With a review in the pipeline, today check out our Photo Gallery here of Molly Karloff's EP Launch Party on Thursday night at London's The Black Heart in Camden with awesome support from Spidervayne and Black Tree Vultures (pictured). 'Supernaturalation' is due to be released this Friday 6th March, and it follows the hard-hitting, three-piece British Alt-Rock, Grunge Rock band's critically acclaimed debut EP, 'Dancing for Money', in 2018. In the meantime, the Oxfordshire based band have toured their contagiously hook-filled, fist pumping sound around the country, including packed venues across Oxfordshire and, indeed, London’s Camden Town.
Vex Red Academy Tonight 29/2/20
Vex Red complete their UK headline tour at London's O2 Academy Islington tonight and have pledged to plant more than 500 trees with the proceeds from the tour and merchandise sales in 2020. Their latest single 'Air' is taken from the band’s recent EP 'Give Me The Dark', via Say Something Recordings. It’s the first collection of new music that the band have released since their debut record 'Start With A Strong And Persistent Desire' back in 2002. Seventeen years is a long time but they’ve picked up exactly where they left off, blending atmospheric electronics with gritty and expansive guitars to deliver their signature punch.
Camden Barleylands Chaos Today 29/2/20
London-based independent promotion collective Chaos Theory will celebrate their 10th anniversary in their home town today with Chaos Theory Festival at The Dome and Boston Music Room. The line-up features the likes of Zu, Teeth of the Sea, Vodun, Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard (Track Of The Day), Gold, Vasa, Undersmile, Memory of Elephants, Årabrot and Mai Mai Mai plus end.user who will also headline the official after party. Also today, just up the Northern Line, Camden Rocks Festival presents an all-day Rock-n-Roll bonanza featuring Bugeye, The Vegetable Collective, The Spangles, The Filthy Spectacula, The Silver Bayonets, The Darts, Soho Dukes, Stone Shiva, Dead At Eleven and The Fix, at The Latin Groove Lounge Club from 1.30pm. Finally today, The Brent Hutchinson Band (Video Of The Day) hit the Blues At Barleylands stage at 2pm, at Barleylands Social Club, Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UF.
Myke Gray Underworld Review 28/2/20
"The song's growing crescendo ends abruptly to leave Kim to finish off the last few bars with her clear plaintiff voice. The white Tele is swapped for a similarly coloured Flying V for 'Colourblind' with a staccato guitar intro which leads into some choppy Pop Rock whereas 'Take Me Down' is a headbanging chugging Rock riff monster overlaid with Myke's intricate fingerpicking and full band backing on vocals. Kim forays out on to a small balcony to balance precariously above the crowd, posing for photos to a powerful Rock backing. Okay, it’s only 3 feet off the ground but that’s a long way up for some people. And it didn’t stop her jumping into the crowd to Rock along amongst them."
Today read the whole of Mother's take here on Myke Gray and Kim Jennett who stopped off at London's Underworld in Camden on Sunday night, half way through their UK tour, supported by The Howling Tides, plus check out our Photo Gallery here.
Karloff's Black Heart 28/2/20
Molly Karloff release their new EP 'Supernaturalation' next Friday 6th March, plus in advance of its release they hosted a Launch Party last night at London's The Black Heart in Camden with support from Spidervayne and Black Tree Vultures. The hard-hitting, three-piece British Alt-Rock, Grunge Rock band, previously released their critically acclaimed debut EP, 'Dancing for Money', in 2018, and the Oxfordshire based band have toured their contagiously hook-filled, fist pumping sound around the country, including packed venues across Oxfordshire and London’s Camden Town. With a Photo Gallery and a review to come, in the meantime check out today's Video Of The Day.
Hart Of The Blues Club 28/2/20
Today's latest Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day has another two hours of non stop Best in Blues and Beyond with More Music and Less Chat, featuring New Releases, Classic Tracks, UK Independent Blues Broadcasters Association Presenters' Picks including songs from Giles Robson, Frank Bey, Jon Cleary, Beth Hart (pictured), Jimmy Johnson, Les Paul & Mary Ford, Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers plus many more.
Molly Karloff EP Review 27/2/20
"Their title track was written using a baritone guitar, and right from its opening riff, the addictive hook and aggressive vocal immediately slaps you around the face (think The Offspring), setting the tone and hooks for a real foot stomping head banging groove and chorus, that takes a dig at hypocritical attitudes to drug addiction in society. Their first single released last month, 'She Said', is an infectious Hard Rock collision reminiscent of The Brew meets Black Orchid Empire (check them both out as well), with its swirling guitars intro, melodic verses, cool wah riff, punchy chorus and soaring vocals. Ironically its subject matter is all about perseverance, although you won't have to worry about that as its a track you will want to play over and over again."
Today read AJ's complete take here on Molly Karloff's new EP 'Supernaturalation' which will be released next Friday 6th March, plus in advance of its release they are hosting a Launch Party tonight at London's The Black Heart in Camden with support from Spidervayne (7.45pm) and Black Tree Vultures (8.40pm).
Leaf Hound Eel Pie Tonite 27/2/20
Cult Rock band, Leaf Hound (Video Of The Day) is playing the Eel Pie Club tonight at The Patch, 67 London Road, Twickenham TW1 3SZ. Led by original vocalist, Peter French (also of Atomic Rooster fame who we recently saw headlining London's iconic 100 Club - pictured), Leaf Hound was a product of the SW London Rock scene of the late 60's which spawned the likes of Free and other Blues-Rock acts. Their 1971 'Growers of Mushroom' album has achieved massive cult status and French's reputation as a potent lead vocalist also led him to a stint with Carmine Appice's US band, Cactus. Leaf Hound was reformed in 2004 and since then the band has re-issued 'Growers of Mushroom', recorded a new album, 'Unleashed', and released a Leaf Hound 'Live in Japan' CD/DVD. Doors open at 8.15pm with music from 9-11pm. WRC members are reminded that they can use their cards to get discounted admission.
Goo Goo Electric Kahr 27/2/20
With a review still to come of last Thursday's Blues Review featuring Jim Kahr (pictured and Track Of The Day) at London's original Ealing Club - the Birthplace of British Rhythm and Blues - the good news is that Jim is also playing The Royal Standard in Blackheath tonight supported by Steve Hewitt. Also tonight, Goo Goo Dolls are playing a sold out show at London’s Roundhouse, whilst Electric Enemy, who recently released their latest single ‘Save Me’, are playing the first of two London gigs at The Waiting Room with The Hubbards as support, followed by The Fiddler’s Elbow next Thursday 5th March.
Myke Gray + Gibson Photo Galleries 26/2/20
With a review in the pipeline, check out today our Photo Gallery here of Myke Gray and Kim Jennett who stopped off at London's Underworld in Camden on Sunday night, half way through their UK tour, supported by The Howling Tides. This is the first tour that Gray has ever done under his own name and his setlist not only included songs that he wrote for Jagged Edge, Skin, and Red White & Blues, but also a large chunk from Kim Jennett's forthcoming album, plus his new project Shades of Gray. Also check out our Photo Gallery here from Jared James Nichols and Collateral’s pre-tour Exclusive Party and Meet N Greet at Gibson Brands in London’s West End from Monday night, as their UK tour continues with a gig in Nottingham tonight.
Novatines Voodoo Tonight 26/2/20
"Dressed in Hawaiian shirts, beards and flowing locks, the boys could be 70’s throwbacks or 2017 hipsters. Either way they nail that Zeppelin Grunge mix with rocking guitar, harmonies, and an intent to party. Tracks include 'Joy Ride' - dedicated to their van which broke down on the way to the venue - 'Hate, Love', their first single and 'Never Enough', a slow Rock track full of attitude. Their new single, 'Come Alive', is an upbeat radio friendly rocker whilst closer 'Silver Screen' is a slow starter that smoulders into life as a hot rocker. A good set from an up and coming band that is doing the touring circuit and getting the attention of both Classic Rock magazine's ‘High Hopes’ feature and Planet Rock magazines." That was part of our take on Novatines when we saw them supporting Sweet in London at Christmas (Video Of The Day), and tonight they return to Islington, this time at the O2 Academy, whilst also tonight, Voodoo Lake are live in London at The Cavern in Raynes Park.
JJ Nichols Collateral Tour Kicks Off Tonite 25/2/20
Jared James Nichols' and Collateral’s UK tour starts tonight at the Robin 2 in Bilston, Wolverhampton, which also includes a London date at the Dome in Tufnell Park on Saturday 28th March. Indeed, we were fortunate enough last night to be invited to a pre-tour Exclusive Party and Meet N Greet at Gibson Brands in London’s West End, with both bands performing three songs, plus at the end, Collateral frontman Angelo Tristan joining Jared and his band for a cover of 'Sharp Dressed Man' - today's Video Of The Day.
Boom Boom Electric Tonight 25/2/20
Stray and Ken Pustelnik's The Groundhogs begin a full UK co-headlining tour at Sutton's Boom Boom tonight, which stops off on the way at London's The Garage (including Vambo) on Thursday 12th March, and concludes at Buckley's The Tivoli on Saturday 21st March. Also tonight, Marcus King, who released his debut solo album, 'El Dorado', last month, continues his Winter and Spring world tour with his band, The Marcus King Band (pictured) at London's Electric Ballroom.
Brave Rival At TNMC Tonite 25/2/20
Today's latest Blues On The Radio Track Of The Day is another hour of music from Whitney Shay, Tas Cru, Half Deaf Clatch, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, Donald Kinsey, The Reverend Shawn Amos, Mary Jo Curry, Jamie Johnson & The Lucky 13s, Samantha Fish, Robert Cray, Albert Cummings (pictured), plus Brave Rival and Dan Burnett, ahead of their repective shows at The Tuesday Night Music Club, The Comrades Club, Coulsdon CR5 2NF, tonight and next week.
Dream Theater Apollo Review 24/2/20
"Tonight (indeed; this tour), in order to fully mark the milestone, we get ‘Scenes’ in totality. I’ve said before I am a great fan of complete album performances, and DT are no strangers to it themselves, with ‘Images and Words’ having had an ‘in full’ 25thanniversary outing in 2017, along with ‘The Astonishing’ on its promo tour in 2016. And that’s before you consider their ‘cover albums’ series (‘Master of Puppets’, ‘The Number of the Beast’, ‘Made in Japan’, and ‘Dark Side of the Moon’), which were all live performances – ‘DSotM’ being recorded in the very venue we’re back at this evening - oddly, my 6throw seat tonight is pretty much where I sat that evening in October 2005."
Today read the whole of Mark C's take on Dream Theater's Hammersmith Eventim Apollo gig in London last Friday night here plus check out our Photo Gallery here.
Fuctifano Babies 24/2/20
UK Punk legends Peter And The Test Tube Babies are back with their latest and greatest set of recordings, 'Fuctifano', which will be released on Friday 6th March via Arising Empire, of which their single 'Queen Of F***ing Everything' is today's Video Of The Day. Remember the 70’s and Glam Rock? Well it’s back, on the right track and in yer face, as they share their love of that era with a homage to Sweet, Slade and T. Rex, combining all the colourful glittery pomp of Glam with the darker edge of Punk Rock. Since 1978, vocalist Peter Bywaters and guitarist Del Greening have always remained the Babies foundation, and they are celebrating with a party on release night at Berlin's Quasimodo with 2018 recruits Nick Abnett on bass and Sam Fuller on drums.
Noble Jacks Enjoy The Ride 24/2/20
The ever-vibrant, vivacious Brighton-based, Noble Jacks track, ‘Enjoy the Ride’, is today's Video Of The Day, taken from the specially re-recorded deluxe release of their sophomore album ‘Stay Awake’, which is due to be released on Friday 27th March on Noble Ground Records. ‘Enjoy the Ride’ is a song with all the upbeat tempo and feel that you’d expect of a Noble Jacks track, with a poignant and powerful message to give people hope in troubled times, written in the wake of a tragedy close to home. With more tour dates to be announced soon, their launch party will be the Jacks’ biggest-ever, an indoor headline show on Saturday 28th March at The Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells.
Dream Theater/Ealing Club Photo Galleries 23/2/20
Today check out our Dream Theater Photo Gallery here from Friday night at London's Hammersmith Apollo plus also our updated Ealing Club Photo Gallery here from Jim Kahr's gig on Thursday night, which now includes further pictures of special guests Robert Hokum, Emma Wilson and Half Moon Panic. As part of their Distance Over Time Tour - Dream Theatre (Video Of The Day) were Celebrating 20 Years of 'Scenes From A Memory', which saw the band perform a full and complete 3-hour set, whilst Thursday night's Blues Review took place at the original Ealing Club - the Birthplace of British Rhythm and Blues - the original premises where Alexis Korner and Cyril Davies started out in 1962!
Shades Of Gray Underworld Tonite 23/2/20
We last saw Myke Gray and Kim Jennett at HRH 2018, and not only do they stop off at London's Underworld in Camden tonight, half way through their UK tour (supported by The Howling Tides), but the song-writer and guitarist has recently unveiled his new project Shades of Gray. This will be the first tour that Gray has ever done under his own name and he will also be playing songs that he wrote for Jagged Edge, Skin, and Red White & Blues, plus they will also be playing a large chunk from Kim Jennett's forthcoming album, with Glenn Quinn (Son of Man) on guitar, Colin Parkinson (Temple of One/ex-Inglorious) on bass, and Rich Smith (I Am I/Power Quest) on drums.
Napalm Passion Tonight 23/2/20
John Verity opened the year with an appearance at Giants of Rock in Minehead, before releasing his new album 'Passion', that was released on Valentine's Day (naturally), and tonight JV is playing London's Pizza Express in Soho at 8pm. Meanwhile, also in London tonight, Napalm Death (Track Of The Day) is playing the Electric Brixton, with support from Eyehategod, Misery Index and Rotten Sound. Hailing from the West Midlands, they helped establish the sound of Grindcore in the late 80's, combining bludgeoning Thrash/Death Metal with Hardcore Punk to create their uniquely brutal sonic assault, helping to influence the next generation of heavy music.
Scenes From An Apollo Memory 22/2/20
Nearly three years after we last saw them, Dream Theater returned to London's Hammersmith Apollo last night for the first of two nights as part of their Distance Over Time Tour - Celebrating 20 Years of 'Scenes From A Memory', which saw the band perform a full and complete 3-hour set! Indeed, both shows were/are being flmed for future release and the band's request for their fans to make themselves heard did not fall on deaf ears - an opportunity, as they also said, for us to immortalise ourselves in Dream Theater concert film history! In the meantime check out today's Video Of The Day!
Ealing Club Photo Gallery 22/2/20
With a review to come, please check out today our initial Photo Gallery here of Thursday night's Blues Review featuring Jim Kahr, taken at the original Ealing Club - the Birthplace of British Rhythm and Blues. The Chicago guitar legend has worked with some of the biggest names in Blues, including John Lee Hooker, Freddie King, Junior Wells, Bobby Blue Bland and Buddy Guy. Indeed, the venue is sacred ground - the original premises where Alexis Korner and Cyril Davies started out in 1962! Hosted by The Paul Cook Blues Band, there was also sets from special guests Robert Hokum, Emma Wilson and Half Moon Panic.
Gigs Today 22/2/20
Not only are multi-platinum selling Rock band X Ambassadors playing London's sold out Lafayette in Kings Cross tonight, but they also release their new EP, 'Belong', on Friday 6th March which features ‘Everything Sounds Like A Love Song’, which is today's Track Of The Day. Earlier, down the road, Camden Rocks Festival presents an all-day Rock-n-Roll bonanza featuring Enterfire, Fuzz Skyler, Louzada, Grace Solerol, Askari, Whisky Stain, Terrorisers, You Over Me and Fixer at The Latin Groove Lounge Club from 2.30pm. Finally, the Robert J. Hunter Band hit the Blues At Barleylands stage at 2pm, at Barleylands Social Club, Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UF, whilst later, Classic Rock covers band Thickcut will be performing live and for free at 8.30pm at The Monument, Northbrook Street, Newbury.
An Evening With Dream Theater 21/2/20
"The encore was the 25 minute suite 'A Change of Seasons'. A fitting end - this was recorded around the time of 'Images and Words' but was released separately. The near sell out crowd lapped it all up and before long it was all over and we were spilling out into the London night. This was Prog Metal at its finest and was as good as this author has seen them. If you get the chance to catch them live - do it!!" That was part of our review, the last time we saw Dream Theater nearly three years ago, and tonight they return to London's Hammersmith Apollo for their Distance Over Time Tour - Celebrating 20 Years of 'Scenes From A Memory', which will see the band perform a full and complete 3-hour set!
Long & Strange Stars 21/2/20
Last Sunday, Matt & The Revenant Ones appeared at The Star Inn in Guildford supported by NWOCR's Voodoo Lake, and today's Video Of The Day is Matt (picture: Stuart Scarry) and Voodoo Lake's frontman Dave Strange jamming to 'Foxy Lady'. Indeed, the last time we saw British Blues Award winners Catfish, or more precisely half a Cattfish, was when we saw Matt and Paul Long jamming with Walter Trout at London's Under The Bridge in October 2017, and we first introduced to you to Voodoo Lake, consisting of Dave, Mark Bomber Randon and James Fileman, in December 2018.
Blues Club Wildmen 21/2/20
On today's latest Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day there's another two hours of non stop Best in Blues and Beyond with More Music and Less Chat, featuring New Releases, Classic Tracks, UK Independent Blues Broadcasters Association Presenters' Picks, including songs from Marcus Lazarus, Wildmen Bluesband, C W Ayon, The Animals, Mississippi MacDonald, Clare Free (pictured), The Laura Holland Band and many more.
H.E.A.T CD Review 20/2/20
"It's fair to say therefore, that H.E.A.T don’t hide their love for their Classic Rock. Indeed some might accuse of them being cheesy, and inevitably, copying their heroes. However, as The Jam once put it: "The public gets what the public wants" and the fist pumping chorus of singalong 'Victory', which continues the pace with its classic guitar/organ riff, is not only proof that they’re young, ambitious and full of energy and ideas, but it also gives another generation the opportunity to re-discover the melodic approach to Hard Rock with bands such as Foreigner, Journey and Whitesnake, even though big hair and leathers are no longer mandatory!"
Today read AJ's complete take here on H.E.A.T's new CD 'H.E.A.T II' which will be released tomorrow, plus check out today's Video Of The Day of their latest single 'Dangerous Ground'.
Jim Kahr Blues Review Tonight 20/2/20
A Blues Review featuring Jim Kahr, takes place tonight from 7.30pm at the original Ealing Club - the Birthplace of British Rhythm and Blues - at the Red Rooms, 42A The Broadway, London W5 2NP. The Chicago guitar legend has worked with some of the biggest names in Blues, including John Lee Hooker, Freddie King, Junior Wells, Bobby Blue Bland and Buddy Guy. Indeed, the venue is sacred ground - the original premises where Alexis Korner and Cyril Davies started out in 1962! Hosted by The Paul Cook Blues Band, there will also be sets from special guests Robert Hokum, Emma Wilson and Half Moon Panic.
Joywave Hit Brixton Electric Tonite 20/2/20
US visionaries Joywave's single ‘Half Your Age’ is today's Track Of The Day, ahead of their upcoming third album, 'Possession', which will be released on Friday 13th March, and tonight they support PVRIS at London’s Brixton Electric, as part of their current UK tour. They will then head out to Europe, before embarking on two US headline tours in support of the album throughout March, April and May. Joywave’s unique outlook and inventive interpretation of Pop demonstrates a band that are at the top of their game, with their intelligent artistry and undeniably addictive music, set to take them to new heights in 2020.
Ginger Baker Tribute Photo Gallery 19/2/20
Check out today our Photo Gallery here from Monday night at London's Hammersmith Eventim Apollo - as the cream of Rock turned out to pay tribute to Peter Edward 'Ginger' Baker - a one-time only concert from Eric Clapton to celebrate the musical life of his dear friend. It was certainly a case of quality not quantity, as the 100 minute set list honoured Baker's lifetime in music and included Clapton and Baker's work together in Cream and Blind Faith. Cue performances from Paul Carrack, Steve Winwood, Roger Waters, Nile Rodgers, Ronnie Wood, Kofi Baker, Kenney Jones and Will Johns, amongst others, of which the highlights were Clapton and Wood performing 'Badge' (Video Of The Day) plus a Kofi drum solo that his old man would have truly been proud of.
Stray/Groundhogs Tour Kicks Off Tuesday 19/2/20
Stray and Ken Pustelnik's The Groundhogs begin a full UK co-headlining tour at Sutton's Boom Boom next Tuesday 25th February, which stops off on the way at London's The Garage (including Vambo) on Thursday 12th March, and concludes at Buckley's The Tivoli on Saturday 21st March. Not only will Stray be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of their self-titled debut album, but The Groundhogs will also be celebrating the golden anniversary of their seminal ‘Thank Christ for the Bomb’ album.
Appropriately the cream of Rock turned out last night at London's Hammersmith Eventim Apollo - a tribute to Peter Edward 'Ginger' Baker - a one-time only concert from Eric Clapton to celebrate the musical life of his dear friend. The set list for the concert honoured Baker's lifetime in music and included Clapton and Baker's work together in Cream and Blind Faith. Cue performances from Paul Carrack, Steve Winwood, Roger Waters, Nile Rodgers, Ronnie Wood, Kofi Baker, Kenney Jones and Will Johns, amongst others, in a fitting tribute, that was also in aid of Leonard Cheshire, a charity close to the Baker family, that offers life changing support to disabled people around the world.
Never The Bride CD Review 18/2/20
"The opener kicks off with ‘Love Finds The Young And Old’, a mid-pace Blues rocker, which has a Bon Jovi anthemic feel about it, leads us to a quick genre switch with song two, ‘Web Of The Stranger’, the Bond themed number that Nikki adopts Shirley Bassey style phasing. In at three - ‘For Better For Worse’ - eases us in like a Sunday morning with a Blues ballad, where Nikki reaches for her heartfelt inner Janis (yes, Joplin) backed smoothly by Been’s sensitive piano pieces. So, we move swiftly on to what I’m calling the top number of album! ‘Don’t Trudge Mud In The House of Love’ - a title Seasick Steve would easily accommodate - with this deep down and dirty Blues rocker that should be top of every Blues DJ’s playlist -end of!"
Today read Geoff C's complete take here on Never The Bride's CD 'For Better For Worse' plus check out today's Video Of The Day.
Broken Levee At TNMC Tonight 18/2/20
Today's latest Blues On The Radio Track Of The Day includes music from Malone Sibun, Stevie Watts Organ Trio featuring Alice Armstrong, The Head Hunters Blues Band, Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion, Sonny Landreth (pictured), Northsyde, The Cinelli Brothers and Broken Levee, ahead of tonight's show at The Tuesday Night Music Club, The Comrades Club, Coulsdon CR5 2NF
Felix Rabin EP Review 17/2/20
"Everything has moved up several notches here - the writing, the playing, the mood, the singing and the production all sound like the proud work of a young man taking his first steps into greatness rather than a precocious boy who’s been studying SRV in his bedroom. The feel of it puts me in mind of John Mayer’s ‘Heavier Things’ - a laid back vibe of Blues-but-not-Blues where the songs are given space to shine and subtle shades of brass pop up here and there for colour. It’s interesting how brass is used on this EP, sometimes it’s way in your face like on Gary Moore’s ‘Back To The Blues’ album and other times it’s more in laid back Miles Davis ‘Blue In Green’ territory. Whoever arranged it has done a fine job. That’s not to say Felix has put that Strat back in the case - the subject of death makes a return on the slow burner called, um, ‘Death’ where Felix gets all Gary Moore on yo’ ass, accompanied by those mournful muted trumpets."
Today read Pete Elphick's complete take here on Felix Rabin's' new EP 'Pogboy', due out on Friday 17th April, plus check out today's Video Of The Day of 'Moving On'.