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Bandini’s Captivating Late Night Show

Singer-songwriter Bandini presents his latest single, Late Night Show. Born and bred in Italy and London-based, Bandini is an exciting contemporary artist who was raised on jazz, blues and the art of storytelling and songwriting from an early age. He began showcasing his talent by busking on the London streets before building a presence on the open mic circuit with his individual blend of acoustic jazz and blues and distinctive vocals. Following the release of his version of the Dr John classic, Such a Night, last year, a full-house Sofar Sounds concert and a sold out launch gig at London’s Jamboree in...

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Bruce ‘Mississippi’ Johnson is The Real Deal, Baby

With a striking stage presence and undeniably soulful bass baritone voice, you should already be listening to contemporary blues vocalist, songwriter and bandleader Bruce ‘Mississippi’ Johnson. Born Bruce Lester Johnson in Starksville, Mississippi and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, Bruce received a musical education most people can only dream about. As a child in his grandfather’s church choir and surrounded by his father’s soul and R&B influenced record collection that included Al Green, Jackie Wilson (his mum’s first cousin), Lou Rawls and Gil Scott-Heron, Bruce discovered he could sing. His life story to date is fascinating, replete with vivid and...

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Victor Vox And An Indomitable Talent

When I arrive at Albion in London’s Shoreditch, singer-songwriter and musician Victor Marichal is waiting patiently with a pot of tea, perhaps the most quintessentially English thing you can do in an East End café. It’s his accent though, richly Parisian and largely undiluted by seven years of London living, that gives the game away and reveals his Gallic heritage.  It’s not the first time we’ve met; the last time in 2015 when I was on interview assignment for RockShot and he fronted the band Victor & The Rain Dog [VTRD]. We catch up before I let loose a...

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Ash Return To Infectious Music And Release Islands & Live Dates Announced

Almost 3 years since the release of their last album, Kablammo!. Ash have announced the release of their seventh album, Islands, which will be released on the 18th May and see’s Ash back with the Infectious Music label. As well as announcing their return to Infectious Music, which was the label that ASH released their  number one albums, 1996’s 1977 and Free All Angels in 2001. Ash have also unveiled new track Buzzkill and confirmed their appearance at BBC’s Biggest Weekend festival in Belfast. Twenty-five years on from their emergence as teenagers on Belfast’s DIY scene Ash have returned with another irrepressible track that more than holds...

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Love Supreme Festival – Heavyweight Lineup for 2018

The Love Supreme Jazz Festival is returning to Glynde Place, East Sussex for 2018 and this week announced an impressive lineup of artists who will be performing at the summer event. In 2017, the UK’s only major greenfield jazz festival boasted capacity crowds of 40,000 over the weekend and looks to break this record with an expansive, far-reaching bill of stars from across the jazz and soul spectrum. Joining the already announced Sunday headliners Earth, Wind & Fire are iconic UK songwriter Elvis Costello, former Spencer Davis Group, Traffic and Blind Faith frontman Steve Winwood and one of music’s...

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Frank Turner Urges Us To Be More Kind

Frank Turner cannot be accused of resting on his Laurels. Only months after the release of Songbook, a career-spanning retrospective which also saw reworked versions of tracks from across the past decade, he has announced details of his forthcoming seventh studio album,  Be More Kind which will be released on May 4th through Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor Records. represents a thematic and sonic line in the sand for the 36-year-old. It’s a record that combines universal anthems with raw emotion and the political and the personal, with the intricate folk and punk roar trademarks of Turner’s sound imbued with new,...

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Ferris & Sylvester: Americana SW16 Style

With 2018 a blank canvas to paint with exciting new musical talent, Ferris & Sylvester’s modern take on Brit folk is a great place to start. The singer-songwriting duo release their forthcoming EP Made in Streatham on 2 February 2018 to follow up last year’s critically acclaimed debut The Yellow Line. Ferris & Sylvester are London-based musicians Issy Ferris and Archie Sylvester. First meeting as solo artists, they navigated their way through London’s vibrant live music scene alone before realising that writing together would create an almighty partnership. The twosome swiftly made an impact, including on high profile producer...

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Mark Mathews – Carrier Bags, Careers and New Music to Heal

It’s a bustling Tuesday lunchtime when I meet Mark Mathews – arguably the hardest working solo artist in the UK right now – for the first time in Camden, North London, the backdrop where Rachel Lipsitz will later take her portraits of Mark. “Over there they used to do an open mic.“ he says gesturing to a stage with an abandoned drum kit. “I’d just moved to London and I played some of my first solo shows here!“ he says with a grin. Back then it was the Oh! Bar and now The Blues Kitchen, a restaurant/bar serving up...

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The Soulful Charisma Of Zak Abel – Live At Koko

British singer-songwriter Zak Abel has the kind of voice that forces you to stop, listen, repeat and flood your music feed with his back catalogue. The 22-year old rising star and born and bred North Londoner first gained attention after lending his vocals to Gorgon City’s Top 20 Hit Unmissable in 2014. Since then he has carved out his status not only as one-to-watch but one-to-collaborate with. He played a sell-out gig at London’s KOKO this week, supported by winner of ‘Best Solo Male’ at the Unsigned Music Awards in October 2016, Mullally, who performed an edgy, neo soul...

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Nothing But Thieves – Launch of #IAMWHOLE for World Mental Health Day

This morning, alt rock band and Southend’s finest Nothing But Thieves launched the #IAMWHOLE campaign at London’s famous BT Tower and performed an exclusive acoustic set. 10 October 2017 marks World Mental Health Day and the band have lent the title track of their sophomore album, Broken Machine, to highlight the cause. They played a special acoustic set to an intimate crowd to raise awareness and highlight the #IAMWHOLE campaign – the brainchild of the NHS and YMCA as a direct response to mental health difficulties experienced by young people throughout the UK. This year the campaign is specifically...

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Jarreau Vandal feat. Zak Abel — Make You Love Me, New Video

Jarreau Vandal has released his new single, Make You Love Me, via Rinse. The young Dutch producer/DJ was born in Maastricht and raised in Amsterdam, growing up in a musical family and immersed in the sounds of jazz, soul and funk from an early age. Inspired by the hip hop, rock and R&B sounds of the ’90’s and introduced to the drums and then music production by his Grandfather (also a producer), he naturally pursued a career in music. As a resident DJ and promoter of Amsterdam-based club night Wavefiles, Jarreau met IAMNOBODI (an artist he admired) who introduced him to...

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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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Music Makers Festival @ Omnibus Theatre, Clapham

RockShot Mag recently headed out to South London’s Clapham on a sunny weekend for a very special event. Past the famous Common and the drinkers unwinding in the mottled sunlight was The Omnibus Theatre, an elegant host for Music Makers Festival.  A two-day independent music event curated with love by London-based musician Albert Man and his manager and co-organiser Manoja Ullmann, Music Makers’ concept derives from their aspiration to give independent artists an opportunity to showcase their talents to a wider audience. Albert and Manoja know the importance of having a community to support the independent music scene and...

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VISION: Just A Ride, I Wanna Know

Up and coming UK rock 4-piece Just A Ride have released their first video, I Wanna Know, taken from their debut self-titled EP. Sure, Rodney Henderson (vocals), Drew Lowe (guitar), Eddie Hoffman (bass), and Alex Bailey (drums) may not be topping the charts or filling the biggest venues yet. But it would be a huge mistake to think they won’t be there soon. The self-described rebel band, born out of frustration with the music industry, will hit your ears with the sweet sound of distorted guitars, heavy drums, and intriguing vocals. Want proof? Just take a listen to I Wanna Know, a tasty...

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Vision: Hollywood Undead, California Dreaming

Five is one of the most spectacular numbers in music history.  The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Deep Purple, Def Leppard, Pearl Jam, Dream Theatre to name just a few, what they all got in common? Five members. We also have five senses, five points adorn a star, five represents man in theology. Five! For the five members of Hollywood Undead – Johnny 3 Tears, J-Dog, Charlie Scene, Funny Man, and Danny the digit perfectly encapsulates their fifth full-length offering, Five released via Dove & Grenade Media/BMG. The band have also just released the first single/video from their forthcoming album called California Dreaming. “We’re five...

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Festival: Music Makers – A Two-Day Independent Affair

Music Makers is a two-day independent music festival curated with love by London-based musician Albert Man and his manager and co-organiser Manoja Ullmann. It is a welcome addition to the UK festival scene and takes place at the award-winning Omnibus Theatre, a converted Victorian library in the heart of London’s Clapham Old Town. The festival’s concept derives from Albert and Manoja’s aspiration to give independent artists an opportunity to showcase their talents to a wider audience. They are only too aware of the importance of having a community to support the independent music scene and have called on musicians...

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Mila Falls Interview, Tornados & Glitter

You may not immediately recognise the name Mila Falls, but I guarantee you will have heard her music. She’s one of a special breed of artists whose songwriting talent lies behind the soundtrack to notable adverts and films but whose name remains mostly under the radar. Having supported the likes of Rudimental, Ella Eyre, Ringo Starr and Van Morrison, successfully collaborated with artists such as DJ Mag worldwide resident Marc Vedo and electronic composer and producer Roger Shar and featured on Boy George’s Hotfingers Talks album, 2017 could be the year this vibrant British singer-songwriter gets the wider recognition she...

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Vision Premiere: Albert Man, Diamond In The Rough.

RockShot Magazine is pleased to premiere Albert Man’s new video, Diamond In The Rough, the final video release from his forthcoming 5-track EP, Nothing Of Nothing Much due out on 3rd February 2017. Featuring captivating hooks and the melodic, piano-led sound we’ve come to expect and love from Albert, Diamond In The Rough also features Joe Garvey (Best Male Nominee 2016, Best of British Unsigned Music Awards) who adds vocals and Prince-inspired guitar to the track. Nothing of Nothing Much is Albert’s second EP and his third release to date, following the success of 2016’s critically acclaimed album, Cheap...

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Vision: White Lies – Hold Back Your Love

Ealing-based rockers White Lies continue their electro-fuelled dance with the heartfelt Hold Back Your Love, with the new video directed by David Pablos (the critically acclaimed ‘The Chosen Ones’). This soul searching track is filled with an arpeggiated bassline, dancing beats, landscape dream-like synths and a big crowd pleasing chorus where lead singer Harry McVeigh lays bare his true emotions as he sings “Hold back your love, you know that I’ve had my doubts”. Says White Lies’ Charles Cave on Hold Back Your Love; “It’s hard for me to talk about Hold Back Your Love in a measured way. We all absolutely...

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Interview: Luke Carey, Acoustic Blueprint Twist.

To prepare for my interview with singer-songwriter and ‘North London cheeky chap’ Luke Carey, I check out his website where he talks about the humble beginnings of his musical odyssey. I learn he was “named after Luke Skywalker (no joke, my brother named me and to be fair to him, you can’t pass up that opportunity!)”, that he is self-taught on the guitar and that by braving an open mic gig one night it led to him catching the music bug. His virtual persona is warm, funny and candid and en route to the meeting, I hoped his real...

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