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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Ex Deo Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 12 February 2017 05:00

Über Rock Editor-in-Chief has been a lifelong student of classical history, and so, when it came to selecting the one video which had grabbed him by the balls this past week, there really was only contender. Yep, he’s getting truly epic on you this week, with the gargantuan ‘Rome’, the second single from the new concept album by Ex Deo:

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Liv Sin Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 05 February 2017 05:00

Liv Sin - Let Me Out artworkThis week’s video of choice is 'Let Me Out', the debut solo single from Liv Sin, who for 13 years fronted Sister Sin until their dissolution in 2015.

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The Uber Rock Singles Club - New Year... And He's Going Digital! Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 22 January 2017 04:30

Darrell BathAnother new year and (thankfully) another batch of singles for the Singles Club to divulge and cast its beady eyes (and ears) over. Sadly, what’s started to creepy crawl into Dom Daley’s club den is the dreaded, at least to his purist heart digital single or the virtual video which is fine and dandy – but, in amidst all the new-fangled gadgetry he finds a fellow soul who beloves the old plastic format - oh, and a work of genius by a now departed master:

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PAUL BOYD: A Personal Tribute Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 18:58

NHA Paul Boyd-270x270Über Rock editor-in-chief Mark Ashby pays a personal tribute to Paul Boyd, bassist with Belfast melodic rock band No Hot Ashes, who died yesterday (Tuesday 17 January).

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Festival Fever: 17 for ’17 (See What We Did There?) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 15 January 2017 04:00

approved image lrg 2013It used to be that the “great British summer” was “festival season”. But, while the over-commercialized wallet-busting big name events tend to be confined to the summer months, there are literally hundreds of smaller, independently organised festivals up and down the land virtually all the year round, with something to suit all tastes. With that in mind, Über Rock presents our tips for the 17 festivals, covering all genres and sub-genres, taking place all over the Über Kingdom of Rock n Roll over the coming year, that should be on your radar. So, credit cards at the ready:

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Uber Rock's Gigs of the year 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 01 January 2017 04:00

approved image lrg 2013Live gigs are the lifeblood of rock ‘n’ roll, and over the past 12 months Uber Rock’s dedicated writers have been to literally hundreds of them and seen possibly thousands of bands. Unlike many other websites, who won’t darken the door of a venue unless they have been given a freebie, more often than not, they have paid into the shows (although offers of guest tickets are more than gratefully received), and their attendance is purely voluntary and because they love the music… So, as 2017 dawns, our team looks back at the year now fading into the rearview mirror and gives you their pick of the crop of the massive amount of shows they have attended in that period. At the end of each list, they also present their thoughts on their personal surprises and disappointments of 2016, and their predictions for the coming year…

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Uber Rock's Albums Of The Year 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 31 December 2016 04:00

approved image lrgIt’s the last day of the year, and what better time to look back on what the rock n roll world has offered us over the past 12 months, by publishing Uber Rock’s definitive rundown of simply the best albums to come our way. Believe us, it was a difficult choice – made all the harder by the fact that, this year, we asked our writers to pick only their top ten faves… Eleven writers submitted a total of 92 different albums, to which a rigorous and carefully monitored counting process was applied to give us our overall Top Ten. Click the link to find out the results:

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The Uber Rock Singles Club - Christmas Eve Can Kill You Special Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Saturday, 24 December 2016 05:00

15590125 10153849087871653 7244533597100752407 nJust as he had declared the Singles Club closed for 2016, Dom Daley woke up to find another avalanche of slices of 7” vinyl piling up against his door… so he had no choice but to re-open for this one-off Christmas Eve special. Click to link for more glunky gloriousness – and to discover which potential new member found themselves barred before they’d barely set foot over the threshold:

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The Uber Rock Singles Club - December 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 04 December 2016 03:30

kevinsiminorWith the so-called "festive season" fast upon us, this might well be Dom Daley’s last Singles Club of the year and whilst it might not seem that my sack is bulging like previous months, this one might just be the pick of the bunch quality wise.  With a slender lean mean six from raging garage/punk to cool as fuck power pop this singles club has got the biggest baubles and you can wrap tinsel on that and take it to the rock and roll bank!

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Video Of The Week Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 13 November 2016 03:40

approved image lrg 2013OK, it's slap on the wrists time... we forgot about the 'Video Of The Week' feature last weekend... yep, it went clean out of our heads, what with the aftermath of the clocks going back, Halloween celebrations - and just being too plain fucking lazy to get out of bed and pick one... but we've more than made up for it this week, with a video apt for the darkening of the nights and the drawing in of the days... Click to link to find out what gloominess Mark Ashby's doom-laden soul finds itself in this week:

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MunizO – Samurai punks take over Toronto Print E-mail
Written by Jason Daniel Baker   
Sunday, 06 November 2016 03:20

MunizOThere is no better experience than coming across new music, no matter how you do so, whether it be via the pages of a magazine or - in the case of Jason Daniel Baker - on a street corner near a baseball ground in central Toronto!  It was one of those moments which caused our man in Canada to enter the previously unexplored, at least on these pages, world of "samurai punk", and introduce the rest of the Uberverse to Tokyo's latest export, a trio by the name of MunizO:

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The Über Rock DVD Review: Iggy, Sid and some Portuguese punks called Parkinson… Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 29 January 2017 05:00

Gimme DangerOur man Dom Daly lives, eats, breathes – and probably shits – punk rock. So much so that, when he’s not hunting down the finest underground sounds to bring to the attention of the wider world via these very pages, he’s watching movies – or, more exactly, documentaries about some of the genre’s most influential figures… as well as some who feel through the cracks. Click the link to see what’s been flickering across his silver screen of late:

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: The Charm The Fury Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 22 January 2017 04:00

approved image lrg 2013Ever woken up on a Sunday morning with the hangover from hell and wondered exactly what the fuck you got up to the night before? This week's chosen video probably will explain exactly what happened… oh, but don't eat your bacon buttie before you click the link:

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Me And That Man Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 15 January 2017 12:00

approved image lrg 2013It’s back… after a lengthy break, we’re resurrecting our ‘Video Of The Week’ feature for 2017 – and our first choice is one that sees a dark master of the black metal art take a totally different road to ruin while at the same not sacrificing his noir soul… to find out who it is and what he’s up to, click the link:

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DVD REVIEW: Heart – ‘Live At The Royal Albert Hall With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’ (Eagle Rock Entertainment) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 08 January 2017 04:00

Heart Live coverLast summer, Heart made a very long overdue return to the UK’s shores. It was a slightly unusual tour, not least in the choice of venues: the band chose to play auditoria more renowned for the presentation of classical music than rock n roll – Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, for example, or Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall. The undoubted highlight of the tour most definitely was the band’s stop off at the iconic Royal Albert Hall, where they added to the sense of occasion by teaming up with the venue’s “house band”, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, to help add a slightly different interpretation of some of their massive repertoire.  Uber Rock's Mark Ashby cracks open the champers and caviare to relish the aural and visual delight of the subsequent DVD of this historic night:

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No Sugarcoating and No Bullshit Print E-mail
Written by Jo Hayes   
Sunday, 01 January 2017 03:30

The-Rolling-Stones-pop-art-PPcornAfter a bit of time away, Jo Hayes returns to kick off the new year here on Über Rock with her no nonsense, honest approach to blogging, addressing health issues, the state of her native America in the post-truth era and the longevity of The Rolling Stones…

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EXTENDED PLAY: The Year In Bite Size Morsels Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 30 December 2016 10:29

approved image lrgWhile many other webzines have chosen to ignore it, for reasons best known to themselves, the EP is a format which has long been championed by Über Rock, so much so that it has its very own end of year chart. So, here our writers champion the bite size morsels of musical magic that have caught their ears, and stayed there, over the past 12 months…

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Dead End Drive-In: Now Showing: ‘Bowling For Soup - Acoustic In A Freakin' English Church’ Print E-mail
Written by Dave Prince   
Sunday, 11 December 2016 06:30

BowlingForSoupAcousticDVDcoverBack in October of 2013, Bowling For Soup’s Jaret Reddick and Erik Chandler played a very special acoustic show in the beautiful Union Chapel in Islington.  The show has now been given the full DVD release treatment, and our man Dave Prince reckons it serves as the ideal early Christmas present, not just for BFS fans but any self-respecting music fan… click the link to find out why:

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Video Of The Weak Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 20 November 2016 09:43

approved image lrg 2013Life is all about connections, and so it is here on Uber Rock this fine Sunday, with the Video Of The Weak (sic) tied directly into this month's Midnite Mixtape Massacre... click on the link to find out what is UR boss Mark Ashby's uncensored choice (have we given you enough clues yet?)...

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Dead End Drive In – Now Showing: ‘Scorpions – Forever And A Day’ (Eagle Vision) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 13 November 2016 03:00

Scorpions - Forever And A DayIn 2010, German metal titans Scorpions announced their intention to retire from the music business, following the world tour to promote their just released ‘Sting In The Tail’ album. Of course, as we all know, that was a somewhat premature pronouncement… But, that supposedly historic final tour - and the last gig on it - are now the subject of a newly-released documentary, detailing the band's storied 50-year career and how they broke down geographic boundaries.  Munching the popcorn is Uber Rock's Mark Ashby...

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Book Review: ‘The ABC of 1-2-3’ by Billy Ritchie (Hillfield Publishing) Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Sunday, 06 November 2016 03:00

1232So, who invented prog? Robert Fripp and King Crimson? Keith Emerson and The Nice? The Moody Blues? The Beatles? Yes? Genesis?  The answer may well  be a Scottish keyboard wizard by the name of Billy Ritchie... but, how did he do it?  Uber Rock's Jim Rowland puts on his reading glasses and delves deep into his story in this autobiography by a man who finally may well be being credited as a pioneer and originator of a style that laid the foundations for what was to become progressive rock...

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