The King of Rock and Roll lives on!

There has been only a few singers and actors that have carved their name in history throughout their amazing talents. Amongst which is Elvis Presley, born from a humble family in Tupelo, Mississippi. Despite going through a quite agitated youth that led to many house moving, Elvis found music which was amongst the consistent things in his childhood, the other being his parents.

Elvis had a very strong charisma since his childhood as it was at the age of eight that he taught himself how to play the church piano. It was when he turned eleven that he was gifted a guitar by his parents on his birthday, the beginning of the wondrous tunes played by his magical fingers! It was in 1954 that Elvis rose to stardom when he signed a contract for four records with Sun Records. Soon after making an apparition on TV then in movies, Elvis’ popularity was skyrocketing and money was flowing in. Despite going to serve the US Army forces, Elvis Presley was still popular amongst the public. And even when the Beatles came onto stage, they were unable to make the king of rock and roll share his title nor have they been able to steal it from it.

The singer and actor, Elvis Presley, also regarded to as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century is still alive in Las Vegas despite knowing a tragic end in August 1977. As described, Elvis Presley was “An American pop culture icon like few others, he rode high in the rock music charts in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s before his untimely end”. With fans from all over the world, the rock star is still remembered as an icon in the music industry. One good example is the big celebration of the King’s 80th birthday in Memphis where it was declared to be Elvis Presley Day. In commemoration of this special day, an eight-tier cake was sliced by Elvis former wife Priscilla in the company of their only child Lisa Marie.

Elvis Presley lives in every corner of Las Vegas and he has definitely not left the building! Despite being 38 years since his departure, the star is still remembered from all around the world. There have been many statues sculpted across the globe; that of Elvis Presley in all his stardom while others kept his memory alive throughout Facebook pages and even special websites dedicated to him. A bingo premier company that has also specialised in the making of online casinos, Daub Games Ltd has gone further by creating an online casino named Magical Vegas that will definitely remind you of the city of lights alongside Melvis the concierge that bears a resemblance to what the king would look like if he was still amongst us!

With years of experience in the online gaming industry, Daub Games Ltd latest creation is a step above the other existing websites since the site is fully responsive. Magical Vegas also comprises of a plethora of games that have been taken from well-known game providers; IGT, Microgaming Systems, Bally Technologies, Eyecon and Play’n Go. The website creator also created its own games which cannot be found elsewhere! Are you ready to enter the city of entertainment to stay awake until dawn? Book your stay at the premier destination, Magical Vegas where you are welcomed with 10 free spins on registration.

Whether exploring new music or enjoying online gaming…

I first got excited by the possibilities of the Internet in the mid-1990s.  Then, in its infancy it offered a world of possibilities.  For me, it has delivered.  A freedom of choice comes with consequences.  Whether exploring new music or enjoying online gaming, my advice is to always be cautious, especially where giving credit card and personal details.

Like cable TV that now beams 1,000s of channels into my home, rather than just the three I was brought up with, superfast broadband and the Internet has opened unfathomable new avenues of delivering music to a device of my choice.  Whether that be my mobile phone, laptop or Smart TV – the latter being a better listening device as it now includes a 300 watt speaker system and subwoofer.  But with this easy access and 24/7 availability comes less quality control.  That’s not to churn out the old adage of ‘music isn’t as good as it used to be’. That’s a separate argument.  For now, it’s suffice to say that there has always been good and bad music.  But it is true to say that, where there is a plethora of choice and a drop in quality control, it can be difficult and very time consuming to find what you are looking for, as much as the concern of cyber attacks and online fraud.

Equally, help and advice is needed to sought through the array of choices available across the Internet when it comes to entertainment  and games websites, especially when you are asked to give up your credit card details.  For example, the website toponlinecasinos.co.uk rates online casino websites with a scoring system that highlights how trustworthy the site and company are.

By reviewing certificates, game play and testing each sites’ software including bonus offers and security issues, Top Online Casinos has selected five online casinos that all offer the following reassuring features:

  • A 100% safety & fair gaming policy
  • Guaranteed personal privacy & protection against cyber attack
  • Valuable information about responsible gaming
  • Candid reporting on the games payout
  • Legal security in case of disputes
  • Separate account for your money

By offering more transparency and quality control, regulated online betting sites offer a better deal than unscrupulous rogue online casinos who sometimes offer more than they deliver as part of an overall increase in online fraud. Unfair bonus rules and rigged games don’t make it easy for unexpected customers to appreciate they are being cheated.

The Internet gives me access to listen to music whenever I want, wherever I want and by whoever I want.  With this freedom to explore, gone are the reassurances of quality control, censorship and the confines of mainstream commercialism.  Similarly, with other entertainment such as online gaming and gambling, the opportunities are infinite.  But with this comes issues of risk, security and lack of quality control, and to some degree, legislation.

Charlotte Church: from angel to activist

Charlotte Church was catapulted into the spotlight in her childhood, her dazzling vocals earning her millions of records sales worldwide. Additionally, Church has performed in front of many prestigious and high profile figures, including Pope John Paul II, Queen Elizabeth II and Bill Clinton. Charlotte Church is available for booking through London based MN2S agency.

Charlotte Church was born in Llandaff in Cardiff, Wales, into a Roman Catholic family. Church rose to public prominence in 1997 with a rendition of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Pie Jesu’ that she performed over the phone on the breakfast television show, This Morning. This exposure was built upon when she appeared on the ITV Big, Big Talent Show in 1997. Almost overnight, Church had turned into a singing sensation. Inducted into the entertainment industry, Church was soon performing concerts at locations such as the Cardiff Arms Park, and the Royal Albert Hall. Church performed on the international stage when she was given the honour of opening for Dame Shirley Bassey in Antwerp.

However, Church’s astronomical start did not preclude her from getting a formal education. In 1998, she received a vocal scholarship to Howell’s School Llandaff in Cardiff and achieved the balancing act of school and performing her passion with on the road tutors – finishing her education at the age of 16. Trained as a classical singer, Church sang in a multitude of languages: in addition to her native English and Welsh she also performed pieces in Latin, Italian and French. Her first album, released in 1998 at only 12 years old, was titled Voice of an Angel, and was a selection of popular operatic arias, sacred songs and hymns and other traditional pieces. The album was a huge success and sold extensively worldwide, making Church the youngest ever artist to reach the No. 1 spot on the British classical crossover charts.

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A year later Church released her eponymous second album that included a range of songs from a similar genre. The use of her uplifting song Just Wave Hello was used in a major commercial campaign for the Fort Motor Company and earned Church a slew of new fans. The following year saw Church deviate from her more operatic and religious song choices when she released an album of Christmas carols, Dream a Dream. Her next album, Enchantment, saw her venture into more pop influences, also dabbling with swing and Broadway classics. In 2002, she embarked on the Royal Christmas tour, appearing alongside singing legend Dame Julie Andrews and her fellow Sound of Music performer Christopher Plummer.

The next phase of Church’s career saw her pursuing a sound that was based more in pop than opera and classical. The result was her first pop album, Tissues and Issues, which spawned two UK Top 10 singles. Church embarked on a small tour, selling out the venues in both London and Cardiff. Following these performances, Church had a career hiatus in 2009, but was soon releasing a new album, Back to Scratch, in 2010. Her most recent music has shown not only her versatility but also her daring, a series of alternative rock EP’s, ONE, TWO, THREE and the 2014, FOUR.

Church is also known for her political activism and support for humanitarian causes. In 2007, she became a patron the UK charity, The Topsy Foundation, a group focusing on the support and medical care of those in rural South African communities infected with and affected by HIV and AIDS. Church was also heavily involved in the Leveson Inquiry, providing testimonials, and has been vocal in her support of the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot, Greenpeace movements against Shell’s activity in the Arctic and the Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign for leadership of the Labour party.

If you interested in booking the extremely talented Charlotte Church for a performance, appearance or brand endorsement, please contact music booking agency, MN2S.

Kagoule release their debut album Urth

Kagoule release their debut album Urth
Kagoule release their debut album Urth

Nottingham’s Kagoule released their debut album Urth this month and are streaming the self-made video to their BBC Radio 6Music playlisted single ‘Made of Concrete’. Devised, shot and edited by the band in one day, the DIY video is an ode to David Lynch that asks a lot more questions than it answers.

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Despite not being out of their teens, Kagoule have created an album of true depth and creativity, with MOJO labelling them “superior grunge-schooled rock” (4/5) and Kerrang! saying “the potential here is terrifying” (4/5).

Kagoule also announce some new tour dates, including upcoming shows with METZ and Sleaford Mods.

Urth can now be pre-order via iTunes and Earache Records.
Tour dates

Sept. 17 – Vienna, Austria – Arena 3 Raum Bar w/ Ball Park Music
Sept. 18 – Berlin, Germany – Magnet
Sept.22 – Hannover, Germany – Lux
Sept. 25 – Dusseldorf, Germany – Zakk w/ METZ
Sept. 26 – Hambury, Germany – Reeperbahn Festival
Sept. 27 – Leipzeig, Germany – Ilses Erika w/ Ball Park Music
Sept. 28 – Prague, Czech Republic – Basement Bar
Sept. 30 – Cologne, Germany – Blue Shell w/ Ball Park Music
Oct. 01 – Brussels, Belgium – Witloof Bar @ Botanique
Oct. 03 – Portsmouth, UK – Dials Festival w/ Black Honey + Hooton Tennis Club
Oct. 09 – Nottingham, UK – Rock City w/ Sleaford Mods
Oct. 10 – Leeds, UK – Beacons Metro w/ Traams, Pins, Crushed Beaks
Oct. 18 – Manchester, UK – Carefully Planned Festival
Oct. 23 – All Years Leaving Festival w/ The Wytches, Speedy Ortiz, Chastity Belt

Indietracks 2015 – Saturday live review

Following a suitable interlude for beer, bed and breakfast, Saturday was with us before we knew it and saw Chorusgirl drawing a large crowd early doors for their great poppy shoegaze set. Expect good things from this lot.

Shy and sweet, Spanish pop came courtesy of Christina Quesada, who was quite obviously taken aback by being asked to entertain a packed church so early. Her version of Just like honey is simply delightful, possibly even outshining the original.

Every time I’ve had the pleasure of spending time with Evans the Death they seem to have had at least one line-up change, which continued here. They’ve grown into a really solid team, based on the evidence here. Ollie still seems to want to be Sterling Morrison (don’t we all, really? I know I do) and Katherine still owns one of the finest voices around. I loved everything they did but the haunting You’re Joking still does it for me.

Evans The Death - (c) Robin Halls
Evans The Death - (c) Robin Halls

After being slightly underwhelmed by Bunnygrunt (no real reason, I just expected something different to what I got from them), Desperate Journalist provided the first ‘Wow!’ moment of the weekend. Their track on the Indietracks compilation marked them out as one to investigate and they definitely repaid that faith.

Desperate Journalist - (c) Robin Halls
Desperate Journalist - (c) Robin Halls

A good-looking four-piece, with just the right amount of eye-liner and attitude for their slightly gothicy indie, they backed up the belief that any band with a semi-acoustic Rickenbacker are probably worth some of your time. Add in a spangly bass and a really strong singer and what’s not to like? I couldn’t get a copy of their CD on the day but one is now winging its way to me.

Like all right-minded Indietrackers, I love Tigercats dearly but they just had to be sacrificed, albeit only with great reluctance, on the altar of band clashes in favour of The Ethical Debating Society. Their debut album New Sense has been the background to my life for the past few weeks and the chance to see them equal the experience of watching the Manhattan Love Suicides in the church last year was just too much to resist.

The followed Flemmings, another band with two guitars and no bass, and assaulted the audience with their barrage of punk noise and anger right from the start. I can hear all sorts of things in their racket: Mudhoney, Sonic Youth, X-Ray Spex, Dead Kennedys, Slits and loads of others. With one guitar providing the bass-heavy power chords, and drums being systematically thrashed, it gives the other guitar the base on which to skit around wherever it needs to go to do the job. The church was rocking!

The Ethical Debating Society - (c) Robin Halls
The Ethical Debating Society - (c) Robin Halls

Vocals are delivered in a mix of shouting Riot Grrl-style rage and more subdued and restrained righteously angry singing, which melds together into an irresistible force and I sat there lapping it all up. Inspirational, and their cover of Oh, Bondage Up Yours! was a great way to finish. ‘Owls against Tories’ unite!

Unbelievably, the guy next to me, and we were in the front pew (so about four feet from a raging Tegan), managed to fall asleep and stay there for most of their set. He must have had the heaviest of sessions the night before.

Emma Kupr allowed us to recover with a rather more relaxed manner. I thought she’d do a solo set but she was joined by friends with guitar, bass, drums, banjo, cello, sax and shaky egg. A couple of old Standard Fare tunes joined the ones from her recent solo album and were all wrapped up by a rousing version of Satellite of Love, featuring Darren Hayman on sax. Nice!

Wave Pictures rocked the indoor stage with their latest Billy Childish inspired work and went down brilliantly. Changes to the schedule this year meant there were fewer clashes towards the end of the day, leading to bigger crowds and a generally better atmosphere.

Wave Pictures - (c) Robin Halls
Wave Pictures - (c) Robin Halls

Adding Paul Rains and his big entrance (no comments, please) to the mix took things to another level and we were sad to see them go at the end.

It’s been a while since I caught up with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, having been less than smitten by Belong. Any thoughts that they may be a spent force were instantly knocked into the bin as they tore through a fantastic set.

Pains of Being Pure at Heart - (c) Robin Halls
Pains of Being Pure at Heart - (c) Robin Halls

When their first album came out, it reminded me just why music is so damn important. This brought it all back anew. Hearing those early songs again almost brought a tear to my eye (alright, it did but I won’t admit to it).

In my constant quest to hear the next great record that’ll tear my heart apart, I am guilty of not revisiting old ones anywhere near enough. The School, Cinerama and POBPAH definitely made me think about that and determine not to let old friends fall away quite so readily in future.