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Live: James Bay @ Hammersmith Apollo

English singer-songwriter and guitarist James Bay has had an incredible couple of years. From being signed to Republic Records and releasing his first EPs in 2013 and selling out his first UK headline tour just a year later, to releasing his chart-topping debut album Chaos and the Calm and opening up for Taylor Swift for select European dates on her recent 1989 tour. And 2016 continues to reap rewards on Britain’s new golden boy who won Best British Male Solo Artist at the recent 2016 Brit Awards, which saw the 25-year-old sharing the stage with Justin Bieber in a...

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Live: Silversun Pickups @ Islington Academy

Los Angeles-based alternative rock outfit Silversun Pickups are back with their fourth studio album. And ahead of their upcoming festival appearances, including Indio, California’s dual-weekend Coachella festival next month alongside Foals, Chvrches and Guns N’ Roses amongst others, they’re road-testing Better Nature with a run of European shows including tonight’s stop at London’s Islington Academy, upgraded from the 500-capacity Dingwalls venue due to demand. The Brian Aubert-led four-piece kicked off proceedings with new album opener Cradle (Better Nature) before tearing straight into early hit, and my personal favourite Pickups tune, Well Thought Out Twinkles from 2006 record Carnavas, Chris...

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Photography: Tommy Emmanuel & Martin Taylor

The Colonel and the Governor came to town and dutifully sat down and played 3 hours of beautiful hypnotic guitar playing. You can also read the live review here. and the whole set here: You can also read the album review here: https://rockshot.co.uk/6444/review/ and the live review here: https://rockshot.co.uk/6649/live-review-emmanuel-taylor-the-robin-2-bilston/ Both written by Tim...

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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: Grace Potter & the Nocturnals

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals at The Forum. What a show, great lights, brilliant musicianship, fun, thrills, exhibitionism. Grace Potter is already getting a massive following in the USA which started with a couple of slow burner albums but has really taken off with the 2012 album THE LION THE BEAST THE BEAT. She plays a great looking gibson flying V guitar and rockout with the best of them. Gonna be huge! Grace Potter & the Nocturnals (Photographer: Simon Jay Price) The whole set here: I used mainly a wide angle 16-35mm 2.8 ramped up to around ISO3200 and...

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Photography: The Avett Brothers @ The Forum.

The Avett Brothers from Concord, North Carolina,USA played to a packed house and showed off their new album The Carpenter. Their music has developed from down-home folk to a blend of “sad-banjo” ,as the NME call it, and “banjo-rock”, as I call it. On stage they jump around a hell of a lot. and the whole set here: Photography was mainly wide angles and prime lenses. It was heavily backlit so I ramped up the ISO to around...

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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: Wilko Johnson @ Koko, London

Where do you start with a story like Wilko Johnson’s? On his farewell tour, not because of retirement but because he is going to die from inoperable pancreatic cancer, he gave his all over two hours of blistering guitar. There was no set list just a journey through his life from Dr Feelgood, Blockheads, Solid Senders to the trio he has with Norman Watt-Roy and Dylan Howe where a nod of the head or the start of a duck walk would denote the song. I hope the photos do the talking as well as the music. Here is the...

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Live Review: Wilko Johnson @ Koko.

I had been feeling somewhat strange about this gig, my last chance to see Wilco Johnson while also wrestling with my guilt at why I hadn’t seen him live for more than 20 plus years ,a bit like an old friend you had lost touch with but sadly this really was a farewell tour. I needn’t have worried, arriving somewhat late to the KoKo the place was packed, all waiting in anticipation of the great man, and how would he be? Would he talk about it? No, as this is a man of dignity and for once an artist...

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Photography: Family @ The Empire

Family are a British rock group who formed in the mid 1960’s and split up in the early 1970’s. This concert was their first in 40 years. The Empire in Shepherds Bush, London was packed to the rafters and the fans had an unexpected surprise with the event being introduced by Frank Worthington, the Leicester City and England footballer. The set was shot on a Canon 5D Mark III with the versatile 24-105mm lens. Shot at F4 on or around 125 or 160 second. (125 is really to slow) at 1600 ISO. Here is the complete set, click on...

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Rock Media: Yoko Ono

One of the most daring and influential artists of our time, Yoko Ono, will be celebrating her eightieth birthday with a music performance at the legendary Volksbühne in Berlin on Sunday, February 17. YOKO ONO PLASTIC ONO BAND will be led by her son, Sean Ono Lennon, who collaborated with Yoko on her 2009 critically-acclaimed record, Between My Head And The Sky. The album received 4 & 5-star rave reviews from Rolling Stone, Mojo, Q, Uncut, NME, Spin & many more, and was picked among Mojo Magazine’s top albums of the year. Additionally, Mojo honored Yoko with a Lifetime...

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Video: Pigeon Detectives. Animal

Having sold over 500,000 albums, The Pigeon Detectives are back with the first single ‘Animal’ taken from their fourth studio album due later in the year. Last night, Zane Lowe exclusively played ‘Animal’ (22nd January) and the track is now available as a free download via the bands website. The single will also be for sale via all good online retailers from 28th January 2013. “Animal is one of those songs that we knew would work well in front of a live audience as soon as we started writing it. It’s an exciting tune with a raw sinister edge...

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Video: Nick Cave. We No Who U R

“We No Who U R” is the first single from the forthcoming Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds album Push the Sky Away (out 18th February 2013). Available as a download with every pre-order album purchase of Push The Sky Away via www.nickcave.com or iTunes, “We No Who U R” is also be available as a single download from all digital retailers. The new video for “We No Who U R” was shot by acclaimed Argentine film director Gaspar Noé (I Stand Alone, Irreversible, and Enter The Void). “I love Gaspar’s beautiful, haunting and thoughtful video.” – Nick Cave...

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Photography: Kobra & The Lotus

Kobra Paige leads the band Kobra & The Lotus whose style is often described as NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) which is a little ironic because they are from Canada. Watch those hair extensions fly.          ...

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Live: Bobby Womack @ The Forum

Soul legend Bobby Womack in his second set of the night at The Forum, London. Having survived cancer operations, drug and alcohol rehabilitation and a few wives, Bobby Womack was electric and full of gospel. Following on from his opening salvo with Damon Albarn and The Bravest Man In The Universe set, Bobby Womack delved into classics and covers with his soundtrack song to Across 110th Street and the song that got him and the Rolling Stones started It’s All Over Now. Dressing like a man who watched a lot of Captain Scarlet he performed one song from his...

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Rock Media: George Harrison Stream

George Harrison Official YouTube Launches Today with Concert For George 24 Hour Streaming Event Join us today in celebrating the life and music of George Harrison by watching the Concert For George documentary film. WATCH NOW (The 24-hour event begins November 29 at 7am PST ) A free 24-hour stream of the Concert For George documentary film marks the concert’s 10th Anniversary, when Olivia Harrison and Eric Clapton gathered with George’s closest friends at London’s Royal Albert Hall to celebrate his life the only way they knew how – by playing his music We are also pleased to announce the launch of the Official George Harrison YouTube Channel to coincide with the streaming event. The channel will offer original promo videos, EPKs and other George Harrison footage in high quality. Many thanks, georgeharrison.com Follow us on Facebook &...

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