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Festival: Clockenflap. Hong Kong Music & Arts Festival.

HONG KONG’S MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL RETURNS TO VICTORIA HARBOUR FOR ITS NINTH EDITION – 25-27 NOVEMBER 2016   Hong Kong’s very own outdoor music and arts festival, Clockenflap, will return to the famous Victoria Harbour for its ninth edition from 25-27 November. Having been previously based on the Kowloon Peninsula, this year will see Clockenflap hosted at Central Harbourfront, with the stunning backdrop that is the famous Hong Kong skyline. Continuing its tradition of honouring the unique ‘East­-meets-West’ history of Hong Kong, this year’s meticulously curated lineup provides festival goers with the talents of various international artists from across Asia, Australasia, Europe and the Americas. Newly announced...

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Rock Show: Music Venue Trust stages a Fightback!

The Music Venue Trust (MVT), a registered charity created in January 2014 to protect the UK live music network by securing the long-term future of grassroots music venues, has declared the full line up of artists to appear at the FIGHTBACK! fundraising gig being held at Camden’s iconic Roundhouse (a venue that has been saved from closure several times over the years) on Tuesday 18th October. Announced with exactly one months’ notice, MVT initially invited offers of support from artists who wished to participate at FIGHTBACK! and they received over eight-hundred replies. The final list of acts that will perform across three stages is headlined...

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Butserfest Interview: WSTR, The Next Big Thing.

“I’m not too bad to be fair. It’s not as bad as it looks.”, so says pop-punk  guitarist Danny Swift of WSTR, in spite of being sodden and muddy after their set on the main stage at Butserfest. The press tent isn’t doing a whole lot to keep anybody dry from the terrible weather either, and yet nothing seems to lower WSTR’s spirits. It’s a confident frame of mind needed now that they have released the video their first single in months, Lonely Smiles. Its collision of fun and fury might just be what defines them – a happy-looking montage of fans holding sheets of paper that...

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Rock Show: The Tubes Mondo Pulp Tour.

THE TUBES MONDO PULP UK TOUR STARTS 7th OCTOBER THE SAN-FRANCISCO ROCK BAND RETURNS TO THE UK WITH AN ALL-NEW SHOW The Tubes, the San Francisco-based art rock band, whose eponymous 1975 debut album included the rock anthem “White Punks on Dope,” celebrates their triumphant return to the UK with their “MONDO PULP TOUR on 7th October. “We’re thrilled to be coming back to the country that started it all for us,” says the Tubes frontman Fee Waybill. The band’s theatrical showcase quasi-pornographic and satiric take on the media, consumerism, and politics, celebrated by lead singer Fee Waybill’s deranged on-stage characters, including the larger-than-life fictitious...

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Vision: Rachel Yamagata, Let Me Be Your Girl.

A long time favourite of RockShot, Rachel Yamagata returns with the beautifully hook-ridden song Let Me Be Your Girl. The video features West Wing actor Allison Janney and is directed by Josh Radnor Speaking about his directorial debut, Radnor says: “The video is a lot about image and reflecting and the costumes and masks we wear for each other. But also, the more I sat with this, the more I realised it’s about actors in a certain way: it’s weird and hard to be human and deal with yourself, but when you find the right role or character or even outfit,...

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Vision: The Wytches, C-Side.

The band have teamed up with animatronics artist John Nolan for the latest visual offering. John’s film CV includes Harry Potter, Where the Wild Things Are and Warhorse, to name a few. He has also worked on animatronic projects for Lady Gaga, James Lavelle and Bjork, as well as directing music videos for UNKLE and Lamb. Talking about the new video with RockShot Magazine, John said: “The Wytches are a top band and I wanted to work with them since hearing the first album. A lot of their previous films were shot low res and feature the band and...

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Sound Premiere: Hunter & The Bear, Oh Daisy.

Oh Daisy is the brilliant new single from Hunter & The Bear.  Recently they have shared quality airtime on Bob Harris’s BBC Radio 2 show, to an unbeatable slot supporting Eric Clapton on his arena tour, the band’s deft employment of hard rock riffs and melodic song-craft has seen them championed by some of the biggest names in music. Oh Daisy delivers as much force in its electrifying instrumentation as it does in its anthemic chorus. All the band’s celebrated hallmarks are there: the bold and biting guitar tones; the richly textured harmonies; and of course the epic and soaring melodies that are...

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Vision Premiere: Seward-Sesame, A Celebration.

A Celebration Of 7 Shows 24 Hours & 1 City. “We performed seven shows and two halves in twenty four hours. We celebrated our first release with Naim Records, by walking through our city, dancing and eating with our audience, with our friends. This piece honours all those people, all the ghosts, books and animals who accompanied us that day and all who couldn’t join us but wanted to. Thank you sincerely.” When you hear a band with something different about them, something unique, that rare and precious quality, the shock of the new, you just know. Barcelona’s Seward are extraordinary. A...

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Vision Premiere: Lit FM, Things Ain’t Been The Same.

London based band Lit FM have created a provocative video to accompany their song Things Ain’t Been The Same. It is a concept piece where Donald Trump has won Presidency, and all these terrible, worst-that-can-happen things have happened. A snapshot from the future, if you will. Lit FM are a 10 piece funk/soul fusion band based in South London and featuring musicians from across the world, half of whom live together in a pokey house in Streatham. Initially a jam band, their sound was influenced by the American jazz-funk and soul of the 60s and 70s, later synergized with elements...

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Vision Premiere: The Breathing Room, Man On Fire.

  Man On Fire is the single spearheading the Man On Fire EP by The Breathing Room, aka Mike Fullarton. The entire project is of his own making, written, played, recorded and produced by himself. His teenage years were occupied busily in bands playing cafes and bars in his local town of Dundee. Such hard work paid off and a keen fanbase was established that encouraged and fuelled his passion for music and to continue writing and recording. Now taking the leap to go solo, his sound mixes genres: Indie-Folk, Americana + Blues and a tad of Scottish Folk (obviously). Playing...

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Vision: Michael Nau, Love Survive.

The sumptuous, Lee Hazlewood-esque track (which is released on 26th August) features backing-vocals from Michael’s wife and bandmate Whitney McGraw and is taken from the Appalachian singer-songwriter’s debut album Mowing, which will be released on 18th November 2016 via Full Time Hobby. The accompanying animated video was created by Robert Wallace who said the following: “Love Survive is a light-hearted summery track, filled with personality and quirks. The video captures this mood, jumping between animated loops that move in time with the music. Set on a fictional island, the video explores the different aspects of nature there. Instead of...

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Festival: Together The People Festival.

With just days until the second annual Together The People Festival, taking place at Brighton’s Preston Park on September 3rd & 4th, organizers One Inch Badge have confirmed more information and shared a TTP-themed playlist. The full line-up includes a UK festival exclusive of Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds for it’s 50th anniversary, Suede, The Horrors, Peter Hook & The Light & many, many more top names & emerging talent.  Listen to the Together The People 2016 playlist HERE.Together the People 2016 full line-up:Saturday Sept 3rd:Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds & Greatest Hits, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Hiatus Kaiyote, Gaz Coombes, Natty, Turin Brakes, Sage Francis & B. Dolan present ‘Strange Speech, Famous Development’, Fickle Friends, Max Jury, Matthew Logan Vasquez, Jacko...

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Festival: Margate’s By The Sea

With just under two months to go, Margate’s By The Sea is shaping up to be one of the most exciting festivals that 2016 has to offer. Joining the likes of Wolf Alice, Super Furry Animals, Bat For Lashes and Wild Beasts at the iconic Dreamland theme park in Margate this Autumn will be none other than the legendary Jarvis Cocker. The Pulp frontman and quintessentially British icon will be donning his straw boater and DJing at the dodgems this year in a rare and exclusive appearance. Also announced: Alexis Taylor, Slow Club, Emmy The Great, Serafina Steer and Barbarossa join the By The Sea line up for a series of very special, intimate acoustic sets in Margate...

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Rock Media: The Man Who Fell To Earth

To mark the 40th anniversary of the UK release of director Nicolas Roeg’s iconic science fiction odyssey, The Man Who Fell to Earth, STUDIOCANAL is thrilled to announce a new 4k restoration of the cult classic. The restoration has been in the works since late 2015, but is now especially timely and poignant given the news of David Bowie’s death earlier this year. The film will be released in cinemas nationwide on 9th September by Park Circus and on Download, DVD, Blu-Ray and as a Collector’s Edition from 24th October by STUDIOCANAL, complete with brand new bonus material and special packaging, as part of their Vintage Classics range. Restored by Deluxe...

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Rock Media: The Most Anticipated Rock Concerts in the UK

Some Of The Most Anticipated Rock Music Concerts in the UK Our RockShot Music Magazine team together with our friends from Ticket Select in the UK from have prepared a list of exciting rock music events you should consider going along to in 2016. We actually like Ticket Select’s clean interface and an easy way to search for events and tickets. Click the links around the names to see what we mean. Rod Stewart Fans of great music will be excited to welcome Rod Stewart back to the UK  With a 50-year career he is of the most famous British rock singers of all time....

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Vision Premiere: Emotional, Living In XTC.

RockShot Magazine is proud to premiere the video for Living In XTC by Emotional. Their debut album will be released via MÏLK on 9th September 2016. The song (taken from their album) and video work in perfect harmony and the extremely “trippy” feel has been bought to life by innovative London studio Werkflow who made the film. Emotional is an experimental electronic pop duo made up of Sian Dorrer (The Bomber Jackets, PLUG and Ravioli Me Away) and Adam Parkinson (Dane Law and SDF). They formed in 2013 while experimenting with a collection of Sian’s field recordings, ancient Casio keyboards...

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Sound Premiere: iET, Clarity.

Dutch based multi-multi-instumentalist artist iET will release her new full length album Clarity in September. Here we premiere the SoundCloud track title track Clarity. Have a good listen it will give you goosebumps! The album contains 12 mesmerizing songs. The album will be released on vinyl, CD and digitally through Spotify, iTunes and most other streaming media. iET told RockShot Magazine ‘Clarity is about the search for your true self. As we grow up we learn to build walls around ourselves, wear masks, hide what we feel and therefor who we truly are, what we long for and what...

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Vision: Todd Rundgren, Black Maria.

Cleopatra Records is pleased to announce An Evening With Todd Rundgren – Live At The Ridgefield on August 26, 2016. Get ready for an incredible concert experience, a multi-media extravaganza available on CD, Vinyl, DVD, and Blu-ray, starring classic rock icon and famed songwriter/producer Todd Rundgren. Watch the video clip of Todd’s electrifying performance of “Black Maria” as featured on the upcoming release. A Wizard, A True Star, the title of his 1973 solo album, aptly sums up the contributions of this multi-faceted artist to state-of-the-art music. As a songwriter, video pioneer, producer, recording artist, computer software developer, conceptualist, and interactive artist, Rundgren has...

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Feature: Tyson Motsenbocker, In Your Name.

“I never meant to play or record In Your Name , I never meant to write it either. I was sitting on the porch at my parent’s house when her doctor called to tell us that her sickness had gathered enough momentum and velocity that it was now an unstoppable force, and ultimately that she was going to die soon. All of the years of my family praying that she would get better shot through my mind, and then alternatively, all of the things people had claimed God had answered their prayers about – weather, sports, traveling mercies or whatever....

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Vision: Kongos, Take It From Me

Following two successful years on the road supporting 2014’s breakout  album Lunatic, Kongos returned home in late 2015 with a bevy of ideas. The guys wrote initial demos separately and convened at Tokoloshe Studios, their full-scale production studio located in their hometown of Phoenix, Arizona. While sharing ideas, they collectively realized a thematic commonality, which would eventually inform the creation of Egomaniac, a new album packed with thirteen exciting tracks. These range from the blues guitar-driven accordion shuffle of I Don’t Mind, which instantly became a live favorite, to the skittering electronics and sharp commentary on Autocorrect and the epic send-off at the heart of Look...

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Vision: KT Tunstall, Maybe Its A Good Thing.

KT Tunstall has unveiled the video for Maybe It’s A Good Thing, the new single from her latest album KIN released September 9th on Virgin EMI. The track shows KT in top form: a moment in life captured in a bright, powerful pop song with an irresistible and unforgettable melody which is echoed by this striking, vibrant video. Produced by Tony Hoffer (Beck, Belle and Sebastian), and written by KT in LA, KIN exemplifies the very best of guitar pop. The diverse collection also includes a duet called Two Way with KT fan James Bay. KT had considered stopping producing album...

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Caught By The River with Low & Super Furry Animals.

Low and Super Furry Animals headline inaugural two-day festival at London’s historic Fulham Palace. On the northern banks of the river Thames, right where the dirty old river begins to roll out of the city sits Fulham Palace. It’s a best-kept secret in a city that’s not got many unturned stones left; a shortcut to verdant green space just west of the metropolis. An idle ten minutes walk from the tube, it’s somewhere that makes you feel like you’ve stumbled out of the city and into the countryside with the very minimum of effort. It’s the perfect place to...

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In Photos: LeeFest Presents The Neverland

LeeFest Presents: The Neverland. The day in photography as we have a close look around John Darlings Farm (we always wondered what he did after Peter Pan). From the Mermaid’s Lagoon in neon, to pirates at Skull Ridge, we encounter Lost Boys and girls, glitter wrestlers, fashion icons and retro games as well as three great stages of music. Music from Otherkin, Clean Cut Kid and Get Inuit made our day as we watched bands play at Bangerang, Tootles Circus, Hooks Rock and danced the night away at The Goldmine. See our photography below.            ...

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Festival: LeeFest 2016, The Neverland.

LeeFest presents The Neverland and wait for it at…. John Darlings Farm, (yes he, also, from Peter Pan). We are expecting  Mermaids, Lost Boys, Pirates, “Tink” Steam Punk and a wonderful immersive festival. LeeFest ran for eight years, steadily building a great reputation for finding and bringing new acts to the festival scene. Many of those acts have gone on to great things, let’s think of Mo, Years & Years, Rae Morris, Young Farthers, Childhood and London Grammar to name but a few. Last year LeeFest had a break and has come back this year, better and bigger than ever, for its 10th anniversary. The...

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Sound Premiere: Edward Rogers, Bright Star.

Edward Rogers premieres his track Bright Star on RockShot Magazine. A wonderful folk psychedelia poem echoing Clifford T Ward, Al Stewart and the early Canterbury sound. Born in Birmingham and based in NYC, and a former drummer on the NY punk/garage and psychedelic scene, Edward Rogers used to hang out at CBGBs and Max’s Kansas City with artists such as Joey Ramone and the musicians in the Patti Smith group. An incident in the mid-80s left him without the use of the right arm and leg, leading him to start writing songs, which became his absolute passion. Glass Marbles is...

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Video Premiere: John E Vistic, Welcome Down The Night.

John E Vistic is a singer multi-instrumentalist and internationally award winning songwriter. As well as his guitar and vocal duties with The John E Vistic Rock N Roll Soundsystem, Vistic is known for his work as Creative Director of The Russian Winter show (Old Vic) and his collaborations with other artists including Crippled Black Phoenix, Emily Breeze, Way Out West and General Midi. He has an album launch party on 22nd Fri at Thunderblot in Bristol and 23rd Sat at Magic Garden in London. John E Vistic’s new album Welcome Down the Night is produced by Tristan Longworth (Jon Allen/The...

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Festival: Afropunk London

With AFROPUNK’s September 24th date edging closer, the festival that celebrates multiculturalism and diversity announces a fresh bill of talent, with one of the most iconic performing artists of all time headlining Grace Jones. Joining Grace are Laura Mvula, Kwabs, The Noisettes, Loyle Carner, Goldlink, Joe Kay, The Whooligan, Hannah Faith, Eden Hagos, MNEK, Lady Leshurr, Skinny Girl Diet, Jorja Smith, Big Joanie, Nova Twins, The Connectors, Mikel Ameen and more across the day. On top of this, there’ll be the SpinThrift Market hosting traders who make bespoke goods, crafts, and textiles, plus a curated food truck rally, pop up...

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Video: Billy Bragg & Joe Henry, The L&N Don’t Stop Here Anymore.

Billy Bragg & Joe Henry share new video for a cover version of Jean Ritchie song The L&N Don’t Stop Here Anymore Taken from the new album Shine A Light – Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad out Sept 23rd on Cooking Vinyl Recorded while travelling across America by train, Shine A Light features songs originally made famous By Hank Williams, Lead Belly, The Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Glen Campbell, Gordon Lightfoot & More Like many a British musician before him, Billy Bragg, bard of Barking, singer songwriter, political activist, and musical historian has made no secret of...

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Premiere: Track A Lackin’ by Xylaroo

Xylaroo are Holly and Coco Chant, two sisters, two peas in a pod, two harmonious voices cut from the same cloth. They unveil their new single Track A Lackin here on RockShot Magazine. The song is out now on Sunday Best Recordings Track a Lackin is the girls 3rd single from their fantastically fun debut album Sweetooth which was out last month via Sunday Best/ PIAS. The sisters are getting a lot of attention as the previous singles are all over the radio. The album is a beautiful array of harmonies and melodies highlighting the sister’s superb vocal collaborations. The B-side, a cover of Gloria...

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Video: Julia Jacklin, Leadlight.

Julia Jacklin’s debut record Don’t Let The Kids Win is to be released on Transgressive on October 7th 2016. This will be accompanied big time by a North American & European tour including lives dates with Whitney. The song Leadlight is filmed and directed by Julia and she told RockShot Magazine; “I filmed this in my old High School hall in the Blue Mountains. A lot of the shots focus on the stage where I performed in the chorus for Grease and Fiddler on the Roof and the unfortunate time I chose to sing Wonderwall to a backing CD for a senior...

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Live: Half Moon Run @ Roundhouse
Live: Half Moon Run @ Roundhouse
Published On: March 26, 2016
Playing their biggest headline show to date, Montréal-based indie rockers Half Moon Run returned to Camden, albeit the Chalk Farm end, just a few months after their explosive Koko show following the release of their second studio album Sun Leads Me On. Yes, I went along to their Koko show (read all about that one here) and immediately went out Continue Reading

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