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Live: Chris Shiflett @ The Water Rats

Chris Shiflett grew up in Santa Barbara, California. His childhood idols were Kiss. He first gained attention as a member of punk band No Use For A Name. And for almost two decades he’s been the Foo Fighters’ lead guitarist. Yet, over the past five years, the musician with such bonafide rock credentials has been beating a path down to Nashville (the city not the TV show) on three solo albums. The latest, West Coast Town, is his most authentic yet. Recorded in the city’s legendary RCA Studio A with Chris Stapleton’s producer Dave Cobb, its classic country sound is...

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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: The Amazons @ Dingwalls, Camden

There’s something quite exciting about being in on the ground floor of something big. Last time I got this feeling, it was photographing The Hunna in front of a rabid sell-out crowd at Boston Music Room (capacity 250). Within nine months, I was photographing them in front of a rabid sell-out crowd at the Shepherds Bush Empire (capacity 2000). Tonight, I’m at Dingwalls in the company of Reading four-piece The Amazons and I’ve got the feeling again. It’s a sell-out, and I’m expecting the crowd to be rabid. Of course, I’m no musical Svengali; everyone is talking about this...

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Live: Cabbage & Blossoms @ The Roundhouse

I like the Roundhouse. If you can accept the compromised sight lines and sound, there’s something kind of cool about watching a band in an engine shed. It’s run by a charitable trust, which means it’s looked after; your feet don’t stick to the floor. Tonight, the giant dome is hosting the NME Awards Tour 2017, sponsored by VO5 – a fact that single-handedly makes it sound the least rock ‘n’ roll thing to exist since Tony Blackburn. Gracing the tour are a triumvirate of artists from the North West: Rory Wynne, Cabbage and Blossoms. I’m primarily here for...

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Live: The Japanese House @ Dingwalls

Singer, producer and guitarist Amber Bain – aka The Japanese House – had an incredible 2015. From hooking up with drummer George Daniel and frontman Matt Healy from chart-topping alt. rockers The 1975 to produce her music to releasing well-received first EP Pools To Bathe In, with single Still being Zane Lowe’s last ever Hottest Record on Radio 1. Second EP Clean was then released, adding a further four floaty tracks to her repertoire. Only now does the 20-year-old Londoner really have the combined material to put on headline shows of her own. But given her vocal style is...

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Review: Eric Johnson. Up Close-Another Look.

April 1st is globally known as April Fool’s Day, when practical jokes and hoaxes are played on friends, the story line behind the bluff sets up a stage for pranks and merriment. Consequently it is with brave commitment that Eric Johnson chooses this day as his release date for his latest album “Up Close – Another Look”, which features guest appearances from Steve Miller, Jimmie Vaughan Johnny Lang and Sonny Landreth. EJ’s sixth studio release, within an 8 year span since 2005, comprises 12 compositions (plus one live bonus track), which were originally released in the US in 2010...

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Live Review: Emmanuel & Taylor @ The Robin 2.

In 1910 a boy was born to a family of nomadic gypsies camped outside the village of Liberchies in Belgium. By the time of his death, only 42 years later in 1952, this boy, Jean Reinhardt, had become world famous as “Django”, possibly the greatest of jazz guitarists.The Colonel and the Governor decided it was time to release Pandora’s Box and open up these old songs, not just from Django, but many more of their heroes. A capacity crowd on a Mothering Sunday saw folk queuing outside on this bitterly cold night. The doors finally opened at 7.30 p.m....

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Photography: The Joy Formidable @ The Roundhouse

One of my favourite and most challenging bands to photograph. I love their sound and trying to keep up with lead singer and guitarist Ritzy Bryan is a bit like trying to hit a moving target. The band musically are stuck somewhere between stadium rock and good old indie rock and roll. I think the venue size does make a difference to their performance and whilst they are energetic and polished the Roundhouse is not the best place for them to show off. The Joy Formidable have always been into their fans and great them like old friends and...

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Photography: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers @ RAH

What a thrill to photograph Tom Petty. One of my all time favourites and the cool dude friend everyone wants to have. I was actually nervous before hand and I contacted a few photographers who had been there on the previous date to ensure I got it right. What a great show and great sound. First three songs and out. Listen to Her Heart was the opener, followed by the theatrical You Wreck Me  and I Won’t Back Down. After I had gone  to file my pictures, I heard that Steve Winwood came on stage and did two songs...

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