The Blue Aeroplanes release new album ‘Welcome, Stranger!’ today. Their unique amalgam of rock, folk, poetry, punk, dance and art has been an acknowledged influence on a wide range of bands including REM and Radiohead. Combining pop smarts with serious weirdness, they have released almost thirty albums on various labels, several of which have charted in the UK Top 40 and the US Alternative Top 10. Now comes the release of the band’s twelfth studio album, ‘Welcome, Stranger!’, recorded by the longest-lasting Aeroplanes line up to date. More »

The Beat’s brand new single, SIDE TO SIDE, taken from ‘Bounce’ is currently A-listed on BBC Radio 6 and the band have released it as double A-side 7” vinyl with a track from label mates and life-long friends The Selecter. The two bands played live from Maida Vale on 13 December for Steve Lamacq’s Christmas Ska Party on BBC Radio 6 with other guests David Rodigan and Mungos HiFi and have announced a co-headline tour in 2017. More »

Chris Pope & The Chords UK have released a new single from their recent album ’Take On Life’. Entitled ‘Dreams Of Yesterday’, it is an edited version of the final song on the record, a Mott-esque remembrance of London and its chequered musical history from the 1970’s to the present.

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Split between Atlanta and the remote northern parts of Sweden – commonly known as Sápmi, the hip-hop meets electro-pop trio Blänk are currently getting ready to release their third album ‘Weary Soul’. More »

Tom Paxton returns to the UK in 2017, with very special guests Cathy & Marcy.

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Never one to avoid an obvious cliché, John Scott takes a walk on the wild side and reacquaints himself with Lou Reed’s 1972 hit album. More »

An album that took three years to make, with over 180 collaborators from 12 different nationalities, of which include Grammy award winners and critically acclaimed artists, ‘Passport’, by Omar Rahbany, unfolds over 59 minutes. The forthcoming album, ‘Passport’, breaks down barriers between cultures and countries, having travelled across world to complete it. Heavy jazz and classical influences are fused with Arabic and Lebanese overtones throughout the album, meeting in a place where there are no divisions, culturally, linguistically or artistically. More »

Cambridge Folk festival has announce the first names for the 2017 festival.  More »

Tallisker is the DIY solo project of French artist Eléonore Melisande, 28. A former cellist and guitarist with a classical and folk background, she is now a full-time DJ, producer and performer with electronic, post-folk & rave aesthetics. Winning the Inrocks Lab Award (2014), the Booster Award (2015) and performing every weekend helped her take off pretty quickly and now she’s pleased to celebrate the release of her debut EP ‘Heliotrop’. More »

The Molochs have released the video for their second single You And Me . Talking of the single, lead singer Lucas Fitzsimmons said, “You And Me” is about losing the struggle to control one’s emotions.” The sentiment is accompanied by a nice Hammond organ. You And Me is the second single from the band. It follows their first single No More Cryin’. Both tracks will be released on America’s Velvet Glory out Jan 13th via Innovative Leisure.  More »

Making noise is a bit like making a mistake: any fool can make a mistake, but it takes skill to cause a fiasco. More »

James Fleming asks that crucial question: Is it the singer or the song?  More »

A wistful mother in the 1950s makes some simple home recordings in her family sitting room. Little could she have known that decades later, her son would become one of the most poetic and influential songwriters ever, or that more than sixty years later, the dust would be blown off her own songs. On the surface, the 2013 release of Molly Drake’s work could easily have been perceived as just a curious footnote and jigsaw piece in explaining the enormous talent of Nick Drake. In the eyes of The Unthanks however, and increasingly amongst others, Molly’s work is extraordinary enough to rank alongside and independently of her brilliant son.

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With the release of her hotly-anticipated debut EP just around the corner, Irish artist LAOISE is pleased to share the first single from it. More »

Inspired by the sea-inspired James Joyce poem of the same name, ‘Noise Of The Waters’ is the second EP from Brighton folk duo, Hickory Signals. Made up of multi-instrumentalists Laura Ward and Adam Ronchetti, the pair combine strong vocal melodies with vibrant guitar, shruti, flute, glockenspiel and pulsing percussion; layering sounds carefully and minimally to create atmospheric folk. More »

Rumours Of Fleetwood Mac, the world’s ultimate homage to Fleetwood Mac, returns to the stage October 2016 for their landmark ‘Hits to Blues World Tour’. Encompassing nearly five decades of legendary music and channelling the spirit of Fleetwood Mac at their very best, ‘Hits to Blues’ offers a unique opportunity for fans, both old and new, to rediscover the songs and performances that have ensured Fleetwood Mac’s place as one of the most loved bands of all time. More »

CALLING PUNKS OF ALL AGES! Gather your favourite pair of pogo-worn Doc Martins, best ripped, studded and patch covered denim jacket and slick up that Mohawk, because punks not dead and the 111 track long Action Time Vision Boxset is here to remind us of that. So get on board or get left behind! Still not sure? Well I have been lucky enough to get my anarchy loving paws on the boxset to review it, so let’s dive in! More »

From the somewhat sparse, yet unique catalogue of adventurous, high-quality rock music coming out of Scandinavia in the late 60’s, the sole album ‘Get Dreamy’ by The Dream has been one of the most hunted treasures.

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Finnish prog outfit Kairon; IRSE! premiere new single and Announce new album ‘Ruination’ and reissue of debut album ‘Ujubasajuba’  More »

Late January 2017 sees the deluxe edition release of Fresh Cream, the debut album by British, blues power trio, Cream. 

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Formed in 2006 and combining elements of classical, jazz and electronic with the urgency of math-rock, hardcore and heavy metal, Japanese instrumental trio Mouse On The Keys defy categorisation, says their recent press release. More »

Herbie Hancock rose to fame as a member of Miles Davis’s acoustic quintet, whose music helped define a new kind of Jazz. He’s perhaps best know for his record Canatloupe Island from the album Empyrean Isles and sampled on the Us3 tune Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) but he is known as being a crossover artist blending jazz with elements of funk and here he takes on the disco genre, infecting it with electronic jazz elements…and controversially at the time, vocoders. More »

This is a collection of six studio albums, plus some other related material, from the period 1963-1968 and covering the groups entire catalogue recorded for Transatlantic Records (whose first releases were a trio of sex education records). More »

Raised in the claustrophobic backwaters of Hereford, young two-piece consuumer play a raucous set. Inspired by the sheer volume of Melvins, the raw power of the Stooges and the bleak doom of Sabbath, consuumer create a brutal, nihilistic sound, steeped in a raw energy and honesty that could shake even the most apathetic listener. With a huge string of UK live dates under their belt including a Birthday’s headline show and an acclaimed first single, the band are now ready to release their debut EP ‘Shattered Fruit’. More »

Electric Six is a six-piece band from Detroit, Michigan. Their style is a brand of rock music infused with elements of garage, disco, punk rock, new wave, and metal all forming a very unique and at times odd sound. The band hit the big time in 2003 with the singles “Danger! High Voltage” and “Gay Bar”, and subsequently recorded eleven full-length studio albums. However, a twelfth was announced July 2016 with its name being ‘Fresh Blood for Tired Vampyres’ and I just so happen to have been lucky enough to review said album! More »

Marianne Faithfull celebrates her 70th birthday on the 29th of December.  John Scott takes a listen to her 1979 album Broken English. More »

The new Thom Hell video, ‘1985’.

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I only came across Sarah Jarosz a couple of weeks ago when I heard her excellent cover of Bob Dylan’s Simple Twist Of Fate from her album Build Me Up From Bones but I quickly fell in love with both the track and the album.  A quick Google revealed that she was playing here and so I had to go see her. More »

I hadn’t heard of Ezra Furman prior to last year’s Perpetual Motion People album which I described as my album of the summer.  I’m glad to say that its appeal has not waned and it still gets regular plays. I haven’t heard much about Ezra since the album’s release either, so I was quite surprised to learn that his gig here at The Liquid Room had sold out and I’m very grateful to Ezra’s management company for supplying a ticket at the last minute.  I was even more surprised to see that once Ezra and his band The Boy-Friends hit the stage that the majority of the audience were word perfect with not only the songs from Perpetual Motion People but with his earlier material as well.  More »

Beachheads have unveiled the first single from their upcoming debut album. “Moment of Truth” is an honest and soulful track, perfect for cold days in Oslo, and the rest of the world says the band’s recent press release. Beachheads will release their debut on Fysisk Format on February 3rd.
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Carlos Santana, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Narada Michael Walden join Jennifer Saran in an Inspiring World Peace Anthem “Wake Up” with all Proceeds from Sale of New Track to Benefit the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation. 

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Having kicked off their latest European tour with four UK shows earlier this month before heading off to the continent, Electric Six return this week for another 13 UK/RoI dates as they continue to promote their brand new album, ‘Fresh Blood For Tired Vampyres’ on Metropolis Records. More »

Today, Edinburgh pop-punk four piece Woes have dropped their passionate and powerful new single ‘Winter Sun’ with the German station, Radio Fritz. More »

The long and winding countryside of Norway in the late sixties was hardly the ideal time or place to be playing psychedelic folk music. But the teenage duo of Nina Johansen and Rune Walle, aided by their friend Satnam Singh, triumphed over high odds to make one of the most spellbinding albums in the genre made in any country. More »

New single, out now, by Austrian psych/prog trio taken from the album ‘No Rhyme No Reason’ released 27.01.17 More »

Lauren Coombes interview UK Punk-Metal outfit LACK.  More »

LACK are a Bedfordshire based British Punk trio, consisting of Rob, Jay and Steve. After 9 months, LACK were off to Wallington to record their first album, Anthem, and are soon to release their second album, which I was lucky enough to gain early access to. More »

Modern music visionary Vangelis has announced the release on 3rdFebruary of a new 13-disc box set entitled “Delectus,” featuring a chosen selection of his early discographic work.  The mammoth collection will include all of his albums on Vertigo and Polydor, recently signed by Universal and remastered for the first time ever under the legendary composer’s own supervision.  More »

Twenty Eight year old, Californian singer songwriter Natalie Mering throws back to a psychy-folk feel of the sixties, with a Gallic touch thrown in there for good measure…but then she doesn’t at the same time. More »

I’ve sat on this for a while and it’s now out there for you to get your hands on but it’s very difficult to write a balanced review of what represents four of your favourite albums of all time by your favourite band of all time. Yes it’s a boxset re-release from the late 70’s but hey, I don’t care! So, let’s throw balance out the window and say from the off that this re-release package of four albums represents some of the finest music ever made and I know each track like the back of my hand; they have been played so often over the years. This is Bob Calvert, who was by this time the band’s vocalist in residence, era Hawkwind and his way with words is, to my mind second to none. More »

Whyte Horses are from Manchester and this album came out earlier this year, but only just landed on my desk a few days ago. The band is the brainchild of one Dom Thomas who runs the Finders Keepers record label that re-releases obscure records from around the world – check it out, there’s some crazy assed stuff on there! More »

John Paul White was one half of The Civil Wars, the other half being Joy Williams, but that all went horribly wrong and the breakup of the alt-country duo, despite the mega-stardom, not to mention the soon to be released second album that lay before them, was a magnificent demonstration of how to spectacularly implode in public. Cancelled tours and studious paying no attention to each other followed and continues to this day as far as I’m aware. More »

Let’s get one thing straight from the off about Honeyblood, and this, their second album on Fat Cat Records… I am clearly not the target audience for this record, but that didn’t stop me from absolutely adoring this terrifically entertaining slab of indie-punky-poppy wonderfulness!!!  More »

The Allah-Las latest CD “Calico Review” promo landed on my desk yesterday (it was released on Sept 9th) and despite this band having been formed in 2008 and having a couple of albums out previously (Allah-Las (2012) and Worship The Sun (2014)) I must confess they are wholly new to me. More »

Earlier this month, Bob Dylan became the first musician to be awarded a Nobel prize for literature.  John Scott celebrates by having a listen to Dylan’s  1975 album Blood On The Tracks. More »