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When a work of art can be seen to be like other things it is called derivative. When it takes other things and uses them to create a new thing, it is referencing or quoting and that is seen as an intelligent move. The central issue at stake is a question of has something been said or done that results in an addition to the sum of human experience, or does it merely convince us that our trudge through the years never offers us surprises.

Matt Bowden is already well known to the New Zealand media as a spokesperson for harm reduction from drugs. He made some money introducing legal alternatives. And has invested considerable firepower into a rock and roll career that threatens to go international at any second, including a steam punk sci-fi film and now released their album, Homecoming.

Yes, it is full of influences and may be seen as derivative as it throbs with a sense of wonder and majesty that is not unlike Pink Floyd at their most illustrious. It is classed Psychedelic rock, a delirious update on progrock fantasy. It is full of rearing guitar licks and a massive sound engine, powerhouse vocals, thin metallic screams and raptures of portent. The guitars gang up on you but there is colour, complexity and imagery at work. As it progresses Maori chants are interwoven with hard rock and harpsichord. It’s edge is eclectic. It’s driving passion is it’s glory.

An exciting debut album from a world class rock artist.

Listen to the album right now here.

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A dramatic new video release from Jordan Reyne – The Annihilation Sequence

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Rock and Roll and Blues roots traditions is not the typical format for a “girl band” these days. It is a refreshing change from the usual or expected TV fare of wannabe X-Factored fame hungry non art that passes for entertainment. As a follow-up to the recently published documentary video of Trixie Lectric here is a photo gallery of a live performance. Starting out as a “covers” band, and covering hits from the 60s to the 80s in a packed out Canterbury pub on a Monday night this impressive lineup delivered a gusty, entertaining gig.

On lead vocals Ella Morgan gave a confident performance (she also performs solo as a singer song writer). Holly Kinnear was outstanding on lead guitar ably supported by Liz Hayward on bass and Johanna Sarakinis on rhythm guitar while Lucy Foster gave a cracking drum performance.

Highly recommended. Based in Kent, performing around the South East of England.

Trixie Lectric on Facebook

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Most promising new band I have seen in years.

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In his first ever stage performance singer song-writer and incredible guitarist Romeo Cabrera with his own song Bounce With The Wind

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Unseen video of The Cesarians, wonderful band = captured at The Purple Turtle.

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We took a camera to the recent Lene Lovich gig in London and the support act was Das Fluff – check out their new song Drop Break Slip Crash here.

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The extraordinary Brazilian Jazz artist Monica Vasconcelos performs at The Vortex Jazz club.

Here are some of the photos we took while videoĆ­ng her. Her incredibly good voice is beautifully recorded on her website.

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Drip Drop by Falmouth-Yamaha tutors, live in London.

Ed Jones with Andy Hague, Jonathan Taylor, Jez Franks, Riann Vosloo and Keith Michael perform at Regent Hall, Oxford Street in Maggie Black’s Live Jazz

Video Nicholas Alexander.

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