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February 2017

New Music: In The Company of Serpents ‘Ain-Soph Aur’

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Next week, Denver doom duo IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS will officially unveil their long-anticipated new studio offering, Ain-Soph Aur. Captured last year at Flatline Audio in their home city. The six-track Ain-Soph Aur takes its name from the three veils of negative existence which precede the manifestation of the material universe in the philosophy of Hermetic Qabalaha.  As a precursor to its release, today Cvlt Nation is offering up the band’s latest single, “Crucible,” for public intoxication. “Soul music comes in many different forms,” issues the revered blog. “Sometimes it makes you dance and sometimes it makes you cry,…

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NEW MUSIC: Lindi ‘Til The Goin’ Gets Gone’

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Til The Goin’ Gets Gone EP out Friday 17th March. Alt-country, Canadian presence Lindi Ortega today announces her new EP Til The Goin’ Gets Gone, set for release on 17th March, along with the video for the lead, title track, premiered by Rolling Stone Country. When Lindi Ortega went in search of some quiet last year, the award-winning artist was pleasantly surprised to find a voice she hadn’t heard in some time – her own. Amid sparse, atmospheric production, it’s precisely this voice – a combination of Ortega’s fatalistic perspective expressed with her evocative soprano – that grips your attention…

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New Music: Minus The Bear ‘What About The Boat’

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FIRST ALBUM IN FIVE YEARS, ‘VOIDS’, DUE OUT 3RD MARCH VIA SUICIDE SQUEEZE RECORDS. Minus the Bear are eagerly anticipating the release their new album this coming Friday, March 3rd. VOIDS marks the Seattle band’s first new full-length in five years and is also their return to their original label home, the venerable Suicide Squeeze Records. Fans interested in getting one last preview of the new songs found on the album before its release later this week can stream the song ‘What About The Boat’, debuted today via Billboard’s interview with Jake Snider. Minus the Bear will soon be embarking…

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Vader Announce UK Tour!

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Polish death metal legends Vader are very pleased to announce that they will both be touring the UK and playing a show in Dublin, this coming April. There is some contention as to the beginnings of Vader, but the truth is that they began in the autumn of 1983 by Piotr ‘Peter’ Wiwczarek (‘Bardast’ and later ‘Behemoth’ back then) playing the bass and the guitarist Zbyszek ‘Vika’ Wroblewski. Extreme metal was about to be born in Poland and Vader were among the pioneers of that genre in the newly emerging underground – and the only band from that era still reigning!…

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Joe Cocker

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British white-soul singer Joe Cocker parlayed Ray Charles–ish vocals and an eccentric stage presence into a string of late-’60s hits only to suffer from his excesses in drugs and alcohol by the mid-1970s. In the 1980s and 1990s, however, he went from tragic figure to well-respected interpreter, and his gritty, powerful voice remains one of the most distinctive in rock & roll. Cocker attended Sheffield Central Technical School and worked as a gas fitter for the East Midlands Gas Board. In 1959 he joined his first group, the Cavaliers, playing drums and harmonica. He moved to lead vocals in 1961,…

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Jackie Wilson

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Jackie Wilson was one of the premier black vocalists and performers of the late 1950s and the 1960s. No other singer of his generation so perfectly combined James Brown’s rough, sexy style and Sam Cooke’s smooth, gospel-polished pop. Wilson grew up in a rough section of Detroit. In the late ’40s, he lied about his age, entered the Golden Gloves, and won in his division. He later quit at his mother’s request. He had sung throughout his childhood, and after high school, he began performing in local clubs. He was discovered by Johnny Otis at a talent show in 1951.…

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Janis Joplin

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Janis Joplin was perhaps the premier blues-influenced rock singer of the late Sixties, and certainly one of the biggest female rock stars of her time. Even before her death, her tough blues-mama image only barely covered her vulnerability. The publicity concerning Joplin’s sex life and problems with alcohol and drugs made her something of a legend. In recent years, periodic attempts to recast her life and work within the context of feminism have met with mixed results. Sadly, Joplin was one of three major Sixties rock stars (the others being Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison) to die at the beginning…

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Howlin’ Wolf

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Delta bluesman Howlin’ Wolf was one of the most influential and imposing musicians of the post-World War II era, and his later electric Chicago blues — featuring his deep, lupine voice — helped shape the sound of rock & roll. Numerous blues-based rock artists, from the Rolling Stones to Eric Clapton, sang his praises and helped sustain his career throughout the 1960s and beyond. Chester Arthur Burnett, named after the 21st president, was born on June 10, 1910, in White Station, Mississippi, a small railroad stop in the state’s hill country between Aberdeen and West Point. At 13, he ran…

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Evanescence

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Some say the devil is in the details. If that’s true, the particulars of the Evanescence story add up to an epic allegory involving a Judas-like betrayal of the band’s early Christian fanbase during its rise from a little-known Southern goth-metal band with religious underpinnings to a massively successful mainstream band in the secular pop world. From the beginning, Evanescence was well crafted and well-marketed. Lead singer Amy Lee had the right goth look, from her ghoulish make-up and left-eyebrow piercing to her Victorian-style clothing, corsets and fishnets. Her ex-boyfriend, original guitarist and co-founder Ben Moody, was in a Christian…

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Elliott Smith

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Elliott Smith emerged from the Pacific Northwest rock scene of the early 1990s, a performer soaked in both grunge’s soul-baring angst and Beatles-infused pop. Smith’s refined sense of arrangement and composition made him a singular figure among singer-songwriters and produced a stellar solo catalog until his presumed suicide in 2003. The Texas native, born Stephen Paul Smith, spent his teenage years in Portland, OR. After graduating from Hampshire college in Amherst, Massachusetts, Smith moved back to Portland with university pal Neil Gust in 1992 and started the group Heatmiser. The band released two albums on Frontier Records — 1993’s Dead…

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Echo & The Bunnymen

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The standard-bearers of Liverpool’s neopsychedelic movement, Echo and the Bunnymen’s moody, atmospheric music combined punk’s energy and edge with the Doors’ poetic theatricality. Self-consciously literary, outspoken, and sometimes arrogant (singer Ian McCulloch was known as “Mac the Mouth”), they never matched their popularity in Europe in the United States. Their influence can be seen in the attitudes and guitar textures of such ’90s English bands as Suede. The Bunnymen were formed when McCulloch was kicked out of an early version of the Teardrop Explodes. (He had earlier played with Teardrop leader Julian Cope in the seminal Liverpool punk band the…

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Depeche Mode

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Depeche Mode were the quintessential Eighties techno-pop band, parlaying a fascination with synthesizers into huge success on the British charts (where its albums consistently went Top 10) and eventually on the U.S. pop chart. Whereas a more traditional four-piece rock band might feature three members playing instruments and the fourth singing and perhaps playing guitar or bass, the lineup of this British group — whose name was inspired by a French fashion magazine — was described like this in a 1993 press release: “Dave (Gahan) is the singer, Martin (Gore) the songwriter, Alan (Wilder) the musician, and Andrew (Fletcher) the…

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Death Cab For Cutie

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Death Cab for Cutie were an unlikely success story in the 2000s, a band that started on a small Seattle-based label and gradually became standard-bearers for a style of sweet indie rock that emphasized gentle melodies and vulnerable, emotionally candid lyrics. Unlike many of their contemporaries, their relatively slow ascent mirrors the pattern set by bands like R.E.M. in the 1980s, they first built a foundation among a dedicated fanbase and then graduated to more commercial appeal. Taking a name from a 1960s rockabilly song about a girl name Cutie who gets in a taxi accident after cheating on her…

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Daft Punk

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With their thoroughly modern disco sound — a blend of house, funk, electro and techno — this French duo were one of the biggest electronic music acts of the late 1990s and 2000s. Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter wore shiny droid costumes at every live show (and only allowed themselves to be photographed in said costumes) but their music was only sometimes robotic: Daft Punk were as influenced by rock bands like AC/DC as they were by classic disco acts. De Homem-Christo and Bangalter met in a Paris school in 1987 and eventually formed an indie rock band,…

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Crosby, Stills and Nash

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The close, high harmonies and soft-rock songs of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash as Crosby, Stills, & Nash—or CSN&Y, with the frequent addition of Neil Young —sold millions of albums and were widely imitated throughout the Seventies. The members were as volatile as their songs were dulcet, and since 1970 have continually split up and regrouped. Rock’s first supergroup, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young each had successful recording careers before coming together—Crosby with the Byrds, Stills and Young with Buffalo Springfield, and Nash with the Hollies—and each has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame…

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Cream

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Fronted by Eric Clapton, Cream was the prototypical power trio, playing a mix of blues, rock and psychedelia while focusing on chunky riffs and fiery guitar solos. In a mere three years, the band sold 15 million records, played to SRO crowds throughout the U.S. and Europe, and redefined the instrumentalist’s role in rock. Cream formed in mid-1966 when drummer Ginger Baker left Graham Bond’s Organisation, bassist Jack Bruce (formerly of Bond’s band) left Manfred Mann, and Clapton, already a famous guitarist in the U.K., left John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. Debuting at the 1966 Windsor Jazz and Blues Festival, Cream established…

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Counting Crows

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Released in the fall of 1993 —smack in the middle of the alternative grunge boom —the Counting Crows’ debut album August and Everything After sounded like a blast from rock’s more organic, rootsier past. Dreadlocked frontman Adam Duritz managed to simultaneously draw comparisons to Bob Dylan and Van Morrison with his literate songwriting and soulful vocals, while the band’s music seemed tapped from the same Americana wellspring that nourished the Band. The album spawned a handful of Modern Rock hit singles —”Mr. Jones” (#2, 1993) and “Round Here” (#7, 1994) —climbed to #4, and went on to sell 7 million…

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Coldplay

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When Coldplay issued their debut, Parachutes in 2000, many assumed they only succeeded because they filled the void left by Radiohead, who had became less radio friendly and more experimental with each new release. No doubt, Coldplay’s sound —elegant, melodic, vaguely spacey and very dramatic — bore plenty of similarity to mid-1990s Radiohead. But the group’s hooks, sharpened by frontman Chris Martin’s ability to pull heartstrings, and the their willingness to evolve their sound, gave Coldplay staying power. As a result, the band became one of the most commercially successful acts of the new millennium. Coldplay formed at the University…

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Chuck Berry

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Chuck Berry melded the blues, country, and a witty, defiant teen outlook into songs that have influenced virtually every rock musician in his wake. In his best work — about 40 songs (including “Round and Round,” “Carol,” “Brown Eyed Handsome Man,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Back in the U.S.A.,” “Little Queenie”), recorded mostly in the mid- to late 1950s — Berry matched some of the most resonant and witty lyrics in pop to music with a blues bottom and a country top, trademarking the results with his signature double-string guitar lick. Presenting Berry the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors Award in 2000,…

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Chicago

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Chicago followed the lead of Blood, Sweat and Tears and the Electric Flag by grafting a horn section onto a rock band. For over a quarter of a century, Chicago has produced 20 Top 10 hits and 15 platinum or multiplatinum albums and sold more than 100 million records. School friends Terry Kath and Walter Parazaider formed the band in 1967 and named it the Big Thing. After they were joined by James William Guercio, who had worked with the Buckinghams and Blood, Sweat and Tears as a Columbia staff producer, they changed their name to the Chicago Transit Authority.…

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Cat Stevens

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For the balance of the 1970s Cat Stevens was a trans-Atlantic superstar whose soft, romantic, hooky, and often-mystical singles were Top Ten mainstays. After eight gold albums in a row, the commercially and critically lauder singer/songwriter’s star began to fade. By the late-1970s, following a near-drowning experience, Stevens converted to Islam and changed his name to Yusef Islam dropping out of music throughout the 1980s and most of the 1990s. By the turn of the millennium, however, he began to make a comeback albeit under a different persona. The son of a Greek father and Swedish mother, Stevens (b. Steven…

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Carl Perkins

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One of the architects of rock & roll, Carl Perkins is best known as the writer and original singer of the rockabilly anthem “Blue Suede Shoes” (#2, 1956). Along with Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins was one of the seminal rockabilly artists on Sam Phillips’ Sun label, but a series of bad breaks, followed by personal problems, undermined his solo career. Despite that, Perkins persevered, creating a body of work that has been both critically acclaimed and extremely influential on songwriters, guitar players, and singers alike. Perkins grew up poor in a sharecropping family that…

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Captain Beefheart

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The irregular rhythms, grating harmonies, and earthy, surreal lyrics of Captain Beefheart’s songs and his blues-inflected seven-and-a-half-octave vocals (or, depending on who you believe, three-octave; the voice is impressive no matter what) suggest a near-chaotic improvised blend of Delta blues, avant-garde jazz, 20th-century classical music, and rock & roll. Actually, Beefheart’s repertoire is a sort of modern chamber music for rock band, since he plans every note and teaches the band their parts by ear. Because it breaks so many of rock’s conventions at once, Beefheart’s music has always been more influential than popular, leaving its mark on Tom Waits,…

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Can

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European art-rock band Can was one of the first groups to use electronic “treatments” of instruments, and it pioneered an exploratory postpsychedelic-rock style that would later influence Amon Duul, Ash Ra Temple, and the generations of new-wave, techno, experimental postrock, and ambient artists that followed. Can’s sound was based on repetitive, trance-inducing rhythms overlaid with atmospheric noise and sudden bursts of distorted electronic effects, with instruments often unrecognizable in the mix. The debut Monster Movie finds the approach still rather primitive. But when vocalist Malcolm Mooney was taken ill and replaced by Kenji “Damo” Suzuki —who the group discovered singing…

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European doom/sludge tour: Conan, High Fighter, Hark, Downfall Of Gaia

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HIGH FIGHTER TO KICK OFF EUROPEAN TOUR WITH CONAN, DOWNFALL OF GAIA & HARK THIS MARCH! ​ ​After the successful release of their debut album ‘Scars & Crosses’ in the summer of 2016, Hamburg-based sludge & stoner metal band HIGH FIGHTER have just recently announced to join a full European tour with CONAN, DOWNFALL OF GAIA and HARK, kicking off March 8th 2017! Born in the summer of 2014 by former band members of A Million Miles, Buffalo Hump and Pyogenesis, this band is a volatile cocktail of heavy as hell riffs fuelled by beer and the mighty weedian riffs.…

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New Music: Ulrika Spacek ‘Modern English Decoration’

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Ulrika Spacek return on June 2nd with the release of their second album, Modern English Decoration. Much like their debut album released in early 2016, the band chose to record, produce and mix the entirety of the record in their shared house – a former art gallery called ‘KEN’, so named because of a cryptic inscription found above the front door.  Not just a studio and home, KEN is essentially the band’s hub, a space in which the surrounding ephemera of videos, artwork and even band photos are all created. The band are sharing the first single ‘Mimi Pretend’ here.…

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NEW MUSIC: Seafoam Green release ‘Topanga Mansion’

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Seafoam Green is the brainchild of Dublin-born troubadour Dave O’Grady. The band formed in 2011 following a chance meeting with Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes whilst O’Grady was recording in Nashville. The pair struck up a friendship that led to several tour supports across the US and Europe and soon the pair were writing and recording in earnest. Dave O’Grady was invited by Robinson to open his US and European tour dates and soon the pair began writing and recording in earnest, leading to their collaboration on the stunning debut album. The album ‘Topanga Mansion’ was recorded at 4th…

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NEW MUSIC: China Lane ‘In Motion’

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China Lane release music video for their second single track ‘In Motion’ on Plastic Records. The electro-pop four-piece from Manchester, have recently announced the release of the music video for their second single track ‘In Motion’. The video was filmed on location at Big Shed Studios and directed by China Lane themselves, in conjunction with Ey3 Media. In Motion is the second single released by the Manchester group, after the successful release of their first single Marco Polo last April, which gained an impressive 122,000 streams on Spotify. Both tracks were recorded and produced by the band through Plastic Records,…

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New Music: Oozepus release ‘Your Limit’

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Your Limit, the proper debut EP by Japan’s OOZEPUS — a collaborative project between members of death metal/doom legends Coffins and industrial, junk metal abuser supreme, Linekraft. — is out now through Malignant Records. On Your Limit, OOZEPUS delivers four new tracks of crushing noise rock/post-industrial metal which revels in the physicality and simplistic brutality of early-era Godflesh and Swans. The EP is built on battering repetition and singular, riffs, propelled forth by rigid bass lines, warbled, underwater vocals, and massive percussive pummel. All of it is delivered with an infectious and hypnotic cadence, coalescing into a towering wall of…

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ULRIKA SPACEK: New Single & Album Announcement

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Ulrika Spacek return on June 2nd with the release of their second album, Modern English Decoration. Much like their debut album released in early 2016, the band chose to record, produce and mix the entirety of the record in their shared house – a former art gallery called ‘KEN’, so named because of a cryptic inscription found above the front door. Not just a studio and home, KEN is essentially the band’s hub, a space in which the surrounding ephemera of videos, artwork and even band photos are all created. The band are sharing the first single ‘Mimi Pretend’from the…

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New Music: ‘The Complete Doctors Of Madness’

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RPM Records is proud to release Perfect Past: The Complete Doctors Of Madness, the first ever all-inclusive anthology of this important British band. Doctors Of Madness were the missing link between Bowie and the Sex Pistols. Formed in 1974, they were too early for punk but their music was abrasive, angular and uncompromising. Members of The Adverts, The Damned, Penetration and The Skids were in their audiences. The Sex Pistols were their support band. Doctors Of Madness split in 1978 and have been tagged “punk before punk”: as author Simon Reynolds put it in his 2016 book Shock And Awe:…

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Soundcheck: The Rogue Network ‘Binary’ EP

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The Rogue Network are a contemporary, 3-piece, alternative blues band. Their music is heavily influenced by the blues/soul sounds of the 70s, but on a background of thick guitars riffs and analogue synths the music has an altogether different and more dynamic feel. Against the overwhelming number of indie bands that dominate the UK music scene, The Rogue Network are trying to craft a sound that is different. They’re trying to blend a soulful, retro sound with electronica and a modern edge. The influences come from far and wide which leads the band to cover a multitude of genres, from…

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Soundcheck: The Black Jackals ‘Demons’

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The Black Jackals are a hard hitting rock band from Liverpool, with an explosive sound that gives a nod in the direction of greats like Kasabian & Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Liverpool-based band, The Black Jackals, were born out of a mutual love for music and are hoping to take their music to a rock ‘n’ roll gig loving audience to captivate and inject a bit of belief that there is still bands honing the heydays of all that’s good from rock ‘n’ roll era’s past. Influenced by the likes of Led Zeppelin and The Who, they thrive on carrying…

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Natives Announce Headline UK Tour

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New Forest tribal-pop quartet Natives have announced an extensive 17-date UK tour running throughout May and June this year. The tour starts at the Bristol’s Louisiana on May 9th and finishes at The Winchester, Bournemouth on June 17th. The band will call at major cities across the UK and headline The Camden Assembly, London on June 15th. The announcement follows the band’s recent tour with Busted, which saw Natives play the biggest shows of their career and achieve high profile press support from the Evening Standard, Metro and more. The band are gearing up to release their second album later this…

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NEW MUSIC: Hunter & The Bear ‘D.R.K’

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Hunter & The Bear are pleased to share the video for their huge new track ‘D.R.K’, taken from the debut album, ‘Paper Heart’ out May 12th. Made to mirror the high-energy of the track itself and with more than a nod to their powerful stage presence, you can check the video out in all it’s glory right HERE. Hailed as ‘the heroes British rock needs right now’ by the Huffington Post, the mighty Hunter & The Bear’s raw, infectious and downright thunderous output has seen them garner extensive plays on BBC Radio 6 and 2 already, as well as spots…

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Mallory Knox Announce Leeds In-Store On 13th March

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Mallory Knox have announced an exclusive set of in-store performances to celebrate the release of their third album ‘Wired’, released March 10th on RCA. Today, Mallory Knox announce an exclusive set of in-store performances to celebrate the release of their third album ‘Wired’, released March 10th on RCA. The special pop-ups will see the band take their unique ‘Unwired’ live performances across the country, starting off in Sheffield HMV on March 10th, Leeds Crash on March 13th, Manchester HMV on March 14th, Kingston Banquet on March 15th and finishing up with what promises to be a show stopping performance at…

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Ian Brown Had The Solo, 1998 UK No.5 single ‘My Star’.: Here’s What Else Was In The News On This Day In History

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1966, Police were called after over a 100 music fans barricaded themselves inside Liverpool’s Cavern Club to protest at the clubs closure. The club had run up debts of over £10,000. 1970, In an interview with the New Musical Express, Fleetwood Mac’s Peter Green talked about his plans to give all his money away. The following year Green confronted his accountant with a gun after he sent him an unwanted royalty check. The guitarist went to jail briefly before being transferred to an asylum and was committed to a mental hospital in 1973. He re- launched his career in the…

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‘Lock Up’ Confirms European Tour

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Next month, Listenable Records will unleash the long-awaited new full-length from legendary grindcore masters, Lock Up. Boasting a crushing fourteen tracks, Demonization will see release on CD, digital, and limited edition vinyl formats in Europe on March 10th followed by a North American release to be announced shortly. In conjunction with the release, LOCK UP will tour Europe this Spring alongside Napalm Death and Brujeria with additional support from Power Trip. The Campaign For Musical Destruction European Tour 2017 will run from April 25th through May 21st. See all confirmed dates below. Preorders for Demonization are currently available here. Lock Up…

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NEW MUSIC: Ghost Bath ‘Starmourner’

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Ghost Bath is pleased to announce the release of Starmourner on April 21st via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. As a precursor to its release, the band has unveiled the first single from the record, entitled “Thrones” Since their inception, Ghost Bath has played atmospheric black metal focused on depression, tragedy, purgatory, and earthly wonders. Starmourner takes these concepts to a higher level. It explores joy (instead of sorrow), paradise (instead of purgatory), and the cosmos (instead of earth). Most importantly however, it explores ecstasy – instead of tragedy – as its basic human emotion. With over seventy-two minutes of heavy, melodic,…

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NEW MUSIC: Bearcubs ‘Underwaterfall’

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Hot off the back of his rapturously received ‘Chroma’ EP which dropped late last year, London based artist/producer Bearcubs has today announced a new 4 track EP ‘Underwaterfall’, due for release on 10th March via All Points In tandem with the announcement, the title track premiered via Mistajam’s Power Down Playlist on BBC Radio 1 and FADER, who said ““Underwaterfall,” is a precise exercise in tension and release: one moment, it’s sparse melody, the next it’s an immersive swarm of synths and layered vocals“. Bearcubs is the immersive, electronic project of 25-year old Jack Ritchie. He’s been putting out material for the past 2 years, and has honed in on a distinctly…

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