Tag: Rock

Greta Van Fleet Carry You Back Where You Come From

Elton John famously buys every new album released each week. So he’s got a pretty good idea of the new music that’s out there. He’s not half bad at spotting fresh talent, either: Ed Sheeran, Rag’n’Bone Man, and next-big-thing Anne-Marie are just some of the artists he’s backed. Now there’s Greta Van Fleet. Not a vegan, acoustic guitar-strumming, hessian sack-wearing, trippy dippy singer-songwriter from Portland, Oregon but a swaggering four-piece band obsessed with blues and ‘70s rock, they’re the latest act he’s tipped for stardom. Just last month they played the annual Elton John Aids Foundation Academy Awards Party...

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The Fratellis Have A Sweet Time @ Kentish Town Forum

The Fratellis have been a band I’ve always admired. They seem to have released album after album and I can honestly say I’ve enjoyed every one of those songs. Their upbeat tempo can get you out of a rut and leave you feeling in a great mood. Whistle For The Choir was the chosen song for the first dance at my wedding. Fortunately my love for the Scottish trio lasted longer than my marriage! It was great to get the chance to catch them perform live again. I last saw them over ten years ago at the now demolished...

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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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Man With A Mission: The Wolves From Japan Devour London’s Dome

Japanese chart-topping band Man With A Mission recently visited London for a sold-out headline gig at The Dome. Straight from Shibuya, Tokyo, the five-piece compromising of Tokyo Tanaka (vocals), Jean-Ken Johnny (guitar and vocals), Kamikaze Boy (bass), DJ Santa Monica (DJ), and Spear Rib (drums) brought a mix of rock ’n’ roll, ska, and electro to London. All dressed up as wolves, and even wearing masks, Man With A Mission are a joy to watch and hear. Braving the heatwave generated by hundreds of jumping and sweating fans, the band perform in style, in full costume throughout. There are no...

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The Temperance Movement Live Are A Deeper Cut Above The Rest

I was lucky enough a few weeks before Christmas to see The Temperance Movement during their ‘Small Rooms New Tunes’ tour – you can read about that here. The small room was Soho institution The Borderline. The new tunes were first public outings for tracks that would later appear on the band’s third studio release A Deeper Cut. Well the new record is here and I’ve just had the pleasure of experiencing the new tunes again; this time though on the first date of the Deeper Cut tour in the rather larger environs of Concorde 2 in Brighton. It’s...

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Bad Wolves Tribute To Dolores O’Riordan Goes Global

American hard rock band Bad Wolves are currently dominating the charts worldwide with their cover of The Cranberries’ classic Zombie. Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan was scheduled to record guest vocals for the song on the very day of her tragic passing. The band decided to move forward and release the track in her memory with all proceeds going to her three children. Shortly after the news of O’Riordan’s death broke, Bad Wolves singer Tommy Vext said: “Zombie is an incredibly personal song… and we always felt the rawness and honesty she projected on stage and in her recordings was something...

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HRH C.R.O.W.S. Is Spreading Its Wings

HRH C.R.O.W.S. spreads its wings as HRH extends into Country Rock, Outlaw, Western & Southern Rock. HRH has always been shaped by its community, but when the fans approached us and asked us to extend the HRH experience into Country, well, we were wary. But when we went deeper and found out what they yearned for was a broad base of cool Country Rock, Outlaw, Western & Southern Rock bands, then all reservations disappeared. Head honcho Jonni Davis and his rebel posse put together HRH C.R.O.W.S. – Country, the HRH way: a dazzling spectrum of carefully-selected bands (as voted...

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Ramblin’ Man Fair Announce Next Wave Of Acts For 2018

Following on from the critically acclaimed and commercially successful third year in 2017, Ramblin’ Man Fair returns in 2018! This year the festival will move from its traditional end of July slot to the 30th June and 1st July 2018 Ramblin’ Man Fair is pleased to announce the next wave of bands for the event in 2018. These include The Cult (Main Stage Headliner, UK Exclusive), Gun (Main Stage), Chas & Dave (Blues Stage), Me & That Man (Country Stage), Goldray and Voyager (Both Prog In The Park Stage) with many more acts to be announced… The Cult (Main...

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Steel Panther Bring The Bombast To Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Steel Panther have done for music what Donald Trump has for America: make it great again. With rocket-fuel party anthems, they’ve not just restored widdly-widdly guitar solos, anthemic keyboard melodies, and booming drums to their rightful place in the rock pantheon, they’ve completely undermined the bleeding heart establishment who feel the need to explore such trivialities as socio-economic injustice and the effects of climate change. With subtlety and restraint to rival ‘80s masterpiece Every Rose Has Its Thorn, they’ve single-handedly resurrected the long-lost art of crafting the perfect lighter-waving, heart-breaking power ballad. And with straight-talking lyrics like “Find a...

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Extreme Get The Funk Out Live At Brixton Academy

Extreme formed an essential part of the soundtrack to my youth. Their debut album may have looked (and let’s be honest here) sounded like an offering from a formulaic late eighties hair metal band, but with the release of Pornograffitti and III Sides To Every Story, the Boston four-piece cemented themselves as artists of real creative integrity. Their amalgam of hard rock, pop and funk – cemented by creamy harmony vocals gave them a sound that was uniquely theirs. And then there was Nuno. Nuno Bettencourt, born in the Azores of Portuguese descent quickly established himself as one of...

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REWS: Expectations High

Sometimes you just have to be in the right place at the right time. The right place was the Hawley Arms during the Camden Rocks Festival on a glorious early June day this year. The right time was around half past four in the afternoon when a band of which I was previously unaware called REWS occupied the stage. They were excellent – to me, by far the most enjoyable act of the day. Ironically, Since the Camden Rocks appearance I’ve done little else but hear about REWS. Later in the month, they graced the John Peel Stage at...

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The War On Drugs Live: All Show, No Showing Off

Adam Granduciel is a musical genius. But The War On Drugs’ singer, guitarist, songwriter, producer, and sonic mastermind is not a natural showman. There’s little time for pleasantries, just a few hurried “thank you’s” and one “I’m so psyched to be here”. There’s no waving of arms or pointing at the crowd, so even coming to the front of the stage during one of his fluid guitar solos is completely out of the question. Granduciel’s obviously aware of his self-restraint on stage, telling the Guardian just a few weeks ago he wishes he could “Bono it up a little...

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Five Finger Death Punch: A Decade of Destruction Album & Tour

Los Angeles-based multi-platinum hard rock band, Five Finger Death Punch are excited to reveal that they will be releasing a greatest hits album, A Decade of Destruction on December 1st. The compilation will include two new tracks – the first new music the band has released in over 2 years. In addition, FFDP have released as a single one of the new tracks from the album, titled Trouble. Five Finger Death Punch are also pleased to announce they will be releasing their seventh full-length studio album during Spring 2018. The album follows their critically acclaimed 2015 chart-topping hit album Got Your Six, which featured...

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The Amazons: An Upward Trajectory

A year ago to the day, The Amazons struggled to sell 300 tickets to a show at OSLO in Hackney. Tonight, they’ve sold out The Forum. That’s 2300 people – and a year-on-year increase of 666%, if you’re counting. Chances are, nobody in this Kentish Town landmark is. After all, there are more pressing matters, like being blown away by four young musicians with a one-way ticket to The O2 Arena stage. A thrilling rock band with songs as hot as the van blazing on their debut album’s cover, the quartet’s success is definitely deserved, but certainly not overnight....

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John Parr, Status Quo, Peter Hook & Other Great Photography Highlights at Rewind

British summer is well known for two things: unpredictable weather and the best festivals. So choosing the right festival experience can be crucial to keep your mood up during the downpours. Rewind The 80s gives you the opportunity to cruise through the decade with your smile in place, no matter the weather conditions. But it’s always good to have your waterproofs ready. Here are some of my personal highlights from the North edition of this year’s Festival writes Edyta Krzesak. I have to admit, two years ago when New Order were announced as headliners of The Other Stage at Glastonbury...

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Rewind North The 80s Festival 2017 Photography

Sometimes the best things in life start in an unexpected way. Imagine, you’re about to go to a festival, you’ve kept your ticket safely in your desk, and you’ve been getting excited as the date approaches. You pack your bags with the essentials: small stove, sleeping bag, waterproofs, clothes, and food. You’ve got your train ticket on your mobile, and you’re ready to go. Then your accommodation falls through. On the bright side, I discover this before setting off from London. But it’s the day of the festival, my train departs in 2 hours, and I have nowhere to stay....

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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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Live: Ramblin’ Man Fair Festival 2017

Ramblin’ Man Fair, the festival run by Spirit Of Rock that celebrates the best in classic rock, prog, blues and country is now in its third year. Whilst Download has strayed into pop punk territory and Bloodstock books bands with comical names (Infected Dead, anyone?) the Ramblin’ Man focus is on an altogether more relaxed and ‘grown up’ weekend. It’s the festival where you’re more likely to find a mosh pit in the queue for an ice cream than you are down the front. And this means that it’s a really inclusive, friendly and welcoming place to be. This...

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Photography ZZ Top & Extreme @ Ramblin’ Man Fair

Ramblin’ Man Fair, a showcase of classic rock, prog and blues is now in its third year and continues to go from strength to strength. This year’s two main headliners, Extreme and ZZ Top it’s fair to say stirred up conflicting emotions amongst the fan base – with some in the Ramblin’ Man community feeling that neither band truly reflected the nature of the event. Personally, I couldn’t disagree more strongly with this sentiment – but tastes vary. The two sets were both brilliantly performed and hugely enjoyable but served up very different lighting from a photographic perspective. Extreme was challenging to say...

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Vision: INHEAVEN. World On Fire

Each step that INHEAVEN take towards the September 1st release of their self-titled debut album seems to be both bolder and darker than what came before. That’s exactly what their current track World On Fire delivered, with Dork calling it “a typically incendiary mega banger.” If the rush of imagery that accompanied the feral Vultures signposted a band with growing confidence in their visual aesthetic, the new video for World On Fire pushes that stance to new heights. Entirely directed, produced and edited by the band, the video uses the 17th century witchcraft purge as an allegory for contemporary attacks on women’s rights. INHEAVEN explain: “Inspired by the 1692 witch trials of Colonial Massachusetts,...

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Upcoming Festivals

  1. Live @ Leeds 2018

    May 5
  2. Bearded Theory Spring Gathering

    May 24 - May 27
  3. Catfish & The Bottlemen @ All Points East

    June 1
  4. Field Day 2018

    June 1 - August 2
  5. Festival Of Voice Cardiff

    June 7 - June 17
  6. Download Festival

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    July 19 - July 22
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