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Live: The Blue Aeroplanes @ The Leadmill, Sheffield

The Blue Aeroplanes – punk poets from Bristol – once more came to Sheffield to mesmerise the audience with their unique blend of folk, rock, punk, poetry and dance. But before the Aeroplanes could dazzle everyone, support act Harri Larkin performed solo material from her latest EPs. Harri Larkin, who usually performs as a four-piece, took to the stage by herself, armed only with an acoustic guitar. It is always great to see young female artists keeping alive a long tradition of British singer-songwriters. Larkin seemed a little tense, sometimes muffling her words, which made it difficult to get into her songs fully....

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Sound Premiere: The Imagineers, If I See You Again.

Scottish band, The Imagineers have just released their new single If I See You Again on Rockshot Magazine. The group have got a great response from The Late Late Show,The Scotsman, The Daily Record and The Evening Times as well as performing live at festivals T in The Park and Wickerman. Their new album, Utopian Dreams out on 24th February 2017 on Hit The Light Records. The album is full of melodic twists and turns throughout; taking in elements of west coast surf, baroque pop and singer songwriter, giving the album a film score feel. However, there is no denying a clear brill building...

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Live: The Hunna @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

Last time I photographed The Hunna was in front of a couple of hundred people at a sold-out Boston Music Room in London’s Tufnell Park. Nine months later, they’re back promoting their debut album 100 at a sold-out Shepherds Bush Empire. This time around, the venue capacity has multiplied ten-fold, ticket resale sites are asking stupid money, and touts are out in force patrolling Shepherds Bush Green. It was obvious from the outset that this band were going places and the evidence displayed in and around this splendid West London venue seems to speak for itself. The Hertfordshire four-piece...

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Festival: PJ Harvey, Ryan Adams and Future Islands Headline Green Man 15th.

Green Man 2017 (17th – 20th August 2017) will be their 15th birthday and to celebrate they bagged some of their most-loved musical heroes. Every year Green Man pull rabbits out of the hat as it to say ‘here is another magical line up..beat that!”  This year we would say they have even surpassed themselves with PJ Harvey, Ryan Adams and Future Islands leading the bill with a supporting line up that is just as awesome. PJ Harvey on the Mountain Stage is giving us goosebumps: having notched up two Mercury Prizes, plus album-after-album of inscrutable beauty, she’s a...

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Vision Premiere: Albert Man, Diamond In The Rough.

RockShot Magazine is pleased to premiere Albert Man’s new video, Diamond In The Rough, the final video release from his forthcoming 5-track EP, Nothing Of Nothing Much due out on 3rd February 2017. Featuring captivating hooks and the melodic, piano-led sound we’ve come to expect and love from Albert, Diamond In The Rough also features Joe Garvey (Best Male Nominee 2016, Best of British Unsigned Music Awards) who adds vocals and Prince-inspired guitar to the track. Nothing of Nothing Much is Albert’s second EP and his third release to date, following the success of 2016’s critically acclaimed album, Cheap...

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Festival: Lost Village 2017 An Immersive Experience.

Following two sold-out years, the intimate forest festival Lost Village, held in Lincolnshire from 24th to 27th AUGUST 2017 returns with three days of immersive escapism, unexplored visions and an acclaimed music line-up headlined by Moderat and De La Soul. Lost Village, held halfway between Newark and Lincoln, has become a beacon for those longing for a weekend that combines an unrivalled programme of music, arts, food & drink, encompassed within an otherworldly theatrical experience. “Lost Village is a surreal world, inhabited by all manner of unusual beings. As you venture amongst the trees you’ll navigate through intricate pathways and hidden...

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Live: Glenn Hughes @ Islington Assembly Hall

“I’m all about love and giving the love back” Glenn Hughes yelled from the stage at the Islington Assembly Hall crowd. If you were lucky enough to be there, you might have thought this was to be about rock’n’roll … and it was. Glenn was in town in support of his fourteenth solo record, Resonate. The “Voice Of Rock” as he is known has a lot to live up to, not least competing with his own past. His history takes in the band Trapeze from 1969, Deep Purple in the mid 1970’s including hit eighth studio album Burn, his stack of wonderful solo albums and  the brilliant collaborations Black Country...

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Citadel Festival Announce Exclusive Foals.

Foals have been announced as a UK festival exclusive for the great “Sunday in the Park” event that is Citadel. London’s brightest new festival, Citadel has carved out its own, unique place in the music calendar. Aiming to deliver the ultimate summer Sunday with a combination of live music, good quality food and drink and unforgettable experiences, for one day of the year Citadel transforms Victoria Park into a sun-drenched (the weather has been brilliant the last two years) utopia. Marking the beginning of the countdown to 2017’s edition, Citadel has announced a massive headliner and a UK festival...

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Live: Rotten Hill Gang @ The Forum Tunbridge Wells

The Forum sits on the slopes of the common on the edge of Tunbridge Wells. For the past 24 years it has played host to many up & coming acts, established acts, and has a reputation for booking the next big thing just before it becomes the big thing. The band capturing our attention tonight are the infamous Rotten Hill Gang. As the venue began it’s 25th year, a gig by Rotten Hill Gang and guests ticked all the boxes. Local three piece Ladybird opened the evening with a ferocious assault on the senses, a short powerful set reflecting...

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Festival: The Killers, Elbow & Tears For Fears @ BST.

British Summer Time Hyde Park is delighted to reveal that the sixth and final headliner for 2017 is… The Killers! The Las Vegas group’s summer return will give fans an early glimpse of material from their hugely anticipated new album, alongside their much-loved classics, all in the unbeatable setting of Hyde Park in what will be a UK Festival exclusive. The Killers stormed into the UK with their 2004 debut, Hot Fuss, which went on to become one of that decade’s biggest selling albums and has since been hailed as one of the greatest debut albums of all time...

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Vision: Pillow Person, On Your Way.

Pillow Person, the solo project of Sarah Jones, has shared a video for her new single, On Your Way. The video, which veers between bubblegum-pop-pretty and fascinatingly gruesome, was filmed by Isaac Eastgate, who has directed videos for Dutch Uncles, LA Priest and Connan Mockasin. Sarah said the following about the video:“After making the video, I realised that I must have been inspired from a memory from many years ago when I saw Mortiis live and the lights were too bright.” On Your Way is the jaunty, effervescent follow-up to Pillow Person’s debut single Go Ahead. The track was written, recorded and produced by Jones and...

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Rock Media: George Harrison, The Vinyl Collection.

The Harrison family is proud to announce the release of George Harrison – The Vinyl Collection box set featuring all of George Harrison’s solo studio albums in one collection for the first time. The vinyl box set includes all twelve of George’s studio albums with exact replicas of the original release track listing and artwork. Also included in the box set are George’s classic live album Live In Japan (2LP), and two 12” single picture discs of When We Was Fab and Got My Mind Set On You. All the discs are 180-gram heavyweight vinyl and are housed in...

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All Quiet Now: William Onyeabor.

Some sad new from the people at Luaka Bop record label that William Onyeabor has died. The people that discovered his music and know his mysterious history have put out this message: It is with incredibly heavy hearts that we have to announce that the great Nigerian business leader and mythic music pioneer William Onyeabor has passed away at the age of 70. He died peacefully in his sleep following a brief illness, at his home in Enugu, Nigeria. An extraordinary artist, businessman and visionary, Mr. Onyeabor composed and self-released 9 brilliant albums of groundbreaking electronic-funk from 1977-1985, which he recorded, pressed...

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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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Rock Show: Glenn Hughes UK Tour 2017.

Glenn Hughes has announced his UK tour dates for January and February 2017.   Tickets for his UK tour dates can be booked online from www.myticket.com and www.seetickets.com.  Special guests on all UK shows will be Stone Broken. Glenn told us“I’m thrilled to be coming over to tour the UK and Europe this month and February. My band will now be a four piece. On guitar is Søren Andersen, on drums Pontus Engborg, and on keyboards Jay Boe.  Song selections will be a mix from my new album Resonate, and from my well of historic songs through the decades. This tour is...

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Sound Premiere: Bandini. Such A Night.

Bandini is a singer-songwriter born and bred in Italy and based in London, raised on jazz and blues and the art of storytelling and song-writing from an early age. He began showcasing his talent on the London streets before building a presence on the Open Mic circuit with his individual blend of acoustic jazz and blues and distinctive vocals. His new single Such A Night, a version of the Dr John classic is released on January 13th at a special gig at one of the coolest places around, the wonderfully bohemian, Jamboree in London. Bandini will be playing with his...

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Rock Show: Rotten Hill Gang & DJ Don Letts.

On 14th January 2017 West London band Rotten Hill Gang will be playing The Forum at Tunbridge Wells with a DJ set support from the legendary Don Letts.  Amazingly it is the Forums 24th Anniversary and they have asked the RHG to play in a special gig. Their new video, Submission, has just been released and Gary said this: “The video wasn’t planned. We were rehearsing and Paul Cook and Glen Matlock came to the studio. We started jamming and came up with that straightaway. With Reds rapping over the groove. We recorded and videoed it the next day ourselves and...

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Vision Premiere: The Luka State. Lies Lies Lies.

Cheshire Alt Rockers, The Luka State, are starting 2017 with a bang with the infectious, anthem  Lies, Lies, Lies.  The four piece band, who already have over three million views on You Tube, ring in the new year with their trademark sound of driving guitars delivered with raw intensity, the perfect backdrop to lead singer Conrad Ellis’s rousing vocal that rallies against us acting like sheep in the face of popular spin. Conrad told us: “I’m looking forward to seeing how people perceive the lyrics and the video. I get a real kick from seeing how people interpret the content...

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Festival: Handmade Festival 2017 with Frightened Rabbit, Honeyblood and British Sea Power.

Handmade Festival will be returning to Leicester’s O2 Academy in 2017 for two days of the finest music, comedy, art, film, performance and photography, hand-picked and carefully curated. The festival will take place on 29th and 30th April 2017. As such, Handmade Festival are very excited to announce the first wave of bands for the 2017 music programme: Twin Atlantic, Frightened Rabbit, British Sea Power, Pulled Apart By Horses, Honeyblood, JAWS, Muncie Girls, Tigercub, Puppy and Idles Plus many more acts performing across multiple stages to be announced. Weekend tickets are on sale from: http://www.handmadefestival.co.uk. Tickets start at £40 for adults and for the first time the...

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Photos Of The Year 2016

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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.   Share16 +12 Share2 Stumble1 Pin1...

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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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Vision: White Lies – Hold Back Your Love

Ealing-based rockers White Lies continue their electro-fuelled dance with the heartfelt Hold Back Your Love, with the new video directed by David Pablos (the critically acclaimed ‘The Chosen Ones’). This soul searching track is filled with an arpeggiated bassline, dancing beats, landscape dream-like synths and a big crowd pleasing chorus where lead singer Harry McVeigh lays bare his true emotions as he sings “Hold back your love, you know that I’ve had my doubts”. Says White Lies’ Charles Cave on Hold Back Your Love; “It’s hard for me to talk about Hold Back Your Love in a measured way. We all absolutely...

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Live: Saint Agnes @ Oslo, Hackney.

Beware!  Saint Agnes are back with a new single and are ready to kick down the doors in your neighbourhood. The band, who are my personal greatest discovery of 2016, have bought out another strong rock song Merry Mother Of God Go Round. The new single release was followed by a live show at Oslo, Hackney on 8th December. Nothing can be just ordinary on 8th December. On the same date, we lost John Lennon (1980) and Darell Dimebag (2004) and it should be another celebration of Jim Morrison’s birthday – the Lizard King would have been 73 this year. With expectations set high by the upcoming single, I...

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Festival: Bilbao BBK Live 2017. The Killers, Depeche Mode, Phoenix and Two Door Cinema Club to headline

It’s that time again! That time when the excitement starts to build up for next summer even before Christmas is upon us and the year is out. BBK Live have confirmed another stellar initial line-up for 2017’s 12th edition. The Basque festival, set in the Kobetamendi hills above the city of Bilbao enjoyed an awesome line-up in 2016 including the likes of Arcade Fire, Pixies, Foals and Tame Impala. 2017 is set to raise the game again with Las Vegas rockers The Killers and South African rap-rave outfit Die Antwoord added to a line-up already featuring 1980’s English electronic...

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Michael Chapman new album produced by Steve Gunn

As a long time admirer of Michael Chapman and indeed Steve Gunn, this album is something we at Rockshot Industries have been waiting for. Michael Chapman’s new record 50, (produced by Gunn) titled to commemorate fifty years of touring—and released four days before Michael’s seventy-sixth birthday—stands as a formidable monument of retrospection and introspection in his adventurous catalog. A return to the gloriously ragged kineticism of Rainmaker (1969), Fully Qualified Survivor (1970), Wrecked Again (1971), and Savage Amusement (1976), Michael’s first “American record”—an elusive goal for decades—embodies his undeniable late career masterpiece. 50 is Chapman’s first album in years with...

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Live: Chase & Status @ Alexandra Palace

Alexandra Palace started filling up with red-lit smoke just seconds before Saul Milton aka Chase, Will Kennard aka Status, MC Rage and drummer Andy Gangadeen appeared on stage. I expected the venue to be busy but wasn’t at all prepared for how rammed it actually was. Ten thousand people gathered in one of the most iconic venues in London on Saturday 26th of November. They all came to see one of their favourite bands – they all came to see the world famous Chase & Status, the excitement and the party-like anticipation were palpable. MC Rage welcomed the crowd letting...

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Live: Biffy Clyro @ The O2 Arena

Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro are back, and bigger than ever, with the release of seventh studio album Ellipsis. And to support the record, frontman Simon Neil along with his rhythm section of twin brothers James and Ben Johnson on bass and drums respectively, hit up some of the biggest venues across the country, ending up with a stop at East London’s tent-venue – The O2 Arena.   The rock trio suffered from a split of their fan base following their mainstream success with Only Revolutions in 2009, seemingly sounding too light and commercial to some when compared to their...

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Rock Show: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers BST 2017

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park announces Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers for the final night of an incredible 2017 series of events. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers will perform a rare UK gig in the world’s greatest outdoor venue, armed with a career of classic hits and a reputation as one of the greatest musicians of the past 40 years.  The gig will celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary. Their only European date of 2017, this will be just the second time Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers have come to the UK in 18 years. The band’s last visit in 2012 included a headlining appearance at...

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Live: Nothing But Thieves @ Brixton Academy.

Finally Nothing But Thieves are getting their just deserts with a sold out headline show.  This band have been marked for greatness from the start, their talent has afforded them amazing opportunities and what they have lacked in experience they have made up for in fearlessness.  A lesser band may have been tempted to pause first in the hope of readiness, but this young band have been quick to take the challenges. They often admit on stage and social media how nervous and overwhelmed they are to be highlighted with radio play, to be invited to support bands like...

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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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