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Promise Realised: Lukas Nelson And The Promise Of The Real

Country music has come a long way, there are now as many variants and classifications into sub groups as there are for rock and roll.  The music crosses over into all other musical genres.  The prevailing image of country as ‘Big Hat’ corporate stadium bands who sing about Christian values, driving your truck and falling in love with a demure ‘good girl’ or a gun toting Daisy Duke wearing ‘bad girl’ has fallen away leaving room for a resurgence of American folk music, storytelling, and crossover. This is process that started in the early ‘60s and hit a kind...

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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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Arch Enemy Relentlessly Racing Ahead

Having just completed a successful run of dates across Eastern Europe on the Will To Power International Tour, extreme metal giants ARCH ENEMY are back with another ripping single from their recently released album, Will To Power, with the music video single for The Race. Founding member Michael Amott commented: “This was actually the last song written for the Will To Power album. Listening through all the material we had up to that point we agreed that the album needed one more song that would be a relentless and fast paced counterpoint to some of the more epic compositions we...

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Foo Fighters To Bring Concrete And Gold To UK Stadiums

American rockers Foo Fighters have announced a trio of huge UK stadium shows in Manchester and London to bring latest record Concrete and Gold to our shores following the release of the group’s ninth studio album last month, which had the six-piece drop by the UK to open an East London pub for a week, play a massive O2 Arena show as well as help Jools Holland celebrate 25 years of his Later… programme with a special show at London’s Royal Albert Hall. This comes after Dave Grohl’s men finally made it back to headline Glastonbury Festival’s Pyramid Stage...

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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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Steven Page Returning To The UK After A Decade

Steven Page is touring the UK for the first time since leaving The Barenaked Ladies. The Canadian singer-songwriter, who in 2009 left the band he co-founded, is back on these shores in October and November following a 10-year absence. And he’s got new music to share. Last year Page released the album Heal Thyself, Pt. I: Instinct which explores the origins of a life dedicated to music. “I’ve always had a sense of wonder about that era of ’60s and ’70s music, and probably always will,” he says. “I remember getting Paul McCartney’s second solo album for my 11th...

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Placebo, 20 Years Strong

21 years ago, an unassuming alt-rock trio brought their teenage angst to the forefront of rock music with a blistering debut record, which took flight in 1997 with the release of fifth single Nancy Boy, catapulting the outsiders to the top 5 in the UK singles charts, a similar feat achieved with their eponymous debut. But if, like me, you also picked up both copies of each of Placebo’s singles, you were exposed to an even richer extension to that debut with incredible tunes such as covers of Syd Barrett’s Dark Globe and The Smiths’ Bigmouth Strikes Again alongside...

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Cheap Trick Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day

After wowing UK crowds earlier this year, American rock icons Cheap Trick are back, but this time with a Yuletide twist. Famous for their hits Surrender and I Want You To Want Me, The band will rock in the Christmas season with the release of their first holiday themed album Christmas Christmas. After news of the album broke in July this year, we can finally confirm that the album will be out October 20th on Big Machine Records Arriving mere months after their critically acclaimed 18th studio album We’re All Alright!, Cheap Trick co-produced the holiday collection alongside their longtime collaborator, GRAMMY®Award winner Julian Raymond,...

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Wilko Johnson: 70th Birthday Celebrations

2017 is certainly a special year for Wilko Johnson.  Not only does it mark the 30th anniversary of the Wilko Johnson Band, but this year sees the guitarist celebrating his 70th birthday. Given the events of recent years, this celebration at the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 26th September is all the more meaningful: here is the death-defying Wilko Johnson leading his own party with partners in crime Norman Watt-Roy (bass), Dylan Howe (drums), family, friends and special guests. Wilko’s special guest at the Royal Albert Hall show is Dr John Cooper Clarke – poet, movie star, rock star,...

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Vision: 5 Billion In Diamonds, Travelling

5 Billion In Diamonds, the latest project from Butch Vig, have released Travelling, the brand new single from their brand new self-titled album. The third song to be taken from their debut LP, it was actually the first written by the collective that also features UK DJ James Grillo and UK producer Andy Jenks. “James and I came up with a couple dreamy guitar loops, which inspired Andy to record all these amazing groovalicious keyboards, which inspired me to track some funky drums and to bring Justin Meldal-Johnson in on bass,” explains Vig, best known as Garbage’s drummer and...

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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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Photo Story: G L /\ S S M /\ P S

One of the hottest, most oppressive days in London this summer made a trip to visit Joel Stein in Brighton an even more appealing prospect. Little did I know, this visit with Joel, formerly of Howling Bells, and now performing solo as G L /\ S S M /\ P S, would be one of the silliest photo sessions I’ve had in ages. Having recently relocated to Brighton, Joel and his wife Sandra, who came along were great to hang out with and allayed any fears I may have had about the dreaded ‘awkward subject’ a common species when you shoot...

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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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Vision: Live For The Moment With The Sherlocks

The Sherlocks have today announced the release of their single titled Live For The Moment ahead of their debut album of the same name, due for release August 18th. Live For The Moment is an energetic song that bristles with confidence and triumph. Filled with big bold drums, a galloping bassline, an infectious guitar riff and a vocal that’s delivered with heartfelt honesty that inspires the listener to LIVE FOR THE MOMENT. After a sold out UK Tour last September, Sheffield four-piece The Sherlocks have been relentlessly touring the UK ahead of the release of their debut album and dates have...

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Feature: Hannah White, Turning the Tide for Grassroots Venues

The last decade has been a tough time for music as the way we consume it changes and generating revenue becomes increasingly challenging. One consequence of this change has been less funding being made available for promoting new talent, both from record companies and also from grassroots venues, many of which in London and across the UK have been forced to close. However, fighting against the tide and proving the tide can turn, trendy Tooting’s newest venue offering, The Sound Lounge, provides a generous and welcoming space for independent artists to blossom and thrive. It opened in January, largely thanks to...

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Live: Ani DiFranco @The London Palladium

The Palladium is an unusual venue for a gig, particularly for an artist like Ani DiFranco.  It is a theatrical seated venue, not conducive to dancing.   The crowd is a female heavy mix, as a vocal feminist and as female song writer who has explored politics, the differences in generations and sexuality with a candid and personal viewpoint this comes as no surprise.  It is a chatty and friendly crowd who take their seats and settle down for the show. At this point, special mention should be given to the support act, English folk musician Ruth Theodore and her...

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Live: Community Festival @ Finsbury Park

Community Festival has found its home in Finsbury Park and if Saturday was any indication, the inaugural trip to North London has supplanted itself as a festival to watch going forward. Having just two stages, the Main Stage and the N4 Stage, made it pretty easy to find your away around and it was pretty clear from the moment walking in that Community has found its niche, tailoring itself for a young audience who are interested in nothing more than electric, thrashing sets of indie rock and pop goodness. I arrived just in time to see RedFaces, a foursome from Sheffield who...

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Live: Midnight Oil @ Hammersmith Apollo

“We spent more time on this setlist than most people did thinking about how to vote on Brexit,” says Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett towards the beginning of the band’s first London show in 20 years. Initially it seems like a throwaway joke from the former government minister and lifelong activist. But he’s clearly not kidding. Like crafting the perfect mixtape, they’ve picked the right songs in the right sequence for the biggest impact. Blistering set opener Redneck Wonderland easily fulfils its purpose, getting the punters up and and out of their seats within the first 15 seconds. Originally...

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Vision: Felix Hagan & The Family, Delirium Tremendous

The song is an electro rock stomper with a glitter-smacked take on its dark troubled themes about substance withdrawal, which is inspired by Felix’s own journey out of addiction. Directed by photographer Andrew AB the video perfectly matches the song and envelopes Felix Hagan & The Family ethos, capturing their theatrical and musical side and giving the impression that they are a large group..a seven piece no less. Delirium Tremendous is the first taste of the band’s forthcoming album due later this year. It follows the release of 2015’s Kiss The Misfits EP, which saw the band achieve high profile...

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