Dom Martin’s Star Is Rising Higher With New Single Release

Dom Martin (29) is a Belfast born singer/songwriter who has burst onto the UK and European music scene over the past 18 months with a unique guitar style and voice that captivates his audiences at every venue. His main influences are Rory Gallagher, Tom Waits, John...

Albums Of The Year 2019

Perfection from the British-Ugandan soul man. It would take a lot to topple Home Again and Love & Hate, but his third release has done - and some. Beneath melancholic soul, jazz, gospel choirs, dizzying guitars and samples including from civil rights campaigner...

No Such Thing As Normal At Electric Umbrella

So you think you've seen it all... The most famous rockstars in the biggest arenas, intimate shows with musicians from far away or that one gig they did before they started selling out. That is great. Then, we can talk about something else, something refreshing,...

Video Premiere Exclusive: Brooklyn’s The Exits Unveil Run

Having received support from Atwood Magazine, Pop Matters and having shared the stage with the likes of X Ambassadors and Future in previous outfits, Brooklyn rockers The Exits have brought fresh energy and attitude with the recent release of Run. Rockshot...

Luke Carey – King Of The Dublin Castle

If you are into music, it is likely you already know all about illustrious Parkway boozer, The Dublin Castle. It was built to serve Irish labourers or ‘navvies’ working on London’s railways. Madness, then The North London Invaders, masqueraded as a respectable jazz...

The Illicits Release Double A Single On Creation 23 Records

The Illicits are the leaders of the next generation. The four-piece band from Blackburn, newly-signed by Alan McGee to his Creation 23 label, are the vital, essential guitar band the UK music scene has been waiting for, creating what Alan McGee has described as...

The Tuesday Night Music Club – A Success Story

Back in 2014 Richard Dunning had a vision to start a blues club in deepest Surrey and it has recently celebrated it’s fifth anniversary. The Tuesday Night Music Club (TNMC) has in that time established itself as a major player on the UK Blues circuit, so much so that...

The Achievers Achieving Their True Potential

The Achievers seemed to appear in the headlights all of a sudden in 2018 following the release of their debut album Live At The SVA. They have, however been together as an electric band since 2013. I saw them for the first time in October 2018 and now a year later at...

National Album Day 2019: Songs To Remember by Scritti Politti

I met Green Gartside once...at Green Man Festival in Wales...he posed for some pictures I took...I was gobsmacked and could not think of two words to say to him. For me it was a totally overwhelming experience just being face to face with him. I had just listened to...

National Album Day 2019: The Whole Story by Kate Bush

I’ve chosen The Whole Story by Kate Bush  - I know that makes me a horrible philistine to choose a greatest hits but I don’t care! One of my dearest and oldest friends Lucy gave this to me on CD for my 15th birthday and I was like ‘What? the Wuthering Heights woman?…...

National Album Day 2019: Dogviolet by Laurel

Laurel perfectly encapsulates what it’s like to be a music maker in today’s landscape of artists with more control over their sound. Her 2018 debut album Dogviolet struck me with a deep level of confidence in both vocal delivery and performance that few artists are...

National Album Day 2019: Ten by Pearl Jam

I was 12 and a half years old when Pearl Jam’s Ten album came out. It had a huge effect on me and my life. The thundering rawness of it. It’s lyrics screamed right to me, pushing through into my young tormented world. You might wonder why would a 12yr old need to hear...

National Album Day 2019: The Wall By Pink Floyd

When I was a young lad starting to try and get serious about music, I had discovered Led Zeppelin and AC/DC, but could not get into Pink Floyd. I knew I should, but having listened to my friends copy of Dark Side Of The Moon, i just did not get it. Then at the end of...

National Album Day 2019: Stars Of CCTV by Hard Fi

Whilst sadly the fame and fortune wasn’t that long lived (the second and third albums couldn't match the brilliance of this and with the band on seemingly indefinite hiatus nobody seriously expects any more from them), Stars Of CCTV, the debut album from Staines...

National Album Day: Remain In Light By Talking Heads

Almost thirty nine years to the day Talking Heads presented us with Remain In Light. I was hooked on these former art school students from the moment I heard Psycho Killer three years earlier but with Brian Eno working his production magic on this album it has never...

National Album Day 2019: Ultra by Depeche Mode

Ultra isn’t the best Depeche Mode album. (That’s Violator.) It isn’t even my favourite Depeche Mode album. (That’s Songs of Faith And Devotion.) But it’s the one that changed my life. It was 1997. I was battling through a medical degree that I had no right doing in...

National Album Day: Hybrid Theory by Linkin Park

Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory was my first ever album and a very important and enduring eye opener for many listeners. In 2000, at aged 10, I put this album on my Christmas list based solely on word of mouth. A schoolfriend wouldn’t shut up about how desperate he was...

National Album Day 2019: The Bride by Bat For Lashes

I've always thought Natasha Kahn's voice was beautifully melancholic, until this album best evidenced for me on tracks like Sad Eyes or the single Laura. With The Bride she uses her songwriting and performing talents superbly to tell a story of love and loss. The...

National Album Day 2019: the B52’s by The B52s

I like a challenge in life. I like to push my comfort zone a little further everyday and I never stand defeated. But when we were asked to get involved with National Album Day 2019 and write about one album we don't skip and enjoy from start to finish, I started...

National Album Day 2019: There Is Nothing Left To Lose by Foo Fighters

For this year’s National Album Day, I’m travelling back to 1999 and pulling There Is Nothing Left to Lose by Foo Fighters from the vaults. Dusting off a collection of music that I will always play in its entirety without skipping a track. The late ‘90s heralded change...
Temples Bring Hot Motion To Shepherds Bush

Temples Bring Hot Motion To Shepherds Bush

I’ve got a car with a little button that changes the way it behaves - from ‘Sport’ at one end through ‘Comfort’, to ‘Eco’ at the other. Drive it on either of the extremes and you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s two different vehicles. I’m reminded of the little button...

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Dom Martin’s Star Is Rising Higher With New Single Release

Dom Martin (29) is a Belfast born singer/songwriter who has burst onto the UK and European music scene over the past 18 months with a unique guitar style and voice that captivates his audiences at every venue. His main influences are Rory Gallagher, Tom Waits, John...

Ramblin’ Man Fair adds Black Star Riders To An Already Spectacular Lineup

Ramblin’ Man Fair (17 to 19 July 2020) are delighted to announce Northern Irish-American hard rock powerhouse Black Star Riders to the list of acts in an already spectacular bill. Black Star Riders fill the Special Guest spot on the Planet Rock Mainstage on Saturday...

The Sweet Orchestra Sound Of Kacy & Clayton

Canadian folk/roots duo Kacy & Clayton have shared a live video of their new single The Sweet Orchestra Sound along with a plethora of European dates that is set to continue to keep these cousins busy through to the end of February. The video was shot at Trinity...

Dave Grohl – 51 And Nowhere Near Done

Rock legend Dave Grohl celebrated his 51st birthday today and to add to the celebrations his band, Foo Fighters, began their 25th year celebrations by releasing a tantalising instrumental short on their social media accounts, along with the following statement, "Holy...

Pearl Jam Announce Release of 11th Studio Album – Gigaton

After a seven year long wait, Seattle rockers, Pearl Jam, have just announced the forthcoming release of their 11th studio album entitled Gigaton, produced by Josh Evans and Pearl Jam. If its content in any way resembles it's name – which translates to a unit of...

Beach Bunny Are On Cloud 9 With UK Tour

Chicagoans Beach Bunny have finally announced their long-awaited post-debut album headline tour! And we're in luck on this side of the pond with the quartet's first European dates announced including three UK dates. They have also revealed Cloud 9, the third single...

Nathaniel Rateliff Goes It Alone And He’s Still Alight

Nathaniel Rateliff, the Denver based singer/songwriter, has taken a break from his Night Sweats band to release a somewhat somber and much toned down album titled, And It's Still Alright. This album, due for release February 14th on Stax Records, deals with some...

Wille And The Bandits’ Frontman Releases Single Houses On The Sand To Help The Homeless

Wille Edwards is currently organising the reformation of Wille And The Bandits following the departure of his friends Drew and Matt. He still has time to try and bring a little joy to the homeless this coming Christmas. In the cold, grey, rainy lead-up to Christmas,...



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