London based Indie Rock Band Superfecta (Video Of The Day) have not only taken their debut album 'Disconnect' on the road, but they also have a new bass guitarist - none other than our old mucker and Replicants vocalist Joe Head. After gigs in London and Wolverhampton, the guys are currently in beautiful Austria for a series of shows with their friends Silencer, before returning for three more UK dates from April.
Notting Hill Jackaman Tonight 28/2/19
"Through out the set Lynne's vocals transcended time and space, soaring to the highest reaches of the vocal register with complete control, then dipping down low and gravely with a vibrant wailing intensity only really heard from the true legendary greats of Soul music. There is definitely magic in them vocal chords! A very special evening of high quality songs and an unforgettable musical experience. Overall a very impressive body of work from Jackaman. Lynne is definitely one the country's finest Soul/Rock singers and deserves all the success she can get." That was part of our take on Lynne Jackaman (Track Of The Day and pictured) at Putney's Half Moon last March and Lynne returns to the Smoke tonight at Notting Hill Arts Club.
Run Your Own Music Festival 28/2/19
Oxjam is the UK's largest grassroots music festival - and now you have the chance to run one of their events as they seek out this year's Festival Managers. Oxjam is a community festival run by you, for you. It’s made up of all your favourite musicians, at your favourite independent venues and gig spaces, playing in celebration of everything you love about your local music scene - oh, and all the money raised goes to fighting poverty around the world. Now that’s something we can all get behind. As an Oxjam Festival Manager, you’ll be organising your own music festival in October 2019 and providing a platform for up-and-coming musical talent. You’ll also be uniting music fans across your city and raising money to fight poverty and inequality worldwide. They’ll give you all the training and advice you need, supporting you along the way to ensure you pull off your own amazing music festival. To write your name into Oxfam’s rich musical history, you’ll just need to take that first step and start your application here. What are you waiting for?
Today check out our Photo Gallery here as Grammy Award winning Jazz Rock band Steely Dan, featuring Donald Fagen, stopped off at Wembley Arena on Monday night as part of their UK arena tour with special guest Steve Winwood. With over 40 million albums sold worldwide, their critically acclaimed album ‘Can’t Buy A Thrill’ was named 145 in Rolling Stone’s 500 albums of all time, ‘Aja’ became a platinum selling album and ‘Two Against Nature’ saw Steely Dan win an impressive total of four Grammy’s including Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album. Composer, legendary vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, producer, multiple Grammy winner, BMI icon and Rock n Roll Hall of Fame inductee Winwood, has also sold over 50 million records in the course of his five-decade career.
Kris Barras Garage Review 27/2/19
"Ah, and now, the Les Paul is back on and the time has come for what has quickly become the absolute highlight of the Kris Barras Band set - it’s the sublime 'Watching Over Me'. As soon as the sombre piano intro starts the place erupts into cheers. Anybody would think from this reaction that’s it’s a cherished oldie but no - it’s the LAST track on Kris’s LAST album from LAST year! Kris tells the story of how, inspired by his dad, he started playing guitars at nine. We lost him, he says, a short time ago to cancer and this is for him. The guitar intro starts and there’s no hiding the inspiration for THIS one - the late, great and lamented Gary Moore. You can tell the proper Kris fans love this one too, the phones are out and if they could the lighters would be out too. They’re right, it’s the song of the night and it’s the solo of the night. You can imagine Kris’s dad having a beer (or possibly a Guinness?) with Gary upstairs and saying “that’s my boy down there!” Even grumpy old Gary would give a grin."
Grammy Award winning Jazz Rock band Steely Dan stopped off at Wembley Arena last night as part of their UK arena tour. With over 40 million albums sold worldwide, Donald Fagen was also joined by special guest Steve Winwood. Their critically acclaimed album ‘Can’t Buy A Thrill’ was named 145 in Rolling Stone’s 500 albums of all time, ‘Aja’ became a platinum selling album and ‘Two Against Nature’ saw Steely Dan win an impressive total of four Grammy’s including Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album. Composer, legendary vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, producer, multiple Grammy winner, BMI icon and Rock n Roll Hall of Fame inductee Winwood, has also sold over 50 million records in the course of his five-decade career. With a Photo Gallery to come - check out today's Video Of The Day.
Posen At Sold Out TNMC Tonight 26/2/19
On the menu on today's Blues On The Radio Track Of The Day we have prime tracks from The Lachy Doley Group, Katie Bradley & Ritchie Lane, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, ThirtyTwo20, The Kris Barras Band, Gary Clark Jr, Broken Levee, The Beki Brindle Band, The Hitman Blues Band and, of course, ahead of their sold out show tonight at The Tuesday Night Music Club, The Comrades Club, Coulsdon CR5 2N, there's something new and tasty from Mike Ross and a couple of delicacies from Ariel Posen (pictured).
Borderline Photo Gallery 26/2/19
Ariel Posen of Brothers Landreth fame, released his much anticipated debut album, 'How Long' last month and is currently undertaking his first major headline tour of the UK this month including London's Borderline last Sunday night. 'How Long' showcases not only the Canadian's chops as an instrumentalist, but also his talents as a diverse songwriter, too. The record casts a wide net, moving from rootsy Blues to R&B to Melodic Rock & Roll. A co-writer and producer for artists of all genres, Posen shows the full range of his talents on all 10 tracks, however, 'How Long' is not a guitar record, although there's certainly plenty of guitar to be heard. Instead, it's a song record, filled with hooks, autobiographical lyrics and Posen's compelling voice. With a review to come, check out our Photo Gallery from the gig here including support Katy Hurt (pictured).
Garage Photo Gallery 25/2/19
With a review to come, check out today's initial Photo Gallery here of The Kris Barras Band, Buffalo Summer and Jack J. Hutchinson's The Garage, London gig from Saturday night. After an incredible 2018, Kris's Band are on the road this February and March for their biggest UK headline tour to date, before they finally wrap things up at Edinburgh Voodoo Rooms on Friday 15th March.
Dan & Steve Reach Wembley Tonight 25/2/19
Grammy Award winning Jazz Rock band Steely Dan stop off at Wembley Arena tonight as part of their UK arena tour. With over 40 million albums sold worldwide, Donald Fagen will be joined by special guest Steve Winwood. Their critically acclaimed album ‘Can’t Buy A Thrill’ was named 145 in Rolling Stone’s 500 albums of all time, ‘Aja’ became a platinum selling album and ‘Two Against Nature’ saw Steely Dan win an impressive total of four Grammy’s including Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album. We last saw composer, legendary vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, producer, multiple Grammy winner, BMI icon and Rock n Roll Hall of Fame inductee Winwood at British Summer Time in Hyde Park last July (Track Of The Day and pictured), and he has sold over 50 million records in the course of his five-decade career.
O2 Academy Islington Review 25/2/19
"Finally, full Hard Rockin' order was restored with their glorious closing headbanger and second single off of 'AIT' 'Not Your Enemy' - with its riff to die for and some final stack climbing. Demanding that we "Give It Up For The Support Bands", they left the stage to rapturous applause before taking the obligatory photo of the jubilant crowd. A set stuffed with recognisable riffs and singable lyrics - there was not a filler in sight. These guys never fail to deliver. All in all, not only a brilliant night of Rock from three young dynamic bands, but just as importantly, performed also to a young demographic who thankfully don't operate solely in the world called 'The Brits'. Sod Blue Oyster Cult - so pleased to witness tonight that Rock music is in such safe hands."
After an incredible 2018, The Kris Barras Band are on the road this February and March for their biggest UK headline tour to date, and they duly stopped off at London’s The Garage last night, supported by their old mucker Jack J. Hutchinson, before they finally wrap things up at Edinburgh Voodoo Rooms on Friday 15th March. With a review plus a Photo Gallery to come - check out today's Video Of The Day.
Posen Borderline Tonight 24/2/19
The last time we saw Ariel Posen was with The Brothers Landreth at The Borderline way back in September 2015 (pictured and Track Of The Day). Posen released his much anticipated debut album, 'How Long' last month and is currently undertaking his first major headline tour of the UK this month including returning to London's Borderline tonight. 'How Long' showcases not only the Canadian's chops as an instrumentalist, but also his talents as a diverse songwriter, too. The record casts a wide net, moving from rootsy Blues to R&B to Melodic Rock & Roll. A co-writer and producer for artists of all genres, Posen shows the full range of his talents on all 10 tracks, however, 'How Long' is not a guitar record, although there's certainly plenty of guitar to be heard. Instead, it's a song record, filled with hooks, autobiographical lyrics and Posen's compelling voice.
O2 Academy Islington Photo Gallery 24/2/19
With a review to come - check out our Photo Gallery here from a brilliant gig at London's O2 Academy Islington on Friday night. Headliner's were 2017 WRC 'One's To Watch' award winners Stone Broken, who spent much of 2018 gigging hard, playing non-stop in the UK, Europe and the USA in support of their current studio album 'Ain’t Always Easy', with 2019 seeing them continuing down the live path, headlining sixteen dates across the UK and Ireland, with great support on Friday from both Those Damn Crows and Dead Man's Whiskey.
Kris Barras In Garage Tonight 23/2/19
After an incredible 2018, The Kris Barras Band are again on the road this February and March for their biggest UK headline tour to date, stopping off at London’s Garage tonight before finally wrapping things up at Edinburgh Voodoo Rooms on Friday 15th March. Barras will then be embarking on the Provogue/Mascot Label Group Rockin’ The Blues European tour with Jonny Lang and Walter Trout. The tour covers nine dates through Germany, The Netherlands, France, Italy with the only UK show at the O2 Kentish Town Forum, London, on Tuesday 4th June.
Captain's Table 23/2/19
Once again, today we play catch up with the latest Captain's Video Rock Show which is today's Track Of The Day. His mission: to get Rock music back into mainstream music again with wall to wall Rock videos from new and established bands. Episode 2 includes Tyketto, Issa, Sebastian Bach, Crazy Lixx, Whitesnake (pictured), Rick Springfield and Treat - and if you would like your band featured on the show then simply e-mail us your permission and we will let the Captain know.
Stone Broken Academy 23/2/19
2017 WRC 'One's To Watch' award winners Stone Broken spent much of 2018 gigging hard, playing non-stop in the UK, Europe and the USA in support of their current studio album 'Ain’t Always Easy', and 2019 sees them continuing down the live path, headlining sixteen dates across the UK and Ireland, including London's O2 Islington Academy last night with great support from Those Damn Crows and Dead Man's Whiskey. With a review plus a Photo Gallery to come - check out the Midlands quartet's Video Of The Day taken from their brilliant set last night.
Cream Of The Blues 22/2/19
Today's Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day features music from The Kentucky Headhunters, Cream, Wille and the Bandits (pictured), Dee Miller Band, Saverio Maccne, Joe Cocker, Roxy Roca, Billy Hammond and The Hotshots and many more.
Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics CD Review 22/2/19
"It's fair to say that the band is not all about Mr. Buchanan though. The album crosses so may Rock genres and combines the influences of the band, none more so than Mart Trail's undoubted NWOBHM input on 'Mind Of A Mute' - it's mystical intro descending into a Heavy Metal riff to die for, with the versatile voice of Buchanan sounding very reminiscent of the good old days of Scott Stapp. Would love to see that one live, as I would the next track 'Morals' - which again keeps Freddie's spirit alive and kicking. The good news is that on this Special Edition you also get a live version of 'Morals' plus, to finish off with, two exclusive brand-new studio tracks. Not be confused with Heaven's Basement's firm favourite 'Fire Fire', 'Fire In The Field' was actually the 'B' side of the aforementioned single 'All The Things You've Said And Done'. Still sounding fresh and ace, Aaron strains those fiery vocal chords once again as his sibling gives Slash a run for his money with an outstanding guitar solo. We finally reach 'Undertow', which is real virgin territory, but is thankfully not out of place with the quality that has preceded it. With its pounding beat plus great vocal and guitar harmonies, it definitely complements the original album, and is affirmation, if you needed it, that Aaron Buchanan And The Cult Classics is still very much in business."
British Rock band Aaron Buchanan And The Cult Classics recently signed to Listenable Records and to celebrate, the band and the label release a Special Edition of their acclaimed album ‘The Man With Stars On His Knees’ today, featuring five brand new bonus tracks. Read the whole of AJ's review here plus check out our Video Of The Day.
Stone Broken In Islington Tonight 22/2/19
Stone Broken spent much of 2018 gigging hard, playing non-stop in the UK, Europe and the USA in support of their current studio album 'Ain’t Always Easy', and 2019 sees them continuing down the live path, headlining sixteen dates across the UK and Ireland, including London's O2 Islington Academy tonight with support from Those Damn Crows. The Midlands quartet have recently released a brand new remixed version of ‘The Only Thing I Need’ - taken from 'Ain’t Always Easy'. The track has been given a fresh arrangement by renowned UK engineer/producer Adrian Hall, who has previously worked with such artists as Alicia Keys, The Clash, Robbie Williams & Goldfrapp.
Leaf Hound At Eel Pie Tonite 21/2/19
Leaf Hound will be playing at The Eel Pie Club, The Patch, 67 London Road, Twickenham TW1 3SZ tonight - led by original vocalist, Peter French (also of original and current Atomic Rooster fame), with Luke Rayner on guitar, Peter Herbert on bass and Dominic French on drums. Leaf Hound was a product of the South West London Rock scene of the late 60's which spawned the likes of Free and other Blues-Rock acts. The band re-formed in 2004 and has since re-issued their cult 1971 'Growers of Mushroom' album with one additional track plus recorded a new album, 'Unleashed'. Doors open at 8.30pm with music from 9-11pm. WRC members are reminded that they can use their cards to get discounted admission.
Amongst Vultures 21/2/19
Today's Track Of The Day is Saint Apache's video for 'Amongst Vultures': another razor-sharp, hard-hitting, high-octane track from the up-and-coming, politically-committed band. The track bristles with hardcore drive and edge, with the fast-paced track taken from their 4-track EP 'Black Days', which is due to be released this Friday. It shares the limelight with 'The Shameful', 'Strive to Survive' and 'Tory Man', their material displaying their energy, anger and conviction, not to mention their skilled musicianship and trademark, full-frontal, never-giving-it-less-than-100% performance. Thom Meredith’s raw, super-charged vocals front the song, with Adam Oarton’s drums pounding a powerful, primal beat whilst Leo Burdett’s lead guitar and Ross Towner’s powerful bass drive the music and message home with vigour and verve.
Circu5 Comes To Town 21/2/19
Today's Video Of The Day is Circu5 – the project of multi-instrumentalist Steve Tilling (TC&I) – which is now a full band and hitting the road in a series of shows. Joining Circu5 are Mark Kilminster (ex-Tin Spirits) on bass and vocals, drummer Greg Pringle (Roger Daltrey band) and Matt Backer (Julian Lennon) on guitar and vocals. Circu5 (pronounced 'circa five') debuts live at Fusion festival, The Civic, in Stourport on Sunday 24th March, followed by shows at The Fiddler's Elbow in London on Thursday 28th March (with IT and Tom Slatter), The Water Rats in London on Friday 14th June (with Mellotronanism) and The Cellar Bar in Devizes on Sunday 16th June. Their globally acclaimed debut Circu5 album was released in September 2017 with Steve performing almost all instrumental and vocal duties, with guest spots from musicians including Dave Gregory (Big Big Train, XTC) and Johnny Warman.
Slash At The Apollo Tonite 20/2/19
"The party is in full swing now and up next is Slash. I have to say the sound levels were beginning to bug everyone now and even the trademark Slash solos were a bit mute, especially in the first half of the set. However the roof came off – if there had been one of course – as he launched into 'Sweet Child of Mine', 'Slither' and 'Paradise City' – brilliant finale to the set. He doesn’t say much – he doesn’t need to!" That was part of our High Voltage take way back in July 2011 (pictured) and both Slash and Myles Kennedy return to London tonight with their Conspirators at the Eventim Apollo.
Electric Escape The Fate 20/2/19
Escape The Fate go blind dating in today's Video Of The Day for ‘Do You Love Me?’, taken from their sixth and latest album 'I Am Human', that sees an evolution of Escape The Fate’s sound which brings the band back to the excitement of their roots. The video comes just as the band wrap up their UK and European headline tour, celebrating the 10th anniversary of their breakthrough album 'This War Is Ours' - performing the album in its entirety at their final show at London’s Electric Ballroom tonight. 'This War Is Ours' was their debut record with vocalist Craig Mabbitt, and marked the beginning of a long-standing and remarkable journey for the band that’s seen them loved across the world. The tour was a huge success in Australia in 2018, so the band were ecstatic to be able to bring the celebration to fans at twenty-three venues across the UK and Europe.
"Lounge 666’s constricted environment limited the scope for Troy‘s trademark guitar theatricals, but it did facilitate interaction with the audience: Troy took full advantage by occasionally stepping right into the crowd, though how he found space to get through the tightly packed front rows is still beyond me! As always, Chip had entered the stage flamboyantly dressed, looking larger than life, with his big ass glasses and large cap."
Read the whole of Big Ian's Enuff Z'nuff + The Last Great Dreamers + Hellshed, Lounge 666, Camden, London, gig review from last Thursday here, plus check out our updated Photo Gallery here.
Empyre Strikes Back 19/2/19
Today's Video Of The Day is Empyre, who perform intense, atmospheric Rock, with a dark and introspective edge to their writing. In the words of BBC Introducing their music ranges from “Triumphant, chest beating Rock” to more subtle but just as arresting numbers inviting you to do the deepest of soul searching. This is a gritty, lyrically engaging and profound style of Rock music you have not heard before. Consisting of Henrik Steenholdt - vocals and guitar, Did Coles - lead guitar, Jack Bowles - drums and Grant Hockley - bass, they are on the road with Blackwater Conspiracy for three dates in early March, followed by a tour in May and June with Ryders Creed, The Rocket Dolls and Thirteen Stars.
Dan Burnett At TNMC Tonite 19/2/19
Today's Blues On The Radio Track Of The Day fits in music from Tedeschi Trucks Band, Rosie Flores, Black Cat Biscuit, Kenny Parker, Simon Kennedy, Ariel Posen, Blues Arcadia, Elles Bailey (pictured), The Blues Spiders, Wily Bo Walker, The Reverend Shawn Amos and Dan Burnett, ahead of his show at The Tuesday Night Music Club, The Comrades Club, Coulsdon CR5 2N tonight.
The Only Thing I Need 18/2/19
2017 WRC 'One's To Watch' award winners Stone Broken have released a brand new remixed version of ‘The Only Thing I Need’ - taken from their current studio album 'Ain’t Always Easy'. The track has been given a fresh arrangement by renowned UK engineer/producer Adrian Hall, who has previously worked with such artists as Alicia Keys, The Clash, Robbie Williams & Goldfrapp. For some, these deep winter months can be tough to take, but the band offer us a glimpse of brighter days in their heart-warming, nostalgia-inducing clip for the song - today's Video Of The Day. The Midlands quartet spent much of 2018 gigging hard, playing non-stop in the UK, Europe and the USA in support of 'Ain’t Always Easy', and 2019 sees them continuing down the live path, headlining sixteen dates across the UK and Ireland, including London's O2 Islington Academy this Friday with support from Those Damn Crows.
The Studio Collection - Remastered 18/2/19
Parlophone Records will continue their reissues series of the Iron Maiden catalogue with the second set of Digipak CD titles in 'The Studio Collection – Remastered', to be released on Friday 22nd March which includes 'Powerslave', 'Somewhere In Time', 'Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son' and 'No Prayer For The Dying'. Following on from 2014/2017’s black vinyl releases and 2015’s Mastered for iTunes project, 'The Studio Collection – Remastered' features recordings taken from the same remasters as the 2015 hi-res digital releases. The albums supersede the previously available studio catalogue and all titles will also be made available on streaming platforms. As a bonus for collectors, 'Somewhere In Time' will also be optionally available in a specially artworked box featuring a 1:24 scale figurine and exclusive patch.
Wired For Madness 18/2/19
Dream Theater’s Jordan Rudess will release his brand new spiralling and stunning solo album ‘Wired for Madness’ on Friday 19th April via Music Theories Recordings/Mascot Label Group. ‘Wired for Madness' bursts and flows forth with all of the drama, technique and melodicism that have become his musical hallmarks, the album also features the keyboard wizard handling many of the vocals. Renowned guests include drummer Marco Minnemann, Dream Theater frontman James LaBrie, guitarists Vinnie Moore, Guthrie Govan, Joe Bonamassa and John Petrucci. Anyway, check out today's Track Of The Day, the lyric video for 'Wired For Madness Pt 1.3'.
Kill Or Get Killed! 17/2/19
On Friday 8th March, a staple in the Hanseatic Metal-Institution, Iron Savior, will unleash their martial titled album 'Kill Or Get Killed!', with ten brand new killer songs, on an unsuspecting world. It was back in 1996 that multi-talented artist Piet Sielck, who made a mark among others as a guitarist and producer, first founded his solo project. The line-up carousel rotated steadily, but over the years, the band continuously and relentlessly released nine albums, a live CD/DVD and their best of 'Reforged: Riding The Fire'. Chart entries 'Titancraft' and 'Heavy Metal Never Dies' were indicative of the Hamburg based band - the capital of Teutonic Power Metal - with their classic, infectious Melodic Heavy Metal sound.
The New Normal 17/2/19
Last month saw the release of ’The New Normal’, the latest solo album by former Alice Cooper guitarist Kane Roberts. Not only does his former boss sing on the new single taken from it, ’Beginning Of The End’ (today's Track Of The Day), but Alissa White-Gluz of Arch Enemy also joins in the fun…. and they both co-star with Roberts in the song's cinematic video. The mini–action movie sees the trio wreaking all sorts of havoc together while singing the propulsive cut. Of all the iconic 1980’s Rock ’N’ Roll in concert images, one of the most memorable is Alice Cooper’s Rambo-alike guitarist and his M-60 machine gun guitar. That musician is Roberts, an accomplished writer and singer in his own right, who went on to record four solo albums (including the ‘Phoenix Down’ project released via Frontiers Music in the late 90’s). ‘The New Normal’ re-introduces a unique artist ready to return to the spotlight. Melding the old and new in Metal on an outstanding album, it is not to be missed.
No Soul/No Control 17/2/19
The "Queen of Rock 'N' Roll" Suzi Quatro released her first new single and video for the song 'No Soul/No Control' last Friday - today's Video Of The Day! The song is taken from her forthcoming studio album 'No Control' due to be released on Friday 29th March on SPV/Steamhammer. The American musician has been in the music business for more than 50 years, delivering her greatest hits such as ‘Can The Can’, ‘48 Crash’, ‘If You Can't Give Me Love’, 'She's In Love With You' and ‘Devil Gate Drive’ with unbridled energy. Suzi has recorded eleven new songs (plus two bonus tracks) on her new album, of which she plans to debut a couple of tracks amongst her greatest hits during her major UK/Australian/European tour this year including London's Wembley SSE Arena on Thursday 11th April.