Rock and Roll

Andy Crofts of The Moons On Music's Tide of Change

Jason Holmes | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

While informed by the likes of Bacharach, Bolan and The Animals - as heard on The Moons' Jan 'Stan' Kybert-produced album Fables Of History (2012) - Crofts has taken a pop classicism and updated it without having mired himself in the black hole of revivalism.

You Need To Hear This: New Music From Slaves, the Sea, Kieran Daly and Lemaitre

Kat Jackman | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kat Jackman

Each week we like to offer a hit of fresh new tunes to inspire that spark of musical discovery in everyone. It's the excitement of unearthing a sound ...

Top Five Emerging Icons Live: 23 Sept - 29 Sept 2013

Kat Jackman | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kat Jackman

The coming week's live listings are ready and waiting for you- so it's time you get yourselves organised. Get your diaries at the ready, because we've got a another round-up of unmissable shows for you to start looking forward to.

Manic Street Preachers Interview: 'I Felt Nothing When Thatcher Died.'

Freya Bromley | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Freya Bromley

As the Manic Street Preachers ready themselves to release their new album Rewind The Film, on September 16, I had the chance to catch up with bass player, lyricist and unofficial band spokesman Nicky Wire at BBC Radio 2 live in Hyde Park.

Emerging Icons Hanna Willow, She Crazy, Patch & The Giant and Blast Unit Moscow

Kat Jackman | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kat Jackman

We have a handful of fantastic up-and-coming acts for you to become acquainted with because they are just too good to be missing out on. For one reason or another, each and every one of this wonderful lot have really got us going at Emerging Icons HQ... so give em a listen.

Gun Club Cemetery-Alan McGee Returns to the Music Business

Jason Holmes | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Alan McGee the man who gave us Oasis, Primal Scream and The Jesus and Mary Chain on Creation Records, has returned to the musical fold, which - for anyone even remotely interested in British music - is a welcome development.

Damon Minchella: A Bass Player With His Finger On the Pulse

Jason Holmes | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Minchella learned the business the hard way - perhaps the best way - on the pub circuit, playing professionally for the first time in 1987, two years before the golden break with Ocean Colour Scene.

Little Barrie: An Unholy Trinity of Rock in Camden Town

Jason Holmes | Posted 14.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

As The Beatles' 'Tomorrow Never Knows' fades out over the PA, the feedback groan of Barrie Cadogan's Gibson splits the air, a white umbilical guitar lead coiling obscenely into the amp. Five minutes into the gig and the band has put a grip on a crowd who twist with delight in the dark womb of the club.

Arthur Gun: Shooting From the Hip on the London Music Scene

Jason Holmes | Posted 06.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Serious-minded songwriters have returned. Gone is the foul, metastasising era of Stock Aitken and Waterman and their 'Hit Factory', swept aside at long last by a tide of musicians dedicated to making music of depth that resonates with a music-loving public, a public which is awakening from its own bad dream of botox, gussets and 'Zig-a-zig-ah'.

The Geeks Have Inherited Rock n' Roll

Adam Jung | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Adam Jung

Geek culture has been growing and getting more and more accepted and commercialized over the last decade. A far cry from when I was in high school desperately hiding my Star Trek addiction. Now, the top movies every summer are from franchises like Star Trek, Iron Man, or the Avengers.

You Need To Hear This Featuring Emerging Icons Bipolar Sunshine, Armchair Committee, Affairs, LAC and The Screaming Kicks

Kat Jackman | Posted 29.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kat Jackman

Emerging Icons is a site that's chock-a-block with fresh, new musical talent and it's a real pleasure to share some of our favourite finds with you.

Daringly Different Wedding Dresses

Kate Thompson | Posted 24.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Thompson

We are all one of a kind, and we want our wedding to be different and memorable in its own right, to reflect our own personal style. Why then is the ubiquitous ivory, strapless bridal gown still the choice for most brides today?

An Interview With Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues

Sammy Sultan | Posted 12.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Sammy Sultan

The Moody's forged their identity in the 60's and have since weathered the divisive egocentric storms groups normally endure. Last year was the 45th anniversary of their seminal album Days of Future Passed, of which Nights was a single.

Top Five Emerging Icons Live: Jan 14- Jan 20 2013

Kat Jackman | Posted 10.03.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kat Jackman

This job ain't always easy you know. Each week we have to find just five Emerging Icons gigs to tell you about- but there is just so much amazing live...

Tougher Than the Rest: Is Springsteen's Greatest Work Still Ahead of Him?

Endeavour Press | Posted 20.01.2013 | UK Entertainment
Endeavour Press

Let's face it, it's one thing to sell out stadiums decades into your career, like the Rolling Stones are sure to do if they trot out their rumored 50th anniversary tour next year. But it's another thing to keep releasing actual, relevant new music. Remember that?

But Will it Really Be 'The Last Time'?

Larry Jaffee | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Larry Jaffee

But how many of the geriatric set pushing 70 can still do what they do? With four sold-out shows in Newark and London, they're rumored to be planning a world tour tour next year, dubbed 'GRRRR! 50 and Counting'? You've got to hand it to the Rolling Stones, even if their motivation these days more likely is money for their families than creating great music.

How to Last 50 Years in Rock 'N' Roll

Francis Rossi | Posted 04.01.2013 | Home
Francis Rossi

When we first started out I had no ambitions other than not being a one-hit wonder. That was it. I didn't want to just have one tantalizing taste of what we were chasing and then no more. I didn't want to work in the family ice cream business. Of course, I wanted to be a success but, if you'd have told the young man that I was, that nearly half a century on he'd still be getting away with it, I'd have laughed you out of Catford... Some poor sod worked out that we've done over 6000 shows, played to over 25 million people and been away from home for more than 23 years.

Take Off Those Sunglasses Bono - You Look Ridiculous

Matthew Phillips | Posted 10.12.2012 | UK Entertainment
Matthew Phillips

Where my clemency for sunglasses begins to wither however, is when artists, particularly singers, wear their ocular devices with a perpetuity that is offensive. No one is guiltier of this crime than the prophet Bono.

Morrissey and Marr, The Severed Alliance: A Potentially Great Biopic?

Daley James Francis | Posted 04.12.2012 | UK Entertainment
Daley James Francis

Johnny Rogan's 1992 biography of The Smiths' leading duo and subsequent fall out is a big seller and the definitive take on one of the 80's best loved and most missed bands, at least until Johnny Marr and/or Morrissey release definitive autobiographies. It also has the potential to make a great biopic.

School of Roccupy: Uniting Rockstars, High School Youth, and Occupy Wall Street

Adam Jung | Posted 22.10.2012 | UK Politics
Adam Jung

Activists involved with the Occupy Wall Street movement are working with a record label set up to support the movement to launch a high profile community outreach project. The School of Roccupy is a collaboration between Occupation Records and Occupy activists that aims to creatively engage high school students with the processes and idealism of Occupy Wall Street.

Terry O'Neill Collaborates With COLLECTIVE to Mark The Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary

Kate Lawson | Posted 02.09.2012 | UK Style
Kate Lawson

Just in case you didn't know already, it's the 50th anniversary of The Rolling Stones this month, and there are a series of events happening in and around london to mark the music milestone, such as 'The Rolling Stones: 50', a photo exhibition which opens at London's Somerset House on July 13th and runs until August 27th.

Does the UK's First Rock N Roll Marathon Live Up to Its Name?

Keith Smith | Posted 19.06.2012 | UK Entertainment
Keith Smith

Despite leaving countless gigs soaked through with sweat, my carefully-coiffured hair transformed into sodden mess, I'd never yet been panting and perspiring before having seen the support act.

Sorry for Party Cock Rocking

Thomas Morris | Posted 05.06.2012 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Morris

LMFAO has to be one of the worst band names that has graced the world of music. Apart from maybe Staind. Or Bananarama.

We Are Rock and Roll

Tom Carter | Posted 08.04.2012 | UK Comedy
Tom Carter

I enjoy a fish supper so I'm not very Rock and Roll. I like fish and I used the word supper. Paul McCartney was a member of the most famous band that ...

Don't Make Your Hobby Your Job

Hugh Salmon | Posted 01.04.2012 | UK
Hugh Salmon

Yes, yes, yes! At last! The day has arrived. In the long history of the internet, I can only post this blog on this one day. Yes, today. 1 February 2012.