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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 rewindfestival.com. 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: http://smarturl.it/angelo-sitm...

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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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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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