Album Review: Time And Emotion (Robin Trower)

By Cameron Arndt I didn’t know Robin Trower ever sang. Or, in fact, that he could sing. Being honest, I’ve not got a completely in-depth knowledge of his career in general, so it would have been fairly easy for this fact to escape me. Beyond his celebrated ‘Hendrixian’ Bridge Of Sighs era, a passing familiarity with Procol Harum, and his work with Jack Bruce I’m a bit lost. The only time I’ve caught the man live was during the Seven …

Interview/Feature: Michael Schenker Fest LIVE in Tokyo (Interviews with Michael Schenker, Gary Barden, Robin McAuley & Ted McKenna)

By Cameron Arndt, Tokyo show photos by and © Emili Muraki ‘You know, the Japanese people they understand the art of lead guitar playing and pure self-expression – and of course Scottish and English people understand, that’s where it comes from. There’s people all over the world who understand what I’m doing, but the commercial ‘wide mass,’ they don’t understand. But over 40-50 years I think people have been educated and they have started understanding more and more and I think …

Monthly Roundup: January 2017

It’s been a pretty rock & roll-filled start to the year, both here on Rock And Roll Traffic (naturally!), and in the wider world. Huge tours by Black Sabbath, Rival Sons, Glenn Hughes and Tyketto have kept us busy in recent weeks, as well as plenty of new music. Here’s our first regular monthly roundup showing you everything we’ve featured in the last four weeks – hit the titles to go to the article in question. Maybe you missed some …

Preview: Glenn Hughes UK Tour

  By Cameron Arndt This next week is packed full of awesome gigs, with a few big tours hitting the UK, and a lot to choose from. It all comes to a head in Glasgow next Tuesday (Jan 24th) when the city is gonna be bursting at the seams with awesome rock shows! At The Hydro, Black Sabbath headline their final EVER tour, with only five shows remaining after the Glasgow gig. They’ll be supported by fast rising stars, Rival Sons, …

Live Review: The King Lot & The Toi (Dreadnought Rock, 29-12-16)

By Cameron Arndt (all photos by Michael Bruce, MB Photos. Used with kind permission) Fresh from the excellent success of their charity single, Wings featuring The Jolly Boys, which reached 19 in the Scottish Christmas Chart and benefited the MS Society, The King Lot are in celebratory mood as they take the stage to cap off the year with a triumphant headline set at Dreadnought Rock, Bathgate. The Toi Earlier the raucous home crowd have been suitably warmed up by …

The Best Of 2016

By Cameron Arndt It’s been a year of uncertainty… tumultuous political happenings, distressing incidents, seemingly neverending celebrity deaths, including many in the music world, and – in the last month – the shocking demise of Team Rock, owners of Classic Rock Magazine, Metal Hammer and others who were the undisputed leaders in rock journalism. None of that is what we’re here for though and, through all the craziness, there’s been plenty of great new rock releases. Here we’ve collected just a few …

Music Review: Ellipsis (Biffy Clyro)

Biffy Clyro – Ellipsis (July 2016) By Cameron Arndt From Scottish alt-rock heroes to all-conquering festival headliners, Biffy Clyro are certainly one of the biggest bands in Britain right now. This brings with it certain pressures as each new album has to cater to a larger and larger demographic, with the mainstream fans after anthemic tunes, the record company looking for hit singles and the older fans starting to miss the choppy rhythms and raucous vocals of old. Their previous …

Music Review: Sky Won’t Fall (Stevie Nimmo)

Stevie Nimmo – Sky Won’t Fall (March 2016) By Cameron Arndt I’ve seen Stevie Nimmo playing live twice, once as a guest of King King and then last year on the Nimmo Brothers 20th Anniversary Tour. His skills were certainly apparent on these occasions as he wonderfully complemented the playing of his brother, Alan, but until now I hadn’t taken the chance to listen to any of his recorded output. I’m a big fan of King King though and knowing …

Music Review: The Best Of 2015 (yep, 2015!)

In January 2016 I wrote a few articles based on my favourite records released the year before. I didn’t have anywhere to publish them at the time but kept them on file. With the site now up and running and 2016 rapidly coming to a close I thought I’d collect a few of the pieces together here – before I announce this year’s top albums! So here, in no particular order, are three of my top choices for 2015. Sure …

Music Review: Blue & Lonesome (The Rolling Stones)

By Cameron Arndt So that’s it then. They’re done. After years of people questioning why they continue, saying they’re too old, saying they haven’t released a decent album in 10, 20, 30 or whatever years, The Rolling Stones have finally reached that creative nadir: The Blues Covers album. It’s what all old bands do when they run out of inspiration, and here it is. Filled with classic songs that you’ve heard covered a million times… Sweet Home Chicago, Oh Pretty …