia Reid tells us. The album is an ode to self-reflection and self-betterment, Preservation is the sound...

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Vision: Gurr, #1985.

When two best friends start a band, songs get filled with inside jokes. Released last October, Gurr’s debut full-length In My Head took the listener on a journey of Andreya Casablanca and Laura Lee‘s friendship, their life, and a step further into their own world. Having met in an American Studies class in Berlin, and after spending time in the US together, the US West coast sound was an obvious influence on their music, but Andreya and Laura draw from a wide set of pop culture references and personal experiences for their debut album Andreya Casablanca told Rockshot Magazine that “#1985...

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Festival: Chagstock Festival Announce The Shires & Skinny Lister.

Chagstock Festival have announced that UK country superstars, The Shires will headline the main stage on Saturday night. Hailing from the Home Counties, The Shires made music history by becoming the first UK country act to score a Top 10 album. The duo are at the forefront of the British country music movement and the runaway success of their recently released album My Universe has made them not just the fastest selling UK country artist ever, but one of the biggest-selling breakthrough UK acts of any genre in recent years. Across their two albums, Ben and Crissie have had 5 singles...

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Festival: Wildlife For Damian Marley, Anne-Marie, Chaka Khan, Fatboy Slim & Pete Tong.

WILD LIFE Festival, the event created by Disclosure and Rudimental in 2015, announces second wave of its 2017 line up including GIGGS, JME, PETE TONG, DAMIAN MARLEY, DAVID RODIGAN, JAMIE JONES, ANNE-MARIE, HANNAH WANTS, TOM MISCH and many more, with final line up to be announced on 23rd February. Full line up listed below. Day splits and day tickets on sale on Friday 10th February from www.wildlifefestival.com. Acts confirmed today include UK rapper, hip-hop and grime artist Giggs, whose latest album ‘Landlord’ gained him critical acclaim and hit number two in the UK. Reggae and hip-hop artist and producer Damian Marley – the only reggae artist to win...

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Festival: Cornbury The Fabulous Finale, Bryan Adams, Pretenders, Jools Holland, Tom Chaplin & More.

A fantastic all-star line-up of artists will gather at Great Tew Park this July for Cornbury Music Festival’s Fabulous Finale. Joining Canadian superstar Bryan Adams for the Festival’s farewell weekend on 7-9 July, will be big band supremo and national treasure Jools Holland, Chrissie Hynde’s perennial Pretenders, and a host of Cornbury favourites including Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Jack Savoretti and Scouting For Girls.   Yorkshire rockers Kaiser Chiefs make their Cornbury debut headlining Friday night.  Recent No.1 country sisters Ward Thomas also make a welcome return, along with Keane frontman Tom Chaplin, festival darling Imelda May, and last year’s crowd pleasers, Australian troubadours The Pierce Brothers. Heading up the newcomers, and boasting an awesome live reputation, US soulsters St...

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Festival: Truck Festival 2017

Truck Festival announces first wave of artists: The Libertines, The Vaccines, and Franz Ferdinand headline. Celebrating an incredible 20 year anniversary the award winning Truck Festival has today announced its first wave of artists for this year’s festival with The Libertines, The Vaccines, and Franz Ferdinand headlining.  The Wombats, Slaves, Maximo Park, Nothing But Thieves, Hot 8 Brass Band and many more also confirmed in first wave of Truck to be held 21 – 23 July, 2017, at Hill Farm, Old Marston, Oxford. Topping the bill on Friday night are award-winning art-rockers Franz Ferdinand. Famous for a string of...

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 8 Week European Tour 2017

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have announced an 8-week European tour kicking off in the UK at Bournemouth’s International Centre on 24th September. The European shows follow dates across Australia and the USA. The tour will be the first time European audiences can experience live songs from new album Skeleton Tree alongside other Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds classics. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds last toured Europe in 2014. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ eight piece touring line up features Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey, Thomas Wydler, Jim Sclavunos, Conway Savage, George Vjestica and Larry Mullins. Tickets go on sale at 9.00am GMT on 17th February and are available from: www.nickcave.com (except Oslo which goes...

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Vision: Tennis, Modern Woman.

Tennis have launched the video for new single Modern Woman from the forthcoming album Yours Conditionally out March 10 on Mutually Detrimental. The new record was composed both on land and at sea during a five-month sailing trip through the Sea of Cortez. Upon returning, Tennis’ husband-and-wife team of Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore self-produced the record in a small cabin in Fraser, CO. It was mixed by Spoon’s Jim Eno at Public HiFi. The perfect song to interrupt the endless radio play of electro pop duo’s. Think Ella Henderson meets Joan as Policewoman meets Sarah Vaughan. The “round midnight” sound to brighten your day. This summer the group premiered...

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Festival: bluedot festival Orbital, Pixies and Alt-J headline

bluedot announces first wave of artists  Orbital, Pixies and Alt-J headline. Following an inaugural event last summer packed with incredible performances from across the musical spectrum, spectacular scientific happenings and a mind-expanding programme of arts and culture, bluedot, set against a backdrop of the iconic Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank,  has revealed the first wave of its musical line-up including all three headliners. bluedot is on 7/8/9 JULY 2017. After a five-year hiatus Orbital – the originators of live dance music – are back and headlining bluedot in their only northern show of the summer. Described by The Guardian and Q Magazine as one...

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All Quiet Now: John Wetton

Rock music legend John Wetton sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning, Tuesday 31 January 2017, after a long and courageous battle against colon cancer. John rose to fame with King Crimson in the early 70s during the iconic Red era and later formed the band UK. In the early 1980s he was a founder member of supergroup ASIA which was his biggest commercial success. The band’s 1982 self-titled debut album was the biggest selling album in the world that year and gave fans and mainstream radio the mega-hit Heat Of The Moment. (John Wetton by...

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Sound Premiere: The Imagineers, If I See You Again.

Scottish band, The Imagineers have just released their new single If I See You Again on Rockshot Magazine. The group have got a great response from The Late Late Show,The Scotsman, The Daily Record and The Evening Times as well as performing live at festivals T in The Park and Wickerman. Their new album, Utopian Dreams out on 24th February 2017 on Hit The Light Records. The album is full of melodic twists and turns throughout; taking in elements of west coast surf, baroque pop and singer songwriter, giving the album a film score feel. However, there is no denying a clear brill building...

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Festival: PJ Harvey, Ryan Adams and Future Islands Headline Green Man 15th.

Green Man 2017 (17th – 20th August 2017) will be their 15th birthday and to celebrate they bagged some of their most-loved musical heroes. Every year Green Man pull rabbits out of the hat as it to say ‘here is another magical line up..beat that!”  This year we would say they have even surpassed themselves with PJ Harvey, Ryan Adams and Future Islands leading the bill with a supporting line up that is just as awesome. PJ Harvey on the Mountain Stage is giving us goosebumps: having notched up two Mercury Prizes, plus album-after-album of inscrutable beauty, she’s a...

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Festival: Lost Village 2017 An Immersive Experience.

Following two sold-out years, the intimate forest festival Lost Village, held in Lincolnshire from 24th to 27th AUGUST 2017 returns with three days of immersive escapism, unexplored visions and an acclaimed music line-up headlined by Moderat and De La Soul. Lost Village, held halfway between Newark and Lincoln, has become a beacon for those longing for a weekend that combines an unrivalled programme of music, arts, food & drink, encompassed within an otherworldly theatrical experience. “Lost Village is a surreal world, inhabited by all manner of unusual beings. As you venture amongst the trees you’ll navigate through intricate pathways and hidden...

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Interview: Dar Williams. A Witness And A Mechanic.
Interview: Dar Williams. A Witness And A Mechanic.
Published On: March 24, 2014
Dar Williams casts her eye over the plush scarlet sofa and mirrored walls of the bar at the back of Bush Hall, where we’re to do our interview and photographs. “It’s kind of Electric Ladyland!” she chuckles, as we sit down to discuss her latest tour of the UK - which has sold out, even without a new album Continue Reading

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