Tag Archives: pop

Album review: MILES HUNT & ERICA NOCKALLS – We Came Here To Work

MILES HUNT & ERICA NOCKALLS - We Came Here To Work

Good Deeds Records [Release date 09.09.17] I can’t say that I’m overly ‘au fait’ with The Wonder Stuff.  They’ve always struck me as one of those ‘almost’ bands with a small but fanatical fan base, who – despite a number … Continue reading

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News: JON STEVENS announces new album Starlight (September 2017)

On September 15th  Jon Stevens returns with his new solo album, ‘Starlight,’ out on BMG. ‘Starlight’ is 11-track collection bursting with soulful artistry and honesty, masterfully crafted by one of Australia’s most prolific rock stars. Different as they are, each track overflows with … Continue reading

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Quick plays: MATISYAHU, DAVID RAMIREZ, MATTHEW LOGAN VASQUEZ

MATISYAHU Undercurrent

MATISYAHU Undercurrent Fallen Sparks/Thirty Tigers [Release date 19.05.17] Reggae, hip hop, rap and beatboxing.  Four musical styles I’d cross the road to avoid.  Period.  Add in Orthodox Jewish themes, and Matisyahu should be a big no, no, no, no, NO. … Continue reading

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Album review: NICOLE ATKINS – Goodnight Rhonda Lee

Single Lock Records [Release date 21.07.17] Nicole Atkins returns with her fourth album and one recorded against a backdrop of personal issues as she stopped drinking and finding out her dad as lung cancer. Often such life changing events can … Continue reading

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Album review: PICTUREHOUSE – How Do I Explain How This Came To Be?

PICTUREHOUSE - How Do I Explain How This Came To Be?

Vinyl/digital release This album is not so much a best of more a collection of songs, some previously unreleased, that PictureHouse recorded between 1995 and 1998. There are twelve songs in all, with a couple drawn from the ‘Shine Box’ (1996) and ‘Karmarama’ … Continue reading

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Album review: STACKRIDGE – The Final Bow, Bristol 2015

STACKRIDGE - The Final Bow, Bristol 2015

In late-June 2017 David Randall chatted to James Warren for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  This hour special features Stackridge highlights and tracks from James’ solo career.  First broadcast 25 June 2017. (58:12) Angel Air Records [Release date 14.07.17] Stackridge … Continue reading

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Single and EP reviews: JOSH TAERK, SLYDIGS, PETER DONEGAN

JOSH TAERK Rock N Roll On

  JOSH TAERK Rock N Roll On Josh Taerk has released a new single digitally and it has been a little while since we heard anything new from him. ‘Rock N Roll On’ is a classy upbeat rocker, complete with … Continue reading

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Album review: THEA GILMORE – The Counterweight

THEA GILMORE - The Counterweight

WMW/Cooking Vinyl  [Release date 02.06.17] So what’s a girl to do? She’s got bills to pay just like the rest of us, so is this the moment that Thea Gilmore drifts into the mainstream? From the release of the bile-spitting … 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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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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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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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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Album review: NASHER – 432-1 Open The Vein

NASHER - 432-1 Open The Vein

Babylon Pink [Release date 23.06.17] Whatever happened to Frankie Goes To Hollywood guitarist Brian ‘Nasher’ Nash? The opener – ‘Salt In Her Veins’ – sounds like you’ve put the radio on FM by mistake and it’s drifted ‘off station’.  But … Continue reading

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News: STACKRIDGE release The Final Bow (July 2017)

Andy Davis - Stackridge

Pop prog rockers Stackridge played their “Farewell” Tour in late 2015 and their gig at The Fiddlers Club, Bristol on 19 December 2015 is released on 14 July by Angel Air Records. The band appeared at the formative Glastonbury Festival … Continue reading

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Gig review: BOOTLEG BEATLES – Royal Albert Hall, 1 June 2017

BOOTLEG BEATLES - Royal Albert Hall, 1 June 2017

The Bootleg Beatles were performing tonight with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra to celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of the most iconic albums of all time, ‘Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’. The sold out Royal Albert Hall providing … Continue reading

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Quick plays: WILL LUDFORD, DAUDI MATSIKO

WILL LUDFORD Addicted

WILL LUDFORD Addicted Big Buzzard Songs Blues guitarist Will Ludford has worked in the past with Joe Meek, met George Harrison and jammed with Jimi Hendrix – not a bad musical CV! ‘Addicted’ has a distinctive 60′s feel to the music, … Continue reading

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Book review: THOMAS DOLBY – The Speed of Sound

THOMAS DOLBY - The Speed of Sound

Icon Books www.iconbooks.co.uk [Published 08.06.17] Thomas Morgan Robertson become Thomas Dolby after his friends named him after the famous Dolby noise reduction device found on many 70′s and 80′s sound systems. Most will know the name for his early 80′s … Continue reading

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Album review: NIKKA & STRINGS – Underneath And In Between

NIKKA & STRINGS – Underneath And In Between

Metropolis Recordings [Release date 02.6.17] Despite a background as a teen star, a high profile backing singer and a songwriter who has worked with the likes of Clapton and Prince, Nikka Costa still has a way to go before carving … Continue reading

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Gig review: ELEANOR McEVOY – Alexander’s, Chester, 14 May 2017

ELEANOR McEVOY - Alexander

In this hour long interview/feature David Randall chats to Eleanor McEvoy about her career.  Part of The GRTR! Archive series and recorded in June 2008. (57:23) Eleanor McEvoy wowed an attentive audience on her continuing Naked Music tour – not … Continue reading

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Album review: THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA – Amber Galactic

THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA - Amber Galactic

Nuclear Blast [Release date 19.05.17] There are a good number of bands paying homage to the classic 70′s and 80′s hard rock/AOR/pop sound, with Brother Firetribe (another band who’s members are drawn from heavier sounding bands) and Cats In Space being … Continue reading

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