Tag Archive: Folk-Rock

Marika Hackman
I’m Not Your Man
Sub Pop

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English artist Marika Hackman releases her second album, “I’m Not Your Man”. She began recording her first full-length album, “We Slept At Last” in 2014. The latest effort is far more aggressive than the first in the sense that it packs a much bigger or louder punch owing to the inclusion of a full band, London-based Big Moon. The result is a grungier sound, which works for Hackman. In addition to the grunge, the listener will hear obscurations of sound as in shoegaze or neo-psychedelia. Her vocals remain true to earlier recordings, light and sugar-coated. Overall, there’s plenty of energy, temperament, and sexuality to make “I’m Not Your Man” a pick of the week!

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Alice Bag

Don Giovanni

Punk rock verteran Alice Bag has released her first solo album on the Don Giovanni label. She is a noted musician, author and feminist. The album offers up plenty of rock (“Little Hypocrite”), but there’s also some intelligent pop (“Suburban Home”) and Latin folk-rock (“Incorporeal Life”).

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summer music festival


Festival season is upon us! If you live or are planning to travel to Europe this summer, we have compiled a list of exception music events happening this summer! Below are a variety of events that will have groups from around the world performing rock, alternative, metal, folk, and more! You can visit the websites provided for each event to check out the artist roster and purchase tickets.


Rock Im Park

Nürnberg, Germany

03 June –  05 June


This Is Not a Love Song

Nîmes, France

03 June – 05 June


Sweden Rock Festival

Sölvesborg, Sweden

08 June -11 June


Nova Rock Festival

Nickelsdorf, Austria

09 June –  12 June



Landgraaf, Netherlands

10 June –  12 June


Download Festival

Paris, France

10 June – 12 June


Hellfest Summer Open Air

Clisson, France

17 June-19 June


Graspop Metal Meeting

Dessel, Belgium

17 June – 19 June


INmusic festival

Zagreb, Croatia

20 June –  22 June


Glastonbury Festival

Glastonbury, UK

22 June – 26 June



Copenhagen, Denmark

23 June –  25 June


Solidays Festival

Paris, France

24 June –  26 June


Hurricane Festival

Bremen, Germany

24 June –  26 June


Southside Festival

Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany

24 June –  26 June



Roskilde, Denmark

25 June –  02 July


Volt Festival

Sopron, Hungary

29 June – 02 July


Provinssirock Festival

Seinäjoki, Finland

30 June –  02 July


Rock Werchter

Werchter, Belgium

30 June –  03 July


Open Air St. Gallen

St. Gallen, Switzerland

30 June –  03 July



Eurockéennes de Belfort
Belfort, France
01 July –  03 July

Tuska Open Air Metal Festival
Helsinki, Finland
01 July –  03 July

Rock for People
Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
03 July –  05 July

Exit Festival
Novi Sad, Serbia
07 July –  10 July

Bilbao BBK Live
Bilbao, Spain
07 July – 09 July

Ruisrock Festival
Turku, Finland
08 July – 10 July

Weert, Netherlands
09 July – 10 July

Vieilles Charrues Festival
Carhaix, France
14 July –  17 July

Woodstock Festival Poland
Kostrzyn, Poland
14 July – 16 July 2016

Truck Festival
Oxford, UK
15 July –  17 July

Ilosaarirock Festival
Joensuu, Finland
15 July –  17 July

Tienen, Belgium
29 July –  31 July

Ripley, UK
29 July – 31 July


Arenal Sound
Castellón, Spain
04 August 07 August

Wacken Open Air
Wacken, Germany
04 August –  06 August

Lokerse Feesten
Lokeren, Belgium
05 August – 14 August

Off Festival
Katowice, Poland
05 August –  07 August

Sziget Festival
Budapest, Hungary
10 August –  17 August

La Route du Rock
Saint-Malo, France
11 August –  14 August

Rocco del Schlacko
Püttlingen , Germany
11 August  – 13 August

Bloodstock Open Air
Walton upon Trent, UK
11 August – 14 August

Hasselt, Belgium
17 August – 20 August

Summer Breeze
Dinkelsbühl, Germany
17 August –  20 August

Highfield Festival
Störmthal, Germany
19 August –  21 August

Biddinghuizen, Netherlands
19 August – 21 August

Reading Festival
Reading, UK
26 August – 28 August

Rock en Seine
Paris, France
26 August –  28 August

Stephanie Griffin01Well, once again, I’m loose on the Blog. Recently, I had the good fortune to be introduced  Stephanie Griffin. She’s an eighteen year old musician singer/songwriter from the U.S. (Connecticut).  A student at Quinnipiac University pursuing a major in Communications & Media Studies and minor in music, she’s  been playing piano since she was eight and guitar since since was thirteen. She started writing songs at the age of twelve.

It’s clear that her true passion is music and a music industry career. Over and above  Stephanie’s talent as folk, folk-rock artist, she’s sends of the off the kind of electricity you like to feel  from young artists with talent,  head on shoulders and energy to deliver.

Hi Stephanie! Thanks for taking time out to talk with us.  We’ve given you a bit of an introduction. Is there anything I missed?

SG: No problem, Phil.  I think you picked up on the main points. I am orginally from Hamden, Connecticut. I moved to Wallingford, Connecticut [about twenty minutes away] when I was ten. I seem to have always had an interest for music since I could talk. I remember singing all the time and even dancing to Motown music around my house.  Whenever my teachers from elementary school would ask what I wanted to be when I grew up, I always responded with the clever response: a singer. Yet, once I started songwriting, I thought I would like to song-write as a career as well.

From Motown to acoustic  – that’s a journey!  Tell us a bit about your musical development. Formal training,  your current view toward your development and what you really would like to do in music.

SG:  The only real formal training I had with voice was through middle school and high school in my chorus classes. I regret not being able to have formal lessons with my voice, yet, I’ve learned many important skills  singing through school. For example, I have learned  the importance of diaphragmatic breathing, pronunciation, and singing in a higher voice. When it came to guitar, I took lessons over a summer learning the basics of a guitar, like how to hold it, strum, finger-pick, etc.  As for the future, I would like to go into the music industry as a music journalist or find a career in radio or music production.  I would like to song-write as a career as well.

Tell us about your major influences…where did your interest in music start and what made you Stephanie?

SG:  My first major influence when it came to my passion for music was my mother. I remember her always playing the piano, guitar, and singingto me. In a way, she was a big inspiration for my musical traits. Other influences include Taylor Swift, Hayley Williams, Christina Aguilera, and Mariah Carey.  All of whom have unique voices and styles that I have tried to incorporate into my own musical style.

We’ve all had our good days and bad days in the music business…putting the tough days aside,  what do you consider to be the high point along your career path?

SG:  The best moment in my musical path so far has been picking up the guitar and starting to write music. Whenever I’m going through something in my life, I could most likely get a song out of it. Song writing has been my way to express myself and my emotions. I know it will be something I don’t give up as a musician.

You  have performed many songs…your favorite? Which video do you consider to be your best so far – the one you most want our readers to hear and see.

SG: I have performed many covers and originally pieces. My favorites include anything by Taylor Swift or Sugarland. I suggest the readers to check out my YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/stephii17xo to view videos from when I was at least fifteen to now. The video I recorded recently is just a rough recording of my original song “Erased”. The song is about a break up, where one person pretty much erases every memory of the other person. Towards the end of the song, the other person pretty much redeems themselves and learns to be okay after the separation. “Erased” is also one of my favorite original songs to date.

Very cool! Let’s take a time out to watch the video…”Erased”

Great! thanks for sharing your work work with us.  Before we let you go, I want to back up and “return to the future”.  We covered off on your interests in being a singer/songwriter, but we know you azre culivating other interests as well such as being in the industry in the industry as a music journalist or even  finding a career in radio or music production. Sum it all up for us. What’s ahead for Stephanie?

SG:  My dream has always been to perform. Yet, being realistic, I believe I can find as much success being behind the scenes of future music. I’m very interested in working in the music and focusing on production and songwriting. In the career of music journalism, I could also focus on promoting future musicians and writing about them. I am confident though that my major and minor will prepare me well enough for a career in the music industry. I always want to keep music in my life and want to follow a career that I will enjoy every day.

Stephanie Griffin, thank you again. We wish you the best of luck going forward and hope you’ll keep us in mind here at HorizonVU Music!!!

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