November Features
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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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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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 Good Times Used To Kill Me’ - Gluecifer Reissued and Revisited Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H   
Sunday, 29 November 2015 03:00

Auto ThrillLThe five studio albums recorded and released by Gluecifer, Oslo’s self styled Kings Of Rock, were given a deluxe limited edition vinyl reissue courtesy of Konkurs Productions just a few weeks back. Uber Rock’s resident audiophile, Johnny H, just had to get himself a set, and here he steps back in time to relive the majesty of the band first time around.

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No Sugarcoating & No Bullshit: November Print E-mail
Written by Jo Hayes   
Saturday, 28 November 2015 04:00

drunksantaIn the November instalment of her No Sugarcoating & No Bullshit blog, Uber Rock's Jo Hayes writes of her thoughts on the terrorist attack at the Bataclan theatre in Paris, and of the impending Yuletide festival.....

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"Neon on my Naked Skin" - Watch the Bitch Queens Japanese tour diary here! Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 15 November 2015 04:00

BITCHVID86Having just completed their debut tour of Japan, Basel's Bitch Queens wanted Uber Rock to premier their video diary of the historic occasion. Japan was crazy which suited the band down to the ground.....

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Dead End Drive-In: Now Showing - Devin Townsend Project Print E-mail
Written by Rob Watkins   
Sunday, 15 November 2015 03:00

deadendthumbReleased across various formats; including an Artbook, a 3 CD 2 DVD set, as well as a Blu-ray disc, InsideOut Music have really gone to town on the release of the visual and sonic spectacular that is ‘Ziltoid Live At The Royal Albert Hall’ by Devin Townsend Project. Uber Rock’s Rob Watkins grabs the popcorn and settles down to give his eyes and ears a treat. Hit the link to join him.

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This Is A Modern World: Uber Rock goes box set crazy! Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H   
Sunday, 01 November 2015 04:00

The Jam Box Set thmbSo, with Christmas looming large I suppose the question on everyone’s lips right now is “what do I buy for the Mod in my life who seemingly has everything?” Uber Rock’s Johnny H might just have the answer to this question though as he checks out two new multi CD box sets, ‘The Decca Years (1965 - 67)’ by the Small Faces and ‘Fire And Skill: The Jam Live’ by The Jam. Hit the link to find out more.

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The Uber Rock Radio Show: Episode 52 Print E-mail
Written by Gaz E   
Saturday, 29 November 2014 04:00

URradiothumb2014Episode 52 of The Uber Rock Radio Show was monumental for at least a couple of reasons: firstly, it celebrated two whole years of audio velvet, of radio gold; and, secondly, it introduced, for the very first time, the dulcet tones of studio guest Darrel Sutton, "singer" of Trigger McPoopshute, there to reveal the first details of Slugfest 8.....

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Album Cover Of The Week - Week 234 Print E-mail
Written by Gaz E   
Monday, 24 November 2014 04:05

album86It's that time of year when almost everyone is down with the fever. Surely it's time that Bob Geldof recruited a load of pop stars who do everything within their power to avoid paying tax and got them to record a song to raise awareness of the Hard Rock Hell lurgy? I have a fever too... disco fever, baby.....

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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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Dead End Drive-In: Now Showing - The Who - 'Live in Hyde Park' Print E-mail
Written by Gaz Tidey   
Sunday, 29 November 2015 02:00

deadend86Expertly filmed on June 26th, 2015, 'Live in Hyde Park' captures The Who performing on The Great Oak Stage at Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park. Uber Rock's Gaz Tidey checks out the DVD of this multi-format release.....

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Dead End Drive-In: Now Showing - The Rolling Stones Print E-mail
Written by Gaz Tidey   
Sunday, 22 November 2015 02:00

deadend86The 'From The Vault' series of vintage Rolling Stones concerts officially released across multiple formats for the first time continues with 'Live In Leeds 1982' and 'Live At The Tokyo Dome 1990'. Uber Rock's Gaz Tidey checks out the DVD releases of both titles.....

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Book Reviews: Tim Cundle - 'Compression’ and ‘What Would Gary Gygax Do?’ Print E-mail
Written by Darrel Sutton   
Sunday, 15 November 2015 03:40

Compression thmbWhen Uber Rock’s Darrel Sutton isn’t penning reviews or writing lyrics for Trigger McPoopshute he’s normally stuck in hotel rooms as part of his day job. So what does our globetrotting scribe do to ease the boredom? Chomp down on a ball gag, grab his belt and one inch nudger and try some auto asphyxiation? Nah, our man likes to read books. Here he catches up with the digital reissues of 'Compression’ and ‘What Would Gary Gygax Do? by Welsh author Tim Cundle.

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Loving You Sunday Morning: Scorpions Remastered Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H   
Sunday, 08 November 2015 03:00

scorpions-world wide live-2dThis weekend SPV, in collaboration with BMG, reissued eight classic Scorpions albums in expanded formats; containing a whole host of goodies including previously unreleased bonus tracks and live DVDs, in celebration of the band's fiftieth birthday. Uber Rock’s Johnny H isn’t far off that magical birthday either (ha!) so here he looks back at some of the most popular records by a band he first heard back in 1979. Hit the ‘Read more’ link to do just that…

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Dead End Drive-In: Now Showing - Lynyrd Skynyrd Print E-mail
Written by Gaz Tidey   
Sunday, 01 November 2015 03:30

deadend86Released simultaneously on DVD, Blu-ray, Double CD and on digital formats, this new release from Lynyrd Skynyrd collects two specially staged concerts at the band's hometown earlier this year where they played their first two studio albums over two nights. Uber Rock's Gaz Tidey is the Simple Man at the DVD controls.....

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No Sugarcoating & No Bullshit: November Print E-mail
Written by Jo Hayes   
Saturday, 29 November 2014 03:30

joblogdec1486We're into the last weekend of November and Uber Rock's Jo Hayes has come over all Christmassy for her penultimate No Sugarcoating & No Bullshit blog of the year. It's the Christmas song that she's concentrating on, however, trying her hardest to avoid almost every one of them.....

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Sabrina Sabrok - An Unexpected Low Point In Heavy Metal Print E-mail
Written by Jason Daniel Baker   
Sunday, 23 November 2014 03:00

sabrinathumb86How bad could some female-fronted metal be that even Uber Rock's Canadian talent spotter Jason Daniel Baker couldn't stomach it. Our Toronto Go-To got himself in a lather with Argentine heavy metal "sensation" Sabrina Sabrok and, as you can tell from the article's title, she didn't exactly come out smelling of roses.....

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