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Quick plays: EZOO, KAI HANSEN & FRIENDS

EZOO Feeding the Beast earMUSIC [Release date 02.06.17] Graham Bonnet has been very busy of late with his own Graham Bonnet Band releasing a studio and live album and now this, Ezoo which features guitarist Dario Mollo (Voodoo Hill/Tony Martin). … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE STONE ROSES – Wembley Stadium, 17 June 2017

For a band that have still only managed to release two albums (and one of those pretty underwhelming), whose singer is hardly renowned for having the strongest vocals in the world, and whose members spent the majority of the past … Continue reading

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Album review: CAPTAIN BEYOND – Lost And Found 1972–1973

Cleopatra [Release date 02.06.17] Somewhat of a trans-Atlantic supergroup in their day, Captain Beyond formed in 1971 and originally featured guitarist Larry Rhino Reinhardt and bassist Lee Dorman (both of Iron Butterfly), original Deep Purple vocalist Rod Evans (wanting to … Continue reading

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Album review: RIOT – Reissues

Metal Blade [Release date 30.06.17] Riot are a US heavy metal band that formed in the mid 70s and came to the fore in the late 70s and early 80s, before moving into a more power metal direction. The band … Continue reading

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Album review: DIAMOND HEAD – Death and Progress/Evil Live

Dissonance Diamond Head were at the forefront of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, and were influential on many, most notably Metallica, who covered several Diamond Head tracks, most famously Am I Evil. Formed in the West Midlands in … Continue reading

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Album review: SIMPLE MINDS – Acoustic In Concert

SIMPLE MINDS - Acoustic In Concert

Eagle [Release date 16.06.17] CD/DVD Well, if Status Quo can do it, why not Simple Minds? The Scottish band’s eighties heyday was always predicated on big, anthemic, arrangements and in this BBC Radio 2 gig we get trimmed down versions … Continue reading

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Album review: STANLEY CLARKE, NORMAN CONNORS, HARVEY MASON (Jazz Funk compilations)

STANLEY CLARKE - The Definitive Collection

Cherry Red Records/imprints The mid to late 1970s was a golden age for disco/jazz-funk.   Bands like Earth, Wind & Fire were ascendant in the charts whilst our more home-grown Level 42 picked up the baton for the burgeoning Brit Funk … Continue reading

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Album review: SELWYN BIRCHWOOD – Pick Your Poison

SELWYN BIRCHWOOD – Pick Your Poison

Alligator [Release date: 19.05.17] Mentored by Sonny Rhodes and now some 7 years into his own solo career, Selwyn Birchwood’s second album ‘Pick Your Poison’ is a celebration of everything that makes him a unique presence on a blues circuit … Continue reading

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Gig review: GEORGE HARRISON – I Me Mine – Free Pop Up Exhibition, Elms Lesters Painting Rooms, London,16-18 June 2017

George Harrison

‘George Harrison – I Me Mine’, is a free pop up exhibition which exhibits in London on 16-18 June. It’s already done the rounds in LA where Ringo reputedly went to see it, and now its closer to home, giving … Continue reading

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Album review: HAT FITZ AND CARA – After The Rain

HAT FITZ AND CARA – After The Rain

Self release [Release date: 11.11.16] The Irish-Australian duo of Hat Fitz and Cara stand out among their contemporaries because of their hill country grooves, their bluesy minimalism, some well crafted folky songs, occasional great hooks and an essential contrasting dynamic … Continue reading

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Quick plays: THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE, TUESDAY THE SKY

THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE Under Your Spell

THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE Under Your Spell Metropolis Records [Release date 09.06.17] I first came across the Birthday Massacre with last year’s enjoyable ‘Imagica’ album, which was a reworking of some of their earlier songs, so was looking forward to hearing new … Continue reading

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Album review: IT – We’re All In This Together

IT - We

Progressive Gears Records [Release date 01.03.17] This is the fifth album by IT and judging by this album I have some catching up to do. IT is the mastermind of Nick Jackson and Andy Rowberry, with the band completed by James Hawkins … Continue reading

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Album review: REX BROWN – Smoke On This

REX BROWN - Smoke On This

[Release date 28.07.17] Judge a book by its cover at your peril, especially when that man is former Pantera/Down bass-slinger turned six-stringer, Rex Brown – who comes off an entire life of rocking the road with a firm vow to … Continue reading

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DVD review: DEEPLY VALE FESTIVAL– 40th Anniversary Weekend

DEEPLY VALE FESTIVAL– 40th Anniversary Weekend

Ozit/Dandelion [Release date: 23.06.17] Steve Hillage the big headliner at the groundbreaking 1978 Deeply Vale Festival  describes the event as: “a legendary seminal event at an important moment in the development of British music culture in terms of free festivals.” … Continue reading

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Album review: RADIATION ROMEOS – S/T

RADIATION ROMEOS - S/T

Frontiers [Release date 02.06.17] Radiation Romeos is the new band featuring former Warrior and Steve Stevens’ Atomic Playboys vocalist Parramore McCarty – the band name comes from the Atomic Playboys album. He is joined by Dag Heyne (guitars), Jogi Spittka … Continue reading

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DVD review: JOE BONAMASSA – Live At Carnegie Hall – An Acoustic Evening

JOE BONAMASSA – Joe Bonamassa Live At Carnegie Hall - An Acoustic Evening

Provogue [Release date 23.06.17] From the opening Manhattan rooftop shots to the individual band instruments, the familiar team of producer Kevin Shirley and director Philippe Klose cleverly draws us into the latest J&R Adventures extravaganza. ‘Live At Carnegie Hall – … Continue reading

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Gig review: BEARDED THEORY – Catton Park, Derbyshire, 25 – 28 May 2017

BEARDED THEORY - Catton Park, Derbyshire - 25 - 28 May 2017

BEARDED THEORY – TEN YEARS OF MUSIC, MAGIC AND MISCHIEF… Once a year the grounds of Catton Park in Derbyshire are transformed into one of the happiest places on earth.  If this conjures images of a saccharine sweet world of … Continue reading

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Album review: ALESTORM – No Grave But The Sea

ALESTORM - No Grave But The Sea

Napalm Records [Release date 26.05.17] Pirate metal heroes Alestorm are back to wreck havoc! If you have not heard the folk metal shenanigans of Alestorm you really are missing out. They weave many a piratical and sea faring tale, taking … Continue reading

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Album review: SONNY LANDRETH – Recorded Live In Lafayette

SONNY LANDRETH – Recorded Live In Lafayette

Provogue [Release date: 30.06.17] Not so much a live career résumé – there’s no ‘Speak Of The Devil’ or ‘Congo Square’ – Sonny Landreth’s ‘Recorded Live In Lafayette’ is more of a dip into a re-invigorated past and a tip … Continue reading

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Quick plays: SCARVED, OOBERFUSE

SCARVED Lodestone

SCARVED Lodestone [Release date 03.03.17] What springs to mind when you think about Belgium?  World class beer, chocolate, and a national football team?   Could female fronted rock be added to that impressive roster with the sophomore release from Scarved? Fronted … Continue reading

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