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March 2016

Hollywood Undead – Vega Main Hall

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Extended set of rap metal – with a sensitive side Hollywood Undead was born in the underground in Los Angeles, and had their debut in 2008 with the album “Swan Songs”. Since then they have toured the world, visiting countless cities, and tonight Copenhagen was the next in line. They have visited once before, in 2014 at the venue Pumpehuset, also in Copenhagen. After supporting act, Attila, had blown the ears off the whole venue, the main act came on stage with pretty much no delay, starting out with “Usual Suspects” from their latest album “Day Of The Dead, greeting…

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Debut Album – Terminal Gods! List Here

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TERMINAL GODS ANNOUNCE DEBUT ALBUM ‘WAVE / FORM’ – RELEASED MAY 6TH STREAM NEW SINGLE ‘CONNECTION & RUPTURE’ NOW “Imagine a world in which Andrew Eldritch kept his hair and his leather jacket, and instead of doing crossword puzzles for the last decade, he spent his time cracking skulls in biker bars. Shazam!Terminal Gods” – Classic Rock “Terminal Gods are the genuine desperadoes of London’s emerging underbelly of dark dive-bar rock bands” – Fred Perry Subculture London-based post-punk band, Terminal Gods, have announced their debut album, Wave / Form, released through the band’s own Heavy Leather label on May 6th…

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TERRIBLE LOVE SIGN TO BIG SCARY MONSTERS AND ANNOUNCE UK DATES WITH ROLO TOMASSI

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  A blistering emotional assault, there’s a fury to ‘Change Nothing’ that harnesses all the frustration that remaining undercover so long garnered and sets it ablaze – DIY MAG “Change Nothing” Out 22nd April via Big Scary Monsters Pre-orders available now here Tour w/ Rolo Tomassi in April  Check their video for debut track ‘Change Nothing’ here What do you get when you chuck current and former members of FFAF, Bastions, Grappler and Crocus into a room together? The answer, of course, is something quite brilliant, in this case the ferociously confrontational Terrible Love – ROCK SOUND  Formed in the wake…

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THE BIG MOON – New Music following Massive tour with The Maccabees

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“London’s most exciting new quartet … The Big Moon are readying to shoot for the stars” – NME  “…they’re already destined to be a mainstream indie rock act, probably the size of HAIM, or maybe bigger.” – Loud & Quiet The Big Moon are very pleased to announce details of a new single, their first through Fiction Records. Cupid is available to stream now and a limited vinyl will be released on May 13th. It was produced and mixed by Catherine Marks (Foals/Wolf Alice), and follows their two acclaimed singles to date, Sucker and The Road. Listen to Cupid here:…

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The Stranglers Live at the Manchester Apollo.

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Not So Black and White Tonight is a first for me. Two bands from an era I love that I have never seen. The Alarm and of course tonight’s headliners The Stranglers. It’s a packed house tonight at the O2 Apollo as The Alarm take the stage. They are greeted by an excited crowd and don’t fail to please with a short but powerful set. Of course everyone is on top vocal form for “68 guns” with Mike Peters encouraging the audience to join in. Great set, Catch them soon when they play at selected venues later in the year.…

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Larrakia | The Parish

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Larrakia, Superintendent, Dead Party Scene, The Parish,Huddersfield 25/3/16 Words and Images by our friend & guest reviewer, Craig Carling. A quick trip over the Pennines saw me at one of my favourite venues in the country. Step forward The Parish and take a bow. The best burgers and one of the coolest gig huts in Britain. Bare brick and an immaculate painted mural as a backdrop sets the scene really rather well for the forthcoming entertainment. I have to say from the off though, that I came here to hear Superintendent, one of my favourite local bands, back after a…

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Attila, Vega Main Hall, Copenhagen

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Supporting band so good they should have their own tour! Sometimes a supporting band have so much goin’ for them, that they might as well be on their own tour. Attila from Atlanta, Georgia (US) is such a band. This evening they were visiting VEGA Main Hall in Copenhagen DK, while on tour with Hollywood Undead. Sunglasses wearing frontman Chris “Fronz” Fronzak and his crew of three, Chris Linck on guitar, Kalan Blehm on bass and Sean Heenan on drums, had the hall jumping from the very first note. Girls were screamin’, guys were head-bangin’, Attila connected to all! There was smoke, there was sweat,…

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Jesus Loves Flick Of The Finger – Any You! Happy Easter!

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Happy Easter To All Of Our Readers! Jesus Is Watching You! A burglar broke into a house one night. He shined his flashlight around, looking for valuables, and when he picked up a CD player to place in his pack, a strange, disembodied voice echoed from the dark saying, “Jesus is watching you.” He nearly jumped out of his skin, clicked his flashlight out, and froze. When he heard nothing more after a bit, he shook his head, promised himself a vacation after the next big score, then clicked the light on and began searching for more valuables. Just as…

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On This Day | 27th March…

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1958, CBS records announced the invention of stereophonic records. Although the new format would be playable on ordinary record players, when used on the new stereo players, a new rich and fuller sound would be heard. 1964, The British invasion continued to make its way around the world with The Beatles having the top six positions on the Australian pop chart. 1965, The Supremes scored their fourth US No.1 single with ‘Stop! In The Name Of Love.’ 1966, During an UK tour, Roy Orbison fell off a motorbike while scrambling at Hawkstone Park, Birmingham fracturing his foot. He played the…

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Man Made | Aatma, Manchester

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The rising Manchester-based 3-piece Man Made will released their brand new single ‘TV Broke My Brain’ in September 2014, as well as performing at both the Reading / Leeds Festivals in August,on XFM Xposure showcase on September and out on tour with Jake Bugg in October. All the while playing their own 18 date Uk tour. Having quickly built up an impressive history for such a new band, Man Made have already found themselves sharing stages with the likes of Broken Social Scene, Bright Eyes, The Lemonheads and Badly Drawn Boy, as well as performing at Latitude festival. Owning an…

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Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott

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Lamb | Manchester Apollo

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In any relationship, difference is the dynamic that makes magic happen. In musical partnerships, it’s often the crucial friction that makes creative sparks fly but, a fraction too much friction, and everything’s likely to go up in smoke. Lou Rhodes and Andy Barlow understand difference more than most. They’re the first to admit that when they got together their diametrically opposing aesthetics – Lou’s devotion to The Song, Andy’s obsession with all things beats-driven and electronic and his complete disinterest in vocals – created problems. Often, the very glue that bound them together nearly saw them come unstuck. But those…

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On This Day | 26th March…

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1961, The Beatles performed at the Casbah Coffee Club, West Derby, Liverpool, their last performance before travelling to Hamburg, West Germany, for their second visit. 1965, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman all received electric shocks from a faulty microphone on stage during a Rolling Stones show in Denmark. Bill Wyman was knocked unconscious for several minutes. 1969, Marvin Gaye was at No.1 on the UK singles chart, with ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’. The song was first recorded by The Miracles and had also been a million seller in 1967 for Gladys Knight and the Pips. 1980,…

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Northern Souls – 3 Lucky Winners To Win A4 Print

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3 Lucky Winners To Win A4 Print by Irafusha Titled ‘Northern Souls’ This A4 Print By Manchester Based Photographer ‘Irafusha‘ Is Up For Grabs for 3 Lucky Winners.  To have your name in the hat and have a chance to win, All you have to do is ‘Like’ & ‘Share’ the Flick Of The Finger Facebook Page.   These A4, Northern Souls prints have been professionally printed in a Lustre finish and ready to be mounted and framed. Three lucky winners will be picked at random on Friday 1st April at 20:00. The winners will be contacted directly then announced on the…

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Noel Gallagher Has Announced A Special One-off Gig…

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Noel Gallagher has announced a special one-off gig this summer in the North Yorkshire holiday resort of Scarborough. The Oasis guitarist will be hitting up his Scarborian music fans on August 3 during his UK tour with band the High Flying Birds. It’s the first time he’s ever played the seaside town, and Scarborough’s Open Air only has a capacity of 6,500 so you’ll need to get your tickets fast. If you don’t manage that, Noel and his crew will be heading to Lancashire’s Lytham Festival the next day. Tickets for the show go on sale on Friday 18 March at 9am. Image: © Ross Gilmore/Redferns

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On This Day | 25th March…

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Tommy Lee Flashes Fans, John Lennon and Yoko Ono Have A Sleep Over And Motown Celebrate 25 years. 1958, Having been sworn in as Private 53310761 the previous day Elvis Presley received the regulation short back and sides haircut from army barber James Peterson. Presley would earn $78 per month as an army private. 1958, Buddy Holly appeared at The Gaumont Theatre in London, the final date on his only UK tour. Also on the bill was Gary Miller, The Tanner Sisters, Des O’Connor, The Montanas, Ronnie Keene & His Orchestra. 1964, The Beatles made their debut on UK TV…

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On This Day | 24th March…

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Yoko Cashing In, £73p Beatles Tickets, Simon & Garfunkel First Number 1 and the Motown World Loses Uriel Jones 1962, The Beatles appeared at The Barnston Women’s Institute, admission was seven shillings and six pence, ($1.05). 1966, Simon and Garfunkel made their UK singles chart debut with ‘Homeward Bound.’ Simon is said to have written the song at Farnworth railway station, Widnes, England, while stranded overnight waiting for a train. A plaque is displayed in the station to commemorate this, although memorabilia hunters have stolen it many times. The song describes his longing to return home, both to his then girlfriend, Kathy…

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Eliza and the Bear – NEW ALBUM!!

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After the success of recent singles ‘It Gets Cold’ and ‘Friends’, plus numerous sold-out shows around the UK Eliza and the Bear will release their eagerly anticipated eponymous debut album on 8th April via Capitol Records (5SOS, Sam Smith etc).   7-Apr-16 London, Islington Assembly Hall 13-Apr-16 Birmingham, Institute Library 14-Apr-16 Bristol, Thekla 15-Apr-16 Manchester, Academy 3 16-Apr-16 Glasgow, Garage Eliza and the Bear have returned with yet another glowing anthem, ‘Friends’, the latest single to be lifted from their eponymously-titled debut album, released April 8th on Capitol Records. The track follows previous Radio 1 play-listed singles ‘Lion’s Heart’, which ‘led to…

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The Hunna Sell Out UK Tour!

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**MARCH & APRIL UK TOUR NOW COMPLETELY SOLD OUT** GET YOUR TICKETS FOR MAY AND JUNE BEFORE THEY SELL OUT TOO!!! “Where is the next band producing indie classics that can break through into the mainstream and give the public an act they can believe in again? Well, there’s finally another contender in the shape of The Hunna. Ones to watch for the year ahead.” – Shortlist After three raucous sold-out shows at London’s Boston Music Rooms and further sold-out shows across Europe last week, UK four-piece The Hunna continue their swift rise by announcing a second UK headline tour,…

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Declan McKenna Announces New Track & Tour Dates!

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DECLAN MCKENNA has unveiled the ‘Leelah’s Law’ inspired video for his track Paracetamol. Written about transgender teenagers, the lyrics reflect the hyperbole and misunderstanding often found in the reporting of these sensitive cases, and the shines a light on the lack of LGBT narratives that don’t minimise the characters to their trauma. At just 17 Declan has already achieved so much. Since the release of his demo ‘Brazil’ last spring, the young artist has snatched the Glastonbury ’emerging artist’ slot, nestling him firmly on the main stage alongside many of his heroes, signed a record deal with Columbia Records, dropped his awesome new track…

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On This Day | 23rd March…

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Imagine If This Never Happened? Pete Townsend says he regretted forming The Who, Oasis got paid 100 quid a gig and The Smiths first ever London gig… 1961, Elvis Presley had his seventh UK No.1 single with ‘Wooden Heart.’ The song was based on a German folk song and was featured in Presley’s film GI Blues. 1964, John Lennon’s book of verse and rhyme ‘In His Own Write’ was published in the UK. Some of the content was first published in Lennon’s ‘Beachcomber’ column in Mersey Beat. 1967, At a ceremony held at the Playhouse Theatre in London, The Beatles were…

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Interview: Pet Shop Boys

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At the end of 2015 Chris Lowe and Neil Tennant answered some questions about the new album, Super, which comes three years after the brilliant success of Electric, their highest-charting album in the UK and USA for 20 years.  • You toured your last album Electric for a long time – when did you start to write Super? Neil We started to write this album in London in 2014. The first song we wrote was (the single) “The Pop Kids”… Chris That was actually started on tour with Take That. Neil I didn’t know that…! Chris It was started in Munich. Hence it was originally…

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YEASAYER AMEN & GOODBYE

Album Set For Release Through Mute On 1st April 2016. Brooklyn art rock band Yeasayer seemed to emerge fully formed in 2007, when their debut album All Hour Cymbals introduced audiences to a cosmic fusion of kraut-rock and worldbeat inspired textures. They found a broader audience with the leftfield synth-pop of their breakthrough follow up, Odd Blood and with 2012’s Fragrant World, an album of scintillating avant-garde electronica, Yeasayer completed a trilogy of uncompromising artistic statements. When the dust settled after promoting Fragrant World, Yeasayer – Chris Keating, Ira Wolf Tuton and Anand Wilder – were suffering something of an…

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On This Day | 22nd March…

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The Jam & Frankie Valli Go To One While It’s another Brick In The Wall For Led Zeppelin… 1965, ‘Bringing It All Back Home’, Bob Dylan’s 5th studio album was released. The album was the first of Dylan’s LPs to break into the US top 10, and it also topped the UK charts later that Spring. The lead-off track, Subterranean Homesick Blues became Dylan’s first single to chart in the US, peaking at No.39. The album’s iconic cover, photographed by Daniel Kramer, features Sally Grossman, wife of Dylan’s manager Albert Grossman, lounging in the background. The artefacts scattered around the…

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Dantevilles – Sea Of Change

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Dantevilles With their rubber soles trekking Manchester’s rainwater through the corridors which lay between genres, the four-piece collective hold open the door and offer their alternative take on British guitar music. With a desire to conceive something fresh, they maintain a raw central aesthetic as they invite you round their craft. Follow on: facebook twitter Soundcoud

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On This Day | 21st March…

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A busy day in the world of music. john Squire leaves The Stone Roses, Beatles first gig at The Cavern + more…  1956, Elvis Presley appeared at the 4,000 seated YMCA Gymnasium in Lexington, North Carolina. Also on the bill, Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters, featuring June Carter, Rod Brasfield, Hal and Ginger. Tickets cost $1 for general admission and $1.50 for reserved seats. 1961, The Beatles played their first ever evening show at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, supporting The Swinging Bluegenes, (later to become The Swinging Blue Jeans). 1976, After a David Bowie concert at the Community…

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Reef | Manchester Academy 17th March 2016.

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Reef are an English band hailing from Glastonbury. In its self a statement worthy of an accolade or two. Who else could pass off Glastonbury festival as just another local gig? The band members include Gary Stringer on vocals, Jesse Wood on guitar, Jack Bessant on bass and Dominic Greensmith on drums. Coming on stage at an almost full Manchester Academy 2. 900+, the band seemed right at home, acknowledging faces in the crowd, there is definitely a buoyancy in the air as there always have been at a Reef gig. In the early days the band where simply a…

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On This Day | 20th March…

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1960, Elvis Presley started his first recordings since being discharged from the US Army. A 12 hour session in a Nashville recording studio produced his next No.1 single, ‘Stuck On You’. Scotty Moore and Bill Black, who had quit Presley’s touring band in 1957, were in the studio with him for the last time. 1964, The Beatles appeared live on the UK television program Ready Steady Go!, miming to ‘It Won’t Be Long’, ‘You Can’t Do That’, and ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’. They were also presented with a special award from US magazine Billboard, in recognition of The Beatles having…

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Jo Harman at Nells Jazz & Blues

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I’ve seen Jo Harman perform quite a bit and every time I cry. This can be quite awkward when part of the reason for being there is to photograph the show. I don’t get tearful because I share a close personal connection with the deep sentiment that a number of her songs convey; fortunately for me, I don’t. I get moist in the eyeball because I’m moved by the spectacle of Harman completely lost in her performance, feeling every nuance of every word she sings. It also helps that whilst she’s feeling every nuance of every word she sings, she…

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On This Day | 19th March…

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1958, During his only UK tour, Buddy Holly played two shows at the Regal Cinema in Hull, Yorkshire. Also on the bill, Gary Miller, The Tanner Sisters, Des O’Connor, The Montanas, Ronnie Keene & His Orchestra. 1962, Bob Dylan’s debut album Bob Dylan was released in the Untied States. Initially poor sales led the record to be known around Columbia Records as ‘Hammond’s Folly’ (John Hammond was producer of Dylan’s early recordings and the man responsible for signing Dylan). The album was praised by the New York City weekly newspaper Village Voice as an ‘explosive country blues debut’, but featured…

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ADAM FRENCH DEBUTS BRAND NEW TRACK ‘EUTHANASIA’

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ADAM FRENCH DEBUTS BRAND NEW TRACK ‘EUTHANASIA’  “Figuring out the difference between life and existence has always been a massive contributor to the way I write music.” Says, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Adam French. “My favourite lyrics are honest and personal!”  ‘Euthanasia’ is a perfect example of both this lyrical ambition and his deft touch with melody. Based around atmospheric guitars and a rolling breakbeat, the song deals with the universal experience of searching for meaning in life and death. The songs defiant chorus bearing the hall marks of songwriters such as Justin ‘Bon Iver’ Vernon and Jose Gonzalez. ‘Euthanasia’ is…

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Dirty Thrills

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Quickly re-writing the history books are Dirty Thrills, an exciting and charismatic rock ‘n’ roll quartet, straight out of the London grind. With the perfect musical blend of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll in their music, this group is most definitely one to watch out for. Fronted by the son of ex-Moody Blues singer Nicky James, this unique outfit are bringing back old skool rock ‘n’ roll, whilst all the while applying their oh-so-appealing filthy edge. With lung-busting, powerful vocals from Louis James, killer guitar riffs from Jack Fawdry and solid, sexy low-end grooves from the rhythm section of…

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SOUL OUT!!

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Paul and Jacqui are embarking on their impressive SOLD OUT UK tour. All dates listed below – let us know which you are going to… ‘Wisdom, Laughter and Lines’ is the new album from Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott. This record is the second from Paul & Jacqui following the critically acclaimed ‘What Have We Become’, which saw them return together on record for the first time since the multi-million selling days of The Beautiful South, who in the 1990s and early 2000s released a string of critically-acclaimed records. ‘Wisdom, Laughter and Lines’ is a wonderful contemporary record, full of…

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On This Day | 18th March…

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1965, The Rolling Stones were each fined £5 ($8.50) for urinating in a public place, following an incident that had taken place at a petrol station after a gig at the ABC Theatre in Romford, Essex, England. This was after the last show on their fifth UK package tour with The Hollies, The Konrads, all girl-group Goldie and the Gingerbreads and Dave Berry and the Cruisers. 1965, John Lennon gave his friend and ex-Quarry Man Pete Shotton £20,000 to open Hayling Supermarkets. Lennon, George Harrison and Shotton became joint directors of Hayling Supermarkets Ltd. 1972, Paul Simon scored his first…

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Buck & Evans The Half Moon Putney

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Last summer I attended the inaugural Ramblin’ Man Fair hosted by Team Rock. It was an event with a very specific demographic: less than fifteen sew-on band patches on your denim jacket? You need to consider an alternative festival, sir… The main ‘Classic Rock’ stage had some very significant acts upon it, any one of which could have qualified for free bus travel had they not arrived by executive helicopter. Meanwhile, tucked away on the naughty step away from the main stages was a lesser performance space known as the ‘Outlaw Country’ stage, and occupying an unassuming mid-afternoon slot were…

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On This Day | 17th March…

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1957, Elvis Presley bought the Graceland mansion from Mrs Ruth Brown-Moore for $102,500. (£60,295). The 23 room, 10,000 square foot home, on 13.8 acres of land, would be expanded to 17,552 square feet of living space before the king moved in a few weeks later. The original building had at one time been a place of worship, used by the Graceland Christian Church and was named after the builder’s daughter, Grace Toof. 1979, The Bee Gees went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their fifteenth studio album release ‘Spirits Having Flown.’ the group’s first album after their collaboration…

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Pay For That Mutha F**ker Record…

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Well – You Were All Told! Salford Has A Lot To Answer For… Dr John Cooper Clarke Is One Of Them! When it comes to lyrical masters like Alex Turner and John Cooker Clarke, the final result is never gonna be more than a gnat’s whisker away from musical perfection! As proven here in “I Wanna Be Yours”  Such a tune!… John Cooper Clarke (born 25 January 1949) is an English performance poet who first became famous during the punk rock era of the late 1970s when he became known as a “punk poet”. He released several albums in the late 1970s and early…

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Wild Rossa And The 88 – Liverpool Arts Club

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March 9th 2016 found me at Liverpools’ Arts Club, upstairs in the Loft, to see Wild Rossa and the ’88. Luke Papini and guitarist Chris Mitchell met at Liverpool University and formed their first band, The Loose Hearts. They met other band members Nico Sauvenee ( drums ) and Jamie Gosling ( bass guitar ) also at Uni and the idea for Wild Rossa was formed. After being introduced to Luke Ledger ( saxophone ) , a friend of Nico’s, the line-up was complete. A hugely talented group of young lads was about to burst onto the competitive Liverpool music…

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The Japanese House Images & Music

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The Japanese House supporting The 1975 at Manchester Apollo. Image taken by Mark Ferriss for Flick Of The Finger. I came across The Japanese House whist doing a review for The 1975.   Off the bat I was really impressed with their sounds! A mixture of layers, sampled and looped with some chilled beats which were accompanied by very cool ambient style vocals which were also layered and went through some kind of vocoder effect – very cool to see done live! One thing I would like to see in the future – A left handed guitar… 😉 It certainly made me forget…

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The Last Shadow Puppets – Aviation

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Another Day At The Beach For Alex & Miles The Last Shadow Puppets – Aviation from ‘Everything You’ve Come To Expect’ – the new album out 1st April 2016. Pre-Order on limited edition Deluxe Vinyl LP & CD: http://po.st/TLSPStore Via iTunes: http://po.st/TLSPDownload Listen to The Last Shadow Puppets on Spotify: http://po.st/EYCTESpotify http://po.st/TLSPSpotify Facebook: http://po.st/TLSPFacebook Twitter: http://po.st/TLSPTwitter Instagram: http://po.st/TLSPInstagram

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