Tag: rock

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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© Chris Graham Photo 2016

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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The Matinee June 22nd

The Matinee June 22nd

We’ve truly gone around the world with today’s new music selections. The Matinee June 22nd spans four continents and seven countries. Three songs are a couple of weeks old, and we’re wondering how the heck we missed them! Fortunately, they’re still fresh and worthy of being heard for weeks, if not months, on end. A. Sinclair – “Just Remind Me” […]

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The Matinee June 20th

The Matinee June 20th

We have some delightful new music on The Matinee June 20th edition. We range across eras and genres and visit a few countries to put today’s list together. Some of the songs are perfect summer tunes while others may remind you of autumn. Sit back, relax, and enjoy today’s sonic selection. Crepes – “Sexyland” (Melbourne, Australia) RIYL: Dick Diver, Ariel […]

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High Wire Brigade at Thousand Island, Islington (photo essay)

High Wire Brigade at Thousand Island, Islington (photo essay)

Hertfordshire-based High Wire Brigade let their music do the talking on Friday night, as they hammered through song after song to get the crowd going in the futuristic looking Thousand Island. A thirty minute slot didn’t give much time, but the songs were mostly quick, punchy and loud! The four-piece garage band were clearly well drilled, got the few words […]

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The Darts – Finsbury Pub, London (photo essay)

The Darts – Finsbury Pub, London (photo essay)

The Darts made a rare appearance in London on 24 May at the small Finsbury Pub venue in North London – the perfect place to warm up for a European tour. On this night, they were supported by The Priscillas and Suicide Generation, who are both on London’s Dirty Water Records, who’s motto is the appropriate “Taking Music Backwards into Tomorrow”. […]

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The Balconies

The Balconies Bring it Back to the Black Sheep Inn (photo essay)

Despite recommending The Balconies at Canadian Music Week, sadly I was unable to make their performance due to logistics. It took me just over a month, but on the weekend I was able to correct that oversight. The Balconies were formed in Ottawa before relocating to Toronto, so they retain a very faithful following in the area. According to frontwoman […]

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