Category: Rock/Media

Video: Matt Grocott & The Shrives. Turn Me On.

Taking their influences from the likes of The Clash, Arctic Monkeys and Jamie T, UK punk rock upstarts Matt Grocott & The Shrives have revealed the video for their exciting new single Turn Me On. After being tipped off by his son Joey, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong invited the band over to his Jingletown Studios in Oakland, California, to lay down their debut album Back In The Morrow. The 10-track album features Joey on drums, was produced by Billie Joe and recorded by Grammy Award-winning engineer Chris Dugan (U2, Green Day, Iggy Pop). The Green Day frontman...

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Video: Frankie Lee. American Dreamer

“Originally 15 verses or so… wrote it on piano after my fingers had been crushed in a farm accident. I’m singing to you, not at you… there’s a difference that I hope you can hear. How do you sing to a generation raised on fear and the pursuit of fame and wealth? Whose parents buried them in debt and expectations, and technology has capitalized on their every move since birth? With a three minute song of course!” Born on the banks of the Mississippi river, Lee’s family later moved to Minneapolis. Following the death of his father in a...

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Rock Media: From The Deep. Nick Marsh & Katherine Blake.

From The Deep will release their haunting self-titled debut album through Bellissima Records on 30th October 2015. The album was written and recorded over several years by musical and life partners Katharine Blake (Miranda Sex Garden, Mediaeval Baebes) and Nick Marsh (Flesh for Lulu, The Urban Voodoo Machine) and produced by Katharine. It features performances from several artists who will be well known to fans of Katharine’s and Nick’s previous work and spans a variety of musical styles. The album journeys through the sparse, esoteric landscape of The Lovers through the lush and sensual Siren Song, the filthy arabesque...

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Video: Turin Brakes. New Album Lost Property

Turin Brakes are delighted to announce the release of their hotly anticipated new album, Lost Property, through Cooking Vinyl, on January 29th 2016. The album will be accompanied by a UK tour in the new year. Full dates below! Opening track ’96’ is available now. Watch the video here. A collection of dispatches from the elusive side of reality that’s just a twist away from the everyday, Lost Property features the band’s trademark West-Coast acoustic guitar and widescreen harmony textures. Listen carefully beneath the lush, cinematic production the band created with co-conspirator Ali Staton (Madonna, La Roux) in the analogue...

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Video Premiere: Rews. Can You Feel It

Rews are a London based high energy alternative pop rock duo consisting of songstress Shauna Tohill and beat-maker Collette Williams who together are creating a genuine buzz on the London scene with the release of their debut single Can You Feel It. Shauna has spent the last 18 months touring as guest vocalist with Snow Patrol and as bassist with American indie artist Darwin Deez and was inspired to form REWS following an inspirational artist retreat in late 2014. She met the fantastic Collette Williams in March 2015 and they have been a match made in heaven ever since. Collette...

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Video: Lonely Robot. The Boy In The Radio.

Lonely Robot, the project masterminded by producer, guitarist and vocalist John Mitchell (It Bites, Frost*, Arena), released its debut album Please Come Home earlier this year and are set to play two special one-off live shows this December. In anticipation of this, a video for the track The Boy In The Radio has been released, featuring Peter Cox (Go West) on vocals. John Mitchell had this to say: “Boy In The Radio is a fictional tale about an insular kid who only finds his true voice when he shifts into a greater dimension. I hope you enjoy it as much...

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Video: Steven Wilson. Routine.

Steven Wilson has launched the stunning animated video for Routine. The hugely emotive track featuring a beautiful guest vocal performance by Ninet Tayeb is taken from his latest album Hand. Cannot. Erase. Steven Wilson said: “Amongst the hundreds of songs I have written over the years Routine has a very special place. It’s a deeply sad story of loss and denial, but at its conclusion the clouds lift and there is acceptance at least. Having worked with her on 3 previous videos, I knew as soon as I wrote it that it was perfect for Jess to do something...

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Video: The Beatles. Revolution.

The Beatles’ “Revolution” is now on VEVO – restored and remixed for The Beatles 1 Video Collection, which is available for pre-order at thebeatles.com. “I did the slow version and I wanted it out as a single: as a statement of The Beatles’ position on Vietnam and The Beatles’ position on revolution. For years, on The Beatles’ tours, Brian Epstein had stopped us from saying anything about Vietnam or the war.” – John Lennon. “Plugging directly into the Abbey Road desk and pushing the needles into the red achieved the fuzz-guitar sound. According to George Martin “We got into...

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Video: Israel Nash. L.A. Lately

Fresh of releasing his new album Israel Nash’s Silver Season last week, they have shared a video for single L.A.Lately. Following his critically acclaimed 2013 album Rain Plans, Israel Nash’s Silver Season was written and recorded on Nash’s 15-acre ranch in Dripping Springs, TX where he and his band built Plum Creek Sound, a 1,400 square-foot Quonset studio. Recorded to tape with Grammy-award winning engineer Ted Young (Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth, The Rolling Stones) back behind the boards, Israel Nash makes a bold return. Influenced by the peaceful Texas hillside, the 9-song album ventures farther down the acid-soaked trail blazed...

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Video: Fraser A Gorman. Never Gonna Hold You (Like I Do)

With the release of his critically acclaimed debut LP Slow Gum earlier in the year, Fraser A. Gorman established himself as one of the best and brightest new talents around. Now he announces an October tour, bringing his beautifully offbeat, sun-baked brand of rootsy indie to European shores. Alongside this Gorman also shares the fantastic new video to Never Gonna Hold You (Like I Do), the third in his series of videos with director Sunny Leunig which features label mate Courtney Barnett and a highlight from Slow Gum. As always with Gorman, his wry numerous poetry courses through the...

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Video: Low Cut Connie. Shake It Little Tina

Low Cut Connie feature on President Obama‘s Daytime Playlist next to Aretha Franklin and The Temptations. A handpicked playlist by the President as he joins Spotify. In November 2015, Low Cut Connie will release their third album Hi Honey in the UK. Already released to much critical acclaim in the US, the album was produced by renowned Daptone Records guitarist Thomas Brenneck (Amy Winehouse, Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley, Alabama Shakes) and features guest stars Merrill Garbus (Tune-Yards), Dean Ween, Greg Cartwright (Reigning Sound), members of the Dap Kings, and a cameo from the Sopranos cast-member Vinnie Pastore (Big Pussy)....

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Rock Media: Elvis Costello. Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink. Rare Photos.

Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink  describes how Elvis Costello’s career has endured for almost four decades through a combination of dumb luck and animal cunning, even managing the occasional absurd episode of pop stardom. The prose is as acerbic, lyrical, honest and outright funny as the songs that have made him famous. It’s full of amazing anecdotes and revelations about an incredible life in rock and roll. If you have so much as a passing interest in the history of pop/rock music it is genuinely a must read. This memoir, written entirely by Costello, offers his unique view of his unlikely...

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All Quiet Now: Rico Rodriguez. An Appreciation By Jerry Dammers.

An appreciation by Jerry Dammers, founder of The Specials and 2 Tone records. 5th September 2015. It’s hard to express how sad I feel about the death of Rico Rodriguez yesterday. He taught me so much about what a proper musician is supposed to try and do. For me, getting to play with him was one of the greatest things about the Specials. His album Man from Wareika had been one of my all time favourites and a great inspiration. I could not believe that he had agreed to play with us, and his contribution to the Specials was...

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Video: Peaches. Close Up.

In her new video for Close Up, Peaches enters the brazen world of Mexican wrestling with her musical collaborator turned coach Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon. Peaches takes on a string of female wrestlers and Luchadores, including Cassandro and Dirty Sanchez. The outrageous video was filmed in Los Angeles and was directed by Vice Cooler, Peaches’ frequent video collaborator and co-producer of her new album Rub, out Sept 25 on I U She Music via INgrooves. Peaches, who conceived the video concept explained her inspiration, “I’m fascinated by Lucha VaVOOM, the work they do, and by classic bro movies like...

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Video: The Drums, There Is Nothing Left. Starring Hari Nef.

“There was a lot of hype surrounding The Drums, but having watched them tonight they are the epitome of New York cool”. RockShot. The Drums, Jonny Pierce and Jacob Graham, kicked off a string of West Coast tour dates last weekend with a dynamic set at Outside Lands, and today they reveal an incredible new music video for There Is Nothing Left. The 80s-inspired, melancholy pop song just received a fresh mix from Chris Coady and now the track gets a visual treatment just as cinematic as Pierce’s sweeping vocals on the single. Starring Hari Nef, IMG’s first transgender...

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Premiere: Jana Josephina. Avian Me

Jana Josephina releases  her eagerly anticipated album Contradiction on August 14th, 2015. The album features singles I Know, Avalanche and Dreamdancer and this great song Avian Me. The video has Jana portraying many emotions and nailing them home with the hand-held-heart. We asked Jana why did she choose the title Contradictions for her album title and in a very theatrical way she responded: “Because I want to be wild and I want to be tame, I want to take and I want to give, I’m an adult but I’m also still very much a child. It’s a very human thing,...

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Rock Media: Arcade Fire. The Reflektor Tapes.

The internationally renowned, Grammy Award-winning Arcade Fire’s first feature film, The Reflektor Tapes, has been confirmed for inclusion in the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, which commences September 10th. The screening on September 12th will be the worldwide premiere, debuting for a prestigious international audience alongside the likes of The Danish Girl starring Eddie Redmayne and The Martian with Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain, as part of TIFF’s 40th anniversary celebrations. Details on screenings can be found at http://tiff.net/festivals/festival15. Additionally, the theatrical release of The Reflektor Tapes has been moved up one day in North America to September 23rd....

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Rock Media: Third Eye Blind. Everything Is Easy.

Ahead of the release of their first album in six years, Dopamine, Third Eye Blind are pleased to announce details of a UK and European headline tour, which will kick off on November 5th. Led by frontman Stephan Jenkins, Third Eye Blind have sold over 12 million records since their inception and completely sold out Shepherd’s Bush Empire and The Forum in Kentish Town on their last UK tour. Their first album in six years, Dopamine is out in October and chronicles the tumultuous years since their last release with their signature guitar riffs and rock arrangements. The songwriting...

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Rock Media: Keith Richards. Trouble.

Directed by Academy Award winning Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom), the track was shot in New York City at Germano Studios where much of the album was recorded. Trouble was written and produced by Keith Richards and Steve Jordan. This explosive track features Keith on guitars, bass, lead and back-up vocals; Steve Jordan on drums, percussion and backup vocals; and Waddy Wachtel on electric guitar. Crosseyed Heart, the first Keith Richards solo album in 23 years, is released September 18th on Virgin EMI in Europe and Republic in the USA. “I had a ball making this new record...

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Rock Media: Kurt Vile. Pretty Pimpin

In a great video directed by Daniel Henry and shot for the new Kurt Vile song Pretty Pimpin. Vile moves away from the drone unstructured structure of Wakin on A Pretty Daze and gives us a free flowing song that swings along and makes Kurt sound new and invigorated. Dan Henry told us that  “it was shot in LA and it was a complete blast”. We had just seen him at the Citadel festival where most of the people didn’t quite know who they were listening to but were blown away by his great afternoon slot. The new album...

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Rock Media: Turbowolf. Solid Gold.

Riotous Bristolian rockers Turbowolf, follow the release of their recent album Two Hands with a snake-laced, voodoo-tastic, head-tripping mini-movie to accompany album highlight Solid Gold. It is a ferocious rock ’n’ roll anthem bursting with colossal riffs, blistering rhythms, weird-as-hell samples, inspired vocals and a ferocious chorus that could just make you lose your mind. Solid Gold comes from the band’s top 40 second album Two Hands and was co-produced with Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood, Band of Skulls, Opeth), and is a master class in taking rock music to the outer limits and creating something truly unique. After theSince storming success of their...

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An Intimate Evening With Michael Shaw. Now You Know.

An Intimate Evening with Michael Shaw. Now You Know is a track from Shaw’s 2015 album, This is It which was independently released last month. The music video is shot in a thick, stark black and white tone and tells the story of the indiscretions of a young priest. We asked Michael Shaw about the song and the video. “The lyrics for Now You Know address the struggle for truth and honesty in a relationship, and the resulting fallout from such candor. The song chronicles me coming to terms with someone who had me on a pedestal. With the...

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Heartless Bastards. Hi-Line & Tour

Heartless Bastards have released a hilarious new video for the song Hi-Line from their just-released album Restless Ones. The video was directed by Frank Weysos and stars Bushwick Bill who plays the band’s agent taking calls from people looking for country, rock and hip hop acts, telling each of them that he has JUST the band they’re looking for, and the clip rolls out showing them having a great time dressing up as gangstas, a death metal band, and a classic country act. Restless Ones came out June 16. It is the band’s fifth album and was produced by...

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Lilliles On Mars: Dancing Star

Lilies on Mars are the abundantly creative and craft-filled recording project of Lisa Masia and Marina Cristofalo, two multi-instrumentalist musicians and producers. Collaborations with Franco Battiato and Christian Fennesz, as well as supporting Au Revoir Simone and Fanfarlo in Europe and North America, have showcased their hypnotic and vibrant live show to a large audience. Theirs is a retro futurist sound blended with electro dream pop, experimenting with vintage organs, synthesizers, psychedelic oscillations, space echo and charming ethereal vocals. In February 2014 Saint Marie Records released their debut album Dot To Dot. The first single, Oceanic Landscape, featuring Franco...

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Catfish And The Bottlemen: Hourglass. Ewan McGregor Cover Version

Catfish and the Bottlemen have unveiled the full video of Ewan McGregor covering their brand new single ‘Hourglass’, which is out now on Island/Communion. The footage was filmed for the single’s official video in which Ewan took the starring role, thanks to frontman Van McCann refusing to take no for an answer in his quest to meet his hero. After cutting the original lyric video to ‘Kathleen’ using Ewan Mcgregor film clips, he bombarded Ewan with tweets and even produced a ‘10 Reasons Why I Love Ewan McGregor’ video for Transmitter. Once the boys added Ewan’s face to their...

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All Quiet Now: Val Doonican.

Irish singer and TV entertainer Val Doonican has died aged 88. His family said he died “peacefully” at a nursing home in Buckinghamshire. He had not been ill, but his daughter said his “batteries had just run out”. The performer was a regular fixture on TV with The Val Doonican show which ran on the BBC from 1965 to 1986, featuring his own performances and guest artists. He was also rarely out of the UK charts in the 1960s and ’70s with songs like Walk Tall and Elusive Butterfly. It was for his comedy songs Paddy McGinty’s Goat, Delaney’s...

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All Quiet Now: Chris Squire. Fish Out Of Water.

Chris Squire died in Phoenix, Arizona on 27th June 2015. His unprecedented legacy is that he never left the band Yes, which was formed in 1968 along with  Jon Anderson and is still going today. He played on every album, every session and every tour and even bootleg recordings the manner of which he also supported. He was the stalwart of the band and once told me that keeping Yes together, in whatever form, that was his job, and he did it well. Current Yes keyboardist Geoffrey Downes tweeted  “Utterly devastated beyond words to have to report the sad...

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Video: Kuki & The Bard. Dalai Lama.

Independant label RAK Records is proud to announce as part of its continuing 7” Singles Club series the release of the single Dalai Lama by Kuki and the Bard. Dalai Lama is Kuki and the Bard’s debut release, a joyful summer song infused with their wide-eyed innocence. B-side Journey is a cover of Duncan Browne’s classic. Brother and sister Kuki & Isambard Warbuton live a life far from the ordinary. They have counted India, Morocco and the Hebrides amongst their homes and currently reside in the south-west of England, living within a community dedicated to a self-sustaining way of...

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Rock Media: Bully. Trying.

The last few months has seen Nashville four-piece Bully slowly but surely become the band to watch on everyone’s lips, and after a triumphant showing at SXSW this year which won over the likes of NME, NPR, Pitchfork and more, the buzz has only intensified. Now, the band are prepping their hotly anticipated debut LP Feels Like for release on June 22nd on Sony, a blistering, instantly infectious collection of 10 searing power punk tracks that will more than justify all the hype swirling around the band at the moment. Mixed, recorded and mastered by front woman powerhouse (and...

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Rock Media: Vic Godard. Derailed Sense Film.

Graham Bendel (director of Billy Childish is Dead – a film that was nominated for a British Independent Film Award) has completed a feature-length independent film about the legendary Subway Sect and their enigmatic frontman Vic Godard – who famously retired from music to become a postman. Subway Sect – with their distinctive, tense and jagged sound – were one of the most interesting bands from the original punk-era, ­­and a major influence on The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Pop Group, Felt’s Lawrence, and many an indie band. Predating the monochrome, understated dress-code of bands like Joy Division,...

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