Author: Kalpesh Patel

Amy Macdonald Takes Over Omeara

When Amy Macdonald released debut album This Is the Life some ten years ago now at the tender age of just 19, it was both critically acclaimed and commercially successful in the UK and Europe, landing at number one and winding up three times Platinum in the UK and five times in Germany. With few independent female solo artists breaking through in the UK at the time, mixed among the ever-increasing output from TV talent shows, hers was a sound unlike others, her distinctive Celtic voice adding another dimension to clever yet hook-laden songs. Ten years on, Macdonald is...

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Maddie & Tae Bring Country to Koko in Camden

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Country Music is the new pop music. And over the past few years, people have been starting to look up and take notice not just in the genre’s heartland – the Southern United States – but both across the US and across the pond in the UK. And I firmly believe this is due to the quality of Country song-writing and it’s broader appeal, something duo Maddie & Tae addressed point blank with hit anti-Bro-Country debut single Girl In A Country Song, the sub-genre epitomising Country music stereotypes. Tonight, the...

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Weezer, The Pacific Daydreamers Return

L.A. rockers Weezer have announced their eleventh studio album Pacific Daydream on Crush Music/Atlantic Records due out on October 27th. The non-self-titled or colour-themed record continues the Rivers Cuomo-led four-piece’s titled-albums following their self-titled, feel-good hits of the Californian summer-tinged White Album which was only released last year. The summer theme seems to continue thus far with Pacific Daydream, first single Feels Like Summer hitting the airwaves in March. But to accompany the news of their new record, the rockers have released their latest single, Mexican Fender. Check out the video here:   Following the release of their self-titled...

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Kelsea Ballerini, Busting out of Knoxville

It’s official, Country Music is the new Pop Music. With act after act seemingly emerging from nowhere and breaking onto the Nashville scene which is progressively extending not just across the US but across the pond to the UK, this is quickly becoming a crowded market. But Kelsea Ballerini isn’t worried, and we should take note as the Knoxville, Tennessee native prepares for the release of sophomore studio album Unapologetically. Unapologetically follows her blow-away debut record The First Time, released in 2015, which went on to become certified Gold and spawned four hit singles including Platinum-certified singles Love Me...

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Third Eye Blind, US Summer Gods Head to The UK

There are some amazing records that defined the 1990s turning 20 in 2017, from Radiohead’s seminal OK Computer, Foo Fighters’ legendary The Colour And The Shape and The Prodigy’s The Fat Of The Land to Sarah McLachlan’s Surfacing and Natalie Imbruglia’s Left Of The Middle. But one record that pumped out summer hit after summer hit for a solid year, in the US at least, was San Franciscan alt. rock outfit Third Eye Blind’s self-titled debut. The Stephen Jenkins-fronted five-piece put out Third Eye Blind in April 1997 and followed it up with five massive singles, kicking off with...

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Live: Star Shaped Festival @ The Forum, Kentish Town

Revival events are nothing new with many bands reforming to play to the nostalgia market years after their heyday. Some acts find a new lease of life after taking extended breathers and continue on while for others, they really are playing to the fans made during their prime. With events such as Rewind Festival tapping the huge 1980s music market, it was only a matter of time until the music of my early adulthood – Britpop – got the revival treatment. And who better to put on such events that 1990s-themed club promoter, Star Shaped. Kicking off life just...

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Rock Show: Haim Surprise Camden

Californian sister trio Haim have announced a surprise tiny show at London’s Electric Ballroom this Sunday – just two days after the release of sophomore record Something To Tell You. Just over a week ago, the pop-rockers (literally) brought Glastonbury Festival’s Other Stage crowd to their knees during their sun-soaked, Sunday afternoon slot where new album cuts were mixed with hits from 2013’s Days Are Gone, elder sister and bassist Este clearly frustrated with having to wait any longer for the new record to drop, threatening to leak it and face the consequences from her sisters and record label!...

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Feature: Taking A Family To Glastonbury Festival

While Glastonbury Festival 2016 might not have had the torrential downpours and rivers of mud the festival makes the headlines for, the festival site was certainly waterlogged leaving the festival one of the muddiest in memory. Everywhere was damp and there were very distinct types of mud, from the soothing diarrhoea-consistency mud that made it quite easy to float through, the heavy sticky stuff that was the new home to many a welly alongside the massive puddles of mud that were best to steer clear of altogether. And as my then six-month pregnant wife re-inserted her foot into a...

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Live: Foo Fighters @ Glastonbury Festival 2017

American stadium rockers Foo Fighters were finally confirmed for that historic first Pyramid Stage headline slot at Glastonbury Festival 2015, closing out Friday night, with Kanye West taking Saturday night and legends The Who closing the stage on Sunday. And then the unthinkable happened. Just weeks before that career-defining headline slot, frontman Dave Grohl took a misstep on stage while the group played a massive show in Gothenburg, Sweden and broke his leg. While Grohl returned to the Ullevi Stadium stage to continue the show, albeit sat in a chair, the rest of the group’s summer shows including that...

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Photography: Sunday @ Glastonbury Festival 2017

When Sunday at Glastonbury Festival rolls around, there’s that bittersweet sense of impending closure on the horizon. We all do our very best to make sure we squeeze every last ounce of pleasure out of Michael Eavis‘ Worthy Farm while making sure we don’t overdo it (like the night before) or else suffer the fate of hungover journeys home. And so it was with that feeling that I arose in my tent on a hill, flipped through my battered guide and set forth first for a return to the Thali Café for a repeat Indian-themed breakfast and a wonder around...

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Photography: Saturday @ Glastonbury Festival 2017

Having trekked around large areas of the Glastonbury Festival site on Friday, I still had barely scratched the surface, but a full day of music across the many stages still beckoned including the massive, long-awaited Pyramid Stage headline slot from American rockers Foo Fighters who had to pull out of their 2015 appearance due to frontman Dave Grohl breaking his leg at a show a few weeks beforehand. But also added to the bill on both the Pyramid and Leftfield stages was Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. But for early risers like me, it was choosing which layers to pack...

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Photography: Friday @ Glastonbury Festival 2017

There is absolutely no way to do Glastonbury Festival justice with a single pair of eyes (or camera lens) as the site is simply huge, and seems all the bigger with the 200,000 odd festival-goers roaming the boulevards, fields, tents, hills and gullies of the 900 acre site. But here is what I managed to catch, running around the festival on Friday. While many would have headed for the festival’s famous Pyramid Stage to see the festival officially opened by the Hacienda Classical, proceedings on The Other Stage for the weekend were kicked off Chrissie Hynde‘s The Pretenders, the Anglo-American...

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Live: Sam Palladio @ The Water Rats

Sam Palladio might not yet be a household name, but his character on hit U.S. television show Nashville just might be – Gunnar Scott anyone? Since making waves when it hit U.S. TV network ABC in 2012, the Country music-driven drama set and filmed in Tennessee’s Music City has gone from strength to strength despite relocating to its more natural home on the Country Music Television (CMT) cable network for its fifth season. Strange to think that it was British actor and musician Palladio, hailing from Cornwall, that was the first regular cast member to be cast for the...

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Live: Chris Shiflett @ The Water Rats

Chris Shiflett grew up in Santa Barbara, California. His childhood idols were Kiss. He first gained attention as a member of punk band No Use For A Name. And for almost two decades he’s been the Foo Fighters’ lead guitarist. Yet, over the past five years, the musician with such bonafide rock credentials has been beating a path down to Nashville (the city not the TV show) on three solo albums. The latest, West Coast Town, is his most authentic yet. Recorded in the city’s legendary RCA Studio A with Chris Stapleton’s producer Dave Cobb, its classic country sound is...

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Rock Show: Queens of the Stone Age

Desert rockers Queens of the Stone Age are back with a bang! The Josh Homme-fronted quintet have just dropped massive new single The Way You Used To Do from forthcoming seventh studio album Villains, due out on 25th August through Matador Records, their first L.P. since 2013’s massive …Like Clockwork. Of course the boys weren’t idling during the intervening years, Homme famously working with icon Iggy Pop on his massive 18th studio record Post Pop Depression, alongside QOTSA guitarist and keyboard man Dean Ferita as well as it’s supporting tour. Guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen also put out another Sweethead...

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Interview: Chris Shiflett, Honky-Tonk Foo Fighter

Chris Shiflett is probably known to most as the superstar guitar player with American stadium rockers Foo Fighters. But the axe man has been pursuing his own solo career for a number of years now, putting out Country and Americana-influenced records. Ahead of kicking off a summer of madness, hitting up the festival circuit with Foo Fighters, Shiflett took the time out for some tiny London acoustic shows to showcase his other side as well as sitting down with RockShot Music Magazine to chat about his adventures into Country, being a busy dad and his new record West Coast...

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Rock Show: Wolf Alice

It’s hard to believe it’s only been two years since London-based alt-rock quartet Wolf Alice made waves before, during and after the release of debut album My Love Is Cool playing stomping shows from tiny rooms and record stores, Shepherd’s Bush Empire and Brixton Academy all the way to Glastonbury for now legendary sets. And while any band might be in need of some time out after such a heavy schedule to get back into the zone to produce the kind of material that propelled them so far so quickly, that seems not to be the case for heavy-hitting Wolf...

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Live: Nashville In Concert @ Royal Albert Hall

The popularity of Country music, the perceived mainstay of the Southern United States, is on the rise both throughout the rest of the U.S. and in the UK, with London’s O2 Arena now in its fifth year hosting C2C: Country to Country – the UK’s Country music festival – alongside a number of home-grown Country acts hitting in big on the charts. Duos The Shires and Ward Thomas have each produced two massive British Country music records, proving just how universal such Southern-sounding, story-telling songs truly are. One of the factors in that rise in the popularity of Country...

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Live: Eddie Vedder @ Hammersmith Apollo

London’s Hammersmith Apollo isn’t what you’d call intimate. And yet Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder makes the 3,600-seater venue feel like a living room, or a cosy campfire singalong. And it’s not just because he’s surrounded by a vintage radio, reel-to-reel tape player, battered suitcases (complete with The Who sticker), various old-timey speakers, assorted instruments, and, later, an actual campfire complete with starry sky backdrop. Most of it’s down to Vedder himself. Seated on stage alone for much of the two and a half hour set, he’s frank, honest, spontaneous, and vulnerable in his words and musical performances. He makes...

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Rock Show: Lorde, Return Of The Lorde

Global pop superstar and music world darling Lorde is back with sophomore album Melodrama, out on June 16th through Universal Music. Lead single Green Light was released on March 2nd to whet our collective appetites. A final preview of Melodrama is due to surface at midnight tonight. (Hint, it might be new cut Sober!) In 2013, a 16-year-old Lorde quietly, yet confidently asserted herself as the voice of a generation with her full-length debut, Pure Heroine. The album would go triple-platinum, win two GRAMMY® Awards, and spawn the seven-times platinum record-breaking international juggernaut single, Royals, and quadruple-platinum follow up Team. The former cemented Lorde as...

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Festival: V Festival Brings Home The Stars

High among the summer’s busy festival season sits what has become the daddy of pop festivals – Virgin’s V Festival. The dual-site, two-dayer nestles in neatly between the London Parks one-dayers, the large site events such as Glastonbury and Isle Of Wight and before the Reading and Leeds dual-site festival focused on the rockier offerings that are still mainstream. But V Festival, which calls Hylands Park in Chelmsford and Weston Park in Staffordshire home, now in its 21st year, is now unashamedly pop-focused after starting off life with a host of Britpop acts headlining – the likes of Pulp, Elastica,...

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Rock Show: Katy Perry brings Witness to Europe

American pop superstar Katy Perry has just gone and announced a run of European shows next summer in support of fourth studio album Witness, dropping on 9th June, including 7 dates in the UK with one stop (so far) at East London’s O2 Arena, her first headline show there since winding up a 4-show run in support of third album Prism back in 2014. The Californian girl just played the 200-capacity Water Rats venue in London’s Kings Cross ahead of her BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend festival appearance, and will return to the UK for this weekend’s Ariana Grande...

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Vision: Foo Fighters, Run

Surprise! American stadium rockers Foo Fighters have just gone and dropped new single Run just weeks before the rock troupe headline the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury Festival! An ageless melodic hard rock anthem that showcases everything that’s made Foo Fighters an unstoppable road and radio conquering machine, Run is the first new Foo Fighters music since the band gifted fans with the free Saint Cecilia EP in late 2015. Run is accompanied by a time-traveling mind-warp of a video in the group’s often-comedic style directed by the band’s own Dave Grohl, in which the song’s dive-bombing verses and soaring choruses are matched...

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Vision: Elles Bailey, Same Flame

Bristol-based Elles Bailey has a talent for crafting and seamlessly weaving rootsy blues, country, and soulful rock, with a contemporary edge. What’s more fate has blessed her with a ‘smoky vocal’ style that perfectly fits her music. Elles’s trademark husky, lived-in voice may sound like this young songstress keeps up a 60-a-day habit, but was actually caused by a serious childhood illness. At the tender age of just three, Elles contracted both viral and bacterial pneumonia. The ever-resilient, Elles recovered, but her voice had changed completely. Thankfully no permanent damage was caused, but as the specialist prophetically observed, “If she ever...

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Festival: Glastonbury 2017, Start Planning Those Clashes!

For those lucky enough to bag tickets to this year’s pre-furlough year Glastonbury Festival, there was a ticking clock until the end of May, when the majority of stage times are usually released each year. So while we may all have known the big and small names that would be appearing, deciding exactly who to see on each day begins now. And boy are there some major clashes! Those familiar with the festival site will appreciate just how large-scale it is. Boasting over 100 stages, it takes a good while to travel between them and find a spot to watch...

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Rock Show: Benjamin Clementine

London-born, Paris-based singer, songwriter and poet Benjamin Clementine has today unveiled his first new music since being awarded 2015’s Mercury Music Prize for his debut album At Least For Now. Entitled Phantom Of Aleppoville the track was written, recorded and produced by Clementine and follows his recent collaboration with Gorillaz on Hallelujah Money. Clementine has also announced a series of UK & European headline dates for November and December 2017, including a massive show at London’s Brixton Academy on December 5th. A New York show at the city’s prestigious Carnegie Hall has already been announced for October 5th. Accompanied by a video...

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Vision: The Amorettes, Whoot Woo

In response to increasing fan demand, Scots rockers, The Amorettes, today announce the re-issue of their acclaimed debut album, Haulin’ Ass. Recorded at the very start of the band’s career, and only ever available at live shows, Haulin’ Ass displays all the raw aggression, and youthful exuberance of a band with everything to prove, and nothing to lose. “We initially had no initial intention at all of re-issuing Haulin’ Ass,” says guitarist/vocalist, Gill Montgomery, who is also the band’s primary songwriter. “However, during the last couple of years there have been so many requests from people asking where they...

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All Quiet Now: Chris Cornell

Nail in my hand, from my creator. You gave me life, now show me how to live. Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell has passed away suddenly at the very young age of just 52 mere hours after stomping through a massive two hour show with Soundgarden at Detroit’s Fox Theatre venue on May 17th. Like many I’m sure, I first heard of Cornell through an audio cassette that had passed through the hands of many of my school friends before being shoved firmly in mine: “You have to listen to this!” I was told. I don’t think that...

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Rock Show: Chris Shiflett brings Country to London

Guitarist Chris Shiflett has announced a second acoustic solo show in London, to showcase his solo material and recent album West Coast Town. Chris will add a special show at The Water Rats in London on 14th June, 2017, with special guest British musician Sam Palladio opening for him, following Sam’s tour alongside his Nashville TV series co-stars including not one but three massive shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall! This adds to Chris’ previously-announced gig at the 100 Club in London on 13th June, joining Nic Cester on the bill. These special shows will showcase Shiflett playing solo on...

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Rock Show: Royal Blood announce UK/Europe Tour

Brighton-based rock duo Royal Blood are back! With their hotly anticipated sophomore album How Did We Get So Dark? dropping on June 16th and following a mini UK tour, hitting up a select few small venues which kicks off this week, the rockers have announced the first wave of massive European and UK dates this winter. Kicking off at Campo Pequeno in Lisbon, the band’s biggest headline tour to date winds its way through Milan, Zurich, Paris, Amsterdam and Antwerp before hitting the UK, including a huge London show at Alexandra Palace before concluding with a homecoming gig at...

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