December Features
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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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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Dead End Drive-In: Now Showing: ‘Bowling For Soup - Acoustic In A Freakin' English Church’ Print E-mail
Written by Dave Prince   
Sunday, 11 December 2016 06:30

BowlingForSoupAcousticDVDcoverBack in October of 2013, Bowling For Soup’s Jaret Reddick and Erik Chandler played a very special acoustic show in the beautiful Union Chapel in Islington.  The show has now been given the full DVD release treatment, and our man Dave Prince reckons it serves as the ideal early Christmas present, not just for BFS fans but any self-respecting music fan… click the link to find out why:

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Uber Rock's Albums of the Year 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Gaz Tidey   
Thursday, 31 December 2015 03:00

lists862015Uber Rock's Albums of the Year rundown arrives on the last day of the year, not in the middle of festival season in order to honour whichever American band is 'coincidentally' booked to appear in a muddy field near you. Thirty-four opinions, one collective rundown that lists Uber Rock's Top 25 Albums of 2015. Agree? Disagree? Only one way to find out.....

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Uber Rock's EPs of the Year 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Gaz Tidey   
Thursday, 24 December 2015 03:00

lists862015We launched a dedicated EP section to Uber Rock's End of Year lists in 2014 for a couple of reasons: the first was that too many people were sticking extended players in their Album of the Year rundowns, thereby creating a grey area which troubled your everyday rule-abiding Uber Rocker; the second being that a lot of cool little EPs were slipping under the radar. We're looking to rectify both with our second 'Uber Rock's EPs of the Year' feature.....

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Comic Book Review: 'Life Is Wonderful' Issue 2 (Kulture Killer Comics Company) Print E-mail
Written by Gaz Tidey   
Sunday, 13 December 2015 04:00

life286Anthony Allen Begnal, guitarist with uber-approved NYC horror punk/metal crew Chesty Malone and the Slice 'Em Ups, writes and draws the 'Life Is Wonderful' comic book, Issue 2 of which is fresh on the shelves. Uber Rock's Gaz Tidey checks out more hysterical tales of woe.....

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Dead End Drive-In: Now Showing - 'Frank Zappa - Roxy: The Movie' Print E-mail
Written by Gaz Tidey   
Sunday, 06 December 2015 04:00

driveinthumbFilmed over three nights at The Roxy Theatre in Hollywood in December 1973, 'Roxy: The Movie' was intended to be a suitably revolutionary concert film from Frank Zappa and The Mothers. But things went wrong. Very wrong, in fact. Uber Rock's Gaz Tidey looks at a film lost for four decades.....

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Dead End Drive-In: Now Showing - Marillion Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Sunday, 06 December 2015 03:00

deadend86'Unconventional' is a brand new documentary film about UK progressive rock stalwarts Marillion brought to life by the team at Toward Infinity. Filmed during and in the lead up to the 2015 Marillion Weekend, this film features in-depth interviews, stunning live footage and a look behind the scenes of what was a truly unique event. Uber Rock’s Jim Rowland sits back and enjoys the visual splendor.

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Uber Rock's Gigs of the Year 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Gaz E   
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 03:30

GigsLeather86It's Xmas Eve and the elders at URHQ are about to hang up their studded wristbands and leather chaps for a week as they pull some crackers (Lisa Dominique-style) and imbibe vast quantities of eggnog... but not before they detail their favourite gigs of 2014 in a feature called, somewhat surprisingly, Uber Rock's Gigs of the Year 2014.....

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Album Cover Of The Week - Week 238 Print E-mail
Written by Gaz E   
Monday, 22 December 2014 04:05

album86This time next week we'll still be rummaging through our stockings looking for a pair of new socks to replace the rock-hard ones hidden under our side of the bed. This means that this week's album cover has to last you lucky mofos a couple of Mondays. We had to make it a good one.....

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Album Cover Of The Week - Week 237 Print E-mail
Written by Gaz E   
Monday, 15 December 2014 04:05

album86The denim 'n' leather-clad elves at URHQ have been so kind to you this December, gifting you glorious examples of high-end album cover art with a seasonal theme. This week is no different as we present a cultured piece of art that will have you wanting to redrum a mince pie within seconds of seeing it. Heeeeeeere's the album cover of the week!

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The Uber Rock Singles Club - Christmas Eve Can Kill You Special Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Saturday, 24 December 2016 05:00

15590125 10153849087871653 7244533597100752407 nJust as he had declared the Singles Club closed for 2016, Dom Daley woke up to find another avalanche of slices of 7” vinyl piling up against his door… so he had no choice but to re-open for this one-off Christmas Eve special. Click to link for more glunky gloriousness – and to discover which potential new member found themselves barred before they’d barely set foot over the threshold:

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The Uber Rock Singles Club - December 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 04 December 2016 03:30

kevinsiminorWith the so-called "festive season" fast upon us, this might well be Dom Daley’s last Singles Club of the year and whilst it might not seem that my sack is bulging like previous months, this one might just be the pick of the bunch quality wise.  With a slender lean mean six from raging garage/punk to cool as fuck power pop this singles club has got the biggest baubles and you can wrap tinsel on that and take it to the rock and roll bank!

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Uber Rock's Gigs of the Year 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Gaz Tidey   
Thursday, 24 December 2015 04:00

lists862015These might be tough times for music venues and concert promoters, but for clued-in gig-goers the coolest shows from the most badass bands still come thick and fast. We offered every Uber Rock contributor the chance to send in a Top Ten Gigs list, and thirty-two of those clued-in mofos were brave enough to actually do so! Hit the link to discover the favourite shows of your favourite Uber Rockers.....

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No Sugarcoating & No Bullshit: December Print E-mail
Written by Jo Hayes   
Sunday, 20 December 2015 02:30

NYE86Uber Rock's Jo Hayes wraps up another year of her No Sugarcoating & No Bullshit blog with a look at New Year's Resolutions and how hers will involve something all of us Uber Rockers can relate to - more music!!!

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The Uber Rock Singles Club - December 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 13 December 2015 03:00

Kopek Crimbo FinalIt’s time for the final edition of The Uber Rock Singles Club for 2015, and right on cue Santa Dom Daley has parachuted down URHQ’s chimney with a festive sack full of vinyl for us all to enjoy. This time around he says “Ho! Ho! Ho!” to new releases from the likes of UK Subs, Lucifer Star Machine, The Kopek Millionaires plus many, many more. All you have to do is hit the link for the ultimate office Xmas party…..

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The Tragic Death of Scott Weiland Print E-mail
Written by Jason Daniel Baker   
Sunday, 06 December 2015 03:30

scottRIP86Yes, we may well have all seen it coming, but the death of another from the ever-diminishing list of bona fide rock stars left on this planet still shocks. Uber Rock's Jason Daniel Baker writes of the tragic death of Scott Weiland.....

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Uber Rock's Albums of the Year 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Gaz E   
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 03:00

AlbumsLeather550It begins around the start of November; people asking about Uber Rock's Albums of the Year rundown. We've stuck to our original idea, though, and kept our now-infamous list to New Year's Eve, meaning that the UR scribes and contributors have a full calendar year to pick their favourite albums.....

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Uber Rock's EPs of the Year 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Gaz E   
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 03:00

EPsLeather86For the first time ever, Uber Rock's hugely-anticipated End of Year lists contains an EPs of the Year rundown. There are a couple of reasons for this: 1.) EPs kept infiltrating the Albums of the Year lists, upsetting OCD sufferers, and 2.) with the music world ever-changing and bands looking to release more extended rather than long players we thought it was time to add a designated EP chart to our annual hot rockin' high five fest.....

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No Sugarcoating & No Bullshit: December Print E-mail
Written by Jo Hayes   
Sunday, 21 December 2014 03:00

jodecblog86Uber Rock's Jo Hayes returns for her final No Sugarcoating & No Bullshit blog of 2014, using it as a platform to wax lyrical on New Year's resolutions and the picking of her favourite albums for Uber Rock's Album of the Year feature, coming on New Year's Eve. Think you know Jo after reading her blogs every month? Think again.....

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Dead End Drive-In: Now Showing - Scott Ian - 'Swearing Words in Glasgow' Print E-mail
Written by Gaz E   
Sunday, 14 December 2014 03:00

deadend86Originally fan-funded via a PledgeMusic campaign, Scott Ian's 'Swearing Words in Glasgow' DVD now gets an official retail release via Caroline International, arriving on a Region Free disc that you'll need to devote at least a few hours of your time to in order to get every morsel of information into your eyes. Uber Rock's Gaz E checks it out.....

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