Dan Patlansky

South African born Dan Patlansky is one of those artists you’ve potentially never heard of, but once you’ve listened to a few of his albums or (even better!) seen him play live, you’ll wish you’d have found his brand of guitar-led, heavily blues-infused rock much earlier. Dan released his first album back in 2000. Now…

The Jonesing Jam…

Need some heavy 70’s psych-rock improv in your World? Look no further than the Jonesing Jam… The word went out about something new about to appear on London’s busy and eclectic music scene. The concept was intriguing but also brave, a hand-picked supergroup of musicians from different bands put together for one night only to…

Ahoy! Welcome to the Dreadzone Family!

I first encountered Dreadzone after seeing them play at Glastonbury Festival after Holly Cook and before the Congos a little while back (well actually far enough back for it to be a little scary to think about it!). It was one of those performances that had the entire crowd jumping and dancing and the strange…

Jeb Loy Nichols

Situated just off Brick Lane, a few streets from the City of London, Rough Trade appear to have hit on a bit of a winner – the early evening “In-Store” event. The opportunity to see a band play a set after work on a weekday evening and still be home at a sensible hour is…

Broken Soundtracks and Weird Sex

The Lock Tavern might not be the biggest venue in London, but tonight it is packed out to celebrate Roadkill Record’s launch of a limited edition split EP on cassette featuring Broken Soundtracks and Weird Sex. The night starts out with sets from special guests Average Sex and Secret Tongues and as a result the…

Photographing the Northern Lights…

Sometimes it’s all about natural light… Sometimes there’s not even a band in sight! If you’re ever lucky enough to head to the far north and want to take photos of the incredible spectacle that is the Northern Lights this little guide might just help you get started! Every time I’ve been out trying to…

Johnossi

The first thing I notice as I sort out my camera kit by the stage in a busy Oslo Hackney is that not only does Johnossi’s guitarist have two very well stocked pedal boards, but that every cable and every pedal is labelled. Eric the roadie (his walkie-talkie had a name badge!) places the pedal…

Dealing with the RED Nightmares

I recently joined a forum on Facebook for music photographers called HTBARP (yep, that’s its real name!). It’s actually a really interesting place to browse. There’s photographers of all skill levels from all over the world shooting everything from the biggest stadium concerts with incredible light shows, to first timers shooting local bands in a…

Ed’s Vinyl Wormholes…

Over a post-lunch wander around the park a work colleague told me a tragic tale. Not only had he and his family moved house recently, but as if that wasn’t stressful enough, when they did move, the Wrong Box made it to the charity shop. That box contained a chunk of Ed’s CD collection including…

Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes

Having not been down to Rough Trade for a little while, what with Christmas, New Year and all the mayhem of hectic a December to recover from, it was lovely to arrive early and catch up with all the news from everyone at the shop. Whilst everyone was relaxed and happy there was a low-level…

Filming with John Clay

We had a plan. Sunday was going to be simple and relaxed. A slow start to the day. Some leisurely packing. Then bimble our way across the city to pick up our train from King’s Cross up to Cambridge for a couple of days hanging out with academics and researchers learning some science. All very…

Lampy Speaks!

Lampy has been busy… Not only is she crafting the perfect rucksack portable small venue lighting rig, but she’s been sharing what she’s learnt by reviewing the kit she’s using on the Thomann website! Stairville PAR 16 GU10 (polished) – Great Little Lamps! (A.K.A: the Birdies!) These little lamps with the phillips led bulbs are…