Author: Rockshot Mag

Scorpions, Yes, Roger Hodgson & Joanne Shaw Taylor For Stone Free Festival

Stone Free Festival will return on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June 2018 at The O2, London. Now in its third year, Stone Free Festival has become a firm fixture on the live calendar and next year’s exciting event is set to be the biggest and best yet. Headlining the arena on the Saturday night in a UK live exclusive for 2018 are legendary German rockers Scorpions, who have to date sold more than 100 million records worldwide over the course of their 50-year career and have not played in London since 2007. Joining them will be thrash titans...

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Nick Cave All Points East, Along With Patti Smith, St Vincent & Courtney Barnett

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds will be bringing their incredible live show to East London’s Victoria Park to headline a UK Exclusive stand-alone APE Presents… concert alongside very special guest Patti Smith . Regarded as one of the most intense and exciting live acts on the planet, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds ’ recent sold-out run of headline shows saw them step up another gear to become bona fide arena headliners, garnering some of the best reviews of their decorated career in the process. Performing their newest album Skeleton Tree alongside the much-loved classics on the recently...

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Best Songs Of 2017 Playlist

To play our Spotify best songs playlist, go to the bottom of the playlist and open up Spotify, then simply sign in to to your Spotify account and then return and press play. You can also use these links: RockShot Mag 2017 Playlist Of The Year It will open in a new window....

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Guns N’ Roses Final Headliner For Download Festival.

Download Festival has today announced its final headliner as the legendary Guns N’ Roses, alongside the previously announced Ozzy Osbourne, and Avenged Sevenfold. The three day festival takes place 8 – 10 June 2018 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire. Tickets are on sale now atdownloadfestival.co.uk/tickets. On the road since April 2016 and over 100 shows later, the resurgent Guns N’ Roses are back and coming to Download Festival. Reuniting last year for the first time since 1993, the inimitable Axl Rose, guitar legend Slash and original bassist Duff McKagan, plus Dizzy Reed, Richard Fortus,...

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Paul McCartney & Little Steven Surprise At Roundhouse

Saying “he wanted to “finish some unfinished business,” Steven Van Zandt invited friend Sir Paul McCartney onto the stage at his Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul concert at The Roundhouse, Nov. 4.  This was Little Steven’s first Uk concert tour in twenty five years, They then performed The Beatles song I Saw Her Standing There together. The last time they performed together was at Hard Rock Calling in 2012, where the power was unexpectedly shut off due to the council’s curfew. The London show kicked off a European tour by legendary Springsteen guitarist Little Steven and his band the Disciples of Soul. The band are also touring...

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Ozzy Headlines Download Festival 2018

Ozzy Osbourne is the first headline act announced for 2018 Download Festival. He heads the bill for the first time as a solo artist. Download Festival, the world’s premier rock and metal event, has announced musical icon Ozzy Osbourne as the first of its three heavyweight headliners. The three-day festival takes place 8 – 10 June 2018 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire. Tickets available now at downloadfestival.co.uk/tickets. No stranger to the hallowed grounds of Donington, The Prince Of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne will headline the Sunday night. Having previously graced the main stage in previous years fronting...

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Childcare Debut Video For Getting Over You

The debut video by Childcare for Getting Over You (By Dressing Up Like You). Directed by Danny Nellis (directs all Wesley Gonzalez videos) and produced by CHILDCARE guitarist Rich Le Gate. The video for is a surreal homage to the hollow, naff brilliance of stock photography. From the bizarre (Trout Hand) to the classic (Lovers Hold Hands On Deckchairs). Singer Ed Cares eloquently explains: “After being the victim of a polite yet painful breakup, I found myself later that same day wearing one of the skirts of my former inamorata for a video shoot the band was filming. Realising this...

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Flight Brigade, Sophie & The Giants & Keith Christmas @ #blogtober Festival

Keith Christmas, Sophie & The Giants and Flight Brigade were the acts chosen by Rockshot Mag for their night of music at #blogtober held at The Finsbury Pub in north London. This was the second #blogtober Festival, a different online blog or magazine curates a night of live music in association with Lost In The Manor and Dice FM. Thirty one different online tastemakers, including Clash, Louder Than War and Gig Slutz got to take over the venue in October to “show off” new, unsigned acts and some real discoveries. Keith Christmas falls into that last category. He played acoustic guitar...

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Let’s Dream About Bishop Briggs

Teleport/Island Records artist Bishop Briggs, whose massive RIAA-certified gold single River amassed over 40 million global streams and soared to #3 on the Alternative chart, releases her new video for her single Dream. Directed by Dano Cerny (credits: The Chainsmokers’ Closer featuring Halsey, Elle King’s “Good Girls”, and many more) and shot on location in Los Angeles, the Wes Anderson-inspired video follows Bishop through a never-ending dream where she finds the strength to overcome depth and darkness.  Watch the official video for Dream here.   Dream will also  be included on Bishop’s highly anticipated debut album, due in Spring 2018.  Bishop Briggs told  us...

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Otherkin Up Close & Personal

The garage rockers, Otherkin, continue to tear through 2017, setting stages alight with their own brand of adrenaline-pumping joyful chaos. Championed by Metallica’s Lars Ulrich on his Beats1 radio show and having completed three UK tours this year – one headline, one with The Amazons and a third with punk legends the Dead Kennedys.   Otherkin are one of the most fun, gritty and absorbing new live acts around. They are always determined to put on a real show for you, often including stage diving, crowd surfing and lots of jumping around in general…oh and sweat! Their songs are...

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The Streets Reform For “One-Off” 2018 Tour

Mike Skinner and The Streets have today announced a very special one-off UK tour The Darker The Shadow The Brighter The Light for April 2018. He will perform six dates across the UK including two huge shows at London O2 Academy Brixton. Making his highly anticipated return to the live music circuit The Streets will perform all the greatest hits from his extensive back catalogue of iconic albums including The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living, Everything is Borrowed, Computers and Blues, A Grand Don’t Come For Free and Original Pirate Material Having last toured back in 2011 with the...

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Music Legends & Casino Themed Songs

Over the years, our ears have been blessed to hear some amazing rock songs by great artists. Many of these great artists were asked to write or sing songs featured in movies, with some songs featuring themes from popular culture including casinos and games. Such artists like Paul McCartney, Sheryl Crow, ZZ Top, and so many more. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and remember some of these great artists and their themed songs. Since we mentioned him first, let’s look at Paul McCartney, founding member of the Beatles & Wings. Let’s start by saying he is considered...

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Lights: Skin & Earth & Four Great Videos

Canadian alt-pop Lights’ fourth studio album Skin&Earth is out today, via Warner Bros. It is her most ambitious project yet, releasing alongside a companion comic book series of the same name, created written and illustrated in full by Lights. You can listen to it here. Lights has revealed videos for album tracks Skydiving, Giants, Savage and more recently New Fears. Not only is she celebrating the album’s release tonight, but Lights is also kicking off her U.S tour with PVRIS at The Novo in Los Angeles. We think that she may have just created one of the most perfect...

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Intergalactic Lovers: Exhale & Rivers

Intergalactic Lovers return with their third album Exhale released in September 2017. Exhale is a collection of sky-wide alt-rock songs with melodic pull that echoes the best of PJ Harvey or Cat Power. Elemental singer/songwriter Lara Chedraoui is the emotional center of the band. Hailing from Belgium, they are one of the biggest bands in that country having achieved Gold Status and being awarded ‘Best Breakthrough Band’ at their Music Industry Awards. Their new record was produced by the world renowned Gill Norton, the legendary studio man behind amazing albums for The Pixies and Echo & The Bunnymen. The official...

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Video Premiere Of Phil Cosby’s The Days We Were Young

In this Vision premeire of The Days We Were Young, Phil Cosby acts out an aspect of his life on the road and encounters something that could be otherworldly. He tells us more: “This video is about a man who travels the city by night, haunted by the memory of girl, she leads him to an another world where he can finally let go of the past that holds him.” The track is taken from the new EP Blue Daze. Phil has a great London show coming up, in November, at Ryan’s in North London where they have fantastic music...

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BUHU Releases The Worlds First SitCom Music Video?

  BUHU is releasing the world’s first music video sitcom, Leave It To BUHU, for their previously released single, La Truth. Now we cannot confirm or deny that this is a first, some of those films used to illustrate songs on the Old Grey Whistle test might well be forerunners to this idea, but hey! they also put in subtitles on this. What is great though, is to make a wonderful discovery of a man influenced by both Jackson Browne and Modest Mouse, who delves deep into electronic songwriting, is based in Austin, Texas and who produces emotive and tuneful work. The song is...

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All Quiet Now: Walter Becker, Donald Fagen Remembers

Walter Becker founder, songwriter and guitarist from the band Steely Dan has died. Donald Fagen his friend, co-founder of the band and songwriting partner has penned this moving tribute. Walter Becker was my friend, my writing partner and my bandmate since we met as students at Bard College in 1967. We started writing nutty little tunes on an upright piano in a small sitting room in the lobby of Ward Manor, a mouldering old mansion on the Hudson River that the college used as a dorm. We liked a lot of the same things: jazz (from the twenties through...

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Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile Are Over Everything In This Great Collaboration

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, two of the most acclaimed and gifted songwriters of our generation have joined forces to release a collaboration as unique and unusual as their talents, in the form of a brand new album, Lotta Sea Lice. The shared chemistry is immediately apparent in the breathtaking jam of opener and first single Over Everything, with dovetailing vocal lines and intricate, shimmering guitar stylings from the pair. The lyrics play out as a rambling dialogue as they compare notes about song-writing and inspiration. It was the first song written for this project, and comes accompanied by a beautiful black and white video...

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H.E.A.T. Redefined Music Video Premiere

Swedish band H.E.A.T have delivered their new video Redefined from their forthcoming fifth studio album, Into The Great Unknown, to be released on 22nd September 2017. The new album is a rock and roll journey that  delivers everything H.E.A.T is loved for, including frontman Erik Grönwall’s incredible vocal talent and the band’s traditional approach to melodic rock. The album includes Eye Of The Storm, Redefined, and Time On Our Side, all of which embody catchy melodies and fresh ideas, while taking the band’s talent to the next level. After one and a half years of intense songwriting, with guitarist Dave Dalone (aka Sky Davis) back in the...

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Welshly Arms Do A Playlist

US rock band Welshly Arms have made us a great playlist ‘There are six people in our band and with six people come different styles, genres, grooves etc. It’s our diversity of tastes that’s makes us Welshly Arms and we like to lean on that mix of flavors when we make our music. We have compiled a “top ten list” of what we are all currently listening to”. Here is a link to the Spotify playlist https://play.spotify.com/user/rockyrockshot/playlist/54j3yAv7iGm8q7vAAflQjF See the video for new single Legendary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2CZn966cUg The band play at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen on September 12th 2017 http://www.hoxtonsquarebar.com/listings/just-announced/26086/welshly-arms/...

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Robert Plant’s Tour Will Carry Fire

Rock legend Robert Plant returns to one of Britain’s most iconic venues this December for his first Royal Albert Hall show in four years. The electrifying former Led Zeppelin vocalist, now an accomplished solo performer, will be performing songs from his forthcoming album, Carry Fire, along with hits and rarities, at his one-off Hall date on Friday 8 December. His band, The Sensational Space Shifters, will include Seth Lakeman, who features on three of the album’s tracks, playing viola and fiddle. Lucy Noble, Artistic Director at the Royal Albert Hall, said: “Perhaps the most electrifying 15 minutes at the...

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Prog Legends Gentle Giant Release Three Piece Suite, Remixed By Steven Wilson

  Gentle Giant release their first taster from their new Prog compilation album Three Piece Suite remixed by Steven Wilson, out September 29th, the fabulous Peel The Paint is shown in full video above. —Three Piece Suite is a specially curated selection of songs and compositions from the band’s first three albums (Giant, Acquiring The Taste, Three Friends) presented in both 5.1 surround sound and stereo. There are nine tracks from the albums, plus a pre-debut song, remixed by Steven Wilson. The choices were determined by the limited availability of multi-track master tapes from the era. Only a few songs from...

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London Jazz Art Group AlaskAlaska With Groove Laden Video For Bitter Winter

ALASKALASKA is an art-pop 6 piece from London. They make beautiful, groove-laden music that seamlessly blends jazz, disco, funk and R&B into a bold and playful sound uniquely their own; synthetic beats play alongside live drums, delayed guitars and swirling saxophones to create something musically rich and delightfully intricate. Band leader and vocalist Lucinda twists brooding and introspective lyrics, maybe akin to the words of Arthur Russell, into infectious melodies reminiscent of Warpaint, Dirty Projectors or Talk Talk, which demand repeat listens and could as easily soundtrack a wistful evening alone as they could a party. They’ve built a...

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Festival: Slaves Announced As Special Guests For LeeFest

On the eve of the biggest LeeFest ever, they have announced their super secret final headliner, Slaves. This Kent born outfit are set to bring lip-snarling rabble-rousing energy and show stopping energy to John Darlings Farm. LeeFest have a proud history of supporting local up and coming talent and Slaves are safely considered to be part of the LeeFest family. Elsewhere on the already stellar bill Jake Bugg, Annie Mac, and Kate Tempest will lead the charge on what’s set to be an inspired weekend of music and arts. Fellow headliner Jake Bugg is poised for an eclectic performance...

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Vision: Ethan Gruska. Reoccurring Dream

Ethan Gruska’s video for the song Reoccurring Dream perfectly represents the moving lyrics in the song. Someone whom you love and admire does not want you back. You can imagine the hurt and longing and the “punch in the stomach” feeling. Rising US singer/songwriter Ethan Gruska’s deeply personal debut album Slowmotionary will be released July 28th on Sire Records. Alongside the release Ethan will be playing his first ever UK show at The Slaughtered Lamb July 26th. Produced by Tony Berg (Andrew Bird, Aimee Mann), championed by the infamous Lenny Waronker and written by Ethan Gruska, Slowmotionary includes 12 songs mixed...

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Vision: Damian Marley, R.O.A.R

Grammy Award-winning artist Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley’s upcoming album, Stony Hill, which will release on July 21st via Republic Records, is now available for pre-order! Fans who pre-order Stony Hill will instantly receive a download of the single R.O.A.R., as well as recently released songs Nail Pon Cross, Caution, Everybody Wants To Be Somebody and Medication. Exclusive CD + vinyl bundles are also now available at www.damianmarleymusic.com. In support of Stony Hill, Damian announces his Stony Hill Fall US Tour, which kicks off on September 1st in Minneapolis, at Minneapolis Music Hall and continues on to Chicago, Boston, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and many more stops along the way until mid-October. The youngest son of Reggae...

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LeeFest The Neverland: What To Expect 2017

Possibly the most fun you can have in a field and with as much going on, in this smaller festival, as WOMAD or Glastonbury. I have attended many LeeFest weekends and witnessed the growth of the festival from ultra-DIY to beautifully produced sets and backdrops. There is always haybales, glitter, frisbee and powder-paint. LeeFest Presents The Neverland is an immersive world that prides itself on attention to detail and fun. You might discover your home with the Mermaids of Mermaids Lagoon, the Pirates at Skull Ridge or join the Lost Boys in The Neverwoods. You are definitely encouraged to...

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Dhani Harrison, All About Waiting & New Album IN///PARALLEL

Grammy Award winning musician Dhani Harrison’s first solo album  IN///PARALLEL will be released on October 6 through BMG. Today, he also shares the first single from the album All About Waiting and on first (and second) listening it sounds amazing! Dhani Harrison has been busy since the release of his last album with his collective thenewno2. In the past four years Harrison has scored a handful of feature films, marking his big screen debut as a composer on Warner Bros.’s Beautiful Creatures, which the LA Times praised for its “cool alt-rock sound thanks to the haunting music of Harrison”, as well...

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Vision: Alison Moyet, The Rarest Birds

Alison Moyet unveils the video for The Rarest Birds, the second single to be taken from her much-praised album Other. Filmed in her beloved hometown of Brighton and directed by award-winning photographer and videographer Steve Gullick, the video explores themes of diversity and acceptance. “The Rarest Birds is a paean to LGBTQ, to Brighton, to coming out after the darkest nights into the arms of those that delight in your flight. From me to you,” Alison told Rockshot Magazine A long-time advocate of Equal Rights and a patron of the charity, Diversity Role Models, Alison celebrates her LGBTQ friends,...

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Vision: Grizzly Bear, Neighbors

Grizzly Bear has released Neighbors, the fourth new song from their forthcoming fifth album Painted Ruins (out August 18th on Columbia Records). Neighbors follows the release of three other tracks from Painted Ruins, including Three Rings, Mourning Sound and Four Cypresses. Grizzly Bear began as a moniker for songwriter Ed Droste in the early 2000s. The band has grown to be four peice in the studio using electronic sounds as the centrepiece but now taking more risks with traditional and more established instruments.   GRIZZLY BEAR TOUR DATES Aug 14 – Portland, ME – State Theatre Aug 15 – Kingston, NY – BSP...

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Sound: Samantha Urbani, Hints & Implications. New EP, Policies Of Power

Samantha Urbani may be best known as the front-woman for conceptual punk pop chart crashers Friends but, now with her long awaited solo project, she is about to cut her own unique swathe through the music landscape all over again. Until now, Samantha Urbani has been teasing us with sporadic drops of tantalising pop gems – from the urban strut of U Know I Know, to the sparkling, irresistible rush of 1 2 3 4 and, most recently, the RnB infused Go Deeper. Now, Urbani is about to unleash the full scale of her brilliantly skewed pop vision with her...

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Vision: Dinosaur Jr, Knocked Around

The new album, Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not is out now on JagJaguwar, the new video for Knocked Around is above. In keeping with the ongoing plethora of activity in the Dinosaur Jr. camp off the back of last year’s widely acclaimed Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not LP, today J, Lou and Murph are pleased to announce a further run of UK dates this December alongside their already-announced headline show at Camden’s historic Roundhouse on December 13th. The mighty Cloud Nothings, fresh from releasing their acclaimed fourth album Life Without Sound early this year via Wichita...

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Sound Premiere: M1LDL1FE, How You Forget

How You Forget is a new song from the band M1LDL1FE (pronounced Mildlife)  about how we treat memories of the people we love. The track is a slow burner where the instrumental parts meet almost David Sylvian-esque vocals. Pulsing to a steady beat, the song is driven by a looping, almost ennui-like 4-note arpeggio, sitting in-between chiming, verb-drenched guitars. Paddy Ong from the band told us a little more “The idea for the song came about when I found myself not being able to remember some my moments with an ex-lover. It was as if those moments never existed. And I found it...

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