Spanish garage-blues trio GUADALUPE PLATA breeze in for a rare UK date next week.

Formed in the Andalusian town of Ubeda in 2006, guitarist Pedro de Dios, drummer Carlos Jimena and bassist Paco Luis Martos recently headed for Hackney to record with Liam Watson at his famed Toerag Studio. The results can be heard on their self-stitled album released  through Everlasting Records.

Guadalupe Plata return to Hackney to play The Shacklewell Arms in Dalston, London on Tuesday 1 Dec. Support comes from THE BONNEVILLES with a DJ set by BIG JOE LOUIS. Get your tickets here.

Check out the video for ‘Milana’.

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Punk guitar legend JAMES STEVENSON takes time out from his various projects to play a rare London solo show next month.

Starting out in CHELSEA as a teenager, Stevenson went on to hook up with Billy Idol, Tony James and Terry Chimes in the revamped GEN X, before joining HOT CLUB with Glen Matlock. Since then he’s had stints with KIM WILDE, GENE LOVES JEZEBEL, THE ALARM and WILLIE NILE, with numerous session credits to his name.

More recently he’s been touring with THE CULT, INTERNATIONAL SWINGERS – with Matlock, BLONDIE drummer Clem Burke and former TWENTY FLIGHT ROCKER Gary Twinn – and Woody Woodmansey and Tony Visconti’s BOWIE project HOLY HOLY. He released a solo album Everything’s Getting Closer To Being Over last year.

Stevenson plays The Water Rats, Kings Cross with his WEST LONDON ALLSTARS on Thursday 17 December, with support from THE REBELLES and SPIZZOLOGY. Tickets are £7 and you can get them here.

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THE ALMIGHTY and BLACK STAR RIDERS frontman RICKY WARWICK has announced the release of not one, but two new albums next year.

When Patsy Cline Was Crazy (And Guy Mitchell Sang The Blues) is a full-on rock’n’roll album, while Hearts On Trees is a stripped back acoustic affair. Featuring several special guests, including STIFF LITTLE FINGERS’ Jake Burns, Ginger Wildheart, Andy Cairns of THERAPY? and Richard Fortus of PSYCHEDELIC FURS, they’re being released as a joint double-album by Nuclear Blast on 26 February.  You can pre order them on iTunes and as a limited edition gatefold double-vinyl LP, on green or clear vinyl. The CD and download versions feature eight bonus tracks.

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As previously announced, Ricky and his band THE FIGHTING HEARTS will be supporting Stiff Little Fingers on their UK tour during February and March. They play….

25/02/16 Oxford – Academy
26/02/16 Portsmouth – Pyramids
27/02/16 Exeter – Phoenix
28/02/16 Cardiff – University (Solus)
01/03/16 Wolverhampton – Robin 2
02/03/16 Leamington Spa – The Assembly
04/03/16 London – Forum
05/03/16 Northampton – Roadmenders
06/03/16 Bristol – Academy
08/03/16 Cambridge – Junction
09/03/16 Norwich – Waterfront
11/03/16 Nottingham – Rock City
12/03/16 Leeds – Academy
14/03/16 Aberdeen – Garage
15/03/16 Inverness – Ironworks
17/03/16 Glasgow – Barrowland
18/03/16 Newcastle – Academy
19/03/16 Manchester – Ritz

Get your tickets here.

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THE GODFATHERS have announced details of their annual St Valentine’s Day Massacre gig next year. They’ll also be playing a couple of special warm-up shows in Manchester and Birmingham.

A longstanding Godfathers tradition, the St Valentine’s Day Massacre show will take place at The Garage, Highbury, London on Saturday 13 February. They’ll be supported by special guests, post-punk legends DEPARTMENT S and Southend’s EIGHT ROUNDS RAPID. Get your tickets here.

The gig will preceded by shows at The Star & Garter, Manchester on Thursday 11 February (tickets) and The Hare & Hounds, King’s Heath, Birmingham on Friday 12 February (tickets).

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In a celebrations of THE WHO’s 50th Anniversary, London’s Cockpit Theatre is playing host to several of the iconic rockers’ biographers and critics.

The Who Writer’s Literary Event is being staged by Streets We Ran and Merc Mod Shoes on Saturday 21 November from 12 ’til 6pm and brings together eight writers, each speaking for thirty minutes in a Q&A format with an interviewer on the chosen subject of their book, giving the audience rare insights into one of the most important bands the world has ever seen.

The attending writers (and their books) are….

Richard Barnes (The Who – Maximum R&B)
Tony Fletcher (Dear Boy – The Life of Keith Moon)
Mark Blake (Pretend You’re In A War: The Who And The Sixties)
Peter ‘ Dougal ‘ Butler (Full Moon)
Chris Charlesworth (The Who: The Illustrated Biography, Pete Townshend: A Career Biography and The Complete Guide to the Music of The Who)
Ben Marshall (The Who – 50 Years : The Official History)
Ian Snowball (Keith Moon : There Is No Substitute Due out 2016)
Simon Wells (Quadrophenia a Way of Life – Inside the Making of Britain’s Greatest Youth Film)

Tickets are priced £15 and are available here. The Cockpit Theatre is in Gateforth Street, Marylebone, London NW8 8EH.

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Fast-rising Colombian garage-rockers APPLE TREE make their first visit to the UK this month with four shows in London.

The band, who formed in Bogota in 2012 and have been likened to PAVEMENT and DINOSAUR JR, issued their second EP Stand Out Of My Sunlight late last year. You can get it here.

Check out the video for ‘Subterranean Gardens’.

Apple Tree play….

15 November – New Cross Inn, New Cross
21 November – Stags Head, Hoxton
23 November – Fiddlers Elbow, Camden
2 December – The Islington, Islington

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Outlaw-country singer BOB WAYNE is in the UK and Ireland this month for a series of gigs in support of his covers album Hits The Hits.

Kicking off tonight in Birmingham, the dates are as follows….

12.11.15 BIRMINGHAM Rainbow Cellar
13.11.15 CHESTER Compass
14.11.15 DUNDALK Spirit Store
15.11.15 COMBER Enter Delta Blues Club
16.11.15 CORK Crane Lane Theatre
18.11.15 CARDIFF Globe
19.11.15 LONDON Boston Arms   
Recorded earlier this year in Nashville, Hits The Hits features countrified takes on a series of rock standards, including ‘Sympathy For The Devil’, ‘I Shot The Sheriff’ and ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’, plus some more obscure modern pop hits like ‘Crazy’ and ‘Skyfall’.



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Eighties goth-pop darlings THE BOLSHOI come in for a career overhaul with a 5-CD box set this month.

The boxset comprises their debut 6-track EP Giants, their two officially released longplayers Friends and Lindy’s Party, the long-lost unreleased third album Country Life, plus a disc of outtakes and live tracks entitled Voyage Of Peculiarities. Each of the original releases is bolstered by single B-sides, different mixes and demos, with the whole set featuring a mammoth 34 previously unreleased tracks.

The box set is released through Beggars Banquet’s archive imprint The Arkive on 27 November, but you can pre-order it here.

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Fronted by the charismatic Trevor Tanner, The Bolshoi formed in Trowbridge in 1984, quickly becoming indie chart faves with the EP Giants and the sinister single ‘Happy Boy’ and supporting THE CULT, MARCH VIOLETS and various goth and paisley underground bands. Two albums and a string of nearly-hit singles followed before they split in 1989 with and album in the can.

Tanner is currently based in the US working on rerecordings of Bolshoi classics. You can find out more at trevortanner.com

Watch the video for ‘A Way’.


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The reunited REZILLOS head out on tour this week in support of their current album Zero – only the Scots retro-punks’ second in thirty-seven years!!
Initially forming at Edinburgh Art School in 1976, The Rezillos signed to Sire and hit the charts with the punk-pop evergreen ‘Top Of The Pops’ before splintering and retooling as THE REVILLOS. The band reunited in 2001 and continue with original members Eugene Reynolds, Fay Fife and Angel Paterson.
Check out the album’s opening track ‘(Take Me The) Groovy Room’ here.
Full tour dates are as follows.
06.11.15 KILMARNOCK Bellfield Tavern
07.11.15 KIRKCALDY Windsor Hotel
20.11.15 LONDON 229 The Venue
21.11.15 BRIGHTON Concorde 2
04.12.15 NEWCASTLE Cluny
05.12.15 LEEDS Brudenell Social Club
06.12.15 NOTTINGHAM Doghouse
11.12.15 EDINBURGH Liquid Rooms
12.12.15 GLASGOW Oran Mor
18.12.15 BRISTOL Bierkeller
19.12.15 CARDIFF Clwb Ifor Bach
27.12.15 DUNDEE Beat Generator
28.12.15 MIDDLESBROUGH Westgarth Social Club
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WRECKLESS ERIC sets of on a mammoth European tour this week in support of his new album AmERICa.

As the title suggests, AmERICa was recorded in the USA where Eric now lives. It’s released by Fire Records on 13 November and you can pre-order it here. In the meantime, check out the new single ‘Days Of My Life’.

Eric plays an instore at Rough Trade in Nottingham on 5 November, with a show at The Poppy & Pint in the city the following evening, before starting his tour proper in Innsbruck on 12 November, returning to the UK on 28 November. Full dates are as follows….

05 Nov: Rough Trade Nottingham, Nottingham, UK

06 Nov: The Poppy & Pint, Nottingham, UK

12 Nov: Bierstindl, Innsbruck, Austria

13 Nov: Chelsea, Vienna, Austria

15 Nov: Monarch, Berlin, Germany

16 Nov: Nikkifaktur, Dresden, Germany

17 Nov: Hasenschaukel, Hamburg, Germany

18 Nov: The Tube, Düsseldorf, Germany

19 Nov: Patronaat, Haarlem, Netherlands

20 Nov: Blau, Mannheim, Germany

21 Nov: Swamp, Freiburg, Germany

28 Nov: The Met, Bury, Lancashire, UK

29 Nov: The Dulcimer, Chorlton, UK

30 Nov: The Junction, Cambridge, UK

01 Dec: Arts Centre, Colchester, UK

02 Dec: The Komedia, Brighton, UK

03 Dec: The Old Church, Stoke Newington, London, UK

04 Dec: Café Reflections, Southampton, UK

05 Dec: Ritz Bingo Hall, Penzance, UK

06 Dec: Marr’s Bar, Worcester, UK

07 Dec: Zephyr Lounge, Leamington Spa, Leamington, UK

08 Dec: The Old Church, Stoke Newington, London, UK

10 Dec: CCA, Glasgow, Scotland

11 Dec: Citrus Club, Edinburgh, Scotland

16 Dec: Kardomah 94, Hull, UK

17 Dec: The Musician, Leicester


Check out the review of AmERICa in the new edition of Vive Le Rock!




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Welsh garage-punks THE SICK LIVERS have today unveiled a brand new video for the track ‘I Need Nurse’ from their acclaimed second album Mid Liver Crisis. The video was made by local animation company Hoodoo Animations.

Mid Liver Crisis was released during the summer by Glunk Records. You can get it now from the band’s website.


The band play the following dates to take them up to the end of the year….

Oct 30 The Royal Oak, Bath
Nov 14 Hobos, Bridgend
Dec 18 Le Pub, Newport
Dec 19 Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff

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Italian boot-boys GIUDA have unveiled their new album, due for release in December.

Speaks Evil is the Roman quintet’s third album and first for Burning Heart Records. Released on 4 December, it’s available to pre-order now from iTunes, giving you immediate access to the track ‘Bad Days Are Back’.

As previously announced, Giuda headline The Lexington, London on 5 December, with support from Thee Jezebels. Tickets are available here.


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Swedish retro-rockers HONEYMOON DISEASE prepare for the release of their new album next month by unveiling a brand new video ‘Higher’ exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The Gothenberg quartet are releasing The Transcendence through Napalm Records on Friday 20 November but you can pre-order it here.

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The band have also lined up a European tour, which stops off at Camden Underworld on 22 November. Full dates are as follows….

OCT 31 SAT Abrakadabra Boras, Sweden

NOV 18 WED Templet Lyngby, Denmark

NOV 19 THU Klubsen Hamburg, Germany

NOV 20 FRI Turock Essen, Germany

NOV 21 SAT Speedfest Eindhoven, Netherlands

NOV 22 SUN Underworld London, United Kingdom

NOV 23 MON Das Bett Frankfurt, Germany

NOV 24 TUE Z7 KONZERTFABRIK Pratteln, Switzerland

NOV 25 WED Backstage Munich, Germany

NOV 26 THU Moritzbastei Leipzig, Germany

NOV 27 FRI SZENE Vienna, Austria

NOV 28 SAT Weekender Innsbruck, Austria

NOV 29 SUN Bi-Nuu Berlin, Germany

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THE SELECTER have issued a brand new video for the track ‘Walk The Walk’ from their latest album Subculture. They’ll also be touring the album during November and December.

The video was filmed in two evocative locations in South London: Clapham’s Rectory Grove housing co-op, on the last day before residents were evicted by Lambeth Council; and Brixton Railway Arches, where thriving artistic communities are desperately fighting eviction by Network Rail, who wish to install expensive retail chains in their place.


The Subculture Tour, which features support from THE TUTS on all dates, lands in the following towns and cities…..

9 Nov NORWICH Open
20 Nov LONDON Clapham Grand
21 Nov NOTTINGHAM Rock City
22 Nov CAMBRIDGE Junction
03 Dec YORK The Duchess
04 Dec MANCHESTER Academy 2
05 Dec SHEFFIELD The Plug
06 Dec NORTHAMPTON Roadmender
09 Dec BATH Komedia
10 Dec WREXHAM Central Station
11 Dec DUBLIN The Academy
12 Dec BELFAST The Limelight
13 Dec BIRMINGHAM o2 Academy 2
17 Dec READING Bowery District
18 Dec EXETER Phoenix
19 Dec PORTSMOUTH Wedgewood Rooms

Get your tickets here.

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Unlikely as it may seem, SIMPLE MINDS and THE STRANGLERS have collaborated on a version of the latter’s classic ‘(Get A) Grip (On Yourself)’ ahead of their joint tour next month.

It was recorded at Battersea Park Studios in July and features Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill and Mel Gaynor from Simple Minds and Dave Greenfield, Jean-Jacques Burnel and Baz Warne from The Stranglers.


The single is available to download from today, and is available as a limited edition white vinyl 7″ from 6 November. Pre-order here.

As previously announced, both bands play the following dates….


Thu 26th                  O2 Arena, London

Fri   27th                  Leeds First Direct Arena

Sat 28th                   Glasgow The SSE Hydro



Tue 1st                     Aberdeen AECC


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BLACK DIAMOND HEAVIES’ keyboard wizard JAMES LEG has announced his first solo tour of the UK and Ireland next month.

The dates are in support of his second solo album Below The Belt which is out now through Alive Naturalsound Records.

The son of a Texas preacher, Leg formed Black Diamond Heavies with drummer Van Campbell in 2004 following his departure from THE IMMORTAL LEE COUNTY KILLERS. Releasing his first solo album Solitary Pleasure in 2011, he collaborated with labelmates LEFT LANE CRUISER on the joint album Painkillers the following year.

Leg recorded Below The Belt with members of SOLEDAD BROTHERS and CUT IN THE HILL GANG at Masonic Sounds in Dayton Kentucky, before sending it to be mixed by Detroit garage legend Jim Diamond at his Ghetto Recorders studio. You can get it here.

James Leg plays the following dates….

November 20  The Railway Hotel — Southend, UK

November 21  Lexington — London, UK

November 22  The Albert — Brighton, UK

November 23  Louisianna — Bristol, UK

November 24  The Full Moon — Cardiff, UK

November 26  The Mezz — Dublin, IE

November 27  Sandinos — Derry, IE

November 28  The Hudson — Belfast, IE

November 29  Pine Lodge — Myrtleville, IE

November 30  Crane Lane Theatre — Cork, IE

December 3  Brudenell Social Club Room 2 — Leeds, UK

December 5  Green Room — Stockton, UK

December 6  Cluny — Newcastle, UK

December 8  Jug Jaws Beat Club / The Crypt — Norwich, UK

Get tickets here.

Check out James Leg’s take on THE CURE’s ‘A Forest’.


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Essex country-punks THE DELTA JACKS are set to issue their long-awaited debut album next month.

Trouble Ahead features eleven tracks and is released via their own Shock’n’Roll label on Friday 6 November. Originally formed in 2011, the quartet have played numerous gigs around the Southeast, supporting the likes of JIM JONES REVUE, SON OF DAVE and MUDLOW, and their main influences include JOHNNY CASH, SLIM CESSNA’S AUTO CLUB and THE VIOLENT FEMMES. The album release will be preceded by two special shows in London and Chelmsford. Catch them at….

Wed 21 Oct                  What’s Cookin’, Ex-Services Club, Leytonstone, London                                                                                                                  (w/ ANNA LUCAS & THE WONDERS)

Sat 31 Oct                     The Asylum, Chelmsford (official album launch w/ THE LUCKY STRIKES,                                                                                 THE SOUTHERN GENERALS and DISTORTED)


Download the title track from Trouble Ahead free here.

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Rejuvenated rockers LAST GREAT DREAMERS continue their resurgence with a series of dates as special guests to RUNAWAYS legend CHERIE CURRIE next month.

They’ll be celebrating the tour with a brand new single ‘Dope School’ out on CD (with ‘White Light, Black Heart’) and download on 9 November. The release follows on from last year’s rarities compilation Crash Landing In Teenage Heaven.

Prior to the Cherie Currie dates – which represent the former Runaways frontwoman’s first UK tour in 35 years – Last Great Dreamers will be warming up by opening for rock/punk guitar hero BERNIE TORMÉ at The Wheatsheaf in Oxford on 7 November.

Says guitarist Slyder: “It was very important for us to have new material to show that we weren’t just on a nostalgia trip, as until now we have been playing stuff we wrote and recorded in the 90s… We started arranging and working on these songs in the rehearsal studio and the process was so exciting, we really can’t wait to play these songs live”.

Initially releasing their debut album in 1994, Last Great Dreamers were tipped for major success, with a number of support tours and sellout headline shows under their belts. Sadly the collapse of their record deal and a string of personal tragedies forced them to split in ’97.

Full dates are as follows…..

7 Nov – Wheatsheaf – Oxford

10 Nov – Railway – Bolton

11 Nov – Bannerman’s – Edinburgh

12 Nov – Yardbirds – Grimsby

14 Nov – The Globe – Newcastle

15 Nov – The Diamond – Sutton-in-Ashfield

16 Nov – Bierkeller – Bristol

17 Nov – The Robin 2 – Bilston

18 Nov – The Underworld – London


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