Month: December 2016

There is Justice.

by Rob Jones Justice return with Woman and album number three is more in tune with their great Cross debut. The French duo tie up their prog tendencies with dance allegiances and create a kaleidoscope of colourful ryhtms . After the momentum of the fresher release its follow up Audio, Video, Disco was a major dispointment as the serious rock angle took hold of the ability to structure a quality song. There was too much pretence and not enough prowess. However, the new work is far more structured and solid. On occasions the fresh fare displays an ostentatious, over the top sheen. However, its internal components ensure that there is enough Midas present and the sonic ship keeps on course. Unfortunately, the world of X-Factor wannabees and why bother nobodies can occupy the singles charts when the likes of Safe and Sound, Randy, Alakazam! and Fire should be riding high and then rocketing the current Justice long player on to further glory. Throughout the years we have been inundated with a whole host of musical scenes and sub genres. Rock, disco, Post Punk, new romantic, acid house, Britpop and electro are but several, but the list goes on! However, with all of these categories and many more plus more freedom to boundary break the 2016 pigeonholing of certain acts is difficult. Justuce drop in to a number of aural...

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Spanish Bombs.

by Rob Jones Joe Strummer is a legend and leader with a charismatic core that attracted a whole host of characters from around the globe. The humungous downside to the tale is that Strummer born in 1952 sadly departed this mortal coil in 2002. However, in his 50 years Joe through hook or by crook entered in to an array of adventures that would equate to a life of many more than the total he scored. On such episode is recorded on the DVD I need A Dodge: Joe Strummer on the Run and this 67 minute escapade had our hero fleeing the UK after the final version of The Clash had reached its demise. The bandit decided to camp in a favoured corner of Spain where he made his impact with Local rock n rol troubadours as he and a number of his compadres hunt out his favoured automobile that has gone AWOL. This documentary-movie throws up an array of incidents that make for sub plots and as a baby is on the way it means even more intrigue. Strummer was known to seek new pastures rather than take as bullet and even during the time it The Clash he headed off to Paris without informing his associates. It is not that he was a quitter but when he felt that the pressures of fame and his immediate...

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COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS.

NEW ALBUM ‘HONEST LIFE’ OUT 20 JANUARY 2017 FEBRUARY UK TOUR  LISTEN TO ‘HOW QUICKLY YOUR HEART MENDS‘ “while she keeps company with some wonderful contemporary artists Andrews channels classic icons beautifully” –  NPR “Andrews matches her sparkling voice with honeyed generally somber folk/country that when matched with often melancholy lyrics will give you shivers” – AMERICAN SONGWRITER “a phenomenal songwriter” – RYAN ADAMS COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS is delighted to announce her new album ‘Honest Life’, plus a series of UK shows in 2017. Perhaps currently best known for being Damien Jurado’s lead guitarist, Courtney Marie Andrews has been...

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CHRISTINE AND THE QUEENS.

By Rob Jones ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE OF THE DELUXE RE-PACKAGE OF BREAK-THROUGH ALBUM ‘CHALEUR HUMAINE’. Christine And The Queens release the deluxe version of the smash hit, breakthrough album Chaleur Humaine, with six bonus tracks available digitally and the full physical deluxe, containing bonus tracks and a live DVD filmed at the Zenith Arena in Lille. Chaleur Humaine has already spent a whopping ten weeks in the top ten of the UK album chart, peaking at #2, #1 on iTunes and #1 on Amazon Music and was recently certified Gold (with 130,000 units now sold) in this country. Christine is without doubt the breakthrough story of this year – winning Independent Breakthrough Of The Year at the AIM Awards, selling out yet another UK tour this November including two Brixton Academy shows as well as Manchester and Glasgow. She recently featured on the cover of TIME Magazine as a ‘Next Generation Leader’ and the Observer Music Magazine and is nominated for Best Breakthrough and Best Album at this year’s Q Awards. Unparalleled media support for Christine and Chaleur Humaine continues across Radio 1, Radio 2, Capital FM, BBC 6 Music, Virgin Radio, Kiss FM and Bauer Network with appearances on Jools Holland, Graham Norton, Channel 4 News and BBC’s The One Show. Christine and the Queens is Nantes-born Héloïse Letissier. Moving to London to study in 2010, Letissier instead...

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Iggy and The Stooges.

by Rob Jones Gimme Danger is a Jim Jarmusch production and a residency at The Chapter Arts Theatre has proven to be fruitful for a number of audiences. The movie unleashes the beast that is Iggy Pop and The Stooges and the narrative heads through the annuls of an action packed tale. Easily the most potent pop product of its era bit the backside of the banal with a Search and Destroy mantra . The sonic scene of the late 60’s and early 70’s was given a major shake up with the arrival a feral force whose influence has...

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