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First up, let’s manage our expectations: this is Steel Panther, the cock-rock resurrectionists, doing a live acoustic set and it is no MTV Unplugged in New York, an album that still, after 20 years, sets the...

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Album Review: Steve Mason – Meet The Humans

February 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

A tendency to eclecticism and experimentation is a double-edged sword for a musician, when it works it is nothing short of astounding, but when it doesn’t, the results end up confused and confusing.  Steve Mason...

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Album Review: Rick Springfield – Rocket Science

February 19, 2016 | 1 Comments

Country music seems to be the flavour of the month at the moment with every artist and their dog, from pop stalwart Cyndi Lauper to rock legend Steven Tyler, going country.  80’s power pop pinup...

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Album Review: Josef Salvat – Night Swim

February 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

If you have ever wondered what music a law student finishing their studies abroad would make, the Australian born and London based Josef Salvat may have the answer for you.  Salvat has proved to be...

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Depending on which story you choose to believe, American singer-songwriter Jake Smith took the stage name The White Buffalo either because it had the sound of the mystical about it – The White Buffalo being...

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Most bands work a crowd through some form of blatant interaction: eliciting call and response; shouting “Come on!  Get up!” or some such; waving their arms about like deranged puppet-masters; or appealing to ego by...

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The Long Way Home is the 15th studio album from Steve Knightley and Phil Beer, the English roots and folk duo who have performed under the name Show of Hands for 25 years. 25 years and...

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EP Review: Nina Nesbitt – Modern Love

February 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

‘I’m just chewing gum/until the flavour’s gone’ and, when three of the five songs are versions of the same track, the flavour is gone by the time one reaches the end of Modern Love.  The...

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Interstate (Highway) 20, running 1500 miles across the American south from Texas to South Carolina, clearly means something to Lucinda Williams. Not only has she named her record label for it, Highway 20 Records, but it...

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EP Review: Massive Attack – Ritual Spirit

February 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

A place for everything and everything in its place seems as good a way as any to sum up Ritual Spirit, Massive Attack’s new 4 track EP. Lasting a mere 17 minutes, Ritual Spirit is...

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Album Review: Stevie McCrorie – Big World

February 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

Stevie McCrorie is the acoustic-guitar wielding, firefighting, Scottish singer-songwriter who won the 2015 season of ‘The Voice UK’.  If, knowing this, you think you know all you need to about McCrorie’s first major label release,...

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Let’s get a couple of things out of the way: yes, this is Steven “dude-looks-like-a-lady” Tyler; yes, the guy from Aerosmith; yes, this is a country-rock song.  A very American country-rock song, and Tyler has...

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