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Quick plays: D’ERCOLE, THE ROCKET DOLLS, GREGORY ALAN ISAKOV

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D’ERCOLE Made To Burn Rock Company [Release date 18.07.18] Album number five from D’Ercole which consists of Phil Vincent – a man never shy of being in a recording studio! – guitarist Damian D’Ercole and drummer BF D’Ercole. Other guest … Continue reading

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Album review: BLUE OCTOBER – I Hope You’re Happy

BLUE OCTOBER - I Hope You

Up/Down-Brando Records [Release date 17.08.18] Blue October return with their ninth album with expectations high after the excellent ‘Home’ album released in 2016.  Vocalist and main songwriter Justin Furstenfeld is in a happy place in his personal life being a proud and … Continue reading

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Quick plays – LUCERO, ORIONS BELTE, FRED MIKA, JOHN BUTLER

LUCERO Among the Ghosts

LUCERO Among the Ghosts Thirty Tigers [Release date 03.08.18] Alt rock/country outfit Lucero have been going for twenty years and Among The Ghosts is their ninth studio album, co-produced by Matt Ross-Spang, who has produced the Drive-By Truckers amongst others. … Continue reading

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Album review: THE FIERCE AND THE DEAD – The Euphoric

THE FIERCE AND THE DEAD - The Euphoric

Bad Elephant Music [Release date 18.05.18] The Fierce and the Dead – Matt Stevens (guitar, synth, piano), Kev Feazey (bass, programming, synth, percussion), Steve Cleaton (guitar, piano) and Stuart Marshall (drums, percussion) – return with their fourth album. Opener ‘Truck’ … Continue reading

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Quick plays: SAGA, CUDDLY SHARK, THADEUS GONZALEZ

SAGA Live In Hamburg earMUSIC [Release date 01.06.18] ‘Live In Hamburg’ was recorded back in 2015 in one of Saga’s main national fan bases Germany. It was originally released as limited-edition, however now it gets a full release. Some of … Continue reading

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Album review: ASH JOHNSON – The Mad Ship

ASH JOHNSON – The Mad Ship

Stunted Records www.stuntedrecords.co.uk [Release date 25.06.18] Ash Johnson has been a key figure on the North Lincolnshire music scene for many years working in various bands in the area. Now on the suggestion of the record label boss he has … Continue reading

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DVD review: IGGY POP – American Valhalla

IGGY POP - American Valhalla

Eagle Vision [Release date 06.03.18] “American Valhalla” tells the story of Iggy Pop and Josh Homme’s experiences creating Pop’s 2016 “Post Pop Depression” album. We get to watch the very inception of the album from idea to finished product, and … Continue reading

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Quick plays: THE DARK LIGHT, MOOD GROOVE, GREG RUSSELL & CIARAN ALGAR

THE DARK LIGHT - Keep Off The Grass

THE DARK LIGHT Keep Off The Grass [Release date 06.04.18] The Dark Light formed in 2015 and this is their debut album with a line-up consisting of Gerrard Edwards (vocals), Henning Brand (drums), Roberto Cicorella (guitars), Sonny Moylan (guitars) and … Continue reading

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Album review: DEAN WEEN GROUP – Rock2

DEAN WEEN GROUP - Rock2

Schnitzel Records [Release date 16.03.18] Dean Ween, aka Mickey Melchiondo, is one half of the duo behind US band Ween, who split in 2012 and then returned in 2015 with live shows and a live album. This is the second … Continue reading

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Quick plays: ESP 2.0, ROAMER, UNRULY CHILD

ESP 2.0 - 22 Layers Of Sunlight

ESP 2.0 22 Layers Of Sunlight [Release date 20.04.18] www.suncreative.com ESP released a very enjoyable prog rock album in 2016′s ‘Invisible Din’ and now they are back with a revamped line-up. Composer/producer/guitarist Tony Lowe and Big Country drummer Mark Brzezicki … Continue reading

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Quick plays: SHINE NOIR, GEORGE ST.CLAIR

Shine Noir

SHINE NOIR – s/t Alternative rock, from Germany, anyone?  Formed when Anne wanted to record a few of her singer-songwriter songs, the guys who owned the studio – Olli (guitars) and No (drums) decided to add their own metal and … Continue reading

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Quick plays: BETH NIELSEN CHAPMAN, ALL THE LUCK IN THE WORLD, RAINTIMES

BETH NIELSEN CHAPMAN Hearts Of Glass Proper Music [Release date 09.02.18] www.bethnielsenchapman.com Beth Nielsen Chapman’s latest album is nearly all her own songs, with many of them being re-recorded versions where the piano on the originals is replaced by guitar. … Continue reading

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Album review: BLITZEN TRAPPER – Wild And Reckless

Lojinx [Release date 03.11.17] Not stumbled across Blizten Trapper before until their new album arrived onto my review pile. They have been around since 2000 and ‘Wild And Reckless’ is their ninth studio album, so some catching up to do … Continue reading

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DVD review: EAGLES OF DEATH METAL – I Love You All The Time Live in Paris

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Eagle Vision [Release date 04.08.17] CD/DVD Love them or hate them, you have to admire the Eagles of Death Metal – just three months after the appalling terrorist attack on their 2015 gig at Paris’ Bataclan gig the band were … Continue reading

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Book review: Smashing it Up: A Decade of Chaos with the Damned by Kieron Tyler

Smashing it Up: A Decade of Chaos with the Damned by Kieron Tyler

Omnibus Press The book focuses on their formation and subsequent first decade, where along with the Clash and the Sex Pistols, were one of the first punk bands. The influence of the band stretches far and wide, be it them … Continue reading

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Album review: KLOGR – Keystone

KLOGR - Keystone

Zeta Factory/Phd [Release date 06.10.17] Keystone is the new album from Italian-American alternative metal outfit, Klogr. Some may find the juxtaposition of very melodic, rather proggy instrumentation with grungy, alt-rock vocals something of an acquired taste but there are certainly … Continue reading

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EP review: THE VIRGINMARYS – Sitting Ducks

Self Release [Release date 22.09.17] The Virginmarys have had a roller coaster ride of a career to date, with many favourable plaudits for their music from the press, big name tour support slots and their debut album made the US Billboard … Continue reading

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Album review: THE TUBES – The A&M Albums

THE TUBES - The A&M Albums

In Part 1 (above) of a two-part special, Fee Waybill chats about the formative years of The Tubes. (First broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, 28 June 2015) Part 2 (above) discusses the band’s progress from the early-1980s to … Continue reading

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EP review: SAINT APACHE – Wolf Machine

[Release date 21.07.17] Wolf Machine is a 4 track long EP, by alt-rock band Saint Apache. It is an absolutely solid entry into alt-rock, and could comfortably sit alongside other popular artists of the genre. The whole EP has a … Continue reading

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Quick plays: ABACU5, DANIEL TRIGGER, IVORY TOWER PROJECT

ABACU5 A Long Way To Begin

ABACU5 A Long Way To Begin [Release date 25.04.17] Abacu5 is a four-piece band from Dallas, Texas consisting of Randy White (vocals), Samuel Holder (guitar), Adam Manning (bass/vocals) and Eric Petrinowitsch (drums/vocals). Abacu5 have a great ear for a melody and hook … Continue reading

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