Tag: rock

The Matinee December 8th

The Matinee December 8th

Whether you want to dance of have a song that allows you to lay back and stare at the stars, The Matinee December 8th is the ticket for you. The mini-playlist once again features nine songs that will get you ready for the weekend. This is also the last The Matinee of 2017, and we’ll be back on January 8th. […]

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John Jacob Magistery

John Jacob Magistery perform Harmoney at Cafe Dekcuf

John Jacob Magistery first came to our attention in 2016 when they impressed us during a late-night set at The Rainbow. Their engaging lyrics and bursts of spontaneous energy on stage made them an obvious recommendation as a band to catch later that year at CityFolk Festival. The Montreal natives recently completed an EP, Harmoney, prompting a return visit to […]

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Pissed Jeans – Electric Ballroom, London (photo review)

Pissed Jeans – Electric Ballroom, London (photo review)

A night of three faces of punk rock at Camden’s Electric Ballroom – from the haven of grunge punk to full on hardcore punk-rock with a diversion through the weird and wonderful, too. Saturday night in the heart of trendy North London could never be called dull. Scrap Brain DEMO by SCRAP BRAIN DIY grunge punks. Why write songs that […]

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The Academic – Live at Dingwalls, London (photo essay)

The Academic – Live at Dingwalls, London (photo essay)

The Academic The Academic. Remember that name because I think you’ll be hearing a lot more from them next year (and we’ve already covered their music for some time). The fantastic Irish indie band performed the perfect set on Wednesday evening at Dingwalls in Camden, London. Opening with their latest single “Permanent Vacation”, they had the busy crowd singing along […]

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Lahayna – ‘Lahayna’ (album review)

Lahayna – ‘Lahayna’ (album review)

It’s rare to find a band that hits its stride immediately, which is what Lahayna accomplished with their debut single, “In the City”, back in 2007, achieving UK music history by reaching #33 in the Official UK Singles Chart, despite being unsigned and with no radio airplay or industry support. The band’s bassist, Chris Church, explains: “We built a dedicated […]

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Alert The Medic

Alert the Medic : Sick fun at the House of Targ

Alert the Medic formed in Nova Scotia in 2006 and wasted no time in releasing their self-titled debut album later that same year. Soon after refining their lineup and sound, the band gained recognition with multiple nominations at the 2008 East Coast Music Awards. Their follow-up album in 2009,called We, the Weapon,  spawned four radio-played singles. Last month, they released their […]

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October Drift – The Lexington, London (photo review)

October Drift – The Lexington, London (photo review)

In the Summer, I got some business cards printed. I had to choose 10 photos from the 1000s I’ve taken to go on the back of them. One of those had to be October Drift. I “discovered” October Drift playing a support slot for Echobelly in June. I was one of only two photographers who had turned up early and […]

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Racing at Meow, Wellington

Racing electrify Meow in Wellington (photo essay)

On Saturday night, Auckland-based Racing brought their The Bass EP tour to Wellington’s Meow. It was the last stop of the band’s cross-country tour, and the quartet didn’t hold anything back, playing for nearly 90 minutes. Before describing the band’s music and show, it is important to describe Ed Knowles’ presence. Imagine for a moment that Dr. Frankenstein was tasked […]

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Barns Courtney – LP release gig – Dingwall’s, London (photo review)

Barns Courtney – LP release gig – Dingwall’s, London (photo review)

Barns Courtney released his new LP today and celebrated by playing an intimate gig to a room full of adoring fans. Dingwall’s is a basement space in a red brick warehouse in the heart of Camden Market in London. While I was waiting for the support band, a 19-year old actor asked me about my camera and what I’d recommend. […]

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The Matinee September 28th

The Matinee September 28th

Rock. That’s pretty much what you will find on The Matinee September 28th edition. There’s no electro- or synth-pop, no indietronica, and not even indie-pop. Every single song today is guitar-driven. Seven of the songs are outright rockers and only two could be considered “pop-rock”. There’s also a huge European flavor, particularly from the UK, on the mini-playlist because, let’s […]

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Bite the Buffalo

Bite the Buffalo ‘Big Blind’ LP gig – Cargo, London (photo review)

Back in London’s Shoreditch. This time to Cargo for the LP launch event for Bite the Buffalo’s, Big Blind. Cargo is a venue set in three Victorian red brick railway arches. Previously a train workshop, the ghosts of its engineers still inhabit the vaulted halls, as does an actual stuffed lion in one of the bars. Tonight Bite the Buffalo […]

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METZ’s Faustian ‘Strange Peace’ (album review)

METZ’s Faustian ‘Strange Peace’ (album review)

“I am part of that power which eternally wills evil and eternally works good.” ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, ‘Faust: First Part’ In his classic tale, Faust, German writer Goethe tells the story of a scholar who, unhappy with his life, makes a deal with the devil. He exchanges his soul in return for unlimited knowledge and pleasure. Faust uses these […]

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Fluffer Pit Parties – Japandroids, Bad Breeding, and Yowl (photo essay)

Fluffer Pit Parties – Japandroids, Bad Breeding, and Yowl (photo essay)

My first visit to the Fluffer Pit Party series held in downtown Dalston, home to the hipsters who can’t afford to live in London’s Hoxton. Tonight’s trio of dynamic bands took to the in-the-round stage aiming to raise the temperature of the room to boiling. I was expecting a mosh pit to end all mosh pits as I walked into […]

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Blake Berglund – ‘Realms’ (album premiere)

Making music is tough. Selling music is even tougher, so when you hear of an artist who pounded the streets to sell his CDs door-to-door, you know you’ve found someone with a passion to share their sounds. Blake Berglund is just such an artist, using the opportunity to talk with people about music while bringing in money to move his […]

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Thunder on the Left

Thunder on the Left at Fiddler’s Elbow, London (photo essay)

I was in Camden to shoot The Family Jools‘ publicity pics – the usual photos of a group of lads standing about in front of urban decay. The band was also playing at End of the Trail Records‘ showcase event on August 17th, so I thought I would drop in to see what else was on offer. Apart from Jools’ slick […]

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The Matinee August 18th

The Matinee August 18th

As usual, there is a bit of everything on our daily playlists, and The Matinee August 18th edition is no exception. One thing we always search for are songs that not only sound great but have a personal message or captivating story to tell. Substance over style as they say, but it’s great when a song has both. Well, all […]

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Standon Calling 2017 – photo review

Standon Calling 2017 – photo review

Standon Calling Festival in Hertfordshire (UK) took place over three rainy days in July. The festival, in its 12th year, feels like a family-friendly country fair that got a bit out of hand, with dog shows, fancy dress competitions, drag acts, and a swimming pool included. Oh and some music. Here are some of my music highlights from Saturday and […]

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Community Festival, London – Part 2 (photo essay)

Community Festival, London – Part 2 (photo essay)

So you’ve seen who played at the Community Festival’s N4 stage in our previous entry. Here’s a flavour of what went on in front of a very packed Main Stage. Red Faces     Four lively looking lads from Sheffield playing in front of a massive band banner as the opener for the main stage. Kicking songs that appeal to […]

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Delve into Algiers’ fiery ‘The Underside of Power’ (album review)

Delve into Algiers’ fiery ‘The Underside of Power’ (album review)

Two years ago, Algiers announced themselves to the world with their raw but fiery debut album. Algiers introduced us to the intercontinental band’s kaleidoscopic sound that was unlike anything released that year or even in this decade. Elements of gospel, soul, post-punk, New Wave, blues, and indie rock were masterfully blended into a maelstrom of combustible sonic energy. Algiers’ brilliance […]

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London Live Music Roundup – June 10th to June 20th

London Live Music Roundup – June 10th to June 20th

London’s live music scene is thriving. Our photographers in London continue to get out to some of the best gigs in the capital, and here’s a round up of a few that Marcus and Paul got to in the last week.   The Wedding Present – Saturday 10th June – Roundhouse, Camden   Perennial jangle pop-rock, indie boys play their […]

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