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Album review: BIRDPEN – There’s Something Wrong With Everything

Jar Records [Release date 12.10.18] BirdPen are a duo hailing from Southampton – singer/songwriter Dave Pen and guitarist, keyboardist Mike Bird. They have been making music since 2003, with this being their fifth full studio album. Set in the now/near … Continue reading

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Interview: TASHA D of SMOKING MARTHA

We caught up with vocalist Tasha D of rising hard rockers Smoking Martha ahead of their UK tour next month. They release their debut album ‘In Deep’ via Bad Reputation on November 9th. What can fans expect on your upcoming … Continue reading

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Gig review: JEFF LYNNE’S ELO – Arena, Birmingham, 13 October 2018

Jeff Lynne

To say I was excited at seeing Jeff Lynne and ELO play his home town of Birmingham would be an understatement! I have only see the Jeff Lynne fronted ELO once back at his comeback gig at Hyde Park in … Continue reading

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Album review: HEARTS ON FIRE – Call Of Destiny

MelodicRock Records [Release date 19.10.18] Hearts On Fire formed in 2017 by Jean Funes, guitarist of Sound Of Eternity.  He said “This is the album I always wanted to make. Sound of Eternity had that modern rock touch all over it … Continue reading

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Album review: RAINBREAKERS – Face To Face

www.therainbreakers.com  [Release date 31.08.18] The Shrewsbury based Rainbreakers have now recorded their debut album, after releasing  a couple of well received EPs and touring with the likes of Corky Laing (Mountain) and played a handful of festivals. Comprised of Ben Edwards … Continue reading

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Album review: HAKEN – Vector

Inside Out [Release date 26.10.18] Haken recently celebrated their tenth anniversary and now we have album number five from them. Although the band produced the album s they normally do, this time they enlisted Adam ‘Nolly’ Getgood (Periphery, Devin Townsend … Continue reading

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Gig review: STEELEYE SPAN – Hexagon, Reading, 15 October 2018

Steeleye Span

First visit to the Hexagon in Reading, a venue I had seen on TV previously when a snooker tournament used to be held here. Tonight though it hosts folk rock legends Steeleye Span, to a sadly half-full auditorium which is even … Continue reading

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Album review: BERT JANSCH – Such A Simple Soul

BERT JANSCH - Such A Simple Soul

BMG [Release date 26.10.18] The exquisitely talented Bert Jansch, the former Pentangle guitarist who died in 2011, has been inspiring musicians for decades – from Jimmy Page and Paul Simon to Johnny Marr and Graham Coxon. Indeed, it was another … Continue reading

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Album review: JOHN HIATT – The Eclipse Sessions

JOHN HIATT - The Eclipse Sessions

New West Records [Release date 12.10.18] Doing anything consistently well for nigh on 45 years is a near impossibility, especially when it comes to artistic endeavor. Many artists simple aren’t around for 45 years in the first place and those … Continue reading

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Gig review: FOUR STICKS CLASSIC ROCK WEEKENDER – New Cross Inn, 5-7 October 2018

FOUR STICKS CLASSIC ROCK WEEKENDER - New Cross Inn, 5-7 October 2018

Following a successful all-dayer at the same venue back in March the Four Sticks classic rock event was back for a full weekend this time. With twenty-six bands over three days it showcased the breadth of talent on the NWOCR … Continue reading

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Quick plays: ARION, JEAN BEAUVOIR

ARION - Life Is Beautiful

ARION Life Is Beautiful AFM Records [Release date 19.10.18] Second album by symphonic metal band Arion (their first for AFM Records) and it is typical fare for this sort of music. That’s not to say it is bad, in fact Arion are more keyboards led than … Continue reading

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Album review: ELI SMART – Victim Of Nature

ELI SMART - Victim Of Nature

www.elismartmusic.com You might well ask – who on earth would give up the tropical surrounds of a Hawaiian island upbringing for the gritty, grey landscape of working class Liverpool in order to hone his craft ? And the answer would … Continue reading

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Album review: HANK ERIX – Nothing But Trouble

HANK ERIX - Nothing But Trouble

Cargo/Livewire [Release date 05.10.18] Hank Erix is probably best known as the frontman for Swedish melodic rock band Houston and now, after releasing five albums with said band, is about to unleash his debut solo album “Nothing But Trouble”. Very … Continue reading

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Album review: STEVE PERRY – Traces

STEVE PERRY - Traces

Fantasy Record [Release date 05.10.18] After recording the ‘Trial By Fire’ album with Journey in 1996 (his last solo album was 1994′s ’For The Love Of Strange Medicine’) Steve Perry retired from making music and touring for “many reasons, but mainly my love … Continue reading

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DVD review: GREGG ALLMAN – Live On Stage In Nashville

GREGG ALLMAN - Live On Stage In Nashville

Store For Music [Release date 14.09.18] This new live Gregg Allman DVD was originally filmed live at The Cannery in Nashville in November 1988 and finds the Southern rock legend resurgent following his recent hit with “I’m No Angel”. The … Continue reading

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Album review: NASHVILLE PUSSY – Pleased To Eat You

NASHVILLE PUSSY - Pleased To Eat You

earMusic [Release date 07.09.18] For those of you unfamiliar with the sounds of Nashville Pussy, it could be described as Southern boogie on steroids (if you can imagine that), with lyrical content that at times makes Steel Panther look safe. … Continue reading

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Album review: WAKE THE SUN – Through The Night

Self-released It is hard to believe that Wake The sun have only been together four years, having released an EP that took on a touring life of its own, the band now release debut album “Through The Night”- a southern … Continue reading

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Album review: NAZARETH – Tattooed On My Brain

NAZARETH - Tattooed On My Brain

Frontiers [Release date 12.10.18] Scottish classic rock legends Nazareth celebrate their 50th anniversary with their 24th studio album, their first without original vocalist Dan McCafferty. The new line-up, featuring new singer Carl Sentence (ex Don Airey, Krokus, many others), guitarist … Continue reading

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Album review: ACE OF CUPS

High Moon Records [Release date 08.11.18] Get ready for an incredible story you just couldn’t make up; the journey of a band and its music spanning over 50 years, from the heady, idealistic-hippy days of 1967’s Summer of Love in … Continue reading

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Quick plays: TAMI, ATLAS, LUNA KISS

TAMI Velvet & Steel Man In The Moon [Release date 12.10.18] Tami (Tami Jones Andrews) is an American singer who debuted on the Nashville back in the 1990′s, however major life changing events came along, which Tami channels into her singing on this her … Continue reading

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