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Temper Trap, The Moth Club, Hackney

I arrived at the Moth Club tonight and was shepherded into the front bar; a tiny room containing a few elderly locals and an awful lot of people looking for a Temper Trap gig. Andy Murray was playing some French bloke on the TV in the corner. He was in danger of going two sets down and it didn’t look good. At eight, we were ushered into the back room… Keep Reading

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The Zombies, Nashville

It was a was a beautiful spring evening in Nashville, Tennessee and I was sitting on City Winery’s upper deck admiring the skyline and watching the valet line get longer. Everyone was headed inside with a common purpose; to see the hidden gem of the British Invasion, The Zombies, and singer-song writer Bruce Sudano. City Winery is a high end dining experience that combines diner, wine, and concerts. It is… Keep Reading

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INTERVIEW: Otis Williams

Motown’s legendary Temptations will be kicking off their 2016 tour in America and will across the Atlantic to the UK in October. I had the chance to catch up with the last original member of the Temptations, Otis Williams, for a chat about his life and upcoming tour. You have really achieved so much in your life. Did you set out to conquer so much? OW: Not really. I just… Keep Reading

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Steve Vai, London Palladium, Passion & Warfare 25 Tour

While many musicians fit easily into a single category, Steve Vai’s unique musical vision remains unclassifiable. After more than 20 years, Vai continues to use unbridled guitar virtuosity and soulful artistry to explore the spectrum of human emotion. From his self-released solo debut “Flex-Able” (1984) to his most recent “Alive In An Ultra World” (2001, Epic), Vai creates a sound all his own by striking a balance between technical ability… Keep Reading

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NEW MUSIC: The Hunna ‘100’

Establishing themselves as one of hottest emerging artists on the planet, The Hunna have revealed news of their debut album, ‘100’, due for release this summer (26.08.2016) via High Time Records / 300 Entertainment. ANNOUNCE DEBUT ALBUM ‘100’ Incl. 5th October – London, HMV Forum PLAYING GREAT ESCAPE FESTIVAL 2016 Saturday May 21st – Brighthelm @ 3.00pm The Hertfordshire four-piece have also announced plans for an album tour, their biggest… Keep Reading

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NEW MUSIC: God Damn, ‘Ghost’

‘Ghost’ signals the return of God Damn, the Wolverhampton based power-unit who scorched and burnt their way through the music scene in 2015 with the release of their debut album ‘Vultures’ on One Little Indian Records. This, alongside a blitzkrieg of incendiary live shows, firmly established God Damn as one of the most thrilling and electrifying bands to lurch from the UK in recent years. Barely pausing for breath, God… Keep Reading

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NEW MUSIC: The Amazons, Nightdriving

After last night’s debut spin on Radio 1 by Huw Stephens, The Amazons today announce the release of latest single Nightdriving. The track, produced by Catherine Marks (Wolf Alice, Foals), comes ahead of The Great Escape, where the band will take the stage on Thursday 19th May at The Hope & Ruin, 10.30PM. “The Amazons… are already getting people hot under the collar with their rowdy rock’n’roll.”– Beat Magazine “You… Keep Reading

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EXCLUSIVE: Adam Ant, York Barbican

Tonight I had several flashbacks to school discos with the punks, rockers, skaboys and new romantics all dutifully dressed up in their tribal costumes, and at some point during those nights ‘Antmusic’ would be played and we’d all kind of enjoy it, even though it wouldn’t be publicly admitted in some of those groups. We all had a copy of the ‘Kings of the Wild Frontier’ album – whether we… Keep Reading

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Gigantic Indie All Dayer Vol. 3, Manchester Academy

So here we go again. Another all Dayer. I attended Vol 2 last year however to be honest it was that was because of the Inspiral Carpets. For those not in the know the mini-festival is spread over 3 venues, the largest being the Academy, and two smaller venues in the main students building, Academy 2 and the cellar based Club Academy. Maybe it’s an age thing but most of… Keep Reading

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FESTIVAL REVIEW: Slam Dunk 2016

On Sunday 29th May, Flick of the Finger headed down to Birmingham’s NEC for the Midlands edition of the biggest event of the year for pop-punk/rock music fans. With it being the 10th Anniversary, the festival was proposed to be bigger and better than ever with a new, larger venue and a stellar line up, including headliners such as Panic! at the Disco, Of Mice & Men, New Found Glory… Keep Reading

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Hands Like Houses, Birmingham Institute

After postponing their original December tour due to their new album not being entirely finished, Australian band Hands Like Houses came back to the UK to make it up to the fans with rescheduled dates , bringing The Gospel Youth, Dead!, and I, The Mighty with them. The Gospel Youth, hailing from the South Coast, were the first act of the evening. Bringing catchy riffs to the half-filled room at… Keep Reading

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Dead Buttons, Night & Day Cafe

I love nights like this, going to see a band for the first time. Not sure if it’s going to be a night to remember for all the right reasons. Well let’s just say that I’m glad I made the effort. Tonight I’m here to see Dead Buttons, however I’m in for a treat as there are a couple of other acts on beforehand. 57 (OH-CHILL) is a two piece… Keep Reading

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NEW MUSIC: Blink 182 – California

BLINK-182, the punk pop favourites of a generation, are back with their highly anticipated seventh studio album, CALIFORNIA, set for release on 1 July 2016 on BMG. The band have premiered their brand new single, BORED TO DEATH, and revealed details of their massive North American summer tour. The tour kicks off in July in San Diego and runs through until early October, taking the band to almost 50 cities… Keep Reading

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Dizzy Mizz Lizzy, Rødovre, 27. May 2016

Round 2 of the greatest rock band in Denmark, is even better than round 1. This Friday night showed a band of international superstar format! When Dizzy Mizz Lizzy won the Danish Championship Of Rock (DM I Rock) in 1993, it started a rocket launch of a career, resulting in the – now classic – ’94 self titled release, followed by “Rotator” in ’96. Superstardom was in the cards for the… Keep Reading

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Bruce Springsteen, Etihad, Manchester

Not many performers have fans queuing up 48 hours before the gates open to ensure they get the best possible spot for one of the world’s most enduring artist, the boss Bruce Springsteen has always had a bond an infinite contact with his fans. The rain has been coming down all day, no one is complaining, after all we are in Manchester. We have our own brand of sunshine here, you… Keep Reading

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

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

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Happy Birthday Spike Island

What an eventful day in music history… The Smiths, Stone Roses, Liam Gallagher and Buddy holly make the music new headlines. There are many music events which have taken place over the past century. Here’s just a few which made the headline on this day 1957, Buddy Holly and the Crickets released their first record, ‘That’ll Be The Day.’ A UK No.1 and US No.3 hit. The song had its… Keep Reading

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

It’s funny how things turn out. A long time ago I made a list of bands that I wanted to see before I get too old to do this anymore. That list has long since been completed with more than a few additions. So I decided on a new list…venues. But I didn’t want to make it easy. The Whisky a Go Go was on that list. Never thought I’d… Keep Reading

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REVIEW: Ulysses – Law And Order

Ulysses – Law and Order The Sweet, David Essex Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, Supergrass, The Faces, Humble Pie, The Darkness, T-Rex, Slade, even the Bay City Rollers all have one thing in common… They all know how to write a catchy tune or two. Well now they have something else in common… The soon to be MIGHTY Ulysses. You see, this band are on a mission to make sure we… Keep Reading

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Pink Floyd Stamps From Royal Mail

Royal Mail unveils stamps to mark 50 years of Pink Floyd A set of stamps celebrating 50 years of British rock group Pink Floyd have been unveiled by Royal Mail. Ten stamps will be on sale from Thursday, marking five decades since the band turned professional. The collection include the band’s most famous album covers as well as live performance shots. Pink Floyd became known for its innovative album covers,… Keep Reading

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