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News: Albums of the Month (January 2018 – March 2018)

The Temperance Movement

    THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT A Deeper Cut(Earache) “In a world of abundance of everything, The Temperance Movement shine like a beacon and stand head and shoulders above the crowd for their sheer creative genius and their intense, high energy … Continue reading

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Album review: TED & MAJELLA – Better Together (Ted Turner, ex-Wishbone Ash)

TED & MAJELLA - Better Together

David Randall chatted to Ted Turner about the album for his weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio. (24:41)  The full interview is repeated on Friday 11 May at 22:00 GMT. Turneround Music [Release date 06.04.18] Since 1974, when … Continue reading

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Album review: WISHBONE ASH – Two Barrels Burning/Raw To The Bone (reissues)

WISHBONE ASH - Two Barrels Burning

Lemon/Cherry Red [Release date 02.02.18] Back in the racks for their first official outing on CD in some years, two eighties “lost classics” from the band who are currently receiving renewed attention largely thanks to the massive limited “vintage years” … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE DEAD DAISIES/The Treatment/The Amorettes – O2 Academy, Bristol, 14 April 2018

THE DEAD DAISIES - O2 Academy, Bristol, 14 April 2018

Supergroups come and go, more often than not exploding onto the scene with excitement then invariably disappearing due to the sound of clashing egos… This is not necessarily the case with The Dead Daisies: yes, they have had more line … Continue reading

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Album review: MY GLASS WORLD – Prisoner Of Gravity

MY GLASS WORLD - Prisoner Of Gravity

Luxury Noise [Release date 01.06.18] My Glass World is a vehicle for singer / songwriter Jamie Telford who’s ‘claim to fame’ is having played the driving piano that graces The Jam’s #1 single ‘Beat Surrender’ (1982). He’s also a trained … Continue reading

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Album review: MARK VENNIS & DIFFERENT PLACE – A Beautiful Lie Or The Ugly Truth

MARK VENNIS & DIFFERENT PLACE - A Beautiful Lie Or the Ugly Truth

Cadiz Music [Release date 20.04.18] Mark Vennis, a 20 year veteran of the film industry, with production credits on 33 films to his name, including the comedy drama Funny Cow, and the recent documentary ‘Here To Be Heard; The Story … Continue reading

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Album review: MONGREL STATE – Mestizo

MONGREL STATE - Mestizo

Mongrel State [Release date 29.01.16] Did I tell you the one about the two Irishmen, an Englishman and an American? No, sorry, that was last week’s Americana review. This week it’s a tale of an Irishman, an Italian, a Spaniard … Continue reading

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Album review: DWORNIAK BONE LAPSA – Fingers Pointing At The Moon

DWORNIAK BONE LAPSA - Fingers Pointing At The Moon

Platinum Pursuits/Proper Records [Release date 09.03.18] I’m not quite sure why this album, originally released in 2014, by Winchester-based three piece Joe Dworniak (bass/backing vocals), Greg Bone (lead and rhythm guitars/backing vocals), and Chris Lapsa (lead vocals/guitars and keys), who … Continue reading

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Album review: AURI – s/t (Tuomas Holopainen)

AURI

Nuclear Blast [Release date 23.03.18] Auri – a side project of Nightwish pair Tuomas Holopainen (keyboards) and Troy Donockley (acoustic guitars, Uilleann pipes, vocals) – is one that’s been a while in the gestation. The oldest song in the set, … Continue reading

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Album review: MY INDIGO (Sharon den Adel)

MY INDIGO

MVKA [Release date 20.04.18] Suffering writer’s block and personal problems after Within Temptation’s Hydra world tour, lead singer Sharon den Adel sought solace in writing songs for herself. My Indigo, her first solo album, is the result. But don’t get … Continue reading

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Gig review: MARILLION – Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 20 April 2018

MARILLION - Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 20 April 2018

It’s been a while (over 10 years, by my reckoning, or ‘about fuckin’ time’ as one local punter eloquently put it) since Marillion last played Liverpool, and there’s something different about this leg of their ongoing FEAR tour.  Seats! Giving … Continue reading

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Interview: Bearded Theory Festival (Rich Bryan)

Bearded Theory Festival 2016

Hollie Latham writes… Held at Catton Hall at the end of May each year, (2018 dates are 24 – 27 May) Bearded Theory music festival is a favourite and summer must do for so many people, myself included.  The full … Continue reading

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Album review: FOREIGNER – With the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

FOREIGNER - With the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

earMUSIC [Release date 27.04.18] 2-CD As rock gets old, anniversaries and special editions are the order of the day.  I can’t see the current crop of younger rock bands having this luxury 40, or even 25, years on.  But, for … Continue reading

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Quick plays: TRACK DOGS, ULTAN CONLON, FUNNY COW

TRACK DOGS - Kansas City Out Groove

TRACK DOGS Kansas City Out Groove Mondegreen Records [Release date 01.06.18] Made up of two Irishmen, an Englishman and an American (no, it’s not the opening line of a joke), Track Dogs came together in 2011 when the four folk … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACK SEDAN – Adventure Lit Their Star

 BLACK SEDAN - Adventure Lit Their Star

[Release 15.06.18] A ‘collective’ project ‘orchestrated’ by journalist/author/publisher Mark Hodkinson, sees him bring together five vocalists and upwards of 30 contributing musicians to create an eclectic and challenging record.  A bit like walking into an indie record shop and going … Continue reading

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Album review: SUBSIGNAL – La Muerta

SUBSIGNAL - La Muerta

Gentle Art Of Music [26.05.18] Or, translated to English – The Dead, by German progressive rock outfit Subsignal. Their fifth studio outing, I was expecting something a bit ‘blitzkrieg’, but was pleasantly surprised to find that despite some modestly aggressive … Continue reading

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Album review: WEEND’O – Time Of Awakening

WEEND

Sonicbond [Release date 25.04.18] Prog – metal.  Umm.  I don’t mind a bit of the former, but, for me, metal needs to be tempered with a healthy dose of melody to float my boat.  And decent female vocals don’t go … Continue reading

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Gig review: STEVE THOMPSON – The Georgian Theatre, Stockton, 25 March 2018

STEVE THOMPSON - Georgian Theatre, Stockton, 26 March 2018

Inspired by the passing of two close friends and wonderfully talented musicians, Tyneside-born songwriter Steve Thompson reflects and celebrates a career that truly illustrates the ups and downs that have been the songwriters lot to him. Only three shows old, … Continue reading

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Album review: COLIN CARTER – One

COLIN CARTER - One

The first ever solo album by one-time vocalist with prog rockers Flash.  This was a band who shared some similarities with early Yes not least because their guitarist Peter Banks was the original Yes guitarist.  Sadly Banks died in 2013 … Continue reading

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News: MARILLION – Royal Albert Hall release and UK tour starts 8 April

MARILLION - Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 20 April 2018

Marillion’s triumphal first time performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall is celebrated on a CD/DVD/Bluray – ‘All One Tonight’ – and released prior to their UK tour. In two parts, ‘All One Tonight’ firstly showcases the band’s acclaimed 2016 studio … Continue reading

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