Author: Kalpesh Patel

Live: White Lies @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire

White Lies have been away for three years since the release of their last album Big TV, they are back touring with their new album, Friends.  Although a solid, well received album, Big TV did little to expand their fan base past the original promise of debut album To Lose My Life.  Tonight will showcase a mixture of the retro pop perfection from these albums and standout songs from third album Rituals. The crowd are a loyal bunch, who have clearly been eager for their return.  The natural division of the venue into a terrace of seating and a...

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Vision: Lucy Rose – Shiver Video from Live At Urchin Studios.

Ahead of the release of her new album, Live At Urchin Studios which is out on 9th December 2016, Warwickshire folkster Lucy Rose has unveiled a video of the live recording of Shiver. Recorded in just one hour at London’s Urchin Studios in front of an audience of competition winners, the forthcoming live album features tracks from Lucy Rose’s debut release Like I Used To as well as last year’s follow up, the Top Ten charting album Work It Out. Taken from Like I Used To, Shiver has proved a firm favourite amongst Lucy’s fans and has amassed over 17 million streams on Spotify alone since its...

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Live: KT Tunstall @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire

“Good evening London” KT Tunstall screamed. “It’s so lovely to be here, what a strange, strange day” she said. “But we couldn’t be in a better place than one of the best venues in the world!” Scottish singer, songwriter and musician KT Tunstall has been on some journey in the 12 years since the release of her hit debut record Eye to the Telescope, which spawned a series of well-received singles and earned the then 28-year-old a Mercury Music Prize nomination. Fast forward to 2016 and the release of her fifth studio album KIN sees the now 41-year-old upbeat...

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Live: Kacey Musgraves @ Royal Albert Hall

Rising star Kacey Musgraves played the first sold-out show by a Country music act at London’s historic Royal Albert Hall venue in 12 years. That’s some feat for 27-year-old Musgraves who was playing to some 350 fans under two years ago at West London’s Bush Hall. And tonight, that very concert airs in full on BBC4 at 11pm. And so in anticipation, here is RockShot Magazine’s full review with exclusive photos from that show. “I think that this is the fanciest place I’ve ever been in, how did they let me in?” the 27-year-old said, looking around the packed...

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Live: Goo Goo Dolls @ Hammersmith Apollo

Hailing from Buffalo, New York, veteran American rockers Goo Goo Dolls returned to the UK for a run of shows, kicking off in Norwich last week and concluding at West London’s Hammersmith Apollo, in support of the group’s eleventh studio album Boxes, released in May. Formed in 1986 by continuing members Johnny Rzeznik on guitars and vocals and Robby Takac on bass and vocals, the group’s first two records featured Takac exclusively on lead vocals, bar a couple of songs on sophomore album Jed. But it was Rzeznik’s slow shift to frontman that coincided with the group’s rise in...

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Live: Luna Bay, Albert Man, William Poyer & Sherika Sherard @ Blogtober Festival

RockShot was recently invited to be part of Lost in the Manor’s Blogtober Festival – 31 days of gigs selected by the best online tastemakers – and on 10 October 2016, curated a very special evening of live music at The Finsbury in London’s Manor House. Our team of writers and photographers selected emerging artists Sherika Sherard, William Poyer, Albert Man and Luna Bay for the crowd’s musical consumption – and they didn’t disappoint. Opening the evening is London based singer-songwriter Sherika Sherard. Sherika is well-known for busking on London’s Southbank, where her velvety voice and infectious creativity not only...

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Live: The Pretty Reckless @ Scala

Taylor Momsen-led American rock four-piece The Pretty Reckless returned to London for the first time since playing their biggest UK headline show at the 5,000-capacity Brixton Academy in November 2014, this time playing a tiny pre-album launch show for third studio record Who You Selling For, due out on 21st October, to a crowd of just 1,000 at North London’s fabulous Scala venue. While The Pretty Reckless may seem to some as The Taylor Momsen show, drummer Jamie Perkins, guitarist Ben Phillips and bass player Mark Damon were themselves the New York band Famous, formed in 2006, before being...

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Rock Show: Green Day finally hit Hyde Park!

Californian rockers Green Day are finally having their day in the sun at London’s Hyde Park as they become the first act announced to headline the 2017 British Summer Time festival held in the park. The concert series, which kicked off in 2013, has seen the likes of Bon Jovi, The Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Neil Young and The Who headline the Great Oak Stage in London’s famous Hyde Park while this year we saw Carole King bring her Tapestry album to life on the stage while Stevie Wonder, Florence + The Machine and Mumford & Sons also headlined. Green...

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Live: Blossoms @ The Forum, London

Stockport rockers Blossoms’ story is one that truly endears them to their audience and the music industry alike. They’re young, fresh and full of energy, but with an understanding of the struggle it takes to succeed in the music business, each member having tried and failed in past musical endeavours while working other jobs to make ends meet. In a stark contrast to the plethora of manufactured bands that come and go with the seasons, it’s Blossoms’ songs that have got them where they are. As it should be. The Tom Ogden-led indie rockers played their biggest London headline...

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Rock Show: Paul Dempsey – Rare Solo Show from SFK Frontman

Something For Kate front man Paul Dempsey is slotting in a rare solo UK appearance at West London’s Bush Hall in support of his third solo album Strange Loop. The Melbourne, Australia-native has had huge success with rock trio Something For Kate since 1997’s Elsewhere for 8 Minutes hit the shelves, with 2001 hit record Echolalia certified Platinum. 2009 saw Dempsey flex his solo muscles with debut solo album Everything Is True, which peaked at number 5 on the Australian album charts and saw Dempsey pick up from his native Australia and transplant himself in New York for a period of...

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In Photos: Communion Turns 10!

Independent record label, live music promoter and publisher Communion is 10 years old! Growing from a monthly live music night at Notting Hill’s famous basement Arts Club venue, the artists and fans-based supportive community nature of Communion expanded from that monthly music night to what it is today. Boasting a roster of artists, recorded output and live shows that seems to have developed into a who’s who of genre-bending, mould-breaking and spirit-lifting acts, it’s hard to believe that Communion is only 10 years old. Founded in 2006 by musicians Kevin Jones, who went on to form Bear’s Den a few...

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Rock Show: Pixies Can’t Play Enough UK Shows!

Boston rockers Pixies can’t seem to play enough UK shows it seems, and their love of the Brixton Academy keeps them coming back for more. Following selling out six UK shows last month, including not one but two headline dates at London’s Brixton Academy, which they also sold out in July, the Black Francis-fronted quartet have announced a further three UK dates including an arena show in Cardiff and a stop at Birmingham’s Academy venue following yet another show at Brixton, making their tally at the venue four nights in 2016 alone! Pixies’ UK winter tour is in support of their...

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Live: Bilbao BBK Live 2016 – Festival Season’s Hidden Gem

For music lovers the world over, festival season is often the best opportunity to catch those elusive acts it is impossible to snap up headline show tickets to while catching the up and comers on their rise. But where some of the world’s big festivals can often leave you missing the acts you had your heart set on, there are those medium-sized affairs that are big enough to attract the heavy hitters but small enough to ensure you can leg it from stage to stage via the beer stand and catch all of the action. And amongst those BBK...

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Live: Band Of Horses @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Seattle-based rockers Band Of Horses released fifth studio album Why Are You OK last month, and following a triumphant John Peel stage performance at this year’s recent Glastonbury Festival, they were back in the UK for a trio of shows, including two stops at London’s newly re-opened Shepherd’s Bush Empire venue. With the record coming from a slightly different place than the previous four, frontman Ben Bridwell having recently become a father for the fourth time and producer extraordinaire Rick Rubin giving it a glance, we have a lot to look forward to. With their American Trucker look of...

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Live: Glastonbury 2016 – Mud, Brexit and All-English Headliners

Described by festival founder Michael Eavis as the muddiest ever Glastonbury, revellers can at least be thankful that the rain was largely kept at bay during the four festival days, although a torrential spell during Friday, a good downpour over that night, and some drizzle here and there over the remaining days ensured Worthy Farm’s famous mud was kept topped up. Hell, this year’s edition is probably just as memorable and mentioned for its sludge-like mud as for any of the bands, the resulting substance described by one as a kind of chocolate mousse. Attendees can also be thankful for...

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Live: Nashville In Concert @ Hammersmith Apollo

Hit US television show Nashville, following the lives of fictional Country musicians living in Tennessee’s Music City, has been a breakthrough hit on both sides of the Atlantic. And while viewing figures may have waivered enough after four seasons for the ABC broadcast network to cancel the show, fans the world over have made enough noise for cable channel CMT to pick it up for a fifth. But the thing that makes the show great is the simply diverse talent of its stars – actors, singers, musicians and writers across the board from the youngest cast members, sisters Maisy and...

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Live: Ladyhawke @ Scala

New Zealand synth rock artist Pip Brown, better known to the world as Ladyhawke, a stage name taken from a 1985 Richard Donner fantasy film, has had a colourful time of things between her sophomore record, 2012’s Anxiety, and it’s newly-released follow-up Wild Things. Having achieved global success with her eponymous debut, which produced five singles, the shy and anxious Brown followed it up with the less-stellar, guitar-driven and somewhat moody Anxiety. Disclosing her late-diagnosed Asperger’s and eventually copping to alcoholism, the intervening period has seen the Kiwi beat her addiction, get married and produce a collection of songs that can only be described as...

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Live: Garbage @ Troxy

“Twenty years we’ve been coming to London and every time we have, I’ve spent the whole day on the toilet, being so neurotic, because I feel like we come from the United Kingdom.” Now that’s some statement from an ever present and seemingly unflappable frontwoman that makes you think twice about a band that come across as so strong and confident that a show at London’s Troxy venue should be a walk in the park. Playing their first headline show since the release of sixth studio album Strange Little Birds just last week, Scottish-American electronic rockers Garbage hit up the...

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Live: Lera Lynn @ Islington Assembly Hall

Nashville, Tennessee-based singer-songwriter and guitarist Lera Lynn brought her Resistor tour to the UK for a run of shows including tonight’s stop at Islington’s Assembly Hall in support of her recently released fourth studio album – if we discount her significant contribution to last year’s soundtrack for season two of HBO’s hit crime drama series True Detective, in which she also picked up an acting part. Appearing on stage wearing a black jacket over a white shirt and tight gold trousers, flanked by a bass player on her left, guitarist and producer Joshua Grange on her right and drummer...

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Live: Little Green Cars @ Village Underground

Dublin-based quintet Little Green Cars are back on the road in support of sophomore LP Ephemera, which emerged in March some three years since well-received debut Absolute Zero. Following stops in Manchester and Bristol with the touring Dot To Dot Festival, alongside Mystery Jets, Augustines and The Temper Trap amongst others, they played a headline show at London’s Village Underground venue to round out their tour, bringing their brand of folksy indie rock layered with blended vocal harmonies to East London’s trendy Shoreditch. Hipster beards and braces optional. Appearing on the East London stage encased in smoke and lit...

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Live: Pentatonix @ Brixton Academy

Pentatonix may sound like a thrash metal band but they are, in fact, an American a cappella quintet that have been taking the US by storm following winning the third season of NBC’s The Sing-Off reality TV show back in 2011, which resulted in the group winning a recording contract with Sony. They’ve since gone on to win multiple Grammy awards, release four well-received EPs and three further albums including last year’s eponymous US chart-topping effort. Comprised of Texans Scott Hoying, Kirstin Maldonado and counter-tenor Mitch Grassi along with Visalia, California-native Avi Kaplan on bass vocals and Owensboro, Kentucky-born...

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Live: Vanessa Carlton @ Scala

Pennsylvania-born singer, songwriter and pianist Vanessa Carlton returned to London after a thirteen-year absence in style, following a capacity show at North London’s Lexington earlier this month, she was back at the bigger Scala venue to wrap up her European tour in support of fifth studio album Liberman. Probably, and unfortunately, still best known for her 2002 hit single A Thousand Miles from debut album Be Not Nobody, Carlton could have been written off as a one-hit wonder star. But Liberman, her freshest and most raw album to date proves that she’s come a long way since then and...

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Live: Band Of Skulls @ Electric Ballroom

Southampton-based rock trio Band Of Skulls are back with their Gil Norton-produced fourth studio album By Default. And to celebrate its launch next week, they played a duo of shows in North London; a last minute Lexington stop followed by tonight’s sold-out Electric Ballroom show. The band, comprised of guitarist-vocalist Russell Marsden, bass player and vocalist Emma Richardson and Matt Hayward on drums, who made waves with second and third LPs Sweet Sour and Himalayan, took inspiration from writing in a Southampton church for their fourth outing, a sound brought out in full to the Electric Ballroom. The trio,...

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Interview: Band Of Skulls, Church-Inspired Phase 2

Taking a step back from relentless touring, Southampton-based rock trio Band Of Skulls have been squirreled away in Monmouthshire recording the follow-up to their well-received 2014 album Himalayan. With the fruits of their labour – fourth studio album By Default – poised for launch later this month and proceeded with first single Killer, the three-piece comprised of Russell Marsden (guitar, vocals), Emma Richardson (bass, vocals) and Matt Hayward (drums) spoke to RockShot Magazine’s Kalpesh Patel about their process, ideas incubated and developed in a church, and working with acclaimed producer Gil Norton (Foo Fighters, Pixies) for the next phase of their...

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Manic Street Preachers @ Royal Albert Hall

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan wouldn’t have approved of tonight. Playing albums through in full is nothing new and is often considered simply to be for milking a few extra quid out of  past glory days. But as soon as I heard that Welsh rockers Manic Street Preachers were playing their seminal fourth album Everything Must Go in full in celebration of its 20th anniversary, and at none other than London’s glorious Royal Albert Hall, I simply had to be there. There are past glories, and there is the Manic’s epic 1996 album, which spawned four hit, anthemic singles in...

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Live: Chris Cornell @ Royal Albert Hall

Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell played his first show at London’s historic Royal Albert Hall in support of fifth solo album Higher Truth, the tour similar in style to his 2011 Songbook tour, with Cornell playing stripped-back renditions of a selection of songs from his Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple Of The Dog and solo material mixed with covers on a range of acoustic guitars, this time accompanied by Bryan Gibson on cello, keyboards and mandolin. “Royal Albert Hall! I have to confess that it is my fault I’m playing such a stuffy building, I really wanted to play here”...

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All Quiet Now: Prince

A Man Ain’t Happy Unless A Man Truly Dies – Sign O’ The Times Prince formed a fundamental part in the soundtrack of many people’s lives, including my own. His music gave me something different. Unique, yet familiar. Relatable yet from a completely different world. Born Prince Rogers Nelson in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on 7th June 1958 and named after his father’s stage name in the Prince Rogers Trio jazz group, he abbreviated his name simply to Prince upon releasing his first album For You in 1978. Here was a man that was not going to be limited by anything, his colour,...

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Live: Tom Odell @ Islington Assembly Hall

Ivor Novello award-winning singer, songwriter and pianist Tom Odell is back. Following a whirlwind catapult into the music world over 2012 and 2013, with landmark milestones including a memorable Later… with Jools Holland performance, winning the Critics’ Choice Award at the BRITs, reaching number one with his debut album Long Way Down and, of course, that 2014 Songwriter of the Year Ivor Novello award, his star status seemed sealed. Snippets of new music emerged in 2014 including Odell’s cover of The Beatles’ Real Love, which was used for that year’s John Lewis Christmas television ad, but this year sees his return...

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Catfish and the Bottlemen @ The Forum

Llandudno-based indie rockers Catfish and the Bottlemen have had a great couple of years. From releasing debut album The Balcony in 2014 to winning British Breakthrough Act at this year’s BRIT Awards. Next month sees the launch of follow-up LP The Ride, and to road-test the material they’re out on a short tour including tonight’s Kentish Town Forum show. An early signing to Mumford & Sons’ Ben Lovett’s Communion label, their brand of raucous indie rock seems clearly fashioned after idols Arctic Monkeys. But unlike many followers, their blend of catchy hooks and heavy hitting guitars and drums made them stand...

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Live: Sunset Sons @ Koko

Surf and snow bums beware, if you’re hanging out playing some live shows in your local bar, you could just end up in a mega explosive rock band. That’s the dream right? And for Hossegor, France-based Anglo-Australian four-piece Sunset Sons, it just became a reality. The story is one you couldn’t make up. Guy walks into a surf bar (the guy in this story was drummer Jed Laidlaw), catches dishwasher singing (dishwasher = frontman Rory Williams), the pair get chatting and decide to head to the trendy Espace Killy ski area, which encompasses the resorts of Tignes & Val...

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