Monthly Archives: February 2016

News: DONOVAN announces 70th Birthday Show

Donovan - Beat Cafe

DONOVAN’S 70TH BIRTHDAY PARTY CONCERT IN ‘BEAT CAFÉ’ AT THE LONDON PALLADIUM ON 6th MAY 2016 Donovan, ‘60s legend, icon, poet and one of our most enduring singer-songwriters, celebrates his 70th birthday with a special concert at The London Palladium … Continue reading

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News: The Rebelles announce a cover of All The Young Dudes

THE REBELLES release their take on ‘All The Young Dudes’, featuring Ian Hunter, on 18th March, via Turtle Recordings. The Rebelles is the sound of three stunning vocal talents paying tribute to the songs that inspire them.  Formed of Tracie … Continue reading

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DVD review: BLACK VEIL BRIDES – Alive and Burning

BLACK VEIL BRIDES - Alive and Burning

Eagle Vision [Release date 25.09.15] There is no doubt about it, Black Veil Brides are a great live band, heavy as you like yet melodic throughout. Formed in 2006, and having released 4 acclaimed albums, the band are part Motley, … Continue reading

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DVD review: TWISTED SISTER – We Are Twisted F***ing Sister

TWISTED SISTER - We Are Twisted F***ing Sister

Monduo Films [Release date 11.03.16] Twisted Sister – part cartoon, part waxwork, 100% rock n’ roll. This DVD release of Andrew Horn’s 2014 film charts the history of the band from their earliest incarnation back in 1972 up to the … Continue reading

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Gig review: NECK DEEP – O2 Academy, Glasgow, 2 February 2016

LIGHT YEARS - O2 Academy, Glasgow, 2 February 2016

The cold Glasgow night was filled with an air of pop-punk and pizza. Yes, Wrexham formed Neck Deep were in town, bringing the teenage angst in full. The band from North Wales stopped by on the UK leg of their … Continue reading

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Album review: RHINE – An Outsider

[Released 05.02.16] To mix Thrash with Death Metal is asking for elitists to come crawling from the walls. However different the two genres may be, it is hard to pick the differences out in Rhine’s music. This is a good … Continue reading

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Album review: CASUALTIES OF COOL

Casualties Of Cool

Inside Out www.insideout.de [Release date 16.01.16] Casualties of Cool is the latest release by, well, Casualties of Cool! The ambient country rock album is the first album from Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad, Devin Townsend Project etc…) and Che Aimee … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE WINERY DOGS/ Inglorious – Bristol O2 Academy, 2 February 2016

THE WINERY DOGS - Bristol O2 Academy, 2 February 2016

Mike Portnoy announces to the crowd that The Winery Dogs don’t often play outside of the main cities of London/Manchester, so the Bristol fans wasted no opportunity to sign up for something special and – although not a sell out … Continue reading

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Album review: JENNIFER WARNES – The Well

JENNIFER WARNES - The Well

BMG [Release date 04.03.16] It comes to something when it takes a fifteen year old album – getting its first UK release – to highlight just how sterile and bland the singer songwriter scene has become. Warnes’ eighth studio album, … Continue reading

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News: MAGNUM and DEVON ALLMAN interview specials on Sunday 7 February 2016

Magnum - Liverpool Arts Club, 6 February 2016

In 2011, during rehearsals for their winter UK tour, David Randall asked Bob Catley and Tony Clarkin about the rise of Magnum, discussing the early days, their reformation in the Millennium and upward trajectory during the past decade. On Sunday … Continue reading

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Quick plays: DAVID LOCKE, DERIAN CROSS, TESS OF THE CIRCLE

DAVID LOCKE Transitions

DAVID LOCKE Transitions [Release date 05.15] www.davidlocke.co.uk David Locke is another guitar journeymen but the difference between his production values and the Derian Cross album (see below) are palpable. A lot of time and effort has evidently gone into making … Continue reading

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Quick plays: BEN ABRAHAM, DEATH BY UNGA BUNGA, TALISCO

BEN ABRAHAM – Sirens Secretly Canadian [Release date 04.03.16] Despite the record label name, Ben Abraham hails from Australia where this, his debut album, was released last year. It is now getting a full UK release and I can see … Continue reading

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Album review: DREAM THEATER – The Astonishing

DREAM THEATER - The Astonishing

Roadrunner Records [Release date 29.01.16] Epic. Sprawling. Career defining? Perhaps. Dream Theater have unleashed upon its adoring fans an album of such substantial girth that it makes the job of reviewing it reasonably tough. DT are known for super long … Continue reading

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