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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Electric Street Queens Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 18 February 2018 04:20

approved image lrg 2013To be honest, this week’s choice for Video Of The Week was a bit of a no-brainer, and went straight to the top of the shortlist when Gerald Stansbury popped it into URHQ’s inbox… forget all the lovey-dovey Interflora Day bullshit that went down this is past week, this really is a bad romance – and a glorious slice of glammed-down sleazy punk ‘n’ roll to boot:

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: The Plot In You Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 11 February 2018 04:00

It was a tough choice for our favourite video this week, as a number of quality offerings came our way, and big shout outs have to go to Sumo Cyco and Ward XVI for their excellent new releases. But, just nudging itself into pole position was this excellent visualization from The Plot In You, with the latest single from their forthcoming album, ‘Dispose’, which is released this coming Friday (16 February):

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Rock ‘n’ Roll ain’t dead, it’s… Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Saturday, 03 February 2018 04:20

Steel Panther BelfastDespite the sheer brilliance of releases over the past three years, it didn’t take a week of this one for the first mis-spoken ‘rock is dead’ take to pop up online. Of course, as always, it came from somebody whose investment in the scene largely lies on proclaiming whatever trash band is being pushed by big-budget advertising firms to be ‘the saviour of rock’. Well, that or Gene Simmons, anyway. But… it wasn’t unexpected. In fact, so anticipatory were we at Über Rock, Rich H went ahead and asked almost every single band he spoke to in 2017 what rock ‘n’ roll meant to them – after all, they’d know, wouldn’t they? The fruits of his labour for the year is on the other side of the link:

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Steve Conte Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 28 January 2018 04:40

Steve Conte artworkWith a rock ‘n’ roll CV that includes six-years, four albums and a seemingly never-ending world tour with the New York Dolls, and a further four albums alongside Michael Monroe, as well as stints in Company Of Wolves, Crown Jewels and The Crazy Truth, not to mention his various solo projects, there is no doubting Steve Conte’s ability to turn his hand to a decent rock ‘n’ roll tune or ten. His most recent release was Dom Daley’s Single Of The Month back in December, and now he’s finally got around to releasing the video to go with same – and, there’s only one thing we could do when it dropped into our electronic letterbox, but hold out our hands and declare “gimme gimme” to his particular brand of Rockaway:

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Bitch Queens Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 21 January 2018 04:20

approved image lrg 2013A certain "rock star" once declared that rock is dead - only to find himself consistently contradicted and disproved in his assertion, as Über Rock demonstrates each and every single day, by bringing the hottest breaking bands and the coolest rock 'n'f'n' roll sounds around... And we've done it again, as we present to your of 'Video Of The Week' choice, here at the Über Kingdom of Rock 'n' Roll - and it's from a band who are firm favourites of ours, who are declaring that it is, in fact, another form of so-called "music" that is extinct and buried... so, what are you waiting for? Get clicking that little link and enjoy the latest audio-visual feast from the luverly Bitch Queens:

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: The Black Bullets Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 14 January 2018 05:00

The Black Bullets Promo ShotThis week’s video choice is from a band who have been on the UR radar for a while now, thanks to three excellent EPs released over the period of the last half decade. ‘Dolls’ is their new single, which was released on Friday – and we rather like it (well, we wouldn’t have chosen it if we didn’t, would we?):

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17 Of ’17: The Über Rock Albums Of The Year Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 31 December 2017 04:30

approved image lrg 2013It’s the last day of the year commonly known as 2017, and so there is no better time to look back on what the rock ‘n’ roll world has offered us up over the past 12 months. Yesterday, our crack team of writers told us what live experiences they had enjoyed most. Today, we present to you what albums have tickled their aural fancies over the past 365 days. Eighteen writers submitted more than 200 different albums, demonstrating both the diversity and richness has come our way over the course of this year about to consign itself to history… These choices were subjected to a rigorous and carefully monitored counting process to give us our overall ’17 Of ’17’:

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The Year In (Über) Rock – The Highs and Lows… Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 30 December 2017 04:00

UR UmlautsEach year, in addition to our annual lists and polls of the best gigs and albums of the year, we ask our writers to look back on what were their personal highlights – and lowlights – and also to look forward to the coming year, and give us their prediction as to who they think will be the breakthrough act of the coming 12 months… This year, we added a slight twist, by asking the team to share their ‘Funniest Rock ‘n’ Roll Moment’, and also nominate someone for the first ever ‘Gene Simmons Dickhead Of The Year’ award:

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OPINION: It’s time to #CutTheCrap on sexual harassment Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and Natalie Conway   
Sunday, 19 November 2017 04:20

UR UmlautsIt seems that every time you turn on the news, or open a ‘paper, there is yet another string of accusations and allegations about sexual misconduct being broadcast/published about yet another high-profile media “personality” or other public figure. Earlier this week, an online message inspired music publicist Natalie Conway to put her foot down and declare that it’s time to #CutTheCrap in relation to sexual harassment, in both the real and cyber worlds. Clink the link to find out what she had to say on this vital issue:

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The Über Rockin’ Guide to… Damnation Festival Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep and Rich Hobson   
Sunday, 29 October 2017 04:40

Damnation 2017 Final PosterTwenty-seven bands, four stages and more furious noise than you can shake an Albini at – Damnation Festival is back, baby. The UK’s premier end-of-year metal gathering, Damnation has pulled together some blinding line-ups over its 12 year run, pulling together an assortment of viciously exciting bands at the cutting edge of noise, punk and metal – and the 2017 event is no different. Not sure who to watch? Let the Über Rock team of DJ Astrocreep and Rich Hobson guide you through the programme with their thoughts on the acts you simply cannot afford to miss on Saturday:

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The Ghost Of A Rock Legend Scuppered Our Album: The Story Of 'The Boys' Print E-mail
Written by Matt Dangerfield   
Saturday, 23 September 2017 04:40

The BoysExactly 40 years ago today, a then unknown band called, perhaps appropriately, The Boys, released their self-titled debut album. Little did they know that it would change the face of music, and especially pop punk, forever. On the anniversary of the album’s release, band founder and frontman Matt Dangerfield looks back on the story behind it, just on the other side of this link:

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Towers Of London Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 04 February 2018 04:40

approved image lrg 2013Those of a sporting disposition will not have failed to notice that it is that day of the year referred to in the Über States of America as ‘Superbowl Sunday’… so, we thought we’d share a suitably themed video to mark the occasion.

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Astrocreep’s Aural Augmentation Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Saturday, 03 February 2018 04:00

Awooga artworkIn a new personal segment from DJ Astrocreep, each month we’ll be bringing you the business on an unsigned or small label band that have caught our resident gigaholic’s ear, either through seeing them live on one of his frequent travellers or by reviewing one of their releases. For his first instalment, he gets under the skin of a band who have been championed by none other than Sel Balamir of Amplifier – so much so that their debut album was the inaugural release by his fledgling Rockosmos label. Click the link to find out more:

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My ‘Gig From Hell’ - Chazz Valentine Print E-mail
Written by Allan Maxwell   
Sunday, 28 January 2018 04:00

Chazz Valentine Gen YChazz Valentine cut his teeth, alongside his brother Rupe, with New Zealand street punks The Rabble, releasing five albums in the period between 2006 and 2011. At the tail end of 2016, he released his debut solo album, ‘Generation Y’. Recently, he talked to Allan Maxwell about one of those gigs that’s memorable for all the wrong reasons… but one which, on this occasion, brought with it a silver lining:

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HELLO GOODBYE: SpeedTheory return for farewell show Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Friday, 19 January 2018 11:02

SpeedthoryWolverhampton heavy metallers SpeedTheory are to return for a one-off farewell show, and you can get all the gen on the other side of this link:

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Reject The Sickness Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 07 January 2018 04:00

approved image lrg 2013We’re dusting down a number of our favourite features from the Uber Rockin’ archive and giving them a fresh lease of life for 2018, and among them is our ‘Video Of The Week’. Click the link to find out who has been chosen to kick of the new year of our pick of the best new promo clips to be released each week:

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’17 Of ‘17’: Über Rock’s Gigs Of The Year Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 30 December 2017 04:20

Belfast Limelight crowdEvery year, Über Rock’s team of crack writers and photographers attend hundreds of gigs, from checking out unsigned bands in sweaty backstreet bars to the biggest festivals and arena shows in the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’ Roll. More often than not, we pay into these shows, supporting live music at its most grassroots level, in order to help nurture the talent of the future. So, what were the gigs that most captured the imaginations and thoughts of our crue in 2017? What shows stood out above the rest? What ones made us want to see and hear more of the bands concerned?  Well, 13 of our contributors plundered their memory banks and told us just that… so, without further ado, here is our choice of our ’17 Of ‘17’:

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View From The Merch Stand: Four Nights On The Road With Michael Monroe Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 24 December 2017 04:40

Michael Monroe CroppedChristmas came early for Über Rock’s very own Double D when he was asked to go out on the road with one of THE legends of the glunk scene… the living legend that is Michael Monroe. The only condition?  He had to sell a few T-shirts in order to earn his keep. In return, however, he was given full access to all the behind the scenes shenanigans and therefore was able to bring Über Rock’s very special Christmas present to all our long-suffering readers – this very special overview of four days on the road with one of the greats of the business:

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MOANLOAD 2018 – What The Fuck Are You Lot Complaining About? Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Sunday, 12 November 2017 04:00

Download 2018 HeadlinersWith the winter chill well and truly set in and the finishing line for ‘best release list of 2017’ within spitting distance, the time is high to get stuck in with announcements for the bands that will grace our shores come festival season 2018. With that in mind, this past week Download Festival announced its headline line-up for next June. Running from 8 to 10 June at Donington Park, Download Festival is indisputably the biggest out and out rock and metal fest in the UK, challenged only by specialist fests like Bloodstock and Rebellion in terms of sheer excitement. Yet, even with the announcement of three of the biggest names in the game, inevitably the moaners have come out in force to complain because, after all this is the same crowd that started the #whynotDyingFetus campaign in earnest. With that (and a pithy pun) in mind, Rich Hobson presents a round-up of the acts announced for Download Festival 2018 so far, looking at exactly who they are, what you should check out if you don’t already know them (having just emerged from your pre-historic cave) and exactly why they are a great booking for Download Festival and the greater rock community…

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The Über Rockin’ Guide To… Rockingham Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 01 October 2017 18:02

Rockin RobinWho said the “festival season” was over? Yeah, I know the twat that said it, but he’s wrong, because there are festivals all year round – it’s just that some of them have the sense to move indoors during the more inclement months (do we actually get clement ones?). One of Team Über’s favourites is also one of the new kids on the block, in that it is only its third iteration… ladies and germs, we present to our personalized preview of the melodic rock feast that is Rockingham:

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The Singles Club - Sensational September Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 17 September 2017 04:30

Mick JaggerIn all the time he’s done the Singles Club, Dom Daley has come across some fantastic singles. It’s a format he can't get enough of and, whilst it might now come in many guises and formats, he still loves hearing a great single by a band or singer. But even he reckons that his month’s batch, without exception, is the strongest and finest selection to date. Click the link to find out why:

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