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Quick plays: MICHAEL MCDERMOTT, COLD TONE HARVEST, LUCKY BONES

MICHAEL McDERMOTT Out From Under

MICHAEL McDERMOTT Out From Under Pauper Sky Records [Release date 18.05.18] On the cover of his last album (Willow Springs (2016)) Illinois-based singer songwriter Michael McDermott looked like a shaven headed ex-con.  Two years on, he looks like Jimmy Carr’s … Continue reading

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EP review: RANDOM CONFLICT – Ruined Nation

[Release date 30.03.18] Muscle Shoals Alabama punk stalwarts Random Conflict have followed up 2016’s brilliant Black List EP with a brand new EP entitled Ruin Nation. These guys have been a consistent favorite of mine since coming onto my radar … Continue reading

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Quick plays: SCOTT MATTHEWS, SHIRAZ LANE, MIKE LEPOND’S SILENT ASSASSINS

SCOTT MATTHEWS The Great Untold Sheido [27.04.18] Album number six from the Wolverhampton singer songwriter Scott Matthews, who has gone for a sparse sound and production on this album. His guitar playing is simply superb, which coupled with his haunting … Continue reading

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Album review: JESUS JONES – Passages

JESUS JONES - Passages

Absolute Label Services [Release date 20.04.18] Jesus Jones made a big splash in the music world between 1989 and 1991 with a series of hit singles, including ‘Right Here, Right Now’ and ‘International Bright Young Thing’, plus a number one album … 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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Album review: GREYBEARDS – For The Wilder Minds

GREYBEARDS - For The Wilder Minds

Attitude Recordings [Release date 04.05.18] Sweden seems to export rock bands these days like China exports plastic shit – at least for now until Trump’s trade war kicks in – but is every one a Volvo? On the evidence of these … Continue reading

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Album review: BULLET – Dust To Gold

BULLET - Dust To Gold

SPV/Steamhammer [Release date 20.04.18] This is the sixth album from Swedish rockers Bullet and it really depends on your bag….if you’re into Accept-cloned, dandruff-shifting riff and roll, then “Dust To Gold” (and probably the other five) are for you. Not a … Continue reading

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Album review: UNIVERSE INFINITY – Rock Is Alive

UNIVERSE INFINITY - Rock Is Alive

Pride & Joy Music [Release date 13.04.18] Universe Infinity started out as Universe and released one album back in the 80′s before splitting-up. Fast forward to today, they added Infinity to their name and recruited former House Of Shakira vocalist … Continue reading

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Album review: AMERICAN TEARS – Hard Core

AMERICAN TEARS - Hard Core

Escape Music [Release date 23.04.18] American Tears first surfaced in 1974 and were a power trio focussed around the keyboards of Mark Mangold,who is the sole remaining original member on this album, and indeed the only musician playing all the … 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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Album review: BETH HART – Live From New York: Front And Center (CD/DVD)

BETH HART - Live From New York: Front And Center

Provogue [Release date 13.04.18] Beth Hart’s ‘Live From New York: Front And Center’ (sic) is her first live album for 13 years, and it’s essentially an update of a career that has taken off like a rocket in the last … Continue reading

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Album review: DUKES OF THE ORIENT

DUKES OF THE ORIENT

Frontiers [Release date  23.02.18] Dukes Of The Orient is centred around vocalist/bassist John Payne and keyboards player Erik Norlander, however they have their origins in Asia featuring John Payne. In that guise John Payne has worked with guitarists Guthrie Govan, … Continue reading

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Album review: THUNDER – Stage (CD/DVD/Bluray)

THUNDER - Stage

earMUSIC [Release date 23.03.18] At Thunder rapidly approach their 30th anniversary, Stage – a live set from the band’s 2017 Rip It Up tour (available in 2CD + Bluray, 3 LP, 2 CD +DVD, Bluray, DVD, and various signed Limited … Continue reading

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Album review: MARILLION – Unplugged At The Walls/Tumbling Down The Years

MARILLION - Unplugged At The Walls

earMUSIC [Release date 23.03.18] Live albums three and four in this set of bi-monthly releases find our intrepid heroes in a restaurant in Oswestry in 1988, and once again at the 2009 Marillion Weekend convention in Port Zelande, Holland. Unplugged … Continue reading

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Album review: KINO – Radio Voltaire

KINO - Radio Voltaire

Inside Out [Release date 23.03.18] John Mitchell has often said  in past interviews that there may be a second Kino album to follow the excellent ‘Picture’ album released back in 2005, however it never seemed that imminent until earlier this year … 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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Album review: SIMON KENT – In Another Life

SIMON KENT - In Another Life

ReprinT [Release date 04.05.18] Originally slated for release 12 months ago, and with the lead single ‘Never Stop Believing’ released as long ago as February 2016, Portsmouth singer songwriter Simon Kent’s follow up to his 2014 sophomore album Dreams And … Continue reading

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Album review: MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST – Resurrection

MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST – Resurrection

Nuclear Blast Records [Release date 02.03.18] Most people will now be aware of the Schenker Fest project which has toured extensively over the last 18 months. The premise was to reunite his former MSG bandmates and gather the three vocalists … Continue reading

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Album review: VANJA SKY – Bad Penny

VANJA SKY – Bad Penny

Ruf Records [Release date 23.02.18] ‘Bad Penny’ is a 12 track rock-blues album on which the young Croatian guitarist Vanja Sky impressively crafts her own style. She’s a song driven artist with a locker full of licks who moulds the … Continue reading

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Gig review: ROBIN TROWER – Islington Assembly Hall, London, 27 February 2018

ROBIN TROWER - Islington Assembly Hall, London - 27th February 2018

The term living legend should not be lightly used, but in rock circles Robin Trower comes close to that description. With a signature guitar style and playing as well, if not better, than ever, the master craftsman is about to … Continue reading

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