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News: MICHAEL ARMSTRONG showcases superior pop rock – The Water Rats, London, Tuesday 2 July 2019

Michael Armstrong

After a 2-year hiatus and following the release of his highly-acclaimed second album #LookingForTheWorld, Michael Armstrong returns to the stage and brings with him a fantastic new band. Michael will be performing at The Water Rats, Grays Inn Road, London … Continue reading

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Quick plays: BEN HEMMING

BEN HEMMING The Devil Beside Me

BEN HEMMING The Devil Beside Me [Release date 31.05.19] ‘Nu-blues’ man Ben Hemming opens his latest release with the impressively broody/ doomy Dead Man Blues which reminds me (strangely) of PJ Harvey circa Bring Your Love To Me.  It’s a … Continue reading

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Album review: THE STEVE THOMPSON BAND – The Long Fade

THE STEVE THOMPSON BAND - The Long Fade

www.steve-thompson.org.uk [Release date 31.05.19] Steve Thompson may not be a name you’re familiar with, but after 50 years in the business, his debut ‘solo’ album pays tribute to career served largely ‘behind the scenes’ as a songwriter, producer and session … Continue reading

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News: WIN weekend camping tickets to REWIND SCOTLAND,19-21 July 2019

FOREIGNER - Manchester Apollo, 12 May 2018

This year’s Rewind Scotland festival takes place 19-21 July at Scone Palace, Perth. Headliners Bryan Ferry and Foreigner will be joined by Lulu, Paul Young, The Stranglers, Lisa Stansfield and many others. On the Comedy stage veteran stand-ups Phill Jupitus … Continue reading

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Album review: LUCIFER’S FRIEND – Black Moon (featuring John Lawton)

LUCIFER

Lucifers Records [Release date 26.04.19] If ‘Black Moon’ doesn’t quite reach the heady heights/atmosphere of the early 1970s when John Lawton released a string of albums pre-Uriah Heep, we still have no right to expect a brand new offering in … Continue reading

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News: CORNBURY returns with headliners THE SPECIALS, KEANE and THE BEACH BOYS (5-7 July 2019)

Cornbury Festival 2019

The sixteenth Cornbury Music Festival is held in The Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire 5-7 July. Joining headliners The Specials, Keane and The Beach Boys, artists include KT Tunstall, Elkie Brooks, Trevor Horn Band, Paul Cattack and Steeleye Span. Amongst the … Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (April 2019 – June 2019)

Erja Lyytinen - Another World

Albums of the Month 2019: April-June January-March 2019 ERJA LYYTINEN Another World (Tuohi Records) [Release Date 26.04.19] From the tension building intensity and a harmony guitar break of ‘Hard As Stone’ to the gently paced ‘Without You’, with its angst … Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (January 2019 – March 2019)

Steve Hackett - At The Edge Of Light

Albums of the Month 2019: January – March April-June 2019 STEVE HACKETT At The Edge Of Light (Inside Out) [Release date 25.01.19] In his long and distinguished career at the forefront of everything that’s good about progressive rock, Steve Hackett … Continue reading

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Gig review: MAGNUM – Aberdare Coliseum, 5 June 2019

MAGNUM - Aberdare Coliseum, 5 June 2019

With more venues in South Wales falling by the wayside, it is refreshing to see someone taking  a gamble, especially in the valleys and in the middle of the week, but the old adage of book them and they will … Continue reading

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Album review: JACK BRUCE – Live At Rockpalast 1980, 1983 and 1990 (CD/DVD)

JACK BRUCE - Live At Rockpalast 1980, 1983 and 1990

MIG Music [Release date 26.04.19] 2 DVD/5 CD This multi-disc box set is a fine summary of Jack Bruce playing live from 1980 through to 1990.  Culled from the legendary German TV show “Rockpalast” this 5-CD set also contains 2 … Continue reading

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News: WIN! EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER Anthology vinyl box set! (June 2019)

Emerson, Lake & Palmer - The Anthology

Throughout June we will be offering a 4-LP vinyl box set celebrating Emerson, Lake & Palmer in a new competition. The box set features 4 discs pressed on ‘galaxy effect’ coloured vinyl and includes tracks from all the key original … Continue reading

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Quick plays: BUFORD POPE, WORLD OF MICK, LENY’S GIRL

BUFORD POPE The Waiting Game

BUFORD POPE The Waiting Game [Release date 08.04.19] Swedish singer songwriter Buford Pope (aka Mikael Liljeborg) – with raspy vocals reminiscent of a young (albeit tight trousered) Rod Stewart – literally plays the waiting game with his eighth release, in … Continue reading

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Album review: IZZ – Don’t Panic

IZZ- Don

Doone Records [Release date 21.05.19] Don’t Panic – the ninth studio album by New York based proggers Izz, may feature – as one of the band’s four vocalists – Laura Meade who’s debut solo album Remedium topped my 2018 best … Continue reading

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Album review: FORLORN HOPE – Over The Hills

FORLORN HOPE - Over The Hills

[Release date 26.07.19] Inspired and informed by the Peninsular War of 1807-1814 when “master of Europe” Napoleon faced six years of hostility from Britain, Spain and Portugal. ‘Over The Hills’ doesn’t compromise. While some albums work on two levels and … Continue reading

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Album review: WHITESNAKE – Flesh & Blood

WHITESNAKE - Flesh & Blood

Frontiers [Release date 10.05.19] You have to hand it to Mr. Coverdale.  He could be forgiven, at the age of 67, for retiring to his Nevada estate contemplating his career and his royalty cheques.  But, no, even though this is … Continue reading

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Album review: FRAUDPROPHETS – Poptosis

FRAUDPROPHETS - Poptosis

www.fraudprophets.com [Release date 03.06.19] Looking at the cover, you could be forgiven thinking that Fraudprophets are the latest post-punk wannabes.  This couldn’t be further from the truth.  This is an album of mostly cool jazz fusion grooves. If we’re looking … Continue reading

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Album review: EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER – The Anthology 1970-1998 (4-LP Box set)

Emerson, Lake & Palmer - The Anthology 1970-1998 (4-LP Box set)

We’re giving away a copy of the boxed set in June – check out our Competitions section! David Randall chatted to Carl Palmer for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio in June 2018.  This hour special features a selection of ELP … Continue reading

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Album review: SHOB – Solide

SHOB - Solide

La Route Productions [Release date 03.05.19] I must be weakening.  Jazz funk sounds interesting again.  They say music is cyclical, that also applies to your specific musical tastes.  If you were prey to a particular genre in the past, it’s … Continue reading

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News: STONEDEAF – one day event features headliner Glenn Hughes (24 August 2019)

GLENN HUGHES – Electric Ballroom, London, 15 October 2018

Stonedeaf was previewed on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on Sunday 12 May with tracks from Glenn Hughes, The Amorettes and Samarkind (16:50) This year’s Stonedeaf event takes place on Saturday 24 August at Newark Showground in Nottinghamshire. Headliner Glenn … Continue reading

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Gig review: HANNAH ALDRIDGE – Village Club, Thornton Hough, Wirral, 1 May 2019

HANNAH ALDRIDGE - Village Club, Thornton Hough, Wirral, 1 May 2019

Could the Village Hall be the future of rock ‘n’ roll?  Well, it worked for The Beatles.  In years gone by we’ve seen James Grant (ex-Love & Money) in similar circumstances and Steve Tilston with full band – including Tull … Continue reading

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