Monthly Archives: November 2015

Gig review: THEA GILMORE – Liverpool Philharmonic, 17 November 2015

THEA GILMORE - Liverpool Philharmonic, 17 November 2015

I have been following Thea Gilmore from the early days of her career when I heard her being championed by Bob Harris on his Radio 2 Saturday show back in the late nineties. I’ve seen her develop from a bile-spitting … Continue reading

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Gig review: VINTAGE TROUBLE – 02 Forum, London,17 November 2015

VINTAGE TROUBLE – 02 Forum, London,17 November 2015

While Vintage Trouble front man Ty Taylor never actually mutters the immortal phrase ‘get on up’ – he frequently uses the line ‘I can’t even hear you’- he shares much in common with late godfather of soul, James Brown. There’s … Continue reading

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Gig review: JOE JAMMER’S ALL-STAR CHICAGO BLUES REVUE – London Jazz Festival, Bulls Head, London,16 November 2015

JOE JAMMER

Joe Jammer’s All-Star Chicago Blues Revue appears in Barnes as part of the London Jazz Festival. And whatever the debate about whether jazz or blues came first, Joe Jammer makes sure that his blues show is both essential and fun! … Continue reading

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Album review: THE DOORS – Other Voices/Full Circle (reissue)

THE DOORS - Other Voices/Full Circle (reissue)

Rhino [Release date 04.09.15] 2-CD After Jim Morrison’s death in July 1971, and without their charismatic frontman, the writing was on the wall for the remaining members of The Doors.  But in the 2 years before they called it a … Continue reading

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Album review: THE GETAWAY DRIVERS – Bellatopia

THE GETAWAY DRIVERS - Bellatopia

[Release date 04.07.15] Bellatopia, their fourth release, marks The Getaway Drivers’ 10 year anniversary, although only Wisconsin folk singer-songwriter Bob Manor (guitar, piano, vocals) and bassist Ken Keeley remain from the original line up. Essentially an Americana/rock outfit, the band’s … Continue reading

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Quick plays: ADRIAN CONNER, JANE KRAMER, S-WORD-S

ADRIAN CONNER - Hush!

ADRIAN CONNER – Hush! Adrian Conner may not be a name you’re familiar with.  Hush! her eighth release is unlikely to change that. For the past 15 years Conner has been the lead guitarist in Seattle, Washington based all-girl AC/DC … Continue reading

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Gig review: FM/Vega – Guildhall, Gloucester, 7 November 2015

FM - Guildhall, Gloucester, 7 November 2015

A Saturday night gig with two of the best melodic rock bands in the country, a two hour drive away but totally worth it. A four date trot around the country playing in some venues that you don’t often hear … Continue reading

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Gig review: CORKY LAING BAND /Rainbreakers – 100 Club, London,15 November 2015

CORKY LAING BAND /RAINBREAKERS – 100 Club, London,15 November 2015

Tonight, Mountain drummer Corky Laing looks like a man who is prospering without the combined egos of Leslie West and Jack Bruce in front of him (think Mountain and West Bruce & Laing). Pitching up at the 100 Club at … Continue reading

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Quick plays: OTHERKIN, BEARDED YOUTH QUEST, MAJOR INSTINCT

OTHERKIN – The 201 https://www.facebook.com/otherkinOK/ Irish band Otherkin release this rather good four song EP. They have four indie disco floor fillers on this EP that’s for sure’ ‘AY AY’ is a like a bouncy child with it’s relentless, yet … Continue reading

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Album review: CURLY WOLF – Calling Your Bluff

CURLY WOLF – Calling Your Bluff

The Curly Wolf  [Release date 07.08.15] ‘Our aim is to show that there is more to country music than radio pop lets you believe’. Curly Wolf hammers home their sense of purpose with a defining mission statement and from the … Continue reading

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Album review: MOJO ASSASSINS – Mojo Assassins

MOJO ASSASSINS – Mojo Assassins

Artwork Media, Inc. [Release date 24.11.15] The Mojo Assassins are a power trio comprising Ronny Griffin drums, Tony Calhoun on bass and vocals and David Zychek on guitar and vocals. Their collective pedigree includes Night Ranger, Stallion, Frankie Lee and … Continue reading

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Album review: ERIC CHARLES BAND – 2015 Exclusive Limited Release

ERIC CHARLES BAND – 2015 Exclusive Limited Release

Self release [Release date 22.05.15] Eric Charles Band’s ‘2015 Exclusive Limited Release’ is a high energy, swaggering album full of confident songs that have been road tested before the band channeled their energy into this 12 track album. The songs … Continue reading

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Gig review: KING KING – Islington Academy, London, 11 November 2015

KING KING - Islington Academy, London, 11 November 2015

It takes time to be an overnight sensation but King King, and singer guitarist Alan Nimmo in particular, have enjoyed a spectacular rise to fame recently.  Having paid his dues for a long time with the Nimmo Brothers and now … Continue reading

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Album review: JEFF LYNNE’S ELO – Alone In The Universe

JEFF LYNNE

Colombia/Sony [Release date 13.11.15] To say I was looking forward to this is an understatement! It has been fourteen years since the last album under the ELO name, 2001′s ‘Zoom’ and there was the album of cover versions of long … Continue reading

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Gig review: JUDIE TZUKE – The Met, Bury, 12 November 2015

JUDIE TZUKE - The Met, Bury, 12 November 2015

Six months on since we last caught up with her – at The Lowry in Salford – Judie Tzuke’s Songs And Stories tour continues to wend it’s way happily around the UK.  It’s her most extensive tour for decades, crisscrossing … Continue reading

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Gig review: MARTIN TURNER – Boom Boom Club, Sutton, 30 October 2015

MARTIN TURNER, Boom Boom Club, Sutton, 30 October 2015

Ten years ago, it was in this very Football Club clubhouse in suburban South London that Wishbone Ash founder bassist and vocalist Martin Turner came in from the cold and launched a new line-up playing Wishbone’s catalogue. His return here … Continue reading

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Gig review: MEGADETH – Braehead Arena, Glasgow, 11 November 2015

Lamb Of God – Braehead Arena, Glasgow, 11 November 2015

Value for money is something we look for in all walks of life and gig going is no exception. So when this four band bill rolled into town it looked like a bargain, Sylosis, Children Of Bodom, Lamb Of God … Continue reading

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Album review: THE BLUES OVERDRIVE – Clinch

THE BLUES OVERDRIVE – Clinch

Gateway Music [Release date 26.05.15] Danish band The Blues Overdrive explore deep grooves in a minimalist framework to emphasize the essential elements of a song, albeit they are better at the power of suggestion than actual resolution. ‘Clinch’ is an … Continue reading

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Album review: SHOTGUN RODEO – World Wide Genocide

SHOTGUN RODEO - World Wide Genocide

www.facebook.com/shotgunrodeo [Release date 04.12.15] Shotgun Rodeo hail from Norway and have released a couple of EP’s prior to this their first full length album release. The band consists of Nino Escopeta (vocals), Don Shrediablo (guitars), Dorian Crazed (bass) and Vegzilla … Continue reading

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Gig review: DAN PATLANSKY with JOE SATRIANI – Hammersmith Eventim Apollo, London, 10 November 2015

DAN PATLANSKY – Hammersmith Eventim Apollo, London, 10 November 2015

As an exercise in strategic marketing, the pairing of tonight’s special guest Dan Patlansky with the innovative stunt guitarist Joe Satriani has much to recommend it. Where Satriani glides over the front ranks of the seated Hammersmith venue and then … Continue reading

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