Monthly Archives: August 2017

Gig review: RAMBLIN’ MAN FAIR – Day 3 – Mote Park, Maidstone, 30 July 2017

RAMBLIN

After the deluge on Saturday the forecast for the Sunday was looking a lot brighter and judging by the size of the crowd in the arena the sun had enticed a few extra bodies along for another top day of … Continue reading

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Gig review: RAMBLIN’ MAN FAIR – Day 2 – Mote Park, Maidstone, 29 July 2017

RAMBLIN’ MAN FAIR – Mote Park, Maidstone, 29 July 2017

I awoke in the hotel with lovely Kent sunshine streaming through the window, however the forecast for later in the day was looking grim and I did pass Noah on his way to B&Q for nails and some MDF. No … Continue reading

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Gig review: RAMBLIN’ MAN FAIR – Day 1 – Mote Park, Maidstone, 28 July 2017

RAMBLIN’ MAN FAIR –Mote Park, Maidstone, 28 July 2017

The Ramblin’ Man Fair is now in its third year and is going from strength to strength. It is situated in Mote Park right in the centre of Maidstone in Kent, it is a bit bizarre passing a children’s playpark … Continue reading

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Gig review: HUE AND CRY Album Launch – PRS Building, King’s Cross, London, 3 August 2017

HUE & CRY Album Launch - PRS Building, King

Kicking the night off in great humour, Pat Kane informs his attentive audience that tonight we are to be locked in a room 8 floors above the ground for a 20 minute jazz odyssey. Luckily this was a joke. Instead, … Continue reading

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Quick plays: MORRISSEY & MARSHALL, THE WARNING, MISE EN SCENE

MORRISSEY & MARSHALL - We Rise

MORRISSEY & MARSHALL We Rise Mass Market Recordings [Release date 11.08.17] The second album from London based, Dublin duo Darren Morrissey and Greg Marshall, is as big a slab of classic pop/rock as you’ll hear this year. With Marshall sporting … Continue reading

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Album review: HER – Revolution

HER- Revolution

India [Release date 03.06.16] The expectation from the cover art of Revolution – the latest release from native New Yorker Monique Staffile (HER) – blonde ponytails and face half covered by a stars and stripes cowboy bandana dusk mask – … Continue reading

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Album review: D2UR – Tic Toc

D2UR - Tic Toc

[Release date 01.07.17] D2UR (pronounced Detour, really?) are a no-nonsense Canadian band built around the partnership of Mike and Diane Isbister.  He plays guitars, she sings. Starting out as a covers band, their debut release Rev U Up (2013) was … Continue reading

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Album review: BRIAN TARQUIN – Band Of Brothers/Orlando In Heaven

BRIAN TARQUIN - Band Of Brothers

Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra [Release date 25.08.17] Brian Tarquin is a fixer, talented guitarist, producer and general good egg.  A bit like label-mate Billy Sherwood he coordinates a number of artists for various projects usually with a guitar theme.  In the latest … Continue reading

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Album review: GIZMODROME (Stewart Copeland, Adrian Belew, Mark King, Vittorio Cosma)

GIZMODROME

earMUSIC [Release date 15.09.17] What do high profile musicians do when they’ve experienced sustained success and are staring at the twilight zone?  Gizmodrome.  That’s what.  Spearheaded by one-time Police alumni Stewart Copeland who has co-opted PFM progster Vittorio Cosma, Adrian … Continue reading

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Interview: JOHN MITCHELL (LONELY ROBOT)

Lonely Robot aka John Mitchell released the second album in the trilogy, ‘The Big Dream’, earlier this year. Lonely Robot play UK dates supported by Tilt at the end of this month. Over to John Mitchell… Have you been pleased … Continue reading

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Gig review: STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL, Ebbw Vale, 30 July 2017 (Part Two)

British Lion - STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL, Ebbw Vale, 30 July 2017

Mud and music – what more can a hardened rock fan ask for?  Sunshine? Well it was in short supply again today.  Cars had been marooned in the muddy field but it wasn’t going to deter the faithful… The Texas … Continue reading

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Gig review: STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL, Ebbw Vale, 28-29 July 2017 (Part One)

Trucker Diablo - STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL, Ebbw Vale, 28 July 2017

The annual pilgrimage climbing the mountain in the valleys of South Wales seems to have come around far quicker this year than any other, and the reliable Welsh weather played a major part in some issues regarding camping and parking.  … Continue reading

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Gig review: CROW BLACK CHICKEN – Robin 2, Bilston, 3 July 2017

CROW BLACK CHICKEN - Robin 2, Bilston, 3 July 2017

So a trip to the Robin 2 on a Monday night must mean something a bit special and indeed it is as Crow Black Chicken are making a welcome return during their current tour. A band who we first caught … Continue reading

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Album review: THE TUBES – The A&M Albums

THE TUBES - The A&M Albums

In Part 1 (above) of a two-part special, Fee Waybill chats about the formative years of The Tubes. (First broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, 28 June 2015) Part 2 (above) discusses the band’s progress from the early-1980s to … Continue reading

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Album review: SUZI QUATRO – Legend

SUZI QUATRO - Legend

Chrysalis [Release date 22.09.17] To coincide with Suzi’s third, fourth, fifth and sixth albums (1975 – 1979 on RAK) being fully remastered and issued digitally for the first time, Chrysalis issue this compilation that covers a good chunk of her … Continue reading

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Album review: PATRICK CAMPBELL LYONS – You’re A Cloud, I’m A Comet

PATRICK CAMPBELL LYONS – You’re A Cloud, I’m A Comet

Market Square [Release date 25.08.17] Website 1967: one notably exotic, if delicate, bloom amidst the flower power trademarking the nascent psych-pop scene of London’s Summer of Love was the enigmatic Nirvana. The loose-limbed, multinational collective’s debut was the launch release … Continue reading

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Album review: KING KING – Exile & Grace

King King - Exile & Grace

Manhaton [Release date 06.10.17] King King’s ‘Exile & Grace’ doesn’t so much attempt reinvent the wheel, as musically re-market old wine in new bottles. For while the CD comes stamped through with the band’s signature sound – sharp riffs, boisterous … Continue reading

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Album review: ANATHEMA – The Optimist

ANATHEMA - The Optimist

K-Scope [Release date: 09.06.17] Having moved on from their dark metal roots into progressive rock loveliness with the wonderful ‘We’re Here Because We’re Here’ album in 2010 and its magnificent follow-up ‘Weather Systems’ in 2012, Anathema somewhat divided opinion with … Continue reading

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Album review: JONNY LANG – Signs

JONNY LANG – Signs

Provogue [Release date 25.08.17] Jonny Lang’s ‘Signs’ is his first album for 4 years and it’s a marriage of convenience. He’s still wedded to the soulful approach to be found on ‘Fight For My Soul’, but he replaces some of … Continue reading

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Album review: RICK ESTRIN & THE NIGHTCATS – Groovin’ In Greaseland

RICK ESTRIN & THE NIGHTCATS - Groovin

Alligator Records [Release date 18.08.17] Rick Estrin has lived a lifetime of the blues. He’s old enough to have known Muddy Waters and came within a missed phone call of working for him. But he’s also young enough to pen … Continue reading

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