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Band Of Skulls/Bo Ningen - Bristol, O2 Academy - 11th November 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Thursday, 27 November 2014 03:20

band of skulls thmbBritish alt rock trio Band Of Skulls have been sharing stages worldwide with the likes of Muse and Queens of the Stone Age whilst back home their third studio album ‘Himalayan’ has seen them progress to headlining theatre sized venues nationwide. Uber Rock’s Nev Brooks has been with the band since the early days, when he first spotted a Nirvana-like spark in their eyes. Here he discovers what they have become a few years on….

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Rich Robinson - Cardiff, The Globe - 13th November 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Russ P   
Thursday, 27 November 2014 03:00

Rich Robinson thmbEx-Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson returned to the UK recently for his longest tour of these fair isles since those bygone early days when he was still shaking his moneymaker for a living. Uber Rock’s Russ P wasn’t about to miss this though especially when the second night of the UK leg of The Ceaseless Sight Tour was set in the near perfect surroundings of Cardiff’s bohemian Globe venue. Read on to find out if the show lived up to his expectations.

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Robin Trower - Carolina Theater, Durham, NC - 4th November 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Kim Thore   
Saturday, 22 November 2014 03:20

robintrowerlive86US ubervixen Kim Thore returns to the hallowed pages of Uber Rock, adding a touch of glamour and a splash of colour to the usual denim cut-off clad surroundings. Kim went into a concert from the legendary Robin Trower as a curious onlooker and came out a fan - hit Read More to find out how that happened.....

 

 

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Wonk Unit/Beautiful Strangers/The Quisling Killers/Gung Ho/Dirty Bob - Abertillery, The Dolls House - 1st November 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 03:00

WU thmbBilled as a Halloween Hellraiser, the fact that this 5 band bill missed the haunting mark by a full 24 hours seemingly didn’t matter to the people of Abertillery who had embraced the fancy dress aspect of the night with both claws. Uber Rock’s Johnny H was also in attendance in his usual Frankenstein’s monster get up, but for him it was more about witnessing headliners Wonk Unit along with a strong Welsh undercard. Missed this night of horrific musical celebration, or simply cannot remember it? Then read on.

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Ginger Wildheart/Eureka Machines/The Scaramanga Six - York, Fibbers - 30th October 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Thursday, 13 November 2014 03:00

GWBfibbers86The first of four dates on the Ginger Wildheart Halloween Tour took place in York, at the new and improved Fibbers venue, and Uber Rock's Ben Hughes was there to witness it. With support from The Scaramanga Six and the always excellent Eureka Machines, and with Kelii Compulsive added to Ginger's band line-up, this was sure to be one helluva night.....

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Sator/The Nomads - London, The Pipeline - 11th October 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Craggy   
Saturday, 08 November 2014 03:40

sator86gigcraggyUber Rock's roving hornsman Craggy doesn't leave his man-cave in the Czech Republic to return to dear ol' Blighty for any old thing: no, it has to be a special occasion, and one such occasion was the teaming up of garage rockers Sator and The Nomads for a London show that he just had to attend.....

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Flying Colors - London, Islington, Assembly Hall - 13th October 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 04:00

FCthmbPaying an all too brief visit to the UK as part of their European tour to promote ‘Second Nature’, supergroup Flying Colors popped into London’s charming Islington Assembly Hall recently on a very wet and windy Monday night to find the place packed to the rafters with prog rockers looking to luxuriate in their musical flamboyance. There for Uber Rock was Jim Rowland standing stage front and centre wearing a freshly ironed cape.

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Stupids, Thirty Six Strategies, This System Kills, Trigger McPoopshute - Newport, Le Pub - 4th October 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Darrel Sutton   
Friday, 17 October 2014 04:00

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Uber Rock’s Darrel Sutton wasn’t supposed to be reviewing this one…because he was playing it. But “shit happens!” even here at URHQ so our man with the Squidward-like features suddenly found himself pen in hand having to capture the Stupids first ever Welsh date in their three decade long career. Also on the bill Thirty Six Strategies This System Kills and (of course) Trigger McPoopshute He surely wouldn’t have the balls to review his own band though would he? Hit the link to find out.....

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OFF!/Cerebral Ballzy - Bristol, The Exchange - 2nd October 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Darrel Sutton   
Thursday, 16 October 2014 03:00

OffthmbOFF! chose the sweaty and intimate surrounding of Bristol’s Exchange in which to kick off the UK leg of their current tour in support of the awesome ‘Wasted Years’ album. Also on the bill the enigmatic Cerebral Ballzy. Uber Rock’s Darrel Sutton was lucky enough to bag himself a ticket for this long since sold out show, and as the night unfolded he was mighty glad he did. Hit the ‘Red More’ link to find out why.

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Tim “Ripper” Owens - Belfast, Voodoo - 25th September 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Eamon O'Neill   
Thursday, 09 October 2014 03:00

Ripper thmbOver the years Tim “Ripper” Owens has played with the likes of Iced Earth, Beyond Fear and of course the mighty Judas Priest, to name but a few, but what would a solo Ripper live show be like? We sent Uber Rock’s Eamon O’Neill to Belfast’s Voodoo to answer that question, and the answer? Well you’ll have to click the 'Read More’ link to find out.

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The Dowling Poole/Paul Miro - Birmingham, The Asylum 2 - 17th September 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 03:00

Edwina thmbHaving released what could be one of the most perfect albums of the year in the shape of their ‘Bleak Strategies’ debut platter The Dowling Poole hit the road during the month of September to play five acoustic dates to help promote its release. Stage front and centre for Uber Rock at the Birmingham date was Rich Hobson as our man joins Jon Poole, Willie Downing and Givvi Flynn for a night at the Funny Farm.

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Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters/The Last Internationale - Newport, Centre - 9th November 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H   
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 03:00

rp lullaby artwork 3Having just released one of his most successful solo albums in decades, the brooding yet brilliant ‘lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar’, Robert Plant decided that instead of taking the filthy lucre to tour with a reformed Led Zeppelin, he’d instead head out on the road with The Sensational Space Shifters and once again reinvent some of that aforementioned band’s legendary back catalogue along the way. Uber Rock’s Johnny H was at the tour’s opening night at the as equally legendary Newport Centre, this is what he witnessed.

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Motorhead/The Damned/The BossHoss - Wembley, The SSE Arena - 8th November 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Saturday, 22 November 2014 03:00

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Returning to UK stages for three of their biggest shows since their early eighties heyday, Motorhead were back in London town with an all-star supporting cast for one night only at the recently retitled SSE Arena. Jim Rowland was down the front for Uber Rock for this one wearing his best denim cut off and bullet belt and hoping for at least a surprise, or two, or three? Read on to discover exactly what happened next….

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The Godfathers/The Lone Sharks - Bristol, The Thunderbolt - 30th October 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 03:00

God thmbLegendary British Rock ‘n’ Rollers The Godfathers are back in action once more with an all new five piece line up, and almost a year to the day they returned to Bristol’s Thundrbolt venue to play a low key warm up show for their Halloween spooktacular in London the following night. Also on the bill were local glunkers The Lone Sharks, whilst returning to reviewing duties was Uber Rock’s Nev Brooks. Hit the link to find out how the revitalised headliners performed.

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The Dirty Youth/Eric Unseen/4th Street Traffic/The Undivided - Ebbw Vale, EVI - 18th October 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Rob Watkins   
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 03:00

dirtyyouthevi86Uber Rock's Rob Watkins took time out from grave robbing to catch the final date of The Dirty Youth's "Gold Dust Tour (Part One)" complete with up-and-coming Welsh bands undercard. Hit Read More for his unique vision of the state of rock 'n' roll in the land of song.....

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Honest John Plain Band/Electric River - Bristol, Louisiana - 17th October 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H   
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 03:00

Poster thmbWith The Boys having released 'Punk Rock Menopause', their first album in over 32 years earlier this year, guitarist Honest John Plain seemingly couldn’t wait to take the songs to the kids setting out a series of six solo shows across October and November. Uber Rock was at the tour’s opening night in Bristol, and here Johnny H picks up the story of what turned out to be a very special night indeed.

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Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell/Dead Shed Jokers/Lacertilia - Cardiff, The Moon Club - 6th October 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Matt Richards   
Friday, 24 October 2014 04:00

Admiral thumbThe Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell brought their own peculiar brand of greasy bastard rock to the Welsh capitol recently on a night where the monsoon like rain would have penetrated even the hardiest of junkie juice soaked denim cut offs. With a fine undercard on offer too though Cardiff’s rockers wouldn’t let a little light drizzle put them off the task at hand, which was to get a ‘Wreckin n’ Wrockin’ Moon Club style. Uber Rock’s Matt Richards was on hand to get well and truly shovelled.

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The Urban Voodoo Machine/Johnny Cage And The Voodoogroove - Cardiff, The Globe - 4th October 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Friday, 17 October 2014 03:00

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Less than 24 hours prior to what was destined to be The Urban Voodoo Machine ’s debut Welsh date, the news broke that the collective had lost their brother Robb ‘The Kid’ Skipper to his long time battle with heroin. With the band determined to celebrate their fallen comrade’s life as only they knew how the show at Cardiff’s bohemian paradise commonly known as The Globe turned out to be a once in a lifetime event for Uber Rock’s Neville Brooks. Hit the link to find out more.....

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The Libertines - London, Alexandra Palace - 27th September 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Nick Russell   
Thursday, 09 October 2014 04:00

Libertines thmbWe seem to be doing this a lot lately…putting reviewers in front of bands they have never seen before, and as is the case here, in front of bands they normally wouldn’t have a second thought about. So what would Uber Rock’s Nick Russell, a man so metal he normally clanks when he walks, think of the rag tag indie mob The Libertines live? Well there is only one way to find out. Hit that lipstick red link and read on.

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Last Great Dreamers/The Sonic Jewels - London, Camden, Purple Turtle - 21st September 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Dan Hayes   
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 03:20

LGD ThmbUntil a weekend or so ago it had been the best part of 20 years since Dan Hayes last witnessed Last Great Dreamers live, it also had been the best part of 5 years since he last penned a review for Uber Rock. So that night at the Purple Turtle must have been something special right? Hit the ‘Read More’ link to find our man once again ‘Crash Landing In Teenage Heaven’.

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Christmas/U.K’s Lowest/The Bellends - Abertillery, The Dolls House - 19th September 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H   
Friday, 03 October 2014 03:00

Xmas thmbWith the bespoke decorations and major league hangovers left behind following the rock ‘n’ roll party of the year having only just finally startied to clear his memory banks, it was time for Johnny H to return to The Dolls House for yet another shindig, this time courtesy of German punks Christmas on the first date of the UK leg of their Appetite For Selfdestruction tour. Hit the link to find out all about what happened next during yet another night to remember in Abertillery Rock City.

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