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Manic Street Preachers Return With International Blue

Manic Street Preachers are back with their first new music in three years. International Blue is the lead single from the Welsh trio’s forthcoming album Resistance Is Futile and spiritually marks a return to their punk-rock roots following the electronic influences that characterised 2014’s Futurology album. “The track itself is carried by the kind of naive energy that powered Motorcycle Emptiness,” admits lyricist Nicky Wire. Adds singer-guitarist James Dean Bradfield, who writes the band’s music with drummer Sean Moore: “Often I just need a great title to set me off. Seeing the word blue struck a chord and set off...

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The Pretty Reckless Run Wild At Brixton Academy

The stage is what makes or breaks a band. There are no do-overs, no overdubs, no ProTools to iron out those imperfections. It’s just you, your songs, and (especially if you’re an opening band) an audience to win over. The Pretty Reckless, who’ve been doing this since 2009, know the score, especially when they’re playing to fans as rabid as Stone Sour’s. So, no time for ballads like You and House On The Hill. Instead, the 50-minute opening set is packed with a succession of their heaviest songs, each performed with a matter of life or death intensity rarely...

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Eric Clapton To Bring The Hits To British Summer Time In Hyde Park

Rock legend Eric Clapton will return to London’s Hyde Park for the fourth time since first appearing with Blind Faith back in 1969. The guitar virtuoso will headline the British Summer Time festival’s Great Oak Stage on July 8th during the London festival’s sixth edition as it grows from strength to strength, bringing huge legends and massive stars to the city’s famous central park.   Clapton, famous for massive hits Layla, Tears In Heaven and his cover The Wailers’ I Shot The Sheriff alongside his signature blues guitar playing first found success in the 1960’s with blues rock outfit...

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Taylor Swift’s Reputation Tour Goes Large

It’s been two and a half years since pop’s biggest touring star last played in the UK, closing out the UK leg of her massive 1989 tour with a huge show in London’s Hyde Park as part of the British Summer Time festival. With Taylor Swift’s latest offering Reputation going straight in at #1 on the UK album charts, as well as many other territories, it was only a matter of time until she returned to our shores. Following an announcement that Swift would be returning to London’s O2 Arena as part of Capital FM’s Jungle Bell Ball this...

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Royal Blood Have It All Figured Out At Alexandra Palace

Following At The Drive-In takes balls, especially when the Texas quintet finish their 45-minute assault with a rendition of One Armed Scissor that’s the sonic equivalent of a napalm attack. But Brighton-based Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher certainly aren’t lacking in confidence. And rightly so. In the five years since forming Royal Blood the duo have taken their crunching blues riffs and titanic choruses from open-mic nights in Worthington to headlining London’s Alexandra Palace three nights in a row. It’s been a rapid rise, certainly, but gradual enough for the singer-bassist and drummer to scale up their production and...

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Maren Morris Lights Up The Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Country Music’s latest rising star Maren Morris brought her Nashville sound to London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire last night, the third date on a six-show UK and Ireland tour following on from her appearance at London’s O2 Arena in March as part of the 2017 edition of C2C, the UK’s Country to Country music festival which is growing year on year as demand for Country acts both from the U.S. and home-grown continues to rise. The night opened with Morris’ fiancé, Country songwriter-turned-singer Ryan Hurd, playing the Shepherd’s Bush Empire a few of his own tunes including the massive You...

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Steve Hill, One-Man Band Casts A Spell At Academy Islington

Being an opening act is always tricky. You never know what to expect or how many people will turn up early in the hope of some good music. And then there are venues like O2 Academy Islington, where I’ve seen great opening bands playing to an almost empty room. So if challenges are your kind of thing, top of the list would be a one-man band opening for rock veterans Wishbone Ash. But young Canadian one-man blues-rock machine Steve Hill is totally up for the challenge. Far from the mainstream, Hill does things his own way and, in a world where...

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Placebo Bring 20 Years To Brixton

When Placebo appeared on the music scene some 21 years ago, their rise wasn’t overnight. But by the time they released the fifth single from their self-titled debut – Nancy Boy – they were peaking in the top five of the UK singles charts. Not bad for a group of unassuming lads led by the 5’6” tall androgynous frontman Brian Molko. They went on to have an instantly recognisable sound and were quickly noticed both by the general public and those in the industry, such David Bowie, who took them under his wing and even contributed vocals to 1999...

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St. Vincent Dazzles Her Masseduction At Brixton

The proceedings tonight at London’s famous Brixton Academy kick off with a screening of The Birthday Party, a directorial debut for Annie Clark, better known as musician extraordinaire St. Vincent. The film is part of female-driven horror anthology feature XX which was released earlier this year and adds co-writing to Clark’s résumé alongside Roxanne Benjamin. St. Vincent has been making waves the music world over, first hitting the scene as part of choral rocksters The Polyphonic Spree and going on to become a part of eclectic indie-folk man Sufjan Stevens’ band. But it was her solo debut Marry Me...

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Lady Antebellum, Superstar Trio Bring Country Heart Break To London

With the rising popularity of Country music in the UK, it’s no surprise that more and more acts are making the trip across the pond, from up and coming acts playing smaller venues to the heavy hitters playing the UK’s largest stages. And this week it was the turn of Country trio Lady Antebellum, comprised of Nashville native Hillary Scott alongside Augusta, Georgia boys Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood. While they may not be known as an arena-topping act to most outside of the US, they have still managed to reach the top 10 of the UK album charts...

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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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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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Ecca Vandal, Future Heroine

Melbourne-based, genre-bending artist Ecca Vandal, announced her self-titled debut album this week alongside new single Future Heroine. The album will be released on 20th October via Island Records and to mark the release, Vandal will be hitting the road, supporting Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes across the country in December, closing out with a massive show at London’s Brixton Academy on Friday 8th December. “‘Future Heroine’ is about the death of a relationship,” says Vandal, “where addictions win and take priority over love, health and happiness. In the video, I play the role of the persistent voice in my lover’s head, from two...

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Third Eye Blind Soak Up The Love At Roundhouse

The equation’s simple. Albums aren’t selling like they did a decade ago. But gig tickets are in higher demand than ever. Therefore, mark the anniversaries of those unit-shifting LPs by playing them live from start to finish. In the past year alone, U2, Manic Street Preachers, Interpol, and even The View have all done it. Now celebrating the 20th anniversary of their six-times platinum self-titled debut album, Third Eye Blind could rightfully add their name to the list. But they haven’t. The slick quintet are so keen to dispel notions of nostalgia that they open their Roundhouse performance with...

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Glenn Hughes Interview: Trust, Openness & No Fear

Glenn Hughes may have lived in California for more than 40 years, but the Black Country will forever be his home. His birthplace of Cannock gave rise to the band Trapeze, which launched a five-decade-and-counting career for the singer and bassist. Stints in Deep Purple and Black Sabbath led to a successful solo career that’s included high-profile collaborations with the likes of Pat Thrall, Tony Iommi, and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.   But even though he’d long since swapped the West Midlands for the West Coast, when Hughes, singer-guitarist Joe Bonamassa, drummer Jason Bonham, and keyboard...

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Amy Macdonald Takes Over Omeara

When Amy Macdonald released debut album This Is the Life some ten years ago now at the tender age of just 19, it was both critically acclaimed and commercially successful in the UK and Europe, landing at number one and winding up three times Platinum in the UK and five times in Germany. With few independent female solo artists breaking through in the UK at the time, mixed among the ever-increasing output from TV talent shows, hers was a sound unlike others, her distinctive Celtic voice adding another dimension to clever yet hook-laden songs. Ten years on, Macdonald is...

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Maddie & Tae Bring Country to Koko in Camden

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Country Music is the new pop music. And over the past few years, people have been starting to look up and take notice not just in the genre’s heartland – the Southern United States – but both across the US and across the pond in the UK. And I firmly believe this is due to the quality of Country song-writing and it’s broader appeal, something duo Maddie & Tae addressed point blank with hit anti-Bro-Country debut single Girl In A Country Song, the sub-genre epitomising Country music stereotypes. Tonight, the...

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Weezer, The Pacific Daydreamers Return

L.A. rockers Weezer have announced their eleventh studio album Pacific Daydream on Crush Music/Atlantic Records due out on October 27th. The non-self-titled or colour-themed record continues the Rivers Cuomo-led four-piece’s titled-albums following their self-titled, feel-good hits of the Californian summer-tinged White Album which was only released last year. The summer theme seems to continue thus far with Pacific Daydream, first single Feels Like Summer hitting the airwaves in March. But to accompany the news of their new record, the rockers have released their latest single, Mexican Fender. Check out the video here:   Following the release of their self-titled...

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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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Rock/Media: Mollie Marriott Album & Tour

Mollie Marriott, which we went to see at The Borderline earlier in June, is due to release her newest album Truth is a Wolf, available on 3rd November 2017 via Amadeus Music. The album is available for pre-order through www.molliemarriott.com and is available as Limited Edition Red Vinyl and Deluxe CD and Standard CD. Fan favourite bundles are available with exclusive signed merchandise ranging from T-Shirts, Posters, Set Lists, Unique Polaroid images and even house gigs. Anyone who pre-orders any of the bundles will receive Mollie’s first single Control as a thank you on Friday 28th July. “I’m really...

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