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Tim Blake – New Jerusalem

I haven’t managed to put this album down for more than a few minutes since it dropped through my letterbox. Anyone unfamiliar with Tim Blake will be amazed by the music on show filled as it is with synths, garage and even folk. He was with Gong through their most impactful era, playing keys and synths on ‘Flying Teapot’, ‘Angel’s Egg’ and ‘You’ and then jumped ship to join together

Loïc Nottet – Selfocracy

Two years ago Loïc Nottet won an army of fans with his Eurovision single Rhythm Inside. Having already gained fame on his home turf, Belgium, thanks to an appearance on The Voice, the world watched in awe as the compelling performer not only showcased his distinctive, Sia-esque vocal, but also his flawless dance moves. With the song finishing fourth, Nottet released a truly impressive music video and then all but

Brian May + Kerry Ellis – Golden Days

In many respects, a surprisingly good album. Kerry Ellis has a superb voice, rich in tone and with wonderful expression – as you might expect from an actor who specialises in West End musicals. Brian May is, of course, a legendary guitarist. However, the combination is not guaranteed to produce harmony but thankfully here is most definitely does. The range of music here is remarkable; from a beautiful version of

Steve Hackett – The Night Siren

There are many things one can say about Steve Hackett and very few are negative. He has a remarkable playing style, instantly recognizable, but never cliched. He is also a fine writer and arranger and over his career (25 albums!) he has developed into a truly individual musician. He is also a nice guy and is able to surround himself with the kind of musicians that most others would kill

Goose – What You Need

Described as their most mature album to date, Flemish electro- indie band Goose release 12 track LP What You Need. They have been hailed as a band that bridges the gap between rock and electro, this album will not stray from that avid portrayal of their sound. ‘What You Need’ is a welcome mix of different genres from different eras. Although does stay close to a very dark-wave 80s ambience.

Erja Lyytinen / Connor Selby Band / JFK – 100 Club Tuesday Blues

Excellent turn out for the official album launch of Finland’s very own guitar queen’s new album ‘Stolen Hearts’.As ever at the Tuesday Blues Club we were treated to three excellent artists but there was not question that the crowd was there for Erja Lyytinen and she didn’t disappoint. She is a superb guitarist, not just one of the best Finnish guitarists I’ve heard or one of the best lady guitarists

Broken Witt Rebels & Bad Touch – The Borderline London

On the hottest night of the year so far I found myself in what can only be described as a pit. The Roadstars tour finished last night at the Borderline and the newly refurbished dive was packed to the gunnels for two bands who have been busy building a reputation as dynamite live. The show opened with Bad Touch and I must admit that I was particularly looking forward to

The Jay Clark Band – Cocked and Loaded

Cocked and Loaded is The Jay Clark Band’s first full-length album devoted to one thing, rocking out. Jay Clark plays the traditional singer-guitarist frontman with a growling bluesy drawl and snarling pentatonic solos. The Cincinnati axeman recruited a tight band of Nashville players to bring to life his homage to all things rock. ‘Get Wild’ is in the tradition of rockers playing rock n roll songs about playing rock n

Krissie Matthews – Live At Freak Valley

Krissie Matthews is a phenomenal guitarist and he is definitely at his best live with his own power trio backing him up. I’m not totally convinced about his vocal prowess but the same can be said of more than a few front men. This album was recorded in Germany at the Freak Valley festival last year and the proud boast of Matthews is that “On Freak Valley you get the

Jon Bellion – Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Emerging star Jon Bellion landed in the UK this week for his first string of live dates this side of the Atlantic. It all kicked off at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire last night with further sold out shows in Manchester, Birmingham, Dublin and Glasgow to follow. The 26 year old singer, songwriter and producer has been nothing short of a cult phenomenon since his breakout hit ‘All Time Low’ last