Category: Rock/Media

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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Review: 32 Londoners. Don Letts on Joe Strummer.

Nicola Greenbrook took a captivating trip on the Coca-Cola London Eye to hear Don Letts open his mind (and heart) about the iconic Joe Strummer. Music for the people by the people. I’m ashamed to admit a mild fear of heights. On a supposedly ordinary Tuesday evening, as I gazed up at the gigantic Ferris wheel looming on London’s Southbank, all 135m of it framed by a glorious blue sky, I started to wonder if I had the stomach for it. I needn’t have worried. Any acrophobic fears evaporated as I hopped on board The Eye just as the...

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All Quiet Now: Nick Marsh. Flesh for Voodoo.

Nick Marsh, the British vocalist and guitarist best known for the years he spent fronting the band Flesh for Lulu and as part of Urban Voodoo Machine, has died at the age of 53 after a battle with cancer. Nick Marsh was one of those performers that loved being on stage. He always played up to the camera’s as he jived and bumped into fellow band members ready to show everyone how much he was enjoying it. So it is with a sadness that this message was placed on the Urban Voodoo Machine’s website: It is with tremendously heavy...

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Rock Media: Gill Landry. Funeral In My Heart.

Here is the new video for Gill Landry’s Funeral In My Heart, which he directed himself. We asked him what he was trying to achieve with the song and video. “It’s a small tip of the hat to the remnants of all the burned out sections of that psychotic and alluring asphalt cardiovascular system in America,” Landry explained. “Particularly that gorgeous dying capillary U.S. Route 65 and its tributaries from Clayton, LA to Lake Providence, and all the dreams that ever lived to die there.” Many artists contributed to the musicality of Gill’s latest self-titled album, from Laura Marling...

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Rock Media: The Blockheads.
Beyond The Call Of Dury

Ian Dury and the Blockheads were a band that knew adversity. Drummer Charley Charles died of cancer in 1990 and front man Dury succumbed to the same fate 10 years later. In the absence of Dury, ‘The Blockheads’ continue to perform both the classic songs from the 70s and 80s as well as material from their own three albums, but the conventional wisdom seemed to be that devoid of the seminal man at the front, The Blockheads would be a lightweight, low-viscosity version of their former selves. Mick Gallagher, ace keyboard player and a Blockhead from the very beginning...

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All Quiet Now: Louis Johnson. Brother Bass.

Louis Johnson, founding member of funk band the Brothers Johnson and an in-demand bassist who appeared on Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean and Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough, died on Thursday, May 21st. He was 60. His death was confirmed by his nephew Troy on Instagram. “I’ve never been given parts to play in my whole life. I’m the most rare bass player in the whole world,” Johnson told Rolling Stone contributing writer Steve Knopper in 2013 for the upcoming book “MJ: The Genius of Michael Jackson.” “No one ever gave me music paper to read; no one ever...

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Rock Media: The Line.

Grammy and Golden Globe-nominated singer-songwriter Scott McFarnon has re-imagined Johnny Cash’s I Walk The Line to celebrate London’s newest art walk, The Line, which launches on Bank Holiday weekend Saturday 23rd May. The track will be released in support of the non-profit outdoor arts project, with a portion of the proceeds from the single being donated to The Line. I Walk The Line is a multilayered music video told through the perspective of Thomas J. Price’s poignant 9ft bronze sculpture Network in its new location on The Line. It explores the myriad experiences along the three-mile scenic sculpture walk...

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All Quiet Now. BB King. King Of The Blues.

The ‘King of the Blues’ guitarist and singer, BB King, has died aged 89, his lawyer says. King, known for his hits Lucille, Sweet Black Angel and Rock Me Baby, died in his sleep in Las Vegas. Born in Mississippi, King began performing in the 1940s and was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was recently taken to hospital with a diabetes-related illness. Rolling Stone magazine once ranked BB King in third place in its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, just below Jimi Hendrix...

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Rock Media: Sweet Billy Pilgrim. Just Above Midtown.

Mercury Music-Prize-nominated Sweet Billy Pilgrim have revealed the video for their brand new single Just Above Midtown. Filmed in Vienna, London and the Home Counties, the video gives us a wistful and affecting behind-the-scenes insight into the world of the band, cut with live footage from their sold-out London show earlier this month. Just Above Midtown is a mammoth dose of electronic pop. Bursting with funky slap bass lines, arpeggiated synths and a chorus worthy of eating up the airwaves, this is Sweet Billy Pilgrim delivering their music to the masses. It is also one of the highlights of...

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Rock Media: Vangoffey. Race Of Life.

Danny Goffey in Race Of Life. The first taste of solo album promises good things, as a guide it is a wonderful mix of Yello and Squeeze. Danny Goffey, founding member of the great British rock band Supergrass, returns with a new track ‘Race Of Life’ under the name…. vangoffey. Recorded in Somerset, ‘Race Of Life’ is a quintessentially British song written about Goffey’s pre-birth memories! Goffey, who wrote and sang on may of Supergrass’s hit songs, recaptures their early spirit with this charming song co-produced with Simon Byrt and Steve Mackey. Since Supergrass split, Goffey enjoyed spells playing...

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Rock Media: Mary Lambert. She Keeps Me Warm.

Mary Lambert. You might not know her name yet, but you have certainly heard her voice. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis introduced her to the world when they chose her original track She Keeps Me Warm to feature on marriage equality anthem Same Love. The song was a global success and nominated for a GRAMMY, as well as winning an MTV Award. 25.3 million people worldwide saw Lambert make history by performing the hit on the Grammy telecast with Macklemore, Lewis and Madonna, while Queen Latifah married 33 couples. This July Lambert will release the full version of She Keeps...

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Rock Media: A Riot Of Our Own. Film by Tali Clarke.

A teaser for new documentary film A Riot Of Our Own – a documentary film by Tali Clarke profiling the iconic 12 Bar in London’s Soho and it’s closure. It was never going to end quietly, was it? The 12 Bar in Soho has been shut down for redevelopment work in the area. Documenting the last days of this iconic music venue in the heart of London, armed with one small camera and some makeshift lighting, Tali set out to capture a final glimpse of the community and the spirit that is being challenged by the removal of its...

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Rock Media: Esme Patterson. Woman To Woman

Following the critical acclaim received by Denver singer songwriter EsméPatterson on the release of her recent album Woman To Woman and exhilarating live shows (both on her own and with Frank Turner), she will release new single Tumbleweed on 25th May 2015 through Xtra Mile Recordings. Woman to Woman is a concept album which saw Esmé tackle the perceptions of famous women in classic songs and gave them a voice to respond. Dolly Parton’s Jolene, The Beach Boys’ Caroline, No, The Beatles’ Eleanor Rigby and more were included, in what is a beautifully constructed, thought provoking album. With plays...

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Rock Media: Arkells. Systematic.

The chart topping Canadian 5-piece Arkells are headed to the UK as they announce an extensive UK/European tour and an exclusive orchestral arrangement for track Systematic. ”Living in an old industrial city [Ontario] in the midst of transition is both revealing and inspiring; like our neighbours, we build on the past and strive for something more.” with the release of their 3rd album High Noon coming out August last year, Arkells are ready to hit the UK as they build on their previous successes and look to pursue the future. With that spirit in mind Arkells add ”What keeps...

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Rock Media: Pop Noir. Don’t Fool Yourself.

Here is a great LA-based duo who have just made a “fun” video for their new single, Don’t Fool Yourself to be released April 28th on Fantastic Heat Records. In the past, they’ve been featured on Clash Magazine UK, BBC Radio 6, Artrocker, OC Weekly, mtvU‘s Freshmen of the Week. The track itself is heavily influenced by that 80’s Manchester sound and the duo wear some snappy retro clothes to go with it too. Pop Noir is a Los Angeles-based indie dancerock duo formed by British-born twin brothers Joe and Luke McGarry in 2004, while they were 16-year-old students...

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All Quiet Now: John Renbourn.

The musician was found at his home in Hawick in the Scottish Borders on Thursday after a suspected heart attack. He was due to play a gig at The Ferry in Glasgow with fellow guitarist and inspiration Wizz Jones but sadly he did not show. In the mid-1960’s he met Bet Jansch and started a life-long friendship that would see the two sharing flats together to being stalwarts of the folk scene in London. Renbourn teamed up with Danny Thompson, Jacqui McShee, Terry Cox and Bert Jansch (who died in 2011) to form Pentangle in 1967. His manager, Dave...

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Rock Media: Mishka Shubaly. Cowards Path.

There is a town in north Ontario… Mishka Shubaly was born there in the year Vla- dimir Nabokov and Elvis Presley died. He was a bright kid, if a little soft. When he was eight, he moved with his family to Los Alamos, New Mexico where his rocket scientist father had landed a job working on Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Ini- tiative. When Shubaly was 13, his family moved again, to New Hampshire. There, he excelled at both academics and fighting, landing High Honors while only one further dust-up away from expulsion. Mishka Shubaly – I Can’t Remember When...

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All Quiet Now: Andy Fraser. Free Bass.

Bassist Andy Fraser, who co-wrote Free’s 1970 hit All Right Now, has died in California aged 62. The musician died on Monday and he had been fighting cancer and Aids, according to an official statement regarding his death. The Riverside County coroner said the cause of death is not yet known and remains under investigation. The London-born musician became a founding member of the British group when he was just 15. He wrote most of the his material with Free lead singer Paul Rodgers, who went on to front bands Bad Company and The Firm. “A survivor of both...

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All Quiet Now: Chris Rainbow.

Chris Rainbow, a singer whose credits include a string of hit albums with the Alan Parsons Project and a stint in Camel, has died. He was 68. Parsons broke the news on his website with the following statement: “It was with great sadness that I read today of the passing of Chris Rainbow. He was an amazing talent and an integral part of the Project sound. [Keyboardist and co-writer] Eric [Woolfson] and I used to call him the ‘One Man Beach Boys.’ I will always remember his funny stories, his mimicking ability and his hilarious catch phrases. Sessions with...

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Rock Media: Fossa. Five Days.

Beautifully hypnotic and intelligent music, mixing Sondre Lerche, Steve Reich and Grizzly Bear to great effect. Fossa (noun): an anatomical pit or depression – such as the temporal fossa of the skull, or the fossa ovalis of the heart. A definition embodied by the band themselves who viscerally shape their music around matters of the heart and mind. Fossa’s debut EP Sea Of Skies sees its official release as Louis, Tom, Will and Joseph take their career forth in response to organic early intrigue from major tastemakers. Sea Of Skies synthesises classic song structures and melodies with a bold...

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Rock Media: Callaghan. Best Year.

After an impressive four years of success in the States, British born singer songwriter Callaghan finally makes her UK debut in February 2015, with Best Year, the exuberant first single from her upcoming album A History Of Now. ‘It’s about me taking a leap of faith,’ says Callaghan. ‘Tearing up the rule book and moving a thousand miles from home. Everyone at some point in their life makes a momentous decision and ventures into the unknown, getting on that plane to Atlanta was mine.’ Written about Callaghan’s arrival in the US, ‘Best Year’ is brimming with optimism, perfectly capturing...

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All Quiet Now: Steve Strange.

Steve Strange, lead singer of 1980s pop band Visage, has died aged 55 following a heart attack, his record label says. The Welsh New Romantic icon – best known for the hit Fade To Grey – died in hospital in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Ex-Visage bandmates Midge Ure and Rusty Egan said they were “devastated” to hear of his “untimely passing”, adding: “Steve was a major face of the 80s.” Boy George tweeted he was “heartbroken” about the death of Strange, saying he was “such a big part of my life”. Duran Duran frontman Simon Le Bon tweeted that Strange...

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Rock Media: Joey Fourr. My Dolphins

London odd-pop trio JOEY FOURR have shared the moonwalking, bin-diving, pop tart squeezing video for new single, ‘My Dolphins’. The track is taken from their debut album, TO THE FLOORR set to be released through MÏLK Records (Shopping, Skinny Girl Diet, Woolf) on 1st April. The video was directed by Joey, Jack and Moema of the band, and produced by Chloe Thorne. The delicious american food snack appears to be a recurring motif running throughout the artwork for JOEY FOURR’s debut album and makes an appearance in the video, yet the reason behind its inclusion is still a mystery....

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Rock Media: God Damn. When The Wind Blows

Dropped like a pipe-bomb into the British rock scene, Wolverhampton band God Damn (Thom Edward on guitar/vocals & Ash Weaver on drums) have spent the last three years nailing audiences to the walls with their sonic blasts of glorious noise. 2015 will see the much anticipated released of their debut full-length album Vultures, expected May 11th on One Little Indian Records. Before that, however, the band are pleased to announce the release of a new single ‘When The Wind Blows’, released digitally this coming March 9th. Filmed on Go Pros in their practice space, the video for When The...

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Rock Media: Beth Jeans Houghton AKA Du Blonde.

“This is a new sound, a new project. Du Blonde is a new incarnation and one step closer to assuming my ultimate form. Having freed myself from the rusty and bloody shackles of Beth Jeans Houghton – both musically and spiritually – I felt it only right to step forth under a new name and let the rituals commence.” Beth Jeans Houghton aka DU BLONDE Beth Jeans Houghton will release a brand new album this spring on Mute under the name DU BLONDE. The new moniker is a fresh start for Beth whose forthcoming album is a big change...

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Rock Media: Motorama.

Wonderfully dark and totally engaging Motorama have been a fantastic secret that has gradually been unwrapped from the furthest northern hemisphere (Finland and Sweden where they have been getting a dedicated following) to here in London. Hailing from the port city of Rostov-On-Don, Southern Russia, the band were producing a Manchester-inspired, Nordic-cool sound, icy and hypnotic. Icy but not frozen, hypnotic but wide awake. Praised by critics and audience alike, establishing themselves in many territories as something of a musical sensation, Motorama toured: continental Europe many times over, the vast and foreboding Slavic lands, Peru and Mexico, delivering each...

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Rock Media: Tom Petty Statement.

“About the Sam Smith thing. Let me say I have never had any hard feelings toward Sam.  All my years of songwriting have shown me these things can happen.  Most times you catch it before it gets out the studio door but in this case it got by.  Sam’s people were very understanding of our predicament and we easily came to an agreement.  The word lawsuit was never even said and was never my intention.  And no more was to be said about it. How it got out to the press is beyond Sam or myself.  Sam did the...

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