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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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Live: The Robert Glasper Experience @ Somerset House

‘Our gigs are open air and go ahead come rain or shine’ is a statement on the Somerset House website and the recent heatwave that blessed the UK ended abruptly, bringing the kind of rain that told you it was here to stay. This run of thirteen concerts of the Summer Series saw the Grammy winning composer, keyboard player and record producer Robert Glasper bring his “Experience” to the live stage. He is known for creating some of the most influential music of recent times. He has worked with an array of talented musicians and scored the soundtrack for the movie Miles Ahead, documenting the...

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January 2017 Vision Playlist

Dutch Uncles, Nadine Khouri, Israel Nash, Young Romance, Punctual, Migos, Nightlife, Red Faces, Alison Krauss, All Them Witches, Broken Forest, Taos Himm. Alex Maxwell, Parcels, Rotten Hill Gang, Tempers all on the RockShot Mag January Vision Playlist...

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Live: The Lumineers @ Brixton Academy

Hailing from Denver in Colorado, The Lumineers were born out of tragedy in 2002 when founding members Wesley Schultz (lead vocals, guitar) and Jeremiah Fraites (drums, percussion) came together to write music following the impromptu death of Fraites’ brother and Schultz’s best friend Josh aged just 19 from a drugs overdose. This pairing was to have a happier ending, and now joined by Neyla Pekarek (Cello, backing vocals), Stelth Ulvang (piano, banjo, and much more) and Byron Issacs (bass guitar, backing vocals) they have become a charismatic five-piece, flourishing in mainstream success across the globe. The band’s sound is...

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Live: Weezer @ Brixton Academy

Los Angeles-based rockers Weezer made their live UK return with two dates, hitting up Manchester’s Academy venue followed by London’s Brixton Academy almost five years since their last time in London, on the very same stage. Famed for their interspersion of self-titled colour and named album releases, last week saw the release of well-received tenth studio album: Weezer “The White Album”. Returning to the Brixton Academy the Californian four-piece strolled onto the stage, their famous illuminated “W” sign behind them, to screams from their five-year patient London audience, tearing straight into White Album opener California Kids. Frontman Rivers Cuomo,...

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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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Festival: Bilbao BBK Live 2016. Underworld, Editors, Junior Boys + Blossoms added

Bilbao BBK Live have today expanded their already bursting at the seams 2016 line-up with British electronic group Underworld, Tom Smith-led English rockers Editors, Canadian electronic duo Junior Boys and Stockport-based five-piece Blossoms. British duo Underworld have been synonymous with world-class electronica over the past four decades with eight studio albums used across numerous film and television appearances including London’s 2012 Summer Olympics and, of course, Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting. Forthcoming ninth album Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future, their first in six years, is eagerly anticipated. Described as post-punk and industrial rock, Editors have remained vital to the overflowing...

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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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Live: Jess Glynne @ Brixton Academy

English soul-influenced popstress Jess Glynne played the second of two sold-out shows at London’s Brixton Academy in support of her debut album I Laugh When I Cry, both 5,000-strong shows reassuringly sold out. Bursting onto the scene in 2014 with hit single Right Here, following a collaboration with deep house producer Route 94 the previous year, she achieved further chart success from a collaboration with Cambridge-based electronic outfit Clean Bandit and eventually topped the UK charts with her following two singles, rounding out 2014 where I caught her last, on an all-star line-up at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire alongside Ellie...

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Live: Poliça @ Village Underground

Poliça Live Review @ Village Underground American band Poliça are back with their third studio album United Crushers due out next month. And to ease themselves back into the live circuit, they hit up Shoreditch venue Village Underground for their only announced UK date of 2016 so far. Emerging in 2011, following the demise of Poliça frontwoman Channy Leaneagh’s previous band Roma Di Luna and marriage to bandmate Alexei Moon Casselle, the debut album from Leaneagh and producer Ryan Olson’s collaboration, Give You The Ghost, was recorded in just two weeks and resulted in something that couldn’t easily be labelled. Was...

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Live: Sugar & The Hi-Lows @ Royal Albert Hall

Sugar & The Hi-Lows @ Royal Albert Hall Nashville-based blues rock duo Trent Dabbs and Amy Stroup – AKA Sugar & The Hi-lows – played an opening slot at London’s Royal Albert Hall for Country music starlet Kacey Musgraves’ headline show as part of the Kensington venue’s Albert Sessions initiative. Coming together as two solo artists who were writing together, it took an idea from Dabbs to begin writing songs with soul and dance influences, which ended up working well for the pair. They took it to the next level by discarding their true “normal acoustic, introspective” personalities and...

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Rock Media: Gill Landry. Funeral In My Heart.

Here is the new video for Gill Landry’s Funeral In My Heart, which he directed himself. We asked him what he was trying to achieve with the song and video. “It’s a small tip of the hat to the remnants of all the burned out sections of that psychotic and alluring asphalt cardiovascular system in America,” Landry explained. “Particularly that gorgeous dying capillary U.S. Route 65 and its tributaries from Clayton, LA to Lake Providence, and all the dreams that ever lived to die there.” Many artists contributed to the musicality of Gill’s latest self-titled album, from Laura Marling...

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Rock Media: The Blockheads.
Beyond The Call Of Dury

Ian Dury and the Blockheads were a band that knew adversity. Drummer Charley Charles died of cancer in 1990 and front man Dury succumbed to the same fate 10 years later. In the absence of Dury, ‘The Blockheads’ continue to perform both the classic songs from the 70s and 80s as well as material from their own three albums, but the conventional wisdom seemed to be that devoid of the seminal man at the front, The Blockheads would be a lightweight, low-viscosity version of their former selves. Mick Gallagher, ace keyboard player and a Blockhead from the very beginning...

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Rock Media: José González . Every Age.

José González has announced details of European and US tour dates for early 2015. He will tour Europe throughout February and March calling at London (Scala), Coventry (Warwick Arts Centre) and Manchester (Academy 2) in the UK. Support at the UK shows will come from Ólöf Arnalds. Tickets are on sale now from here. Full listings for all upcoming tour dates below. Watch the spectacular video for José González’ new single Every Age. Watch the Gallatic Journey with interactive 360 camera angles but use Google Chrome follow the link. http://www.eyesinspace.com Released on 30th Nov 2014 via Peacefrog Records, Every...

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Review: Nick Cave: Chasing The Myth @ Proud Galleries.

Proud Camden launched its latest exhibition entitled Nick Cave: Chasing The Myth on 2 September. With Cave’s hotly anticipated documentary 20,000 Days On Earth due to hit UK cinemas in a couple of weeks, the gallery’s look back at portraits spanning his career is a timely move. This collaborative exhibition features work by Amelia Troubridge, David Arnoff, Andrew Whitton, Steve Double, David Corio and Viliam Hrubovcak. Images of a youthful, almost playful Cave and his early band The Birthday Party are juxtaposed with later portraits of a more serious and intense artist at work, whilst the most recent photos...

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Live Review: Dum Dum Girls @ Scala

One thing is sure, Dee Dee Penny of Dum Dum Girls has an attitude. She is going to sing and play her songs her way, dress how she pleases and you had better like it or else. Opening with Mine Tonight from the End of Daze it is easy to spot some of her many influences on the band. The sauntering low light back to the audience style of Jesus and Mary Chain, the brash arrogance of Siouxsie Sioux and the pure selfless pop of Blondie. The set lasted for around 75 minutes, most of their songs are 3...

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Live Review: Mike Watt & The Missingmen.

Mike Watt & The Missingmen ended their 56 date European tour in London at The Lexington. Exhausted? Maybe, but their performance refused to show that this was anything but a tight, energetic and entertaining act. Watt’s influential early 80s band Minutemen may be a big part of his attraction to the crowd of very varied ages (with the show selling out well in advance), but his eclectic Missingmen era work is heartily embraced and enjoyed tonight. Taking to the stage, he introduces what he describes as “a 45 minute song” – his third punk opera ‘Hyphenated-Man’. The work has...

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Live Review: Joe Satriani @ Civic Hall. Wolverhampton.

Orange lights flash, Scottish mists arise, as an opening drum solo shakes the floor of the Wolverhampton Civic. This is the same venue which spawned the likes of Robert Plant, who with his Band of Joy, featuring his best pal and drummer John ‘Bonzo’ Bonham literally cut their musical live teeth, right here in the heart of the Black Country. The term ‘Black Country’ derives from the times of the Industrial Revolution, when the smoke generated from the foundries and factories created a black mist difficult for anyone to see through. Queen Victoria would draw the curtains in her...

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