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Robert Cray Band: live in Adelaide, Australia

May 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

Robert Cray Band: live in Adelaide, Australia When you peruse through someone’s vinyl collection there’s always an old favourite in there. When you come across Robert Cray’s 1986 album Strong Persuader, you know that this is a person worth knowing. This album was my introduction to the American guitarist and it’s an album that I play often. Sure, it wasn’t his first and there have been plenty after it, but the tone of both the vocal and the sublime guitar, was something that hooked me. Not only was the playing magical but we had a guitarist that took the blues and allowed jazz, soul and R&B flow through it. The vocal sung out [read on]

Handmade Festival – Leicester – 6 May 2018

May 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

Handmade Festival – Leicester – 6 May 2018https://ift.tt/2ICUin6 With the first day of Handmade Festival ending a resolute success, combining some of the very best bands in the spheres of indie, punk, post-punk and rock, it’s fair to say that UR’s man at the scene of the crime, Rich H, entered day two with a big grin and plenty of excitement for the day ahead. Did it live to his sense of anticipation? You know what to do to find the answer: from Gig Reviews [read on]

Handmade Festival – Leicester – 5 May 2018

May 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

Handmade Festival – Leicester – 5 May 2018https://ift.tt/2wT3KNG Fiercely independent, and with a strong sense of both inclusivity and morality, Leicester’s Handmade festival has developed a reputation as one of the most musically diverse and exciting, lending a whole new definition to the term “boutique”. This year’s iteration was no exception – and, if anything, raised the bar just ever so slightly, as Rich H explains: from Gig Reviews [read on]

Trivium/Code Orange/Power Trip/Venom Prison – Birmingham, O2 Academy – 17 April 2018

May 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

Trivium/Code Orange/Power Trip/Venom Prison – Birmingham, O2 Academy – 17 April 2018https://ift.tt/2rSkvne Let’s face it; if you’re a metalhead in 2018, this is quite possibly the most exciting tour on the planet for you right now. Not only does it display some of the heaviest and most powerful talent either side of the pond, but it also unites the burning talent of the mid-00s metal boom with the harder modern wave, rewarding the audience with four completely distinct styles in the multifaceted avenues of metal, as Rich H now relates: from Gig Reviews [read on]

Jizzy Pearl/Dead Addiction – Ahoghill, Diamond Rock Club – 12 May 2018

May 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

Jizzy Pearl/Dead Addiction – Ahoghill, Diamond Rock Club – 12 May 2018https://ift.tt/2IRX6vO With many of the genre’s older, established icons dying, retiring, or just becoming a pastiche of their former selves (and not necessarily in that order), it could be argued that there are very few genuine rock stars left as the world hurtles towards the end of the second decade of the 21st century. In the humble opinion of UR boss Monk, for what it’s worth, Jizzy Pearl definitely fits into the category of those that remain. Revitalized by an album the man himself regards as his best in almost 30 years, our head honcho and the real [read on]

Ugly Kid Joe/Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons/Yellowcake – Manchester, Academy 2 – 17 April 2018

May 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

Ugly Kid Joe/Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons/Yellowcake – Manchester, Academy 2 – 17 April 2018https://ift.tt/2Gyl8Xl Ugly Kid Joe seems to be one of those bands that have a decent amount of releases, yet all but their diehards can name one, maybe two tracks by them – one of which is a cover, itself. They’re another band that our resident gigaholic somehow don’t seem to listen to more, despite their many similarities to Faith No More – one of his favourite artists. This was something he recently rectified when he took another of his regular trips down the M62: from Gig Reviews [read on]

Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses – Belfast, Bar Sub – 11 May 2018

May 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses – Belfast, Bar Sub – 11 May 2018https://ift.tt/2rXAXSr For those unfamiliar with the concept, Metal 2 The Masses is an annual battle of the bands competition to find the best underground metal bands across these islands, and beyond, and give them to play on one of the biggest stages of them all – Bloodstock – alongside some of the biggest names in the genre. It’s one of the most keenly contested competitions of its kind, and several bands have gone on to the verge of greatness as a result of success in it. This time last weekend, UR’s Monk and DQ venturing into a basement bar in the [read on]

The Urban Voodoo Machine – Swansea, Sin City – 4 May 2018

May 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Urban Voodoo Machine – Swansea, Sin City – 4 May 2018https://ift.tt/2wKnRxa There are many bands for many occasions, but there are few bands for every occasion. UR faves Paul-Ronney and his band of red and black comrades most definitely fall into the latter category, ready to bring the party, no matter – even deterred by a shot turnout in Swansea on the first Friday of the month. Dom D answered the call of their unique bourbon-soaked gypsy blues bop ‘n’ stroll to enjoy as good a night out as there is currently available anywhere: from Gig Reviews [read on]