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"You, Not Me" by Ivy Ash

Review

With her latest single "You, Not Me" (which doesn't actually come out until August 5th but please be ready for it because it's so good), Ivy Ash has taken another considerable leap forwards in her art.

The second track (after "Third Degree" which we reviewed last November) to come out of her ‘Developing Your Creative Practice' project with Arts Council England, the song by itself justifies the title & presumed aim of the funding: Ivy is not using the money just to record her songs, she is very deliberately using the structure & philosophy of the funding to consciously move her writing into new areas which might, without this support, have been a much slower process.

Key to this seems to be the notion of ringfencing time for exploring original ideas and approaches  (which given how much she has had to balance studying, working & travelling on top of her creativity, that must have been vital) and as she puts it herself, the freedom from pressure & sense of space to create within seem to have resulted in a very relaxed & organic writing environment: "I wrote this song during my development and creation time within the third quarter of 2021, it was one of those songs that happened so naturally, the lyrics poured out and it was a process that I couldn't stop if I tried"

That sense of material pouring out of her is pretty consistent with the overall feel of her Ivy Ash work to date: that natural effervescent charm which bubbles out of your speakers. Nevertheless, if you've been following her career, you'll remember that a couple of her upbeat tracks have subsequently appeared in acoustic form later too. In neither case was I expecting the stripped back twin (and an artist who can surprise is onto a good thing) and once again, I'm wondering whether she'll be pulling off the trick again: it just seems too "right" in its current form.

This ability to create original material which from the start is capable of being plausibly presented in differing forms is an interesting & unusual one and one which will get her noticed: quite a few other people (e.g. Joe Dolman) do this regularly, but Ivy seems to include it as part of her artistic identity: perhaps linking her current pop persona with her more laid back earlier work.

But to return to "You, Not Me"… Ivy describes it as "electro pop" which I don't intend to dispute as such, it's just that to me it's got the funk: a throbbing bassline in particular which goes above & beyond what we've heard from her before. This is a real deal & that's why I think the track will exceed streaming & other success indicators of her earlier work.

Sassy to a high degree (thank you Ivy) it seized me by the scruff of the neck on a dull afternoon & invigorated me. It should do much the same to you if you give it the chance. The word "pulsating" has already been used of it, which robs me of the chance to use if fresh, but as it fits, I'm happy to pass it on.

Ivy describes it as "… fearless, confident, and no-nonsense. I believe that everyone should be free to be themselves, and I want to hammer that message home." Which she does through enthusiasm & panache rather than crude brute force.  This is someone confident in her own skin & alert to the wiles of the world enough to be aware of gaslighting & able to swerve it.

Let's face it, "You Not Me" has a very important message, a statement of intent, but the first impression it's likely to have on anyone is that as a song it's as infectious as any of the viral atrocities still in turgid circulation, but thankfully in a beneficial way.

The canon of Ivy Ash to date can be seen as a ladder: each rung higher & by now we're a long way off the ground. Ivy sounds like she has a head for the heights.

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"What Would You Change" by Luke Concannon, Darius Christian & Joshua Bailey

Review

For his first single since the great success of his ‘Ecstatic Bird in the Burning' album, Luke Concannon has created "What Would You Change" for us & released it today.

One (of many) aspects of Luke's craft which never fails to strike me is a most tricky balance he pulls off every song.

Luke is pretty much a poet when it comes to lyric writing. As my previous reviews have hopefully made clear, he loves metaphors & allusions & is seldom happy unless each song contains various layers of meaning or deals with several subjects simultaneously. Take even his most famous song: just note down how many separate  issues he's actually tackling at once.

Against this, he aims for and achieves a simplicity of focus: he certainly doesn't want to let his poetic expression prevent his messages getting through: and messages are huge in Luke's writing: I doubt if he is capable of creating something unless it has a point to him or constitutes something which he wants to share with the world.

Thus the obvious theme of "What Would You Change" is crystal clear. There is no deception at play, no sneaking unpalatable messages through under sugar coating. It's simply about making those changes in your life in order to respond to the love & needs of those around you: and in fact if you are keeping up with Luke and what he does in the broadest contexts of his life & work, you can see him as on a pilgrimage himself (and having been so for a long long time now) towards improving himself as a human being as well as an artist. There seems little more which is so central to the choices he makes & he is urging us to consider our own responses in that respect.

That said, to return to my earlier theme, this is not some simplistic or patronising piece: musically it's typical Luke: stripped back in arrangement yet I imagine horrendously difficult to replicate exactly, with chords I certainly don't claim to recognise, idiosyncratic structures, changes of rhythm & meter etc.

Not all of the arrangement is in fact down to Luke & the single is actually credited to Luke and Darius Christian & Joshua Bailey.  Darius is a Baltimore based friend of Luke's who has played with the likes of Miley Cyrus & Gwen Stefani and added all instruments (bar Joshua's drums) to Luke's basic guitar & vocal tracks.

As might have been expected, Luke began work on the song when lockdown first hit. Concerned with the universal vulnerabilities exposed by the pandemic, he sought to remind us of how we could still connect despite the crisis. Key points he wanted to communicate included "…if we dare to wake up to how amazing it is that we have this life, and each other, what might we do? It's almost too much of a miracle to be here and be alive and, the hope in me is that we will wake up to that and take the leaps of faith required, to get us to a sane, thriving, just world". And who can argue with that?

As ever, however rotten the aspects of the world he sees can be, Luke remains an eternal optimist & believes if we pull together, we can fix things. You may well like & respect "What Would You Change" but he's asking us for our help & action as well. It's about activism not passivity.

If you happen to be near Cambridge, Massachusetts tomorrow (Saturday 25th June) then you can join in the "Joyful June" launch concert for the single which will also be raising funds for a local Regeneration project, or alternatively you can share the experience at 10pm UK time on Facebook.

He is also coming over to the UK in a few months, so look out for a range of opportunities to catch hi live: some of which are already in the public domain & others remain to be announced.

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"The Daily Male" by YNES

Review

While YNES is preparing herself to play the Left Field Stage at Glastonbury at the specific invitation of its curator Billy Bragg, her brand new single "The Daily Male" has hit the streets.

Coming pretty hot on the heels of the excellent "Fake What Your Mama Gave Ya", this song takes the stiletto skewering on that previous release & applies it to multiple targets.

Generally speaking, taking on more than one subject to deflate it runs the risk of spreading your ammunition too thinly and as YNES goes for sub three minute songs to focus her attack, that means you have to be damn good at your craft or else the arrows can be shrugged off.

Fortunately YNEs is exceedingly good at this sort of thing (why on else would Billy Bragg rate her?) and as is her wont, goes on the offensive with plenty of glee, humour & panache.

Taking on the relatives of pseuds targeted last time out, YNEs expands this now to include the whole patriarchy, male violence, misogyny, racism, bigotry & the toxic media which sustains it. How ambitious is that, even if she's right?

Thankfully thousands are presumably about to hear this live so with a bit of luck it may gain her that commercial traction which she needs to break through to the next level: I think she'll do it. The fact that it seems YNES is incapable of writing a song which isn't catchy in that compelling pop-punk way also helps. That she works with John Rivers at Woodbine Street Studio, a man who has produced Buzzcocks, Swell Maps & The Shapes must also play a part.

There is a rare confidence in how YNES struts through her songs & that's part of the attraction: however sleazy the subjects are, she isn't going to be dirtied by contact with them nor discouraged by their come backs to her: YNES is on the high moral ground & knows it.

There isn't anyone in this single who doesn't deserve being taken publicly to task & if too many of them are pretty thick skinned (and thick in other ways too) then her barbs are sharp enough to pierce.

One final thought on how YNES achieves the sense of authenticity in her work: though we know she works hard on crafting her lyrics, most sound on delivery like she has just thought of what she wants to say & so it comes across like you are eavesdropping on a genuine conversation: and that's a most intriguing skill.

This moment might just big the Big One for her.

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A new song by Antonia Kirby

Review

I'm pleased to have the opportunity to tell you of a new Antonia Kirby song: the first I think I've reported on to you since "Sides of Me" in September 2020.

Strictly speaking it's not quite at the formal release stage yet: in fact it's sheltering under the working title of "Unfinished" for the time being, but such is its creator's enthusiasm for it & the fact that I am sure we don't have any rules against this sort of thing at the magazine, that I thought I'd give you a heads up.

The words apparently came to her in a dream a month or so ago & she's been working on setting them appropriately since:  and on the advice of Dan Sealey has produced her first composition in open tuning (DADGAD since you ask)

Inspired by her sister's first story telling show in London, Antonia had been musing upon untold & marginalised stories and "what might have been". This led to her creation of a concept of Nostalgia less as a feeling or perspective but more of a place for storage of stories & potential lifelines. Consequently, this led her to a sense that it's "…OK to be happy with your life but still be thoughtful about roads not taken, the "sliding doors moments".."

Running this past critical friends, one of whom fed back with "the purity in your lyrics is staggeringly beautiful"  and as no less an authority as Hannah Woof told her that "the world deserves to hear this one", Antonia really had little option but to proceed. As she put it to me: "I didn't expect this little beaut to emerge but my soul feels lighter having written it"

Thus we have a track she already considers her best work (that's a high bar isn't it?) and certainly her fresh approach to her tuning impacting on her music & an equally new "organic" way of writing words (she is approaching them more as a poet & bothering less about formal constrictions like rhyming schemes) has produced a song unlike any other she had previously  shared. Thus we can call it a development & thus it must be beyond her earlier work in these respects, though the fundamentals of voice, honesty & melodicism were in place long before.

The nature of the open tuning inevitably leads her towards a drone effect to anchor the song (and I'm aware that some readers may take that word in its derogatory sense, which would be annoying because that's not how I'm using it) and it's fun to hear how Antonia plays around that central melodic spine in a way more akin perhaps to classical folk singing than we've heard from her.

Inventive uses of this approach plus unexpected verbal constructions lead to regular surprises throughout & again this might be cited in evidence of it being an advanced example of her writing.

At this point I'm feeling a little apprehensive as she expressed to me an interest in what influences I might hear in there: a task I have set to but frankly I think I've failed. Without doubt there are clear routes back to that classic folk idiom that I mentioned: but mainly in a general way. The unusual lyrics & rhythm certainly don't bring any other specific writer instantly to mind & Antonia's singing doesn't exhibit any of the usual vocal tropes of the genre.. so there is definitely some sense of new ground being broken. Since I'd promised her that I'd have a go, I'll suggest that maybe (just maybe) I get a slight sense of someone like Joni Mitchell (mainly because of the register both sing in & for the unusualness of the song: otherwise the Englishness makes a strong distinction), maybe a bit of Laura Nyro,  a pinch of Carla Olson or Thea Gilmore  and since I reviewed Roxanne de Bastion the other week, there are comparisons to be made there too. Perhaps.

Ultimately though all these feeble efforts at comparison fail & whatever Antonia feels were the influences upon  "Unfinished", only she knows & can reveal if she so wishes. I'd hope that she'd take it as a compliment that I failed at the task.

Whatever form the song eventually emerges in, I think though that I'm happy to validate her assessment of it & hopefully it will attract the attention her talent deserves & her friends believe it & she merit.

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"Vice Vice Vice" by Bar Pandora

Review

In the relatively short period of time (about five weeks) since I reviewed the most recent single release "Look At Me" from Bar Pandora, things have moved on a pace: as was clearly happening at the time of that review.

Firstly I was really pleased to catch them live for the first time (please see my review for 8th of this month) and that evening also evidenced that a nationally known touring act (Roxanne de Bastion) had Bar Pandora sufficiently on their radar to include them on the bill. Beyond that, the music is being picked up even further afield and getting featured on playlists on an international basis.

The eponymous debut EP is due out on 5th July and as another step along the road towards that, today the final anticipatory single "Vice Vice Vice" has been issued.

Showcasing yet another facet of Charlie Tophill's lyrical & musical interests, this one probably sits nearer to the pop end of her personal spectrum and may in fact be the one to entice into her world those for whom the ambiguities & gnomic allusions of the earlier singles were some form of barrier.

That, emphatically is not to suggest that Charlie has lurched towards the mainstream here: far from it. She still seems to be using her cut up technique & dancing gracefully around her subject (which apparently is "..a remonstrance to a neglectful lover..") offering enigmatic clues to understanding it. Adopting on this occasion a rather seraphic performance style (though a rather angsty second vocal line meshes with it towards the end), the protagonist is, it would seem, intent on occupying the higher moral ground & not demeaning herself by losing her cool in public: reproachful yes, abusive no. Educational? Quite possibly.

This cool disdain is reflected in the music which grooves along warmly yet is so full of ever changing detail and structure that after a couple of plays you wonder how on earth they keep the groove going so well with so much shifting & devote the next couple of plays to analysing just that. Or alternatively you could simply play it & enjoy it which is probably a healthier choice. She is self identifying as "alt pop" after all & clearly reveling in it herself (apparently it's one of her own favourites to perform).

It would seem from Charlie's comments ("..It's about that push and pull you feel when you're putting everything into a relationship and still being taken for granted..") that there is a significant element of catharsis for her in singing about it & so it's to her credit that she's gone down this almost counter intuitive route of instead of screaming & raging, keeping her cool & demonstrating maturity and superiority of emotional intelligence: not alas the immediate reaction of most of us, but without doubt a better one in both short & long terms. That Charlie uses the word "..unapologetic.." in relation to the song is significant too I suspect. I don't think what she is saying in the song is ever going to be regretted by her & if whoever it's specifically directed at gets to hear it, I trust they'll take note & set their house into better order. I also applaud the clever use she makes of the double meaning: exposing the transgressive behaviour but also using the metaphor of being clasped woundingly tight.

It also pretty much ensures that building on the attention Bar Pandora is already getting, "Vice Vice Vice" should get her the most airplay of her career to date: if people "get" the words, that presumably is a highly desirable bonus. I suppose at best there is a fine line between "multi-layered" work & "subversive" and possible the latter exists only in any intention of the writer: however I'd like to think I find (and applaud) various degrees of subversion in the output of Bar Pandora.

Oddly enough, once I heard the story of how Charlie had come up with the name for the project, my immediate reaction was to think of another legendary café habituated by the very artistic which also gave its name to a band: Cabaret Voltaire…… maybe just a coincidence so not particularly worth mentioning had it not been for the fact that possibly their biggest single was also a single word triply cited: "Nag Nag Nag": the coincidence is now more striking though I'm at a loss to say exactly what it means (if anything) and although both bands share an interest in electronic music and each uses the titular device to amplify the intensity, the 1979 song is certainly much more abrasive on the surface (though arguably less so if you delve deeper)….. However it's little moments like this which can hint at wider patterns out there.

If like me & a rapidly growing number of other right minded people you'd like to catch Bar Pandora live, you can see them at the Elevate Festival on 16th July at the Criterion Theatre, Earlsdon to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Coventry Haven & raise funds for them and with Batsch at Just Dropped In on 6th August.

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"Hush! A Summer Celebration"

Review

Last evening at Earlsdon Carnegie Community Library saw the "Hush! A Summer Celebration" event, another in the series of collaborations between the Library & "Hot Music Live Presents" and the first one since the announcement of the Library's national recognition in the shape of the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service: a marvellous & deserved accolade for the success of Julie Rubidge, Lucy Winter & the team at the charity which now runs it in rescuing the Library from closure, restoring it to glory & promoting such a range of community focused events including "Hush!"

Showcasing a range of artistic skills including music, the evening was another highly successful one, opening with Force of Love (Spiros Abatis) who offered us fruits of his creativity in two distinct formats: music & poetry.

This act was something of a revelation for me: recommended by Izzie herself (and he's also worked with Joe as it happens), I hadn't previously seen him perform and he is certainly a very dynamic & arresting showman who delivers his material in a way to stimulate audiences.

 If you check out his work online, you may well consider his starting point to be the more experimental end of music, but this really doesn't mean that it's so avant garde that it's inaccessible. The forms are easily engageable with & can be enjoyed on an immediate level, though it's clear how important the content & message are to him: close attention to the words brings additional rewards.

 His guitar playing (he admitted to being at the loud end of the acoustic spectrum) had many flamenco aspects to it & was an interesting mixture of the instant & the melodic. How words were passionate & gave some sort of clue to the name for his act: the concept of Love permeated the songs and poems whether for each other or the world we inhabit.

 I am not sure when I last witnessed a poem of such length being recited (though given the nature of his performance "enacted" might fit the bill more closely) without error: quite an achievement & one which consequently had a proportionate impact on the audience. A second one, also as arresting in scope & imagery was one he was working on so I think we'd all readily accept his need to read more of that one out from the text.

 I gather he'd not performed for around three years, but judging by his act & the reaction, any potential rustiness was blown away & I hope to catch him again.

 The second  item on the bill was a look at the novel writing of local author J T Wilson who gave two readings from his most recent release "Impossible Animals: or Other Outstanding Attractions" and answered questions from the audience and a handful from me on both this book, his earlier "Cemetery Drive" and his craft in general.

I wasn't sure how comfortable the audience might be in terms of asking questions (hence my preparation of a lot of my own just in case) but I was delighted to be reassured. Stimulated by the readings: which were dynamically performed with the experience and skills of someone used to the stage, there were effectively no barriers to break down & we went straight into a discussion of cryptozoology without any need for prompts etc: if the audience had not previously been familiar with the concept, they picked it up instantly from the reading. In fact so impressed with what they saw, two separate audience members suggested that Joe take this performance to the Edinburgh Fringe: an idea I suspect he'd not considered beforehand but took away as food for thought.

 Many readers will have been aware of Joe's work as a musician: featured in this magazine & in several incarnations on various volumes of "Hot Music Live Presents". How that writing interacted with his prose writing was another area those present were interested in exploring & he gave detailed accounts not only of how the different modes offered distinct opportunities to express himself, but also on his writing technique: he brought along a notebook in which initial vignettes and passages were conceived (in longhand!) and recorded for later combination into longer work and how elements of Pop Culture were so ubiquitous in his writing.

 

The headlining act, Izzie Derry will need no introduction to most readers of the magazine as we have covered her releases & gigs many times. However, although her EP launch at The Tin in March 2020 was literally the last live performance I saw let alone reviewed for a long time, it's still over two years since I've caught one of her gigs.

 And to take the theme of her closing song "Learn To Grow", her music has evolved in that period (knowing Izzie that's not a great surprise). I don't actually mean that her new material is a development (she took time out from recording her latest album to play this gig), though the evidence supports that. Izzie has mainly written the new songs on piano and as performing on that instrument last night wasn't very practical, we got a mostly older set of guitar compositions (and so got the classic Izzie show of continuous swaying motion which is so charismatic yet hard to photograph) and it is these which have developed.

 I mentioned some years ago when she unveiled her full band lineup how powerful her sound had consequently come (and at that point she started playing a Telecaster on stage) and that certainly informed recent releases which were with her band. That makes perfect sense I hope: what wasn't so predictable was the residual effect on her solo acoustic back catalogue.

 At one point last night she suggested that her songs could broadly be categorised as "sad" or "angry" (and I'm pretty sure I'd not really grasped that in any of my reviews: not least due to the beauty which to some extent distracts from that) and to a significant degree the latter has predominated in her more recent writing (I gather that it would be true for much of the new album too). Thus I was perhaps not too surprised when a song as stunning & powerful as "Fire" which is definitely an "angry" one came across as compellingly in a solo version as the band one I'd only ever previously heard her play it live: what hit me more was an even earlier song such as "Give Me A Reason To Stay" whose angry undertones are now much more to the fore: transforming my understanding of the song (which has been in my awareness for at least five years).

 Generally that dynamic applies to the changes Izzie has wrought & impacts in various ways: songs have certain elements of menace in their playing with more ominous riffs and even more ominous dramatic pauses. Her voice too has evolved: still confident in her upper register which has always been a characteristic of her singing, now her lower range is coming to the fore more: perhaps stimulated by the changes in writing style, or maybe to some extent exploration: when I raised the issue with her afterwards, she primarily credited a desire to refresh the older material with any changes she had made to performing it.

 That said, Izzie has written two songs on the guitar for the new album & gave us our first chance to hear one live and it was a most potent one: definitely from the "angry" category and delivered appropriately. I gather that much of the album is in this mode & apparently informed by personal experiences: I did raise my condolences with Izzie at having gone through negative interactions in this manner, but her response was that at least she got some powerful songs out of it, so if she can process them so positively then I think we can just sit back & enjoy her artistry without too much angst on her behalf.

 What we are getting is a tendency not to mince her words nor hold back lyrically: I don't think anyone will be mistaking her messages. That said, it's Izzie Derry we are discussing here and though her gloves may be off these days, the result is not mindless abuse but considered reproaches to those who've wronged her & a disinclination to demean herself by sinking to their level: above all she's not abandoned the compassion & humanity of her work and it now sits alongside defiance.

 Izzie Derry on solo acoustic guitar is a stunning live act in such a beautiful & intimate space which actively rewards her sound & strengths & the audience were greatly moved by what they experienced. However great last night was, I wonder how often we'll be getting to hear it in the future? Given her live work in recent years & the nature of the new album, it's hard to imagine solo gigs like this being the norm: and that's fine by me as I'm glad she's moving on & developing her potential. That such nights have a special magic is undeniable & if you've never caught one, I suggest that you take advantage of others she might play. Equally Izzie is clearly (however much she is still beloved in Coventry & Warwickshire) a more national name now: she has a professional & personal base in Brighton is playing all over the country, building a wider audience: no wonder her album will be funded by her successful Kickstarter campaign.

 Her next local gig is on 29th June for Sofar Sounds & I assume that will be a solo performance too….

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From the back catalogue

"Penthouse Complex" by The Eyes of Isabel

Review

Fresh out from The Eyes of Isabel is their latest dramatic piece, "Penthouse Complex".
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Granny's Attic & Greg Brice at Stratford Playhouse Folk Club

Review

Thanks to (adverse) fate, I've not actually written about a live Greg Brice gig in the magazine before, which is quite embarrassing given his ...
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‘HOARSE!' by Daffod'i'll

News

Although after album number 34 ‘SAY AHHH!' from Daffod'i'll back in April he said he was taking a break from this deluge of ...
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A new upcoming release from Kyle Boswell

News

If you enjoyed the ‘Bring Back the Sun' EP  from Nuneaton's Kyle Boswell  which we reviewed in April, you'll be pleased to hear ...
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Street Arts Project gig

Review

As you'll know from previous writing in the magazine & the inclusion on ‘Hot Music Live Presents Volume Eight' of "Wake Me Up Tomorrow", ...
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"LED Lights" by Euan Blackman

Review

Out now from Euan Blackman is his fifth single, "LED Lights": a track from this ‘alt folk for kind folk' artist which is definitely from the ...
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"Brightest Moon" by Ellie Gowers

Review

What a joy to tell of you of the release today of the new Ellie Gowers single: "Brightest Moon", itself one of the tracks on her new album ...
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Roxanne de Bastion, Bar Pandora & Zoe Konez at The Tin

Review

As I've got out more in recent weeks to see live music again, I've been most fortunate to catch some artists whose reputations were made in ...
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The Undertones & Hugh Cornwell

Review

As those of you who were kind enough to read my interview with Paul McLoone last week (and what an interesting one that was for me to enact) will ...
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"Monsters" by Emma McGann

Review

For those who read my interview with Roxanne de Bastion ahead of her gig at the Tin on June 7th, you'll have seen that I asked her for tips on ...
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The Monochrome Set & The Pristines at The Tin

Review

As anticipated in my interview with Bid last month, yesterday evening saw a magnificent gig at the Tin with the Monochrome Set being supported by The ...
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A catch up with Roxanne de Bastion

Interview

As reported in the magazine way back in February, acclaimed singer-songwriter Roxanne de Bastion will be playing at The Tin on June 7th as part of a ...
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"All On Me" by Luna Kiss

Review

Today sees the release of the latest Luna Kiss single which has the title of "All On Me".
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"Obvious" by Jake Rizzo featuring Hannah Woof

Review

Double good news for the "Hot Music Live" community as not only does Jake Rizzo have a brand new single called "Obvious" out today, but it's a ...
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A catch up with Paul McLoone of The Undertones

Interview

As reported earlier in this month, one of the world's favourite bands, The Undertones, are playing at the HMV Empire in Coventry on Saturday ...
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'Wine Glass Filter' by Chessi O'Dowd

Review

Way back in March 2020 I had just enjoyed the launch of the latest Izzie Derry EP and was looking forwards to the one for the Chessi O'Dowd ...
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Clemency live at The Muse

Review

Sadly it's been a couple of years since I was last able to post an article on the splendid Clemency (it was their February 2020 gig at ...
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"Watching You" by Liam Vincent & The Odd Foxes

Review

When I reviewed Rebecca Mileham's excellent ‘Underground' EP last month, I made reference to her roles as violin player & vocalist in ...
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"Fake What Your Mama Gave Ya" by YNES

Review

The advent of any new YNES track is something of an event: one of the least conventional writers you can imagine, you simply don't know what you ...
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"Tunnel Vision" by Jonny Olley

Review

Out  today  is "Tunnel Vision", the  third single by Jonny Olley, following his debut  "Slow" (and which was featured on ‘Hot Music Live ...
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‘Exorcisms and Psychic Visions' EP by Massasauga

Review

Out at 1800 today was the long awaited EP by Massasauga, ‘Exorcisms and Psychic Visions'  which is also a compendium of most of their recent ...
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"Holding On" by Lemon Boy and Last Man Standing

Review

Fresh out is the latest collaboration between Lemon Boy & Last Man Standing and together with their previous release, ("Starting To Fall"), "Holding ...
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"Watching You Fade" by Sophie Hadlum

Review

The new Sophie Hadlum single "Watching You Fade" will be out on 15th May (though you may already have had a listen to it being played on BBC ...
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"Look At Me" by Bar Pandora

Review

Fresh out today from Bar Pandora is her single "Look At Me".
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"Eye For An Eye" by Electrik Custard

Review

It's been well over a year since Electrik Custard shocked us with "LOUD" (a collaboration with Mina Minné which also featured on ‘Hot Music ...
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Introducing Septic & the Tanks

Feature

One band whose name seems on many lips at the moment is the wonderfully named Septic & the Tanks.
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"Grandma's Hands" by Rob Lee Thompson

Review

For his first release since last year's ‘Reflection' EP (you may recall that one track from this, "Sing It To Me" appears also on ‘Hot ...
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"Jericho" by Danny Ansell

Review

The first Danny Ansell release of 2022 has been revealed as "Jericho", which follows December's "Wishing Well".
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"When You Were Mine" by The Rising

Review

When last week I told you of The Rising's collaboration with Tiernán Heffron called "Come Closer", I offered the observation that "this is a ...
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"Come Closer" by Tiernán Heffron with The Rising

Review

Out today is something a little bit different from The Rising: a collaboration with Irish singer-songwriter Tiernán Heffron  called "Come Closer".
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"Torn To Pieces" by BERHN

Review

It was a couple of years ago that we first told you about BERHN and now Kirsty Clarke and Dean Dovey  are back with their new single "Torn To ...
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‘SAY AHHH!' by Daffod'i'll

News

Today sees chapter 34 in Daffod'i'll's solo album series with the release of ‘SAY AHHH!' with its tracks being "Conquer All", ...
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"Hush! A Shakespearean Celebration"

Review

 Last evening saw the follow up to the highly successful "Hush! A Spring Celebration" collaboration between "Hot Music Live Presents" and Earlsdon ...
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"Paid" by Dan Bygrave

Review

Out now from Dan Bygrave is his new single on Beat Rebel Records named "Paid".
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Trevor Babajack Steger & Wes Finch at Stratford Playhouse Folk Club

Review

Last evening's Stratford Playhouse Folk Club meeting was as intriguing a juxtaposition of two talents as its predecessors.
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'G'OLD' by Daffod'i'll

News

Eight days after my last Daffod'i'll review, here he is back with another album (just the one this time, although he apparently has another ...
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"Same Ole U" by Levi Washington

Review

It's back to business nearer usual for Levi Washington with the release of "Same Ole U".
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"Heavyweight (Acoustic)" EP by Joe Dolman

Review

I honestly can't say that I was too surprised by the release today of an acoustic companion  EP to Joe Dolman's most recent ...
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Yet more albums from Daffod'i'll

News

In the four days since I reported on the release of the  last four Daffod'i'll albums, he's back with yet another four today.
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"Dear Man" by Bar Pandora with Simply Dread

Review

It's great to review Bar Pandora for the first time in the magazine & I'm sure that it will not be the last time.
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'Hot Music Live Presents Volume Eight'

News

Today we are pleased to announce the release of 'Hot Music Live Presents Volume Eight'It's a little different to Volumes One to Seven ...
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"Bury Me Deeper Than The Rest" by Massasauga

Review

Out today at 8 pm is the new Massasauga single, with the sort of title you have come to expect from this band with a penchant for the darker side of ...
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Four more Daffod'i'll albums

News

After releasing three more albums about as many weeks ago, Daffod'i'll  is back with three more plus another compilation ('The Best ...
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'Underground' by Rebecca Mileham

Review

Just in from Rebecca Mileham, whom you may know from her roles as violinist and vocalist in Liam Vincent & the Odd Foxes is the news of the release ...
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"Lust For Blood" by Luna Kiss

Review

Out now from Luna Kiss is their new single "Lust For Blood", the follow up to the excellent "Operate".
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Gemma Leahy Waddell

News

As you may know, only too recently I had to share the sad news of the serious illness of Gemma Leahy Waddell I know you will be as saddened & shocked ...
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Catching up with Bid from The Monochrome Set

Feature

Much as I get a huge amount of pleasure writing about our current vibrant & diverse local scene, I get a special thrill when one of my favourite ...
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"Slipping Away" by Ollie Bond

Review

I'd like if I may to share with you news of "Slipping Away", (madstered at Abbey Road no less) the first new Ollie Bond release since his "In ...
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"Said It Before" by Bally & Boom featuring Rheo Uno

Review

It's not exactly unknown for me to come across a track or artist unexpectedly whom I later review: it must however be more rare for an artist to ...
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‘All of the Fallen Stars' by Kenzie Webley

Review

Fans of Kenzie Webley will, I am sure, have been aware for many months that she has been working on her debut album at 14 Records in Leamington: I ...
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"Mind Right (Remix)" by Levi Washington with Brudez & Cub$

Review

It was grand indeed to catch up with Levi Washington live on Sunday on the Bandstand, but it's back to the weekly business as usual now with his ...
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"I'm Not Scared" by Euan Blackman

Review

I hoped that you enjoyed the most recent Euan Blackman single "HIGHHIGHHIGH" which we reviewed here (it's also to be found on ‘Hot Music Live ...
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"Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" screening and live score premiere

News

I'm delighted to bring you a heads-up on a rather special musical event which I'll be reviewing for the magazine next month.
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Levi Washington & The Old Flames live on Leamington Bandstand

Review

I can't quite believe that here I am, writing my third live review in four days… an idea which has been unthinkable for so long.
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"Hush! A Spring Celebration" at Earlsdon Carnegie Community Library

Review

It's gives me a extra frisson of pleasure to be able not only to publish my second live review in the space of three days but one about an event ...
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John Kirkpatrick & Jen Waghorn at Stratford Playhouse Folk Club

Review

Having reported on last month's inaugural Stratford Playhouse Folk Club gig, I was delighted to make its follow up as well.
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‘Put Your Faith in the Sword and the Sword in the Polka' EP by Cov Kozaks

Review

It's so unfortunate that it has taken a tragedy on the scale of the one unfolding in Ukraine for our first review of a Cov Kozaks record, but as ...
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Benefits for Ukraine

News

For reasons which no-one reading this will fail to grasp, the thoughts of everyone at the moment are with those in Ukraine and unsurprisingly, the ...
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An exclusive catch up with Matt Goss

Feature

Although the live music scene over the past couple of years was especially hard hit, one ray of bright light for our area was the opening of Phil ...
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Three more albums from Daffod'i'll

News

Following his most recent album ‘Spectrum' last month, the indefatigable Daffod'i'll returns today to his recent custom of multiple ...
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"Let You Go" by Rheo Uno

Review

I have two excellent pieces of news from Rheo Uno for you.
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Boudica Festival 2022

News

Very many thanks to Michelle Bailey-Le Long for an in depth heads-up about this weekend's Boudica Festival treats at the Tin Music & ArtsYou may ...
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"Everywhere I Turn I See The Devil" by Levi Washington

Review

I was pleased to hear that Levi Washington is managing both his health issues & his rapidly expanding portfolio of commitments running live events ...
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"Get It Wrong" & the 'Heavyweight' EP by Joe Dolman

Review

It's that moment for Joe Dolman which fortunately comes to some creative artists on a roll when you've last released a single as good as ...
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"One Too Many Times" by Levi Washington, Lewis Cutts & Caitlin McCarthy

Review

I'm sure many readers will have been saddened to hear of the illness of Levi Washington last week and his consequent hospitalisation.
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'World Falling Down' EP by Satsangi

Review

I reviewed (back in November) the most recent single from Satsangi, "World Falling Down" and mentioned a little bit at that time about their ...
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‘Just Wanna Be Me' EP by Abz Winter

Review

Out this morning, as a fanfare-free surprise for her fans, is a new EP from the irrepressible Abz Winter entitled ‘Just Wanna Be Me'.
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"Motorbeast" by Massasauga

Review

One of my favourite movies by Steven Spielberg, has always been "Duel": unfortunately as it was his 1971 feature length debut, it has been grievously ...
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The Return of The Fallows

News

Well I honestly never thought I'd be writing an article on The Fallows again: and probably neither did the band.
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'Spectrum' by Daffod'i'll

Review

After last week's release of no fewer than four new albums, this week Daffod'i'll is back with just one album: his twenty third, ...
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Martin Carthy & Jack Blackman at Stratford Playhouse Folk Club

Review

My tendency as you know is to focus in particularly on local Coventry & Warwickshire artists for my reviews: in the last couple of years certainly ...
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"Starting To Fall" by Lemon Boy with The Last Man Standing

Review

I must admit that the release of "Starting To Fall", Lemon Boy's latest single, took me by surprise (Luke has been sufficiently busy that prior ...
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"If You Don't Care" by Levi Washington

Review

This week's offering from Levi Washington is "If You Don't Care" and it's an acknowledgement of the date of its release, albeit, in ...
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‘Ghosts In The Lens' by Carrick

Review

When I reviewed the Carrick single "Stay at Home" just over a year ago, (you can also find it on ‘Hot Music Live Presents Volume Five'), I ...
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"Hitman" by The Silver Wye

Review

Out right now is a new single by The Silver Wye entitled "Hitman": their first new release since "Cold Light" came out in June 2020, followed by a ...
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"Jessica" by The Eyes of Isabel

Review

I hope that you have been enjoying "Working On Your Chemistry" on ‘Hot Music Live Presents Volume Seven'? If so, and you've been looking ...
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"Operate" by Luna Kiss

Review

If like me, you've been enjoying the excellent video from Luna Kiss for "Operate" (check it out via https://www.
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Four more albums from Daffod'i'll

News

After reporting three weeks ago on the release of four Daffod'i'll albums (three of originals plus one compilation), he's back again ...
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"Miss Me" by Levi Washington

Review

You can't fault Levi Washington for ambition: trying to release a new single every week against the background of organising so much live music ...
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'Memories From The Mantelpiece' by Andy Beglin

Review

I've been giving little insights into what has just been released as 'Memories From The Mantelpiece' by Andy Beglin as his debut album ...
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"I Wouldn't Wanna Be Ya" by Ezza Brianna

Review

If you have enjoyed hearing the exclusive Ezza Brianna track "Disperse" on last week's ‘Hot Music Live Presents Volume Seven', you ...
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Martin Carthy & Jack Blackman to play at Stratford Play House next month

News

Just in from the newly launched Stratford Play House Folk Club:The Folk Club will be bringing top quality live music to Stratford … from Roots to ...
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"Mind Right" by Levi Washington

Review

After the angst of last week when he agonised over the mix of "Carrie, Baby" until Wednesday & the existential angst of the preceding "Check 1, 2" ...
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'Hot Music Live Presents Volume Seven'

News

Fresh out today: 'Hot Music Live Presents Volume Seven': seventeen more great original tracks by Coventry & Warwickshire musicians, ...
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"Carrie, Baby" by Levi Washington

Review

If last week's magnum opus "Check 1, 2" gave ample evidence of Levi Washington's perfectionism then this week's single release ...
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Four new albums from Daffod'i'll

News

That prolific artist Daffod'i'll has today announced no fewer than four new albums: his sixteenth, seventeenth & eighteenth ('Gold ...
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"Can't Breathe" by Rheo Uno

Review

Like most people, I'm never averse to pleasant surprises & this track dropped so out of the blue that fifteen minutes before starting to write ...
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"Bring Back The Sun" by Kyle Boswell

Review

Many thanks to Rich Keogh for bringing the work of Nuneaton based musician  Kyle Boswell to my attention just in time to review his ‘Bring Back ...
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'Wake Me Up Tomorrow' by Street Arts Project

Review

I'm delighted to be able to report on the brand new album by the Street Arts Project from Stratford which is released on the 14th of this month ...
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"Check 1, 2" by Levi Washington

Review

 For his second single of 2022, following last week's "It's Cool", Levi Washington has opted for something of an epic and once again ...
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"Traitor" by Abz Winter

Review

As I'm sure most if not all of you are aware, Abz Winter was selected for the new television talent show "Walk The Line" at the end of 2021 and ...
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"Summer's Healing Time" by Alchemista

Review

It was last April that Alchemista were last able to put together all their considerable talents and release the rip roaring pirate themed single ...
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"California" by Reiss Pinder

Review

Hopefully you enjoyed "Wasted" by Wilde on ‘Hot Music Live Presents Volume Four' and our review of their most recent single "The South" back ...
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"Race Against Time" by The Eyes of Isabel

Review

Last month, I caught up with John Rivers at Woodbine Street Studios and shared some of his enthusiasms with you.
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"Sick of It" by Never Apart

Review

Fresh to "Hot Music Live" today is Coventry band Never Apart whose new single "Sick of It" came out today, following their previous releases ...
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"It's Cool" by Levi Washington

Review

I suppose with Levi Washington's campaign of releasing a single a week now so far advanced & his choice of tracks so impossible to predict, ...
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"Here To Stay" by Levi Washington

Review

Following the very successful release last week of a remake of "Sierra Leone", this week's single from Levi Washington is called "Here To Stay".
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"Together At Christmas" by Chasing Deer

Review

As a Christmas treat for us, Chasing Deer have decided to re-release their 2015 festive single, "Together At Christmas".
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‘Routes: The Field Sessions' by Stylusboy

Review

Last December, I was able to let you know about the festive version of "Silent Night" which Stylusboy released to aid the Carriers of Hope charity ...
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"It's Christmas (I Miss Ya)" by YNES

Review

Only the other week I was reporting on the enthusiasm of John Rivers of Woodbine Studios for the work of YNES, and here I am, fortunate enough to ...
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"Petrichor (Acoustic)" by Monday Nights

Review

Following in the impressive footsteps of Ivy Ash, Monday Nights have today released an acoustically reimagined version of their most recent single ...
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"Sierra Leone" by Levi Washington

Review

This week's Levi Washington single took me by surprise: though in a wholly benevolent way.
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"Untelligent Behaviour" by Trust Club

Review

I appreciate that one of the tasks of a reviewer is to maximise the amount of information about an artist so that the reader can investigate their ...
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"Shank" and "Above" by Levi Washington

Review

This week, Levi Washington is surpassing even his prolific form of the past few weeks with not one but two new singles, "Shank" and "Above".
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Catch up with John Rivers

Feature

I am delighted to report that this week a plaque was erected on the original site of Woodbine Street Recording Studio by Leamington Town Council, ...
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"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" by The Rising

Review

I have to confess that when I heard that the new single by The Rising (out today) was to be their version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little ...
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'Lovey Dovey' and 'G4s I Guess' by Daffod'i'll

Review

In the three weeks since I reviewed Daffod'i'll's twelfth & thirteenth albums, namely ‘Red Rose SPD Way' and ‘SMILE',  ...
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"Vänern" by Lemon Boy

Review

For his first release since September's "Never Gone", Lemon Boy has today unveiled "Vänern" for our pleasure.
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"Noughts & Crosses" by Levi Washington

Review

Thankfully after managing to catch up with Levi Washington's weekly singles release campaign with "On The Wrong Side Of The Sunshine" last week ...
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'Mermaid' EP by Paradise of the Titans

Review

When, about a month ago, I reviewed the inaugural live performance of Ian Todd's excellent new album "Seven Signs of a Soul" at the Tin, I did ...
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"Don't Stop. Live A Lot" by Dave Pepper

Review

Following the raunch of his most recent release from earlier in the month, "Rub Rub Grind", Dave Pepper is back with his new single "Don't Stop.
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"On The Wrong Side Of The Sunshine" by Levi Washington

Review

Having been too slow in my response to last week's Levi Washington single "Soph", thanks in part to a heads up from the artist himself (thank ...
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"Soph" by Levi Washington

Review

The main problem with trying to review the more prolific releasers of new music locally is actually keeping up with them.
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"Petrichor" by Monday Nights

Review

You will I'm sure be aware of the debut single from Monday Nights, "Flight" which also appears on ‘Hot Music Live Presents Volume Five'.
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"The Lucky One" by Joe Dolman

Review

After the recent releases of "Real World" and "Strangers" in the past few weeks, both of which have no only been reviewed in this magazine but well ...
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King of the Alps live

Review

Last night was another little milestone for me: my first pub-based gig for two years.
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"World Falling Down" by Satsangi

Review

Fresh out from Satsangi is "World Falling Down", (their first since they raided their own vaults for the "Don't Want Anything But More" single ...
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"Time Goes So Slow" by King of the Alps

Review

Regular readers will need no reminding of my admiration for that subtle and highly original band King of the Alps.
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"Rub Rub Grind" by Dave Pepper

Review

I got pretty excited in these pages recently as Dave Pepper turned the clock right back on his sound with that excellent song "I Need More Time": ...
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"Glad To Say" by Jake Rizzo

Review

It's a rather unbelievable two years since we last covered a Jake Rizzo release in this magazine, and ironically our review on that occasion ...
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"Third Degree (Acoustic)" by Ivy Ash

Review

As with her debut single "Oops", Ivy Ash fashioned her most recent one, "Third Degree"  in such a way that it could be shared both in its upbeat ...
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"My Own Way" by Levi Washington

Review

After the double whammy of last week's releases of the singles "Shelter" & "Focus" (as reviewed in this magazine), Levi Washington has now ...
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‘Red Rose SPD Way' and 'SMILE' by Daffod'i'll

Review

It is so difficult to keep up with the prolific form of Daffod'i'll that in the three weeks since I reviewed his eleventh solo album ...
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"Wes Finch: A Life in Music" by Russell Whitehead

Review

If you are an admirer of the visual artistry of Russell Whitehead or the musical artistry of Wes Finch, or indeed of both as I am, then I'm sure ...
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"Shelter" and "Focus" by Levi Washington

Review

Out right now from that hard working artist Levi Washington (currently he seems to be organising around 60% of all live music in the area covered by ...
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"I Need More Time" by Dave Pepper

Review

Out today from Dave Pepper is a new song called "I Need More Time" .
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Ian Todd supported by Paradise of the Titans

Review

Sadly, my live reviews for 2020 & 2021 have been disproportionately outnumbered by my reviews of releases (and let's not forget the last word of ...
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"Psychic Visions" by Massasauga

Review

Way back in the day, Hallowe'en was a rather different sort of festival, a sort of development of the pagan Samhain harvest festival but ...
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'Black Narcissus' by Daffod'i'll

Review

Extremely hot on the heels of Daffod'i'll's tenth solo album ‘Brown Nosey' (which I reviewed at the end of September) comes ...
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"Good Girl" by Rheo Uno

Review

It seems only yesterday that I reviewed Rheo Uno's single "Señorita" for you (it was about a month ago in fact) and here we are again for her ...
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"Third Degree" by Ivy Ash

Review

Following July's "Rain Again" single, the effervescent Ivy Ash is back with the fourth release of her swiftly developing career, namely "Third ...
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‘No Hope Without Love' EP by The Rising

Review

If you have been reading my more recent reviews of The Rising, then it will not be news to you that they've been steadily releasing each of the ...
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"Strangers" by Joe Dolman

Review

Out today from Joe Dolman is his latest single which rejoices in the title of "Strangers", the follow up to the successful "Real World" which itself ...
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"Wishing Well" by Danny Ansell

Review

It's a great & somewhat rare privilege to give you as much notice as I am here with Danny Ansell's next release "Wishing Well" as it ...
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"Smile" by Avidfan

Review

It was back in June that I introduced you to the debut single of Avidfan (the nom de musique of King of the Alps/Special Brew/Some Kinda ...
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‘After the Fire' by Blue Moon Birds

Review

I hope that you enjoyed the Maz Corry song "In This Living" on ‘Hot Music Live Presents Volume Five'?  I'd like to think that you also ...
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"HIGHHIGHHIGH" by Euan Blackman

Review

Just over a month since we told you about his "Sinking" single, Euan Blackman will be releasing his third one "HIGHHIGHHIGH" tomorrow (Friday).
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‘Protest Songs 1924-2012' by The Specials

Review

Fresh out from The Specials is a new album called ‘Protest Songs 1924-2012'.
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'Brown Nosey' by Daffod'i'll

Review

I mentioned as a supplementary note in my review of Saturday's gig at The Tin that I encountered ‘Hot Music Live Presents' artist ...
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"The Lucky One" by Kenzie Webley

Review

For those of you who were wondering about the activities of that rapidly rising local star Kenzie Webley, I am able to bring you up to speed.
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"Under Me" by Abz Winter

Review

That irrepressible artist Abz Winter is back on 8th October with her latest single "Under Me", her follow-up to "Money" from July.
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"You Had It All (Reimagined)" by The Rising

Review

For those of you following the incremental release of The Rising's ‘No Hope Without Love' EP (and I hope that's you all), you may ...
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The Catenary Wires, Pete Astor, The Pristines and The Sunbathers

Review

The other day, while reviewing the new Chessi O'Dowd single, "The Pines", I commented that the first gig I had scheduled which was cancelled by ...
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"Real World" by Joe Dolman

Review

It's been above a year since I last got to review a Joe Dolman release (his collaboration with Millie Tilby "Let's Go Home") so it's ...
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"The Pines" by Chessi O'Dowd

Review

The last twenty or so months have to some extent made us all consider various aspects of time I think: such as how long has elapsed since we last did ...
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"Señorita" by Rheo Uno

Review

I get extremely intrigued by what artists occasionally say about their own work.
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"10-46" by Massasauga

Review

It was back in April when out of their "7 Nights of Terror" competition, Massasauga fans voted the chilling "Switchblade" to be their single.
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The 'Hauntings' EP by Year Without A Summer

Review

It's been nearly a year since we last reviewed a Year Without A Summer  release in these pages (and the last couple of years have come close to ...
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"Polaroids of Yesteryear" by Levi Washington

Review

To say that I was stunned by the new Levi Washington single "Polaroids of Yesteryear" (which you can hear at 1800 tomorrow, the first of September, ...
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"Sinking" by Euan Blackman

Review

On 2nd September, Euan Blackman will be releasing "Sinking", his follow up to the widely praised and popular "24 Hours 7 Days" and I gather it will ...
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"Never Gone" by Lemon Boy

Review

"Never Gone", the follow up to his very well received "I Want Your Blue Sky" single from May, will be the latest release from Lemon Boy on 1st ...
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The Mintakaa Collective live at the Daimler Powerhouse

Review

If you enjoyed "Auriga" by Mintakaa on ‘Hot Music Live Presents Volume Six' then it's a fair assumption that you'd be interested in ...
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'I Stripped Bare' by Daffod'i'll

Review

On today, his birthday (not a coincidence I imagine), Daffod'I'll  has released his ninth solo album entitles ‘I Stripped Bare' (a ...
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Wes Finch on Stratford Bandstand

Review

I'm sorry to say that I'd never previously attended one of the summer Sunday afternoon concerts on the Bandstand in Stratford before but ...
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"Show Me" by Rheo Uno

Review

Considerably less than a month ago, I was strongly suggesting to you that you should check out the new Rheo Uno single "Wife Me?" yet already the ...
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‘Seven Signs of a Soul' by Ian Todd

Review

As prophesised in our recent reviews of his singles "Don't Forget To Breathe" (in June) and "What Goes In Is What Goes Out" (last month), the ...
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"Dreamstate" by Free Galaxy

Review

Fresh out from Free Galaxy is their latest single "Dreamstate", though it is far from business as usual for this popular band.
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"Highway to the Lost & Found" by The Rising

Review

True to their mission, The Rising are back with a new single "Highway to the Lost & Found"  (due out on 3rd September) just over a month after the ...
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"Art in the Park" 2021

Photo gallery

To be honest, as delighted as I was that live music in some quantity was back at an expanded "Art in the Park" (two stages rather than the usual ...
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"2 Tone and Rock Against Racism" event

Review

In my recent review of the "Women Pioneers" event at Coventry Cathedral, I drew your attention to its companion event centring on the 2 Tone ...
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"God's Little Punching Bag" by YNES

Review

Springing out of the blue somewhat is the new single from YNES called "God's Little Punching Bag" which burst onto our consciousness this ...
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‘24 Hours 7 Days' by Euan Blackman

Review

Fresh in from Alcester based artist Euan Blackman is his brand new release "24 Hours 7 Days": just when I imagined that the products of lockdown ...
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'Cocoon' by Tigermask

Review

When I wrote last month about the latest single from Tigermask, "Mirtazapine", I told you quite a lot about its parent album ‘Cocoon' which in ...
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"Wife Me?" by Rheo Uno featuring Chxmpion

Review

Unfortunately, it has been over a year since I last wrote about a Rheo release in the magazine and a similar timespan since her "Down For You" ...
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"Unbounded" by Dean MacDonald

Review

Following the very successful release of "Inflamed " in late May, today, Dean MacDonald shares with us the next track from his recent 14 Records ...
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‘I Hear Voices' EP by Molotov Souls

Review

Many thanks to Fred from Molotov Souls for sending me their latest EP called ‘I Hear Voices' which they made with Matt Waddell at 14 Records.
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"Female Pioneers"

Review

Saturday night was another real landmark for me: my first Saturday evening out since the pandemic struck.
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Record Store Day 2021

Review

It is unfortunate that catching every artist on a multi musician event isn't always possible, but the short time I was able to be at the Record ...
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"Money" by Abz Winter

Review

As her follow up to the popular "B.
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Motofest 2021

News

I'm much obliged to Rob Halligan who has been in touch with me to ask me to pass onto readers of "Hot Music Live" the details of Motofest 2021: ...
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"Break The Chains" by The Rising

Review

I hope you have been following the progression of singles released by The Rising from their upcoming ‘No Hope Without Love' EP?  Following ...
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"My Phone" by Hannah Woof

Review

During the last sixteen bizarre months or so, coverage of Coventry & Warwickshire artists in these pages has taken on unusual patterns.
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"Bring Back the Feeling" by Danny Ansell

Review

The most recent occasion on which we reported on Danny Ansell and his music was back in April, with the release of his "Slice of Cake" single.
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"What Goes in is What Goes Out" by Ian Todd

Review

The time is rapidly approaching (16th of July to be precise) when "What Goes in is What Goes Out", the sophomore single from his ‘Seven Signs of a ...
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Ellie Gowers at Kenilworth Arts Festival

Review

Strange and wonderful times: I find myself today writing my second live report inside a week.
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"Rain Again" by Ivy Ash

Review

And so here we are at the third single from the irrepressible Ivy Ash, namely "Rain Again" (which is released on 2nd July) though really it's ...
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Stone Bear at Leamington Canal Festival

Review

It seems almost unreal and a bit transgressive to find myself writing a live review after so many months of reviewing the recorded activities of ...
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"Mirtazapine" by Tigermask

Review

It has been a while since we were able to feature Tigermask in the magazine (and in the interim, his standalone track "Timeless" appeared on ‘Hot ...
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"Come By" by Taylor-Louise

Review

It's been quite a while since I had the pleasure of reviewing a Taylor-Louise release: in fact it was about eighteen months ago when the title ...
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"Too Long" by Contacts in the North

Review

You might perhaps have spotted that the track of the week from BBC Introducing in Coventry & Warwickshire  is the new single by Contacts in the ...
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"Psalm 2" by Rob Halligan

News

Although his spirituality informs & enriches virtually all his work, in April 2019 Rob Halligan released a very explicitly sacred collection of songs ...
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"Pray With Me" by Chasing Deer

Review

I have not had a chance to review a Chasing Deer release for you since "Scared" came out in December, so I'm pleased to do so now in reaction to ...
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"Wonderful Day" by King of the Alps

Review

In one of those interesting serendipities which real life offers us occasionally, not twenty four hours after reviewing the debut solo single by King ...
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"Always Be Coventry" by Avidfan

Review

If you do not yet know the name of Simon Ward as well as you might do, then you could do worse than check out the credits on the various ‘Hot Music ...
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"Gloriana" by Paul Mccormack

Review

Today Paul Mccormack has a new release for us, "Gloriana", a follow up to "Thoughts" (which I advised you of last month) and which can be found at ...
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"Totally Together" by Brothers From Another Mother featuring Kirsty Brewerton

Review

Fresh out today is the song "Totally Together" by Brothers From Another Mother featuring Kirsty Brewerton and recorded at 14 Records in Leamington.
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'Hot Music Live Presents Volume Six'

News

Today saw the release of "Hot Music Live Presents Volume Six", the follow up to the previous five albums in the series: another free download album ...
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"Addiction" by Aaron Woodhouse

Review

I last reviewed Aaron Woodhouse back in March when he released "Fire In The Air" as a single: now, he has followed it up with "Addiction" which is ...
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'Leamington LAMP Album Volume 1'

Review

I appreciate that I've introduced reviews before saying that I'm excited about them, but I'm afraid it's the truth: I review what ...
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"B.S." by Abz Winter

Review

Abz Winter has only gone and done it again hasn't she? I love the way that although her game has never needed raising (it's been at the top ...
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"Bruise You Left" by The Rising

Review

The 4th of June marks the release date of the second single from the upcoming 'No Hope Without Love' EP by The Rising, namely "Bruise You ...
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"The Calm" by Dave Pepper

Review

The latest release from Dave Pepper is called "The Calm" and is now available for you too to enjoy via this link: https://davepepper1.
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"Don't Forget To Breathe" by Ian Todd

Review

Having reviewed "Hour Glass" (an hour long ambient piece ) by Ian Todd last summer, I am now pleased to say that I can return to his work again, this ...
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"Inflamed" by Dean MacDonald

Review

This is exciting: we have often told you about releases from & performances by one of the area's most respected & popular bands The Session, but ...
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"Pensacola" by Jack Blackman & Chessi O'Dowd

Review

Here's a slightly rhetorical question: what is better than a new release by one of the most respected & popular Coventry & Warwickshire artists? ...
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"Thoughts" by Paul Mccormack

Review

Although I have written about singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Paul Mccormack in the magazine before (in the context of a Merrymaker live ...
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"Peaceful Warrior" by Lemon Tones

Review

An artist whose work I have not yet previously had the pleasure of describing to you is Lemon Tones (the name under which James Temple is currently ...
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"I Want Your Blue Sky" by Lemon Boy

Review

"I Want Your Blue Sky" , the next single by Lemon Boy (Luke Bates) is not in fact released until 26th May, but already, thanks to some advance ...
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"Used To Be" by YNES

Review

When reviewing the last YNES single (the eviscerating "Better Job", which also featured Ace Ambrose), among several adjectives I used, one was ...
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"A Friend" by In Emerald Sea

Review

This is probably the quickest turn around of a review I've yet managed: not only was I unaware of this song an hour before I began writing this, ...
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"Loveable" by Kenzie Webley

Review

I'm delighted to report to you the release of a new single by Kenzie Webley on 21st May, namely "Loveable" .
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'Let's Have Another One' by Firedaze

Review

I have long enjoyed Firedaze  as a live act but I'm sorry to say have not reviewed any of their releases until now: I'm glad to repair ...
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"Maybe With You" by The Boy Who Invented Everything

Review

It's with a great deal of pleasure that I write this particular review.
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"Change" by Jonny Olley

Review

If you enjoyed Jonny Olley's debut single "Slow" which we reviewed here in January (and which was featured on ‘Hot Music Live Presents Volume ...
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"The Coming of Age" by Ace Ambrose

Review

Any new release from Ace Ambrose must have the characteristics of creating anticipation & wonder in our minds: what on earth will she come up with ...
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"Slice of Cake" by Danny Ansell

Review

Despite his skill at honing crowd pleasing anthems, the reality of Danny Ansell's songwriting is the subject matter he covers is actually very ...
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"Switchblade" by Massasauga

Review

You may remember when back in February Massasauga invited you to participate in their "7 Nights of Terror" wherein they shared teasers of seven songs ...
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"You Had It All" by The Rising

Review

That marvellously prolific band The Rising (Chris Logan & Chantelle McAteer) are continuing their highly commendable campaign to not let COVID19 ...
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"Calico Jack" by Alchemista

Review

For their first single release of 2021, Alchemista are offering us a tale of piracy on the high seas in the form of "Calico Jack".
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"Faker" by Abz Winter

Review

It's actually been a year since we shared the news about "Jump" by Abz Winter with you, a period of time between releases which would have ...
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'Coventry Cathedral - Easter '21' by Rob Halligan

Review

Fresh out today is a live album of the special lockdown gig which Rob Halligan played at Coventry Cathedral with the help of Ewan Cameron and Chris ...
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"Around This Town" by Ross Darby

Review

Today is the release day for the new Ross Darby single "Around This Town", his first since the much applauded "Rose" which came out in July 2020 and ...
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"Gimmie Some Space" by Shanghai Hostage

Review

It is literally only a single month since I reviewed the most recent Shanghai Hostage single "Convent" for you, yet here today am I writing about its ...
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"Oops" (Acoustic) by Ivy Ash

Review

I was delighted last month to describe to the debut single by Ivy Ash (the new sparkling pop persona of Bethany Dyson) called "Oops".
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"Fire In The Air" by Aaron Woodhouse

Review

A very recent addition to my awareness of the local music scene has been Aaron Woodhouse.
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‘If This Is the End' by Project Blackbird

Review

I was always a fan of the band Bluebird Parade: a very eclectic and versatile six piece band whose combined talents were able to create all sorts of ...
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"Live 2020" (edited selection) by Wes Finch

Review

Very slightly more than twelve months ago I reported to you on Wes Finch's Leap Year gig: a special event to mark the four yearly occasion & to ...
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"Bigger Than Me" by Rob Halligan

Review

Today marks the release of the new Rob Halligan single entitled "Bigger Than Me", a swift follow up to his ‘Christmas Time' EP and as ...
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"In The Darkness" by Ollie Bond

Review

Ollie Bond is one of those talented artists who seems capable of swerving the "quality/quantity" debut by releasing very high quality singles at a ...
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"Auriga" by MINTAKAA

Review

I'm always most appreciative of being tipped off about interesting local music which I had not previously been aware of, so thank you to Ian ...
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"Convent" by Shanghai Hostage

Review

Shanghai Hostage are continuing their long running excellent form & defying COVID with another prime release this morning namely their new single ...
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"The South" by Wilde

Review

Not only did ‘Hot Music Live Presents Volume Four'  artists Wilde (check out "Wasted" if you've not already done so) manage to put ...
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"In Absence" by Lemon Boy

Review

If you enjoyed hearing the "elegant & graceful " (as our review described it) "Flamingo"  by Lemon Boy on ‘Hot Music Live Presents Volume ...
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‘Is This Thing On?' by John Connearn

Review

This afternoon saw the release of the brand new John Connearn EP called  ‘Is This Thing On?', his first record since "Push & Pull" which came ...
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The ‘Parting Breath' EP by Ellie Gowers

Review

One of the many frustrations of the past year has been the loss of momentum in the careers of various local artists who were so obviously on a roll: ...
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"Class War" by Dispensable People

Review

Just out from local dissidents Dispensable People is their new single entitled "Class War".
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"Better Job" by YNES featuring Ace Ambrose

Review

Now this is very exciting….
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"Oops" by Ivy Ash

Review

Back in November, I introduced you to Ivy Ash, the sensational new pop persona of Bethany Dyson.
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'Hot Music Live Presents Volume Five'

News

We are delighted to announce the release of 'Hot Music Live Presents Volume Five': eighteen more totally original tracks by Coventry & ...
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"Whereabouts Unknown" by Jack Blackman

Review

After his most impressive prolific run of form since the music scene was turned upon its head, from "Self Isolation Song" (which is also on ‘Hot ...
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"LOUD" by Electrik Custard

Review

I was greatly & very pleasantly surprised by the unexpected release yesterday of a new single "LOUD" by Electrik Custard featuring Mina Minné.
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New release from Holly & the Hounds

Review

Readers of the magazine will have followed the evolution of Holly & the Hounds from roots in Gloria Sunset & Retroville duo formats into a full band ...
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Catching up with Luke Concannon

Feature

As I'd been in contact with Nizlopi singer/guitarist Luke Concannon regarding the release of his brand new solo album 'Ecstatic Bird In The ...
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"Each Time My Heart is Broken" by Ex Lover

Review

Well that's two surprises of rather different sorts on consecutive mornings for me.
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"Don't Want Anything But More" by Satsangi

Review

During these turgid times when there is a distinct danger of every successive day seeming like its predecessor, it's helpful to be surprised now ...
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'Postcards Home' by Maz Corry

Review

Good morning to you all: I'd like to tell you today about the new album from Stratford based Maz Corry,  ‘Postcards Home' which was ...
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"Love Again (Show You Care)" & 'Retrospective' by Rosetta Fire

Review

Not surprisingly, it is a while since I've been able to report to you on Rosetta Fire.
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'Ecstatic Bird In The Burning' by Luke Concannon

Review

One of the most anticipated albums to be issued by a Coventry & Warwickshire artist has to be 'Ecstatic Bird In The Burning' which Luke ...
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'The Righteous Jazz' by The Mechanicals Band

Review

We cover some excellent artists in the magazine who produce some great material.
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"Another Sunset" by Caleb Murray

Review

Today Caleb Murray releases his new single, "Another Sunset" a year & a half after his previous record, the ‘Stories From a Sunny Side' album ...
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"Stay At Home" by Carrick

Review

This morning's news is that Carrick have just released their new single "Stay at Home", which will later appear on their forthcoming second ...
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"Castle With The Lights On" by Shannon Stevenson

Review

Within a month of telling you about "Midnight" by Shannon Stevenson, I find myself in the fortunate position of being able to now give you a heads up ...
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"You The Creator" by River of the Dog

Review

Good news from River of the Dog who on 29th of this month are releasing a brand new single entitled "You The Creator"  (hopefully you'll ...
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'Reflection' EP by Rob Lee Thompson

Review

It's uplifting to start a new year by reviewing another local artist whom I've not yet written about in the magazine & on this occasion, ...
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"Ain't Nobody Got Me Here But Me" by The Rising

Review

One of the key aims of both the features on artists in this magazine & by spotlighting many of them in the "Hot Music Live Presents" series of albums ...
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"The Fear of Missing Out" by Drop Down Smiling

Review

It may be something of a record for "Hot Music Live" (do let us know if you think you can beat it) in terms of gaps between featuring their music, ...
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"Absolutment" by Luke Concannon

Review

In advance of the full release of his new album 'Ecstatic Bird in the Burning' in February, Luke Concannon is this week sharing a third ...
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"Slow" by Jonny Olley

Review

I am very grateful to Toni Peach who frequently plugs the magazine on her HillzFM show, plays "Hot Music Live Presents" tracks and when circumstances ...
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Press Release from David Goody

News

"A Rather Silly History Of Coventry" Press ReleaseLocal singer-songwriter David Goody can't resist writing songs about Coventry.
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"Midnight" by Shannon Stevenson

Review

Coventry singer-songwriter Shannon Stevenson has decided to take the positive road of uplifting us with her end of the year release "Midnight" and I ...
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"Make You Stay" by Kenzie Webley

Review

When I interviewed Kenzie Webley the other week for the feature in the magazine, she was busy at 14 Records laying down some brand new tracks for us.
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Introducing Monday Nights

Feature

I wonder if you recollect Paul Englefield's review of The Empire at the Zephyr Lounge back in February 2016? Well two of that band are now in ...
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"Ghosts of Christmas" by Alchemista

Review

Relatively hot on the heels of October's ‘Clear Skies To See' EP (certainly rapid by the standards of what is possible in 2020) ...
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Jools Street and the Tile Hill Billies

Review

If, like me, one of the things to look forward to & keep me relatively sane during the depths of lockdown was Jools Street's weekly bluegrass ...
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"The Spoons" by Wilde

Review

If you enjoyed "Wasted" on ‘Hot Music Live Presents Volume Four' (I'm sure you did), then you'll be as pleased as I was to hear ...
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"Free Lovin' Woman" by Shanghai Hostage

Review

I'll hold my hands up & admit that back in March my expectations for having much to write about in this magazine were low and so they have been ...
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"You Are (Live Studio Session)" by Luna Kiss

Review

To make up for not being able to gig, Luna Kiss have released a new single "You Are (Live Studio Session)" which is intended as a gift to their ...
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Spotlight on Kenzie Webley

Feature

In my interview with Roddy "Radiation" Byers of The Specials etc earlier in the week, I observed how the pandemic has cut a swathe through the music ...
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"I Wish It Was Summer (At Christmas Time)" by Jack Blackman and the Beautiful Wreck

Review

Christmas should involve thinking about others (and goodness knows everyone around us has need of our love & support currently) so I am particularly ...
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"This Special Time Of Year" by The Rising

Review

We are definitely finding ourselves in the festive release period now & if the cover art for the new single from The Rising "This Special Time Of ...
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"Intermission" by The Upsiders

Review

So here we are, as we always knew we would be, at the final instalment of the "Reconnect" project by The Upsiders, the single "Intermission" which ...
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"Happy Christmas, All Will Be Fine" by King of the Alps

Review

It was only yesterday when Facebook reminded me that it was exactly twelve months since I had last see King of the Alps play live.
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‘Stories About You' by Danny Ansell

Review

One of my personal sadnesses (among several) for our local music scene was  that Danny Ansell's long awaited ‘As It Goes'  album came ...
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"We Still Have Next Year" by Ollie Bond

Review

A mere three weeks after I reviewed "Ready" by Ollie Bond, here the man himself is back again with his more seasonal release, "We Still Have Next ...
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"Silent Night (2020 Version)" by Stylusboy

Review

I am pleased to be able to announce to you that Stylusboy has just released a seasonal single for us, being a cover of "Silent Night" and that all ...
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‘Along The Tracks' by Steven John Birks

Review

May I take the opportunity today to introduce you to the work of Steven John Birks? Unfortunately I'm jumping aboard the musical train of this ...
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Catching up with Roddy Byers

Feature

Most readers of "Hot Music Live" plus countless others around the world, will know Roddy "Radiation" Byers best as the lead guitarist with the ...
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The Advent of Goody

News

Local singer-songwriter David Goody is no stranger to a Christmas song having provided bizarre festive cheer each year since the 2016 release of Spon ...
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"Changing with the Seasons" by Chloë Boehm

Review

Although  Chloë Boehm has only appeared in "Hot Music Live" for under a year, she is already one of the local artists on a particularly steep ...
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"Straight Up Genius" by Jack Blackman

Review

Jack Blackman is not only on a rich run of form at the moment (the pandemic seems to be inspiring him to express his feelings through the medium of ...
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"Heading Home" by The Upsiders

Review

I feel a little sad now we suddenly find ourselves at the penultimate instalment of The Upsiders' "Reconnect" project: today's new single ...
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"Scared" by Chasing Deer

Review

Unsurprisingly, I've not had the chance to review a new Chasing Deer release since their "Bad Decisions" way back in February.
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"Where The Stars Fall" by Man Made Moon

Review

I'm really pleased today to be able to review the brand new single from Man Made Moon called  "Where The Stars Fall": my first since ...
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'Christmas Time' EP by Rob Halligan

Review

Rob Halligan is another of our local musicians who could certainly be described as "prolific" in terms of just how much excellent music they are ...
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Introducing Ivy Ash

Feature

It's been a few months since I reviewed "Open Your Eyes" by Bethany Dyson in the magazine  the follow-up to "Just You & Me" which also features ...
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"Don't You Close Your Eyes" by Kirsty Clarke

Review

Today I can report to you on the new single by Kirsty Clarke, called "Don't You Close Your Eyes" (hopefully you'll have read my review of ...
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'Therapy' by Dave Pepper

Review

As usual, starting a Dave Pepper review with a list of his musical projects & genres mastered would in itself make an article too long to hold your ...
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"Ready" by Ollie Bond

Review

I suppose that by now I should be used to how Ollie Bond is managing to create, record & release so many high quality tracks despite the current ...
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"Cold Strange World" by Brudez

Review

I must say that much as I like the music of Brudez and respect what he does & says in his work, his new single  "Cold Strange World"  (out today on ...
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‘Bring a Little Love' by Stone Bear

Review

A moment of pleasure, the more appreciated because it was unexpected, hit me last evening with the news that Stone Bear have released a new album, ...
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"Bobbie Boat" by The Upsiders

Review

Today, we reach episode seven (of nine) in the "Reconnect" project of The Upsiders: "Bobbie Boat".
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"Look" by Free Galaxy

Review

It's been a little while (I think we might guess why) since I last reviewed Free Galaxy  (whose "Leave Me" appears  on ‘Hot Music Live ...
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"I'm Not Coming Back (Stripped Back)"

News

If you enjoyed the most recent single by Ollie Bond, "I'm Not Coming Back" which was reviewed in the magazine last month, then you'll be ...
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"Doomsayer" by Ace Ambrose

Review

It is always exciting to review a new Ace Ambrose release & today really is no exception to that pattern.
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"Arthur McBride" by Filkin's Drift

News

For those of you who have been deprived of hearing the music of Ellie Gowers (I was fortunate enough to catch a live set on February 29th, but that ...
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"Ballad of Clopton House" by Jack Blackman

Review

At the end of a month which began with the release of his excellent single "Hard Place to be Be", Jack Blackman is showing no sense whatsoever of ...
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"Your Heart is in My Chest" by Luke Concannon

Review

If next February seems still an awfully long way off to wait for the release of 'Ecstatic Bird in the Burning', the next album from Luke ...
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'Always Heading Home' by Rob Halligan

Review

During the last eight months, I have reviewed releases I had some inkling of in advance, a few well in advance, some complete surprises & some long ...
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'Rollin'' by Voodoo Kings

Review

If I was forced to list the artists based locally whom I most enjoyed live, I should without question include the Voodoo Kings.
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"Tumbleweed And Dust" by Cary L

Review

It's proving a year when most of our expectations have been torn up & scattered on the winds.
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"2 AM Call" by The Rising

Review

There is something of a tightrope for artists to navigate: on one side the peril of producing so diverse a range of music that people can't join ...
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"Something Real" by The Upsiders

Review

The last chapter of The Upsiders' "Reconnect" song cycle, "Ooh Na" (reviewed in the magazine last month), found protagonist Kenny, while at ...
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"Tranquilo" by Dave Pepper

Review

Given the overwhelming feeling of claustrophobia engendered by the current situation, it is a corrective to share evidence that we are not all hemmed ...
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"I'm Not Coming Back" by Ollie Bond

Review

How Ollie Bond does it I simply cannot begin to fathom.
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'Clear Skies To See' EP by Alchemista

Review

I really hope that like me, you enjoyed the popular track "A Place To Hide" on ‘Hot Music Live Presents Volume Four'? If you haven't ...
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"Hard Place To Be" by Jack Blackman

Review

Barely a fortnight after his last release, the chilling  "Empty Beretta", Jack Blackman (who is also represented on ‘Hot Music Live Presents ...
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"Doing Nothing" by Luke Concannon

Review

Today, I'd like to draw your attention to a new single to be released on October 2nd from across the Atlantic: quite an unusual review for an ...
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"First Wave" by The Silver Wye

Review

Normally the autumnal equinox is precisely the time we'd look for a new release from The Silver Wye.
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"Sides of Me" by Antonia Kirby

Review

After the misfortune of having the dreaded lurgy delay the anticipated & planned release of her new EP "Sides of Me", Antonia Kirby (whose "Labour ...
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"The Fear" by The Session

Review

This is in many ways an unusual review but definitely one I have very much looked forwards to writing for some time.
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"Ooh Na", by The Upsiders

Review

Now we are in the heartland of The Upsiders' "Reconnect" project, not only are the cumulative emotions of the arc of protagonist Kenny's ...
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Wes Finch Trio at Kenilworth Arts Festival

Review

Somewhat to my surprise, yesterday afternoon I found myself enjoying live music in the actual physical presence of the musicians creating it for the ...
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"Writers" by Chloë Boehm

Review

As I'm sure that you are aware, we were fortunate enough to be able to include the debut single of Chloë Boehm "Dare You" on ‘Hot Music Live ...
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"Sea of Stars" by Lemon Boy

Review

I hope you have been enjoying the track "Flamingo" on ‘Hot Music Live Presents Volume Four'? I'm pleased to share with you now the latest ...
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"Leap Year Gig Rehearsal" by Wes Finch

Review

There is some good news for Wes Finch fans awaiting the release of his Leap Year gig live album (as (p)reviewed in this magazine last month) He has ...
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"Homeward Hie" & "Sunshine" by Rob Halligan

Review

Rob Halligan fans will have felt blessed over the past week with two separate releases which I hope you won't mind my telling you about in a ...
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"Better Than This" by The Rising

Review

If you recall, like many of us, The Rising entered 2020 with high hopes & plans.
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"Empty Beretta" by Jack Blackman

Review

We were greatly pleased to be able to feature the zeitgeist tapping "Self Isolation Song" by Jack Blackman on ‘Hot Music Live Presents Volume ...
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"Emilia" by Ollie Bond

Review

If, like me, you enjoyed "Safe With Me" by Ollie Bond  on ‘Hot Music Live Presents Volume Three', you'll be as pleased that despite the ...
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"What You Taught Me (Baby)" by Year Without A Summer

Review

Lots of things make writing reviews of great local music for "Hot Music Live" pleasurable.
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"21st Century Man" by The Upsiders

Review

I do hope that you have been following successive instalments of The Upsiders "Reconnect" project as they release them & we review them in the ...
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"Sush On The Roof" by The Upsiders

Review

I must have been a bit naive when back in late March I assumed that my articles in the magazine would become more infrequent: obviously there has ...
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Wes Finch's Leap Year Gig: Live Album

Review

Some six months ago, I wrote what to date is my penultimate live review for the magazine: concerning Wes Finch's Leap Year gig.
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Paul Brook

Feature

For those of you who have already downloaded  "Hot Music Live Presents Volume Four" (if not, please check it out at https://hotmusiclivepresents.
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"Sway" by the Upsiders

Review

It was barely a fortnight ago that I was telling you all about The Upsiders' single "Worth A Million" which I'm delighted to see has been ...
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"Live in the Basement" by Stylusboy

Review

It was only last week that I was telling you about the new Stylusboy single "This Is Where I Belong" which was released in advance of its parent EP ...
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"Let's Go Home" by Joe Dolman & Millie Tilby

Review

This is rather an unusual release to be reporting on.
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"This Is Where I Belong" by Stylusboy

Review

You'll no doubt have enjoyed that masterpiece of Stylusboy, namely   "For the Souls of My Brothers" on ‘Hot Music Live Presents Volume ...
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Woodbine Street Recording Studio

Feature

In my latest feature on how local music related businesses are coping with, adapting to & evolving through the current circumstances, I am looking at ...
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"Front Room Sessions: The Visual Album"

Review

I've said it before, but I'll say it again, I especially enjoy (and enjoy writing about) music where it touches base with other art media.
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'Blank Canvas' by Henery

Review

I really haven't concealed my admiration for the solo work of Henery in this magazine have I? Starting with live reviews which not only revealed ...
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"Won't Let Me In" by Satsangi

Review

Satsangi, never a band to shirk a challenge nor to be meekly led by fate nor wander aimlessly down roads many others have trodden previously, seem to ...
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"Worth A Million" by The Upsiders

Review

As I write, the very first  shoots of live music performance recovery seem underway: a few people including members of Evergreen & Chessi ...
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"Promised Land" by Rob Halligan

Review

A strange one this, the latest single release from Rob Halligan: "Promised Land" which comes a month after his previous one, "The Other Side" was ...
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"I Want You" by The Rising

Review

I am pleased to report that despite all the obstacles being placed in their way since their decision to launch a single a month in 2020, The Rising ...
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"Rose" by Ross Darby

Review

When I reported mere days ago that one of the artists who had recently been recording at 14 Records with Matt Waddell was Ross Darby, I certainly ...
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'The Life I Had 'Til Now' EP by Little Girl Screaming

Review

One of my favourite local bands (and I am far from their only admirer) has long been Little Girl Screaming, a band I came to via their incendiary ...
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"Darling" by Batsch

Review

It was April when I wrote about the "Colour of Love" single by Batsch in the magazine.
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"Wayward" by Katherine Abbott

Review

After the pleasure at being able to review "Lullaby For Lucas" by Katherine Abbott last month, I'm delighted that so little time has elapsed ...
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14 Records

Feature

In my most recent article, I focussed on how local business Dr.
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Dr.Um

Feature

Back in March, I shared some of my reflections, fears & thoughts about the impact of lockdown on the local music scene & more or less left it on a ...
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"Hour Glass" by Ian Todd

Review

Keen readers of this magazine will recollect the February feature  of Ian Todd & even keener ones will have spotted his name amongst the details of ...
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"To the Sun" by Henery

Review

One of the many disappointing aspects  of lockdown (and I write this on a day when I would otherwise have been anticipating Leamington Peace ...
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"Fire" solo video by Izzie Derry

Review

I do like being taken be surprised by music (to be honest I'm not sure I enjoy reviewing music which fails in some way to do so) and I hope I am ...
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"Lullaby For Lucas" by Katherine Abbott

Review

Another first for me: my debut review of Stratford singer songwriter Katherine Abbott & my apologies as I'm arriving quite late at this ...
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"The Cold Light" by The Silver Wye

Review

Last night was another Full Moon (and a strawberry one at that, with an added penumbral lunar eclipse) and that these days means a new single from ...
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"The Other Side" by Rob Halligan

Review

"The Other Side", the new single by Rob Halligan, will be released on all major download and streaming services on June 22nd but don't worry, ...
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"Live at the Melting Pot" by TwoManTing

Review

When I reviewed the current TwoManTing single "Gbangbaode" for you last week & at the end advised you of their upcoming live album, I really ...
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"Resuscitate Me!" by Katie Walters & Ace Ambrose

Review

This review  concerns something that manages simultaneously to be compassionate, passionate, challenging, exciting and accessible & above all a ...
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"Live in London" by Nizlopi

Review

This is an interesting one: with quite a nuanced tale to be told.
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"Icarus" by Antonia Kirby

Review

Today I'd like to share with you the latest single (out today) by Antonia Kirby whose"Labour of Love" appears on ‘Hot Music Live Presents ...
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"Open Your Eyes" by Bethany Dyson

Review

Did you enjoy the sumptuous, popular & acclaimed track "Just You & Me" on ‘Hot Music Live Presents Volume Three'?  If, like me, you did, ...
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"Be Gentle" by Chloë Boehm

Review

Chloë Boehm has very rapidly gained a highly positive reputation on the local music scene: it is mere months still since she first acquired a ...
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"Gbangbaode" by TwoManTing

Review

I last reviewed TwoManTing for this magazine in a live context back last November & I trust you'll recollect my sense of enjoyment of that ...
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"Streets of London" by Wes Finch

Review

Lord knows this lockdown life can seem like "Groundhog Day" when you are inside it.
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"Dig a Little Deeper" by Mister Keith

Review

I feared that my reviews for "Hot Music Live" might dwindle during the current situation, with no live performances on which to report & the ...
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"Isolation" by Street Arts Project & Friends

Review

You might very well like to check out today's release of a charity single appropriately called "Isolation" by ‘Street Arts Project & ...
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'Smooth Groove' EP by Kev Stanley

Review

As I said the other week, being surprised as a reviewer is part of the pleasure of doing it.
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"Flamingo" by Lemon Boy

Review

A few weeks ago, on the recommendation of Callum Ward of ‘Hot music Live Presents' artists Free Galaxy, I reviewed the Kenilworth based ...
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"Shadows on the Wall" by The Rising

Review

Reviewing obviously excellent artists is always a pleasure, but there is an extra frisson in writing about a release or performance which takes even ...
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"Mr Motivator" by Shanghai Hostage

Review

Just as the initial curtailment of live gig opportunities saw many of the artists we report on in "Hot Music Live" upskill themselves to be able to ...
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'Hindsight' by Year Without a Summer

Review

Thankfully despite the complete lull in gigs to review, the flow of releases continues (though I suspect we are going to reach a point when material ...
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‘Shivoham-Lockdown Lullabies' by Satsangi

Review

Well life under lockdown continues to evolve doesn't it: even, or perhaps especially, our musical life.
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"Denver Hill" by The Session

Review

It was a pleasant surprise to learn that one of our area's most dynamic & exciting bands The Session have managed to unleash a new single called ...
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"Colour of Love" by Batsch

Review

It was virtually a year ago that I wrote very favourably about a live performance by Batsch (who are Mason Le Long, Joe Carvell, Matt Rheeston & Andy ...
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"Miura" by Souki

Review

All credit first of all to "Hot Music Live Presents" artist (and one of the key people whose idea that project was) Fall Girl (Michelle Sciarrotta) ...
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"Square Times" by Lemon Boy

Review

One great thing about "Hot Music Live" is the sense of community & so I'm indebted to Callum Ward of "Hot Music Live Presents" artists Free ...
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"Little Brave" by Henery

Review

In February (and how long ago that feels today), I had the pleasure of telling you about "In The Moment", the debut single by singer-songwriter ...
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"Just My Luck" by The Silver Wye

Review

As with their last single, the brooding & allegorical "The Getting Place", The Silver Wye are releasing their latest track "Just My Luck" to mark a ...
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"Just Another Name" by The Rising

Review

The latest single from Belfast founded & now Leamington based "fresh-faced Pop/Rock with Modern Country Stylings" duo The Rising is "Just Another ...
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"Jump" by Abz Winter

Review

It's good to be able to report to you that Abz Winter is following up her very well received (not least in the review in this magazine) single ...
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"The Lover That You Are" by Ste Essence featuring Rheo

Review

If you look at the "front page" of the magazine, you may have noticed that the most recent article always comes under the banner of "Fresh & Funky".
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"As It Goes" by Danny Ansell & Co

Review

Pleased as I undoubtedly am to be reviewing "As It Goes", the brand new album from Danny Ansell & Co, there is no getting away from the facts that ...
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‘The Best of Albums 1-8‘ by Daffod'i'll

Review

For the past three years, former Gods Toys & I vocalist Dill has been making up for the time lost out of music for personal & health reasons by ...
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Naomi Beth

Feature

After the success of my recent features on Ian Todd & Chloë Boehm, here is another one I think you'll find interesting & I think topical.
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"Songs From The Vaults" Fundraising album for The Tin

Review

Last week I wrote a piece for "Hot Music Live" looking at some of the (negative) implications for the music scene during the current crisis.
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"The Greatest Gift" by Deep Sea Divers

Review

So, another day in lock down, another day I can't be writing about the great gig I went to last night.
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Chloë Boehm

Feature

Although I really enjoy writing reviews for "Hot Music Live", I also like telling you about the artists & hopefully during this strange period, time ...
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"Snowflake" by Chessi O'Dowd

Review

Two apologies to you all.
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"Dare You" by Chloë Boehm

Review

An artist who has been steadily making an impact locally in recent months, Chloë Boehm, today has released her first track "Dare You".
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"Self Care" by Hannah Woof

Review

A mere few hours ago, on the stroke of midnight in fact, Hannah Woof released her new single, the zeitgeisty "Self Care", her first since her equally ...
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"Come Take Your Place" by Rob Halligan

Review

Today I'm pleased to be able to draw your attention to a new release by Rob Halligan, namely "Come Take Your Place", his first since "Nothing ...
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‘From the Forge' by Greengrass

Review

Well this is something of a milestone: my first review of the new order.
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What Are We Gonna Do Now?

Feature

On Sunday morning, I began writing what will obviously now be my last live review for quite some time.
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Launch gig for the 'Take It From Me' EP by Izzie Derry

Review

If you are anything like me, among the myriad challenges to our communities currently being presented, the probable curtailment of live music for ...
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Fallow Man EP

Review

Once again, I am in the happy position to write about a band who have hitherto yet to appear in "Hot Music Live".
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Wes Finch's Leap Year gig

Review

February 29th is an unusual date.
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"Bow Down To Love" by But Is It Jazz?

Review

There are many aspects of our ‘Hot Music Live Presents' project of which I am very proud.
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"She Said" by The Caprines

Review

If you as big a fan of The Caprines (Ed Kimberley on drums, Dave Toulson on lead guitar, John Lindley on vocals and on rhythm guitar and Curtis ...
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"Bad Decisions" by Chasing Deer

Review

It's really good to return to "Hot Music Live" regulars Chasing Deer after a while.
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'Oedipus Rex' by Kirk Hastings

Review

One of my occasional delights in writing for "Hot Music Live", as regular readers may have spotted, is when art media converge: that applies for the ...
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"Push and Pull" by John Connearn

Review

It seems so recently that I was telling you all about the debut single by John Connearn, the appropriately entitled "First Things First" and although ...
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"Brain Cell" by Autopilot

Review

Having reviewed them live previously, I am pleased to now tell you of the brand new single from Autopilot: "Brain Cell".
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"Nothing Good Is Wasted" by Rob Halligan

Review

Today I am pleased to be able to tell you about a new release from Rob Halligan: "Nothing Good Is Wasted" which is a taster for us from his upcoming ...
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Ian Todd

Feature

We cover so many multi-talented artists in "Hot Music Live": not just musicians but the photographers, visual artists & producers whom they work with.
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"Getting Place" by The Silver Wye

Review

The Silver Wye, like any great river, rolls majestically on, picking up speed in the release of its songs.
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"The Middle" (Acoustic Version) by Joe Dolman

Review

I have recently accused Joe Dolman of being prolific in his output and here he is again with a brand new release a month since I last reviewed him.
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'Take It From Me' by Izzie Derry

Review

One conundrum I face with reviewing the calibre of artist I tend to focus on (it's an enjoyable challenge really) is how to handle it when ...
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"In The Moment" by Henery

Review

I first reviewed Henery & his music for "Hot Music Live" eleven months ago when I saw him  supporting Ellie Gowers: "Henery was a revelation.
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"The King" by Shanghai Hostage

Review

Today I'm really pleased to be reviewing the new, the brand new, single by Shanghai Hostage within minutes of its video being publicly released ...
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Clemency live at the Town House

Review

I expect we all agree that music can actually do things to us & for us: improve our mood & morale, lift our spirits, transform our psyches.
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"On the Come Down" by River of the Dog

Review

I must admit to being a little low when I woke up this morning.
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BERHN

Feature

As promised, after my review of Kirsty Clarke's new track, "Greatest of Partners", I thought you'd like a piece on her other venture, ...
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"Greatest of Partners" by Kirsty Clarke

Review

Welcome to another of my series of reviews of Coventry & Warwickshire musicians whom I hold in very high regard yet have hitherto failed to review in ...
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Titine La Voix Live

Review

It has been far too long since I had last caught a full Titine La Voix live set.
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"Train" by Stone Bear

Review

I do hope you enjoyed the Stone Bear song "Bring A Little Love" which appeared on ‘Hot Music Live Presents Volume One'? Now Jeff Dennis ...
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"Sky Blue Pink" by Daffod'i'll

Review

When recently I reviewed no fewer than three Daffod'i'll albums in one fell swoop in a catch up exercise, if you looked at the photos ...
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'All Pretty Real' by The Old Number 7 Band

Review

When I saw the Old Number 7 Band at the Railway Inn in Leamington on Saturday, while they were not playing, the venue piped music was some of the ...
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"Satellites" by Danny Ansell & Co

Review

‘Satellites'   is the most recent single by Danny Ansell & Co (Danny Ansell on vocals and guitars, Roger Greasby on drums and Patrick Beard ...
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Preview of "Don't Go Playing With A Young Girl's Heart" by Abz Winter

Review

Back when The Clash began, their manager, Bernie Rhodes, instructed them to "write about what you know", advice which took them along the route we ...
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The Old Number 7 Band at the Railway Inn

Review

What a great way to start off 2020.
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"When I Went Away" by Ollie Bond

Review

I find myself mentioning ‘artists on a roll' increasingly frequently these days: not every artist works to the same pace & lord knows many ...
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"Learn To Grow" by Izzie Derry

Review

It's odd: the more reviews you write, the more patterns emerge.
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APE Night Returns!

News

Some excellent news for lovers of music which dares to be a bit different.
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A trio by Dill

Review

Something which as a reviewer I am keenly aware of is that so many artists are releasing their material in the form of EPs currently.
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"The Middle" by Joe Dolman

Review

I think that we can all by now agree that Joe Dolman is one of the most talented & popular artists from Coventry & Warwickshire & to that add "one of ...
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"Fool (Funk)" by Antonia Kirby

Review

Déjà vu: again.
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Preview of Rheo's upcoming EP

Review

We live in exciting times! I have never known such a great time for local creativity and for some reason there has been a large number of gigs & ...
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Brass Hip Flask live

Review

It is always a challenge finding the right words for any review: trying to describe one medium in another is itself tricky & then if you review ...
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"First Things First" by John Connearn

Review

John Connearn will be a name already well known to the aficionados of the local music scene & as the new decade dawns, will become better known to ...
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"Christmas Brought You Here" by The Rising

Review

A couple of thoughts occurred to me as I started this review.
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"You Are Light" by The Silver Wye (Slight Return)

Review

I'm sorry but I'm afraid I'm going to have to instil a touch of déjà vu in you.
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"Layla's Wood" by Speak, Brother

Review

I trust that you have, by now heard the last Speak, Brother single "Even Though We Are Strangers"   (reviewed in the magazine on 30th September).
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"It's Christmas" by Dave Pepper

Review

In terms of the tracks on ‘Hot Music Live Presents Volume One', some were great tracks from today & others rare & unreleased gems from some of ...
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"Everlasting" by Free Galaxy

Review

I do hope that you have checked out "Leave Me" on "Hot Music Live Presents Volume Two" by very fast rising Kenilworth band Free Galaxy? If not, you ...
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"Fool" by Antonia Kirby

Review

Today I have the opportunity to repair another omission in my reviewing history for "Hot Music Live":  to be precise until this moment, I have not ...
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"Just You & Me" by Bethany Dyson

Review

My apologies to Bethany Dyson whose latest single "Just You & Me" has been out several weeks: I suppose one defence for my delay in reviewing it has ...
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Tigermask live at The Town House

Review

I have to admit from the start that I found writing a review which captures the essence of Tigermask adequately, having seen him play at the Town ...
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"It's That Time Of Year" by Abz Winter

Review

As 2019 winds down, it occurred to me that one of the names which has been cropping up very regularly during the year, namely Abz Winter, would never ...
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The Mechanicals Band & Ellie Gowers

Review

One of the final formal gigs I shall attend in 2019 was also one of the best: the highest possible levels of musicianship but even more importantly ...
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"In A Year" by Izzie Derry

Review

December 12th is a date many people have possibly been looking forwards to or dreading for various reasons.
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"Safe With Me" by Ollie Bond

Review

Hopefully, I do try to capture the best of Coventry & Warwickshire music (or at least such as I encounter) in my reviews but from time to time ...
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"Winter Came Around Too Fast" by Sophie Hadlum

Review

I hope that by now, many of you will have downloaded, played & enjoyed "Hot Music Live Presents Volume Two" (https://hotmusiclivepresents.
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"Head Under Water" by Brass Hip Flask x White Rat Cult

Review

There have been more "blues revivals" than there are blues standards (possibly.
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Taylor-Louise launches 'Black Heart'

Review

What a fiesta of an evening on Friday at St Patrick's Club in Leamington.
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"Fly" by Clemency

Review

If several of my more recent reviews have been of songs previously unheard by me & some even caught me by surprise with their release, the new single ...
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TwoManTing

Review

Watching TwoManTing last night at the Town House in Leamington, one of my immediate thoughts was "it's been too long" since I last saw them live.
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The Will Ball Trio at the Town House

Review

This review in some ways is able to address an omission among my pieces for "Hot Music Live": although I have alluded to Will Ball in respect of his ...
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The Mechanicals Band present The Righteous Jazz

Review

Occasionally I've been able to review for "Hot Music Live" an event which involves but is not limited to music: a particular pleasure.
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'The Sun Will Rise Again' by King of the Alps

Review

Every so often, I enthuse in a review for "Hot Music Live" over the privileges of being able to do so: fairly obviously hearing wonderful & original ...
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"Better By Now" by Joe Dolman

Review

Happy New Music Friday to you all!To celebrate the day, Joe Dolman has a brand new single "Better By Now" out for your delectation.
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"Sweet Talk" by Hannah Woof

Review

I wrote last week of the issues & tensions which must exist around even the best artists as they develop their individual voice & sound yet need to ...
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"Against The Tide" by Ellie Gowers

Review

Some of the records I review for "Hot Music Live" come to me out of the relative blue.
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The Hatstand Band

Review

Although I have seen them play before, and greatly enjoyed their performances, I have not actually ever given them a full review for some reason (I ...
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"Try" and "Leaving" by Jake Rizzo

Review

It is said of several aspects of life that "a week is a long time" within them: to the list we might now add the career of Jake Rizzo.
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"If You Loved Me" by Jake Rizzo

Review

It is always a great pleasure to review excellent music, but to focus on a debut single is that extra bit special as you feel like a traveller ...
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"If You Were Mine" by Joe Dolman

Review

One element which seems to play a part in making the difference between local artists with bags of talent & original ideas whose careers seem to ...
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"Late Again" by Earlybird

Review

This review is extremely fresh being of a debut single by a band whom I've not yet seen live yet and ironically I have seen more great photos of ...
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"You Are Light" by The Silver Wye

Review

Last November, in "Hot Music Live", I reviewed a song called "Pick Me Up" by an entity calling itself The Silver Wye.
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"Even Though We Are Strangers" by Speak, Brother

Review

It's ironic that in such short succession I should write song reviews for bands whom I hold in high esteem yet whom I have only previously ...
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"Need A Friend" by The Caprines

Review

One of my very favourite of local bands happens to be Coventry based four piece The Caprines (they comprise Ed Kimberley on drums, Dave Toulson on ...
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"Let This One Be Mine" by Izzie Derry

Review

I find myself here writing a review which I had never anticipated.
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"Sunny Lady" by Evergreen

Review

I think that I can safely say that I have not before reviewed a more eagerly anticipated debut single than "Sunny Lady" by Evergreen.
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'Routes' by Stylusboy

Review

I've said it before, but reviewing for "Hot Music Live" is a real privilege in so many ways.
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'Fourth in Line' EP by Fourth in Line

Review

It is entirely possible that although this is their first review in the magazine, you may already be aware of Fourth in Line.
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The Mechanicals Band with special guest Ellie Gowers

Review

Well here I am again, this time reviewing not one but two artists on whom I fear I may have already used up my supply of appropriate superlatives in ...
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Sam McNulty with Angelo Cardone & Bill Cameron

Review

Few "Hot Music Live" readers will need introducing to the name nor talents of Sam McNulty.
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Burning Salt

Review

One of the issues which is a perennial worry for me in writing for "Hot Music Live" is how to cover even the most excellent of artists, the ones we ...
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Merrymaker with Rosie Samaras

Review

The gig at the Magic Lantern last night was described by venue creator & owner Adrian Gains as "one of the best nights we have had so far.
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The Ellipsis with special guest Hannah Woof

Review

It all seems such a long time ago, so many & so powerful have the subsequent performances at the Magic Lantern been, that it is an interesting ...
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"Endless Summer" by The Rising

Review

There are a handful of great locally based artists not so much emerging (how can they be just "emerging" when they have spent time honing their ...
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Ross Darby live at the Magic Lantern

Review

I am a big fan of the performing & writing of Ross Darby so it was a big pleasure to get another chance to review him for this magazine on the ...
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Irene Rae supported by Stylusboy

Review

Once again I can write up for you something rather special: two performances which were pretty unique for our area & which again I felt so privileged ...
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Izzie Derry with her special guests King of the Alps

Review

Last night was one for the connoisseurs: a whole evening of nothing but top class original music written from personal perspectives & played with ...
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Shanghai Hostage with their special guests Brass Hip Flask

Review

I should really like first of all to voice my appreciation to the members of both Shanghai Hostage & Brass Hip Flask.
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Godiva Festival 2019: a personal reflection

Review

I could, I suppose, run through every act I saw & enjoyed at the 2019 Godiva Festival in detail which would give them the credit they thoroughly ...
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'Stories From A Sunny Side' by Caleb Murray

Review

I hope that you recall my review in "Hot Music Live" of Caleb Murray's  ‘No Congregation' EP? If you have listened to & downloaded "Hot ...
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Diz n Rox with Andy Beglin

Review

Wow what a night! On a sweltering June evening, maybe going underground was the best option, even though the Magic Lantern had to deploy extra fan ...
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Taylor-Louise & Abz Winter

Review

Another cracking evening which saw the grand musical talent of Warwickshire displayed on several levels.
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Holly & the Hounds

Review

I have reviewed the consummate musicianship of Holly Hewitt & David Page for "Hot Music Live" on several occasions, though it isn't, I admit, ...
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"Gone" by Taylor-Louise

Review

If you are counting, you'll have spotted that the new single "Gone" is the third single to be released from Taylor-Louise's stunning "Black ...
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"Ticket To Nowhere" by Matty Coles

Review

At a dozen tracks, ‘Ticket To Nowhere', the new album by local singer-songwriter Matty Coles to which I've been listening, provides ...
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Man Made Moon supported by Noah Dobbie

Review

Here I go again: another evening spent in the company of really talented musicians who not only perform in a way that touches my soul but objectively ...
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"Grow" by The Ellipsis

Review

Last week, I had every intention of writing a review in this magazine of the gig I was intending to attend at the Zephyr Lounge by The Ellipsis, ...
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'More Songs About Hospital Food' by Simon Morgan

Review

Warwickshire singer song writer Simon Morgan has a long & distinguished pedigree for producing music from the "heart on the sleeve" school of ...
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"Moving On" by The Rising

Review

As promised in my review of their performance at Sunday's BBC Introducing Coventry & Warwickshire showcase, what follows is my review of the ...
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BBC Introducing Showcase

Review

"Hot Music Live" tries really hard to do many things.
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Shanade with guests Nicky Ager & Aaron Dudfield

Review

By now I'm sure you'll be aware of the many bees in my bonnet as I tend to repeat  much the same obsessions in most reviews, so when I ...
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Evergreen at the Magic Lantern

Review

I flatter myself that some of you may remember my reviewing the Hansel Brothers in the past for "Hot Music Live" (most recently on February 10th).
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Vince Hill's farewell concert in Coventry

News

With 2019 marking his 85th birthday, singing star Vince Hill will be heading home to Coventry next month to perform a special farewell concert at the ...
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Wes Finch supported by Stylusboy

Review

Another  emotionally rewarding night at the Magic Lantern, savouring two of the finest & most individual of the many great local performers & ...
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Jake Rizzo supported by Henery

Review

Another wonderful night of song writing craft & passionate performances at the Magic Lantern last evening & two more great local musicians who ...
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"Stories From The She Punks"

Review

As explained in the preview in "Hot Music Live" on February 1st, yesterday there was a special screening of the acclaimed documentary "Stories From ...
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Helen McCookerybook with the Sunbathers & Peter Hall

Review

What a beautiful evening's entertainment & soul sustenance of original music at the Tin.
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Fairport Convention supported by Izzie Derry

Review

As previewed in "Hot Music Live Presents", last evening Izzie Derry, who has several times been reviewed in the magazine & is part of the "Hot Music ...
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"We All Write The Songs" by Rob Halligan

Review

As promised in my review of Rob Halligan's recent gig at the Magic Lantern with Kristy Gallacher, here is my review of his most recent album, ...
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Burning Salt at the Magic Lantern

Review

What an interesting & subtle band Burning Salt are.
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Kristy Gallacher with Rob Halligan

Review

 In 1996 Elvis Costello held an event he called "A Case For Song" which was filmed for the BBC: collaborating with a range of other musicians but ...
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"Generation Now" by Taylor-Louise

Review

When is "easy listening" not easy listening?Possibly when it is one of those quite rare songwriting approaches where the composer deliberately ...
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"Out Upon The Ocean" EP by Stylusboy

Review

Writing for a music magazine in Coventry & Warwickshire, which is let's face it pretty landlocked, I don't expect to review many maritime ...
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"The Mountain" by Brass Hip Flask

Review

Do you like your blues authentic & raw? I do.
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APE Night

Review

I have often written about the wonderful, in fact the weird, thought provoking & wonderful evenings Johnny Satsangi puts on at the Zephyr Lounge ...
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"Drag You Down" by Joe Dolman

Review

Isn't it a real boost when a local musician whom you've seen often playing the open mics & the local venues & whose work you've ...
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"Lost At Sea" EP by Izzie Derry

Review

A real headache for me is trying to express my admiration for work I consider is an artist's best so far without sounding like I didn't ...
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"Lonely Nights" by The Institutes

Review

I haven't yet reviewed Coventry band The Institutes for "Hot Music Live" so it's good to have the opportunity to repair that omission when ...
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"Weightless" by Man Made Moon

Review

Isn't the artwork for the new Man Made Moon single "Weightless" great?  You'll be pleased to hear that the musical content rises to the ...
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Taylor-Louise news

News

I don't usually review artists' websites (in fact I don't think I ever have before?) but why not? They are a crucial method of keeping ...
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Hannah Woof with John Connearn supported by Ellie Gowers

Review

I'm going to go with "spell-binding" as my key word (two words?) for last evening's gig.
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Stone Bear supported by Ollie Lawrence

Review

It is always really great to have new talent introduced to you & it is a clear & highly  admirable feature of much of the music scene locally that ...
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Fairport Convention with Izzie Derry

News

It is a particular pleasure to report a gig which features not only artists who are as important in the history of popular music as Fairport ...
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"BLIND" by The Session

Review

Another great upcoming release which I have had the pleasure to have been able to listen to for the last few weeks has been the new, Leamington ...
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Naomi Beth at the Magic Lantern

Review

This gig was, for me & I know many others (the venue was packed), including the star, an eagerly anticipated one.
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Chalk Drawings live with Ellis Gallagher

Review

In an interesting coincidence, it is a year & a week since I reviewed the album ‘Grand Union' by Chalk Drawings in ‘Hot Music Live'.
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‘Respect to Aretha' at the Belgrade Theatre

News

I am indebted to Heather Kincaid of the Belgrade Theatre for her heads-up on the news that local singer Letitia George (who previously appeared on ...
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Toby Marks & Andrew Heath present "Motion"

Review

Who likes being out of their comfort zone? As reading my reviews in "Hot Music Live" will show, I can mostly find some words (if any words can ever ...
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The Mechanicals Band

Review

Congratulations: you are about to get a double review.
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Ellie Gowers & Henery live at the Magic Lantern

Review

 Last evening was one of local music's most anticipated gigs of 2019 so far.
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Calton Kelly & Callum Mckissock

Review

The keynote description being used at the Calton Kelly gig last night at the Magic Lantern  was "lush" and who am I to argue with that? I could use ...
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Shoot Festival

News

It's great to preview the 2019 SHOOT Festival which offers "a platform for Coventry & Warwickshire's emerging artists to shoot from".
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The Bonnevilles at the Zephyr Lounge

News

Many thanks to Stuart Smith of Leamington's Seismic Records for a heads-up about an upcoming show he is promoting at The Zephyr Lounge on ...
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"Beauty Scarred" EP by King of the Alps

Review

This is something of a record for me (pun intended): I am reviewing an EP which I have been enjoying for over four months & now it is on the brink of ...
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Clemency at the Magic Lantern

Review

As I was sitting watching Clemency last evening at the Magic Lantern, the thought which went through my head was ‘how lucky I am' to be there ...
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Blind Faith supported by Rich Keogh at the Magic Lantern

Review

I started composing this review while last night's concert was still in progress & after a while realised that it was in danger of becoming a ...
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Ward & Parker live at the Magic Lantern

Review

 Leamington music lovers will need little reminder of the virtuoso skills of John Parker which he has displayed to chart topping success and ...
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"Ole Cherry Tree" by Stone Bear

Review

We are lucky to have more than our fair share of excellent blues practitioners locally: not only do they all possess an obvious love of the form as ...
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"Parallel Lines" EP by Naomi Beth

Review

I suppose that a very traditional & perhaps sometimes overlooked route to discovering new favourite music is by going to see an artist you admire & ...
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Jack O'Bones & Taylor-Louise at the Copper Pot

Review

What a difference a day makes: after the intimate & cool jazz I experienced on Friday night with the Jazz Apples at the Magic Lantern, twenty-fours ...
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The Jazz Apples at the Magic Lantern

Review

I'll start with a personal observation: I enjoyed last night: my first time seeing the Jazz Apples (I hold my hands up on that: I'd ...
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Izzie Derry & Hannah Woof return to the Magic Lantern

Review

 Under normal circumstances, reviewing, or attempting to review, precisely the same musicians I had less than four months ago (see my review on 18th ...
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"Blessed With A Curse" by Taylor-Louise

Review

I feel doubly privileged in that I had the pleasure of hearing Taylor-Louise play her forthcoming single "Blessed With A Curse" at her recent concert ...
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The Brothers Band at the Town House

Review

It isn't particularly unusual of me to review acts playing at the Town House in Leamington: Jonny Roden often puts on top acts (looking forward ...
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Taylor-Louise & Naomi-Beth at the Magic Lantern

Review

What a treat last evening at the Magic Lantern venue at Temperance.
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"Stories from the She Punks" film & discussion on women's experience in music

News

When the full horrors of the behaviours which got tagged as #MeToo began to become apparent last year, like many others I was appalled to hear ...
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Wes Finch & Chris Tye live at the Magic Lantern

Review

Since I've promised myself & my readers to leave off describing gigs at the Magic Lantern as "magical" (however apt) I'm going to settle ...
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Retroville at the Magic Lantern

Review

It was nearly a year ago (January 28th 2018) that I reported in the pages of "Hot Music Live" that Holly Hewitt & David Page of Retroville were ...
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"The Tourist" by Man Made Moon

Review

 One particular joy in writing reviews for "Hot Music Live" is that it almost certainly introduces me to artists unknown to me at a swifter rate ...
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New single by Rosetta Fire: "Shakedown"

Review

Readers of "Hot Music Live" will not, I imagine, require reminding of my admiration for Rosetta Fire: so equally they'll not be surprised to ...
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Wrongmas 2018

Review

Every Yuletide, Johnny Satsangi of APE Promotions gifts to us is a multi artist gig at the Zephyr Lounge under the "Wrongmas" banner, always promoted ...
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Clemency at the Magic Lantern

Review

I find myself drifting into describing gigs at the Magic Lantern as "magical": unfortunately the label is accurate.
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"Hands On" by Chasing Deer

Review

I do hope that you'll remember about two years ago Paul Englefield interviewed one of the most exciting local bands from our area Chasing Deer ...
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"No Congregation EP" by Caleb Murray

Review

I imagine many "Hot Music Live" readers have seen Caleb Murray play live over the past few years: maybe at one of his frequent open mic appearances ...
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"Twenty-Three" by Taylor-Louise

Review

There can be no doubt that anyone who loves local music is united in recognising one of the fastest emerging significant artists from Coventry & ...
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"Trouble" by Matt Cattell

Review

I'm delighted to be able to review here in "Hot Music Live" the brand new single "Trouble" by one of Coventry & Warwickshire's most ...
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"Pick Me Up" by the Silver Wye

Review

If like me you enjoy the music of Wes Finch you have already heard, maybe one of his solo albums, his work with the (Rude) Mechanicals which I ...
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"You Saw Something" by Satsangi

Review

  I imagine that I speak for many when I say state that the new Satsangi album has been greatly anticipated by the local music community.
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"Busking Turf Wars" screening at the Magic Lantern

Review

Welcome to my first film review for "Hot Music Live".
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Izzie Derry & Hannah Woof at the Magic Lantern

Review

You can keep your headphones & your immersive sound systems.
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The Mechanicals Band at the Magic Lantern

Review

There are few finer feelings than being immersed in the finest music in an intimate setting so it not merely impacts on your hearing but defines your ...
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‘Go-Spell-Truth-Heaven' by Daffod"i"ll

Review

 So here it is, the fourth solo album by former Gods Toys/I singer & front man Dill (now performing as Daffod'i'll): ...
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"Das Kapital" by ENGRAM

Review

I hope that many of you will recollect the words of "Hot Music Live's" Paul Englefield in July when he reviewed the ENGRAM track "Karl Marx" (a ...
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Satsangi & Dr Feelgood at the Assembly

Review

I had already had every intention of popping along to see one of my all time favourite bands, Dr Feelgood at the Assembly last evening but it was a ...
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"We'll Live and Die in These Towns" at the Belgrade Theatre

Review

(Musical) plays constructed from a selection of songs not originally written to tell a coherent narrative have a very chequered history.
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APE Promotions present "Alternative Sounds"

Review

Collaboration is of course great in music and when like minded people work together, real magic can be catalysed.
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Honky Tonk Rose at Leamington Food & Drink Festival

Review

Honky Tonk Rose always promise their audiences "three chords & the truth" but on this occasion they also served up, appropriately for the occasion, ...
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Godiva Festival 2018

Review

Firstly an apology: this is not & cannot pretend to be a broad overview of the 2018 Godiva Festival (the 20th in fact): I think that is beyond anyone ...
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Delia Derbyshire takes centre stage in Noctium Theatre's "Hymns for Robots"

News

I am obliged as ever to Heather Kincaid at the Belgrade Theatre for her heads-up on a new music centred production.
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Debut single by Clemency

Review

The APE Promotions nights organised by Johnny Satsangi can be very loud, powerful & even raucous affairs.
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Izzie Derry live at the Godiva Festival: not once but twice

News

While everyone at "Hot Music Live" is getting excited about the "Hot Music Live Introducing" night at the Zephyr Lounge on 20th October in ...
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"Mill Street Blues" by Chris Gibbons

Review

If you like your music of the blues kind, you may well have seen Chris Gibbons play live.
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"Old Skool" by Crokodile Tears

Review

Tell me: are you "Old Skool"?Crokodile Tears  have been releasing albums now for some 33 years since their eponymous debut when they were known as ...
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"Art in the Park" 2018: some personal reflections

Review

Firstly a caveat: this is not (unfortunately) a comprehensive review of both days of Leamington's 2018 "Art in the Park": personal commitments & ...
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"Fire in the Belly" launch

Review

What a great combination: the launch of a great new book on the history of Leamington & area music in a wonderful new venue accompanied by some great ...
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HEAD Relaunch event

Review

If people think that the closure last autumn of Leamington's HEAD Records was a blow to the music lovers of Leamington: they were wrong.
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"Alternative Sounds" celebration event

Review

The purposes of this event were several: having released a four track EP and two 21 track albums of "the cream of Coventry & Warwickshire music, ...
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"Read All About It"

Review

If anyone remembers my article of July 10th in which I looked forward to the Belgrade Theatre's takeover of the former "Coventry Evening ...
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"Only the Night Knows" by Cary L

Review

Cary Lord's musical career has touched the lives & ears of a great many people, even if her name is scandalously less known to some of them.
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New project from Blind Faith

News

I thought that I'd share with you hot news (within the last hour) from highly rated local duo Blind Faith (John Garrett on keyboards & Faith ...
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"Read All About It!" featuring Lucy Anne Sale

News

A couple of weeks ago, I was mourning the loss of the former "Coventry Evening Telegraph" building as a venue (though looking forwards to the ...
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"Alternative Sounds" at Coventry Pride 2018 at the CET Popup

Review

In its relatively short lifetime, the former "Coventry Evening Telegraph" building has become a superb & iconic venue with a tremendous momentum over ...
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"Swipe Right with Deathsex Bloodbath"

Review

With my involvement in the "Alternative Sounds" project, quite a few of my pieces tend to reflect that side of music: the artists of quality but not ...
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"We'll Live And Die In These Towns" launch

News

We remain so fortunate to have in our area the Belgrade Theatre with its superb history of promoting innovative new work, fostering new talent & ...
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Chalk Drawings at the Town House

Review

I hope anyone reading this remembers my April 6th review of Chalk Drawings' current (concept) album 'Grand Union'? Perhaps that's ...
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Crokodile Tears News

News

It is a very busy time for cult local band Crokodile Tears.
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Morocco Dave at the CET Popup

Review

It is a huge shame that the superb opportunities for performance that the CET Popup has offered are only lasting a short while: though plans for a ...
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"Anywhere" single by Fall Girl

Review

It has been such a privilege this morning to get an exclusive preview of the new single from one of our area's top talents, Fall Girl.
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First "Alternative Sounds" gig

News

As we wait for hard copies to go on sale of "Alternative Sounds: Volume Two", the "Alternative Sounds" team have turned their attention to the next ...
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Ska Town - Ghost Town

News

I recently greatly enjoyed the "Remembering Coventry: Ghost Town Haunting #1" event at the Shopfront Theatre in Coventry, watching carefully selected ...
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Honky Tonk Rose at the Oak House

Review

I have seen locally based Country supergroup Honky Tonk Rose several times since their formation.
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Limitless Reverberation: Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers perform live at the Belgrade Theatre

News

Many thanks to Heather Kincaid of the Belgrade for the heads up that Europe's premier touring Taiko ensemble will be bringing their explosive ...
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Oliver Darling at the Town House

Review

It was several years ago that I first saw the excellent trash/garage/rock & roll band the Dirty Robbers & frankly loved them.
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"Love & Peace !" by Daffod"i"ll

Review

One of the local bands once tipped with a lot of confidence by many people for stardom  was Gods Toys: despite radio play, TV performances and great ...
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"Talk on the Radio" by Keith Fabrique & the Missing Links

Review

Keith Fabrique is a name familiar to very many local music lovers: not least because with the many roles he plays in our music, he has so many ...
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"Alternative Sounds: Volume Two"

News

Another very proud moment for the team at "Alternative Sounds" who  can now announce the tracklisting for Volume 2 of "Alternative Sounds": more of ...
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"Alternative Sounds: Vol 2" free download taster

News

As a taster to the extremely imminent release of "Alternative Sounds: Volume Two", the latest compilation showcasing "the cream of Coventry & ...
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"Grand Union" by Chalk Drawings

Review

Years ago, I am not sure I could imagine myself reviewing a concept album.
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Blind Faith Debut EP: "I've Waited"

Review

It is good, so soon after reviewing a live Blind Faith performance when I saw them collaborating with Chalk Drawings at APE Promotions' "Surreal ...
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"Matters of the Heart" by King of the Alps

Review

What on earth do you expect from a debut album from a band comprising (a) a drummer from various acclaimed local bands who now plays guitar (b) the ...
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APE Surreal Deal

Review

I've said it before, but it bears repeating that the APE nights promoted by Johnny Satsangi represent the best musical value for money around.
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"Down the Rabbit Holes" EP by Ross Darby

Review

It is a real privilege & pleasure to be able to review the new EP by Ross Darby entitled "Down the Rabbit Holes" which will be released on Friday ...
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Reverend Robert at the Town House, Leamington

Review

This was something of a coup for Jonny Roden's "Tunehouse at the Townhouse" night: a really interesting specialist musician from Charleston, ...
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'Stone Bear' by Stone Bear

Review

Readers may well (I hope) remember   from an earlier review, my enthusiasm for the live act of Stone Bear.
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Ross Darby news

News

A whole lot of great news just in from Ross Darby I'd like to share with you.
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Retroville at Tunehouse at the Townhouse

Review

The law of averages suggests that many "Hot Music Live" readers will have seen & heard Holly Hewitt (vocals) & David Page (guitar & vocals) perform ...
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"Alternative Sounds: Volume One"

News

Readers  of "Hot Music Live" will recollect my previous article (September 21st )  on the launch of the "Alternative Sounds EP", a 7" vinyl release ...
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Wrongmas 2

Review

There can be no better value for money gigs locally than the ones Ape Promotions put on at the Zephyr Lounge.
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Speak, Brother & the Folly Brothers at the Zephyr Lounge

Review

It was most interesting to catch a bill at the Zephyr Lounge featuring two bands which are being so hotly tipped by the local musical cognoscenti.
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The Matadors: our area's Joe Meek band

Feature

Most readers of this piece will know of Joe Meek & his revolutionary production techniques, but fewer will be aware of his work with one of the top ...
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Honorary Doctorates for Delia Derbyshire & Pete Chambers

News

The practice of universities awarding honorary qualifications often seems to result in the famous, rich, powerful & previously honoured getting ...
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"Alternative Sounds": Coventry & Warwickshire compilation album

News

 Between 1979 & 1981, Martin Bowes created & published eighteen copies of the highly influential fanzine "Alternative Sounds" which chronicled the ...
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Vince Hill "Sounding Off" at Coventry Music Museum

Review

Suddenly, Coventry Music Museum found itself celebrating its fourth birthday on Saturday 4th November 2017.
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Nigel Clark at "Tunehouse at the Townhouse"

Review

"Tunehouse at the Townhouse" is on a fine run of form at the moment: after superb recent gigs by the Folly Brothers, the Doc Brown Trio, Stone Bear & ...
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John Otway at the Zephyr Lounge

Review

There can be few contemporary musicians who are held in as much affection by audiences as John Otway who performed at the Zephyr Lounge on Saturday ...
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South Town at the Town House

Review

After the superb Stone Bear gig at Tunehouse at the Townhouse last week, this week saw another top notch act, namely the return of the splendid South ...
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Dave Pepper "Sounding Off" at Coventry Music Museum

Feature

It is not easy to think of a musician who has graced so many bands of such quality & influence & featuring such diverse styles over 40 odd years as ...
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Stone Bear at the Townhouse

Review

 Some of you may have noticed a gig on at The Squirrel in Coventry on Saturday 21st October entitled "Anthony Harty featuring Sam McNulty and ...
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The Ruts DC at the Zephyr Lounge

Review

 The Ruts DC are not admittedly a local band (so please excuse that aspect of this review), but they certainly played a local venue (the Zephyr ...
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APE Promoters' evening

Review

The most looked forward to of nights in the Leamington music scene is arguably (well I'd argue that way) the "APE Promoters" nights organised by ...
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"Alternative Sounds" EP launch

News

On Thursday 21st September 2017, Coventry Music Museum officially launched its own eponymous record label, the first release being a limited edition ...
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Sounding Off with Nigel Lomas

Feature

On Saturday 16th September 2017, Coventry Music Museum hosted the latest Heritage Lottery funded "Sounding Off" session with a local musician of note.
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Rosetta Fire EP review On the Line

Review

Since I don't work for a commercial music magazine, I have the luxury of being able to review whom I choose.
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Ellie Gowers' new EP

Review

One thing which I guess always gets the pulse of a reviewer speeding up is the chance to write about someone whose musical career is just taking off: ...
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Miss Songbird & Chris Gibbons at Apehangers

Review

This review I suppose is something of a series of tip offs to Hot Music Live readers: to be honest, my main reasons for originally attending the gig ...
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The Shapes at the Zephyr Lounge

Review

Readers will recollect how in 2016, Leamington's favourite punk band The Shapes reconvened from around the world to celebrate their 39th ...
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Morocco Dave at Coventry Music Museum

Feature

 On Saturday 6th August 2017, the latest Artist of the Month was unveiled at Coventry Music Museum.
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Godiva Festival 2017: a personal perspective

Review

I have spent a couple of weeks trying to figure out how on earth to capture my Godiva Festival 2017 experience in one concise article (I was there ...
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Stone Foundation sound off at the Coventry Music Museum

News

On Saturday 22nd July 2017, Neil Sheasby (bass), Neil Jones (guitar & vocals) and Rob Newton (percussion & backing vocals) from one of the biggest ...
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Chris Sidwell speaks out & sings too

It will not surprise you, i imagine, to learn that a talk by one of our area's most individual & quirky musical talents would be both highly ...
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The Loaded celebrate 10 years together

Happy tenth birthday to top local band The Loaded, comprising Paul Quinn on vocals and guitar, Jon Harte who plays lead guitar, Jez Hanley on bass ...
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"Godiva Rocks" Press Launch

Coventry's Belgrade Theatre has an enviable track record of launching great new pieces & especially in recent years ones with a local focus of ...
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"Delia @ 80" events at Coventry Music Museum

Friday 5th May 2017 would, in a perfect world, have been the day Delia Derbyshire celebrated her birthday.
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Shanade: Artist of the Month at Coventry Music Museum

The latest Coventry and Warwickshire artist to be selected as "Artist of the Month" at Coventry Music Museum is Leamington based singer-songwriter ...
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Dill's "Sounding Off" session

It was a real privilege to be present today at the Big Lottery funded "Sounding Off" session at Coventry Music Museum by local legend Stephen Davies, ...
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Martin Bowes' "Sounding Off"

Saturday 25th March 2017 saw the latest Big Lottery funded " Sounding Off" event at Coventry Music Museum.
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Keith Fabrique "Sounding Off"

Saturday 26th February 2017 saw the latest Lottery funded "Sounding Off" session at Coventry Music Museum.
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Whizzy "Sounding Off"

This month's Artist of the Month at Coventry Music Museum is rapper Whizzy (Damon-Lee Smallridge) and as is customary, he came into the Museum ...
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"Live & Die: A Celebration of The Enemy"

Thursday 19th January 2017 saw the official launch of the new Coventry Music Museum exhibition "Live & Die: A Celebration of The Enemy" which will ...
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Irish Music Exhibition at Coventry Music Museum: input welcomed!

After the tremendous success of the 2016 exhibition, "On Bass, Sir Horace Gentleman" at Coventry Music Museum, 2017 will see an amazing new one "Live ...
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Road to be named after Delia Derbyshire

After a campaign led by Pete Chambers BEM, Director of The Coventry Music Museum & top Coventry and Warwickshire music historian, a new road is to ...
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Coventry Music Museum Third Birthday

Today the Museum hosted a celebration of its Third Birthday with a special guest in Mark Rattray who kindly agreed to be guest of honour and took ...
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"On Bass, Sir Horace Gentleman"

Just to remind you that if you have not yet visited Coventry Music Museum's amazing & extremely popular temporary exhibition, "On Bass, Sir ...
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Coventry Music Museum Third Birthday

Coventry Music Museum, the museum celebrating Coventry & Warwickshire music, is celebrating its Third Birthday on Saturday 12th November.
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"Articles in Sound" film now online

Many of you will already have sampled parts of the great new "Articles in Sound" history of Coventry & Warwickshire music project, which was created ...
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"Articles in Sound" Launch

Saturday 30th July 2016 witnessed the long awaited "Articles in Sound" project launch at Coventry Music Museum.
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"Articles in Sound" Launch

For the last year, Pete Chambers, foremost local music historian & creator of the Coventry Music Museum, has been leading a team creating a Heritage ...
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The Shapes return for 39th anniversary

It has been quite a few weeks for legendary Leamington band The Shapes.
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