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January 2017

Single review: SEA – Once We Were Dead

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The Business or Unfinished Business? SEA from Copenhagen came out with their self-titled debut album in 2014, and pulled in very good reviews from all over Europe. Their modern take on the classic heavy rock virtues, are a fresh breath in the rock genre, that has sadly become somewhat niche-like nowadays. If you were to travel back to the late 60’s/early 70’s, you’d meet a band somewhat like SEA on…

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Tom Chaplin ‘Still Waiting’

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Tom Chaplin will release his stunning new single ‘Still Waiting’, the third to be taken from his critically acclaimed solo album ‘The Wave’, impacting February 17th on Island Records.  ‘The Wave’ debuted at number 3 in the UK Album Chart to rave reviews. The Sunday Times Culture awarded it Album Of The Week saying it is “incredibly beautiful and affecting”, The Telegraph, “the most gorgeous, anthemic, uplifting music of Chaplin’s…

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Maximo Park Announce UK Tour Dates

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New Album ‘Risk To Exist’ Released On April 21st On Daylighting and Available NOW Alternative pop experts Maximo Park announce UK tour dates for Spring this year. Starting at Birmingham O2 Institute on May 5th, the tour takes in London’s Royal Festival Hall on May 12th before ending on May 19th at Manchester Albert Hall. Full list of tour dates listed below: May Dates 2017 Fri 5th Birmingham O2 Institute…

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Clean Cut Kid Announce UK Headline Tour

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Liverpool’s finest fuzz pop four piece Clean Cut Kid today announce a headline tour of the UK in spring. The seven date tour includes a show at London’s Scala on May 10th and culminates in their biggest headline show to date in their hometown at the 1200 capacity Liverpool Academy. Clean Cut Kid’s first four singles ‘Vitamin C’, ‘Runaway’, ‘We Used To Be In Love’ and ‘Make Believe’ introduced a…

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Handmade Festival 2017

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Handmade Festival will be returning to Leicester’s O2 Academy in 2017 for two days of the finest music, comedy, art, film, performance and photography, hand-picked and carefully curated. The festival will take place on 29th and 30th April 2017. In December 2016 Handmade Festival announced the first wave of bands for the 2017 music programme: Twin Atlantic, Frightened Rabbit, British Sea Power, Pulled Apart By Horses, Honeyblood, JAWS, Muncie Girls,…

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New Album From The Pigeon Detectives

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Formed in 2002, The Pigeon Detectives are Matt Bowman on lead vocals, Oliver Main and Ryan Wilson on guitars, Dave Best on Bass, and Jimmi Naylor on drums. Looking forward to this one landing! ‘Broken Glances’ is a more eclectic LP than previous albums and was recorded with Richard Formby; a producer associated with bands like indie crooners Wild Beasts, leftfield London vocalist Ghostpoet and ‘mind-expanding synth pioneers’ Spaceman 3.…

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FAC 51 Hacienda Makes A Return in 2017

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Hacienda returns to Manchester’s Albert Hall Friday 24th March with another top class line up. FAC 51 The Hacienda’s next Manchester event sees it return to The Albert Hall with another top class line up on Friday 24th Marc featuring house legends Kerri Chandler and Derrick Carter. Having a brought a succession of the best American DJ’s to the venue so far including Frankie Knuckles, Danny Tenaglia, David Morales and…

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Tyketto, Liverpool O2 Academy 2

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Tonight was a night that will be remembered by those in attendance for a long time. As we entered the venue many were heard to say ..”wow this is intimate”, and indeed it was. A smaller 500 capacity venue below the main arena was just right for tonight.  What was interesting form the off were the number of families in the room. A fact commented upon by Danny Vaughn, lead…

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In The Studio With Rival Bones

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Rival Bones Record their new EP at Parr Street Studio, Liverpool and FOTF were there to catch all the action RIVAL BONES recording 4 new tracks with Tony Draper. Just before the end of 2016, Liverpool 2 piece, Rival Bones, allowed me into Parr Street Recording Studios in Liverpool, for a few days, to watch and photograph them record their forthcoming EP. Rival Bones consist of James Whitehouse, guitar and…

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Ten Fé ‘Twist Your Arm’

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After Ben Moorhouse and Leo a.k.a Ten Fé released Twist Your Arm, their bluesy-electro-stomper produced by Ewan Pearson (Jagwar Ma, M83, The Rapture), which was NME’s New Music of the Day, Line Of Best Fit’s Song of the Day and Hype Machine No. 1, today Ten Fé unveil an exciting new rework by Berlin-based DJ and producer Roman Flügel. The original ‘Twist Your Arm’ features slide guitars, chain-gang backing vocals, gospel piano and a Primal Scream / Screamadelica infusion by…

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Louis Berry ‘She Wants Me’

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Following on from his latest single ‘Restless’, Louis Berry blazes into 2017 with his new single ‘She Wants Me’. An undisputed highlight of his live shows, the track ups the ante on Louis’ trademark firebrand rock ‘n’ roll. Bursting with pace and passion, ‘She Wants Me’ builds layer upon layer of uptempo rhythm accompanied by Louis’ raspy vocal. The fiery track was written by Louis, recorded at The Chapel, and…

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Criminal Party ‘La Revolution Bourgeoise’

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Formed back in 1986, followed by multiple splits, the Italian punk band are once again back with new members and a brand-new album, which also happens to be their first release to contain English vocals – La Revolution Bourgeoise. The album opens with a memorable instrumental, which is a simple yet catchy taster of what is forthcoming. The guitar playing of the band’s founder, Fabio Vinciguerra, has a certain Santana…

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The Fall, The Arts Club, Liverpool

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The Fall headline CLUB.THE.MAMMOTH all day festival. Mark.E.Smith and The Fall topped a well organised and band rich event. The Fall have been called “the most prolific band of the British post-punk movement.” They have released thirty-one studio albums as of 2015, and more than three times that number when live albums and compilations (often released against Smith’s wishes) are taken into account. While the Fall have never achieved widespread…

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The Dillinger Escape Plan tour Denmark

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DK tour start on January 31: Aarhus, Odense, Copenhagen After almost two decades on stages around the world, the American hardcore band The Dillinger Escape Plan chose to pull the plug last year. Despite a critic praised album in 2016 (Dissociation) the band will split after a comprehensive european tour. Beatbox Entertainment will host no less than three live concerts in Denmark. You will have the opportunity to see The Dillinger…

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Avenged Sevenfold, Manchester Arena

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Avenged Sevenfold smashed on to the scene with success from a string of best-selling albums including 2005 platinum hit record ‘City Of Evil’  and 2007’s self titled ‘Avenged Sevenfold‘ Their self titled record topped the Billboard Alternative, Hard, and Rock Charts which got things started then followed two consecutive No 1’s albums. On top of that ‘Hail To The King‘ achieved Diamond, Platinum and Gold awards for album sales in nearly 12 countries. Avenged Sevenfold fill…

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REWS ‘Miss You In The Dark’

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Having played at the inaugural Off The Record in Manchester, REWS will be playing their first ever headline gig, as a spin-off from the Off The Record umbrella on 16th February in The Castle Hotel on Oldham Street, as part off their UK wide tour. Get Tickets Here Classed as a “great discovery”, by music fans that came down to Off The Record. REWS are a Huw Stephens’ “Tip Of The…

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Black Oak County (support: Libido Overdrive), Huset, Esbjerg

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Debut album release concert from one of Denmark’s most promising  hard rock bands January 14.: I drove four hours to get here – Denmark’s most western city, Esbjerg is the pinnacle of marine industry – although somewhat sleepy, it also boasts one of the most promising hard rock bands in Denmark – Black Oak County. Black Oak County were supposed to have presented their debut last night on Copenhagen’s High…

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The Hunna, O2 Ritz, Manchester

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A night of explosive music fills the sodden Manchester air as a sellout crowd packs the O2 Ritz. As far as Sunday evenings go, normally by the time 4pm comes around we’re all just counting down the hours until the Monday morning wake up call. Tonight however, I found that the best way to overcome the doom and gloom of a depressing Monday morning is to go to a gig!…

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Chevelle at the Ace of Spades, Sacramento, CA

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Chevelle sold out the Ace of Spades in Sacramento along with the notable Black Map as support on the 15th of January. Dinosaur Pile-Up played a short opener at the beginning of the night. By 6:00 pm, the line was down the street as people waited to fill the small Sacramento venue. Dinosaur Pile-Up played 7 songs including: “Arizona Waiting”, “Grim Valentine”, and the closer “11:11”. The music they put…

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