CD/DVD Review: Live At Carnegie Hall – An Acoustic Evening (Joe Bonamassa)

By Cameron Arndt Joe Bonamassa is back with another high quality live CD/DVD release (out today!). Yep, I can hear the complainers already, ‘Another live DVD!!’ they’ll cry, ‘When will he stop!’ Well I’ve got a simple solution for those folks: Don’t listen, don’t watch, and don’t buy. Problem solved! For everyone else, there’s much to enjoy here. Sure it might be too much for all but the biggest Bonamassa completest to own all his work – especially his myriad …

Single/Video Review: Who Is She? (The Naked Feedback)

By Cameron Arndt, all images © The Naked Feedback If I had to sum it up Who Is She? in just a few words… If I had to liken it to music by other artists… If pressed to describe the track in the most accessible way possible… I’d say something like: Crushing riffs and leads in the style of Queens Of The Stoneage, married to a Beatles-esque earworm chorus, with a fizzing guitar break that could have been perpetrated by Jack …

Music Reviews: New/Recent Releases June 2017

New/Recent Releases June 2017 Time for another look at some of the best music released on the unsuspecting public in the last few months. We’ve got yet another varied bunch of stuff for ya, all bound together by the high quality of each of the acts featured. Click one of the links below to jump to a specific review, or scroll through and find something new! Rocket Turtle EP (The Double Standards) Free Spirits EP (Lisa Kowalski) Goo Goo Shoom (Joe …

Album Review: Nikka & Strings – Underneath And In Between (Nikka Costa)

By Chris Marshall, edited by Cameron Arndt Nikka & Strings: Underneath and In Between is a varied collection of songs featuring emotive and honest vocals, a talented string quartet, tasteful piano and a perfectly in-sync rhythm section. The album has a coherence that can be lacking these days and shows off the singer’s experience and maturity through old classics and re-worked originals. I’ll be honest, up until very recently I had never heard of Nikka Costa. Whilst I may not …

Music Review: Inglorious II (Inglorious)

By Cameron Arndt Inglorious II: Released May 12th 2017 via Frontiers Music SRL Bands like Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath used to release an album every 6 months. The Beatles recorded 12 studio albums in 8 years. Creedence Clearwater Revival’s entire output spanned only 5 years. Nowadays it’s not uncommon for a band to vanish for 2-3 years between records or – more likely – to spend two years on tour before considering a follow up album. Fact …

Music Reviews: New/Recent Releases May 2017

New/Recent Releases May 2017 Welcome to our look at some of the best, brightest and most varied new stuff that has graced the music scene so far in 2017. We’ve got a huge mix of stuff on offer, so dive on in! Click one of the links below to jump to a specific review, or scroll through and find something new! Criminals EP (The Brocklebank) Swallow (Burnt Out Wreck) Fahrenheit Single (Das Plastixx) Rock N Roll (Dirty Rats) Dead Letters …

Album Review: Infinite (Deep Purple)

By Cameron Arndt, all photos © Deep Purple/Ear Music After a long break from the studio Deep Purple return with their 20th album and, nearly 50 years into their career, the title, Infinite, seems somewhat appropriate. It includes ten tracks (nine new, one cover) and a cool new logo on icy cover art. I particularly like the ‘Deep Purple In Ice’ image behind the CD! Before we dig in to the new record, however, cards on the table: The band …

News/Preview: Joe Bonamassa announces ‘Live At Carnegie Hall – An Acoustic Evening’

As Joe Bonamassa wraps up his triumphant UK tour tonight in Sheffield he also announces the 23rd June release of a new CD/DVD/Vinyl collection capturing his superb acoustic show at the prestigious Carnegie Hall. How does he find the time? We really don’t know! Read our review of Joe’s excellent show at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall last week. Coming a few years after Bonamassa’s previous critically acclaimed acoustic outing At The Vienna Opera House this new release again sees the bandleader …

Introducing: Neon Suicide

By Cameron Arndt In an increasingly crowded field of two piece bands – from The White Stripes to The Black Keys, The Kills, Royal Blood, The Graveltones… – Glasgow’s Neon Suicide are eschewing the prevailing notion to take a stripped-back bluesy route in favour of something far more mixed and, indeed, up to date. Drummer Andy Paton and guitarist/singer Connor McWinnie have created a set of songs that mix the modern pop/rock stylings of the Arctic Monkeys with grungier/heavier elements …

Music Review: Rise Up (Rainbreakers)

By Cameron Arndt Rise Up, the second EP from Shrewsbury based quartet Rainbreakers, follows the critical success of last year’s Blood Not Brass is released tomorrow and sees the band take big steps forward in developing their sound. While the building blocks were apparent on the first EP, it was a little more in-your-face, favouring angular chords and Stevie Ray Vaughen licks. On Rise Up, however, the edges are smoothed out a little while the group’s songwriting has been pushed up …