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October 2016

Radiohead Announce More UK Shows

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Radiohead Announce Additional Festival & headline Dates In UK and Europe Announcement Continues a productive 2016/17 following the release of 9th studio album ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ Radiohead will play a number of headline shows and festival dates in the UK & Europe in 2017. These are in addition to previously-announced headline slots at Glastonbury, Northside, Best Kept Secret, Open’er, Rock Werchter and Main Square festivals. Earlier this year, Radiohead’s 9th studio album ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ hit number 1 in the UK Official Albums chart and spent 25 weeks in the charts. The album was featured in Guardian’s ‘Best Albums of…

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The Blinders, Deaf Institute, Manchester

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Blimey. In the 6 months since I last saw them, things have moved on for The Blinders. Tonight, The Deaf Institute is heaving with anticipation as The Blinders launch their debut single, Swine.   A massive cheer goes up as frontman and guitarist Tom graces the stage, joining Charlie (bass) and Matty (Drums), and they launch straight into the heavy yet atmospheric “Brutus”. The crowd are totally into it from the offset, there’s no standing back, nonchalant gazing going on here, no pit, no barrier between band and audience. As they career through their set, playing better-known tunes such as “Murder…

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Metallica Release New Single And New Tour Dates

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Halloween release of “Atlas, Rise!” Friday 28. October saw an early release of Metallica’s third single from their upcoming album. To help fans get into the Halloween spirit, starting Friday, October 28th, Metallica fans around the world could visit select independent record stores for the chance to obtain a free limited edition Hardwired…To Self-DestructHalloween mask. Inside of each mask fans would find a special access code that will allow them to hear “Atlas, Rise!” 30-minutes prior to its official release on Halloween.   “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct” is Metallica’s first studio album since 2008’s multi-platinum Death Magnetic. The album was produced by Greg Fidelman,…

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CHILDRENN (DK) in the studio with US producer

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CHILDRENN from Copenhagen producing with Randall Dunn CHILDRENN from Copenhagen, Denmark, released the critically acclaimed album “Animale” back in March 2016, but aren’t slowing down any time soon, and have just started new recordings in the Black Tornado Studio, to write a follow-up to their still-fresh debut. One of our time’s most respected and influential producers in alternative rock, has travelled to Copenhagen to produce the new album. Randall Dunn is the name, and he has produced for names like SunnO))), Earth, Wolves In The Throne Room, Boris, Marissa Nadler, Six Organs Of Admittance, Akron/Family……just to name a few. On “Animale” it…

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Album Review: Exist Immortal “Breathe”

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New release from London hardcore quintet Primordial Records has released Exist Immortal’s 3rd. album on 28. October, and is easily as hard-hitting as their previous releases. How does it compare to those? Let’s find out. The hardcore genre is a broad one, and today there is a lot of equally excellent bands fighting for that space. In the sub-genre metalcore, Exist Immortal has released a very melodic and well produced album, that has excellent songwriting, technical and artistic guitar and drum playing, a gut-punching bass, and a beautiful combination of singing and brutal growl. As their second “official” album (third,…

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Cabbage, Ruby Lounge, Manchester

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Mayhem, madness and magic probably sum up Cabbage’s biggest headline show to date Halfway through a UK tour they returned to Manchester to play a sold out Ruby Lounge. Ticket touts outside the venue are an indication that Cabbage really have arrived. There was a palpable atmosphere of anticipation and excitement once inside as a Cabbage shows are always wonderfully unpredictable. Queen Zee and the Sasstones along with Meat Raffle were the support act and both bands were above average getting the crowds attention and support from what could have been an unresponsive audience just there for the main event.…

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The Vryll Society & Hidden Charms, Gorilla, Manchester

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“Why am I doing this to myself?”, I mutter, as I crawl along the M56 willing my car to not run out of petrol before I hit Stockport Big Tesco. Today has been a busy day and I find myself in a maelstrom of stress trying to get home to pick my daughter up and head to a gig. As I “mature” I tend not to get my knickers in a twist over getting to gigs when the odds seem to be stacked against me. I was, however, determined to get to this one. As we get in to Gorilla,…

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INTERVIEW: Danny McNamara, Embrace On New Album & December Tour

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Ahead of Embrace’s December tour and highly anticipated 2017 album, FOTF caught up with the band’s frontman to find out more about it. The band, who are currently working on their seventh studio album for release in 2017, will be taking a break from recording to play a short run of special Christmas shows in December. Talking about the run of dates, Danny said, “We’d been so busy working on our new album; then playing The Secret Festival in September made us hungry to get out there and play live again. We’re just playing a few selective shows, a kind…

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New album: Kristin Hersh / “Wyatt At The Coyote Palace”

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Alternative Acoustic Punk Rock Masterpiece Today saw the launch of a brand-spanking new release from Kristin Hersh, the legendary singer from Throwing Muses and 50FOOTWAVE, the third release in a series of book-albums. What is that you ask? Read on to find out: As one of the most legendary singers in alternative rock, also knows for her book “Rat Girl”, ranked among The 25 Greatest Rock Memoirs of All Time, Kristin Hersh has released a solo album, which is no less than a double album, containing 2 CD’s and a book of prose and artwork. It’s a spaced-out mix of beautiful…

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NEW MUSIC: Jaws ‘Simplicity’ + UK headline

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Birmingham indie-outfit, Jaws, release their full-length sophomore album ‘Simplicty’ on November 4. The band are set to circle its release with an extensive UK headline tour in November – with kindred fuzz-rockers Nai Harvest and Chartreuse providing ample support. ‘Simplicity’ is JAWS first outing since their frenzied debut LP ‘Be Slowly’ in 2014. Opting  for a short period of silence to recalibrate – the band resurfaced with hazy new single ‘What We Haven’t Got Yet’ – a truculent slice of surf rock, that rides the rip curl of pop refrain. Their latest dreamy cut ‘Right In Front Of Me’ is…

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Syd Arthur, Sound Knowledge, Marlborough

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A few weeks ago I covered a White Denim gig at the O2 Academy in Bristol, support act on the night was Canterbury Band Syd Arthur, I enjoyed the set so much that when I saw they were embarking on an ‘in-store tour’ playing selected record stores to promote the new album Apricity, I was keen to catch up. One of the stores was a lovely little independent record store Sound Knowledge in Marlborough, Wiltshire. Owner Roger, puts on a number of personal appearances that include a short gig and record signings in conjunction with local Café bar, Number Thirty8.…

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Manchester Indie Rockers The Hotspur Press One-Off Launch Gig This Friday

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Snapped up by surging new Mancunian label B33 – THE HOTSPUR PRESS – deliver us their distinguished first single: ‘Other People’. A Greater Manchester four-piece with a precedent to create “highly melodic, energetic and soaring indie-rock music that isn’t afraid to get emotional from time to time”, The Hotspur Press are maestros of their craft. Slated for release on the 28th October, their first release for B33 (a record label that is quickly establishing itself as one of the most exciting in the Northwest) – ‘Other People’ is a fitting testament to the band’s manifesto. Watch the video here A…

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Sonata Arctica announce regional U.K. shows

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Finnish melodic metal heroes Sonata Arctica are very pleased to announce that they will be returning to our UK shores in March 2017! This run, part of a larger European tour, will be taking the band across ten UK cities starting at the Engine Rooms in Southampton, culminating at The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton, before the band head back to the European mainland for more dates. They will be joined on the road by Norwegian hard rock/prog newcomers Triosphere (until March 20th),  Finland-based heavy metallers Thunderstone (March 22nd onwards) and NWOBHM influenced Canadians Striker (all shows). Keyboard player Henrik ‘Henkka’…

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Farewell To The Tapestry

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Not much comes out of Tameside, so in 2010 when The Tapestry finally got their act( and lineup) together there was cause for much rejoicing in the borough. A highly talented four piece who’s highly infectious post punk dance tunes lit up all the Manchester music venues The Tapestry were surely destined for great things. Regular sold out gigs, UK tours, festival appearances and a clutch of singles that begged out fo radio play along with a massive local fan base all pointed to success.     For a while it looked like it would happen, plaudits from the likes…

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Fu Manchu + Electric Elephants, BETA, Copenhagen

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Stoner Rock In The Hard End Of The Scale BETA in Copenhagen were greeted with two no-bullshit bands on a sleepy Sunday, and a crowd that was ready to party. As a small appendix to the large Amager Bio venue, the BETA3200 club scene in Copenhagen was packed, this rainy Sunday night. With a maximum capacity of 150 people, the small venue was no bigger than my living room, but somewhat noisier tonight. Our hosts for the evening was the US stoner rock band, Fu Manchu, supported by the Danish quartet Electric Elephants. Electric Elephants “We are travellers from a…

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NEW MUSIC: Liines ‘Disappear / Be Here’

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What is better than a good single? Two good singles, of course, thanks to post-punk band LIINES. The Manchester-based female band are releasing their new double A-side, ‘Disappear’ / ‘Be Here’, which follows hot on the heels of previously well-received track ‘Never There’. Focusing on the first offering, ‘Disappear’, it’s clear to understand why this trio are drowning in waves of praise. Zoe McVeigh’s vocals are crystal-clear and sharp, which is not always the case with bands of this ilk, so being able to hear her voice sore above the music is a breath of fresh air. The bass playing…

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Band of Skulls, Albert Hall, Manchester

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Band of Skulls delivered a thrilling performance at the Albert Hall in Manchester. The three-piece rock band from Southampton performed at the beautiful iconic venue, having stepped out on tour after the release of their well received fourth studio album in May. Built as a Methodist Central Hall in 1910, the Neo-Baroque, Gothic architecture of the Albert Hall is visually striking, with large church-style windows, make for a stunning backdrop for the gig. The stage is set up with imagery of three church style windows that matched the venue so aptly it seems an unlikely coincidence. However, their new album…

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RECORD OF THE WEEK: Red Faces ‘We Ain’t Going Down’

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‘We Ain’t Going Down’, by RCA signed Sheffield lads Red Faces. Currently on tour with the DMA’s you can read the review of their Manchester show here When rock n’ roll is done right it sounds like this Starting life as a covers band a couple of years back, covering ‘Sky Fall’ was quite a low point Isaac recalls ,however, now being signed to RCA and the members being able to dedicate their time to the band full time things have stepped up a notch and got a little more serious. With studio time booked and enough original material to fill three albums;…

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Dodgy, The Stables, Milton Keynes

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I’ve turned up tonight in my VW, fortunately for me it’s not a camper van, I seem to recall a camper can flying in their video Staying out for the summer, so the guys can’t borrow it for a trip down memory lane. Dodgy are already on a UK tour to promote the new album, What are we fighting for, Tonight they play Milton Keynes venue, The Stable. A venue started by Cleo Laine and John Dankworth back in 1970, although the part we are in tonight, the Jim Marshall auditorium was a more recent addition completed in 2000. Opening…

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Dub Pistols & Kioko, Ruby Lounge, Manchester

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Another triumphant return to Manchester for Dub Pistols You just know a Dub Pistols gig is going to be great as they are probably one of the best live acts around at the moment and Manchester, one of their favourite places to play, is always a special night. Tonight its Manchester’s Ruby Lounge who have the pleasure of hosting the gig and the place is packed with a crowd clearly in a party mood. Support comes from Birmingham seven piece outfit Kioko who soon have the place dancing to their infectious blend of ska, reggae and dub rock. This young…

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Jamie T Manchester Apollo

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Jamie T returns with a powerhouse performance to a sell-out Manchester Crowd. Jamie T‘s triumphant return to Manchester shows that even if he has been away for a few years, He has the prowess and ability to successfully return along with his loyal fans to Showcase his latest album “Trick”, as well as some of his exceptional older classics. Jamie Treays AKA Jamie T (just in case you needed to know what the T stood for). Delivers a no nonsense set Starting with a brace from his latest album, “Power over Men”, and “Tescoland”, if we are to take anything…

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Red Faces, O2 Ritz, Manchester

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Good, old fashioned, 3-minute rock n’ roll bangers… Bands that are worth their salt have gone through the process of supporting others and have experienced the raw end of the deal on lighting, sound and half empty, sober crowds… …But hey, that’s just how it is. However, there is a tipping point where it’s time to take that leap of faith and start touring/headlining your own shows. Well, It’s pretty much that tipping point now for Red Faces. There’s no secret to rock n’ roll, get on stage, look cool and have the 3 to 4-minute bangers to back it all up…

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Exclusive Interview with DMA’s

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There’s so much more to these lad’s than the ‘Brit-pop’ pigeon hole which they generally get shoe-horned into. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with being compared to some indie’s legends of sort but these guys have their own thing going on that most certainly rivals that of their 90’s counterparts.  Meeting Johnny (Guitar) and Tommy (vocals) in a local, Manchester boozer, prior to their show, I got the chance for a quick catch up over Guinness. We discussed all things album, tour, UK, weather, Aus, inspirations and what’s next for the DMA boys…. (Interview coming soon) It’s quite a challenge to get your head around…

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Public Service Broadcasting, The Albert Hall, Manchester

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Public Service Broadcasting open Manchester Science Festival with a full performance of acclaimed 2015 album ‘The Race For Space’. From the ‘beep beep beep’ of Sputnik to the rush of the moon landing – and in the second half: World War 2, 1950s car crashes and the ascent of Everest, this was the show that had it all. “How do you think Bieber feels to only be playing the second biggest gig in Manchester tonight?” was the final question put to PSB figurehead J Willgoose Esq by University of Manchester’s Professor Tim O’ Brien during a warm up conversation ahead…

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23 Ago Today Oasis Started To Change A Decade As They Land A Six Album Deal

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On this day in 1993, Manchester’s very own would be, ‘Rock n Roll Stars’ Oasis, sign a six-album deal with Alan McGee’s Creation Records with a £40k advance. The Creation label owner (1993-2007) and 1995’s ‘Godlike Genius‘ award winner saw Oasis for the first time as the played to a crowd of 12.. When Alan first clocked Oasis, the band were supporting Sister Lovers in Glasgow in 1993, to an half-arsed, minimal capacity crowd of around 12 people. After 10 seconds of seeing Liam’s charisma, attitude and hearing his pitch-perfect vocal range hitting the high notes of  ‘Up In The Sky‘ he knew…

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Ben Poole, Robin2, Bilston

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Ben Poole and his band currently out on tour, stopped off at The Robin2 last night, an R & B club making an ideal venue for his soulful blend of blues. Support tonight came from Birmingham blues band, Big Wolf Band, who played their set to an ever-expanding crowd. The band is currently in the process of recording an album at Mad Hat Studios, which I gather is where Rebecca Downes recorded her recent albums. Their last single Stop Right Now a track recently re-mastered is available through the usual download sites. Ben Poole and his band take to the…

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Steel Panther, Manchester Arena, Manchester

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Steel Panther bring their Glam Rock Pantomime to Manchester Arena The 80’s glam metal parody kings Steel Panther get the audience on stage and bring the house down in front of thousands of fans in Manchester. Who knew? Americans actually do get satire! Steel Panther – who started life as a satirical parody of all those 80’s Glam Metal bands, are now headlining arenas in the UK, and thousands flock to see this comedy troupe who were originally a Monday night resident band at Johnny Depp’s Viper Room on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood. Interestingly, the increase in popularity has…

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Boy Interrupted, Memoir of a former Smith by Dale Hibbert

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Boy Interrupted, Memoir of a former Smith by Dale Hibbert The history of rock and roll is littered with what if’s and might have been’s, band members who left or got kicked out of bands just before they got that lucky break and the fame and fortune arrived. Pete Best the former Beatles drummer is probably the yardstick by which these things are measured, but Dale Hibbert hardly comes close to this. Hibbert spent barely six months as bass guitarist in the fledgling Smiths, and a couple of demos and one gig (all be it The Smiths first) can hardly…

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Joseph Arthur announces five live shows

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Joseph Arthur announces five live shows as part of a European tour, playing songs from his recently released solo album, The Family. If anyone is truly deserving of the title of ‘artist’, it’s the mercurial talent that is Joseph Arthur. He’s been unleashing material for over a decade and a half, his sheer poetic nature and experimental drive gaining him a deservedly fine reputation in the process. Now the singer-songwriter is back with a new album for Real World Records – ‘The Family’ –  his fifth for the label that signed him in 1997. Smart, soulful and intricate in ways that most songwriters can…

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Mike Tramp – New album and Europe tour in 2017

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Mike Tramp ready with new album and European tour in 2017 “Maybe Tomorrow” release on 24. February, 10th. album in 20 years, Europe tour brings Tramp shows to Denmark, England, Germany, Belgium and France: Target Group releases Tramp’s 10th. studio album in early 2017, which is a follow-up on 2015’s “Nomad”, the most successful and best selling Mike Tramp album to date. Mike says about his upcoming album: “Maybe Tomorrow” is my tenth soloalbum in 20 years. My songwriting, style and sound is cementet  with this album, and there shouldn’t be a shadow of doubt on who Mike Tramp is – this…

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The End Of Rosalina – Debut album release

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Friday 21. October will see the release of the Danish quartet’s debut album, “Black Smoke” The album is 11 tracks with a tasty mixture of influences. The song structure along the lines of Foo Fighters, the gravitas of Clutch and guitar harmonies worthy of Thin Lizzy. The soundscape combining the virtues of seventies rock and modern rock.  This record takes us on a journey through a universe populated by the dreams of caricaturized people, their experiences, and the consequences thereof. Touching on everything from the teenage fuelled sex drive of a young man, obsession, to escapism and loss. The aim is to offer identifiable…

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Single Review: Love Zombies “Birthday”

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Classic 70’s vibe from UK/US five-piece Love Zombies Love Zombies have announced the release of their playful power-pop anthem ‘Birthday’, which will be released on October 28th, and is taken from their forthcoming debut album Passionfruit which is due for release early next year. The new single, taken from the coming debut album “Passionfruit”, comes after the roaring success of their September co-headline tour with The Amorettes to coincide with the success of their recent pledge campaigns. The tour finished with two sold-out London shows; the first at the Black Heart sold out within a week of announcement, so a second at The Islington…

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Jake Bugg, 02 Apollo, Manchester

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Yet another cold, dark and rainy Manchester night brightened up with the folk rock sounds of Jake Bugg… well, eventually. I don’t think I’ve been to an O2 Apollo gig where it’s not been crammed front to back. With it’s gold and cherry red furnishings and 3500 capacity, tonight was no different. A very young audience packed the theatre, coming inside, out of the rain, to catch tonight’s warm up ‘Georgie’. Hailing from Nottingham and influenced by the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Janis Joplin, The Pretenders, Crosby Sills & Nash and Mamas & Papas, Georgie and her band are a perfect match for the Bob Dylan…

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EP Review: As Lions “Aftermath”

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+ US Arena Tour With FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, SHINEDOWN & SIXX:A.M. UK rock outfit As Lions have announced their debut EP Aftermath, out October 14th via Better Noise Records. The EP will be available digitally in the US and physically in Europe. In conjunction with the announcement of the EP, the band have also unveiled the title track and first single ‘Aftermath’. Watch the visualiser below: From the press release: The EP’s four dynamic tracks are a study in contrasts, mixing thick, grinding riffs and rhythms with majestically sweeping strings, stately piano tinklings and a hefty dose of atmospheric electronics, all shot through with…

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Album Review: Shotgun Revolution, “All This Could Be Yours”

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Excellent Hard Rock album from Danish quartet Shotgun Revolution has released their 4th. album, and a fresh video for the latest single, “Rise To Power” SHOTGUN REVOLUTION’s new video “Rise To Power” was released on September 23rd, and is the latest single from the quartet’s latest album. Formed in 2009 in Copenhagen Denmark, the band now consist of DITLEV ULRIKSEN (vocals), MARTIN FRANK (lead n’ rhythm guitars), MICHAEL “TEX” VENNEBERG (bass), and KASPER LUND (drums). As the legendary rock journalist Steffen Jungersen wrote in 2015 – “……the contagious revolution…”, this is a band that can get your toes wriggling and your head banging. Their clever mix…

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New doom metal band: A Sun Traverse

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New band featuring ex-Saturnus members A SUN TRAVERSE is a new Doom metal band from Copenhagen, Denmark. After departing with SATURNUS, Peter E. Poulsen (guitars), Tais Pedersen (guitars), Nikolai Borg (drums) and Anders R. Nielsen (keyboards) formed A SUN TRAVERSE and was later joined by bassist player Lennart Jacobsen (also ex. SATURNUS). Recently vocalist Michael H. Andersen (THORIUM, ex. WITHERING SURFACE) completed the line-up. A SUN TRAVERSE is already ready with their first official release. A Journey into classic, melancholic yet beautiful doom/death metal with haunting melodies and deep, roaring vocals. Produced and mixed by KB Larsen (Volbeat, The Kandidate) and mastered by Henrik…

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Guns’n’Roses to play Copenhagen in July 2017

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Nine European cities announced so far. The legendary rockers plan to tour parts of Europe during the 2017 summer. Ticket information is not yet available, but according to a few sources online, these approximate dates should hold up: Dublin, Ireland @ Croke Park – July 2017 Bracelona, Spain @ Estadio Olimpic – July 2017 Zurich, Switzerland @ Letzigrund Stadion – July 2017 Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Amsterdam Arena – July 2017 Gelsenkirchen, Germany @ Veltins Arena – July 2017 Berlin, Germany @ Olympiastadion – July 2017 Hamburg, Germany @ Volksparkstadion – July 2017 Stockholm, Sweden @ Friends Arena – July 2017…

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Action Time Vision: A Story of UK Independent Punk 76 – 79

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Autumn 2016 marks for the fortieth anniversary of the British musical revolution that was Punk Rock, fanfared by the release of ‘Anarchy In The UK’ by the Sex Pistols and ‘New Rose’ by The Damned. Marking this monumental birthday, ACTION TIME VISION is the first-ever box set to document the independent punk scene, which was born with Punk and thrived outside of the major label framework. • With 111 tracks, this longform 4-CD box set follows previous, acclaimed compilations from Cherry Red dedicated to Indie Pop (Scared To Get Happy), Shoegaze (Still In A Dream), Mod Revival (Millions Like Us),…

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JUNKYARD DRIVE (DK) signs deal with Mighty Music

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Danish debutants premieres single + video for the track “Drama Queen” Junkyard Drive are already well-known to Danish and Northern European rock fans for their energetic live performance and with a newly signed record deal, the guys are ready to show the world what they are made of with the first single from the coming album “Sin & Tonic”, set to be released in the beginning of 2017. Flick Of The Finger opinion: “Drama Queen” is a fast-paced rock’n’roll track, sure to satisfy the fans of AC/DC, Black Oak County and Libido Overdrive. While the vocals could easily become too much like Bullet (SE), Junkyard-singer…

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