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  • Black Water Fiend
  • In Emerald Sea
  • 3 Brothers
  • Aaron Dudfield
  • Aaron Woodhouse
  • Abi Rowberry
  • Abz Winter
  • Ace & The Oddity
  • Ace Ambrose
  • Alchemista
  • Alex Clarke
  • Alice Hubble
  • Altum Schema
  • Alys Rain
  • Andrea Mbarushimana
  • Andrew Heath
  • Andy Beglin
  • Andy Beglin & The MG
  • Angelo Cardone
  • Anthony Gliddon
  • Antonia Kirby
  • Army of Skanks
  • Attrition
  • AutoPilot
  • Autumn Party
  • Avidfan
  • BERHN
  • Bally & Boom
  • Bar Pandora
  • Batsch
  • Besureis
  • Bethany Dyson
  • Bill Cameron
  • Blancmange
  • Blind Faith
  • Blind Orbits
  • Blue Moon Birds
  • Blush
  • Bob Cooper
  • Bob Halligan Jr
  • Brass Hip Flask
  • Bright Black
  • Brothers From Another Mother
  • Brudez
  • Burning Salt
  • But Is It Jazz?
  • Bygrave
  • Caitlin McCarthy
  • Caleb Murray
  • Callum Mckissock
  • Calton Kelly
  • Candid
  • Caroline White
  • Carrick
  • Cary L
  • Chalk Drawings
  • Chasing Deer
  • Chasing Deer featuring Ollie Hayes
  • Chessi O'Dowd
  • China Shop Bull
  • Chloë Boehm
  • Chris Gibbons
  • Chris Tye
  • Chxmpion
  • Clarkwell Rivers
  • Clemency
  • Concrete Fun House
  • Contacts in the North
  • Cov Kozaks
  • Croissant
  • Crokodile Tears
  • Cub$
  • Daffod'i'll
  • Dan Bygrave
  • Danny Ansell
  • Danny Ansell & Co
  • Darius Christian
  • Dark Sparks
  • Dave K
  • Dave Pepper
  • David Goody
  • Dean MacDonald
  • Dean Macdonald
  • Deathsex Bloodbath
  • Deep Sea Divers
  • Delia Derbyshire
  • Dirt Road Band
  • Dispensable People
  • Dissident Noize Factory
  • Diz n Rox
  • Dodgy
  • Dolly Mavies
  • Downdraft
  • Dr Feelgood
  • Dr.Um
  • Drop Down Smiling
  • Duck Thieves
  • Duke Keats
  • Earlybird
  • Eight Miles High
  • Electrik Custard
  • Ellie Gowers
  • Ellis Gallagher
  • Elvis Costello and the Attractions
  • Emily Burns
  • Emma McGann
  • Engram
  • Erin O'Rourke
  • Euan Blackman
  • Evergreen
  • Ex Lover
  • Ezza Brianna
  • Fairport Convention
  • Fall Girl
  • Fallow Man
  • Filkin's Drift
  • Firedaze
  • Flys
  • Force of Love
  • Four Kings
  • Fourth in Line
  • Frank Ifield
  • Free Galaxy
  • Freezacrowd
  • Gemma Cullingford
  • Gemma Leahy
  • Gods Toys
  • Granny's Attic
  • Grassroutes
  • Green Hands
  • Green Hands and others
  • Greengrass
  • Greg Brice
  • Gus Chambers
  • HEK
  • Hannah Woof
  • Heart of England Co-op Concert Orchestra
  • Helen McCookerybook
  • Henery
  • Holly & the Hounds
  • Holly Hewitt
  • Holly and the Hounds
  • Honky Tonk Rose
  • Huffy Acoustic Punk
  • Hugh Cornwell
  • Hungry Ghosts
  • I
  • Ian Todd
  • In Emerald Sea
  • Irene Rae
  • Isabel Horner
  • Ivy Ash
  • Izzie
  • Izzie Derry
  • J T Wilson
  • Jack Blackman
  • Jack Blackman and the Beautiful Wreck
  • Jack O'Bones
  • Jackdaw With Crowbar
  • Jackie James
  • Jacob Neverhill
  • Jake Rizzo
  • James Summerfield
  • Jen Waghorn
  • Joe Dolman
  • John Connearn
  • John Kirkpatrick
  • John Otway
  • John Parker
  • Johnny Kowalski and the Sexy Weirdos
  • Jonny Olley
  • Jono Wright
  • Jools Street and the Tile Hill Billies
  • Joshua Bailey
  • Katherine Abbott
  • Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening
  • Katie Walters
  • Keith Donnelly
  • Keith Fabrique
  • Kenzie Webley
  • Kev Stanley
  • King of the Alps
  • Kirk Hastings
  • Kirsty Brewerton
  • Kirsty Clarke
  • Kristy Gallacher
  • Kyle Boswell
  • Last Man Standing
  • Lauren South
  • Lemon Boy
  • Lemon Tones
  • Letitia George
  • Levi Washington
  • Lewis Cutts
  • Liam Vincent & The Odd Foxes
  • Liam Vincent and The Odd Foxes
  • Little Girl Screaming
  • Love + Madness Music
  • Lucy Anne Sale
  • Luke Concannon
  • Luna Kiss
  • M M Gibbons
  • MINTAKAA
  • MNMLST
  • Magic Seas
  • Man Made Moon
  • Mara Falls
  • Mark Rattray
  • Martin Carthy
  • Massasauga
  • Matt Cattell
  • Matt Goss
  • Matt Waddell
  • Matty Coles
  • Maz Corry
  • Merrymaker
  • Millie Tilby
  • Mintakaa
  • Mintakaa Collective 
  • Miss Songbird
  • Miss Songbird & Chris Gibbons
  • Mister Keith
  • Molotov Souls
  • Monastery
  • Monday Nights
  • Morocco Dave
  • Mr Binx
  • Mudlow
  • Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers
  • Mugshot
  • Naomi Beth
  • Never Apart
  • Nicky Ager
  • Nigel Clark
  • Nigel Lomas
  • Nina Bailey
  • Nizlopi
  • Noah Dobbie
  • Noah Seleno
  • Noctium Theatre
  • Octogoth
  • Oliver Darling
  • Ollie Bond
  • Ollie Hayes
  • Ollie Lawrence
  • Orange River Remedy
  • Paradise of the Titans
  • Paul Brook
  • Paul Mccormack
  • Pauline Black
  • Pete Astor
  • Peter Hall
  • Polly Bolton
  • Project Blackbird
  • Prole Position
  • RSB
  • Rebecca Mileham
  • Reiss Pinder
  • Resurrection Men
  • Retroville
  • Reverend Robert
  • Rheo
  • Rheo Uno
  • Rich Keogh
  • Riizbo
  • River of the Dog
  • Rob Halligan
  • Rob Lee Thompson
  • RobinPlaysChords
  • Roddy Radiation
  • Roddy Radiation and The Skabilly Rebels
  • Rosetta Fire
  • Rosie Samaras
  • Ross Darby
  • Rowan Evans
  • Roxanne de Bastion
  • Russell Whitehead
  • Sam McNulty
  • Satsangi
  • Septic & The Tanks
  • Septic & the Tanks
  • Septic and the Tanks
  • Shanade
  • Shanade Morrow
  • Shanghai Hostage
  • Shannon Stevenson
  • Simon Kemp
  • Simon Morgan
  • Simply Dread
  • Some Kinda Earthquake
  • Sophie Hadlum
  • Souki
  • South Town
  • Spa Strummers
  • Speak, Brother
  • Spiral City
  • Ste Essence
  • Steel Pulse
  • Stegosaurus Sex Party
  • Stephen Madden
  • Steven John Birks
  • Stone Bear
  • Stone Foundation
  • Street Arts Project
  • Stylusboy
  • Søjus1
  • T8PES
  • Tattoo Molly
  • Taylor-Louise
  • Tell Tale Presents
  • The Beat
  • The Big Sugars
  • The Bodysnatchers
  • The Bonnevilles
  • The Boy Who Invented Everything
  • The Caprines
  • The Catenary Wires
  • The Clash
  • The Cult of Free Love
  • The Della Grants
  • The Dirt Road Band
  • The Ellipsis
  • The Enemy
  • The Eyes of Isabel
  • The Fallows
  • The Folly Brothers
  • The Giraffes
  • The Hansel Brothers
  • The Hatstand Band
  • The Institutes
  • The Jack O'Bones
  • The Jazz Apples
  • The Last Man Standing
  • The Loaded
  • The Matadors
  • The Mechanicals Band
  • The Mintakaa Collective
  • The Monochrome Set
  • The Muthas
  • The Old Flames
  • The Old Number 7 Band
  • The Peas
  • The Phoenix Collective
  • The Primitives
  • The Pristines
  • The Ripps
  • The Rising
  • The Rollocks
  • The Rude Mechanicals Band
  • The Ruts DC
  • The Selecter
  • The Session
  • The Shapes
  • The Silver Wye
  • The Smashed Vinyls
  • The Specials
  • The Sunbathers
  • The Undertones
  • The Upsiders
  • The Wild Boys
  • Tiernán Heffron
  • Tigermask
  • Titine La Voix
  • Titine Lavoix
  • Toby Marks
  • Tom Robinson Band
  • Trevor Babajack Steger
  • Trust Club
  • TwoManTing
  • Various
  • Various Artists
  • Various artists
  • Vieon
  • Viktoria
  • Vimal Korpal
  • Vince Hill
  • Vince Ishia
  • Voodoo Kings
  • Ward & Parker
  • Warriors of the Dystotheque
  • We Are A Communist
  • Wes Finch
  • Whizzy
  • Wild Boys
  • Wilde
  • X Ray Spex
  • YNES
  • Year Without A Summer
  • Yes Princess
  • Zoe Konez
  • annA rydeR

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As I neither want you to think of me as a Grinch or Scrooge figure nor to think of myself, I have had to adjust myself to special Christmas ...

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Out today is the latest Abz Winter single: "Are You Good?" is the question it poses.

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I must say that I'm intrigued and pleased not only by what appears to be a resurgence of fresh, original punk orientated music in Coventry & ...

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'Hot Music Live Presents Volume Eleven' is dedicated to the memory of Gary Kenneth "Gus" Chambers (16th January 1958 to 13th October 2008): one of ...

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Volume 11 (opens in BandCamp)

This collection is the eleventh in a series of collections celebrating the inspiring & diverse talent ...

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We are delighted to announce the release of ‘Hot Music Live Presents Volume Eleven', the latest in a series celebrating the inspiring & diverse ...

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So busy has Rebecca Mileham been with Liam Vincent & the Odd Foxes that her debut solo  EP ‘Underground' seems to have been out longer than the ...

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Today is release day for the second Bar Pandora EP ‘Recreate This', which follows her eponymous debut in that format from last summer.

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Out on Friday is the latest Euan Blackman single called "The Last One".

It's also the third track from his upcoming second EP ‘Rent Free ...

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Debut albums arrive in all sorts of contexts, but ‘Tiny Boat' by Lauren South, which comes out tomorrow, relates to an artist whose career ...

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In my regular attempts to make sense of how music works in our time (or to be more accurate, in the creative ways in which our local artists try ...

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Coming soon from Alchemista lead singer Caroline White is a new single which includes two of her own compositions, "Space In Time" and "Honey in ...

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I'm afraid keeping tabs on the output of Daffod'i'll is becoming more and more difficult.

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As promised in my review of the teaser single "Black Sheep", Tattoo Molly's debut studio album, ‘Power' is going to be released on November ...

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 In May 2021, I reviewed the debut single, called "A Friend" by In Emerald Sea within an hour of being aware of either its existence or that of ...

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Following her last single "The Model" which came out in July, and acting as a trailblazer for her imminent second EP ‘Recreate This', (look out ...

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Once again I find myself apologising to a band for their belated first mention in the magazine: this time it's the turn of Black Water Fiend whose ...

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Making their debut in "Hot Music Live" today are The Muthas: the reason being that their debut single "Circles (Tell Me Something I Don't Already ...

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I have been very pleased to reflect in my writings & compilations the renewal of the vitality of the local punk scene through newer bands such as ...

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Liam Vincent and The Odd Foxes fans will I'm sure be aware of & anticipating that band's Hallowe'en single (the lyric video will be live on 27th ...

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Out right now is the latest HEK single, namely "Cold Sweats". HEK are one of the most talked about Coventry bands at the moment (and it's ...

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At the moment, the activities of the innovative artists who've been emerging recently have almost overwhelmed my capacity to chronicle them all.

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Some years back, I was lucky enough to attend the live debut of the Folly Brothers (back when they were a duo) and in the intervening time, I've ...

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Out tomorrow morning will be the new single, entitled "Laughing Now" by the most exciting band to break out of Leamington in the past couple of ...

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Now available for your pleasure and emotional uplift is "Calm The Sea" by Stone Bear.

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Released today is the latest Izzie Derry single, which is called "Til We Reach The Sun".

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When we included the Eight Miles High track "These Days" on ‘Hot Music Live Presents Volume Three' back in 2020, it was pretty much on the basis ...

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Following the release of "Burn", the lead single from his upcoming second EP (which we reviewed in July), Euan Blackman today shares the second ...

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The latest Eyes of Isabel single (produced as ever by John Rivers with Eddy Hewitt at Woodbine Street Studio in Leamington) is called "Crime ...

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Out now is  the "Powerhouse Sessions 001: The Mintakaa Collective" which is the first in a planned series of films ...

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COVtember 2023

The first thing to note about COVtember 2023 which was held over the weekend (three days' worth) is that as ever, it raised money for Coventry ...

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Many thanks to Yes Princess  who have kindly reached out to us in advance of the release of their debut album ‘It's No One's Fault But Ours' ...

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If you've following the saga of successive singles in advance of her new album which Izzie Derry has been releasing, then presumably, like me, the ...

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Out tomorrow (scheduled to coincide with the International Day of Peace) is the new Ace Ambrose single entitled "A Town Called Love".

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Some artists develop & evolve at a steady rate. Such is the nature of music though that some are phenomena who appear as if out of nowhere ...

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Many thanks to Ciaran Corkerry  for brining to my notice the impending release of Blind Orbits' new EP ‘The Time, The Tide' on September 29th.

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One recurring irritant for me is the spread of the use of the word "iconic" when "reasonably well known" would usually be more appropriate.

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 As the follow-up to her single pushing back against HS2 ("Waking Up To Stone"), Ellie Gowers today releases "The Stars Are Ours": her first new ...

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After much deliberation & consultation with members of the local musical community, I've decided that since matters are getting worse in terms of ...

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I'm delighted to be able to tell you about ‘Recovery', the new album by the Street Arts Project, which comes out on 1st September, with a launch ...

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I'm delighted to announce the release of 'Hot Music Live Presents Volume Ten': I hope that you'll enjoy listening to it as much as I have & ...

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I'm pleased to enable heavy rock band Tattoo Molly to make their first appearance in the magazine to mark the release of their third single, ...

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The latest Stone Bear release is now out & it is called "When You're On The Run".

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Unfortunately, life intruded and my plans to attend both days of Leamington Food Festival turned into just seeing Carrick perform on Leamington ...

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For those of you following the proliferation of Daffod'i'll releases, I can report that in the last month since my previous update on the ...

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If you explored the Electrik Custard double album 'Dyslexic Mustard' which came out on Leamington's Beat Rebel Records a year ago, you'll have ...

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Here you go: the first (and hopefully not last) article in the magazine telling you about a relatively new (2022) band who are attracting more ...

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As noted previously, Jack Telford (you can hear his track "Middle of Nowhere", made by his new band Green Hands with vocals by Kate Stapley on ...

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As noted in my review of ‘Recovery', the new Streets Arts Project album, the launch event was held at Stratford Playhouse last evening & it was ...

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It's been a while since I'd seen, or reported on, the Jack O'Bones (apart from all the issues we all know about, the band are so in demand in ...

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The release date for the ‘This Is Trust Club' EP has finally arrived (I'm not sure I need to remind you of the name of the band in question), as ...

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Rather more through luck than anything else (see below), I caught excellent sets by Hannah Woof and Monday Nights on Leamington Bandstand this ...

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In my last review for Hannah Woof, I dubbed her current single "Rendezvous" her best work, and I can't be shaken from forming that opinion.

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Volume 10 (opens in BandCamp)

This collection is the tenth in a series celebrating the inspiring & diverse talent of Coventry & ...

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Do you like irony? I usually do, though this one has left me looking a bit foolish in terms with my keeping up with the zeitgeist….

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As most of you probably know from various sources, including our previous articles, the Dirt Road Band has evolved from an initial single event ...

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Out right now from Vieon (hopefully you remember their collaboration with Jenny McLaren "Transmission" which featured on 'Hot Music Live Presents ...

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You'll be glad to know that I'm keeping up my record of seeing nearly every Ivy Ash gig ever.

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Dave Pepper has form in revisiting his past bands (of which there are many) and approaches rediscovering gems from them with the same level of ...

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It's always a big moment when the national media pick up on the talent we already know has been manifesting itself in Warwickshire, so how ...

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Many thanks to that great supporter of what we do (you can find him on no fewer than four tracks on "Hot Music Live Presents"), Jools Street, for ...

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There is no "one size fits all" aspect to how I end up reviewing music for the magazine (that would be very dull): some material I have the luxury ...

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Thankfully despite the rain and despite some very disappointing sound (I made an incautious comment in the magazine some weeks ago about the ...

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Inspired by the artistic paradigm shift of Izzie Derry, I'm going to challenge the format of my review & start with a comment on the artwork.

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Following very hot on the heels of their last singles "Figure It Out" and "Higher Hopes" (it's less than a month since I told you about that one), ...

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The latest batch of Daffod'i'll albums has brought the total up to 71 (the seventy-first is called ‘IP' and contains the songs "Want To Be", ...

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Today's debutant in the magazine is Jono Wright (you may know him from the Mos Eisley Brothers) whose debut album  ‘Special Measures' came out ...

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I am fairly sure that I've never before had the opportunity to tell you about a (female) boxer's story told in song, so with this review of the ...

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Like so many of the best local original artists, releases from Man Made Moon come along insufficiently frequently to meet our wishes but are all ...

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It was fourteen months ago when I wrote an article in the magazine introducing Septic & the Tanks to our readership: looking back, I think my ...

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As previously & regularly noted, that purveyor of finely & perfectly honed gems, Hannah Woof, releases new material less frequently than perhaps ...

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Following the success of their last single "Devil's Call", Monastery will release "The Shore" on the 29th of July.

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Released today is the new EP ‘Another Life or Two' by one of the bands which has most impressed me over the last twelve months: Green Hands.

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Many thanks to  Lauren South, fresh from being a guest star on the latest Stylusboy release, for the heads-up on another collaboration of hers, ...

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Bar Pandora is not one of those artists whom you ought to second guess, unless you like being wrong.

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As promised earlier this week, Stegosaurus Sex Party are unveiling their new EP ‘Helicopter Party Trick' on Friday, following the trailer of ...

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As I often say, the Godiva Festival is an event which offers so much to the lover of local music and to the reviewer of the same.

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Do you like dinosaurs? Do you like sex parties? Then you may be interested in Stegosaurus Sex Party whose latest single "Ugotowned" is now out, ...

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Out on 21st July is the latest Euan Blackman single & this one is called "Burn", which was created entirely by Euan & his home studio & was ...

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It's been quite a while since I last wrote about Trust Club in the magazine (not since their Live EP was reviewed back in November of last year) ...

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It's asking probably a great deal more than I dare ought to, to wonder if you remember my review, almost exactly four years ago, of The Rising's ...

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It's always a pleasure to give "Hot Music Live" magazine readers my impressions of the Godiva Festival: just not quite as big a delight perhaps ...

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A theme I return to from time to time is my surprise & admiration for artists whose "prime" releases seem so rooted in their arrangements and owe ...

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I was probably tempting fate when with last week's attempted update on all things Daffod'i'll I purported to be up to date.

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In the second of my post-Godiva Festival 2023 reviews, I'm now able to tell you a little more detail about the forthcoming Stylusboy EP ‘Back In ...

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As promised in yesterday's broad sweep review of 2023's Godiva Festival, here is more detailed focus on the new Chasing Deer album ‘Diamonds in ...

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A bit of a milestone for me here: this is the first review of a Monday Nights single by me which involves a song I heard them play live before I ...

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I like artists with trajectories: apart from anything else, in my role as a reviewer, trying to write subsequent pieces on someone whose work ...

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Since my last update on the prolific releases of Daffod'i'll, at which point we had reached album number fifty five, he's managed to put out ...

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This is quite a weird one.. which suits me fine. Today I'll be telling you about the new Rob Halligan single called "Small World".

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Out now (in fact released yesterday to mark World Music Day) is the latest Satsangi song, namely "Ultraviolet".

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This is going to be another unusual review as technically the song at the heart of it has already featured in the magazine as part of my article ...

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The latest Eyes of Isabel production to emerge from Woodbine Street is called "In a Girl's Paradise".

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I wouldn't write as regularly as I do I think if it wasn't for being continually surprised by local music.

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Readers of my now several Green Hands reviews will be under few illusions as to my respect & liking for the band: I've certainly not concealed it.

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June 23rd will see the release of the new Abz Winter single "Wasted Energy" and with her usual kindness (and enthusiasm to let others hear ...

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One of my favourite bands for a long time was Batsch: both on record and as a live act.

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I've never really emphasised over my various reviews how Gemma Leahy Waddell used to share with me periodically some of the tracks which were ...

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First of all, credit to Rob Halligan for pulling the music together for Coventry MotoFest 2023 (and previous years of course) & managing it over ...

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When Lemon Boy (aka Luke Bates) tipped me off about his new EP with the title of ‘Imagination', he suggested that it might be ".

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Out right now is the latest Chasing Deer single "Orchards" which acts also as a taster for the ‘Diamonds in the Rafters' album which will be out ...

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Here we go again: I keep promising to not dub any new release as "the artist's best" but once again, with the new Jake Rizzo single "Hard To Be ...

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I have tended, while praising Massasauga singles, to warn readers of a delicate disposition of the power & impact of listening to them.

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I'm not sure I often discuss in these pages the potential problem an artist might need to address in terms of responding to success: I hope I do a ...

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After the pleasures of catching The Old Flames at last week's Open Arts Festival gig on Leamington Bandstand, the weather was even more glorious ...

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It was back last March when I was privileged to be present at the live debut of The Old Flames: as part of the Open Arts Festival on Leamington ...

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Sometimes, far too long elapses between the releases of a given artist (lord knows that COVID19 affected this).

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What an historic day! I refer of course to the launch of ‘Fabric of a Flawed Society', the debut album by Liam Vincent and The Odd Foxes, which ...

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"Allesley Park" is not only the name of a Coventry amenity, but that of the latest Eyes of Isabel single which arrived yesterday, in the principle ...

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It's not that difficult really to envisage some of the issues which specialist drummers face in putting together solo records.

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Today has for some momentous reason been a bumper day for brand new, exciting & thought provoking material to be released in Coventry & ...

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I'm pleased to report to readers that the brand new Joe Dolman single, "Sabotage Myself" has been released this morning.

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Out today is the new (Dan) Bygrave single "Long Road Home".

The follow up to "Friday Night", this one is a co-write with Ryan Stanley and ...

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You can tell that "Wasted Love", the new single from Izzie Derry which is out today, takes another huge step along her road of self discovery and ...

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Stylusboy (aka Steve Jones), whose latest single, "Fourteen Days" is out today on his own Tortoise Recordings (it is taken too from his ...

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After declaring my enthusiasm for the new Andy Beglin single "Vale of Avalon" last month, here I am telling you of another release he's part of: ...

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After a (too) long break from experiencing live music, it was a joy to be there for the sets from the ever excellent Shanghai Hostage, The ...

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I can't say that I'm surprised by the release of "Waking Up To Stone" as a single today by Ellie Gowers: it's the fourth of her ‘Dwelling By The ...

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That top & beloved local band The Primitives are currently gearing up for the shows celebrating the 35th anniversary of their debut ‘Lovely' ...

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As the most cursory reading of my articles will tell you, I like artists who are confident in standing out from the mediocrity of the crowd & ...

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I had better start with an apology: this is one of my occasional (too frequent?) articles where I realise that I ought to have written about the ...

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Like all good part works, Euan Blackman has been allowing you to build your collection of his debut EP ‘You Are The Rain' if not by stealth, ...

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In another of those moments of serendipity which I keep finding when I review for "Hot Music Live" magazine, within a week of writing about the ...

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You never know what to expect from that restless musician Dave Pepper…. Most of the time he takes you unawares by mastering some new musical ...

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Back in May of last year when I reviewed Chessi O'Dowd's ‘Wine Glass Filter' album, I ventured the opinion that "…every track has the ...

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Here is something of another venture into new territory for me in an article for the magazine: telling you about a specific radio broadcast.

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The length of the heads up that I'm able to give you in relation to the new Duke Keats EP, ‘Dirty Glamour' while not quite a record for the ...

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Out now from that indefatigable artist Daffod'i'll is an album for Easter, (".

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Out next week (though please consider pre-saving your copy right now, as such action helps artists) is the latest Abz Winter single and its name ...

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One of the several reasons I (admire, respect & appreciate the art of Danny Ansell is that I don't know what to expect from his releases before I ...

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If there were an Andy Beglin fan club, then I'd surely be a paid up member. I often muse on why artists from the past never got the recognition ...

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I have to declare an interest, if not some downright sense of favouritism in regard to my review of "No Matter How Far Away", today's single ...

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It's yet another of those serendipitous coincidences that, so soon after telling you about the song which  Jackie James & Shanade Morrow put out ...

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How on earth that dynamo of self produced solo albums on such an epic scale as Daffod'i'll can have found the time to return to the work of the ...

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Out today is the latest single from Euan Blackman's debut EP: namely "Bad Things" (and it comes coupled with the previous releases "Busy Doing ...

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Out today from the prolific Daffod'i'll are four new albums of his original, solo, music.

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I obtained my high regard for & enjoyment of the work of Liam Vincent and The Odd Foxes only last year: I started by listening to their ...

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It's a big ask of you I'm sure to remember that back last August I mentioned, during my review of Ivy Ash's debut live performance (at ...

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It was very pleasing to report that the latest (and sadly final) collaboration between "Hot Music Live Presents" and Earlsdon Carnegie Community ...

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Reiss Pinder is what I might call a restless creative spirit: always looking to the future & not resting particularly on past laurels.

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I really appreciate the unusual in music and so reporting on the first single I can recall being released for Mothering Sunday is a pleasure & I ...

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Out right now is the latest Eyes of Isabel single, "To See The World".

As ever accompanied by an evocative video assembled by Andy McGeechan ...

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Just released by (Dan) Bygrave is "Friday Night": his first release of 2023 produced by Wigz for Beat Rebel Records.

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When we featured the 1989 track "Mean 'n' Moody Rockin' Machine" by Some Kinda Earthquake on the very first edition of "Hot Music Live Presents", ...

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Out now is the new Croissant single entitled "Shadow, Honey", the follow up to "Winter Days" (which you can also hear on ‘Hot Music Live ...

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New out from Euan Blackman is his single "Busy Doing Nothing", taken from his EP of the same name which also contains the song "Everybody Lets You ...

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Returning to the festival for the first time in 15 years, indie-rock superstars The Enemy will be headlining the Main Stage at the 2023 Godiva ...

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When I told you about the last Rheo Uno release, "Blur The Lines", I held back (so as to let the light shine on the single in question) on telling ...

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If it seems like ages since I was able to review an Izzie Derry release, that's because we are nearing the third anniversary of her last one.

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I try (when I know the date) to wish "Hot Music Live Presents" featured artists a 'Happy Birthday' on the appropriate day.

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When I reviewed "Standing In The Shadows" by Green Hands back in November, I am pretty hopeful that my own enthusiasm for the track & the band ...

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After a run of Stone Bear releases which were effectively solo releases by David John, you'll be pleased to hear that he's managed to get into the ...

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Just released by Chasing Deer is the perhaps appropriately titled "Now", which as collaborator Ollie Hayes is co-credited as a featured artist, ...

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Daffod'i'll has today announced the release of his forty-ninth solo abum ‘Dilluvian' which includes the nine songs "A Hand", "Follow", "ii", ...

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I'm sorry to say that what with other recent distractions, I failed to spot the new RobinPlaysChords single "The Dream" when it was released, so ...

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Some (many I hope) of you may follow Horace Panter's in depth & highly entertaining diaries of life on the road with The Specials and the Dirt ...

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I'm pleased to introduce another new name (to the magazine at least) today: that of Alys Rain whose ‘In Tension' EP is now out on Holy Crow ...

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Despite the official date for festive gifting being still a few weeks off, YNES' many fans will feel more than blessed this winter morning with ...

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Just when you thought it was safe… back come Massasauga with another of their tales of the predatory.

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Coming soon from Jackie James will be her Christmas single: "Lights On".

Described by its composer as a "lullaby", it features her six year ...

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Dirt Road Band gigs tend to be special affairs (please pardon the slight reference dropped in there): despite the fact that they are now gigging ...

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Today is the day on which Jake Rizzo has released his new single, "Same As You".

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Released today is the new single "The Reason I'm Here" from Jonny Olley, the follow up to "Tunnel Vision" which we reviewed back in May.

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"Hot Music Live Presents" are very pleased to announce the release of 'Hot Music Live Presents Volume Nine' today.

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Out today from Trust Club is their new live EP which, not messing around nor trying to confuse us, they've named ‘Live'.

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When you are as skilled as Joe Dolman at writing material, unusual things can happen.

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Most articles I write for "Hot Music Live" tend to fall into a few broad categories and my main job is to try to be as objective as possible when ...

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Volume 9 (opens in BandCamp)

This collection is the ninth in a series of collections celebrating the inspiring & diverse talent of ...

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So here it is: our first seasonal/festive release review of the year (and I'm glad it's coming at a sensible & tasteful date), namely "Winter ...

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As I indicated back in June when I covered a Greg Brice live performance at Stratford Playhouse Folk Club, anticipation of his debut solo album ...

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You probably haven't failed to notice that after a pretty much weekly review of the prolific Levi Washington, I haven't been able to do so now for ...

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One of the great pleasures in the reviewing I do for "Hot Music Live" is that it introduces me to original & individualistic artistic voices.

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I rather enjoy coincidences & rather too often perhaps see meaning in them where maybe there is less than I imagine.

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When I stood on top of Long Compton Hill on Tuesday, the day after Hallowe'en, the November wind whipped across the Rollright Stones & blew the ...

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Quite a few years ago now, one of the bands I'd have been raving about in "Hot Music Live" had I actually been writing for them at that time, was ...

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As a big fan of Rikki & Tyron Hansel from their days in the Hansel Brothers through to Evergreen & on to today, I am consequently one too of their ...

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The new Monday Nights single "Dorian Gray", is, I'm pleased to announce, released today.

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So.. another day, another bolt from the blue release, this time the phenomenon being "A Long Way From Home", the new Ollie Bond single.

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After something of a sabbatical from his previous heavy schedule with Chasing Deer, Rob Hodkinson has followed his "comeback" single "On Standby" ...

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There I was working on a review to appear next week and suddenly, to my surprise (but presumably not theirs) The Primitives dropped a new single ...

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Less than a week after that magnificent gig I reported on with T8PES, Andrea Mbarushimana's poetry & headliner Luke Concannon, here I am ...

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One of those artists whose work I have long desired to review is Noah Seleno and now with her single "Lips", that ambition is realised (though I ...

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Can I get through a review of "Hush! An Autumnal Celebration" (another collaboration between "Hot Music Live Presents" and Earlsdon Carnegie ...

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Out tonight from The Eyes of Isabel is their new single "Tropical Nightlife".

Recorded as ever at Woodbine Studio by John Rivers and Eddy ...

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It brings me enormous pleasure to review for you the new (and second) King of the Alps album, 'Heart of the Matter' which came out earlier today.

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One very big advantage of the community spirit within so much of the local music scene is that people help others so much & that extends ...

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We are now up to album forty three from Daffod'i'll with the release of ‘DILLUTED', ‘DILLWEED' and ‘Dillapidation'

Number forty one ...

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If you've caught Shanghai Hostage live, you may well have heard them perform a song whose lyrics are in French.

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It keeps you on your toes does this reviewing business… one moment you have the luxury of possessing an album such as Ellie Gowers' ‘Dwelling ...

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It's been far too long since I last reviewed  Chasing Deer in the magazine : I think it was their Christmas single "Together At Christmas" back ...

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During the lockdown period of the pandemic, like most people I had few inklings as to how any music scene might re-emerge assuming it ended.

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And so at long last I am able to review Ellie Gower's new album ‘Dwelling By The Weir' which is released today for you.

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It's been more than two months since Rheo Uno released "Me Without You" and this Friday (30th), she's back with her latest, "Don't Wanna Be In ...

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That incredibly dedicate & hard working group Luna Kiss hit us (and I don't use that term lightly) with yet another in their current top notch run ...

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Covtember 2022

As you might imagine with a three day  festival, my getting to see every act was always going to be difficult (I couldn't) but I'll begin by ...

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Hannah Woof singles come along too infrequently (it's been fourteen months since "My Phone" and five since her collaboration with Jake Rizzo, ...

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Some releases I write about are relatively easy to get my head around: others less so.

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Following up his "Do We Look Back?" single (which I reviewed for you back last month), Rob Lee Thompson today shares with us "In Between".

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Pandora Craig & Sam McNulty will not be unknown names to many readers in terms of issues such as their artistry (both for example feature on "Hot ...

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Out now from Jackie James is her new single entitled "That's The Way", though when you go looking for it on the streaming platforms, please note ...

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I'm most pleased to be able to inform you of the debut single by Riizbo:  "Do The Work" and it's his vocal debut too.

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While I admired their fortitude & commitment to rock, I was disappointed for Luna Kiss at the Art in the Park event in Leamington last month since ...

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Much as I (and loads of other people to) enjoy the Godiva Festival, it's not the easiest event to review in a conventional manner.

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The final preview single from her album ‘Dwelling By The Weir' which will be out on September 30th after much expectation, is "Ribbon Weaver" ...

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There should be no "rules" in rock & roll or indeed in any creative field. If you let yourself be limited by such things, it binds you into a ...

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Since the release of the interesting ‘GRANDY', his thirty-seventh album of his solo year, but his first instrumental one, which we reviewed in ...

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Sadly we don't feature too many live reviews from Rugby (if anyone based over that way would like to cover their thriving scene, please let us ...

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Abz Winter is back with a new single entitled "It's Not Your Movie" which comes out on 9th September which was co-written by & produced by Imad ...

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The Godiva Festival is many things to different people: indeed that is alone one of its glories: how is manages to cover so many bases at once is ...

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"Hush! A Harvest Celebration" yesterday was the latest in the collaboration between "Hot Music Live Presents" and Earlsdon Carnegie Community ...

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As  I indicated in last week's report on "Art in the Park" in Leamington, I was delighted, after reviewing a string of fine singles by her, not ...

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Out on the 20th, as a follow-up to "You're The One", Rob Lee Thompson's new single is called "Do We Look Back?"

It's the customary classy ...

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The Dirt Road Band's career has been one of those unpredictable ones their name rather implies, but I think it's fair to say that it has exceeded ...

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I hope you recollect the Clarkwell Rivers track "Bad Faith" on ‘Hot Music Live Presents Volume Six'?

Now he's back with two live ...

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In my latest look ahead to a major artist playing at the HMV Empire in Coventry (on October 6th), I'm pleased to say that I was able to chat with ...

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It's probably asking a bit much for even the most attentive reader of the magazine to recall an article from July 2019, but three years ago I was ...

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Thankfully, despite the circumstances, the unusual weather & the traditional/legendary/notorious event organisation, I managed to witness at least ...

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Out today from Ollie Bond is his latest single, "Loveable", his follow up to "Slipping Away" which came out back in April.

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 If you are a fan of Euan Blackman, then you'll know his mission statement is "Alt folk for kind folk"  and therefore won't be too surprised to ...

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It's been a little while since I last wrote of a Stone Bear release but here they are back with "Bay Tree".

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The release this morning of "Something Beautiful", the latest Luna Kiss single, not only evidences the hard work the band have been putting in & ...

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Out yesterday was "You're The One", the latest single from Rob Lee Thompson: released on his wife's birthday.

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I do try hard to get as much information about the new releases I review in the magazine as possible: after all the purpose is to recommend ...

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You may remember popular local band Fourth in Line whose "On The Run" appeared on ‘Hot Music Live Presents Volume Four'.

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I'm sure you appreciated the exclusive Ezza Brianna track "Disperse" which appeared on ‘Hot Music Live Presents Volume Seven' and later thrilled ...

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I am sure I'd have supported the Elevate Festival last evening regardless of the stellar lineup, as it was both celebrating fifty years of ...

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Hot on the heels of last week's Daffod'i'll solo album number 36 comes (you guessed it) his thirty seventh, called ‘GRANDY'.

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Out now is the new single "Got To Be With You" from The Eyes of Isabel. As often is the case with this band/project whose pivotal member is ...

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Out today is another new Ellie Gowers single from her forthcoming ‘Dwelling By The Weir' album which you can savour in full in a couple of ...

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Fresh out from Daffod'i'll  is solo album number 36 entitled ‘BABY!' with the now customary ten tracks, entitled on this occasion "Baby!" ...

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On an already rather hot July morning, here I find myself listening to the forthcoming (17th July) single from Rheo Uno: an artist with a plenty ...

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I think that the last few years taught us about the relativity of our perceptions of time if we had not considered them before.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Last evening at Earlsdon Carnegie Community Library saw the "Hush! A Summer Celebration" event, another in the series of collaborations between ...

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Fresh out from The Eyes of Isabel is their latest dramatic piece, "Penthouse Complex".

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

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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 releases, he's back ...

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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 that it's ...

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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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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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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 the ...

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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 June ...

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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 ...

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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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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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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 ...

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Today sees the release of the latest Luna Kiss single which has the title of "All On Me".

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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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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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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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When I reviewed Rebecca Mileham's excellent ‘Underground' EP last month, I made reference to her roles as violin player & vocalist in Liam ...

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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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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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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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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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Fresh out is the latest collaboration between Lemon Boy & Last Man Standing and together with their previous release, ("Starting To Fall"), ...

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The first Danny Ansell release of 2022 has been revealed as "Jericho", which follows December's "Wishing Well".

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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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Fresh out today from Bar Pandora is her single "Look At Me".  When I reviewed her "Dear Man" (both are destined to also appear on her upcoming ...

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One band whose name seems on many lips at the moment is the wonderfully named Septic & the Tanks.

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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 Music ...

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

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

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

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Out now from Dan Bygrave is his new single on Beat Rebel Records named "Paid".

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Last evening's Stratford Playhouse Folk Club meeting was as intriguing a juxtaposition of two talents as its predecessors.

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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 in the ...

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It's back to business nearer usual for Levi Washington with the release of "Same Ole U".

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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 ‘Heavyweight' nor ...

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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 (you ...

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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 ...

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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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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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Volume 8 (opens in BandCamp)

This collection is the eighth in a series of collections celebrating the wonderful & diverse talent of ...

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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 ...

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

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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 ...

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

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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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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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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 The ...

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Following his most recent album ‘Spectrum' last month, the indefatigable Daffod'i'll returns today to his recent custom of multiple releases: ...

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

Firstly, she has been nominated in two categories (Best Original Artist, and ...

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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 & ...

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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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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 "The ...

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

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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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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, namely 'Spectrum'.

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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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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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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 the inimitable ...

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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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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 forward ...

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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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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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After reporting three weeks ago on the release of four Daffod'i'll albums (three of originals plus one compilation), he's back again today with ...

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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 is ...

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I've been giving little insights into what has just been released as 'Memories From The Mantelpiece' by Andy Beglin as his debut album for the ...

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If you have enjoyed hearing the exclusive Ezza Brianna track "Disperse" on last week's ‘Hot Music Live Presents Volume Seven', you probably were ...

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Just in from the newly launched Stratford Play House Folk Club:

The Folk Club will be bringing top quality live music to Stratford … from ...

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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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Fresh out today: 'Hot Music Live Presents Volume Seven': seventeen more great original tracks by Coventry & Warwickshire musicians, available for ...

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Volume 7 (opens in BandCamp)

This collection is the seventh in a series of collections celebrating the wonderful & diverse talent ...

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If last week's magnum opus "Check 1, 2" gave ample evidence of Levi Washington's perfectionism then this week's single release "Carrie, Baby" ...

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That prolific artist Daffod'i'll has today announced no fewer than four new albums: his sixteenth, seventeenth & eighteenth ('Gold 'n' Sold', ...

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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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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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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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 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 it's like ...

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

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Last month, I caught up with John Rivers at Woodbine Street Studios and shared some of his enthusiasms with you.

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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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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, there ...

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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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As a Christmas treat for us, Chasing Deer have decided to re-release their 2015 festive single, "Together At Christmas".

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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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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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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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This week's Levi Washington single took me by surprise: though in a wholly benevolent way.

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For his first release since September's "Never Gone", Lemon Boy has today unveiled "Vänern" for our pleasure.

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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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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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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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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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In the three weeks since I reviewed Daffod'i'll's twelfth & thirteenth albums, namely ‘Red Rose SPD Way' and ‘SMILE',  he has put out number ...

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Thankfully after managing to catch up with Levi Washington's weekly singles release campaign with "On The Wrong Side Of The Sunshine" last week (I ...

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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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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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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 you ...

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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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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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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 ...

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Last night was another little milestone for me: my first pub-based gig for two years.

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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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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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Regular readers will need no reminding of my admiration for that subtle and highly original band King of the Alps.

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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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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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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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After the double whammy of last week's releases of the singles "Shelter" & "Focus" (as reviewed in this magazine), Levi Washington has now shared ...

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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 ‘Black ...

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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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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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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 ...

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Out today from Dave Pepper is a new song called "I Need More Time" . Due to the intensely personal nature of this song, I abandoned trying to ...

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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 embracing ...

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Extremely hot on the heels of Daffod'i'll's tenth solo album ‘Brown Nosey' (which I reviewed at the end of September) comes number eleven, ...

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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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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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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 ...

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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 won't be out ...

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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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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 read my ...

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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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Fresh out from The Specials is a new album called ‘Protest Songs 1924-2012'.

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I mentioned as a supplementary note in my review of Saturday's gig at The Tin that I encountered ‘Hot Music Live Presents' artist Daffod'i'll in ...

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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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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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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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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 have counted ...

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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 good to be ...

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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 ...

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I get extremely intrigued by what artists occasionally say about their own work.

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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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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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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 ...

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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 ...

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"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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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 catching ...

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On today, his birthday (not a coincidence I imagine), Daffod'I'll  has released his ninth solo album entitles ‘I Stripped Bare' (a nod I am ...

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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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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 I'm glad ...

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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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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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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 ...

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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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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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Springing out of the blue somewhat is the new single from YNES called "God's Little Punching Bag" which burst onto our consciousness this morning.

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

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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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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 ...

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As her follow up to the popular "B.S.", tomorrow Abz Winter is releasing "Money".

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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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Motofest 2021

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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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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Strange and wonderful times: I find myself today writing my second live report inside a week.

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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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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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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 ...

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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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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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Although his spirituality informs & enriches virtually all his work, in April 2019 Rob Halligan released a very explicitly sacred collection of ...

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

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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 ...

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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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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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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 excites me, ...

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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 ...

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Volume 6 (opens in BandCamp)

This collection is the sixth in a series of collections celebrating the wonderful & diverse talent of ...

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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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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 from ...

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