Category: Features

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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Feature: A Year On The Road Touring With UK Foo Fighters

Some people look at the passing or upcoming year through the change of seasons, birthdays and paydays. And there are some who are looking at it through the windows of trains, buses, vans and the change a city might bring, going about its daily business. There are people who plan their time around scheduled dates, venues and concerts.  This might be musicians and photographers. And no matter that this life is not all roses (there are definitely ups and downs)  I wouldn’t trade it for anything else. So who am I? I am a  freelance music photographer, I need a sea of...

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Feature: Pulled Apart By Horses – Pulling Into Focus With The Haze

The rock album of summer 2017 is here.  You may as well be the one playing The Haze because you are going to hear these tracks everywhere and if you’re very lucky you’ll catch it played live.  The Haze is forth studio album from this hard rocking Leeds four piece.  Until now they have probably been best known for their breakout singles V.E.N.O.M. or Shake Off the Curse from second album Tough Love. The rowdy, youthful energy which first brought Pulled Apart by Horses to attention has become the driving force behind a more sophisticated sound.  The foray into a more accessible rock-pop of...

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Feature: Marianas Trench, Out Of The Abyss

The punk/emo rock band from Vancouver – Marianas Trench is hitting road. “EUROPE! Guess who’s coming back this May? It’s us. Returning to your glorious continent on “The Final Countdown” tour, we’re back at full strength and ready to finish what we started, and then some. New dates, makeup dates, new cities, old cities – stoking! Can’t wait to see everyone soon. Bring your squirrelin’ pail cuz this is gonna get furry!” the band has declared. Last year Canadian band toured Europe for the very first time and they took it by the storm. Now, they’re back, kicking off...

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Feature: Oddity Road, Profile Of An Emerging Band

Earlier this month, we caught up with the four young lads from Oddity Road, while on tour with The Sherlocks. Following their sell-out shows in Sheffield, there has been a certain buzz about this band. We wanted to find out more about what makes these up-and-comers draw large crowds of fans after only playing together for about a year. The last time that I spoke to Oddity Road was at The Leadmill in Sheffield in November 2016 and a lot has happened to the A-level students since then. 2017 has seen them headlining shows and supporting legendary indie art-rock...

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Feature: Israel Nash, On the Lower East Side, There Was A Bar.

When I met Israel Nash he had just finished building his own recording studio on his ranch near Austin, Texas with his great friend and musical confidante Eric Swanson.  After a meeting of minds discussing his new album Israel Nash’s Silver Season we took a stroll down from the Loose Music offices, past Ladbroke Grove to one of London’s oldest and most enigmatic markets Portobello Road. Israel Nash has been making music for a while now. His large following in Europe, particularly in Holland and Belgium, where some of his largest concerts and early record sale successes have been, helps...

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Playlist Of The Year 2016

Meshuggah, Lemon Twigs, Joan As Policewoman, Testament, Black Foxxes, David Bowie, Pixes, Thee Oh Sees, Bob Mould, Leonard Cohen, Anderson Stolt, Alicia Keys, Weezer, Solange and Blossoms. These are just a few of the artists who appear in our Albums Of The Year 2016. Now you can listen to the Playlist Of The Year 2016, it will keep you going for a few days.   [foogallery id=”24133″] Share16 +12 Pin1 Buffer...

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Albums Of The Year 2016

At Rockshot Magazine we don’t review albums but we do listen to them and this is our list of Albums Of The Year 2016 chosen by our great team of photographers and writers. The albums are not in number order but the titles at the beginning appeared most in everyones top ten. Slaves. Take Control. Post-punk can be very hit and miss, but Slaves’ Take Control hits the mark perfectly with their defiant anti-establishment and less polished sound. Produced by Beastie Boy Mike D, you can hear slight similarities with License To Ill, if you squint a little. GM David...

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Bat Out Of Hell, The Musical & Meat Loaf.

In the 1970’s Jim Steinman wrote a musical that was presented in workshop in Washington D.C.  Jim had always intended these songs to be theatrical and a larger than life opus. When he met Meat Loaf the opportunity to realise the “rock and roll dream”.. came true. Many of the songs written by Steinman at this time went on to appear on the album by Meat Loaf entitled Bat Out Of Hell which became one of the best-selling albums in history, selling over 50 million copies worldwide. 16 years later, Steinman scored again with Bat Out Of Hell II: Back...

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Feature: Joseph @ Radio City Music Hall, New York.

New York based photographer Ebru Yildiz spent time with the band Joseph whose new album, I’m Alone, No Your Not is out now on ATO Records. What follows is Ebru’s photo story and a tour diary by Natalie Closner, who along with her sisters Meegan and Allie are the members of group. They have been on the road with James Bay and the bus stops at Radio City. Ebru Yildiz  “I worked with Joseph on their album artwork and press package for their new album I’m Alone, No, You’re Not. We spent almost three days together, and it was a blast. After that, I was really...

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Moby: These Systems Are Failing & Circle V.

Moby & The Void Pacific Choir, These Systems Are Failing At Circle V Festival. Electronic music genius Moby has just released a new album entitled These Systems Are Failing as the debut album with his band The Void Pacific Choir. Shirley Ann Williams long time vegan, eco activist and music journalist tells more. The album contains the variety of musical delights that we have come to expect from Moby.  Many lyrics are ambiguous, they could be about human emotions, or his emotions, or those of other sentient beings as he blurs the boundaries with tracks such as Almost Loved , The Light Is Clear In...

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Exhibition: You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970 @V&A, London.

You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970 @V&A, London. The iconic music, art, political dissension, literature and design have all been features of their own exhibitions internationally.  The late 1960’s era is indisputably accepted as an historical and cultural creative uprising that forever changed how we live and express ourselves.  The power of this exhibition is in the timing and the scope with which Curator Geoffrey Marsh approaches such a self imposed narrow time frame, focusing the exhibition on the years between ‘66 and ‘70, that is everything between those times with music being the thread...

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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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Live: LeeFest Presents: The Neverland @ John Darlings Farm.

LeeFest Presents: The Neverland, is a new and exciting venture for Lee Denny and his pals. Believe it or not this is the Tenth Anniversary of LeeFest, and let me tell you there have been some changes and all of them good. Gone is the total DIY ethos of previous festivals replaced by well thought out and inventively designed play areas for all ages. Take your choice from Mermaids Lagoon with its DJ booths, Rainbow Lounge and hot tubs, Skull Ridge with the small indie stage, pirates, outdoor dance area, comedy tents and 8-bit games rooms or into the...

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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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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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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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Words Of Moby: Porcelain, A Memoir @ Waterstones Piccadilly.

On the last day of May 2016 Moby arrived in Waterstones, Piccadilly, London to talk about his new book Porcelain, a Memoir.  This is a record of his conversation with the audience, including Shirley Ann Williams. Porcelain, a Memoir is set in the ten years preceding the huge success of Moby’s break through album Play.  It is a complex portrait of New York in the 1980s and 90s.  A multi-cultural, multi-sexual city of crack addicts, murders, raves and a blossoming creative community.  It is a city that no longer exists, a New York destroyed by gentrification, by the onslaught...

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Words of Wilko: Don’t You Leave Me Here Book Launch @ Rough Trade East

I’ve documented on these pages once before, that if it wasn’t for Wilko Johnson, I wouldn’t be shooting live music. It was his terminal pancreatic cancer diagnosis early in 2013 that made me consider how sad it was that I had no decent lasting memories of any of the many gigs (including Wilko’s gigs) that I’d been to – so I set out to do something about it. Of course, the one artist I thought I would never be able to photograph was Johnson, who by the end of 2013 was supposed to be dead. What happened next is...

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Feature: Lera Lynn, Otherworldly Evocative Americana.

For devotees of HBO’s drama series True Detective, you could be forgiven for thinking Lera Lynn is as dark and melancholy as the mysterious singer she plays so well from The Black Rose, the dive bar featured in the second season which sees its fair share of unsavoury characters (not least Colin Farrell’s Ray Velcoro). The bar scenes and Lynn’s presence alone are captivating, with a deeply evocative voice and haunting melodies that evoke images of Julee Cruise in David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, and there is a haunting sadness about her performance. Yet, her music in real life is...

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Feature: Ray Wilson, Song For A Friend.

Stiltskin frontman and former Genesis vocalist Ray Wilson is set to release a new album entitled Song For a Friend. It is dedicated to his close friend James Lewis who tragically committed suicide in 2015.  Inspiration also came to Ray from other significant events in the lives of those surrounding him. He utilises music and song as an emotional vehicle, sharing his feelings for the people who have touched his life. The songs are a collection of musical short stories and he poetically describes his mission in writing them: “The meaning of life is the journey: this album encapsulates the journey....

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Feature: Joseph Arthur. Welcome To The Family.

It’s almost two years since Joseph Arthur’s last concert in the UK so I’m more than happy to be at The Borderline this Sunday evening to witness his long-awaited return. It’s my twenty-sixth time seeing Joseph, although if time-money-distance were no impediment it would be more. If I’m normally hyped-up with anticipation before these shows, then there’s an added excitement this time after a surprise invitation to write a feature for this magazine. In those two years the multi-talented Joseph Arthur has been busy. Then he was touring his LP of Lou Reed covers with Mike Mills (R.E.M) and Bill...

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Feature: Countdown to BBK Live

Tick, tock … while I would never want to wish my life away, I can only but wait for July to roll around before I pack my bags and jump on a flight to the picturesque Basque city of Bilbao for a few days of sunshine, pintxos and some of the best live music acts in the world today courtesy of the city’s BBK Live festival atop the Kobetamendi hills, overlooked by the surrounding mountains. Why is BBK Live not sold out yet like many of the big British and American festivals which most of the BBK Live acts...

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Feature: Andy Shauf The Magician.

Here is the new video for Andy Shauf’s song The Magician. The track is from the Saskatchewan-based singer-songwriter’s forthcoming album The Party which arrives this May 20th. The video for The Magician, like the track, is an intensely evocative affair that’s warmly familiar, like a cherished classic from some non-existent past. Several early reviews have referenced Elliott Smith and Harry Nilsson, both artists that reside in Shauf’s record collection. The video, directed by Winston Hacking, mirrors this innovative and timeless feel perfectly with a collage of animated imagery that move around an artistically rendered Shauf stares directly ahead as he...

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Meilyr Jones. Return To Life & UK Tour.

In support of his debut album, 2013, Meilyr Jones shares Return To Life. The song’s accompanying video features studio footage from the album recording back in November 2014, after his return to London from Rome. Working closely on arrangements with composer Joseph Davies, Jones assembled a 30-strong orchestra “out of friends, and friends of friends of friends, in the same way that if you were to start a pop band.” There was a saxophonist, a bassoonist, a clarinetist, some classical players, jazz players, and brass players from his tuba days. For two days they all gathered at a recording...

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Feature: PopShot – A Year In Pop

I love rock music. And I love shooting rock shows. Let me get that out of the way first. I’ve been a gig-goer for twenty years but have only been photographing gigs since around 2009, and as a rock music fan I mostly went to rock and guitar-band shows. But I always like to think I have an open mind and a broad sense of adventure, particularly when it comes to music. I would say I have at least one favourite track or piece in most music genres with a soft spot for cheesy pop music, having grown up...

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Live: Twenty One Pilots @ Portsmouth Guildhall

Creating an image around a band can be a blessing or a curse.  For Twenty One Pilots its definitely the former, with the red, black and grey of their latest album Blurryface, being carried through to everything in tonight’s show. From the backdrops, to the pre-performance lighting, the main show lighting and even the outfits and head-torches used by the road-crew.  Everything has been thought about, planned and carried out.  And that’s before we speak about the performance itself. In lesser hands it could look formulaic.  But not in this case; these boys have studied their craft and really...

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Live: Silversun Pickups @ Islington Academy

Los Angeles-based alternative rock outfit Silversun Pickups are back with their fourth studio album. And ahead of their upcoming festival appearances, including Indio, California’s dual-weekend Coachella festival next month alongside Foals, Chvrches and Guns N’ Roses amongst others, they’re road-testing Better Nature with a run of European shows including tonight’s stop at London’s Islington Academy, upgraded from the 500-capacity Dingwalls venue due to demand. The Brian Aubert-led four-piece kicked off proceedings with new album opener Cradle (Better Nature) before tearing straight into early hit, and my personal favourite Pickups tune, Well Thought Out Twinkles from 2006 record Carnavas, Chris...

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Video: Lissie & Daughters Celebrate International Women’s Day.

Lissie is teaming up with charity: water for International Women’s Day to raise awareness surrounding the non-profit’s mission to bring clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. In support of International Women’s Day, Lissie’s new song Daughters will be available for ‘pay what you want’ purchase from 1st – 15th March, with proceeds donated to charity: water. On 8th March, 8pm (GMT) Lissie will be hosting a live stream via Facebook to discuss the partnership, perform an acoustic version of ‘Daughters’ and conduct a Q&A with viewers. You can Download the track Daughters here where you...

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Festival: Bilbao BBK Live 2016. Underworld, Editors, Junior Boys + Blossoms added

Bilbao BBK Live have today expanded their already bursting at the seams 2016 line-up with British electronic group Underworld, Tom Smith-led English rockers Editors, Canadian electronic duo Junior Boys and Stockport-based five-piece Blossoms. British duo Underworld have been synonymous with world-class electronica over the past four decades with eight studio albums used across numerous film and television appearances including London’s 2012 Summer Olympics and, of course, Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting. Forthcoming ninth album Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future, their first in six years, is eagerly anticipated. Described as post-punk and industrial rock, Editors have remained vital to the overflowing...

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