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August 2016

Live review: Dead! (The Asylum, Birmingham, 24/08-2016)

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Short and sweet, “Dead!” is a band to pay attention to. On their small run of UK shows before their appearance at Reading and Leeds festival, Dead! hit up Birmingham Asylum for a show that was sweaty from start to finish.  The shows had been rescheduled, but that didn’t stop the energetic four piece from bringing their dedicated fans to the small, heated venue. With supports from TrueHeights and local band Youth Man, Dead! were ready and waiting to put their all in to this show. First on to the stage was TrueHeights. The five piece from Leamington Spa entered…

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REC ROCK FESTIVAL 2016

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For a good cause – Pete Salisbury’s do-good festival, come by if you can: The past few years has seen a proliferation in UK music festivals but with the choice so great some have struggled to attract the crowds. Some of the more successful festivals have been the smaller, more varied independent ones of which the Rec Rock Festival is one. This not for profit community festival is run by The Verve drummer Pete Salisbury, his wife Pam and a few friends. The aim is to raise money for defibrillators in schools and sports clubs along with people trained to use…

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Black Oak County: Debut album in early 2017

Acoustic anticipation of good things to come: Hard rock debut album on my must-own list, it should be on yours too! Read on to get an insight… The four piece from Denmark’s shipping port #1, made quite an impression back in May ’16 at Nordic Noise, with their heavy-riffed southern hard rock. Singer Niels Beier swept this reviewer’s feet away with his powerful and raw voice, and being signed to Mighty Music Records, and managed by Target Group, Black Oak County has everything lined up for great success. This evening was an acoustic preview of their debut album, which should hit the…

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Interview: Dead!

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Dead! ..on achievements, inspirations and touring After playing at 2000 Trees Festival, Dead! did a few days round the UK before playing at the famous Reading and Leeds festival. Flick Of The Finger had a chat with members Alex Warren, Sam Chappel, and brothers Louis and Sam Matlock: How has the reception towards your band been since you guys started playing and have gotten bigger? S Matlock: There’s always kind of a weird thing to see, like, obviously with a band you start off playing to very few people, and then it gradually gets more. But like band growth, and music…

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The Winachi Tribe Live at Gorilla, Manchester

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The Winachi Family Gathering: Things have been good for The Winachi Tribe so far this year. With sell out shows in Scotland, a double header with the Sugar Hill Gang, plus a recent trip to La La Land for a video shoot to accompany a new single out  later this year, its been non stop.  20/08/16: Tonight’s gig is at Gorilla in Manchester. Its a great venue and it has played host to a number of Manchester bands recently. I catch the boys early in the day, during sound-check. They sound better than ever.  Liam and the boys look like…

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FOTF Presents: ‘Connected’

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Flick of The finger had the pleasure of meeting up with Manchester, indie duo ‘Connected’ in the Northern Quarters very own ‘Night & Day Cafe’ Their selection can only be described as rockin’ classics  and their future is looking great…. ! The back to back team can be found in clubs, bars and gigs spinning the one’s and two’s, smashing out bangers from the 60’s through to modern day classics. ‘Connected’ is made up of Lee & Duncan and below is a mix they have put together especially for Flick Of The Finger. We caught up with the lads this week…

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Faithless, Brixton Academy, London

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If Wikipedia is to be believed “Faithless are a British electronica band consisting of Maxi Jazz, Sister Bliss and Rollo. The group is best known for their dance songs (“Salva Mea”, “Insomnia”, “God Is a DJ” and “We Come 1”).” and “The band announced it would split up after their Passing The Baton dates at Brixton Academy on 7 and 8 April 2011. However, in February 2015 they reunited to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the band.” Based on last night’s show at the O2 Brixton Academy this is only tells a tiny fraction of the story as the band…

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Review: Ed Harcour ‘Furnaces’

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The Mercury prize nominated musician returns with an infectious horn-laden anthem, taken from his forthcoming seventh solo album. ‘Furnaces’ is a dark melodic track, that presents itself as a different sound for the singer-songwriter. The song, which is taken from his new album and shares the same title, is his first release on a major record label – Polydor. Hopefully, with this new backing, the music will be catapulted into the mainstream, making enough of an impact for people to sit up and take notice. It’s distinct, fresh and exceedingly catchy, despite the dark political edged lyrics. Ed, I salute…

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Van’s Warped Tour 2016, Mountain View CA, 6. August

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Van’s Warped Tour once again arrived in Mountain View, CA, and although the date was moved from June to August, the powerful atmosphere still remained throughout the day. As always, the tour garners long lines of diverse people; from small children to grandparents still full of angst, hundreds made their way to Shoreline Amphitheatre harboring excitement as the day begins. Of the seven stages to choose from, I began at the Monster Energy North stage to shoot Atreyu. The band played off their latest album “Long Live” and delivered a hell­ of ­a show. Constant energy to kick off the…

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Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, DR Koncerthuset 11. August

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Weird reverb and sound, but the legend delivered a rock gig with lots of arrogance and big hits in Copenhagen As someone who grew up listening to Oasis, I was kinda expecting to witness a living legend working, but I was left with a strange feeling, both over the venue (sound), the lighting, and the show itself. People was coming in from near and far to DR’s new concert hall, and you could tell that it must be a 90’s Brit-rock star in town, as half the audience was wearing their Liverpool/Manchester United jerseys – something often associated with those…

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Robert Babicz, AKA Rob Acid Embarks On A North American Tour

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This summer Robert Babicz, aka Rob Acid, the electronic wizard from Cologne brings his extraordinary live show to hand-picked selection of futuristic, eclectic events. A “non-DJ” who performs only original music – either his own compositions, collaborations or remixes – Babicz ignites parties with music crafted by synaesthesia, his ability to see sounds and hear colours.   For the first time ever, Babicz brings his interstellar sonic extravaganza to Burning Man, Aug 29 to Sept 5. The playa will resonate with unique aural textures and otherworldly visuals as he shares his magic. Out of respect for playa tradition, Robert won’t…

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The Temper Trap Announce UK Gigs

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The Temper Trap have now sold more than one million albums and their songs have been streamed more than 200 million times on Spotify and 20 million times on YouTube! They first came to prominence in 2009 with their acclaimed debut album, CONDITIONS which, propelled by the global hits SWEET DISPOSITION, FADER and LOVE LOST, saw them crash land into the charts in their native Australia, their adopted homeland of the UK, and worldwide. The band’s self-titled second album, THE TEMPER TRAP, spawned the hits TREMBLING HANDS and NEED YOUR LOVE, and saw them catch the attention of the likes of…

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Blossoms Announce UK Headline Tour

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Blossoms will play a headline UK tour this November and December including a show at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire and two dates at Manchester’s Albert Hall. The band are currently top of the album charts after their eponymous record debuted at number one on Friday. ‘Blossoms’ has received wide spread critical acclaim earning 4* from Mojo, The Evening Standard, The Independent and more.  The past year has seen Blossoms play live to sold out venues and packed festival tents across the UK and Europe. They have already appeared at Glastonbury, Field Day, Bilbao BBK, Rock Werchter, The Great Escape, T…

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Bad Mood, Night & Day, Manchester

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Making a short trip down the M62 from Liverpool for their first gig away from home, Bad Mood are not the typical young indie/guitar band of which there are so many. For a start they are not young, having been around the music scene and in different bands for a while. Secondly, their music is much more confrontational, aimed at making an impact and breaking down barriers rather than being just dance floor fodder. Cousins Tom Carroll (ex Pete Wylie cohort) and Liam Devall were joined by friends Ian Wilson and David McCann in 2015 to form Bad Mood and…

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Hands Off Gretel at Liverpools, Krazyhouse

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Saturday 13th August found me at Liverpool’s, Krazyhouse. Probably the best rock venue in the city! There were 3 acts on, but I’d made the trip to catch Hands Off Gretel. The band launched in Feb 2015 with the release of their first video ‘Be Mine’ and a 3 track EP for free download. In less than 3 months Hands Off Gretel were invited to play both Camden Rocks Festival, after being selected from over 3,000 band entries and Devolution Magazines 10th year Anniversary event. The band have also been recognised Internationally, including the US, where Alternative Press picked them out…

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Savannah Release New Single ‘Jodie’

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‘We are the mods! We are the mods!’ This may be a chant from the film Quadropehnia…. …but it would feel right at home sung at a live performance by Savannah, whose new single, ‘Jodie’, is a pumped-up, hands-in-the-air, pure rock ‘n’ roller, just waiting for the mod chant to follow in its wake. The opening guitar riff boasts the grittiness of Nirvana, before settling into a tight swaggering indie-rock number. While it may not come across entirely as an original sound, it gleefully blends several genres together, resulting in one damn fine piece of musicianship from the Telford based…

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BREAKING: Blossoms Debut Album Is UK Number One!

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YESSSS! A massive ‘high five’ to Blossoms as their debut album hits #1 AND is the highest selling album of the year! Nice one lads and well deserved!! Blossoms’ eponymous debut album is officially number one. The past year has seen them play live to sold out venues and packed festival tents across the country, reach number 1 in the vinyl chart, perform on Later… with Jools Holland, be played constantly across radio as well as earning a host of 4* album reviews for their now number one debut record. With 9500 more sales than their nearest rival for the…

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Review: Courteeners – The 17th

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It’s time to rejoice, as new music from The Courteeners arrives in the form of the funky rhythmic song, ‘The 17th’. The single is taken from the bands’ forthcoming fifth album, Mapping The Rendezvous, which is due out on October 21st. It moves along somewhat slowly, but never feels sluggish or dreary, as the bass line keeps you hooked alongside the sweet synthesizer sounds. Liam Fray’s vocals take on a deeper and heavier tone than he usually delivers, which fits in perfectly with the pulsating beat of the music. At times, it almost feels like a distant relation to their…

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Your Last Chance To Dance On The Legendary Sunset Terrace

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Space Ibiza returns in his last season to its origins and invite clubbers to dance again in the Sunset Terrace during the day. Since last June, the most awarded Club in the World  opens its doors religiously, every Sunday from 7 pm, returning to old ways… like raising your arms while planes flying over the Sunset Terrace. With a potent line-up and faithful to House music, Sundays at Space has become a must for the clubbers who comes from all around the world, and residents of the island. The line-up of Sunday’s is undoubtedly one of the strongest in the history…

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BANG BANG! Green Day Releases New Song in Light of New Album Announcement

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It has been four years since the release of Green Day’s ‘¡Uno!’ ‘¡Dos!’ ‘¡Tre!’, and the American Punk Rock band have been pretty quiet since then. Until the 1st August, when an announcement appeared from Green Day saying ‘dear friends! green day is putting out a new single called “BANG BANG” August 11’, much to the delight of eager fans. Once the song had been announced, the countdown began, and multiple reports stated that the new song was to sound like Green Day’s 1994 album ‘Dookie’. The band was counting down the days via Instagram, and once the 11th rolled…

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Jimi Hendrix Collection Launched By Pretty Green

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Since the birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll in the late 1950’s, British street culture has been influencing fashion and music worldwide. Pretty Green has an authenticity born of a deep understanding of that culture and the things that make it relevant today. Founded in 2009 by Liam Gallagher, one of the most iconic front-men in music, the brand unites people through a love of music and fashion. Named after a track by ‘The Jam’, Pretty Green provides simple, classic clothing with a modern twist in three distinct labels. © Pretty Green

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Space Ibiza Closing Fiesta 2016

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In 1989, When Pepe Rosello, founder and owner of Space Ibiza , took the controls of Space Ibiza, it seemed crazy. Playa d’en Bossa -aimed to familiar tourism, was far away from the nightlife established in other areas of the island. That year, in Ibiza, the place where it all began, a new a definitive space was to be established for this purpose. It could only happen in a club which would offer —from its very conception- a different musical, sensorial, and even parallel dimension. A club in which dreams could be made real. Ten years after its birth, Space…

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Play Morrissey’s ‘This Beautiful Creature Must Die’ Video Game

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Morrissey and his former The Smiths’ bandmates have collaborated with animal rights organisation PETA to release a retro arcade-style mobile-friendly video game, based on their 1985 song “Meat is Murder”. Prepare yourself to save virtual chickens, pigs, cows and turkeys as they edge towards bloody blades, at the same time avoiding falling bombs as the animals fall quicker and quicker to their death, while an 8-bit version of “Meat is Murder” plays in the background. This Beautiful Creature Must Die serves as a new way to get people thinking about the cruelty of the meat industry and turning people off…

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Faithless Announce Very Special Intimate Show

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Legendary dance act Faithless announce very special intimate show at London’s O2 Academy Brixton Following their live return with sold out arena tour at the end of 2015, iconic dance pioneers Faithless have announced a very special intimate show at O2 Academy Brixton this summer. The British electronica group featuring front man Maxi Jazz, multi-instrumentalist and DJ, Sister Bliss and producer Rollo Armstrong have a career spanning 21 years – featuring 7 albums (two at number 1), numerous top 10 singles and 15 million records sold worldwide. They remain one of the most successful electronica acts and are responsible for…

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Twin Atlantic Full Tour Announced

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Twin Atlantic are excited to announce their UK tour which begins on 7th October 2016 in Newcastle and includes 3 nights at Glasgow Barrowlands, in support of anticipated new album ‘GLA’ released on 9th September 2016, through Red Bull Records. The band have been playing select UK and European festivals throughout the Summer and this week the single ‘No Sleep’ was added to the Radio 1 playlist following Track Of The Day, Hottest Record In The World, and an Annie Mac session. Zane Lowe premiered massive album track “Ex El’ on Beats1 and today Twin Atlantic headline the 2000 Trees…

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EP REVIEW: ‘Ours For The Taking… Theirs For The Breaking’ by Air Drawn Dagger

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So, here’s yet another young female fronted band with short, energetic punk-rock songs, desperately hoping to stand out from the crowd of wannabes. The good news, I’m pleased to say, is that they do stand out, in spades. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Air Drawn Dagger. Their debut EP, Ours For The Taking … Theirs For The Breaking, comes in the form of three rip-roaring tracks, that not only have the freshness to hook and pull you on in, they possess the quality that sounds vastly mature beyond their years, in that oh-so-familiar way, as if they have been…

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LISTEN: Air Drawn Dagger ‘Ours for the Taking… Theirs for the Breaking’

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Air Drawn Dagger are a female fronted four-piece from Sheffield, who take their name from Lady Macbeth’s emotional outburst, and who create an eclectic mix of alt-rock, electronica, grunge and pop. They began in 2014 when singer Maisie met bassist Lewis and they began writing songs after hours in her cake shop. Read our review here Early gigs as an acoustic duo playing in front of old punks at hardcore shows and more sedate audiences at tapas restaurants got them playing all over Yorkshire. Twice. Their debut EP as Air Drawn Dagger received heavy support from BBC Introducing throughout the…

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Spring King Stop Off At Manchester’s Night & Day

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Whilst en-route to becoming one of the UK’s biggest bands, Spring King stop off at Day & Night Manchester to guest on Antics’ Deck Psych drenched, shoegaze five piece SULK play live plus MCR’s Hey Bulldog & Inland Taipan. cult indie | electro | psych | retro gems  Sulk headline the stage – Under the rainy skies of London, the shining sounds of Britpop, Shoegaze and Psychedelia are back in bloom. Locked up in the back room of an east end gallery stirring up the 90s inspired sonic harmonies, this five-piece’s influences are less worn on their sleeves, than branded on…

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INTERVIEW: ‘Ok Broken’ A Quality Manchester Four Piece

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OK Broken are a four piece band from in and around Manchester. The band consists of Gareth Wright on vocals/guitar, Dave Furnival on guitar, Phil McArdle on bass and Adam Heap on drums. FOTF had the pleasure of catching up with the band for a quick Q&A and hope to see review the band live very soon! The band have released an EP out called “Debts & Dear Do’s” and follow up Double singles “Dying Soul/Waiting In Line” and “Ole Serbia/A Little Peace.” The boys would describe themselves as a mix between British and US Rock/Indie however we wanted to know…

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Power Of Three Festival 2016

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The Power of three advertised as a resonance event featured three acts from the current prog scene, a genre that is still alive and kicking. The original Resonance festival was a 4-day multi-stage festival held back in 2014, the brainchild of Mike Morton who was behind tonight’s show. It featured Tiger Moth Tales, We are Kin and Mike’s own band The Gift. Opening the show was Tiger Moth Tales aka Peter Jones, a talented multi-instrumentalist from Nottinghamshire, Peter came to my attention about two years ago with the release of Cocoon, a concept album based on his own childhood. Peter’s…

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Yousef Presents: Circus 14th Birthday Celebrations

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Circus has a long-standing history of pushing the boundaries of house and techno, firmly asserting itself as one of the leading club nights in the history of the country. Always in search of the greatest talent, Circus has been a platform for the most prolific DJ’s to perform alongside some of the finest homegrown artists. LOCO DICE YOUSEF PATRICK TOPPING WAZE & ODYSSEY LEWIS BOARDMAN SOLARDO LAUREN LANE DAVID GLASS LAUREN LO SUNG KYDUS SCOTT LEWIS Coming up to the 14th Birthday celebrations, Yousef and the Circus family take the opportunity to once again show why they currently hold the…

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Courtesy Tier Release Debut LP ‘Everyone’s OK’

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Introducing Brooklyn-based trio Courtesy Tier, releasing their debut LP ‘Everyone’s OK on September 9th, 2016 via Beverly Martel. “We’re more confident, leaning harder into what we do, and more fearless about making the music we make without pretensions,” asserts guitarist and vocalist Omer Leibovitz. And it’s that electric energy that the band brought into the studio to create their debut album, ‘Everyone’s OK’, the follow-up to their head-turning EP, ‘Little Rock’. ‘Everyone’s OK’ sees the band finding perfect balance as a trio, completed by Alex Picca on bass guitar and Layton Weedeman on drums. The record also incorporates production work…

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Alex Dickson Welcomed Back to Gun and Head Line Tour

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As their acclaimed original guitarist Alex Dickson is welcomed back into the frame, GUN are delighted to announce they will be hitting the road for a series of UK headline dates this October with a souped-up live band in force. In honor of the tour announcement, the Hard Rockers will be releasing an exclusive live video of the band firing on all cylinders with their current line-up – which will be revealed at 5pm tonight (7th June). Providing fans with a tantalizing taster of what to expect on the upcoming run of shows, the video will feature a glorious live…

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Black Oak County “Mad Dog” single

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Hell yeah! High Octane and smooth Hard Rock. Back in May 2016, I had the pleasure of experiencing the quartet Black Oak County live at the Nordic Noise Festival, and now they’re back with new material, this time from their coming debut album. Released on the metal label Mighty Music, who will also feature the video for this track on Wednesday on their YouTube channel, “Mad Dog” is high octane hard rock. Singer Niels Beier has an, if possible, even harder voice than when they performed at Nordic Noise. Excellent!! My earlier photo here of Niels Beier pretty much sums…

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Benjamin Francis Leftwich Announces Headline Tour & New Album

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In all walks of life sometimes an end can only be dealt with from the closure of starting something new; which is the case of Benjamin Francis Leftwich on his eagerly anticipated new album After The Rain. Due out on August 19th through Dirty Hit (Wolf Alice, The 1975), the news also comes with new track, ‘Tilikum’, and the announcement of an intimate run of live dates for this spring. Following the release of his 2011 acclaimed debut album Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm, a record which has gone on to sell 100,000 copies worldwide and over 150 million global…

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Super Furry Animals to play Fuzzy Logic & Radiator back to back

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Super Furry Animals take to the towns and cities of England, Scotland, the Republic of Ireland and Wales to perform their luminescent debut album, Fuzzy Logic and its follow-up, Radiator in full, in order and back-to-back, live throughout December 2016. Taking in two nights at the London Roundhouse and a Welsh homecoming in Cardiff, the celebration marks a brace of re-evaluated, restored and re-issued releases out on Friday 4 November 2016. In good news for Furries fans, young, old and in the middle, but perhaps bad news for record dealers stocking high-value originals, the band has announced a multi-format reissue…

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A Sad Day For Maccabees Fans

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It’s always a sad day when a cool band calls it a day! The Maccabees have announced their split after 14 years together. in a statement “The decision has obviously been an incredibly difficult one, given that The Maccabees has been such a huge part of our lives until now,”  Image: © Maccabees    

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Noel Gallagher headlines Y Not Festival. Full Images & Review

Y Not Festival returned to its usual place in the Derbyshire Dales for its 11th year this month. This festival has steadily increased in size and after winning last year’s ‘Best Mid-sized’ event it jumped from a crowd size of 18.000 to 25,000 and sold out with weeks to spare. Despite the increase in size, the organisers have done well to maintain that boutique feel that has made it one of the most popular festivals in the UK. So headliners this year were The Editors, Noel Gallagher and Madness, supported by a plethora of bands from all genres to keep…

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Buying Tickets Just Got Better!

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TicketSelect.co.uk has launched and is set to be the new name in town for live shows and events accross the UK. TicketSelect.co.uk 2016 shows include; Rod Stewart, The 1975, Busted, The Specials, Justin Hayward, Airbourne, Coheed and Cambria, Richie Sambora, We Are Scientists, Frightened Rabbit, Band of Horses, Local Natives, The Divine Comedy, The Hunna, The Christians, James, The Zombies and Kula Shaker! HOW ABOUT THAT! Looking for local shows? Ticket Select cover the entire UK from the smaller towns to the largest cities which include:  Birmingham | Edinburgh | Leeds | Liverpool | London | Manchester | Newport | Wolverhampton Recommended Upcomming, Flick Of The Finger Events: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Buy tickets and tour dates In 2009, Noel Gallagher left…

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Album review: The Cadillac Three “Bury Me In My Boots”

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Southern Rock from Nashville – smooth and gnarly sounding album This is not a country record like you know it. This is a gnarly and smoothed down southern rock album, that reminds me of Slash’ Snakepit in a drunken bourbon pit after the lights go out. Plus: Jeff Buckley, anyone? Recorded at Sound Emporium and Blackbird studios in Nashville, Tennessee, this is an atypical country/southern rock band, that sounds a lot more rock than country, but stay true to their apparent roots. I really like this album. I normally listen to more heavy stuff, hence why I mentioned Slash’ Snakepit,…

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