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Dream Theater

The 10 Songs We NEED To Hear At Dream Theater's Upcoming 40th Anniversary Tour

It was a long time coming. On October 25, 2023, the moment that prog-metal heads the world over had been manifesting for more than a decade finally came to pass when drummer and founding member Mike Portnoy made his triumphant return to Dream Theater. 

Written by: Dan McHugh | Date: Thursday, 11 April 2024

Metz

Never Standing Still: Metz talk 'Up on Gravity Hill'

Photo: Vanessa Heins There’s no hard and fast rule on how musicians should progress, because history has shown it to be a minefield. Those who push forward might alienate existing fans, but those who opt to shelter-in-place draw criticism for stagnating. Sometimes, though, the inverse happens. Playing to your strengths is regarded as just that, a strength, while creative evolution is hailed as vital risk-taking and reward for ambition. 

Written by: Tom Morgan | Date: Wednesday, 10 April 2024

Paul Weller

Becoming the Modfather: The Evolution of Paul Weller

The recent buzz surrounding Paul Weller’s new record and accompanying autumn tour only served to underscore the Modfather’s reputation six decades into his career. Not only is he still finding fresh sonic avenues to wander along, his shows have become winding journeys into a past studded with some of the most important, exciting songs in British music history.

Written by: Huw Baines | Date: Tuesday, 02 April 2024

Bob Vylan

Better Together: Bob Vylan on Building a Community in Times of Trouble

From folk through blues, jazz, punk and hip hop, music and politics are inextricably linked by social conscience and the need for self-expression. Unfortunately, some political bands tend to lose their way over time, but not Bob Vylan. The reason, observes vocalist Bobby Vylan, is simple. “Bob Vylan isn’t a political band, we’re a community-based band,” he says.

Written by: Jack Butler-Terry | Date: Wednesday, 27 March 2024

Gossip

The Return of a Joyful Noise: Gossip Are Back

Photo: Cody Critcheloe If you had a baby on the day that Gossip put out their last album, that child would now be in secondary school. That’s how long it’s been.

Written by: Matt Mills | Date: Monday, 25 March 2024

Biffy Clyro

Glitter & Trauma: Why Biffy Clyro's Beginnings Are Worth Celebrating

As big as Biffy Clyro are today (and they’re massive, mate) thanks to their appetite for melding anthemic songs and a sense of spectacle, there has always been a sizeable section of their fanbase ready to get dewy-eyed about the good old days at the drop of a hat. It’s not without good reason.

Written by: Huw Baines | Date: Tuesday, 12 March 2024

Fightstar

'It Feels Like Those Years Apart Never Happened': Fightstar On Wembley and Two Decades Of Music

Photo: Chazz Adnitt Charlie Simpson was trying to tell an old friend some big news, but on the other end of the line something wasn’t clicking. “When I got the call, I was in Asia,” Fightstar drummer Omar Abidi recalls. “The word ‘Wembley’ just would not compute.”

Written by: Jack Butler-Terry | Date: Wednesday, 06 March 2024

Judas Priest

The 10 Songs We NEED to Hear on Judas Priest's UK and Ireland Tour

For more than half a century, Judas Priest has been at the forefront of British metal, staking their claim as one of the most important and enduring heavy acts on the planet. Having written some of the genre’s most iconic anthems, it’s hard to narrow things down when selecting a setlist that accurately captures their influence and undimmed arena-shredding power. 

Written by: Jack Butler-Terry | Date: Monday, 04 March 2024

Editors

Editors: 'We've Taken People on a Journey'

Photo: Rahi Rezvani When they first announced themselves to the world back in the mid noughties, Editors were pegged in some quarters as just another indie-rock guitar band with a Joy Division fixation. Yet, in the years since that scene’s expiration, Birmingham’s finest miserablists have shown themselves to be capable of so much more. 

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Friday, 23 February 2024

Pearl Jam

Wildmen to Elder Statesmen: Five of Pearl Jam's Most Important Live Performances

Photo: Danny Clinch It’s not strictly a surprise but Pearl Jam’s longevity is something to marvel at. Emerging from the Seattle grunge scene with perhaps the most easily-aped style of all their contemporaries, the band have adapted and evolved across more than three decades to stand tall as one of the enduring modern American rock bands.

Written by: Huw Baines | Date: Thursday, 22 February 2024

William Doyle

Rhythm, Playfulness: William Doyle On 'Springs Eternal'

‘Springs Eternal’, the new album from William Doyle, is imbued with a playfulness, a lightness of touch, revealing an artist unafraid to have fun even as the characters in his songs drown in the chaos of an uncertain world. It’s a vibrant, pulsating, euphoric ride that fizzes with a greater focus on rhythm than Doyle’s recent works.

Written by: Jeremy Blackmore | Date: Monday, 19 February 2024

The Callous Daoboys

'I Love Being The Band That Doesn't Fit': The Callous Daoboys On Standing Out From The Metal Crowd

Let’s start with a simple truth. The Callous Daoboys are the most exciting prospect in mathcore since the Dillinger Escape Plan hung up their instruments. Now, it’s time for some nuance. Yes, the bands share maniacal shifts in time signatures, stabbing panic chords, acerbic screeches and a disregard for rules and good taste, but this Atlantan sextet are still evolving. Their new EP ‘God Smiles Upon The Callous Daoboys’ takes the pop structures they have flirted with in the past and embeds them at the heart of what they do.

Written by: Will Marshall | Date: Thursday, 15 February 2024

Snayx

"It's Important To Talk About These Things": Introducing Venomous Punks SNAYX

Photo: Bridie Cummings SNAYX vocalist Charlie Herridge has just compared his band to another group. Take 10 guesses which one. Hell, take 100. You won’t get it. “We’re like the punk Vengaboys,” he proclaims. But witness the Brighton trio live and you might quickly agree with him. On-stage, they fizz with life, strutting with confidence and attitude that belies their relative youth as an outfit. They’re spitting venom, but they’re also here to party. They also happen to have a van nicknamed the Vengabus. “It’s got disco lights and everything,” Charlie adds. Of course it does.

Written by: Emma Wilkes | Date: Monday, 12 February 2024

Noah Kahan

Blueprints: The Making of Noah Kahan's Breakout Success

Photo: @aysiamarotta A prominent seam running through 2024’s live landscape is Noah Kahan’s rapid, almost unprecedented rise to stadium-conquering prominence. Off the back of his breakout album ‘Stick Season’, the singer-songwriter has booked eye-wateringly huge shows across Europe and North America, including a brace of sold out nights at Boston’s Fenway Park, the baseball cathedral close to his adopted home base of Watertown, Massachusetts. 

Written by: Huw Baines | Date: Wednesday, 07 February 2024

Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes

Men Of The Hour: Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes on 'Dark Rainbow'

Photo: Brian Rankin In December 2017, Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes descended on London’s Brixton Academy for a night of celebration, playing every one of the 23 songs they had recorded together. When they were done, they fused the noise and sweat and chaos into a live album that could have felt like an ending. Except it wasn’t. Fast forward to today and they'd be needing a whole weekend to carry out the same feat. “We did a 23 song setlist in practice the other night and then did another 23 and it kicked the shit out of me,” Frank laughs. “My respect for Taylor Swift went through the roof.”

Written by: Jack Butler-Terry | Date: Monday, 05 February 2024

Taylor Swift

Bruce, Taylor and You: Stereoboard's Guide To The Best Tours In The First Half of 2024

How’s the diary looking? Be honest. You could use a couple more dates with noise, lights, people, dancing, right? Couldn’t we all. Here, in an easily digestible month-by-month breakdown, we compile some of the must-see tours and shows for the first half of 2024, from zeitgeist-capturing pop mega-spectacles to gnarled rock ‘n’ roll road warriors and a host of next big things. See you out there.

Written by: Huw Baines | Date: Wednesday, 31 January 2024

Gruff Rhys

Celestial Candyfloss and French Electricity: Gruff Rhys Takes Another Leap Into The Unknown

Photo: Mark James Gruff Rhys’s career has been defined by a constant quest to explore, to discover how different environments can forge new sounds. That ongoing musical pursuit even extended to mastering his latest recordings in Paris to test a theory that electricity in different locations drives equipment in unique ways.

Written by: Jeremy Blackmore | Date: Thursday, 25 January 2024

The Sleeping Souls

Back To The Front: The Sleeping Souls on Their Time to Shine

Photo: Lukas Rauch Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan would be the first to admit that some of their most iconic work wouldn’t be anything resembling that without the support of their respective backing bands. Likewise, folk-punk troubadour Frank Turner couldn’t have crafted some of his finest records without the superb talents of his very own supporting ensemble, The Sleeping Souls. A superlative four piece — Tarrant Anderson on bass, pianist Matt Nasir, drummer Callum Green and guitarist Ben Lloyd — with class to burn, the group recently took a break from backing Turner to stride out on their own with impressive results.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Tuesday, 23 January 2024

Michael and Michelle

A Pretty Good Team: Downton Abbey Stars Michael & Michelle on Their Musical Second Act

It’s easy to default to cynicism when successful actors decide to walk a musical path. Yet, in the case of former Downton Abbey stars Michael Fox and Michelle Dockery, you’d be wise to hurl such preconceptions out of the nearest window. Anyone listening to the duo’s beguiling Americana without knowing who was behind it could easily believe it’s the work of seasoned artists operating at the peak of their creative powers. They are that good. 

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Monday, 22 January 2024

Peggy Gou

Stereoboard's Ones to Watch in 2024

New year, new favourites. That’s the great promise for any music fan as December becomes January, and here at Stereoboard we’re no different. Head below to check out 10 thrilling propositions for the forthcoming months, from sense-rearranging screamo to flawless technical rap and atmospheric pop.

Written by: Huw Baines | Date: Thursday, 18 January 2024

 
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