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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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Album review: JP HARRIS – Sometimes Dogs Bark At Nothing

Free Dirt Records [Release date 05.10.18] JP Harris is a country singer who is has gained many plaudits for his music to date. JP Harris had a novel way to record the album. He sent acoustic demos to the six … Continue reading

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Gig review: SONS OF APOLLO – Manchester Academy, 1 October 2018

SONS OF APOLLO - Manchester Academy, 1 October 2018

It always amazes me how a less than mainstream band (even though heavyweights in their own right) can attract a sizeable crowd on a Monday night.  It’s highly unlikely there were many students at this gig, although within rolling out … Continue reading

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Album review: MIDNITE CITY – There Goes The Neighbourhood

MIDNITE CITY - There Goes The Neighbourhood

AOR Heaven [Release date 19.10.18] Midnite City’s debut album released last year picked up favourable reviews with the band’s sound harking back to the 80′s hair metal of Poison, Danger Danger, Trixter et al. Album number two ‘There Goes The … Continue reading

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Quick plays: SNAKES IN PARADISE, BILLY IDOL, THE JOY FORMIDABLE

SNAKES IN PARADISE Step Into The Light

SNAKES IN PARADISE Step Into The Light Frontiers [Release date 14.09.18] Sweden’s Snakes in Paradise have released latest album “Step Into The Light”, a melodic affair that will no doubt please fans of hook and melody. The band themselves have … Continue reading

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Album review: THE BRUTALISTS

THE BRUTALISTS

Cleopatra Records [Release date 31.08.18] The Brutalists were put together in LA by former LA Guns guitarist Mick Cripps and Quireboys’ bassist Nigel Mogg, and having regularly gigged throughout California, the band have now released their self-titled debut album. A … Continue reading

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Album review: DEEP BLUE SEA – Live It Up

DEEP BLUE SEA – Live It Up

Krossborder Rekords [Release date 20.07.18] Deep Blue Sea are an international blues-rock band who describe themselves as: “new shoots from old roots”, and musically speaking they aren’t too far off the mark. ‘Live It Up’ is a live album that offers … Continue reading

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Album review: SUPERSUCKERS – Suck It

SUPERSUCKERS – Suck It

SPV/Steamhammer [Release date: 21.09.18] Twelve albums in to a roller-coaster career and Supersuckers are still a hard band to pin down. Sometimes grunge, often country, but here channelling a very accessible and entertaining cowpunk/Motorhead hybrid. Mostly. Singer/bassist/mainman Eddie Spaghetti has … Continue reading

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Album review: NAZARETH – Loud & Proud Box Set

NAZARETH - Loud & Proud Box Set

BMG (2LP, 2 double LP, 3*7”, 32 CD) [Release date 28.09.18] Scottish rock legends Nazareth celebrate their 50th anniversary this year, and issue a new album to boot, with their new line-up. It’s a few years since any reissue campaign, and … Continue reading

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Gig review: KRIS BARRAS BAND – 100 Club, London, 24 September 2018

KRIS BARRAS BAND – 100 Club, London, 24 September 2018

The support slot on this tour has featured a few different acts and the London show provided an opportunity for blues trio the Matt Edwards Band. We arrived mid-set and the delta-blues drawl of Matt’s vocals and gritty guitar playing … Continue reading

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Album review: AIRRACE- Untold Stories

AIRRACE- Untold Stories

Frontiers [Release date 10.08.18] A third Airrace album in their off-and-on 35 year existence looked unlikely when guitarist and band leader Laurie Mansworth put the band on ice a few years back to concentrate on managing The Treatment, and even … Continue reading

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Interview: JULIAN LITTMAN (STEELEYE SPAN)

Next year iconic folk rockers Steeleye Span celebrate their fiftieth anniversary. 2019 will see a brand new album and associated tours as the ever-evolving band mark their half century. More immediately, however, there is the matter of an autumn tour. … Continue reading

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Album review: THE GHOST AND THE MACHINE – Red Rain Tires

THE GHOST AND THE MACHINE - Red Rain Tires

Noise Appeal Records [Release date 28.09.18] Formed in 2014, The Ghost And The Machine are an Austrian ‘post blues’ three piece – Andi Lechner (resonator guitar, lapsteel, vocals), Heidi Fial (double bass, vocals) and Matthias Macht (drums). While their eponymous … Continue reading

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Album review: JOHN BUTLER TRIO – Home

Because Music [Release date 28.09.18] ‘Home’ is the John Butler Trio’s first album since 2014′s ‘Flesh & Blood’, which reached number 2 in his native Australian charts, as well as topping the US Billboard chart and those of France and Switzerland. … Continue reading

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Interview: TIM ATKINSON (LEADER OF DOWN)

Leader Of Down - Cascade Into Chaos

The brainchild of Grammy nominated former Motörhead guitarist Würzel and bass player Tim Atkinson who after forming the band Leader of Down, busied themselves in a London rehearsal studio writing dozens of tracks in preparation for recording an album. They … Continue reading

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Gig review: EUROPE – Royal Albert Hall, London, 23 September 2018

EUROPE - Royal Albert Hall, London, 23 Sept 2018

While Britain’s future in Europe is shrouded in uncertainty, the eponymous Swedish rockers by contrast have a very close relationship with the UK. By my reckoning this was the tenth year in a row I had seen them on these … Continue reading

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Album review: VOLA – Applause Of A Distant Crowd

VOLA – Applause Of A Distant Crowd

Mascot records [Release date 12.10.18] Vola’s name means flying in Italian and that is precisely what the band aims for with a mixture of prog-metal, electronics and big resolving hooks, as they envelope the listener with a judiciously used wall … Continue reading

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Album review: SHINING – Animal

SHINING - Animal

Spinefarm Records [Release date 19.10.18] Shining, who hail from Norway, have previously been known for extreme jazz metal, gaining many rave reviews and plaudits along the way. However, on this new album ‘Animal’, frontman Jørgen Munkeby commented, ”this new record is more … Continue reading

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Album review: RHR (REDFERN HUTCHINSON & ROSS) – Mahogany Drift

RHR (REDFERN HUTCHINSON & ROSS) – Mahogany Drift

Taller Records [Release date 01.11.18] ‘Mahogany Drift’ is an exciting new album by RHR (Troy Redfern, Jack J. Hutchinson and Mike Ross), a potential new riff heavy powerhouse super group with southern roots rock and blues antecedents. From the sepia … Continue reading

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EP review: INDIA ELECTRIC CO. – Tablelands

INDIA ELECTRIC CO. - Tablelands

Shoelay [Release date 19.10.18] The India Electric Co. return with the final part of the EP trilogy which contrasts the city and country. The wonderfully talented duo Cole Stacey (vocals, percussion, gravel) and Joseph O’Keefe (violin, piano, guitar, accordion, harp, … Continue reading

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