Tom Baxter’s 2018 LP and Tour

  Jim James New Solo Release

  Snow Patrol Is Back!

  Ray LaMontagne Live

  Satriani’s G3 Live

  Frank Turner LP, Tour & Single

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  Anna Burch 1st LP & UK Tour

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  Two New Must-Have Albums

  Hampton Court June Festival

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  Jennifer Warnes New Album

  Halo Maud, Baxter Dury Live

  Matthew Logan Vasquez Live

  The Barr Brothers Live

  Best New Album Reviews

  Download 2018 So Far…

  Glen Hansard Album Review

  My Best Albums of 2017

  Emily Barker Live in Manchester

  Katey Brooks New Single/Album

  Jim White Live in Manchester

  Album Of The Year?

  Tori Amos Live

  Bush & RavenEye Live

  Nitin Sawhney New Live LP

  Jeff Lynne’s ELO Live CD/DVD

  Grandaddy Live

  George Vjestica’s Bandante

  Laura Marling Live

  Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes

  Martha Wainwright Live

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  Dan Patlansky Live Blues

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  Wolfmother Live

  Ludovico Einaudi Live

  Barry Adamson Live Manchester

  Jess Glynne Live

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  Mercury Rev Live

Two New Must-Have Albums

Will Varley SPIRIT OF MINNIE. Xtra Mile Recordings
In March 2015 Will Varley walked out on stage at the Royal Albert Hall, shortly after signing a record deal with independent music champions Xtra Mile Recordings. His last album POSTCARDS FROM URSA MINOR was received extensive national airplay, with The Independent describing it as “A gem of a [...]

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Best New Album Reviews

The Lovely Eggs THIS IS EGGLAND. Egg
The album was self-recorded at Lancasters Musician’s Co-op (a non-profit making recording studio and rehearsal rooms, where Holly Ross and David Blackwell - The Lovely Eggs - met and where David works.
It was also recorded at the Eggs’ own house, while their three-year-old son was in bed. Recordings were [...]

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Glen Hansard Album Review

Glen Hansard BETWEEN TWO SHORES. Anti-
“The song ‘Setting Forth’ became the catalyst for the direction Hansard hoped to achieve with BETWEEN TWO SHORES. Recorded with drummer Brian Blade and members of his Fellowship Band the song tackles themes of self-doubt in a time when it’s impossible not to be riddled with uncertainty.”
BETWEEN TWO SHORES features [...]

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My Best Albums of 2017

I cannot remember a worse year. The BBC continues to increase its dominance and influence in UK’s music industry and on public tastes. This (wholly publicly funded) corporation now even has its own annual music awards featuring, of course, the music its committees choose to playlist on their mainstream stations, to the exclusion of most [...]

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Album Reviews

Joseph Parsons THE FIELD THE FOREST. Meer Music/Blue Rose Records
THE FIELD THE FOREST is a double EP package that focuses on two distinctive writing styles of Joseph Parsons. ‘The Field’ carries a lighter meditation on redemption & relationships. ‘The Forest’ is an adventurous, heavier rock toned EP that delves into topics of mortality, war and [...]

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Americana Reviews

The Barr Brothers QUEENS OF THE BREAKERS. Secret City
“The opening song starts with a drum pattern that mimics the sound of two heartbeats out of sync. It was written by Andrew Barr while holding the hand of a loved one in hospital, where he heard two EKG machines beating slowly in and out of time [...]

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