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Black Country hard rockers GIN ANNIE release new EP

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After 4 years of tirelessly playing the local circuit and after the success of their first single “Damage is Done”, Black Country rockers Gin Annie are launching their first EP after signing a management deal with Sanctuary Music Ltd. If you like bands such as AC/DC, Led Zepplin and Black Stone Cherry then you will love the big riff and big chorus sounds of Gin Annie’s latest offering. Gin Annie is a hard rock band based in The Black Country. Formed in 2013, by Cousins David Foster (Lead Vocals) and Byron Garbett (Lead Guitar) with Andy Wiliams (Bass), Toni Longhi (Guitar)…

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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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Okkultokrati Announces European/UK Tour Dates

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Norwegian mavericks Okkultokrati are hitting the road again in support of their inventive and addictive Raspberry Dawn album, released in September through Southern Lord. The confirmed listing of shows is below, and the band is currently booking more shows to be announced. While paying homage to their native region’s 1990s black metal heritage, the cinematic synth/goth rock of the prior decade, and the raging early punk movement ahead of that, OKKULTOKRATI still manages to create sincerely original and infectious music through every bar of Raspberry Dawn, resulting in a starkly raw and original sounding album. Raspberry Dawn is available on…

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Me and That Man Unveil New Video & Debut Album

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ME AND THAT MAN, the side project put together by Nergal of Behemoth and British/Polish musician, John Porter, have today unveiled a new video for ‘Ain’t Much Loving’, taken from their forthcoming debut album, ‘Songs of Love And Death’. The collection is set for release on 24th March via Cooking Vinyl. ME AND THAT MAN also play their first UK show at London’s Jazz Cafe on Sunday 26th March.  Tickets are on sale now from here ‘Songs of Love & Death’ is a journey across bleak, dust-ravaged plains, soundtracked by low-slung guitars and steeped in the rawest essence of rock…

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WOE unveil a Black Metal feast…

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US black metal unit WOE will release their long-anticipated Hope Attrition full-length next month via their new label home of Vendetta Records. In advance of its release and in conjunction with Valentine’s Day, today Decibel Magazine offers up “The Ones We Lost,” for public feasting. “If the name doesn’t give it away, ‘The Ones We Lost’ is about coming to terms with a loved one’s death,” elaborates founding guitarist/vocalist Chris Grigg. “For me, it is the most draining song of WOE’s entire catalog. I, the other members of the band, and seemingly everyone I know had to deal with sudden deaths of family and friends over the past…

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Nearly Their, Bridge Tavern, Bradford

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As we stand in the photo pit awaiting the arrival of a multi-platinum band we sometimes forget as reviewers and photographers, that around the world there are bands plying their nightly trade in small bars and indeed that is all they live for. Well tonight was one of those nights where I took myself off to a local pub, The Bridge Tavern and had a great time. Nearly Their a Bradford 5 piece a bunch of talented musicians who just want to play because they can, and it shows. With a set comprising of mainly 70’s and 80’s rock classics…

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Matt Boroff, The Old Blue Last, London

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Matt Boroff and the Mirrors impressed an intimate audience at The Old Blue Last in Shoreditch. The Austria-based American guitarist and singer, and his band played a set of superb musicianship deserving of a much larger audience. The London live music scene is a strange one. There’s no doubt that it’s in rude health at the moment, with no shortage of gigs every night of the week. Everyone still wants to play London, and it’s not uncommon to see well-known overseas artists playing small venues usually reserved for burgeoning underground scene. The Old Blue Last in Shoreditch is a prime example…

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Halo Tora, The New Crown, Merthyr Tydfil

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Interview and a live show: Tonight I’m in Merthryr Tydfil to catch up with Halo Tora. I’d seen them before two years ago at the resonance festival, but this time it was the first UK gig after returning from their European tour, that took in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. Halo Tora hail from the Glasgow area and feature the strong twin guitar combination, and vocals of Chris Alexander and Ian McCall, ably joined on bass duties by Mark Young, Chris McKeown providing the beat, and Ryan Connery playing keys. The venue tonight is a new one for me, The…

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Van Morrison & Jeff Beck, The O2 Arena, London

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Two iconic heavyweights of popular music close out BluesFest 2016 in London’s docklands. Jeff Beck and Van Morrison shared the limelight in the capacious environment of the O2 Arena on Sunday night and basked in the sound of rapturous applause and sight of standing ovations as they did so. This was the closing act to a three-day festival that for the past couple of years has been held under the O2 canvas and goes by the name of ‘BluesFest’. In reality, this event suffers from a bit of an identity crises and if your idea of the blues begins and…

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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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Broken Witt Rebels ‘Georgia Pine’

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The Birmingham four-piece rock and blues band, Broken Witt Rebels today, launched the official video for their new single ‘Georgia Pine’. The single dovetails the band’s forthcoming 12-date UK tour with King King that kicks off at Brighton’s The Old Market on Wednesday 9th November. ‘Georgia Pine’ also features on the cover mount CD of the current issue of Classic Rock magazine.  ‘Georgia Pine’ is the third single and title track from the band’s recent EP release. The ‘Georgia Pine’ EP was previously only available on CD and digital formats, but will be issued on limited edition and numbered 10-inch vinyl…

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The Winachi Tribe Live at Gorilla, Manchester

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The Winachi Family Gathering: Things have been good for The Winachi Tribe so far this year. With sell out shows in Scotland, a double header with the Sugar Hill Gang, plus a recent trip to La La Land for a video shoot to accompany a new single out  later this year, its been non stop.  20/08/16: Tonight’s gig is at Gorilla in Manchester. Its a great venue and it has played host to a number of Manchester bands recently. I catch the boys early in the day, during sound-check. They sound better than ever.  Liam and the boys look like…

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TERRIBLE LOVE SIGN TO BIG SCARY MONSTERS AND ANNOUNCE UK DATES WITH ROLO TOMASSI

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  A blistering emotional assault, there’s a fury to ‘Change Nothing’ that harnesses all the frustration that remaining undercover so long garnered and sets it ablaze – DIY MAG “Change Nothing” Out 22nd April via Big Scary Monsters Pre-orders available now here Tour w/ Rolo Tomassi in April  Check their video for debut track ‘Change Nothing’ here What do you get when you chuck current and former members of FFAF, Bastions, Grappler and Crocus into a room together? The answer, of course, is something quite brilliant, in this case the ferociously confrontational Terrible Love – ROCK SOUND  Formed in the wake…

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The Revolution Is Here… Again!

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The vinyl revival has taken another leap forward with Tesco starting to sell LPs for for the first time in its history. From this weekend a limited range of vinyl albums, by artists ranging from Elvis to George Ezra, will go on the shelves of Britain’s biggest supermarket as it tries to cash in on the comeback of record players. After losing out to CDs, downloads and live streaming, vinyl is now enjoying a boom. Annual sales are expected to reach a 20-year high this year at close to 2m albums. The vinyl album market was worth nearly £26m in…

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