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Live: Dan Patlansky @ Islington Academy 2

Guitarists are not unlike magicians – a lot of practice and work goes into making it look easy. But Dan Patlansky is clearly not one for cheap magic tricks. He pours so much passion and intensity into his performances that how he plays is as powerful as what he plays. Not just his face, but his posture changes whenever he teases, cajoles, or downright strangle’s the at-times incomprehensible notes out of his trusty 1962 Fender Stratocaster. That guitar – and Patlansky’s entire body – gets a full workout during his visceral, sold-out London show that begins quietly with a...

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Photography: Joe Bonamassa @ Royal Albert Hall

Joe Bonamassa – two-time Grammy-award nominated guitarist and vocalist – does not need an introduction. This year he is back in the UK to promote his twelfth studio album Blues Of Desperation. The album was recorded in just five days in Nashville’s Grand Victorian Sound Studios (previously known as RCA Studio A) under the watchful eyes of Bonamassa’s longtime producer Kevin Shirley along with drummers Anton Fig & Greg Morrow, bassist Michael Rhodes and keyboardist Reese Wynans.  This combo is a simple recipe for success. As expected, Bonamassa’s new proposal is the kind of material that redefines the blues-rock genre. Blues Of Desperation appears to be...

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Live: Erja Lyytinen @ 100 Club

Erja Lyytinen is a phenomenal guitarist. That’s a given. Not just technically brilliant – capable of playing with speed and precision, able to imbue every solo with unique character and tone – she has an edge over many other virtuosos: the ability to cram so much tangible emotion into six strings. So when she delivers the cascading, intensifying instrumental break of the magnificent Black Ocean, it’s as if she’s actually reliving the same dark feelings that went into lyrics like “I need some peace/ Please hear my call”. The jaw-dropping how-did-she-do-that slide solo of swampy Koko Taylor reimagination I’m A...

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Feature: A Year On The Road Touring With UK Foo Fighters

Some people look at the passing or upcoming year through the change of seasons, birthdays and paydays. And there are some who are looking at it through the windows of trains, buses, vans and the change a city might bring, going about its daily business. There are people who plan their time around scheduled dates, venues and concerts.  This might be musicians and photographers. And no matter that this life is not all roses (there are definitely ups and downs)  I wouldn’t trade it for anything else. So who am I? I am a  freelance music photographer, I need a sea of...

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Photography: Kaiser Chiefs @ O2 Arena, London

So,  2016 might be a quiet period in the Kaiser Chiefs camp but after they released their sixth studio album that silent time came to an end. Although they’re still seen as an indie band, that last album Stay Together is much more on the pop side of a scale than the previous production Education, Education & War. The show at O2 Arena brings out the best and the most awaited songs from band’s first two albums Employment and Yours Truly, Angry, Mob mixed well with the new material. Ricky energy goes out and beyond the stage taking fans on the greatest hits ride....

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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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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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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: Muse Headline Reading & Leeds 2017

Reading & Leeds Festivals announce Muse, in a UK Festival exclusive, as the first headliners for next year’s festival, taking place 25-27 August 2017. Stadium rock royalty, Muse are one of the most influential and revered live bands of modern times. Led by the commanding presence of frontman Matt Bellamy, the trio have taken to the biggest stages around the world with their interstellar anthems for over 22 years, and their return to Reading & Leeds promises to be yet another landmark moment in their storied career. Muse said: “We’re very excited to be playing Reading and Leeds again. More news...

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Live: Paradisia @ MOTH Club, London.

After a successful debut with the single Silent Lover, London-based band Paradisia have released their second track Warpaint. The single is scheduled to be released in November and follows up a premiere show at London’s MOTH Club. Edyta K went along to photograph and find out more about this enigmatic band. Alex Maxwell and her band opened the evening and  the young singer and songwriter presented mostly her own compositions and two very brave cover versions, Frank Sinatra‘s famous New York, New York and The Doors‘ 1967 single People Are Strange. She declared herself as a die-hard fan of The Doors but I was not really convinced...

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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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