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Interview: YolanDa Brown, Vinyl Music With a Crackle.

It’s merely a few days before YolanDa Brown’s performance at London’s Barbican, where she’ll officially close her Reggae Love Songs tour with a bang. As her social media will testify, the award-winning British saxophonist has been rather occupied in the past few weeks, featuring in major British newspapers and participating in a number of press and radio interviews alongside rehearsals. Yet, she answers my questions as if it’s the first interview undertaken and takes it in her stride; being multifarious appears to be in her nature. The British saxophonist, composer and double MOBO winner has been on an upward...

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Live: The Big Moon @ Scala

November 3rd 2016 will definitely be remembered as the day when Scala went mental!  I have not quite seen anything like this before. An up and coming band, headlining a sold-out gig with the audience jumping around so heavily that the walls and floors were shaking like an earthquake. The Big Moon, a London-based, four piece band, tore that venue to pieces! I have to be honest, there were no signs that this evening would become one of the craziest nights I’ve ever witnessed. There were three bands on the bill, Abattoir Blues, Trudy And The Romance and The Big Moon. A...

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Live: Ben Watt & Michele Stodart @ Union Chapel

Live: Ben Watt feat. Bernard Butler @ Union Chapel, London After a hiatus of some 30 years, Ben Watt released his second solo album Hendra in 2014. However Ben certainly hasn’t been lazy during that time; having recorded 11 albums as one half of Everything But The Girl he went on to work as a producer, DJ in the club scene, remixer, radio presenter and is the author of two memoirs. With his solo recording career now reinvigorated, Fever Dream followed in quick succession earlier this year and is the focus of this current tour. We are lucky to...

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Live: Hackney Wonderland Festival. A Musical Feast In Hackney.

A Musical Feast In Hackney. The third annual Hackney Wonderland Festival took place in the heart of Hackney on 15th and 16th October. This year it evolved from one-day event to proper weekend festival. In short – Hackney Wonderland could be described as two days of music, five clubs and over 40 artists. With the headliners like Mystery Jets and Lucy Rose, the festival was already set for success but it’s not only about the main acts. Every ticket holder was given wristband and could freely roam between  Oval Space, Sebright Arms, The Pickle Factory, London Fields Brewhouse and...

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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: Autumn Ruin, We Make Our Own Luck.

AUTUMN RUIN: WE MADE OUR DAMN LUCK, FRESH EP FROM MANCHESTER JUST IN TIME FOR THE COLD SEASON With Autumn now here, the debut EP from Autumn Ruin has been released. This Manchester’s five has been playing for over a year now and after three successful singles they put out their first EP “We Made Our Damn Luck”. Celebration for the release began with shows Manchester and London. Last year was pretty intense for the band. After completing their first ever mini headline tour, they followed that straight after with  live dates with Hertfordshire’s based band Room 94, supporting...

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Live: Thom Sonny Green, Xylaroo, Mothers @ [PIAS] Nites, The Lexington.

There is nothing better than unearthing new music! The feeling of exhilaration when you’ve heard a song or a band you never knew existed for the very first time. They can shake your world and leave you wondering how on Earth you could have survived so long without listening to them. The idea of discovering new sounds is like sampling flavours from around the world or your local restaurant. The concept of [PIAS] Nites is to mix diverse music acts and give them the chance to shine on the stage. It has slowly become an almost bi-monthly event at The...

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Live: 2Cellos @ Greenwich Music Time

Almost everyone has a bucket list. No matter if you are interested in fashion, music, travel, photography or you want to gain some personal goals. Mine contains mostly bands I want to see live for the first time. 2CELLOS has been on top of that list since a friend of mine send me the link to their video of Smells Like Teen Spirit. As a die-hard Nirvana fan, who detests cover versions, my first thought was not another miserable take on the famous song…I watched it and surprisingly I liked it. For the very first time, I had a feeling it wasn’t...

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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: Saint Agnes @ Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen

Single or album release events are always one’s to remember. Sometimes they are one big disaster, sometimes they turn into the show that redefines everything. There is one thing for certain, they are not to be missed.  The party, held at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, was looking quite promising with new up-and-coming bands like CuT and Dolls and a real cherry on the top, Saint Agnes. CuT is probably one of the youngest bands I’ve ever seen at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen. Their youthful energy mixes well with melodic space punk.  The band took over the stage and...

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Interview: New Jacobin Club, Theatrical Metal With A Hint Of Fire.

If you are into sounds of 1980s punk and like to keep your mind open to new experiences, then you definitely should check out New Jacobin Club. This six piece band straight from Saskatoon, Canada came to the UK to promote their fifth studio album entitled Soldiers Of The Mark. They have already been around for twenty years and as much as they love to perform, they do protect their identity by hiding behind cryptic characters.  This gothic-punk-theatrical group consist of The Horde (guitar and vocals), Poison Candi (theremin, percussion and vocals), The Ruin (bass), The Luminous (cello), Mistress Nagini (keyboard...

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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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Live: Jono McCleery Trio @ Bush Hall

Tomorrow, at the same time, The same feeling will arise, And you will know by then to go.  There are just a few artists that are able to change the evening into magic just by the power of their voice. Striped down, dressed only in emotions, without pretending… One of them is Jono McCleery and I have been lucky enough to see him twice this year. I think it’s becoming a good tradition that Jono’s openers are young artists mostly unknown by the audience. This time that honour belonged to Robyn Sherwell. I have to admit that I didn’t quite know what to expect....

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Interview: Ray Wilson, The Song Inside.

Ray Wilson is a sublime rock vocalist with a rich Scottish edge. He is the long-time  front man of the post-grunge band Stiltskin, who topped the UK charts in 1994 with their hit Inside.  In the last year Ray has written twenty songs that are personally meaningful to him and express the range of his vocal and melodic skills.  He has worked closely with musicians in his band to create two really accomplished albums, Song For A Friend and Makes Me Think of Home. Song For A Friend is sweetly acoustic and deeply moving. In this interview with Shirley Ann...

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Interview: Jonny Kaplan, Shining Sparkles & The Lazy Stars.

It’s hard to believe that Jonny Kaplan And The Lazy Stars have been around since 1997. Almost three decades of music brought three strong albums and countless shows played all around the globe. Don’t get fooled by the name. They’re not lazy at all. In fact, they are titans of work. They are involved with many different bands and side projects, this pack of friends loves to jam and spend time together. Bonded by the love of music they share passions and influences. Lucky for us they love London and their paths once again crossed with the capital’s streets.  Just like “the...

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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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