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Ben Folds, Riviera Theatre, Chicago

The Riviera Theatre and it’s attendees reveled in the night with Ben Folds and his piano. Ben, looking sharp as ever, took the stage with poise and a shaggy beard and filled the air with the echoing beauty of his grand piano. From the first touch of Ben’s band-aid covered fingers to the cold ivory the crowd stared in awe.  They sang along to every inch of every song.  They… Keep Reading

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NEW MUSIC: Movements ‘Feel Something’

With the 2016 release of the Outgrown Things EP, Movements set out to make their mark on the emo scene. Touring with the likes of Real Friends, Have Mercy and Hotel books, the Californian Post-Hardcore band came out swinging. Cementing their name as one of the true up-and-comers of the ever active music community. Now, with the release of their debut album Feel Something the band are out once again,… Keep Reading

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REVIEW: Knuckle Puck Release ‘Shapeshifter’

It’s been two long years since the Illinois pop-punk group Knuckle Puck released their debut album Copacetic. But now, after the long anticipated wait, their second album Shapeshifter is finally on shelves everywhere. The beginning of the album is the calm before the storm, as ‘Nervous Passenger’ is a short but sweet opening. With vocalist Joe Taylor’s distinct voice ringing out above the more tranquil backing of the band. The… Keep Reading

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Review: Enter Shikari ‘The Spark’

Enter Shikari are a band that have made a phenomenal name for themselves, and with good reason. With their vocalised view on the world, and their punchy riffs, Shikari have gone from playing tiny pub venues to headlining London’s Alexandria Palace. It’s no wonder that their most recent album The Spark has been a very much anticipated wait. Although Shikari have taken a more melodic approach to the new album,… Keep Reading

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Muncie Girls Hit Brighton

Fresh off of a busy weekend performing at Reading and Leeds Festival, punk rock trio Muncie Girls hit The Hope and Ruin in Brighton, waving off the bank holiday weekend with a bang. Supports for the night came from local bands H_ngm_n and Crushing, completing the laid back and welcoming vibe of the evening. Since forming in 2012, Muncie Girls have been doing their absolute most to push their music.… Keep Reading

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United We Rock Tour, Hollywood Casino Ampitheatre, Chicago

Both REO and Styx brought nostalgia back to life for a packed crowd. It was a sweaty night in Chicago, and the bands only turned it up as the night went on. I managed to hit some traffic on my way to the show and came in a bit late only to catch the tail-end of Don Felder’s set.  He capped it off with a cover of ‘Hotel California’ complete… Keep Reading

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NEW MUSIC: Cabezudos ‘Tempting Fate’

Cabezudos are back after their 2016 debut EP ‘She Waits’. After their well received debut EP came out in 2016, Cabezudos have come back on the music scene with their new single, ‘Tempting Fate’. The blues rock/alternative 4 piece really show off their talent, and also their influences with this new single. The song starts with a slightly Led Zep/Black Sabbath intro, with heavy bass, and classic rock guitar tone,… Keep Reading

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NEW MUSIC: From Royal Blood’s ‘How did we get so dark?’

After a highly successful, award winning debut album back in 2014, (which resulted in them playing Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds… …T in the Park and Radio 1’s big weekend and Download) and possibly the best start to a career they could have asked for, supporting acts like Arctic Monkeys, and Foo Fighters, and being given the thumbs up by both Dave Grohl and Jimmy Page, Brighton boys, Mike Kerr and… Keep Reading

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NEW MUSIC: Paramore ‘After Laughter Review’

It’s been a whirlwind of a month for Tenessee trio Paramore. With the release of their 5th album ‘After Laughter’ hitting shelves a little over a month ago, fans have had the time to really sink their teeth in to a completely new sound. Moving away from the days of head banging riffs, After Laughter shows how the band has matured. Despite losing a member, then regaining an old member,… Keep Reading

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Tom Chaplin, The Palladium, London

Tom Chaplin delights the capital with songs old and new. The ex-Keane frontman confronted his recent demons during an emotional performance at The London Palladium. It’s a cliché that bleak emotional turmoil can be a stimulating force for creativity. You have to reach rock-bottom to climb your way back into the light. If ever the cliché held good, it does so in the case of Tom Chaplin. Since he last… Keep Reading

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Glass Mountain ‘Glacial’

Released earlier this year, Glass Mountain’s “Glacial” is a mesmerising masterpiece. A heartbreaking ode to unrequited love, the band’s first single and accompanying video have taken the UK music scene by storm. Bradford-born and bred Glass Mountain have caused quite a little stir since appearing on the scene just earlier this year. Their debut EP “Glacial” is a critically acclaimed compilation of five very refined tracks – testament to the fact that… Keep Reading

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Review: Ed Harcour ‘Furnaces’

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… Keep Reading

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

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… Keep Reading

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Black Oak County “Mad Dog” single

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… 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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Bones, The Old Blue Last, London

It’s been quite a year for London three-piece Bones, supporting Skunk Anansie and PVRIS on their UK and European tours, but on Thursday (12/5/16) they returned to their roots and put on an intimate sold-out show for their fans, both old and new, at The Old Blue Last in Shoreditch. I first saw Bones at the end of 2014, when they opened for the debut gig for Bl=ndfolds (made up… Keep Reading

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