Meet The Band: The Maine

THE Maine are an American rock band from Tempe, Arizona. In their eight years together, John O’Callaghan, Pat Kirch, Kennedy Brock, Garrett Nickelsen, and Jared Monaco have released five full-length albums, including their major label debut Black & White in 2010. The band expanded their musical realm into production which resulted in their fourth EPContinue reading “Meet The Band: The Maine”

Meet The Band: Nahko and Medicine For The People

American word-of-mouth sensations Nahko and Medicine For The People are currently making a brief tour of the UK with a series of shows which culminates with a gig at Bristol’s Fleece on January 24. Nahko and Medicine for the People already have a Top Ten hit to their name in both the Billboard Top AlternativeContinue reading “Meet The Band: Nahko and Medicine For The People”

Meet The Band: Eliza And The Bear

‘It Gets Cold, in the night, I’m on my way, I’m on my way back home’ sings Eliza and the Bear front-man James Kellegher with a hopeful urgency on the band’s latest single. It Gets Cold. Already a fan-favourite at the band’s jubilant live shows, It Gets Cold is a rousing demonstration of what theyContinue reading “Meet The Band: Eliza And The Bear”

David Bowie Remembered

Andy Howells recalls the work of David Bowie who died earlier this week. Inspiring, innovative, extraordinary, genius, artist. All words used to describe David Bowie in the endless tributes that were written about him as news of his death reached the internet and social media earlier this week. The word artist, I feel, is veryContinue reading “David Bowie Remembered”

Albums By Martyn Joseph, Jon Langford and Jools Holland & Ruby Turner Reviewed

Martyn Joseph – Sanctuary (Pipe Records) Sanctuary is Welsh singer-songwriter Martyn Joseph’s twenty-first studio release in a prolific career spanning four decades. Here Joseph is reunited with Ben Wisch, the three time Grammy Award-winning producer who helmed 1992’s Being There. When the two originally got together, Joseph had signed to Sony Records and Wisch hadContinue reading “Albums By Martyn Joseph, Jon Langford and Jools Holland & Ruby Turner Reviewed”

Jamie Lawson Discusses Touring and His New Album

On the back of the release of his self-titled album, British singer-songwriter Jamie Lawson is begins touring the UK this week and will play a date at Bristol Academy on January 16. Last year, Jamie was unveiled as the first ever signing to multi-platinum, international superstar Ed Sheeran’s own label Gingerbread Man Records. Enigmatic andContinue reading “Jamie Lawson Discusses Touring and His New Album”

CD Review: The Complete Them 1964-67

Much is often made of Van Morrison’s solo years, so a 3 CD revisit of his earlier material with Them recorded between 1964 and 1967 is extremely welcome. Taking their name from a 1954 sci-fi movie, Them recorded their debut single for Decca Records in July 1964, only months after making their debut at Belfast’sContinue reading “CD Review: The Complete Them 1964-67”

Christmas Albums 2015 Reviewed

A Classic Christmas – Blake It has to be said that Blake, the classically trained vocal trio, have really captured the spirit of Christmas with their uplifting Classic Christmas album. Besides their irresistible pairing with Dame Shirley Bassey on The Christmas Song, the warm seasonal glow of jazz fusion continues  on fresh interpretations of tracks such as Bing Crosby’s ItsContinue reading “Christmas Albums 2015 Reviewed”

In Concert: Jools Holland and The Rhythm N Blues Orchestra, Cardiff Motorpoint Arena

The audience at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena were literally bristling with excitement on Saturday evening as fans took their seats to witness the penultimate date in Jools Holland and His Rhythm N Blues Orchestra’s current tour. Rhythm and Blues Orchestra guitarist Mark Flanagan  provided opening duties playing a brief set comprising of Americana and acoustic stylisedContinue reading “In Concert: Jools Holland and The Rhythm N Blues Orchestra, Cardiff Motorpoint Arena”

CD Review: Frank Sinatra: A Voice On Air 1935-55

You can’t rewrite history or can you? Most people remember Frank Sinatra these days for his slick performances in the 50s and 60s, the voice of the 20th century, the leader of The Clan (now commonly referred to as The Rat Pack) and the movie star. Frequently overlooked are his early years, a good twoContinue reading “CD Review: Frank Sinatra: A Voice On Air 1935-55”

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