Sólstafir – Islington Assembly Hall, May 14th 2016

Icelandic atmospheric post-metal group Sólstafir are embarking on a nine-date European tour playing their album Ótta in full, which began last night at Islington Assembly Hall in London. This incredibly special performance featured a string quartet including members of Hexvessel and The Ocean, plus Martin Curtis-Powell on electric piano. Ótta (released in 2014) was chosen … Continue reading Sólstafir – Islington Assembly Hall, May 14th 2016

Incineration Fest 2016 Review

Incineration Fest is a festival in the heart of London, going on for three years (this year included). This year’s festival took place over two days in Tufnell Park’s Boston Music Room and the Dome. Saturday kicks off with Scutum Crux playing at The Dome who manage to pull off an incredible set of pure … Continue reading Incineration Fest 2016 Review

King King / Dan Patlansky – Glasgow O2 ABC, 14th May 2016

What a nice way to round off a long week - dinner with my wife followed by two quality blues rock acts just over the road at the ABC. With an early doors time of 6:30, we made it in time to join a crowd of a couple of hundred watch South African guitarist Dan … Continue reading King King / Dan Patlansky – Glasgow O2 ABC, 14th May 2016

Barenaked Ladies – BNL Rocks Red Rocks

As I've mentioned before, one of the joys of doing these reviews and running this site is discovering new music that I otherwise may let slip by. Now, Barenaked Ladies are hardly a "new" act, but I've genuinely encountered very little of their output beyond the theme to The Big Bang Theory which is actually on … Continue reading Barenaked Ladies – BNL Rocks Red Rocks

Album Review: Jeff Healey – Heal My Soul

If Wikipedia is to be believed, Jeff Healey started playing guitar when he was three years old! Grief, I was still learning to be a functioning human being when I was three! He not only became a master of blues and rock guitar, playing it in his own idiosyncratic style, but was an accomplished jazz trumpeter … Continue reading Album Review: Jeff Healey – Heal My Soul

Review: Zoax – Zoax

Since their inception, London-based quintet Zoax have made breaking down barriers and blending diverse influences their raison d'etre. And while their two EPs definitely delivered this in style, the vibrancy, vitality, and sheer creativity emanating from every note of their debut, self-titled, album makes it an enlightening, exciting, and insanely enjoyable experience. When we caught up with … Continue reading Review: Zoax – Zoax