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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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Festival: Glastonbury 2017 – Times Like These

American rockers Foo Fighters have just gone and (finally) announced their upcoming headline slot for Glastonbury 2017! Originally billed to headline the 2015 festival’s Friday night, the five-piece were forced to pull out following frontman Dave Grohl’s unfortunate accident at Sweden’s Ullevi festival in Gothenburg, where the nicest man in rock fell off stage during the band’s second song, breaking his right leg, only to return to the stage with the leg in plaster to complete his set. Florence + The Machine were subsequently bumped to Glastonbury headliners and the rest is history. We always knew the Best Of...

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Vision: The Lumineers, Angela

Denver, Colorado-based American folk stars The Lumineers today released UK single Angela which has already been streamed over 25 Million times on Spotify and is one of the band’s strongest pieces of songwriting to date. The track is featured on the group’s seminal sophomore studio album Cleopatra, which was produced by Simone Felice. The album peaked at No. 1 on both the US Billboard 200 and UK album chart when released last year and has won praise from fans and critics alike. Angela is a subtle and restrained classic folk-rock song, which could have come straight out of Laurel Canyon in the late 60s-70s. It...

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Vision: Chris Shiflett, West Coast Town

Foo Fighters‘ lead guitarist Chris Shiflett is back with his first solo material since his Dead Peasants‘ sophomore album release All Hat And No Cattle in 2013. Following the release of his first two Country-oriented albums, West Coast Town sees the 45-year-old Californian back in the saddle, losing the Dead Peasants moniker. West Coast Town is the title track and first single off Shiflett’s forthcoming country album to be released 14th April on SideOneDummy Records. Directed by Brian Durkin, the video features several famous Santa Barbara, California haunts including Jedlicka’s Saddlery, Jensen’s Guitar & Music Co. and Leadbetter Beach. Providing a...

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Live: Jo Harman @ The Jazz Cafe Camden

RockShot doesn’t do album reviews. If it did, I’d be able to tell you that Jo Harman’s sophomore album People We Become, released earlier this month to wide critical acclaim, is truly exceptional and you really, really should buy it. Oh. Whilst I can’t do what I just did, I can report on the launch gig for the new record, held in Camden’s iconic Jazz Cafe – my first visit to this venue since it underwent a change in ownership and a radical internal improvement at the back end of last year. Traditionally, this place has bathed its performers...

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Vision: Young Astronaut, Chasing El Dorado

Every now and then, a music video comes along that stands out for its film-like quality, storytelling ability and great direction that adds something extra to the music, See for yourself but we think that Young Astronaut and Richard Dimery have done themselves proud. Directed by Richard Dimery (James Bay, Lower Than Atlantis, Neck Deep), the video for Chasing El Dorado was shot on location at the roller disco Rollerworld in Colchester. The band loved the look of the place as it felt authentically 90s with old arcade machines, traditional burger bar, vintage red skates and then they posted...

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Vision: The Magpie Salute, Comin’ Home.

The Magpie Salute, all your dream bands in one! If you didn’t manage to catch Delany and Bonnie, The Allman Brothers or Little Feat then go and see The Magpie Salute for they have the “live” essence of those legendary groups and they are coming to London!  Watch the video to see what we mean. Due to overwhelming demand and just after the recent announcement of their first-ever UK performance, The Magpie Salute, who are spearheaded by acclaimed guitarist Rich Robinson, have just announced a fourth show at London’s Under The Bridge on April 15th. Wed 12th – Under The Bridge...

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Festival: Love Supreme Jazz Festival 2017, The Jacksons, Gregory Porter, Herbie Hancock & George Benson.

Love Supreme Jazz Festival have a announced a wonderful line up including The Jacksons (50th anniversary show), Gregory Porter, Laura Mvula, Robert Glasper to join Herbie Hancock and George Benson on line-up for 5th edition of UK’s only greenfield jazz festival.   Taking place from June 30th – July 2nd, Love Supreme celebrates the very best music from across the jazz, soul and R&B spectrum and will this year present performances from Motown legends The Jacksons, who are marking their 50th anniversary with a world tour, the multi-platinum-selling Gregory Porter, Laura Mvula, who returns to the festival following her main stage performance in 2014, the Grammy-winning Robert Glasper...

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Vision: Nadia Reid, The Arrow And The Aim.

What a cool sound, New Zealander, Nadia Reid has. This song The Arrow And The Aim is taken from her new album Preservation released 3rd March 2017 on Basin Rock The video shot in Mt Somers, just outside of Christchurch in New Zealand, starring Chris Parker and directed by Julian Vares in an abandoned house surrounded by stunning landscapes. “I guess there’s a lot left to the imagination with the video. I like that. The song is about reaching the very end of a relationship.”  Nadia Reid tells us. The album is an ode to self-reflection and self-betterment, Preservation is the sound...

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Vision: Gurr, #1985.

When two best friends start a band, songs get filled with inside jokes. Released last October, Gurr’s debut full-length In My Head took the listener on a journey of Andreya Casablanca and Laura Lee‘s friendship, their life, and a step further into their own world. Having met in an American Studies class in Berlin, and after spending time in the US together, the US West coast sound was an obvious influence on their music, but Andreya and Laura draw from a wide set of pop culture references and personal experiences for their debut album Andreya Casablanca told Rockshot Magazine that “#1985...

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Festival: Chagstock Festival Announce The Shires & Skinny Lister.

Chagstock Festival have announced that UK country superstars, The Shires will headline the main stage on Saturday night. Hailing from the Home Counties, The Shires made music history by becoming the first UK country act to score a Top 10 album. The duo are at the forefront of the British country music movement and the runaway success of their recently released album My Universe has made them not just the fastest selling UK country artist ever, but one of the biggest-selling breakthrough UK acts of any genre in recent years. Across their two albums, Ben and Crissie have had 5 singles...

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Rock Show: Nashville In Concert – TV stars hit the stage

The stars from award-winning US Country music-themed television show Nashville are heading back over to the UK for a series of shows this summer following hugely successful and well-received events last year. Featuring Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson and Britain’s own Sam Palladio, Nashville In Concert will see the cast perform songs from the series as well as original material. Playing fictional Country music singers, writers and performers on screen, these five, alongside the show’s extended cast, are all talented musical performers in their own right, recording all of the songs heard on the show themselves...

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Festival: Wildlife For Damian Marley, Anne-Marie, Chaka Khan, Fatboy Slim & Pete Tong.

WILD LIFE Festival, the event created by Disclosure and Rudimental in 2015, announces second wave of its 2017 line up including GIGGS, JME, PETE TONG, DAMIAN MARLEY, DAVID RODIGAN, JAMIE JONES, ANNE-MARIE, HANNAH WANTS, TOM MISCH and many more, with final line up to be announced on 23rd February. Full line up listed below. Day splits and day tickets on sale on Friday 10th February from www.wildlifefestival.com. Acts confirmed today include UK rapper, hip-hop and grime artist Giggs, whose latest album ‘Landlord’ gained him critical acclaim and hit number two in the UK. Reggae and hip-hop artist and producer Damian Marley – the only reggae artist to win...

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Live: Green Day @ The O2 Arena

With the recent controversial U.S. presidential appointment seemingly the only thing I’m forced to read about these days on the news, it seems that rockers Green Day have ample inspiration for new material coming hard and fast. With the announcement in September 2016 that the band would be playing at London’s O2 Arena for the first time since 2009 in support of 12th studio album Revolution Radio, British fans were abuzz with excitement. Being a hardcore fan of the band since I was 14, I knew that this was certainly going to be a show to remember. They hadn’t been in...

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Festival: Cornbury The Fabulous Finale, Bryan Adams, Pretenders, Jools Holland, Tom Chaplin & More.

A fantastic all-star line-up of artists will gather at Great Tew Park this July for Cornbury Music Festival’s Fabulous Finale. Joining Canadian superstar Bryan Adams for the Festival’s farewell weekend on 7-9 July, will be big band supremo and national treasure Jools Holland, Chrissie Hynde’s perennial Pretenders, and a host of Cornbury favourites including Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Jack Savoretti and Scouting For Girls.   Yorkshire rockers Kaiser Chiefs make their Cornbury debut headlining Friday night.  Recent No.1 country sisters Ward Thomas also make a welcome return, along with Keane frontman Tom Chaplin, festival darling Imelda May, and last year’s crowd pleasers, Australian troubadours The Pierce Brothers. Heading up the newcomers, and boasting an awesome live reputation, US soulsters St...

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Live: Boss Hog @ Oslo Hackney, London.

All you needed to do was to follow the cooler, older crowd straight upstairs to know where the gig was. Queuing up in all shades of black, anyone who knew the history of Boss Hog is here, representing with green hair, pink hair, long hair or no hair at all. Boss Hog are making a bit of a come back with Brood X their first full album in seventeen years due out in March, and now this show at Oslo in Hackney, London. Oslo is a gorgeous old rail house, formerly Hackney Central’s main building, it’s bare brick walls and tall round topped...

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Festival: Truck Festival 2017

Truck Festival announces first wave of artists: The Libertines, The Vaccines, and Franz Ferdinand headline. Celebrating an incredible 20 year anniversary the award winning Truck Festival has today announced its first wave of artists for this year’s festival with The Libertines, The Vaccines, and Franz Ferdinand headlining.  The Wombats, Slaves, Maximo Park, Nothing But Thieves, Hot 8 Brass Band and many more also confirmed in first wave of Truck to be held 21 – 23 July, 2017, at Hill Farm, Old Marston, Oxford. Topping the bill on Friday night are award-winning art-rockers Franz Ferdinand. Famous for a string of...

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 8 Week European Tour 2017

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have announced an 8-week European tour kicking off in the UK at Bournemouth’s International Centre on 24th September. The European shows follow dates across Australia and the USA. The tour will be the first time European audiences can experience live songs from new album Skeleton Tree alongside other Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds classics. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds last toured Europe in 2014. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ eight piece touring line up features Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey, Thomas Wydler, Jim Sclavunos, Conway Savage, George Vjestica and Larry Mullins. Tickets go on sale at 9.00am GMT on 17th February and are available from: www.nickcave.com (except Oslo which goes...

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Announcing Thee Oh Sees: UK & Europe Tour 2017

Phenomenal live band Thee Oh Sees make a riotous return to the UK in Spring 2017 to present tracks from An Odd Entrances album. The follow up, and perhaps companion, to last year’s A Weird Exits, An Odd Entrances creates a balance which promises to thrill audiences.  Thee Oh Sees are quite simply one of the best live bands you will ever experience.  Book one of the UK dates below or catch them as they continue their tour on the continent. THEE OH SEES UK TOUR ’17 DATES & VENUES 16th May – NOTTINGHAM – Rock City  www.alttickets.com/thee-oh-sees-tickets 17th May – BRIGHTON –...

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Live: Pete RG, Staticland & Candlebox @ Underworld, Camden

Living in London means one thing, you are always surrounded by live music. If you’re lucky and choose correctly, you could have a decent feast almost every night. If your choices fail you might end up in a need of ear plugs in a pub that charges you more than a fiver for a beer. So choose wisely. If you notice Pete RG is playing in your town, do not hesitate, grab a ticket, take your mates and experience real music at it’s finest. American singer-songwriter Pete RG came to London’s Underground venue in Camden to support fellow American band...

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Photography: Glenn Hughes @ Church Leeds

In a very emotional show, dedicated to his late mother, Glenn Hughes showed the audience who made it to Church in Leeds on a school night, why he is the rock legend that he is. Transporting the audience right through the decades, Glenn and his fantastic band, comprised of guitarist Søren Andersen, drummer Pontus Engborg, and keyboardist Jay Boe, enthralled the audience with a wonderful blend of slow blues and heavy rock tunes. Hughes was supported by emerging newcomers Stone Broken, who are on a very steep trajectory to stardom, having recently been added to the Download Festival line-up....

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Vision: Tennis, Modern Woman.

Tennis have launched the video for new single Modern Woman from the forthcoming album Yours Conditionally out March 10 on Mutually Detrimental. The new record was composed both on land and at sea during a five-month sailing trip through the Sea of Cortez. Upon returning, Tennis’ husband-and-wife team of Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore self-produced the record in a small cabin in Fraser, CO. It was mixed by Spoon’s Jim Eno at Public HiFi. The perfect song to interrupt the endless radio play of electro pop duo’s. Think Ella Henderson meets Joan as Policewoman meets Sarah Vaughan. The “round midnight” sound to brighten your day. This summer the group premiered...

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Festival: bluedot festival Orbital, Pixies and Alt-J headline

bluedot announces first wave of artists  Orbital, Pixies and Alt-J headline. Following an inaugural event last summer packed with incredible performances from across the musical spectrum, spectacular scientific happenings and a mind-expanding programme of arts and culture, bluedot, set against a backdrop of the iconic Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank,  has revealed the first wave of its musical line-up including all three headliners. bluedot is on 7/8/9 JULY 2017. After a five-year hiatus Orbital – the originators of live dance music – are back and headlining bluedot in their only northern show of the summer. Described by The Guardian and Q Magazine as one...

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Live: Train @ Islington Assembly Hall

American pop rock outfit Train have hits that will, no doubt, bounce off your subconscious and reverberate whether you want them to or not! For this is the band that were a mainstay of the Billboard charts and alt. rock radio waves of 1999 with hit single Meet Virginia, who bettered that effort just two years later with Drops Of Jupiter and continued their whimsical journey of chart staying power in 2009 with Hey, Soul Sister. This month, the Patrick Monahan-led six-piece is back with eighth studio album A Girl, A Bottle, A Boat (if you discount a Christmas...

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Rock Show: John Mayer – See Me Three Times!

John Mayer is back! After four years, following 2012’s American-roots influenced Born And Raised and it’s 2013 follow-up Paradise Valley, the famously outspoken singer, songwriter, guitarist and sometimes bluesman returns with his new album The Search For Everything. The record will be released in waves, the first of which featured four songs and was released in January. And in support of the new record, Mayer is back out doing what he does best, playing live shows, but with a twist. Back in 2007, Mayer played a one-off show at L.A.’s Nokia Theatre following the release of his critially-acclaimed, double platinum...

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All Quiet Now: John Wetton

Rock music legend John Wetton sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning, Tuesday 31 January 2017, after a long and courageous battle against colon cancer. John rose to fame with King Crimson in the early 70s during the iconic Red era and later formed the band UK. In the early 1980s he was a founder member of supergroup ASIA which was his biggest commercial success. The band’s 1982 self-titled debut album was the biggest selling album in the world that year and gave fans and mainstream radio the mega-hit Heat Of The Moment. (John Wetton by...

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Festival: Glastonbury 2016: Extended Line-up Released
Festival: Glastonbury 2016: Extended Line-up Released
Published On: March 29, 2016
Following the slow release of headline act names over the last month or so, an extended line-up for this year's Glastonbury Festival has been announced today. So for those signing the petition against Coldplay headlining Glastonbury’s famous Pyramid Stage for a historic fourth time, questioning the superstar appeal of Adele on Saturday night or unaware of the genius that is Continue Reading

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