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From Monsters of Rock to Drownload… 36 years in the mud of Donington Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Sunday, 07 May 2017 05:00

download 2017 line up web poster 3134 approved 27.04.2017It’s coming to that time of year… the summer festival season! And while most people are looking forward to what’s coming up – and, yes, we’ll be doing that in due course - Über Rock’s Nev Brooks casts a roving eye over his shoulder to the very beginning of the grand-daddy of them all, at least in the UK, as he looks back on his highlights of the festival that became Download as we know it today:

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Handmade Festival – The Handy Über Rock Guide (Part Two) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 16:03

Handmade 2017 logoWith some of the hottest names in the UK lined up for Handmade Festival’s Saturday event, the question remained – how could you top that? By bringing out even more total belters, of course (including more than a few that have been raved about by yours truly in the past). Be it the socio-political outrage of IDLES or the crossover fury of God Damn, Über Rock has you covered with yet another list of must-sees for Handmade 2017:

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Nicotine Pretty Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 02 April 2017 05:30

Nicotine PrettyHere at Über Röck we pride ourselves on bringing you the hottest undiscovered bands on the underground scene. The bands who, in six months or so down the line, the rest of the media will be ranting about as the most shit hot “new” act on the circuit, while we sit back, smiling smugly and going “what did we tell you?”So, in that spirit, we’re proud to present the EXCLUSIVE premiers of the debut video for ‘Who's Gonna Save My Soul?’ by Nicotine Pretty, the new project from Ginge Knievil.

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DVD REVIEW: Michael Schenker – ‘Michael Schenker Fest Live’ (inakustik) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 12 March 2017 05:30

Michael Schenker Live In Tokyo Pic high 2CDDVDLast August, guitar legend Michael Schenker reunited with singers Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley for a unique, one-off celebration of the 12 years that made up what many people regard as the golden era of MSG in its various forms. Fortunately, for anyone not lucky enough to be one of the 5,000 Japanese fans in attendance, this month the recording is released in all the usual formats. Mark Ashby slipped the little shiny disc of the DVD version into his battered old player for a trip down memory lane:

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Video Of The Week: Idles – ‘Mother’ Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 26 February 2017 04:30

approved image lrg 2013Today's choice for 'Video Of The Week' is a smashing one... quite literally!  Click the link to find out Mark Ashby has chosen for your aural and visual delight (although, if you have a pet bull, you might want to make sure it's safely locked up in its paddock first):

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Liv Sin Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 05 February 2017 05:00

Liv Sin - Let Me Out artworkThis week’s video of choice is 'Let Me Out', the debut solo single from Liv Sin, who for 13 years fronted Sister Sin until their dissolution in 2015.

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The Uber Rock Singles Club - New Year... And He's Going Digital! Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 22 January 2017 04:30

Darrell BathAnother new year and (thankfully) another batch of singles for the Singles Club to divulge and cast its beady eyes (and ears) over. Sadly, what’s started to creepy crawl into Dom Daley’s club den is the dreaded, at least to his purist heart digital single or the virtual video which is fine and dandy – but, in amidst all the new-fangled gadgetry he finds a fellow soul who beloves the old plastic format - oh, and a work of genius by a now departed master:

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PAUL BOYD: A Personal Tribute Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 18:58

NHA Paul Boyd-270x270Über Rock editor-in-chief Mark Ashby pays a personal tribute to Paul Boyd, bassist with Belfast melodic rock band No Hot Ashes, who died yesterday (Tuesday 17 January).

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Festival Fever: 17 for ’17 (See What We Did There?) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 15 January 2017 04:00

approved image lrg 2013It used to be that the “great British summer” was “festival season”. But, while the over-commercialized wallet-busting big name events tend to be confined to the summer months, there are literally hundreds of smaller, independently organised festivals up and down the land virtually all the year round, with something to suit all tastes. With that in mind, Über Rock presents our tips for the 17 festivals, covering all genres and sub-genres, taking place all over the Über Kingdom of Rock n Roll over the coming year, that should be on your radar. So, credit cards at the ready:

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Uber Rock's Gigs of the year 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 01 January 2017 04:00

approved image lrg 2013Live gigs are the lifeblood of rock ‘n’ roll, and over the past 12 months Uber Rock’s dedicated writers have been to literally hundreds of them and seen possibly thousands of bands. Unlike many other websites, who won’t darken the door of a venue unless they have been given a freebie, more often than not, they have paid into the shows (although offers of guest tickets are more than gratefully received), and their attendance is purely voluntary and because they love the music… So, as 2017 dawns, our team looks back at the year now fading into the rearview mirror and gives you their pick of the crop of the massive amount of shows they have attended in that period. At the end of each list, they also present their thoughts on their personal surprises and disappointments of 2016, and their predictions for the coming year…

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Uber Rock's Albums Of The Year 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 31 December 2016 04:00

approved image lrgIt’s the last day of the year, and what better time to look back on what the rock n roll world has offered us over the past 12 months, by publishing Uber Rock’s definitive rundown of simply the best albums to come our way. Believe us, it was a difficult choice – made all the harder by the fact that, this year, we asked our writers to pick only their top ten faves… Eleven writers submitted a total of 92 different albums, to which a rigorous and carefully monitored counting process was applied to give us our overall Top Ten. Click the link to find out the results:

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Handmade Festival – The Handy Über Rock Guide (Part One) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 16:47

Handmade 2017 logoAs the May Bank Holiday draws near, Leicester is set to go off with Handmade Festival returning to the city for its fourth year. Pulling together a line-up culled from the very best British bands and artists currently on the circuit, the 2017 iteration of the festival has many a great act to get you in the summer spirit ahead of Festival Season. But, where to start? With a handy Über Rock guide, of course:

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The Return Of The Dead End Drive-In: ‘Danny Says: The Life & Times Of Danny Fields’ (Wienerworld) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 26 March 2017 04:00


Danny Says artworkapproved small 2013Never heard of Danny Fields?  Where have you been hiding for the past 50 years or so?  From The Beatles to the Warhol scene through to The Ramones, Fields has been there, done that in terms of the New York and East Coast USA music scene, as this new movie documents in stunning and brutally honest detail.  Dom Daley broke out the popcorn and the vino to get all Mark Kermode on our collective asses:

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Johnny Cage And The Voodoo Groove Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 05 March 2017 10:21

approved image lrg 2013It's Sunday and that means only one thing here at Über Rock HQ - time for our esteemed Editor-in-Chief's pick of his favourite video of the week... and, being a big fan of corny superhero movies and partial to a bit of ye olde voodoo juju juice (and we think he might have overdone it a wee bit last night, but that's just between you and us), there really was only one choice he could make this week:

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Ex Deo Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 12 February 2017 05:00

Über Rock Editor-in-Chief has been a lifelong student of classical history, and so, when it came to selecting the one video which had grabbed him by the balls this past week, there really was only contender. Yep, he’s getting truly epic on you this week, with the gargantuan ‘Rome’, the second single from the new concept album by Ex Deo:

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The Über Rock DVD Review: Iggy, Sid and some Portuguese punks called Parkinson… Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 29 January 2017 05:00

Gimme DangerOur man Dom Daly lives, eats, breathes – and probably shits – punk rock. So much so that, when he’s not hunting down the finest underground sounds to bring to the attention of the wider world via these very pages, he’s watching movies – or, more exactly, documentaries about some of the genre’s most influential figures… as well as some who feel through the cracks. Click the link to see what’s been flickering across his silver screen of late:

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: The Charm The Fury Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 22 January 2017 04:00

approved image lrg 2013Ever woken up on a Sunday morning with the hangover from hell and wondered exactly what the fuck you got up to the night before? This week's chosen video probably will explain exactly what happened… oh, but don't eat your bacon buttie before you click the link:

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Me And That Man Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 15 January 2017 12:00

approved image lrg 2013It’s back… after a lengthy break, we’re resurrecting our ‘Video Of The Week’ feature for 2017 – and our first choice is one that sees a dark master of the black metal art take a totally different road to ruin while at the same not sacrificing his noir soul… to find out who it is and what he’s up to, click the link:

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DVD REVIEW: Heart – ‘Live At The Royal Albert Hall With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’ (Eagle Rock Entertainment) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 08 January 2017 04:00

Heart Live coverLast summer, Heart made a very long overdue return to the UK’s shores. It was a slightly unusual tour, not least in the choice of venues: the band chose to play auditoria more renowned for the presentation of classical music than rock n roll – Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, for example, or Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall. The undoubted highlight of the tour most definitely was the band’s stop off at the iconic Royal Albert Hall, where they added to the sense of occasion by teaming up with the venue’s “house band”, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, to help add a slightly different interpretation of some of their massive repertoire.  Uber Rock's Mark Ashby cracks open the champers and caviare to relish the aural and visual delight of the subsequent DVD of this historic night:

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No Sugarcoating and No Bullshit Print E-mail
Written by Jo Hayes   
Sunday, 01 January 2017 03:30

The-Rolling-Stones-pop-art-PPcornAfter a bit of time away, Jo Hayes returns to kick off the new year here on Über Rock with her no nonsense, honest approach to blogging, addressing health issues, the state of her native America in the post-truth era and the longevity of The Rolling Stones…

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EXTENDED PLAY: The Year In Bite Size Morsels Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 30 December 2016 10:29

approved image lrgWhile many other webzines have chosen to ignore it, for reasons best known to themselves, the EP is a format which has long been championed by Über Rock, so much so that it has its very own end of year chart. So, here our writers champion the bite size morsels of musical magic that have caught their ears, and stayed there, over the past 12 months…

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