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Live: Mallory Knox @ Bristol Academy

Excitement looms over Bristol this evening. Mallory Knox received their second top 20 album last week, and tonight, they’re debuting some of their hotly discussed tracks for the first time on date number one of the Wired tour. To begin the evening, they’ve brought along Fatherson, a Scottish three-piece with an enveloping quaint folk-rock sound. Their sound is crisp, with a faultless performance that’s been perfected to a “T” and though filled with powerful melodies that are nicely boosted by singer, Ross Leighton’s voice. Following on, Lonely The Brave, deliver a particularly varied performance, keeping the audience on their...

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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’s debut EP, released last October, forms the soundtrack to Saturday Night, a short film of inter-connected music videos directed by Alex Walker. The film recently won Best Music Video at the LA Independent Film Festival and the same category at the London Independent Film Awards, and has made the official selection International Music...

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Live: Hothouse Flowers @ The Electric Ballroom

The weirdly polarised people that sit either side of the weirdly polarised Jeremy Clarkson debate probably have weirdly polarised opinions about his favourite musicians, Hothouse Flowers. Regardless of your take on either, there’s no denying that the first ten minutes of The Grand Tour – which featured the band occupying a festival stage and blasting their 1990 cover of Johnny Nash’s I Can See Clearly Now into an unsuspecting Mojave Desert, has done Hothouse Flowers no harm whatsoever. Truth be told, that’s why I’m at the Electric Ballroom tonight. Whilst I enjoyed The Flowers output in the late eighties...

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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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INTERVIEW: Mila Falls, Tornados & Glitter

You may not immediately recognise the name Mila Falls, but I guarantee you will have heard her music. She’s one of a special breed of artists whose songwriting talent lies behind the soundtrack to notable adverts and films but whose name remains mostly under the radar. Having supported the likes of Rudimental, Ella Eyre, Ringo Starr and Van Morrison, successfully collaborated with artists such as DJ Mag worldwide resident Marc Vedo and electronic composer and producer Roger Shar and featured on Boy George’s Hotfingers Talks album, 2017 could be the year this vibrant British singer-songwriter gets the wider recognition she...

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Live: Lower Than Atlantis @ Great Hall, Cardiff

Lower Than Atlantis’ UK headline tour is a big deal. A big deal to more than just the four-piece themselves, but to fans, to aspiring British musicians and to the rock music scene. They’re a tale of rags to riches and a prime example of how perseverance, determination, talent and creativity really does pay off. For tonight’s attendees in Cardiff’s Great Hall, it’s their chance to see what the past ten years as a band has amounted to. Arriving from down under, Hands Like Houses are the perfect warm up act to raise spirits. Their melodically led songs draw...

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Festival: Star Shaped Festival – Britpop’s Finest Return

Great news Britpop fans! Following last year’s sold out inaugural Star Shaped Festival, held at North London’s Garage venue and boasting a fab line-up of The Bluetones, Republica’s Saffron, The Seahorses’ frontman Chris Helme and Shed Seven amongst others, a bigger, badder and touring line-up has been announced for this year’s multi-date festival! While the Mark Morriss-led Bluetones make a Slight Return for this year’s events to help you nineties kids Cut Some Rug, they are joined by the likes of Space, Dodgy, My Life Story and the Marijne van der Vlugt-fronted  Salad for some serious sets from one of...

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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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Live: Bush @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire

You’d be forgiven for thinking 1990’s rock outfit Bush were an American band, given both their sound and enduring success across the pond. Their 1994 debut studio record Sixteen Stone was certified 6x Platinum in the U.S., it’s follow-up peaked at #1 in the U.S. album charts and many of their singles hit #1 on the U.S. Alt. Rock charts for a decade. But Bush are, in fact, a British band. So much so that they’re named after the area in which tonight’s gig takes place – Shepherd’s Bush! The original line-up of frontman Gavin Rossdale, drummer Robin Goodridge,...

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Rock Show: Weezer Bring Summer To Europe

American rockers Weezer have announced new single Feels Like Summer, not taken from last year’s self-titled ‘White’ album. along with a run of 10 European shows, including five in the UK! About to hit up this weekend’s SXSW in Austin, Texas with two shows, the Californian four-piece then head out on an extensive 30+ date tour of the U.S. including stops at Sunfest in Florida, Boston Calling and Firefly Festival in Deleware, alongside Muse and Thirty Seconds To Mars. They’re even rumoured to be lining up a secret set at this year’s Reading Festival, which would slot in nicely between their...

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Festival: Live At Leeds, Frightened Rabbit, VANT, The Hunna & Rag ‘n’ Bone Man

Already boasting an incredible day and night of invigorating new music and classic live moments, Live At Leeds has further cemented its position as the defining kick-off for the summer, with a string of new names joining the stellar bill of future stars and revered favourites. Frightened Rabbit (Photographer: Simon Jay Price) Leading the latest additions are cult Scottish heroes Frightened Rabbit, bringing their emotional and passionate live show to Leeds city centre in what’s sure to be a truly defining moment of the festival. Over the course of six studio albums Frightened Rabbit have become one of the nation’s...

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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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Festival: Grace Jones Headlines Standon Calling

Already boasting an incredible array of entertainment across the festival weekend, Standon Calling is delighted to announce the incomparable Grace Jones as the very special Sunday night headliner for 2017. In what is set to be a rare opportunity to delve into the mind of one of the world’s true cultural superstars, Grace Jones’ set at Standon Calling is destined to be a true landmark moment. Celebrating fashion, artistry and a sense of extravagance not seen in modern pop, her influence remains as powerful as ever, and is an immeasurable force of nature in modern culture.  One of the...

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Vision: The Sherlocks, Was It Really Worth It

The Sherlocks release new single Was It Really Worth It? due for release March 17th. The video is directed by Aella Jordan-Edge and stars Kiersten Wareing (Fishtank, Eastenders, The Take) and newcomer Connor McCarron (Neds) following the dysfunctional couple’s relationship deterioration. After a sold out UK Tour last September, Sheffield four-piece The Sherlocks are currently on their biggest ever headline UK & Ireland tour and have just announced that they will be supporting Rat Boy and DMA’S in April (dates below). The band, consisting of two sets of brothers, have been steadily building a solid live following and were...

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Live: The Sherlocks @ Sheffield University Foundry, Sheffield

The Sherlocks were back in town on Friday night with their infectious good-mood beats and heavy riffs. It had been a while since I had seen them and like the sell out crowd, I was looking forward to their set and those of the supporting acts Oddity Road and Sundance.  Like a ray of sunshine, Sundance brought interesting new sounds to the Sheffield University Foundry with a mixture of 4/4 and 7/8 beats, combining fun alternative pop with upbeat bluesy reggae vibes. Although not expecting to play to such a large crowd – the sold out Foundry was filling up fast...

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Vision: Imagine Dragons, Believer

Las Vegas rockers Imagine Dragons are back with a brand new single, and if it’s any sort of guide to what to expect from album #3 … it’s time to get excited! The multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning four-piece release Believer on KIDinaKORNER / Interscope Records on March 17th about which frontman Dan Reynolds says “This last year has really been the most centred and positive of my life.  This song explains my realization that the emotional pain I faced the last few years actually helped me progress to this healthier mental space – that adversity truly is what helps you...

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Vision: Courtney Marie Andrews, Put The Fire Out

Courtney Marie Andrews was captured live in concert, with The Handsome Family, at Union Chapel by Rockshot Magazine journalists Sarah Sievers & Belle Piec you can read the live review here: http://rockshot.co.uk/24995/live-the-handsome-family-supported-by-courtney-marie-andrews-union-chapel/ Discussing the video, which sees Courtney driving an RV through America, Courtney stated, “This old RV is the biggest piece of work that’s ever come into my possession, but also the most fun when we can get it to run. Put The Fire Out is a tune about getting back to ones you know and love after spending so much of your time on the road. By the end...

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Live: Elbow @ Hammersmith Apollo, London

I’m grateful to my wife for so many things. She spots the traffic cameras I don’t. She’s always on hand with salient fashion advice. Her meringues are the stuff of legend. And then there’s Elbow. The first time I saw this band was in 2012 when they were touring Build A Rocket Boys!. I was quite churlish about it. My wife, a long-term fan dragged me there, but I just knew it wasn’t going to be very good. The traffic was awful. We had crappy little seats at the back of crappy big Wembley Arena. The sound was average. It...

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Live: The Handsome Family & Courtney Marie Andrews @ Union Chapel

Union Chapel is a cosy venue, perfect on a late winters evening.  People are bundled up in warm clothes settling onto padded seat cushions and cradling mugs of tea and cocoa in the soft coloured lighting, candle light and the kaleidoscope of the chapel’s rose window. The Handsome Family are enjoying a sell-out tour in part thanks to the support of opening act Courtney Marie Andrews.  This petite Arizonan introduces herself in a small, breathy voice reminiscent of a young Joni Mitchell or Nanci Griffiths. Just like Griffiths, when she begins to sing, all of that delicacy is replaced...

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Festival: Bearded Theory with Seasick Steve, Skunk Anansie, Slaves & Madness

Bearded Theory Festival has announced three more stunning acts onto their already stellar line up for 2017. Platinum selling Scottish indie outfit GLASVEGAS join the Pallet Stage on Sunday, bringing their animated and renowned live show to the fields of Catton Hall. Their chart successes stem back to 2008 with their debut album going into the UK charts at number 2. The beautiful solid oak Woodland stage have bagged a coup in securing iconic post-punk band THE FALL to perform on Saturday night. Led by notorious king-pin front man Mark E. Smith, The Fall’s back catalogue is legendary, with nine Top 40 albums and a chart topping single...

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Festival: Y Not Festival Reveals Stereophonics, Two Door Cinema Club & The Vaccines.

Derbyshire’s finest festival Y Not (27-30 July) has announced the first wave of acts for this year’s festival and it already looks like the best yet with legends the Stereophonics, Two Door Cinema Club and The Vaccines topping the bill. With a remarkable 20 year career and nine seminal albums behind them, Welsh rockers Stereophonics have an incredible back catalogue to delve into and with the promise of some brand new material and a reputation for jaw-dropping live performances their headline set at Y Not is going to be a highlight. Award-winning three piece Two Door Cinema Club, known for their infectious indie-pop anthems, are...

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Vision: Andrew Combs, Blood Hunters

Andrew Combs today released the video for new single Blood Hunters The Ry Cox directed film is cinematic in scope with nods to sci-fi and horror, not too distant from Netflix hit show ‘Stranger Things’ and an example of the gifted songwriter’s exciting musical direction on the hotly anticipated album, Canyons Of My Mind, released on April 7th, 2017 via Loose in Europe. Already catching our attention with his previous release All These Dreams, including Canyons Of My Mind will no doubt be Andrew’s UK breakthrough. The 11-song set was co-produced by Skylar Wilson (Justin Townes Earle, Caitlin Rose) &...

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Rock Show: Ward Thomas To Open C2C + Full Tour

Following the release of their sophomore album Cartwheels last year and heavy touring, including a rousing Glastonbury Festival set, 22 year old twins Catherine and Lizzy of Ward Thomas are set to have another incredible year. They’ve just been announced as the official opening act for the prestigious C2C Festival at London’s The O2 on March 10th, go on to kick off a 22-date UK tour on April 28th and have a summer of key festival dates. Ward Thomas will also be making their first visit to Australia in March to play the prestigious CMC Rocks festival alongside huge-hitter Dixie Chicks and Little Big Town among others. Already, they’ve sold an incredible 16,000 tickets...

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Rock Show: Phoenix Hit Ally Pally

French electro-rock outfit Phoenix are officially back! While a follow up to 2013’a Bankrupt!, the group’s fifth studio album, is still to be announced, a number of US and European festival dates have been announced, including The Governor’s Ball in New York, NOS Alive in Portugal and Bilbao’s fabulous BBK Live. Today marks the groups first headline show announcement in since winding up their Bankrupt! tour and, of course, it has to be at London’s famous former BBC television broadcast centre at Alexandra Palace. The French four-piece will bring new music, and we all hope some of our old favourites, to the North...

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Festival: Standon Calling For Orbital, Clean Bandit, Laura Mvula & Slaves.

Bringing together a unique weekend of irresistible fun, extraordinary experiences and unrivalled entertainment, Standon Calling, 27 – 30 July 2017 in Hertfordshire, has over 11 years marked itself as the true epitome of what a festival is. Celebrating creativity, community and freedom – Standon Calling offers a genuine weekend escape that’s seen over 12,000 festival-goers return year after year – with 2017’s 12th edition only set to continue that story. Originators, visionaries and vital in defining an era for an entire generation, Orbital sit on the head-table of electronic royalty with a catalogue and legacy packed with forward-thinking music. Since emerging at the...

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Vision: Youngr, Out Of My System

Youngr (Dario Darnell) is the son of August Darnell (Kid Creole & The Coconuts) and is a LIPA trained music graduate (drums, keys, vocal production) who initially began to make a name for himself online with his unique one-take live videos, featuring his dance-floor friendly boot-legs of artists such as Daft Punk & Craig David during which Youngr plays drums, keys, percussion & guitar amongst an impressive studio set up on stage. Since signing to Island Youngr has been touring internationally visiting Ibiza, America, Guatemala, Chile & India and is set to out Europe and The USA – March...

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Vision: Highly Suspect, My Name Is Human

Cape Cod, Massachusetts-based rock outfit Highly Suspect have released the official video for their Grammy nominated hit, My Name Is Human. The video was directed by Marc Klasfeld, who has previously worked with the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters & Jay-Z, and stars lead singer Johnny Stevens alongside actress Chloe Bridges from hit US show Pretty Little Liars . The killer tune, taken from last year’s sophomore LP The Boy Who Died Wolf, has sat at #1 at rock radio in the US for a number of months and was nominated at this year’s Grammys in the Best Rock Song category...

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Live: Band Of Horses @ Troxy, London

What a great night. Before the enigmatic Band Of Horses adorn the East London stage, I’m not surprised to see that folk have arrived early to witness a warm-up from Israel Nash who would quite rightly on another occasion command a headline slot in his own right. The fellow American, whom RockShot Magazine met in Notting Hill last month, was joined on stage by friend and musical partner Eric Swanson for a stunning 6-song support set. Nash’s highly personal song-writing and powerful vocals compliment perfectly the headline act, and it is easy to see why he has joined them throughout the UK and European leg of their tour. Through a thick...

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Boom Town Reveal The Specials, Cypress Hill, M.I.A for Chapter 9

Boomtown have just announced their first wave of acts for Chapter 9, showcasing the festival’s signature mix of expansive genres, with unique acts spearheading a vast roster of talent. Joining previously announced 2 Tone ska legends The Specials are; hip hop pioneers Cypress Hill, world infused London M.I.A., multi award winning Arrested Development,reggae superstar Toots and the Maytals, 90s legends Chaka Demus & Pliers,  sounds from cult classic film with TheOriginal Blues Brothers Band, folk-punk star Frank Turner, Bob Marley’s eldest son and founding member of the ‘Melody Makers’ Ziggy Marley and folk-rock act Newton Faulkner. The 60,000 capacity Hampshire festival is the only fully immersive music and theatrical festival in the UK and have followed up their storyline trailer for 2017 by...

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Vision: Eivør, Into The Mist

Copenhagen-based, Faroese singer songwriter Eivør is sharing the video for Into The Mist, the first track to emerge from her forthcoming new album, Slør.  The release will come just ahead of Eivør’s first UK headline tour, taking in 4 dates including a sold-out show at London The Islington on June 2 2017. Slør is, rather incredibly,  Eivør’s first commercial release here in the UK. It’s one that has been over 2 years in the making- with Slør actually an English-translated re-imagining of her Faroese-sung 2015 album release of the same title. Eivør originally wrote the Faroese version of Slør – which...

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Interview: Dar Williams. A Witness And A Mechanic.
Interview: Dar Williams. A Witness And A Mechanic.
Published On: March 24, 2014
Dar Williams casts her eye over the plush scarlet sofa and mirrored walls of the bar at the back of Bush Hall, where we’re to do our interview and photographs. “It’s kind of Electric Ladyland!” she chuckles, as we sit down to discuss her latest tour of the UK - which has sold out, even without a new album Continue Reading

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