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Dead End Drive-In: Now Showing - Stone Temple Pilots Print E-mail
Written by Rob Watkins   
Sunday, 22 July 2012 04:15

deadendthumbUber Rock's Rob Watkins swapped a 'D' for a 'P' as he travelled to the windy city with the STPs themselves, Stone Temple Pilots. 'Alive In The Windy City' is the hot new DVD/Blu-ray release from the band, recorded at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago in 2010. Giving The Bride Wore Black a much-needed break, our man slipped the disc into his electronic wonderland and marvelled at its magical healing qualities...

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Words and Music: Excursions in the Art of Rock Fandom - Michael Anthony Print E-mail
Written by Craggy   
Sunday, 22 July 2012 04:00

wordsandmusicthumbWhy does rock music mean so much to us? That's the million dollar question asked by Michael Anthony in his new book, Words and Music: Excursions in the Art of Rock Fandom. Uber Rock's Craggy - standard question: "Where's the bar?" - got stuck into this weighty tome and found much that would feel familiar to all music fans. Click that link if you want to take a trip on Uber Rock's latest excursion...

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Cerebral Ballzy/The Guns/Zulu - Newport, Le Pub - 11th July 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H   
Saturday, 21 July 2012 04:00
Cerebral_thmbMidweek gig madness descends on Newport in the shape of an eclectic line up of bands that we at URHQ just could not miss. All the way from NYC, tonight's headliners Cerebral Ballzy are a name on most scenester's lips right now, so this coup of a gig will surely help swell the war chest of the "Save Le Pub" campaign right? Especially when they are being supported by our fave band from Blaina The Guns, plus opening proceedings is a band featuring a bass player with the surname of Simonon. Johnny H steps into the Le Pub pit and wonders if he will get out alive?
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Slugfe5t - Abertillery, The Railway Inn - 6th & 7th July 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Gaz E with Dom Daley & Johnny H   
Friday, 20 July 2012 04:00

slugfe5tthumbReturning for its fifth annual outing, the World's finest free music festival found itself in a new venue and with its most professional set-up to date. Would this tame the customary ferocity and lunacy of the fucked up festival's bands and patrons? As if. Slugfe5t was as messy - possibly more so - than any of its older siblings. Uber Rock's Gaz E, with the merest help from Dom Daley and Johnny H, entered the Railway Inn knowing that he would leave many hours later with a shit-eating grin and bleeding ears seemingly permanently attached.....

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The Bones - 'Monkeys With Guns' (People Like You Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 19 July 2012 04:00

bonesuseSwedish punk rock 'n' rollers The Bones return with 'Monkeys With Guns', their brand new album released by People Like You Records. Uber Rock's Dom Daley, a monkey with puns, seemed like the perfect UR scribe to get his hefty hands on this hot new platter that matters. Read on for yet another cool album gifted to 2012 like trashy manna from heaven......

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Dublin Death Patrol - 'Death Sentence' (Mascot Records) Print E-mail
Written by Ross Welford   
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 05:00

dublindeathpatrolalbumChuck Billy of Testament? Steve Zetro Souza of Exodus? Members of Laaz Rockit and Tesla too? There is, as Uber Rock's Ross Welford discovered, hard rock royalty behind Dublin Death Patrol. Read on as our man becomes the first in existence to be pleased to hear that he has a Death Sentence in his name......

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Municipal Waste/Freebase/Mutant - London, Camden, Dingwalls - 10th July 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Tuesday, 17 July 2012 04:00

wasteding_thmbIn the first of two thrash/hardcore live cover stories up this week on Uber Rock, Jim Rowland slides on his skin tight black canvas jeans, laces up his Hi-Tec bumper boots, flips his baseball cap around and revisits a live venue he hasn't been in for nearly a quarter of a century to experience a night of metal thrashing madness courtesy of Richmond, Virginia's Municipal Waste. 

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Redd Kross - 'Researching The Blues' (Merge Records) Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Monday, 16 July 2012 04:00

redd_krossapproved_small_2012Making Nelson Mandela's wait for release seem half-arsed, us Redd Kross fanatics have waited what seems centuries for a new album by the most glorious of bands to appear. Our power popped dreams looked like they would never come true.....until now! Uber Rock's Ben Hughes stopped weeping - at both ends - just long enough to get his thoughts down on the first Redd Kross album for fifteen long years, 'Researching The Blues'. Click that redd link to discover BH's thoughts......though that uber-approved stamp might give it away somewhat.....

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Midnite Mixtape Massacre - Adam Savage - Mongrel Print E-mail
Written by Adam Savage   
Sunday, 15 July 2012 04:30

mongrelmixtape86Adam Savage of Mongrel has been an Über Röck supporter since the beginning and, as well as learning that he's in an ass-kicker of a band, the worker droids at ÜRHQ have also learned that he knows, and loves, the work of some of the finest bands known to humanity. Adam truly is a US ÜR brutha and his inclusion in our fabled Midnite Mixtape Massacre section was nailed on. Read on for his ultimate thirteen song mixtape.....

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Dead End Drive-In: Now Showing - Saxon Print E-mail
Written by Ian Bell   
Sunday, 15 July 2012 04:15
deadendthumbYou might be wondering what stallion of the gig going highway Ian Bell does of an evening when he's not attending heavy metal shows? Well, the answer my friends is he watches DVDs of heavy metal shows, and one that caught his eye recently is a little beauty from NWOBHM godfathers Saxon. So if you want to know more about 'Heavy Metal Thunder - Live: Eagles Over Wacken', plus be in with a chance of winning yourself a copy, read on....
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Hammered: Heavy Tales from the Hard-Rock Highway - Kirk Blows (Plexus Publishing) Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Richards   
Sunday, 15 July 2012 04:00

hammered86Kirk Blows is a former editor of Metal Hammer, sub-editor on The Sun, contributor for titles as varied as RAW and Penthouse, and author of a number of books on West Ham United. His seventh book, 'Hammered', looks back at his run-ins with various names in the world of metal and hard rock. Jamie Richards checks out a book that features Pearl Jam, Motorhead, Axl Rose, Wolfsbane, Ozzy, Gene Simmons, The Black Crowes, The Quireboys, Dumpy's Rusty Nuts and....err....Gypsy Queen....

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Kiss - London, HMV Forum - 4th July 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Matt Phelps   
Saturday, 14 July 2012 04:00

kisshmv86It was the worst kept secret in rock 'n' roll; July the 4th saw Kiss replace their planned appearance at the doomed Sonisphere with a one-off show at London's HMV Forum, buoyed on by a couple of thousand fans eager to see the hottest band in the world....The Wiggles! Shit, sorry, Kiss!!! Uber Rock's Matt Phelps slapped on some make-up and ended up on the stage playing someone else's songs! Only joking, he was in the crowd loving every second of a crazy crazy night........

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Pearl Jam - Prague, O2 Arena - 2nd July 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Richards   
Friday, 13 July 2012 04:00

vedderprague86Uber Pearl Jam fan Jamie Richards wasn't content with seeing his favourite band open their European tour in Manchester late last month; no, he had to drag everyone to Prague pretending it was a family holiday when really it was all about the Vedder. Read on as our man is presented with a religious experience on the stage of Prague's O2 Arena.....

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The Psychedelic Furs - Bristol, The Fleece - 4th July 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H   
Thursday, 12 July 2012 04:01
PF_thmbBack in the UK playing seven ludicrously intimate dates spread either side of an equally ludicrously enormous set at this year's Hop Farm Festival, post punk alt rock icons The Psychedelic Furs chose to pop into one of Uber Rock's favourite venues along the way, and we just had to be there to witness it. Up close and quite literally in heaven with Richard and Tim Butler was one Johnny H, and here's his story of the night.
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Dave Evans and the UK Badasses/Triaxis/Buffalo Summer - Garnlydan, Odin's Rock Club - 29th June 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Rob Watkins   
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 04:00

daveevansthumbDave Evans, you say? Born in Wales, you say? Nothing strange or uncommon about that, especially when talking about a Friday night in Garnlydan. But what if the Welsh-born Dave Evans in question once fronted Australian megasuperuberstars AC/DC? Now you're interested, right?! Uber Rock's Rob Watkins pulled on his helmet and rode bareback into Odin's Rock Club to check out some badasses.....

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Diamond Head - Pontypool, Hog And Hosper - 28th June 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Tuesday, 10 July 2012 04:00
DH_Nick_thmbIt's the opening night of a 12 date European tour for NWOBHM pioneers Diamond Head and they have chosen a venue within walking distance of URHQ in which to play said date, so it would be rude of us not to show up right? Especially when it's in Pontypool's uber cool Hog And Hosper and our pals from Fell On Black Days and Counterhold are supporting. Nev Brooks picks up the live action and remembers when local gigs of this calibre were nothing more than a pipe dream.
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