Monthly Archives: March 2019

Gig review: ERJA LYYTINEN – The Bullingdon, Oxford, 27 March 2019

ERJA LYYTINEN - The Bullingdon, Oxford, 27 March 2019

Like Joanne Shaw Taylor, who we reviewed recently, we’ve followed Erja Lyytinen since at least her major label album debut in 2006.  Pete Feenstra is of course a great advocate: promoting her gigs, playing and reviewing her albums.  And like … Continue reading

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Gig review: VIVE LE ROCK AWARDS – Islington Academy, London, 27 March 2019

Suzi Quatro

Tonight’s 2019 Vive le Rock Awards was always going to be a broad musical church, what with a mix of  punk, new wave and glam artists populating the bill. That said, the spirit of punk hangs heavily on a night … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE RADIO SUN – Water Rats, London,19 March 2019

THE RADIO SUN - Water Rats, London,19 March 2019

Melbourne-based melodic rockers The Radio Sun have over the past four years become regulars at the HRH AOR Festival in North Wales, winning friends both for their music and their sociable nature, entering into the spirit of the occasion. Though … Continue reading

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Album review: GEORGE BENSON – Walking To New Orleans

GEORGE BENSON – Walking To New Orleans

Provogue [Release date 26.04.19] George Benson’s ‘Walking To New Orleans’ continues where his last Nat King Cole covers album left off 3 years ago. It’s not so much a leap of faith , as simply discovering whether his timeless vocal … Continue reading

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Album review: NAZARETH – coloured vinyl (reissues)

NAZARETH - Razamanaz

Razamanaz (yellow vinyl LP, gatefold sleeve) Loud’n’Proud (orange vinyl LP, gatefold sleeve) Rampant (blue vinyl LP, inner sleeve) Hair Of The Dog (white vinyl LP, inner sleeve) Expect No Mercy (pink vinyl LP, inner sleeve) No Mean City (green vinyl … Continue reading

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Quick plays: CARRIE TREE, HEADSTICKS, THE END MACHINE, TNT

CARRIE TREE The Canoe [Release date 26.04.19] Brighton based singer songwriter Carrie Tree is onto her third album with ‘The Canoe’, which sees her work with producer and arranger Markus Sieber. ‘Human Kindness’ is the album’s stand out, highlighting that … Continue reading

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Album review: JOANovARC

JOANovARC

Holier Than Thou Records [Release date 31.05.19] JOANovARC released their debut album ‘Ride Of Your Life’ to critical acclaim in 2016. Now they are back with their second album, mixed and mastered by Wayne Proctor and recorded at the legendary … Continue reading

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Album review: QUARTZ – Quartz/Live Count Dracula

Dissonance Productions Originally called Bandylegs, Quartz formed in 1974 and would later become associated with the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. Some absolutely first class metal that the label have been reissuing of late. In fact the band’s third … Continue reading

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Album review: WHITESNAKE – Slide It In

35th Anniversary Edition Parlophone/Rhino [Release date 08.03.19] Back when Whitesnake were a British classic rock band, former Deep Purple vocalist David Coverdale fronted a solid blues rock band of class musicians. Formed in the late 70s, the mid 80s saw … Continue reading

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Album review: TAL WILKENFELD – Love Remains

TAL WILKENFELD - Love Remains

BMG [Release date 15.03.19] If you want an album for late night listening, sustained by a favourite brew of something, this might be worthy of your attention. Australian Tal has lent her bass playing talents to any number of artists, … Continue reading

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Gig review: CATS IN SPACE – Highbury Garage, London, 16 March 2019

CATS IN SPACE - Highbury Garage, London, 16 March 2019

After a relatively quiet touring 2018 as they recorded  their third album in a short space of time in ‘Daytrip to Narnia’,  it was great to see Cats In Space, one of my favourite ‘new’ bands back and gigging, and … Continue reading

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Album review: DEVIN TOWNSEND – Empath

Hevy Devy/Inside Out [Release date 29.03.19] Devin Townsend has rested his Project and with ‘Empath’ we have his first solo album since ‘Ziltoid’. Guests include regular contributor Anneke van Giersbergen, Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger, Frank Zappa alumni Mike Keneally as music … Continue reading

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Album review: VERITY WHITE – Reclaim; Set Fire

VERITY WHITE - Reclaim; Set Fire

[Release date 08.03.19] There’s a slew of young British female rock artists emerging at present, all looking to get a foothold on that slippery ladder of fame, with this month seeing sophomore releases from two south-west based singers – Elles … Continue reading

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Album review: BONNIE TYLER – Between The Earth And The Stars

BONNIE TYLER - Between The Earth And The Stars

BMG [Release date 22.03.19] Celebrating 50 years in the business and looking good (although the cover art has surely been subject to some diligent Photoshopping) Bonnie Tyler looks to bolster sales of her latest studio album with cameo duets from … Continue reading

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Album review: KEVIN ARMSTRONG – Run

KEVIN ARMSTRONG - Run

Wishing Tree Records [Release date 22.03.19] Kevin Armstrong was a something of a ‘go to’ guitarist in the 1980′s working with Bowie, Iggy Pop, Morrissey, Prefab Sprout, Thomas Dolby and many more. A name that will have gone under most … Continue reading

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Album review: FRANCIS ROSSI & HANNAH RICKARD – We Talk Too Much

FRANCIS ROSSI & HANNAH RICKARD - We Talk Too Much

earMUSIC [Release date 15.03.19] With 50+ years in rock ‘n’ roll behind him, Francis Rossi shows no sign of slowing down, with an album, a book, and a tour in 2019. Looking for a sparring partner to explore his soft … Continue reading

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Quick plays: MATT MITCHELL & THE COLD HEARTS, A NEW REVENGE, RAIN OR SHINE

MATT MITCHELL & THE COLD HEARTS Independent [Release date 19.04.19] Matt Mitchell has fronted AOR band Pride, the more metal flavoured Furyon and then Colour Of Noise, who featured former Little Angels guitarist Bruce John Dickinson. Despite a strong album … Continue reading

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Gig review: TYKETTO – Islington Academy, London, 12 March 2019

TYKETTO - Islington Academy, London, 12 March 2019

25 years ago this spring, Tyketto’s sophomore album ‘Strength In Numbers’ got a belated release after they were dropped by Geffen Records in the wake of the maelstrom that was the rise of grunge. Out of this difficult birth however … Continue reading

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News: ELEANOR McEVOY – ‘Gimme Some Wine Tour’ In April

Irish multi-instrumentalist chanteuse and raconteur Eleanor McEvoy will play eleven-dates across England throughout April 2019 as part of her new ‘Gimme Some Wine Tour’. Eleanor’s new tour follows the great success of her 2017 album release ‘The Thomas Moore Project’, … Continue reading

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Album review: TORA TORA – Bastards of Beale

TORA TORA - Bastards of Beale

Frontiers [Release date 22.02.19] Since the release of their debut album back in 1989, Memphis’ Tora Tora have been (albeit with a 14 year hiatus thanks to the shifting musical landscape) bringing us some great blues based rock n roll … Continue reading

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