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Album review: MASSY FERGUSON – Great Divides

MASSY FERGUSON - Great Divides

North & Left [Release date 17.05.19] Massy Ferguson plough a fairly industrial, ‘heavy duty’, furrow of country rock.  Or as the PR sheet for the Seattle based band’s 5th album aptly describes it, ‘amplified Americana’. Driven by the song writing … Continue reading

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Album review: DORJA – Gemini

DORJA - Gemini

Dakini Records [Release date 21.06.19] Having recently reviewed JoanovArc’s sophomore album here at GRTR! it’s interesting to note that Dorja – another new, all female rock band – shared the stage with them in February. Also based in London, Dorja … Continue reading

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EP review: ERICA DRIVE – The Hate, The Hurt, The Healing

ERICA DRIVE - The Hate, The Hurt, The Healing

ERICA DRIVE The Hate, The Hurt, The Healing “The Hate, The Hurt, The Healing” is the new four track EP from UK band Erica Drive. With the band having only been together since 2017, they have already developed somewhat of … Continue reading

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Book review: GARTH CARTWRIGHT – Going For A Song (A Chronicle Of The UK Record Shop)

GARTH CARTWRIGHT - Going For A Song (A Chronicle Of The UK Record Shop)

As we approach another Record Store Day, it is timely to revisit one of the more recent tomes extolling the virtues or otherwise of the record shop.  And also to compare and contrast with its antecedent which celebrates a 10th … Continue reading

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Upcoming: New releases (CD/DVD) April 2019 – June 2019

Compiled by Jason Ritchie April 5th ANIMAL DRIVE ‘Back To The Roots’ (covers EP) Frontiers BAD NEWS ’32nd Anniversary Box Set’ BRANT BJORK ‘Jacoozzi’ Heavy Psych Sounds Records DAVID BOWIE ‘Spying Through The Keyhole’ (box set) Datura4 ‘Blessed is the … Continue reading

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News: SOS Festival features THE QUIREBOYS, A JOKERS RAGE, MASSIVE (Manchester, 12-14 July 2019)

The Quireboys - HRH AOR – Pwllheli, Wales, Saturday 10 March 2018

In this festival preview, tracks from The Quireboys, Luke Appleton and Massive.  First broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, 14 April 2019 (14:57) The 12th annual SOS event will take place at Longfield Suite, Prestwich, nr. Manchester 12-14 July. … Continue reading

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News: CAMDEN ROCKS – over 400 acts over two days (1-2 June 2019)

Skarlett Riot - Giants of Rock, Minehead, January 2017

In this festival preview, tracks from Skarlett Riot, The Virginmarys and Dig Lazarus.  First broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, 7 April 2019 (13:01) Camden Rocks Festival have finalised their line-up for this year’s event (1-2 June). Amongst the … Continue reading

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News: MAGNUM – UK dates in June 2019

MAGNUM - Giants Of Rock 2018

Melodic pomp rockers Magnum play UK dates in June, during which time they will also appear at the prestigious Sweden Rock festival and Rock Hard festival in Germany. The band’s current studio album was released in January 2018 via SPV … Continue reading

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Album review: LAST FLIGHT TO PLUTO – A Drop In The Ocean

LAST FLIGHT TO PLUTO - A Drop In The Ocean

White Knight [Release date 28.03.19] They like their prog in the valleys, don’t they?  There seems to be a never ending production line of female fronted bands emerging from secret facilities in deepest, darkest Wales.  Or in the case of … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Gig review: JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR – O2 Ritz, Manchester, 17 March 2019

JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR - O2 Ritz, Manchester, 17 March 2019

Releasing your sixth studio album right at the start of a UK tour may seem a little cavalier, especially given the inevitable lack of audience familiarity with new material, even though Sony have kindly uploaded most tracks via YouTube.  ‘Reckless … Continue reading

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News: ERJA LYYTINEN – UK tour starts 18 March and new album

ERJA LYYTINEN - The Bullingdon, Oxford, 27 March 2019

Pete Feenstra chatted to Erja Lyytinen in March 2016 for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  A further interview is available via Mixcloud (September 2017) with tracks from the current album ‘Stolen Hearts’. Award winning Finnish guitarist Erja Lyytinen will release … Continue reading

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News: BEARDED THEORY – Suede, The Cult and many more (23-26 May 2019)

BEARDED THEORY FESTIVAL - Catton Hall, Derbyshire, 26-29 May 2016

In this festival preview, tracks from The Cult, Bar Stool Preachers and Reef.  First broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, 14 April 2019 (13:19) One of the first major summer festival events – Bearded Theory – takes place in … Continue reading

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Gig review: KINGDOM OF MADNESS (Classic Magnum) – The Tivoli, Buckley, 1 March 2019

KINGDOM OF MADNESS (Classic Magnum) - The Tivoli, Buckley, 1 March 2019

Mark Stanway chatted to David Randall for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio in February 2019 about his career including Magnum, Grand Slam and Kingdom of Madness.  This two-part special includes many Magnum favourites. Part 2 Our first big musical disappointment … Continue reading

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News: ZAL CLEMINSON SIN’DOGS – UK tour dates including summer festivals

Zal Cleminson - Giants Of Rock 2019 (Photo: David Randall)

In this exclusive edit Zal chats about Sin’Dogs and festival plans in 2019.  The full interview is broadcast on Sunday 17 March at 18:00 GMT on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio (4:28) Full interview Legendary guitarist with The Sensational Alex … Continue reading

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