Tom Hickox With the weather feeling like the Spring was turning back into Autumn I took the train into London for the sell out launch of Tom Hickox's new album; Monsters In The Deep.


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The Magpie Salute The Magpie Salute play layer upon layer of classic rock, Rich Robinson and birthday boy Marc Ford are back together in fine form as they stun a London audience with a two hour setlist of great covers and Black Crowes songs.


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Caro Emerald Sun, a bit of mystery, but most of all, good music… that's what we are promised by Caro Emerald tonight, as she enters the stage at the Royal Albert Hall, for the first London show of her 'Emerald Island' tour (she is returning to London's Roundhouse on April 29th).


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Esprit D'Air Esprit D'Air returned as a trio with the members, Kai, Ellis and Daishi to announce their upcoming new single 'Guiding Light' due to release on 12 April after the successful released of 'Rebirth' in late 2016, their first single in four years.


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The Lemon Twigs We’ve all heard of The Lemon Twigs by now, right? They’ve been the band on everyone’s lips since last summer, and the hype only got louder upon the release of debut LP ‘Do Hollywood’ last October. At tonight’s sold out show, KOKO buzzes with anticipation; pre-show conversations largely consists of brags about seeing them before they got so big, or musing over the young band’s anachronistic influences, a blend of Big Star’s jangly pop and David Bowie’s glam.


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Lower Than Atlantis Lower Than Atlantis finally graced London last Friday as part of their biggest UK Tour with 3 supporting acts, ROAM, Hands Like Houses and Young Guns to warm the crowd up before Lower Than Atlantis made their appearance at O2 Brixton.


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Áine Cahill On the hottest night of the year (so far), I took the tube into London to spend an evening listening to Áine Cahill - The Guardian's 2017 One-to-Watch and Sunday Times ‘Breaking Act’ - at The Lexington in Islington.


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Bush If, like me, you are a 30-something who grew up in South Africa, you almost certainly owned a copy of Bush’s ’94 album ‘Sixteen Stone’. You were also most likely a teenage girl with a crush on frontman Gavin Rossdale, or a teenage boy who had to lie about owning said album because you could NEVER listen to both Nirvana AND Bush. So, with Bush tracks dominating the soundtrack of my rebellious and tortured youth (my youth was neither rebellious nor tortured, but it makes me sound cooler than I am), it was with much excitement, and slight trepidation, that I made my way to o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Tuesday evening, to see the band return to the stage after a couple of year’s absence from touring, with a headline UK show, and a new album to boot.


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The Fallen State I first came across The Fallen State when attending 3 Doors Down concert last November where The Fallen State was one of the opening acts and I become a fan since then. When they announced their tour, I just knew that I must attend and so I did! They owned the stage!


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X Japan X Japan has been around since the 80s and the band is one of the most influential rock band in Japanese history. X Japan was supposed to perform in London in March 2016 but had to cancel due to the member health issues. They finally rescheduled it to this year with the premier of X Japan documentary film "We Are X" which follows by an epic concert. London is the lucky one to be shown the exclusive 60 minutes cuts which includes the deleted scenes from the film and a 3 hours long concert.


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Steel Panther On a wet and windy night in Soho a crowd of 50/60 huddle into the infamous Crobar, Manette Street's premium bar, music sheet wallpaper and memorabilia adorning the walls with wooden vintage floors to give the feel of an old school rock bar, on entry names were taken and crossed off whilst vouchers were handed out for a drink to cure your "Valentine's hangover!" - courtesy of Glam Rockers Steel Panther.


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Wiley Tonight’s headliner Wiley had a share of the spotlight back in the noughties, with a few crossover hits- most memorably ‘Wearing My Rolex’- but tonight he forgoes older songs to focus his new album, ‘Godfather’. It makes sense; this new era of mainstream grime is not filtered for pop radio as it was in the mid-00s, but is more intense, more direct and more, well, grime.


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SkunkAnansie Do you ever get that feeling that you've just been a part of something really special, something really relevant? Saturday night, Brixton Academy, Skunk Anansie felt exactly like that. And judging by the crowd, it felt like that for 1000's of others too. 'Fascism..stop it DEAD in its track!' Skin's words resonate through me days later. Skunk Anansie have always been a special band, always pushing the boundaries and breaking barriers; they smashed it back in the early days, and they still smash it in 2017.


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Fields of the Nephilim So to the main event, Fields of the Nephilim, The Nephilim, The Neff, Carl McCoy. I first saw them back in 1987 in some tiny polytechnic, and came out covered in flour, ringing ears but with complete love. They rarely tour these days, no, correction, they never tour and rarely play, in England we’re lucky to get two of three gigs a year and I had high hopes tonight. I wasn’t disappointed.


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