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Live4ever's Essential Listening 2014: The Tracks

Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2014: The Tracks

Posted on 15 Dec 2014 at 5:31am

Another year, another twelve months when hundreds of bands have been showcased on Live4ever via reviews, New Tunes Guides, interviews and Presents features.

Here, our editor Dave Smith has picked out 20 of the best for you to revisit or perhaps discover for the first time, be it the ‘naive enthusiasm’ of Wild Smiles, the ‘raucous, foot-to-the-floor, blink-and-you’ll-miss singles’ of Slaves, or the ‘sense of joy, of wonderment’ that underpins Trampolene‘s ‘I Don’t Know‘. Tomorrow, Trampolene will be talking us through ‘I Don’t Know’s origins and their plans for 2015.

Don’t forget, you can catch up with our Essential Listening 2014 series so far at this link. The final installment, The Albums, is coming next week.

Live4ever’s Essential Listening series is here to share, not preach! An interactive celebration of rock and roll where your favourites can contribute. Make sure your stand-out videos of the year get a clearly deserved mention by leaving a comment below.

Live4ever's Essential Listening 2014: The Videos

Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2014: The Videos

Posted on 10 Dec 2014 at 7:39am

Live4ever’s 2014 Essential Listening series continues today with The Videos, as selected by our Emmy award winning founder Paul Bachmann. Of particular note is the exceptional editing on The Kooks‘ ‘Down‘, the stunning visuals of Jack White‘s ‘Lazaretto‘, and the plain, spoken word simplicity of ‘Artwork Of Youth‘ by Trampolene, which clearly shows you don’t need a ton of money to produce a great music video. You can watch all the videos in full on Live4ever by clicking on each individual link.

Catch up with the first in this year’s look-back, The Gigs, right here and stay tuned next week as the Essential Listening series continues with 20 of our favourite tracks of 2014.

Live4ever's Essential Listening 2014: The Gigs

Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2014: The Gigs

Posted on 08 Dec 2014 at 7:58am

In the build-up to Christmas you’ll find videos selected by our award winning founder Paul Bachmann, tracks picked out by editor Dave Smith, and favourite albums personally selected by our staff as Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2014 series gets underway today. To start, our writers and photographers have put their collective heads together to help shape our Essential Gigs of the year, showcasing live reviews, galleries and interviews from a year of Live4ever featured shows in both the US and UK.

Amongst those making the cut is the ‘intimacy and skeletal delivery’ of Jake Bugg live in New York, The Jim Jones Revue saying farewell by ‘grabbing the lapels and screaming directly into the crowd’ at the Leeds Brudenell Social Club, and Embrace performing on an ‘emotionally-charged night’ upon their return to Manchester. You can discover the features in all their glorious entireties by clicking on each individual link.

Live4ever's Essential Listening: The Tracks Of 2014...So Far

Live4ever’s Essential Listening: The Tracks Of 2014…So Far

Posted on 23 Jul 2014 at 5:01am

Live4ever has already showcased well over 200 breaking artists during 2014, and now we’ve dipped back in to New Tunes Guide highlights, track reviews, Presents features and video premieres to revisit just 25 of the many brilliant tracks to have passed through our radar section so far this year.

Live4ever’s Essential Listening is here to share, not preach! An interactive celebration of rock and roll where your favourites can contribute. Make sure your stand-out tracks of the year so far get a deserved mention by leaving a comment below.

 

Live4ever's Essential Listening: The Albums Of 2014...So Far

Live4ever’s Essential Listening: The Albums Of 2014…So Far

Posted on 01 Jul 2014 at 6:07am

We’ve had veterans dipping into the solo world, seasoned mainstays releasing some of the best work of their career and, always most excitingly, brand new bands unleashing truly impressive debuts. 2014 has been undoubtedly another strong year so far, and Live4ever has once again picked out just a handful of albums for us all to revisit and reflect on as an all-too fleeting summer homes into view.

The variety is striking; from the ‘true joy and genius of great punk music’ found in OFF’s ‘Wasted Years’, to the ‘haunting, tragic air’ of ‘I Can Learn’, and the majestic under-the-radar first release from Vikesh Kapoor which dispays ‘the real America, its majesty and pride never so honestly depicted’. All this and much more is waiting in the latest edition of Live4ever’s Essential Listening series.

Live4ever’s Essential Listening is here to share, not preach! An interactive celebration of rock and roll where your favourites can contribute. Make sure your stand-out albums of the year so far get a deserved mention by leaving a comment below.

Live4ever's Essential Listening 2013: The Albums

Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2013: The Albums

Posted on 18 Dec 2013 at 4:41am

Another year of essential listening draws to a close today with The Albums.

From the ‘rich arcane pleasures and secret thrills’ of veteran Richard Thompson, to the ‘near flawless, brazen, yet reflective dancefloor filling triumph’ of Arctic Monkeys’ ‘AM’ and the ‘explorations and celebrations of life and death’ which inform Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s ‘Specter At The Feast’, both high profile and under-the-radar album releases have fallen under the gaze of Live4ever’s talented writing staff as 2013 has progressed, and here a select 20 have been pulled out and revisited for you to take a look through. Maybe there’s some major releases you can share your thoughts on, and some hidden gems which can be given a spin for the first time. Clicking on each individual artwork will take you through to our reviews in full.

Live4ever’s Essential Listening series is here to share, not preach! An interactive celebration of rock and roll where your favourites can contribute. Make sure your stand-out albums of the year get a deserved mention by leaving a comment below.

Live4ever's Essential Listening 2013: The Tracks

Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2013: The Tracks

Posted on 11 Dec 2013 at 3:09am

The Essential Listening 2013 series has so far taken in Live4ever publisher Paul Bachmann’s top music video picks of the year and photographer Andy Crossland’s favourite gigs of the past twelve months. Now, editor Dave Smith has taken a look back through a busy year’s worth of Radar music to select 25 of the very best for our Essential Tracks of 2013.

Through New Tunes Guides, Presents features, videos, interviews and reviews, Live4ever’s Radar section has showcased in excess of 300 new and emerging bands during the course of the year, with everything from brash young indie, laid back Americana, solo troubadours and East Coast new wave making the cut for this final rundown. You can rediscover and immerse yourself in all of the selected tracks by clicking on each individual artwork.

Live4ever’s Essential Listening series is here to share, not preach! An interactive celebration of rock and roll where your favourites can contribute. Make sure your stand-out tracks, singles and EPs of the year all get a deserved mention by leaving a comment below.

Live4ever's Essential Listening 2013: The Gigs

Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2013: The Gigs

Posted on 06 Dec 2013 at 4:20am

Into December, and as the festive season rolls ever closer Live4ever’s 2013 Essential Listening series continues today with The Gigs.

As a regular fixture in the photo-pits across London during 2013, Live4ever’s Andy Crossland has witnessed a vast array of acts as the year has unfolded, taking in modern day legends, Mercury nominees, prog icons, art installations and plenty more along the way. And now, Andy talks us through 25 of the very best which have been collected together for you to revisit as we remember an outstanding year of live music in the capital. Find all the complete galleries by clicking on each individual picture.

Live4ever’s Essential Listening series is here to share, not preach! An interactive celebration of rock and roll where your favourites can contribute. Make sure your stand-out music gig of the year gets a deserved mention by leaving a comment below.

Live4ever's Essential Listening 2013: The Music Videos

Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2013: The Music Videos

Posted on 27 Nov 2013 at 4:59am

Here we go again! Live4ever’s end-of-year look back is primed and ready to bring the best of another great twelve months of music together during the next few weeks when some of our favourite albums, tracks, gigs and more will be remembered and revisited as the festive season gets in full swing.

The Essential Listening 2013 series begins today with some essential viewing – Live4ever’s Emmy award winning founder Paul Bachmann has been casting his expert eye over some of the best videos to have crossed our path this year, variously looking out for cinematography, visuals, production value, editing, concept and adaption, all of which prove the world of the music video is flourishing with fresh ideas and imagination.

Live4ever’s Essential Listening series is here to share, not preach! An interactive celebration of rock and roll where your favourites can contribute. If your stand-out music video of the year isn’t included then make sure it gets a deserved mention by leaving a comment below.

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Live4ever's Essential Listening: The 50 Beatles Tracks

Live4ever’s Essential Listening: The 50 Beatles Tracks

Posted on 22 Jul 2013 at 11:33am

Picking even 50 tracks to ponder and revisit out of a body work as complete as The Beatles amassed during their unrivalled career is no straightforward task. Like a kid in a sweet-shop trying to decide which sugary delights their hard-earned pocket money should go on, they all seem as tantalising and attention grabbing as each other. Countless worthy options are finally left behind for those that, at least this time, have made the final cut.

Here, we’ve taken a look at some of the Fab Four’s most celebrated songs, as well as a fair smattering of relatively lesser known gems, for you to take a read through and revisit for yourself. From early b-sides to their final, glorious 15-minute swansong, the latest addition to our Essentials Series presents a half-century of songs blessed with unparalleled success and influence.

Are you mortally offended by what is or isn’t on this list? Got a clearly superior view which you need to share with the world? Leave a comment below by all means.

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