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May 2016

NEW MUSIC: Blink 182 – California

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BLINK-182, the punk pop favourites of a generation, are back with their highly anticipated seventh studio album, CALIFORNIA, set for release on 1 July 2016 on BMG. The band have premiered their brand new single, BORED TO DEATH, and revealed details of their massive North American summer tour. The tour kicks off in July in San Diego and runs through until early October, taking the band to almost 50 cities throughout the US and Canada including stops in Los Angeles, Toronto, Vancouver, Las Vegas, Houston, Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago and San Francisco. A DAY TO REMEMBER will join the tour as…

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Dizzy Mizz Lizzy, Rødovre, 27. May 2016

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Round 2 of the greatest rock band in Denmark, is even better than round 1. This Friday night showed a band of international superstar format! When Dizzy Mizz Lizzy won the Danish Championship Of Rock (DM I Rock) in 1993, it started a rocket launch of a career, resulting in the – now classic – ’94 self titled release, followed by “Rotator” in ’96. Superstardom was in the cards for the Copenhagen trio, but they split up in 1998, and singer/guitarist Tim Christensen launched a solo career, that was even more successful. Read on about this epic night, outside of Copenhagen After…

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Bruce Springsteen, Etihad, Manchester

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Not many performers have fans queuing up 48 hours before the gates open to ensure they get the best possible spot for one of the world’s most enduring artist, the boss Bruce Springsteen has always had a bond an infinite contact with his fans. The rain has been coming down all day, no one is complaining, after all we are in Manchester. We have our own brand of sunshine here, you might call it drizzle. As the Boss appears on stage he addresses the crowd “hello Manchester, back again”. Springsteen has had a long love affair with Manchester that has seen…

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It’s A Mixed Bag & Some People Will Be Going Nuts!

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So The News Is Finally Out FOTF has been sitting on the news for a couple of days and now the line up has been announced we can all breath a sigh of relief… however!  Wednesday 15th June Blossoms Chronixx Friday 17th June The Coral Buzzcocks Saturday 18th June Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott Audio Web Sunday 19th June Courteeners Songhoy Blues

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Happy Birthday Spike Island

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What an eventful day in music history… The Smiths, Stone Roses, Liam Gallagher and Buddy holly make the music new headlines. There are many music events which have taken place over the past century. Here’s just a few which made the headline on this day 1957, Buddy Holly and the Crickets released their first record, ‘That’ll Be The Day.’ A UK No.1 and US No.3 hit. The song had its genesis in a trip to the movies by Holly, Allison and Sonny Curtis in June 1956. The John Wayne film The Searchers was playing. Wayne’s frequently-used, world-weary catchphrase, “that’ll be…

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EXCLUSIVE: Soulfly Live at The Whisky a Go Go, L.A

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It’s funny how things turn out. A long time ago I made a list of bands that I wanted to see before I get too old to do this anymore. That list has long since been completed with more than a few additions. So I decided on a new list…venues. But I didn’t want to make it easy. The Whisky a Go Go was on that list. Never thought I’d actually get there. But last Friday I found myself at 8901 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, California. The Whisky opened its doors in January 1964, and featured live music from Johnny…

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REVIEW: Ulysses – Law And Order

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Ulysses – Law and Order The Sweet, David Essex Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, Supergrass, The Faces, Humble Pie, The Darkness, T-Rex, Slade, even the Bay City Rollers all have one thing in common… They all know how to write a catchy tune or two. Well now they have something else in common… The soon to be MIGHTY Ulysses. You see, this band are on a mission to make sure we don’t forget them. All the bands previously mentioned can be heard on Law and Order, the 3rd release by the Bath 4 piece. When Mrs Drawnell was released last year, I…

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Pink Floyd Stamps From Royal Mail

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Royal Mail unveils stamps to mark 50 years of Pink Floyd A set of stamps celebrating 50 years of British rock group Pink Floyd have been unveiled by Royal Mail. Ten stamps will be on sale from Thursday, marking five decades since the band turned professional. The collection include the band’s most famous album covers as well as live performance shots. Pink Floyd became known for its innovative album covers, which were made in collaboration with leading graphic designers and photographers. The album covers that have been made into stamps include The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, Atom Heart…

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BREAKING: Gun Fire At New York Music Venue

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One person has been killed and three others wounded in a shooting at a music venue in New York. Police said the shooting happened at Irving Plaza, near Union Square, Manhattan, where hip-hop artist TI was due to perform on Wednesday evening. No-one has been arrested and the motive for the shooting is unclear. Witnesses reported panic inside the concert hall when the shots rang out. Police have sealed off the area around the venue. The victims were three men, one of whom died, and a woman, the New York Times reported. TI, whose real name is Clifford Joseph Harris…

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KASABIAN: First Live Show of 2016

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Bridlington, one of Yorkshire’s seaside towns and buzzing with excitement as the hoards of Kasabian fans are queuing up outside in the cool sea fret, they know inside its going to get hotter than hot, and so suffering the cold in your T-shirt and shorts is a small price to pay for tonight’s sweatbox show.   Its been a while since Kasabian have played a gig, in fact this is the first proper one of 2016 after a guest slot at the Leicester City trophy celebration night. This is a warm up for 2 massive shows at the LCFC Football…

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INTERVIEW: The Beatniks

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The Beatniks are a Mod/Beat band from Southend in Essex. Formed from the ashes of previous incarnations, the current line-up has been together since the spring of 2014. There are some exciting times to look forward to with the release of their first 7” vinyl and accompanying music video, so look out for The Beatniks playing a stomping set of original songs, cover versions and instrumentals at a venue near you soon. For further information about booking The Beatniks, send us a message and we will see what we can do. FOTF caught up with the band and did a…

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Connie’s Acid House Party 3

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DJ Pierre, Godfather Of Acid House, Returns to Manchester for Third Charity Fundraiser Acid House Legend DJ Pierre returns to Manchester on Saturday 4th June to play one of his signature sets to raise funds for the Tiny Steps charity in aid of a young local girl called Connie, who has a rare form of epilepsy. The second event last year was hailed by all attendees as one of the best nights in Manchester for a long time and is quietly building a reputation as one of the best annual shindigs the city has to offer. DJ Pierre needs hardly…

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NEW MUSIC: Civil Civic – The Hunt + Dates

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The return of CIVIL CIVIC will be a relief to many who have waited patiently since 2011’s epic debut album, RULES. The electronic soundscape masters return with an explosive new single, THE HUNT today, the first track to be taken from their new album scheduled for release this Autumn. Concocted from the intrinsic production skills of Aaron Cupples and Benjamin Green, the Melbourne duo have spent the last four years honing their special recipe of colourful instrumentals from their bases in London and Barcelona, respectively. This first offering is a taste of what’s to come, a smorgasbord of aural delicacies…

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Editors, Royal Albert Hall

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Editors’ own variation of dark indie guitar rock draws on influences from both older and contemporary bands. Their influences include Echo & the Bunnymen, Joy Division, The Strokes, The Walkmen, Elbow and R.E.M. The band draw their musical style particularly from the latter two bands’ debut albums Asleep in the Back and Murmur. While often compared to Joy Division and Echo and the Bunnymen by the media, the band commented that those bands are too old to have a major impact on their musical style. Upon Editors’ first appearances in the British music scene, they were also heavily compared to…

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Kasabian Announce Warm Up Shows

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Two warm up shows have been announced before the bands two headline shows at the King Power Stadium May 28th and 29th Leicester titans Kasabian head for two warm up shows at Bridlington Spa May 24th and The Swindon Oasis May 26th. Currently holed up in a studio recording their sixth LP, vocalist Tom Meighan, guitarist and songwriter Serge Pizzorno, bassist Chris Edwards and drummer Ian Matthews will play two shows at the home of their beloved title winning team Leicester City FC in May. Kasabian have released five studio albums – Kasabian (2004), Empire (2006), West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum…

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Kasabian – Bumblebeee

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Bumblebeee was written by Sergio Pizzorno and is the 2nd track on 48:13. It was released as the second single off the album on 3 August 2014. Described by Serge as a “Beastie Boys dub with a sort of Zeppelin, Rage Against The Machine chorus”, Bumblebeee was the first song that was written for the album and reportedly got its title from the buzzing sound that starts the song. Speaking to NME, Serge elaborated that he was inspired to write the song after attending an Africa Express gig. Bumblebeee is about the band’s connection with their fans, and was written…

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NEW MUSIC: DEAD – You’re So Cheap + Tour

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DEAD! are a London based four piece that will be hurtling your way this year; if you haven’t already encountered them then you probably will soon. The band’s new single, YOU’RE SO CHEAP, their first since signing to Infectious Music, has already received BBC Radio 1 airplay, which they celebrated with a sold out London show. YOU’RE SO CHEAP is a dirty, riff-filled punk rode ode to the anxiety and discomfort of, mmm, certain social situations. The band themselves possess the youthful charm and enthusiasm of pretty much every cool band you ever loved. General consensus suggests that DEAD! are…

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NEW MUSIC: Garbage – Empty + UK Tour Dates

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Garbage have today released a new music video for their single “Empty” from their forthcoming album Strange Little Birds due out on June 10th on the band’s own STUNVOLUME Records. The video reunites the band with award-winning director Samuel Bayer who directed the group’s music videos for “Stupid Girl”, “Only Happy When It Rains”, and “Vow”. Garbage is Shirley Manson, Duke Erikson, Steve Marker and Butch Vig. After forming in Madison, WI, Garbage released their self-titled debut album in 1995. The band’s unique sound and provocative visual aesthetic, inspired massive worldwide attention and success. Their follow up album, Version 2.0,…

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BREAKING: Austria Concert Gun Rampage

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A gunman has opened fire at a concert in the western Austrian town of Nenzing, killing two people before shooting himself dead, police say. Eleven other people were reported injured as the man appeared to fire randomly at about 03:00 local time (01:00 GMT). The facts and what is known so far… VIENNA – Police say a gunman has fired shots into a small crowd attending an open air concert in Austria’s westernmost province, killing two people and wounding 11 others before shooting himself to death. Police say the overnight shooting was preceded by a loud argument between the gunman…

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Nordic Noise Festival 2016

Nordic Noise Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark, is a little gem of a festival among the bigger ones. On 13-14. June, the small festival had its 4th. anniversary. Poor audience turnup, but musically we were in for a few surprises… The 4th. year of this smaller, but cooler, festival, was very intimate. This was my first Nordic Noise experience, but I’m proud to have witnessed it. Read on about what it was like: Day one On day one of the festival I got my press-access arm band, and hauled my camera gear into this former city tram depot (its day job is…

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Kula Shaker Live at Wilton’s Music Hall, London

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Wilton’s Music Hall stands proud as one of the oldest remaining music halls in Europe, dating back to the 1850’s and born in the slightly seedier east end of London. The venues history is apparent everywhere you look, in the ancient floorboards, walls, fading decorative paintwork and several metal barley twist columns that still hold up the balcony to this day. It has survived fire, the blitz by the Nazis and years of neglect. Quite fitting that a band that have equally been through some troubled history in the last 20 years (even including some unfortunate references to Nazis) are…

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Rising Stars Presented by Time Out Magazine

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Nestling just south of Regents Park, 229 The Venue was a new one to me. It turned out it was easy to find, provided you could stagger out of Great Portland Street tube – it’s literally across the road. Tonight it found itself host to the latest in a series of Time Out magazine sponsored events promoting the very best the capital has to offer in currently unsigned talent. From the outside and foyer, the building projected an ambience akin to a local benefit office. Descend the stairs and the vibe is marginally though not entirely helped through use of…

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New Music: Band of Skulls, By Default

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As a reviewer, I usually get the dross, the new bands, the stuff no one else wants. This time however I get one of my favourite bands of the last five years. I love a band that aren’t afraid to mix it up while wearing their influences on their sleeves, it keeps life interesting, while never taking you too far out of your comfort zone. For me, Band of Skulls(BOS) are one such groups. The trio are equally comfortable ripping off The White Stripes one minute, then switching over to beautiful haunting melodies straight from the late 60’s the next.…

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Manic Street Preachers, Live At The Royal Albert Hall

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Last summer, I saw the Manic Street Preachers perform their 1994 album ‘The Holy Bible’ in full. It was a lyrically dark, brooding record; a record that offered a window into the mind of the Manics’ lyricist Richey Edwards, a mind that at the time was contending with alcohol abuse, depression, self-harm and Anorexia Nervosa. Within 6 months of its release, Edwards had disappeared. The gig last year had a similarly bleak feel about it. If I’m honest, I’d describe it as an ‘experience’ rather than an ‘entirely enjoyable experience’. Fifteen months after Edwards’ disappearance the band released the follow-up…

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NEW MUSIC: Blossoms Announce New Album

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Blossoms Will Release Their Highly Anticipated Eponymous Debut Album On Virgin EMI “The Stockport band’s cathartic sing-alongs hark back to the region’s pop greats.” The Guardian “Mancunian pop perfection” Shortlist “Minor key moodiness with the kind of bravado not seen since the glory days of The Stone Roses and The La’s” The Times “Glittering indie pop” ­Metro 2016 is Blossoms’ year. Catapulted into the musical subconscious in January, listed fourth in the BBC Soundpoll as well as almost every other ‘ones to watch’ list – Blossoms have been carefully carving out their position in the canon of Great British Rock’n’Roll ever since. Read our…

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NEW MUSIC: Blossoms Announce New Album

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Blossoms Will Release Their Highly Anticipated Eponymous Debut Album On Virgin EMI   “The Stockport band’s cathartic sing-alongs hark back to the region’s pop greats.” The Guardian “Mancunian pop perfection” Shortlist “Minor key moodiness with the kind of bravado not seen since the glory days of The Stone Roses and The La’s” The Times “Glittering indie pop” ­Metro 2016 is Blossoms’ year. Catapulted into the musical subconscious in January, listed fourth in the BBC Soundpoll as well as almost every other ‘ones to watch’ list – Blossoms have been carefully carving out their position in the canon of Great British Rock’n’Roll ever since. Read…

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36 Years Ago Today The Music World Lost Ian Curtis…

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36 years ago to the day the world lost the tremendous Joy Division front man. Many parts of Ian’s life is well documented. Here are 10 facts – how many did you know? 1. Ian was a performer from an early age. He decided to be a stunt man and rigged up a wooden sledge as a landing pad. After drumming up support from local children he donned a crash helmet and jumped from the roof of a garage. The showman left his first stunt battered and bruised. 2. Despite the relative success of ‘Unknown Pleasures’ Ian was always strapped for…

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Federal Charm, Crossing The Divide Tour

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Federal Charm are back on the road in June with their own ‘Crossing The Divide’ tour. 17 dates stretching out from June 10th ’til July 23rd. Headlining each show each night and playing a 90-minute set per night minimum, supporting the release of ‘Master Plan’ from the acclaimed new album ‘Across The Divide’. In the spirit of brotherhood and good intentions, Federal Charm have stretched out a hand and offered a leg-up to local support acts where possible. Night-by-night young budding bands will open the show. 2015 was a very fine year for Federal Charm, their second album ‘Across The…

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Camden Rocks 2016

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Zebrahead, Black Spiders, Yuck & more confirmed for Camden Rocks 2016 Returning for its fifth year on June 4th, Camden Rocks Festival have just announced Californian skate-punks Zebrahead, power-rock force Black Spiders, and, revered for their brutal live shows, Nottingham’s HECK to join the 2016 bill alongside London’s acclaimed noise-pop connoisseurs Yuck, Finnish glam-metal giants Reckless Love, and many more. The line-up already features some huge names in indie, punk, rock and metal, including The Cribs, Carl Barat & The Jackals, Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), Ginger Wildheart, Billy Bragg, Johnny Foreigner, Creeper, Sonic Boom Six and more. Reckless Love say,…

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OK Broken Live at Boots Scoots and Suits

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The four piece band are from in and around Manchester consisting of Gareth Wright on vox and guitar, Dave Furnival on guitar, Phil McArdle on bass and Adam Heap on drums. They have an EP out called Debts & Dear Do’s and follow up Double singles (Dying Soul/Waiting In Line) and Ole (Serbia/A Little Peace). They would describe their sound as a mix between British and US Rock/Indie…. nice one! Check the band out on facebook Boots Scoots and Suits – The finest Retro Clothing, Mod Clothing and Mod Shoes in Manchester from Scoots Suits and Boots Trading both online and from…

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Louis Berry Interview and Liverpool O2 Academy Review

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I saw my first controlled demolition last night! (12th May 2016) I watched as Louis Berry blew out the walls, supporting beams and all fittings and fixtures, before bringing the house down on top of hundreds of ecstatic fans. This has to be one of my favourite performances of all time. From the moment he swaggered onto stage, to rapturous applause in his home town, to the final chord of his last song, he had the crowd in the palm of his hand. Flying through favourites such as .45 and 25 REASONS, as well as crowd favourites like COCAINE BABY…

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VOTE: Greatest Roses Song Of All Time

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We recently interacted with over 33,000 Stone Roses fans with our review of “All For One” which got FOTF HQ thinking… “What is the greatest Roses song of all time?” So, what is the greatest Roses song of all time? Ok we know its a pretty tough on to answer however if enough people vote… I guess we’ll see. Below you’ll find listed over 60 tracks including bootlegs. The poll will close Sunday 22nd at 6pm with the results to follow at 8pm. Make your vote count and we’ll send it to the Roses and let the know that the fans have spoken!…This should…

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2000 Tree’s 2016 Line up

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THE BASICS The multi award winning 2000trees is a 5,000 capacity music festival set in the rolling Cotswold Hills. You’ll get 2 nights camping and a friendly, intimate atmosphere – plus amazing food and locally produced ciders, ales & lagers. THE MUSIC 2000trees is all about the music. We’ll give you more than 80 of the absolute best new and underground acts from the worlds of rock and indie, plus some more established acts to close out the night. Previous bands that have played 2000trees include Frank Turner, Twin Atlantic, Frightened Rabbit, Blood Red Shoes, Band of Skulls, The Bronx,…

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Joe Symes & The Loving Kind

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Joe Symes and the Loving Kind are an original three piece band from Liverpool UK. The group has spent the last three years launching their explosive assault on UK clubs and festivals. Not every band gets the privilege to play at Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds Official After Show Party, but Joe Symes and the Loving Kind did, and when you hear them you’ll know why! Since the release of their debut album in 2013, the band have embarked on a non-stop journey all over the UK, performing in cities and towns from London to Glasgow. Taking their self-titled debut…

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Bones, The Old Blue Last, London

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It’s been quite a year for London three-piece Bones, supporting Skunk Anansie and PVRIS on their UK and European tours, but on Thursday (12/5/16) they returned to their roots and put on an intimate sold-out show for their fans, both old and new, at The Old Blue Last in Shoreditch. I first saw Bones at the end of 2014, when they opened for the debut gig for Bl=ndfolds (made up of the remains of the defunct Vuvuvultures) at The Waiting Room in Stoke Newington. The audience was mostly friends of the bands and a few discerning music fans. They had…

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Tangerine Dream Gets Thumbs Up From Brian May

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Queen’s iconic guitarist Brian May has pledged support to synthesizer pioneers Tangerine Dream in their effort to release a feature-length documentary, following the passing of Edgar Froese in 2015. May, who recorded the album Sonic Universe with Tangerine Dream in 2011 at Tenerife’s STARMUS Festival, said “I’m grateful I have the opportunity to contribute to this piece on Edgar because truly he was something wonderful, and for me it was something wonderful in my life to have an opportunity to interact with him and create together, and I remember him very fondly.” Tangerine Dream started the production of their first…

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WATCH: Coldplay Reveal Up&UP Video

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Coldplay have today revealed the amazing video for Up&Up, the anthemic third single from their current album, A Head Full Of Dreams. Created by Vania Heymann and Gal Muggia, the video is a poignant, surrealist montage which alludes to contemporary issues. It also features racehorses galloping on water and a popcorn-spouting volcano. Up&Up is the closing track from A Head Full Of Dreams, which has reached Number One on iTunes in more than 90 countries, sold more than 3.5 million copies and cemented  Coldplay’s position as Spotify’s most-streamed band in the world. The song features a host of guest appearances,…

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Love Is In The Air! James Manchester Arena Review

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Solidarity, harmony and peace were just a few of the positive vibes floating in the air on Friday night at Manchester Arena (13th May 2013) Photographs By Billy Seagrave & Irafusha. Words By Jason Palmer When a certain gig happens in a certain town with a certain crowd – amazing things happen. The unforgettable night opened up with Manchester’s very own The Slow Readers Club. The four-piece, made up of Aaron Starkie – Vocals/Keyboard, Kurtis Starkie – Vocals/Guitar, James Ryan – Bass and David Whitworth – on Drums. The band specialises in dark and brooding indie electro and their music…

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Faerground, Absent Further Album Review

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This is emotional darkness and light on a grand scale. ‘Absent Further’ is a mini-album with depth, passion and feeling, with menace and threat, but most of all, with dignity. 6.6 tracks totalling 19-minutes, of pure brilliance. Stripped back to acoustic guitar, keyboards and vocals, these are ballads reminiscent of those old blues or country and western songs. Minimalist in their extreme, this is a Faerground album without the Accidents! The opener, ‘Wayfaring Stranger’, sets the tone. Every song has a stand out lyric; each one is a story on its own. ‘Going up to meet my maker’ is the…

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JFK Jr. “Black” EP review

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Watch out for the Danes – JFK Jr. will smash up the place! JFK Jr.’s new EP, “Black”, is a taste of what this band can do. Formed in 2011 while on the road, touring Germany with a handful of other Copenhagen based bands, JFK Jr. is all about raw, spontaneous energy and an unfathomable love for all things Rock. Their new EP, “Black”, contains four songs, and we get early Foo Fighters with hints of Silverchair. “No Regrets” is spacious grunge with lots of screaming vocals and scarring guitars. “Is This For Real” is a little slower and dampened, but…

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