January Features
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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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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The Uber Rock Singles Club - January 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 31 January 2016 04:00

Hip PriestsAnother year was over and no sooner was the tinsel back in the box than it was business as usual as the first round of wonderful singles hit the decks at Uber Rock HQ. Mixmaster Dom Daley is the man behind the wheels of steel and this month he’s spinning new releases by the likes of The Hip Priests, Smash Fashion, V8, Tango Pirates and whole lot more b sides……

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Dead End Drive-In: Now Showing - 'The Jam - About The Young Idea' Print E-mail
Written by Gaz Tidey   
Sunday, 24 January 2016 03:00

driveinthumbAfter debuting on Sky Arts in September, 'About The Young Idea', the feature-length documentary on the rise of The Jam, arrived at the end of the year in a number of formats, each of them containing some pretty tasty bonus features. Uber Rock's Gaz Tidey watches a DVD on the Tube at Midnight.....

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The Philpott Philes (Senior Citizen Not Erased): January Print E-mail
Written by Derek Philpott   
Sunday, 10 January 2016 04:00

derek86If there was a better book released in 2015 than Dear Mr. Kershaw: A Pensioner Writes, then we didn't see it. Uber Rock is thrilled to have the author of said book, former proofer Derek Philpott, writing an exclusive monthly column entitled The Philpott Philes (Senior Citizen Not Erased). January's instalment features pop stars not exactly pushing the boat out in the Christmas Presents Department.....

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Great Moments In Punk History: January Print E-mail
Written by Anthony Allen Begnal   
Saturday, 09 January 2016 03:30

BegnalPunk86Chesty Malone and the Slice 'em Ups guitar mangler Anthony Allen Begnal returns to the hallowed pages of Uber Rock with a new monthly feature, Great Moments In Punk History! Anthony has paintings hanging in the LA Punk Museum, and his Punk History series is truly something to behold. Get one every month for the whole of 2016, starting right here, right now.....

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Album Cover Of The Week - Week 242 Print E-mail
Written by Gaz E   
Monday, 26 January 2015 04:05

album86The mail-opening droid at URHQ passed us a letter of complaint last week, the feel of its steel hand as cold as the writing of a Mrs Fanny Tinkler of Slough. Turns out Fanny is a Satanist and was quite rightly alarmed that Uber Rock marked the yuletide season with a series of album covers that appeared to celebrate the pretend birth of Baby Jesus. "Can you make it up to me?" she asked. Well, we'll do anything for Fanny.....

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The Uber Rock Radio Show: Episode 55 Print E-mail
Written by Gaz E   
Saturday, 24 January 2015 03:30

URradiothumb2014The gloriously shambolic Uber Rock Radio Show returned for its 55th show at the ghost town that is BRfm and brought with it at least a couple of exclusives - songs by The Hip Priests and Magic Eight Ball getting their first ever taste of glorious airplay! Brand new music from the likes of Danko Jones, Gallows, Halestorm, Bonafide, Straight To Video and Wednesday 13 rubbed shoulders with uber-cool tunes from The Empty Hearts, Watts, The DeRellas and more...

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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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No Sugarcoating & No Bullshit: January Print E-mail
Written by Jo Hayes   
Sunday, 31 January 2016 03:30

jolemmy86Something a little different in the first blog of the year from Uber Rock's Jo Hayes. Here, in her first column since the passing of Lemmy, she interviews her father, Pilly, of Devils Jukebox Records, who speaks honestly about his friendship with the iconic Motörhead mainman.....

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The Resurgence Of LA Rock 'n' Roll Print E-mail
Written by Perry Moore   
Friday, 15 January 2016 01:42

Logo BlackWith Guns N’ Roses (kind of) reforming, and the Sunset Strip losing one of its favourite sons with the recent passing of Lemmy. Perry Moore returns to Uber Rock to look at what lies ahead for LA rock ‘n’ roll.

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Dead End Drive-In: Now Showing - 'We Are Twisted Fucking Sister!' Print E-mail
Written by Gaz Tidey   
Saturday, 09 January 2016 04:00

deadend86'We Are Twisted Fucking Sister!', filmmaker Andrew Horn's 137 minute rock doc par excellence, arrives in the UK on DVD and digital formats at the end of the month. Uber Rock's Gaz Tidey writes of, even at this early stage of 2016, the must-see film of the year.....

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The Uber Rock Radio Show: Episode 60 Print E-mail
Written by Gaz Tidey   
Saturday, 09 January 2016 03:00

URradio86After leaving the airwaves under a cloud in March of 2015, the notorious audio gold peddlers Gaz Tidey, Johnny H, and Rob Watkins returned to the BRfm studios for a one-off Christmas special; a two-hour show that would serve as a review of a truly great year for music, and a proper goodbye to the eleventeen loyal listeners of The Uber Rock Radio Show.....

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No Sugarcoating & No Bullshit: January Print E-mail
Written by Jo Hayes   
Saturday, 24 January 2015 04:00

jojan86Uber Rock's Jo Hayes returns with her first No Sugarcoating & No Bullshit blog of 2015. This time Jo writes of looking to escape the winter blues by going on a gigging holiday, remembering the time she travelled three thousand miles to see a band... who played in the UK without her knowing.....

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Frankie Whyte: Why Rock's Not Dead Print E-mail
Written by Frankie Whyte   
Saturday, 24 January 2015 03:00

frankie201486Uber Rock welcomes back Canadian cool kid Frankie Whyte, armed with another of her must-read hand-written blogs. Frankie wrote about Metallica and AC/DC for Uber Rock last year, now she returns with her thoughts on the recent claims that "rock is dead" - we all know it's not, and here's more reasons why.....

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