Author: Rockshot

Rock Show: Cheap Trick

Iconic US-rockers Cheap Trick have announced a special three date UK tour, with the band visiting London, Manchester and Bristol in June 2017. The Illinois quartet, who originally formed in 1973, will delight fans with their huge back catalogue of rock classics, including hits Surrender, I Want You To Want Me, Dream Police and The Flame. The tour comes on the back of their most recent 2016 album, Bang, Zoom, Crazy… Hello, their 17th studio release and first for 7 years, which includes the single ‘When I Wake Up Tomorrow’. Now an indisputable institution, Cheap Trick have amassed a huge worldwide following over...

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Premiere: William Poyer, The Liars The Bitches The Crooks & The Thieves

The Liars The Bitches The Crooks & The Thieves, is the last single released off William Poyer’ debut Album, Born Lucky. A record written during William’s time in Mexico City, this song explores the reality of mans quest to find the goodness in himself. William told us that ‘The whole album consisted of songs written in a fairly short space of time; around six months. However, this song came from a riff that I had had for many years, but I’d never been able to finish the song. It wasn’t untilI I had the title, The Liars, The Bitches...

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Vision: Katie Von Schleicher, Paranoia from Shitty Hits

Katie Von Schleicher announces her debut full-length album, Shitty Hits, for release on July 28th 2017 via Full Time Hobby Records in the UK and Europe and Ba Da Bing Records in the US. Today she also shares a video for the lead single, Paranoia, which was directed by Matt Strickland. Katie told us following about the track: “Paranoia is the first song I wrote for Shitty Hits. It’s an attempt to crystallize a feeling which would later be embodied in different forms throughout the album. Deciding to self-produce — to make this maximal and woozy sound I was dying to...

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol 2

Marvel Studios have announced the track list to Awesome Mix Vol.2, the soundtrack to Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.2 The first “mix” is not only a great film soundtrack but an instant collection of guilty pleasures. Awesome Mix 2 follows that trend with songs by The Sweet, Jay & The Americians, Cheap Trick, Glen Campbell and Cat Stevens to name a few. See the set list below and listen to our own Spotify playlist that is inspired by both films. Does the soundtrack give away the film plot? Even if it does..it is bound to be great fun just like...

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Vision: Blondie, Long Time

Long Time is the third offering from this remarkable new album, once again perfectly demonstrating the record’s blend of Blondie’s pioneering past with new influences from modern music’s great innovators. The track also reignites a winning formula of Debbie Harry and collaborator Dev Hynes (AKA Blood Orange). Set in the city where Blondie’s story began over four decades ago, the video for Long Time sees the band in a chaotic, loud, and fast-paced New York. The video flips between scenes of front woman Debbie Harry driving recklessly in a signature yellow cab and the band playing on the streets...

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Live: Nubiyan Twist @ Islington Assembly Hall

 Islington Assembly hall has a very impressive calendar of events and this show had already felt like it was going to be a fine entrance into spring. Earlier the sun was shining, the warmth lasted into the evening and this was to be the first of seven shows from Nubiyan Twist on their Dance Inna London tour. When I first saw tonights line-up with a host of talented musicians and sounds heavily influenced by a variety of cultures, I knew it would be a night of great music.  Ezra Collective, a band with a firm hand on the scene opened-up to...

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Premiere: Betti, Toxic

Betti reworks Britney’s hit track Toxic in a visually stunning and provocative video Currently on tour with Rag’n’Bone Man in Europe, having performed to sold out crowds at Elysée Montmartre in Paris, Ottakringer Brauerei in Vienna and Melkweg in Amsterdam, to name just a few, Betti, is pleased to announce details of a brand new version of Britney’s hit Toxic, showcasing the emerging jazz-pop singer’s old world charm and elegant fragility. “”I was born in 1994, so when I was a young girl Britney was “everything”. Toxic has always been a favourite of mine, and with the help of my producer...

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Todd Rundgren new album White Knight

Todd Rundgren. the iconic songwriter, recording artist, producer and innovator, will release his newest and 26th solo album White Knight on May 12 via Cleopatra Records. The 15-track collection features a dynamic range of original songs and deft studio work by Rundgren, with an incredible array of guests to match, including Dam Funk, Donald Fagen, Daryl Hall, Bettye Lavette, Robyn, Joe Satriani, Joe Walsh, Trent Reznor and Moe Berg, The songs on White Knight,  all Rundgren originals or co-writes with some of the album guests, range from hip-hop flecked funk and dystopian synth rock to soaring ballads and crisp power pop. “It’s easy to get used...

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The Beatles, Sgt.Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 50th Anniversary

It was 50 years ago this June 1st when The Beatles’ John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr astonished and delighted the world with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, a groundbreaking masterwork that became popular music’s most universally acclaimed album. To salute the occasion, The Beatles will release a suite of lavishly presented Sgt. Pepper Anniversary Edition packages on May 26 (Apple Corps Ltd./Universal Music). The album is newly mixed by Giles Martin and Sam Okell in stereo and 5.1 surround audio and expanded with early takes from the studio sessions, including no fewer than 34 previously unreleased recordings. “It’s crazy to think that 50 years later we are looking back on this project with such fondness and...

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Vision: Public Service Broadcasting, Progress

Public Service Broadcasting today share the video for the current single Progress. Directed by Lucy Dawkins and Tom Readdy, previous collaborators of the band on their videos for Sputnik and Go! and produced by Yes Please Productions, the video is a playful look at a serious and pertinent topic, namely mechanisation and its true place in the ‘progress’ of humanity. The clip is inspired by sixties’ cold war films and was filmed in a jet engine testing facility in Suffolk, itself a nod to the band’s past with debut album track Spitfire, written about the design and construction of the famous fighter plane. Given that Progress nods to Kraftwerk, the band...

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Festival: Maverick Festival Announces Full Line Up & Justin Townes Earle

This year Maverick Festival will take place from Friday 30th June – Sunday 2nd July 2017, showcasing the most authentic and talented Americana / Roots and Blues musicians from both sides of the Atlantic. Set amongst the picturesque Victorian farm buildings of Easton Farm Park, the site is nestled deep in the Suffolk countryside, yet only two hours from London. The festival presents music performances, film & workshops and features over forty different artists, across five stages indoors and out. First up, we are very excited to welcome American award-winning singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle to the festival line-up! Son...

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Vision: Sparks, New Video is Hippopotamus

Sparks have announced their new album Hippopotamus for September 8th release, plus an EU & UK tour. For the past forty years, Sparks have consistently been one of pops pivotal influencers, and the band’s new album will carry on a the tradition of innovation. Four new songs were played at the 6 Music Festival last Friday, (watch the performance here: http://bbc.in/2mH7ah3) and give a taste of the new records catchy, intelligent and sometimes downright insane tone. UK Tour Dates Wednesday 20 Sep              Queens Hall, Edinburgh Friday 22 Sep                       O2 Ritz, Manchester Saturday 23 Sep                   Rock City, Nottingham Sunday 24 Sep                      O2 Institute 1, Birmingham Tuesday 26 Sep                   02 Academy,...

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Festival: Wychwood Festival Add The Strypes, Cabbage, InHeaven & Arron Keylock

Wychwood Festival, held at Cheltenham Racecourse, announce that The Strypes will be taking to their main-stage. The four-piece Irish rock band started playing together before they were even teenagers, relentlessly gigging around Ireland and quickly becoming the hottest ticket in any town. Taking inspiration from the likes of Elvis Costello, The Stones, The Jam and many more, The Strypes will be debuting their no-nonsense blues repertoire to festival-goers.  Joining them will be ‘Ones to Watch’ InHeaven echoing the sounds of 90’s grunge as well as debuting tracks such as ‘Regeneration’ and ‘Treats’. BBC Radio 6 Music’s resident poet Murray Lachlan Young will also be on-site with loaded with poem’s on hugely...

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Vision: GirlPool, 123

Girlpool have announced that they’ve signed to Anti- Records and released a video for 123, the lead single from the new album Powerplant, the long-awaited follow-up to the band’s critically acclaimed debut. Life has been a whirl for Girlpool since the release of their acclaimed 2015 debut Before the World Was Big. Shortly before the record came out, Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker relocated from their hometown of Los Angeles all the way across the country to Philadelphia, where they quickly became embedded in the local D.I.Y. scene. “Before BTWWB, I was just out of high school, living in my old neighborhood,”...

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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 release first single Pick Up The Pieces today, taken from upcoming debut album Severed, and they have recently announced they will be performing at several festivals across the summer including Camden Rocks and Wychwood Festival. Following their recent sold out gigs at The Islington and Servants Jazz Quarters, Curse Of Lono have announced...

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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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