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Alex Maiorano & The Black Tales - 'Everything Boom!' (Off Label Records) Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Tuesday, 22 November 2016 03:20

Alex Maiorano - Everything BoomAlways on the search for new and exciting sounds, Uber Rock's Ben Hughes' quest took him to the back streets of Berlin, where he uncovered rather classy "roots-based rock 'n' roll with a good dose of funk and soul", which really got him in the party mood... To find out all about his latest discovery, click on the intriguing little link thing...

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The Varukers – ‘How Do You Sleep?’ (Westworld Recordings) Print E-mail
Written by Nick Russell   
Tuesday, 22 November 2016 03:00

Varukers WW0089CDThe Varukers were a band that pretty much passed Uber Rock's Nick Russell by when they first exploded on to the UK punk scene some quarter of a century ago (well, he was but a pup back then, wasn't he?).  Now, 26 years later, he acquaints himself with the re-issue of their ‘How Do You Sleep?’ album.  Will he find it still sounding "fresh, vital and angry"?  There's only one way to find out...

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Ginger Wildheart’s Halloween Hootenanny III – Wolverhampton, The Slade Rooms – 29 October 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Monday, 21 November 2016 03:40

GWBHalloween may be fading in many people's memory as they turn their attention, and cash, to another time of "celebration"... but the period around All Hallow's Eve is not that easily forgotten here at Uber Rock, and our man in black Rich Hobson has been reminiscing about the massive eight band bill that invaded Wolverhampton when the one and only Ginger Wildheart brought his annual Hootenanny to town... click the link to find out what went down that fine evening...

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GBH – ‘Ha Ha’ (Westworld Recordings) Print E-mail
Written by Nick Russell   
Monday, 21 November 2016 03:20

GBH WW0088CDDIn the second of a double header of reviews today, Nick Russell takes a step back in time and gets a gob full of the re-issue of GBH's 2002 album, 'Ha Ha'.  Does our man think it has stood the test of time?  Or is he laughing in the face of punk rock doom?  Click the link to find out...

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The Sword – ‘Low Country’ (Razor & Tie Records) Print E-mail
Written by Nick Russell   
Monday, 21 November 2016 03:00

The Sword - Low CountryWhen Atlanta’s The Sword released their excellent ‘High Country’ album last year, there was a slight change to their musical style. The doom stoner aspect was toned down for a more southern rock tinged sound.  Now, they've gone one step further, with a totally stripped back acoustic reworking of ten of the tracks from said release.  Uber Rock's Nick Russell invites you to "sip some good ol’ whiskey and kick back in the ‘Low Country’....":

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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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Midnite Mixtape Massacre - Stef w/ and F - City Of The Weak Print E-mail
Written by Stef w/ an F   
Sunday, 20 November 2016 09:16

City Of The WeakThe wonderfully named Stef w/ an F is the frontwoman of Minneapolis alt-rock trio City Of The Weak, who are preparing to release their as yet untitled new album early next year.  During a break in the recording sessions, the singer shared her Midnight Mixtape with us - and there's some belters in there, as you'll find out when you click the link:

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GRAHAM BONNET - The BIG Uber Rock Interview Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 19 November 2016 20:52

30928283952 20c07c155a oGraham Bonnet currently is touring the highways and by ways of these British Isles promoting his latest album, 'The Book', just released via Frontiers Records. Uber Rock's team of Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen caught up with him earlier this evening, as he prepared to make his first live appearance in Belfast since 1968... collectively, they chatted about said new album, how he has always downtuned his voice - and his feelings on the recent return of his old sidekick Ritchie Blackmore to the rock 'n' roll arena...

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HARD ROCK HELL - Interview with CROWSAW Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 19 November 2016 18:14

URTV thmbAnother of the discoveries of last weekend's Hard Rock Hell X for Uber Rock's husband-and-wfe team of Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen were CROWSAW.  Our dynamic due caught up with bassist Glyn Mason and drummer Mark Pullin to talk about what was going down with the band, and especially the development of the band's heavier sound since the latter joined, their recent live album and the advantages of own their own studio...

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HARD ROCK HELL: Interview with Brad Marr of MASSIVE Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 19 November 2016 13:54

URTV thmbOne of the highlight acts, not just of the final day of Hard Rock Hell X but the weekend as a whole were Aussie noiseniks MASSIVE.  A band who are literally going to live up to their name - at least if there is any shred of justice in this world - Uber Rock's Mark Ashby caught up with frontman Brad Marr to chat about the band's career to date, why the Australian rock circuit is dead, thus forcing them to virtually move full-time to Europe, and plans for when the seemingly never-ending 'Destination Somewhere' finally grinds to a halt at the end of this year...

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Killing Joke/Death Valley High - York, Fibbers - 2 November 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Saturday, 19 November 2016 03:20

DSC 4775Earlier this month, Killing Joke finished their 'The Great Gathering' tour with a gig which was recorded for posterity, at Brixton's O2 Academy.  As we've already reported, Uber Rock's Jim Rowland was there, and laid down his opinion.  But, how does a band of such pedigree warm up for such a mammoth show, especially when they know the cameras are going to be in their faces?  Well, by playing a "secret" gig in York just two nights earlier... and, as ever, we're ahead of the game, 'cos our man Ben Hughes was front and centre...

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Ian Hunter & The Rant Band / Graham Parker & Brinsley Schwartz – London, Shepherd’s Bush Empire – 11 November 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Saturday, 19 November 2016 03:00

IanHunterimage11Two months ago, Uber Rock's Jim Reynolds found himself an addict... but one addicted to one of the good things in life, when he discovered the music of one Graham Parker and immediately rushed out and bought everything he had ever released.  Imagine his delight, then, when our man discovered that Mr Parker was supporting the legendary Ian Hunter in what seemed a dream double bill... Click the link to find out what went down on this memorable night...

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Metallica – ‘Hardwired… To Self-Destruct’ (Blackened Recordings) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Friday, 18 November 2016 19:54

HardwiredThere are very few bands who, when you hear there is a new album on the horizon, generate almost exceptional levels of expectation - much of it to be disappointed as much as anything else... Metallica fall very much into that category.  But, after 25 years of what many regard as patchy output, to say the least, many people are arguing that their long-awaited new magnum opus - and it is an epic beast, that has to be said - is perhaps the best thing they have produced in the post-'Black' era.  Does Uber Rock's Rich Hobson agree?  Click the link to find out...

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Hard Rock Hell X – Hafan y Môr – 11 November 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Friday, 18 November 2016 09:00

30956449131 3314966dc1 oAfter a NWOBHM-infused first evening of action at the tenth anniversary edition of Hard Rock Hell, the Uber Rock team of Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen were up bright and early for another round of classic rock mayhem deep in the heart of north Wales... Click the link to find out what mischief they got up to and what bands tickled their collective fancy:

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Hunters – ‘Dead End’ (Stupido Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Friday, 18 November 2016 03:00

hunters-dead-endLike the most of the rest of us here at Uber Rock, Dom Daley listens to hundreds of albums every year - and it takes something really special to tickle his hairy Welsh balls at the first attempt.  Finland's Hunters may well have done just that, bringing our man to draw comparisons with Guns N Roses' legendary debut EP!  To find out what the Double D is on about, just click on the link...

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HARD ROCK HELL: Interview with CROSS EYED MARY Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 18 November 2016 00:25

URTV thmbThey may be named after a Jethro Tull song - or more than likely not - but that's where the comparison between a certain bunch of self-confessed "ballbags from Belfast" and a Scottish lunatic with a penchant for standing on one leg ends... especially as, of the end of an evening, the guys (and gal) from Cross Eyed Mary usually tend end up wrapped up in their duvets with a nice cup of cocao - as if!  Uber Rock's Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen caught up with them before they'd had the chance to exchange their coffee for a Buckie...

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