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Posts by Oscar Rees

Spotlight: Albert Hammond Jr

With songwriting pedigree in his family and his own history, it is little wonder that Los Angeles born Albert Hammond Junior turned his hand to a solo-career. With three albums (Yours To Keep – 2006, Como Te Lama – 2008, Momentary Masters – 2015) already under his belt, Hammond has honed his craft as an excellent …Read More

Gig Review: Franz Ferdinand and Albert Hammond Jr

In support of their most recent album Always Ascending the Glaswegian indie-rockers brought their A game to the Birmingham Academy and proved that while their sound has developed in a different direction, they know how to bring the party. Support for the gig came from the very capable Albert Hammond Jr. Formerly of The Strokes, …Read More

Stone Foundation Interview

Soul-funk band Stone Foundation have been in the business a fair while, receiving acclaim from plenty of soul music’s champions yet always managing to slip under the radar. This year their album Street Rituals reached 25 in the album chart, whilst their singles, one of which featured Paul Weller on vocals, (who also assisted in …Read More

Yonaka EP Review

An E.P launch can be one of the most challenging, awkward situation inducing moments of a band’s career. Have we got enough people? Have we got enough publicity? Are we fully confident in who we are as a band at this early stage? Yonaka don’t ask themselves these questions. They don’t need to. They simply …Read More

Review: PennFest Friday

The first day of the seventh PennFest set the weekend up to be a great one, despite the unwelcome downpour. Noasis kicked off proceedings on the main stage and whilst there wasn’t much of crowd at that point of the day, those few who witnessed their set enjoyed belting along to “Rock n Roll Star” …Read More

PennFest Preview

PennFest returns for its seventh year and appears ready to rock our socks off with a diverse line-up offering something for everyone. Primal Scream are set to headline Friday night on the main stage, and appear to have shaken their setlist up since the release of their album ‘Chaosmosis’ last year, promising some fan favourites …Read More