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Quick plays: LARS BOUTRUP, AL DI MEOLA

LARS BOUTRUP

LARS BOUTRUP’S MUSIC FOR KEYBOARDS The Great Beyond Ex’cess Records (Release date 02.03.20) Danish keyboard wiz Lars Boutrup evokes organ grinders of a bygone age.  In doing so he also fashions his own version of classic keyboard-led rock.  ‘The Great … Continue reading

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Album review: THE BURRITO BROTHERS – The Notorious Burrito Brothers

THE BURRITO BROTHERS -- The Notorious Burrito Brothers

Store For Music [Release date 06.03.20] This is one of those situations where a little knowledge is a bad thing. Without any “previous” one would pick up this disc and be introduced to very pleasant, competent country rock. Non-threatening, if … Continue reading

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Album review: RAGE – Wings Of Rage

RAGE - Wings Of Rage

SPV/Steamhammer [Release date 10.01.20] Every family has a black sheep. That one relative who never gets invited to Christmas lunch. Rage are that family member, the unhinged uncle who is usually locked in an attic or roaming around the woods. … Continue reading

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Album review: METAL CHURCH – The Elektra Years 1984-1989

METAL CHURCH - The Elektra Years 1984-1989

Cherry Red Records [Release date 28.02.20] Before Kurdt Vanderhoof went off to invent a new genre with his band, Hall Aflame, in 1991, he released 3 albums with his startup venture, Metal Church. Cherry Red Records have bundled these into … Continue reading

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Book review: ON TRACK…Toto/The Solo Beatles/Steely Dan (“Every album, every song”)

ON TRACK...Toto

Sonicbond Pubishing [Publication date January/February 2020] Liked and loathed in equal measures by the music press in the 1970s and 1980s, ultimately the band may have had the last laugh.  As author Jacob Holm-Lupp reiterates, their latest offering – XIV … Continue reading

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Album review: BIRDEATSBABY – The World Conspires

BIRDEATSBABY – The World Conspires

Bandcamp [Release date 18.10.19] ‘The World Conspires’ is the fifth album from birdeatsbaby, who started out in 2009. Birdeatsbaby’s current line-up consist of Mishkin Fitzgerald (vocals, piano, accordion, synths), Hana Maria (violin, cello, vocals, harp, hurdy-gurdy), Garry Mitchell (bass, guitars, … Continue reading

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Album review: THE HERBAL REMEDY – Land Of The Livin’

The Herbal Remedy - Land Of The Livin

1454875 Records DK [Release date 04.09.219] The Herbal Remedy is a roots rock band from the North East of England who play their music the way they feel it. ‘Land Of The Livin’ is a live album in all but … Continue reading

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Album review: POPA CHUBBY – It’s A Mighty Hard Road

Popa Chubby - It

Dixie Frog Records [Release date 14.02.20] Popa Chubby’s ‘It’s A Mighty Hard Road’ is the self proclaimed ‘Beast From The East’s 30th anniversary album. It’s a song driven set encompassing rocking blues shuffles, funky feels and surprisingly soulful moments, all … Continue reading

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Album review: ROSS THE BOSS – Born Of Fire

ROSS THE BOSS - Born Of Fire

AFM Records [Release date 06.03.20] Just when you thought that there was no band more ‘metal’ than Manowar or Judas Priest, along comes Ross ‘the Boss’ Friedman and his crew to combine elements of both and more to provide an … Continue reading

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EP review: SILVERTHORNE – Tear The Sky Wide Open

SILVERTHORNE - Tear The Sky Wide Open

Golden Robot Records [Release date 21.02.20] We’ve not heard much from Pete Shoulder since the last Union album, a band he formed in tandem with Thunder’s Luke Morley. Now he’s back with Silverthorne where he is joined by drummer Brian … Continue reading

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Album review: JESSE DAMON – Damon’s Rage

JESSE DAMON – Damon’s Rage

AOR Heaven [Release date 28.02.20] Jesse Damon will be best remembered by many 80s rock fans as he was the lead singer and guitarist for the band Silent Rage. Silent Rage rose to fame in 1989 when signed by Gene … Continue reading

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Album review: DIRTY SHIRLEY – s/t

Album review: DIRTY SHIRLEY – s/t

Frontiers Music [release date: 20.01.20] Yep. George Lynch has pretty much nailed this. Dirty Shirley is a rich and classy hard rock album that holds the ‘80’s/early ‘90’s template tight to its chest, but offers enough twists and turns to keep … Continue reading

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Album review: RUSS BALLARD – It’s Good To Be Here

RUSS BALLARD – It

On Thursday 20 February at 22:00 GMT Get Ready to ROCK! Radio replays a two-part special when David Randall chatted to Russ Ballard about his long career. BMG [Release date 21.02.20] If you’ve done any world travelling, out of desire … Continue reading

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Album review: JAN JAMES – Justify

JAN JAMES - Justify

Website [Release date 27.03.20] Jan James met her partner, songwriter/guitarist Craig Calvert, at Michigan State University, before the pair of them moved to Chicago. They performed regularly in Chicago, released a series of albums, including one on the blues label … Continue reading

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Backstage Hero Interview: MARTIN DAVID PORTER

Photographer Martin David Porter gives us an insider view form the other side of the photographer’s lens. You can view his work on his website and the Mart’s Arts Photography Facebook page. How did you become interested in photography? I’ve … Continue reading

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Album review: SYTERIA – Reflection

SYTERIA - Reflection

Cargo Records [Release date 21.02.20] Based in Yorkshire, Syteria were formed by guitarist Jackie “Jax” Chambers, lead guitarist of legends Girlschool. And are often seen gigging during Girlschool downtime, our blond bombshell Jax is a busy girl. Since 2015 they’ve … Continue reading

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Album review: SUPERSUCKERS – Play That Rock n Roll

SUPERSUCKERS - Play That Rock n Roll

SPV/Steamhammer [Release date 07.02.20] It’s got touches of country, it’s got a bit of blues, it’s got rock n roll- but most importantly it’s got attitude, swagger and riffs a plenty. It is “Play That Rock n Roll” and it … Continue reading

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Album review: THE KENDALL CONNECTION – The Kendall Connection

The Kendall Connection by The Kendall Connection

Vibratown Music Records  [Release date 10.01.20] Nick Kendall is a UK based South African session guitarist and a contemporary of Dan Patlansky, who on this album steps fronts a top line band who cross the divide from the world of anonymous … Continue reading

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Gig review: BLACK SABBATH 50TH ANNIVERSARY PLAYBACK – Number 10, Hackney, 11 February 2020

Black Sabbath 50th

Most of us listen to music while distracted by other things. Commute to work, at home or live venue. But what if there were no other distractions around you? Just you and the music, in the dark – would you … Continue reading

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Album review: SON OF MAN – State of Dystopia

Son Of Man - State Of Dystopia

Cherry Red Records [Release date 27.03.20] Son Of Man’s ‘State of Dystopia’ is a powerful rock album rooted in the Man band legacy, but closer to Classic Rock than the jam band tradition. The music bristles with relentless energy and … Continue reading

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