#Hotpicks video: ‘Shame On You’ by Bang Bang Romeo

#Hotpicks video: ‘Shame On You’ by Bang Bang Romeo

Easily one of July's tunes of the month; 'Shame On You' 'Shame On You' newly released by BANG BANG ROMEO (Five Seven) is a perfect slice of rocking, pop anthem power that sexily transcends dance floors, parties and festival fields alike. The band (photographed, above, by Ellie Mitchell) have developed organically, especially in the last few years. The seeds of their talent and dedication are starting to blossom in these firm foundations via a growing series of landmark moments which include launches for Pirate Studios, NME and Music Venue Trust, and even a nod from NASA! 2018 is THE year though; world wide record deal, L.A. adventures, even an appearance on News At Ten. The Yorkshire outfit are definitely in the vanguard of the newer wave future heritage ones to watch.  BBR go beyond being glamourously…
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19th July will be pure GOLD in London

19th July will be pure GOLD in London

Ripple Red Presents… GOLD Celebrating a year like no other with Goldsmiths at Amersham Arms (opposite New Cross Station).  Ripple Red have partnered up with Goldsmiths’ Music to host a huge graduation party.  WHAT a way to round off an incredible year. There's (recommended) live MUSIC from Little Grim, The Paisley Daze, Mathilde Bataille and Funeral For Bird, as well as a host of art exhibitors and DJs.  Thursday 19th July is  a chance to celebrate a variety show of new talent. Tickets are just £2 in advance or £4 on the door.  Psst! It's £2 O.T.D. with Goldsmith's Music Society I.D! Entry includes the above mentioned live shows, access to the upstairs ART exhibition curated by James Etherington plus DANCING to DJ sets from Goldsmiths' own Nick Babić and Ashley Sebastian, at the after party til 3am #MusicTourism: 24 hr buses stop outside and…
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The Anchoress and Manic Street Preachers at Meltdown 2018

The Anchoress and Manic Street Preachers at Meltdown 2018

Meltdown at the Royal Festival Hall is always a much-anticipated event, with past luminaries such as David Bowie and Yoko Ono curating the ten day festival of music on London’s South Bank.  This year is no exception, the legendary Robert Smith of The Cure is at the helm and has created a series of sell-out gigs, including Placebo, My Bloody Valentine and Nine Inch Nails. Tonight’s show will see the Manic Street Preachers take to the stage, but first, the incredibly talented Catherine AD – The Anchoress – and her band play their first gig of 2018 to an appreciative crowd. Catherine has become a familiar face to Manics fans, a fabulous rendition of Little Baby Nothing at the Eden Project in 2016 (as reported in the Zine UK) led to…
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#Patstonbury, 17 August in Tunbridge Wells

#Patstonbury, 17 August in Tunbridge Wells

#Patstonbury A night of music and frivolity TUNBRIDGE WELLS FORUM Friday 17 August in support of our friend, Pat Pope.  Tickets are £10 each, and on sale now via http://bit.ly/patstonbury Known for his amazing photography work (and sense of humour), Pat Pope had a massive stroke recently. He  was saved by an immediate operation, and is coming on well, but it’s going to be a long recovery.  His family have started a Go Fund Me campaign https://www.gofundme.com/patpope This is to raise money for his care going forward.  There is a lot of love, fondness and respect for Pat in the British music industry, and beyond, so there had to be a convention of like minded care. There will also  be the above mentioned fund raising event. You don't need to have known Pat personally to attend. I…
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Panic! At The Disco – ‘Pray For The Wicked’ – album review

Panic! At The Disco – ‘Pray For The Wicked’ – album review

If you think back to 2004 - in particular, my age group as we were teenagers then - we were introduced to a burst of new talent from the record label Fueled by Ramen.  This label has actually been around since 1996, but 2004 was when they found the winning formula. With bands like Gym Class Heroes, Cute Is What We Aim For and The Academy Is... , there was something for everyone (whether you classed yourself in a certain 'group' associated with fashion, or people assumed you were part of one by what you wore).  Fourteen years on, and much has changed, though there are three bands that have managed to survive life's lessons: Paramore, Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco. The latter coming from Las Vegas, Nevada, same…
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Kristin Hersh at Meltdown 2018

Kristin Hersh at Meltdown 2018

"‘This is a lullaby," Kristin Hersh tells the sold-out audience at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, ‘It’s about a guy who gets drunk and kills his girlfriend’, she pauses, smiles, ‘You’re welcome’. She strums the opening chords to her version of the traditional folk song 'Cuckoo', one of the tracks from her timeless debut solo album 'Hips and Makers' which was released way back in 1994.  The sound builds as she is joined by cellist Martin McCarrick, and the rich tones fill the newly-refurbished concert hall. Kristin’s voice has a folky purity and sweetness one moment, with a gritty and dramatic twist the next, drawing us in to the stories her lyrics tell.  Writing songs since the 80’s with her bands Throwing Muses and 50foot Wave, as well as her solo albums, Kristin has a huge back…
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Exclusive in depth Interview – Ben Caplan talks to TheZineUK

Exclusive in depth Interview – Ben Caplan talks to TheZineUK

With a string of awards and nominations to his name as long as his trademark mane-like beard, Ben Caplan’s much-awaited third studio album ‘Old Stock’ is out this week and sees a change in direction from his usual growly songwriting folk & blues to a body of work taken from, and inspired by, his hit off-Broadway play ‘Old Stock; A Refugee Love Story’. In this exclusive long-read interview, the Canadian troubadour reveals the light and shade of an active erudite mind, toiling with historic and modern day humanitarian, political and cultural issues. Listen to Ben Caplan on Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5eKwTB9ociIYxmAsVR0kXp TheZineUK :  In comparison with your previous work, ‘Old Stock’ seems more unabashedly topical and political. What’s brought this transition about? Would it be fair to say we are listening to…
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This Feeling TV – Now We Are 6!

This Feeling TV – Now We Are 6!

Coming soon to a screen near you, Red Stripe presents This Feeling TV episode 6.  Miles Kane and celebrity TV presenter Laura Whitmore join the show's host Gordon Smart of Radio X, for the TFTV's informal and revealing conversations.  By demand, Tom Grennan, who appeared on the first show, is joined in live performance, by Sophie and the Giants (recently on tour with Trampolene). We are super excited that The Surrenders hit this episode, it's been a pleasure watching the bluesy rockers bloom in front of our very eyes at a series of events over the last year or so.  With a dearth of music TV in the 21st century (is rock and roll BANNED from day time viewing, or something?), TFTV has been a saviour and an eye/ear opener, simultaneously. Thank feck Red Stripe and This Feeling are here to bring alternative rock…
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Get Ready to DROOL!

Get Ready to DROOL!

Singer/Writer, Joey Rogers and Drummer, Martin Söderin (formerly of VANT), struck up a serendipitous conversation in an East End café. Having known each other for five minutes they decided to form a band and get Louis Greenway (Guitarist) and Joe Bennison (Bass Guitarist) to complete the line up. Bang. DROOL. This evocative alternative rock quartet, deftly mix 80’s post-punk, 90’s grunge and 60’s melodic structures. That creates a unique sense of simultaneous familiarity and originality.  DROOL's sound may span and fuse decades, deriving from their love of Joy Division, Buzzcocks, Pixies, Nirvana and the post garage revival of The Vines and The Strokes. Yet it manages to sound new and fresh.  That rapid band formation only happened in new year 2018, but reactions are just as instant, and DROOL are already pricking up ears. Reputation has earned the band a show at a couple…
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Our Newer Wave Music Industry Future

Our Newer Wave Music Industry Future

In Britain, Crime "governs" but Grime rules.  The rock'n'roll underground add to the DIY power with a new vision of music  industrious passion creating new possibilities in Entertainment, Economy, Education and Social Collusion. While the Hate Island of Hostile Tory Brexitannia obsesses over the self obsessed on Love Island, there is additional fun to be had in the small venues that the Vulture Culture of gentrification are killing off. This week feels like the next step - away from dystopia to far from utopia, but definitely and positively something else. Example. One year ago, our story didn't contain Modern Age Music, Kick Out The Jams and Benumu.  One month ago all three repped with official events at The Great Escape Festival's awesome Alt Escape.  There were so many mover shaker faces packing their events. …
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Wake Up to WHERE WE SLEEP!

Wake Up to WHERE WE SLEEP!

Veins' and 'Crawl' - the self created and unleashed debut single by Where We Sleep emits delicious dark waves of futuristic pop.Coming on with a thrusting beat like 1980s Duran Duran gyrating on a pole with Lady Gaga, 'Veins' is warm colours in sound and vocals over a driving groove.  Brief, bold, very now, and hooky with the potential for a clubtastic remix.'Crawl' conjures up an ice-age-bringing star ship landing, then a parade of magnificent aliens cat walking down the ramp into battle. An industrial game of throned ambience pervades this song and fires up imagination.Conjured fantasy aside, this multi faceted single is a superb, doubled edged slice of electro; alt pop with dream-scaped imagination boosts.  It sometimes feels imagined that the last few years have been building up to 2018's wealth of great new music. What a time…
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Elly takes Camden Rocks…

Elly takes Camden Rocks…

Camden Rocks. A day of music, mates and surprisingly some great weather! It was also a day that was so successful, that the festival next year shall be over two days (1st-2nd June) instead of just one.  During the day, punters walked far and wide through Camden, discovering hidden gems of venues and bands that were soon to become their new favourites. As there were over 200 bands playing on a variety of stages throughout London's NW1 postcode, a very useful schedule with stage times was provided prior to the festival.  On the day, a free program could be picked up that contained a ‘clash finder timetable’ and a map, meaning that any fears of not being able to figure out where to go were demolished .Although for the majority…
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Lily Allen has got ‘No Shame’

Lily Allen has got ‘No Shame’

The lady that has no apologies, about being blunt and straight to the point, is back with a bang.  Lily Allen's 4th album, "No Shame", is a refreshing album, where a woman speaks her mind, and not giving two hoots about those that can't bear to hear the truth.  The first track "Come On Then" epitomises that; the song is about telling a person to look at their own bullshit first, not throwing stones when one lives in a glass palace themselves. It's about the power of the individual becoming toxic; before physically asking a person for the facts, some would rather listen to hearsay, read posts online and make a biased judgment that they pass off as facts, which in some ways is a projection or distraction from the…
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Masked Ball – Quaint But Not For The Faint

Masked Ball – Quaint But Not For The Faint

Masked Ball Festival, Porthleven, Cornwall, 25-27th May Bank Holiday Weekend, 2018.  "arguably one of the most debauched, friendly and energetic small festivals in Europe" Pictures, report and interview with the event's organisation, oh, and The Halloween Masked Ball is coming! Now in its eleventh year, the lesser-known Cornish ‘Masked Ball’  continues to punch well above its weight. An inclusive party atmosphere permeates the entire weekend, and one can’t help but be seduced by this beautiful clifftop backdrop in the picturesque port town of Porthleven.   Frequented predominantly by its dedicated ‘Ballers’ – a mix of locals and Cornwall’s seemingly most up for it revellers, the Masked Ball, so we’re about to learn, is arguably one of the most debauched, friendly and energetic small music festivals in Europe. Immediately clear is the monumental effort…
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This Feeling x IoW, rock n roll’s love island returns

This Feeling x IoW, rock n roll’s love island returns

This Feeling Stage with Pirate Studios and Pretty Green at Isle Of Wight 50th Anniversary Full line up and stage times to catch future headline names at close range Tho it's Britain, HQ of welly-wearing, the weather forecast for the weekend is sunny and cloudy with no rain i.e. perfectly festive! Please note that #IoW50 weekend tickets are all now sold out. Last day tickets are here. The London launch at Camden Monarch was a perfect taster for the weekend. Fast rising stars, gin specials and an extra shot of much needed love and fun with creative mover shakers. We spotted various Sisteray, Some Might Say, Benumu, Couples and more friends in the mix, as well as a healthy dose of Zeenagers down the front. Twist and shout video; 'Everyone Is Dead' by The Velvet Hands includes a cameo from Alan…
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Boy Azooga live at Rough Trade

Boy Azooga live at Rough Trade

Rough Trade East, Friday 8th June 2018 ‘This is the coolest place we’ve ever played’ says a grinning Davey Newington, singer, guitarist, songwriter and driving force of Boy Azooga, ‘And it’s making US look cool ‘. Well, the Rough Trade East shop definitely IS a cool venue, and tonight the aisles between the CDs and vinyl are packed with fans keen to see the Cardiff band, and pick up a copy of their much-anticipated debut album; ‘1, 2 Kung Fu!' (Heavenly Records) which was also released this day. Boy Azooga’s sound is an eclectic mix, with references and influences ranging from the Beach Boys to the Beastie Boys.  Songwriter Davey played almost all of the instruments on the album and has said he wanted to create a kind of ‘mix tape’ with each song contrasting but complimenting the others. Davey is joined…
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Ben Caplan EXCLUSIVE: Truth Doesn’t Live In A Book

Ben Caplan EXCLUSIVE: Truth Doesn’t Live In A Book

We’re delighted to exclusively unveil the stream for ‘Truth Doesn’t Live in a Book’, taken from Ben Caplan's upcoming album ‘Old Stock’, released June 15th. Following two critically lauded studio albums, the Canadian enfant terrible returns with a collection of music taken from his award-winning Off-Broadway production of the same name.  Caplan’s songwriting and live shows have been awarded at the highest level in his homeland.  Perpetual touring has garnered his rabble-rousing Rootsy, Folky Blues a dedicated following worldwide. Holding controversial topics to the light with characteristic irreverence and acerbic humour, ‘Old Stock’ interweaves tales of refugee integration with a message as relevant today as it was a century ago. A humorous, Python-esque departure from the Klezmer Folk troubador’s previous material, ‘Truth Doesn’t Live in a Book’ is an earworm that will have your feet tapping for…
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