Lovebox Weekender Festival, East London

The Lovebox Weekender festival was this past weekend and we were there, experiencing the current sounds of today’s hip and trendy. The main reason we went was to see the Guillemots perform, which we did and they were great as always.

Guillemots at Lovebox Weekender Festival
Guillemots performing at Lovebox Weekender Festival
We were there all day on Sunday and watched bands Lorraine (from Norway), Hoover Manoeuvres, Secret Stealth, Guillemots, Mark Ronson, The Feeling, The Bees, Jimmy Cliff, headliner Jamiroquai and there were a lot more bands and djs performing in tents and on smaller stages around the festival grounds.

One memorable band was Lost Pirates playing on a smaller stage. They were dressed up as – you guessed it – pirates and were funny to watch and a pretty good band to go out and see if you ever get a chance.

One surprise of the day was how good The Feeling were. They mentioned they had just flown back from LA and were jet lagged but their set didn’t show it. I’m not too familiar with them but I like their song ‘Sewn’ which is radio friendly here and I was looking forward to hearing it, which they played, and it sounded great live as did the rest of their songs. Their harmonies were refreshing to hear and they reminded me a little of the Beach Boys and a few other bands mixed in but I’ll leave that to your judgement if you want to take a listen to The Feeling on their Myspace page. I highly recommend them and their tour schedule is as follows:

Aug 7 2006 8:00A
Gaelic Club Sydney
Aug 8 2006 8:00A
Prince of Wales Melbourne
Aug 12 2006 8:00A
Summersonic Festival Tokyo
Aug 12 2006 8:00A
Summersonic Festival Osaka
Aug 19 2006 8:00A
V Festival Staffordshire
Aug 20 2006 8:00A
V Festival Chelmsford
Sep 8 2006 8:00P
Debaser Stockholm
Sep 9 2006 8:00P
Sticky Fingers Gothenburg
Sep 10 2006 8:00A
John Dee Oslo
Sep 11 2006 8:00A
Little Vega Copenhagen
Sep 13 2006 8:00P
Melkweg Old Room Amsterdam
Sep 14 2006 8:00A
Knust Hamburg
Sep 15 2006 8:00A
Prime Club Cologne
Sep 18 2006 8:00A
Flex Club Vienna
Sep 19 2006 8:00A
Ampere Munich
Sep 20 2006 8:00A
La Laiterie Strasbourg
Sep 25 2006 8:00A
Rainbow Club Milan
Sep 26 2006 8:00A
Abart Club Zurich
Sep 28 2006 8:00A
Razzmatazz Barcelona
Sep 29 2006 8:00A
Moby Dick Madrid
Sep 30 2006 8:00A
Aula Magna Lisbon
Nov 1 2006 8:00A
Academy Birmingham
Nov 2 2006 8:00P
Shepherd’s Bush Empire London
Nov 3 2006 8:00A
Shepherd’s Bush Empire London
Nov 4 2006 8:00A
Shepherd’s Bush Empire London
Nov 6 2006 8:00A
Corn Exchange Cambridge
Nov 8 2006 8:00A
Dome Brighton
Nov 9 2006 8:00A
University Oxford
Nov 11 2006 8:00A
Guildhall Southampton
Nov 12 2006 8:00A
University Cardiff
Nov 13 2006 8:00A
Academy Bristol
Nov 15 2006 8:00A
Academy Manchester
Nov 16 2006 8:00A
Rock City Nottingham
Nov 17 2006 8:00A
Academy Liverpool
Nov 19 2006 8:00A
Academy Newcastle
Nov 20 2006 8:00A
University Hull
Nov 21 2006 8:00A
ABC Glasgow
Nov 22 2006 8:00A
University Leeds
Nov 24 2006 8:00A
Mandela Hall Belfast
Nov 25 2006 8:00A
Ambassador Dublin

For changes or shows added to their tour schedule be sure to check out their myspace page: or The Feeling’s official website.

The Lovebox Weekender Festival was one of the trendiest festivals that I’ve been to. Located on Victoria Park in East London it wasn’t too difficult to find. We took the Oxford Tube (24 hr. bus service from Oxford to London), got off at Notting Hill, then onto the tube, central line from Notting Hill to Stratford and from there changed trains for one stop to Hackney Wick and about a five minute walk to Victoria Park.

We couldn’t have asked for a better day-hot with a few sprinkles of rain and then hot again. For festival goers looking for something different try to get to the Lovebox Weekender next year. If you haven’t been yet it’s one more to add to the list!

By: Jenny May

Gospel Legend Andrae Crouch Releases Mighty Wind

Andrae Crouch

Los Angeles, CA–July 24, 2006–The name Andrae Crouch has become synonymous with Gospel music and the 40th anniversary of his musical ministry comes into clear focus once again with another genre defining CD titled Mighty Wind.

Gospel music is the chicken soup for the soul and Andrae Crouch has assembled a superlative group of musicians to back his familiar vocals with cohesive and strong interplay between the music and lyrical foundation of the release.

Mighty Wind entails fourteen inspiring tracks filled with gospel and a strong undercurrent of R & B and funk to make it more appealing to a wider audience of potential listeners. It is always the intention of the ministry to spread the word of the Lord and never was there a time when we need it more desperately than today. These trying days call for drastic measures at times and the voice of the church can give us all hope for another day and a better world. Music can be healing and the combination of Andrae’s enormous presence and appeal in the world community only becomes more magnified with the release of the excellent Mighty Wind.

“Styles and tastes change,” Andrae says, of the guiding spirit behind his first studio album of newly recorded music since 1997’s acclaimed Pray. “Yet the message of the gospel never changes. I try to bring that truth into a contemporary setting, through melody, rhythm, and lyrics that will draw people in. But I guess you could say that the more things change, the more they stay the same. And God’s truth is always the same: yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Contact: Chip Schutzman
Company: Miles High Productions
Address: 6622 Delongpre Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90028
Tel: 323-806-0400
Fax: 323-462-0829
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The Raconteurs – Steady, As She Goes

The Raconteurs Steady As She Goes

‘Steady, As She Goes’ – coolest song of the year as far as I’m concerned. Straight ahead rock ‘n roll. What a surprise to see Jack White show up in a new outfit, band that is, as in The Raconteurs.Jack White’s other band The White Stripes is good – I know there are a lot of people out there who love them. Many people were recommending them to me when they first came out. For some reason though, I am far more interested in and can relate better to The Raconteurs than The White Stripes.

Have you checked out The Raconteurs website yet? I just did and it’s so retro old school that just like their songs it’s cool. Reminds me of the days of Atari and Vic20. If you go to their media page you can listen to two songs – ‘Steady, As She Goes’ and ‘Store Bought Bones’ at present. There’s also videos, photos, tour information and more:

The Reconteurs have appeared on shows here in the UK like Friday Night with Jonathan Ross and on the Guerilla Gig live on bbc3 that was presented by Zane Lowe a couple weeks ago. It’s great to be able to turn on the tv and see these guys playing live – simple old school rock. No frills.

If you would rather see them outside of the tv – here are some tour dates:

22 JUL 2006 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre
23 JUL 2006 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre
25 JUL 2006 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre
26 JUL 2006 – Vancouver, BC – Malkin Bowl at Stanley Park
27 JUL 2006 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre
30 JUL 2006 – Niigata, Japan – Naeba Ski Resort Fuji Rock Festival
03 AUG 2006 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
04 AUG 2006 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza, Grant Park
05 AUG 2006 – Ann Arbor, MI – Michigan Theatre
06 AUG 2006 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
19 AUG 2006 – Biddinghausen, Holland – Lowlands Festival
21 AUG 2006 – Dublin, Ireland – Olympia Theatre
13 AUG 2006 – Edinburg, Scotland – T on the Fringe Festival
25 AUG 2006 – Paris, France – Rock En Seine
10 SEP 2006 – Toronto, ONT – Virgin Festival, Toronto Islands Park
14 SEP 2006 – Houston, TX – Verizon Wireless Theater
15 SEP 2006 – Grand Prairie, TX – Nokia Live
16 SEP 2006 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Music Festival
19 SEP 2006 – Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
20 SEP 2006 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
22 SEP 2006 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva
24 SEP 2006 – Atlantic City, NJ – House of Blues
25 SEP 2006 – New York, NY – Roseland Ballroom
26 SEP 2006 – New York, NY – Roseland Ballroom
28 SEP 2006 – Providence, RI – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
29 SEP 2006 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
30 SEP 2006 – Montreal, Quebec – Metropolis

—Dates could change and more dates could be added! For the most current and up to date concert listings, go to The Raconteurs official site where you will find the latest tour information!

By: Jenny May

In The Morning, Razorlight

“In the morning, you know he won’t remember a thing…in the morning you know it’s gonna be alright”.I can’t get the song out of my head. You know what I do when this happens? If I’m no where near a radio I try to hear (in my head) two different songs at once and then usually the song ‘goes away’. Sound crazy? Maybe but it works. Try it sometime. You’ll see.

Anyway, Razorlight has done it again with their song ‘In the Morning’ and that song rocks! Razorlight is one of my favorite bands – two summers in a row of hot tunes which is pretty good now a days considering the conveyor belt of bands that get thrown at us from the mainstream. Everynow and then though, they don’t disappoint and this is clearly one example.

How can you watch the singer of Razorlight, Johnny Borell and not think of Bob Geldof? If you’re a fan of The Boomtown Rats and you’re not familiar with Razorlight I think now would be a good time to check them out. Great tunes for the summer, hanging out with friends, spending time out in the sun. Crank it up!

Try to catch them on tour if you can. Here are some upcoming shows around the UK and Europe:

19/08/06 Staffordshire, UK V Festival, Weston Park
20/08/06 Chelmsford, UK V Festival, Hylands Park
20/10/06 Aberdeen, UK Press & Journal Arena
21/10/06 Hull, UK Arena
22/10/06 Sheffield, UK Hallam FM Arena
24/10/06 Nottingham, UK Arena
25/10/06 Swindon, UK Oasis Leisure Centre
26/10/06 Plymouth, UK Pavilions
28/10/06 Cardiff, UK International Arena
31/10/06 Brighton, UK Centre
01/11/06 London, UK Wembley Arena
23/11/06 Evreux, France Le Rock Dans Tous Ses États

Razorlight Website

Razorlight Myspace

By: Jenny May

Junkie Brush Live at the Wheatsheaf, Oxford

After spending the day wandering around Summertown and then making our way back in to town centre on Saturday, Dave and I decided to hang around and wait to see who was playing at the Wheatsheaf in Oxford. Since we were early getting back into town we had a couple pints at The Bear pub around the corner and then we made our way to the Wheatsheaf.

As we were going up the stairs just before we rounded the corner to be seen going in, we listened to see if what we were hearing was worth sticking around for. After all, Oxford is full of live venues and if we didn’t really like what we heard we could always walk down the road a bit to another venue. Before we had a chance to decide one of our friends saw us and waited for us to go forward, which at that point we had no choice but to walk in and stay regardless.

Well, it was a good thing that we did because the next band up was Oxford band Junkie Brush, and man did they ROCK! Dave was headbanging through their whole set-too bad there weren’t enough people there to appreciate them, but as we were to find out later, like any good band on the circuit they’ve had their share of great and not so great turn outs for shows. Either way for us it didn’t matter because they were playing like they were in front of a few thousand rather than a few.

It’s hard to really pinpoint their sound which is one reason why I liked them so much-right when you thought you could narrow their sound down to a certain band, they would change something half way through the song so that it would throw me off and eventually I just gave up trying to compare them. Let’s just say, really loud rock, punk and a lot of swearing and witty banter in between songs. So if you like your loud music, definitely check out Junkie Brush and you won’t be let down.

We’ve got a couple different sites for you:

Junkie Brush Myspace

Official Junkie Brush Site

-Jenny May-

Stream Of Passion Live In The Real World

Stream of Passion DVD
Artist: Stream Of Passion (Featuring Ayreon)
Title: Live In The Real World
Format: DVD
Genre: Progressive Rock
Label: Inside Out

Stream Of Passion felt they needed to silence their critics by releasing a live performance of their new music. Some people thought that the band was suspect because the first studio release Embrace The Storm came together by exchanging files over the internet. Arjen “Ayreon” Luccassen and the rest of the band are all over the globe so there was no other way at the time to make the recording happen. The results were fantastic and the album garnered some great reviews and it continues to gather momentum, the critics be damned! This is a common practice these days and many great albums have resulted by using the available technologies to eliminate the logistical nightmares that previously killed many great projects before their birth, leaving just a thought or an idea on the table, never to be revisited again. Welcome to 2006 and all the wonderful mediums at our disposal.

The Live In The Real World DVD (also available as two CD set) removes any doubt or speculation that this band is not the real deal and capable of performing their studio cuts and a range of previous Ayreon tracks just as well or if not better in a live setting. Marcela Bovio is magnetic on stage and she has her equally beautiful sister Diana by her side to provide the outstanding backup vocals necessary for all of the tracks the band runs through on the DVD. Damian Wilson (Threshold, Rick Wakeman) steps up and steers the ship for the Ayreon classics “The Castle Hall” and “Into the Black Hole.” His voice is widely recognized in the world of progressive rock and he is one of the most sought after lead vocalist today. Arjen knows who the best are and always manages to bring them into his projects at some point. The title track is one of the more dynamic and exciting performances and I can see why it was the choice for a single and video shoot. Every track has the ability to stand on its own and I enjoyed it so much, a few days later I watched it again.

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Def Leppard-Yeah!

Def Leppard
Artist: Def Leppard
Title: Yeah!
Genre: Rock
Label: Universal Music
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How many bands do you know can make a comeback with a cover album? I cannot think of that many. Def Leppard is one such band with the experience, the chops, and charisma to pull it off in a big way. When yet another ‘cover’ album press release comes through, I cringe because rarely do they fulfill the promise of the advertising and media prior to the release. This time my feelings were way off base. Yeah! is an incredible album, a full-fledged classic rock masterpiece.

I always liked Def Leppard and once I heard them cover some of their most beloved songs (and mine); I came to know them in a different way. All at once, they were a long lost friend that I knew when I was a teenager. I was there when all of this music first came out and I loved it all, and I still do.

This is not your typical cover album because of the track choices. You would expect a more generic group of songs that everyone would immediately identify with, this is not so, and that is exactly what makes cover albums so predictable and ultimately boring. They way this album kicks off, man its just killer, with a rockin’ “20th Century Boy.” I was speechless and immediately knew that I was in for a special treat. I am huge T. Rex Fan and “20TH Century Boy” is truly an amazing cover, it rocks with force and power and oozes with the spirit of Marc Bolan’s glam rock. One of my all time favorite albums is Mott The Hoople The Hoople and the track “The Golden Age of Rock ‘N’ Roll.” I think its one of the very best rock songs every recorded, a true classic from top to bottom. Def Leppard really give it its due, they do a terrific job. Two other tracks grabbed hold of me and would not let go, Thin Lizzy’s “Don’t Believe a Word” and Bowie’s “Drive-In Saturday.” I have to believe that Phil Lynot, god rest his weary soul, is smiling from ear to ear right now as he listens to the fantastic cover of one of his best. And surely, Mr. Bowie would approve of the Aladdin Sane classic cover. Just like Joe Elliot said in the liner notes…they felt as if they were re-recording one of their own songs because it was so deeply ingrained into their DNA. Honestly, every track is very good, the band should be proud of the job they did with all of these songs.

The booklet that comes with the CD is cool too. Each track has a write up and it gives some explanation as to why they chose it and other interesting facts, and what it all meant to them. A picture of each band member emulates classic album covers-Rick Savage (Queen II), Vivian Campell (Electric Warrior-T. Rex), Joe Elliot (Ziggy Stardust-Bowie), Rick Allen (Transformer-Lou Reed), and Phil Collen (Raw Power-Iggy and The Stooges), all good choices indeed.

There comes a time in a career when you lay all of your cards on the table and give credit where it is due. Def Leppard has done that and it comes up all spades. This band still has what it takes, they are special, and there never has been any doubt about that.

© Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck

01. 20th Century Boy (3:40)
02. Rock On (2:53)
03. Hanging on the Telephone (2:22)
04. Waterloo Sunset (3:38)
05. Hell Raiser (3:19)
06. 10538 Overture (4:30)
07. Street Life (3:26)
08. Drive-In Saturday (4:07)
09. Little Bit of Love (2:33)
10. The Golden Age of Rock ‘N’ Roll (3:28)
11. No Matter What (2:51)
12. He’s Gonna Step on You Again (4:04)
13. Don’t Believe a Word (2:19)
14. Stay with Me (4:30)