Wednesday, September 11, 2019

3 Songs: Nirvana - Live And Loud

In December of 1993, Nirvana performed a taping for MTV titled, Live And Loud and parts of the performance aired on the network on New Year’s Eve.  The full recording was finally released in 2013 as part of the 20 year anniversary deluxe reissue of In Utero, included as bonus tracks and on DVD.  Now it has been issued by Geffen/UMe on vinyl for the first time as the 2-LP set titled, Live And Loud. 
The performance captured on Live And Loud shows a band at their absolute peak.  They were workman-like tight yet volatile; fittingly, like it could all become unhinged at any second.  Cobain, Novaselic and Grohl – along with touring guitarist Pat Smear and cellist Lori Goldston - were touring in support of In Utero and the 17-track set list leans heavily toward that album and Bleach, as they were also still trying to distance themselves from the mainstream mania caused by Nevermind.  In addition to explosive performances of “Scentless Apprentice”, “Serve The Servants”, “Breed”, “Blew” and ‘Heart-Shaped Box”; one of the standout performances is their electric cover of David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold The World”, also a standout from their legendary MTV Unplugged performance.  The set closes out with another standout, a droning, noise-addled performance of “Endless, Nameless”, the experimental hidden track on Nevermind. 
Just like their signature sound, Live And Loud is the perfect loud/soft compliment to the previously released MTV Unplugged performance; showcasing a band at their best.            
The 180gm 2-LP set is packaged in a gatefold jacket with tons of photos from the live performance and includes a digital download of the album on a replica backstage pass.
Check out 3 of my favorite performances from Live And Loud.
“Serve The Servants”:



Thursday, September 05, 2019


SUICIDE, the 70’s band consisting of the late Alan Vega and Martin Rev, recently had their self-titled debut album reissued as part of BMG’s Art Of The Album series.  The cult classic album, originally released in 1977, has been remastered and is available digitally, on CD and on limited edition red 180g vinyl from Mute/BMG.  The vinyl edition comes with an exclusive art print and the CD edition is housed in a hardback book.  The series shines the spotlight on beloved albums as they are with no extra tracks included, but loads of photos and extensive liner notes by The Quietus' John Doran that detail the album's context, craft and legacy with interviews with many of the players, complete the deluxe package.    
Together Vega and Rev created a dark, moody and abrasive sound that was understated at the time yet highly-influential - ushering in elements of what would become post-punk and No Wave - and whose lasting impact resonates with artists today, more than 40 years later.  This definitive new reissue is a testament to that and is sure to continue its legacy on for another 40 years.        
Listen to the glam rock and comic book inspired opening track “Ghost Rider” here:

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

VIDEO PREMIERE: Peanut Butter – “Asteroid Negotiations”

Peanut Butter, the Seattle/D.C. duo, consisting of Paul Bugala and David Diaz recently released their third album, Don’t Stop.  Produced by Devin Ocampo (The Effects, Beauty Pill, Faraquet, Smart Went Crazy), fans of American Football will love their jazz-inspired rhythms and complex guitar work as well as their quirky melodies. 
Atlas and the Anchor is proud to premiere the video for their standout single, “Asteroid Negotiations”.  The aptly-titled track exudes a frantic energy via its math-rock rhythm that mirrors the intense anxiety of a coming, asteroid-induced apocalypse.  The witty video follows a tiger detective as it visits several spots around Washington, DC, and Maryland in pursuit of clues to a “rock 'n' roll mystery”.  It was directed and filmed by Jon Lutz ( and features an appearance by Peanut Butter collaborator, Paxton Styles.
Stream and order the album here:
Watch the video for “Asteroid Negotiations” by Peanut Butter here:

Friday, August 30, 2019

3 Songs: On Repeat

Carriers – “Patience” (The emerging Cincy-based indie-rock band led by Curt Kiser, formerly of Pomegranates and Enlou, recently released, Now Is The Time For Loving Me, Yourself & Everyone Else, their highly-anticipated debut album.  Out now via Good Eye Records, Kiser was assisted in the studio by Isaac Karns of the Poms, percussionist Bryan Devendorf of The National and bassist/producer/engineer John Curley of Afghan Whigs.  Alongside reflective and hopeful lyrical themes, Kiser and company have created a lush and inviting sound that blends hypnotic heartland rock and ethereal dream-pop that fans of The National and War On Drugs will enjoy.  Check out the statement-making album opener here.)

Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster – “Educated Guesses” (Following his promising 2016 solo debut and Marie/Lepanto, his collaborative project with Will Johnson; JPKS of blues/folk duo Water Liars is set to release his sophomore solo album today via Big Legal Mess/Fat Possum Records.  The album titled, Take Heart, Take Care showcases his soaring, blues-soaked vocals and gift as a storyteller with inspiring lyrics and catchy, country-leaning melodies in spades, further cementing his status as one of our generation’s greatest songwriters.  Check out the cascading guitars and swaying melody of the standout single here.)    

Salamander – “Say My Name Awhile” (Salamander was an L.A.-based band - consisting of sisters Petra and Rachel Haden of that dog. and brothers Scott and Sean Wheatley of Pretty Mary Sunshine - that were active in the early 90’s.  They recorded but never released an album titled, 1993, and it has finally been released digitally on Bodan Kuma Recordings for the first time.  Incorporating the seemingly effortless close-knit harmonies of the Haden sisters, the quartet creates a swirl of shoegaze and dream-pop inspired alternative rock that sounds just as vital today.  Also, the third Haden triplet, Tanya, contributes cello to the album.  For the perfect introduction, listen to the Breeders-like standout track here.)   

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Soundgarden – King Animal – 35th Anniversary Vinyl Reissues

Soundgarden formed in 1984 and are celebrating the 35th anniversary of the band this year by releasing limited edition color vinyl reissues of their multi-platinum and genre-defining albums via A&M/UMe in conjunction with The Sound of Vinyl.
After disbanding in 1997 and reforming in 2010, Soundgarden released what would become their final album, King Animal, in 2012 and it is the next album in their catalog to get the reissue treatment.  King Animal is now available as a 2LP set pressed onto 180gm vinyl in a bone white and a pale buttery yellow colorway, packaged in a gatefold jacket with a lyric booklet. 
Their sixth album is one of the best comeback albums ever recorded.  Cornell, Thayil, Cameron and Sheppard leaned into what they do best with an emphasis on their trademark tricky time signatures, gigantic guitar riffs, dark lyrical themes and psychedelic melodies.  Stand out tracks include the heavy, riff-driven “Blood On The Valley Floor”, the propulsive single, “Non-State Actor” and the staggering rhythm of “By Crooked Steps.”      
There is much more to come from Soundgarden’s 35th anniversary celebration this year so stay tuned!   
For more info:
Check out the video to “By Crooked Steps” from King Animal, here:

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

SHOW ALERT: Dayton United: Benefit for The Dayton Foundation featuring the vocalists of Bayside, Thursday, Saves The Day, The Movielife and The 1984 Draft

The summer of 2019 is one Dayton would like to but will never forget with the devastation caused by the Memorial Day tornadoes and the recent domestic terrorist attack that claimed the lives of 9 people.  The Gem City is strong and will shine once again! 
In an effort to help in that healing process, local organizers have put together a concert that will take place on Wednesday, August 28 in Dayton at Dayton Masonic Live, with profits being donated to victims and survivors via The Dayton Foundation.    
The concert will be an intimate evening of acoustic performances from the vocalists of several of the best late 90’s/early 2000’s emo-era bands including, Anthony Raneri of Bayside, Geoff Rickly of Thursday, Chris Conley of Saves The Day, and Vinnie Caruana of The Movielife and I Am The Avalanche; with local support from Joe Anderl of The 1984 Draft.  
Here are 3 Songs from performers scheduled to appear. 

Bayside – “Sick, Sick, Sick” (Acoustic version taken from their album, Acoustic Volume 2 on Hopeless Records.)

Geoff Rickly of Thursday – “Time’s Arrow” (Geoff Rickly of Thursday performing a song from their album, Common Existence, live in the Audiotree studio.)

Vinnie Caruana – “Better” (Taken from his upcoming release titled, Aging Frontman, due October 4 on Know Hope Records).

Friday, August 23, 2019

3 Songs: On Repeat - All Heavy Extended Edition

Sacred Reich – “Manifest Destiny” (The 80’s thrash metal pioneers return with a new album after nearly 25 years with the aptly-titled,  Awakening, out today on Metal Blade Records.  Original members, frontman/bassist Phil Rind and guitarist Wiley Arnett are joined by drummer Dave McClain and new guitarist Joey Radziwill.  The excellent eight-song album was produced by Arthur Rizk and delivers their signature socially-conscious lyrics alongside a blending of their late-era powerful grooves and the breakneck riffs and speed of their early career.  The long-awaited new album is a welcomed return!)  

King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard – “Planet B” (The highly-prolific and shape-shifting Australian psych-rock septet recently released, Infest The Rats Nest, their fifteenth album and second this year.  Out now on ATO Records, the new album was recorded as a three-piece with Stu Mackenzie, Joey Walker and Michael Cavanagh and is their heaviest yet.  The trio adopts the shredding riffs and speedy rhythms of early 80’s thrash metal of the Kill ‘Em All and Reign In Blood variety and set it to an apocalyptic world view.  Check out the raging, statement-making opening track here.)

Off With Their Heads – “Disappear” (The Minneapolis punk rock quartet led by Ryan Young returns with Be Good, their first album in six years.  Out now on Epitaph Records, the highly-anticipated new album is full of the gritty and gruff yet highly-melodic and passionate punk rock anthems you would expect but are more positive and optimistic than before.  Check out the cathartic and self-deprecating yet hopeful single and opening track here.)

Killswitch Engage – “The Signal Fire” (The Grammy-winning metalcore mainstays recently released Atonement, their electrifying eighth album and first for new label Metal Blade Records.  The new album finds the quintet further pushing their boundaries and features guest vocalists Chuck Billy of Testament as well as former vocalist Howard Jones. who trades vocals with current vocalist Jesse Leach on the unifying standout single, heard here.)

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Soundgarden – Live From The Artist’s Den

The celebration of Soundgarden’s 35th anniversary as a band and Chris Cornell’s life continues with the release of the live concert film and album, Live From the Artist’s Den.  The performance was captured on February 17. 2013 at the Wiltern in Los Angeles during the band’s sold out winter tour in support of King Animal. 
The career-spanning 29-song set list leans heavily toward their final album, King Animal, released the previous year, including standouts, “By Crooked Steps”, Been Away Too Long” and Non-State Actor”.  21 of the songs have never before been released on a concert film and 17 never released on a concert album; making this the definitive live document for Soundgarden.   The set list is highlighted by spirited performances of “Rusty Cage”, Outshined”, “Flower”, “My Wave” and “Slaves And Bulldozers”. Another highlight is the live debut of “Blind Dogs” which was originally recorded for the soundtrack to Basketball Diaries and recently released as a bonus track on the 25th anniversary edition of Badmotorfinger.
Soundgarden – Live From The Artists Den is available now from UMe in a variety of formats including, a standalone Blu-ray (including band member interviews and a 5.1 mix), 2CD, 4LP on black 180gm vinyl and a Super Deluxe set that includes everything listed as well as a 40-page photo book, band members lithos, and a replica ticket stub and all-access pass.
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To celebrate, here are 3 of my favorite performances from Live From The Artists Den:

“Black Hole Sun”:

“New Damage”:

“Blind Dogs”:

Friday, August 16, 2019

3 Songs: Spoon – Everything Hits At Once: The Best of Spoon

For this special edition of my 3 Songs: On Repeat feature, I will be highlighting the Austin band Spoon; an influential indie rock institution since forming in 1993 by Britt Daniel and Jim Eno. 
The band recently released a greatest hits compilation titled, Everything Hits At Once: The Best of Spoon, via Matador Records that features twelve of their best songs from 2001-2017 – twelve of the best songs in the indie rock canon, honestly.  In addition, the collection features an exciting new track titled, “No Bullets Spent” that proves worthy of inclusion.    
Check out “No Bullets Spent” as well as two of my favorite Spoon songs below.
“No Bullets Spent”:

“The Way We Ge By”:

“I Turn My Camera On”:

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

REISSUE: My Morning Jacket – The Tennessee Fire: 20th Anniversary Edition

Kentucky-bred rock heroes, My Morning Jacket are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut album, Tennessee Fire, with a deluxe reissue.  Originally released by Darla Records in 1999, the album was our first introduction to Jim James and crew and was where their unique reverb-rich sound first emerged with a convergence of Appalachian folk, early rock and roll, southern rock and soul. 
Out now on Darla Records is The Tennessee Fire: 20th Anniversary Edition, an expanded deluxe reissue available in three formats – digitally, as a 2CD set and a 3LP set pressed onto red vinyl. 
Along with the classic original album, 16 bonus tracks are included that were selected from Jim James’s personal archives, featuring demos, first versions, alternate versions and B-sides recorded during the original sessions for the album.  The set is highlighted by first and third versions of the anthemic standout track, “The Bear”, that show how the song evolved and overall, show the band's experimental spirit in its beginning stages.    
Listen to the beguiling previously-unreleased track, “John Dyes Her Hair Red” here:

Check out the first version of “The Bear” here:

Monday, August 12, 2019

REISSUE: Ned’s Atomic Dustbin – God Fodder

The British alternative rock band, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, released their debut album, God Fodder, in 1991.  On it, they blended noisy shoegaze guitars with propulsive drumming and an inventive and highly-melodic two bass guitar attack.  Upon its release, the video for standout single, “Grey Cell Green” was in heavy rotation on MTV as part of the “Buzz Bin”.  Another standout track, “Happy” is the perfect introduction to their sound with its mix of swirling guitars and driving bass melody.  The band went on to release several more albums to less acclaim – including the equally as good follow-up, Are You Normal? and 1995’s synth-driven Brainbloodvolume -  but 28 years after its initial release, God Fodder remains a cult classic.  It has always been a favorite of mine. 
The noted vinyl-only label, Music On Vinyl is once again giving God Fodder the attention it rightly deserves with a recently issued vinyl reissue that has been pressed onto 180gm silver and black marbled vinyl and limited to 1,000 numbered copies.  Completing the package is an insert featuring lyrics and photos that were included with the original release.      
Ned’s remains active after reforming in 2008 with its original lineup of Jonn, Alex, Dan, Rat and Mat. 
Revisit the video for “Grey Cell Green” here:

Friday, August 09, 2019

3 Songs: On Repeat

A Voice Of Your Own – “Clean” (The rising Dayton indie rock band released their stellar sophomore album, Satellites, in June.  Led by vocalist/guitarist James Crabtree along with guitarist Tyler Conley, bassist Jonny McConnell and drummer Matt Mihalus, the quartet creates a dynamic and lushly layered sound that incorporates everything from 90’s-inspired alternative rock and 80’s post-punk rhythms to shimmering dream-pop with infectiously catchy melodies.  The standout track heard here with its soft-chugging guitars and atmospheric background vocals will give you all of the 90’s feels!)       

Have Mercy – “Heartbeat” (The Baltimore emo revivalists led by Brian Swindle recently released their fourth album, The Love Life, via Hopeless Records.  The new songs lean more toward the pop-leaning, Jimmy Eat World and Dashboard Confessional side of the emo spectrum and are Swindle’s most vulnerable and emotionally-charged songs since their promising 2013 debut album.  Check out the standout single here with its sing-along chorus and see them on tour this fall with The Early November and Owel.)              

Sum 41 – “Out For Blood” (The L.A.-by-way-of-Canada pop-punk lifers recently returned after a three year wait with a new album, Order In Decline, on Hopeless Records.  The new album is both political and personal and also their heaviest and most aggressive; matching the lyrics in their intensity.  The standout first single, heard here, is the perfect example with its raging riffs and rhythm and thrash metal-esque guitar solo.)        

Friday, August 02, 2019

3 Songs: On Repeat

Cabin Essence – “No More” (Cabin Essence is the solo project of Milwaukee-based indie-pop singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Nick Maas, who recently released a new 7” single via hometown label, Good Land Records.  The two-song single opens with the silky, harmony-rich psych-pop vibes of “For Your Love”.  Heard here, the B-side, “No More”, is an immediately catchy Brit-pop and power-pop influenced tune that jumps out of your speakers and into your head where it will stay for days.)      

Taylor Hollingsworth – “Tap Dancin’ Daddy” (The Birmingham, Alabama singer-songwriter is set to release a new solo album, Tap Dancin’ Daddy, his first since 2011.  Out now on Flower Moon Records – the label founded by Maria Taylor of Azure Ray – Hollingsworth blends gritty blues rock and catchy Country-colored folk rock with a punk rock spirit and a unique voice.  Over the years, he has also recorded and toured with Conor Oberst in the Mystic Valley Band, The Dexateens and with his wife Kate in Dead Fingers.)         

HUNNY – “Saturday Night” (The emerging California indie rock quartet signed with Epitaph for the recent release of their highly-anticipated debut album, Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes..  Their totally infectious sound is a hybrid of 80’s New Wave, danceable post-punk rhythms and 90’s pop and punk.  Check out the standout single featuring the fellow retro-minded band, Bleached here.)     

Monday, July 29, 2019

Stream It From The Mountain: Empty Moon – The Empty Moon Story

Empty Moon is the solo project of singer-songwriter Brendan Hangauer, formerly of Lawrence, KS indie rock band Fourth Of July; his long-awaited sophomore album, The Empty Moon Story is out now on High Dive Records.  It is available digitally and on black or limited edition purple vinyl. 
Five years has passed since we last heard from Hangauer and he has since moved back to Lawrence after moving to California for a spell.  He has also gotten married and had a daughter.  Though this new collection of songs was written before much of that happened; it was produced again by Jason Quever of Papercuts.  Known for his clever wordplay and observational lyrics, Hangauer is a great storyteller and the aptly-titled new album is ripe with relatable themes of life and love set to indelible folk-leaning indie rock melodies. 
The album is led by “500 Friends” with its lyrical stream of conscience and propulsive rhythm and “Grown Ups” with its tumbling, tom-heavy beat.  Other standouts include the organ-drenched surf-rock inspired “Family Names” and the jangly album closer “Good Bones” with its sing-along melodies.  The only thing missing this time around is the usual female vocal counterpart that has marked his past releases.    
Stream The Empty Moon Story here:

Friday, July 26, 2019

3 Songs: On Repeat

black midi – “ducter” (The rising London quartet recently released their genre-defiant debut album, Schlagenheim via Rough Trade.  Equally complex and chaotic, they create their own dynamic brand of post-punk that combines math-rock and jazz-inspired rhythms with theatrical vocals and an unending energy.  Their live show is not to be missed and they will be touring across the world for the rest of the year, so be sure to catch them live!)        

Heron – “Sun Release” (The Pennsylvania post-rock quartet recently released their sophomore album, Sun Release, produced by Matt Bayles and mastered by Frank Arkwright of Abbey Road Studios.   Guitarists Ben Blick and Boyd Lewis, bassist Eric Morelli and drummer Nate Blick go wide-screen on the stellar new album; creating visceral post-rock instrumentals with cinematic atmospherics and melodies evocative enough that lyrics would only get in the way.  Check out the slow-building closing title track here.)    

The Flaming Lips – “How Many Times” (Forty years into their career, Wayne Coyle and crew recently released their first concept album titled, King’s Mouth: Music And Songs, out now on Warner Records.  Originally a RSD-only release, the album is narrated by the legendary Mick Jones of The Clash and follows an arc about a baby with a giant head that eventually saves the world.  Unlike most concept albums, this one is not bloated with seemingly half-cocked ideas but is short and sweet, clocking in at 42 minutes for an easy-going listen.  King’s Mouth is a festival-ready yet headphones-worthy world to get lost in.  Check out the electro-acoustic single here.)    

Friday, July 19, 2019

REISSUE: Live – Throwing Copper 25th Anniversary Reissue

Pennsylvania alternative rock band Live released one of the biggest modern rock records of the year in 1994 with their stellar sophomore album, Throwing Copper.  Led by the singles, “Selling The Drama”, “I Alone”, “All Over You” and the emotionally-charged standout “Lighting Crashes”; the album sold over 8 million copies and earned the band a spot in the lineup of the second edition of Woodstock that year.  The album – produced again by Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads fame - built upon their promising 1991 debut album Mental Jewelry, with a collection of songs that were even grander, more dynamic and more lyrically dense – with Ed’s socio-political themes - that still deeply resonate today.      
To celebrate, Radioactive/MCA/UMe has just released a deluxe reissue of Throwing Copper today that is available digitally, on CD and as a Super Deluxe 2CD/2LP box set.  The box set is highlighted by the inclusion of three bonus tracks led by the single-worthy cut “Hold Me Up”; as well as a recording of their legend-making, nine-song performance at Woodstock ‘94 featuring seven songs  from Throwing Copper, including a fiery performance of “White, Discussion”.   
As with all UMe reissues, the packaging is absolutely incredible and will look as good on your shelf as it sounds on your stereo.  Also included in the box set is a booklet with tons of photos from the era and an oral history of the band during the Throwing Copper era of 94-95, as presented in an interview with Lori Mejewski. 
To purchase or for more info:
Additionally, Live has partnered with California craft brewery, Alosta Brewing Co. collaborating on a craft brew called, Throwing Copper Ale, in celebration of the album’s 25th anniversary.  More info here:
Stream the previously unreleased bonus track, “Hold Me Up” here:

Revisit “I Alone” here: and “Lightning Crashes” here:

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

REISSUE: Gomez – Liquid Skin 20th Anniversary Reissue

The UK psych-folk hybrids Gomez released Liquid Skin, their sophomore album in 1999, hot on the heels of their Mercury Music prize winning debut album, released just the year before. The follow-up features “We Haven’t Turned Around” - a standout on the American Beauty soundtrack - as well as the laid-back psychedelia of “Revolutionary Kind” and the raucous blues-soaked “Blue Moon Rising”.      
Virgin/UMC has just released a newly-remastered vinyl reissue of Liquid Skin to celebrate the album’s 20th anniversary.  As with the recent reissue of Bring It On, Abbey Road’s Frank Arkwright has remastered the album from the original tapes and it is available digitally, as a deluxe 2CD set and as a 2LP set on 180gm vinyl, in standard black or limited edition clear.  The expanded digital and 2CD versions collect the remastered original album along with 18 previously unreleased demos, alternate takes and live recordings including, a live set recorded at The Fillmore in San Francisco in 2000. 
To purchase or for more info:
Watch the video for “We Haven’t Turned Around”:

Friday, July 12, 2019

SHOW ALERT: Rockstar Energy Drink DISRUPT Festival featuring Thrice, Circa Survive, The Used and more at Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Indy on Sunday 7/14

With the Warped Tour ending its long-held reign, the summer punk rock festival void has been filled by the inaugural DISRUPT Festival, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink.  Eleven bands are set to play between two stages with headliners The Used, Thrice, Sum 41 and Circa Survive leading the way.  Rounding out the bill are a host of mainstays in the scene such as Atreyu, Sleeping With Sirens, Andy Black and Memphis May Fire; and rising stars like, Trophy Eyes, Juliet Simms and Hyro The Hero.    
One of the highlights of the DISRUPT Festival is that there are no over-lapping set times, so there will be no fear of missing out on one band to see another.  Additionally, lifestyle brands and activities such as photo-ops and VIP ticket options featuring, meet and greet opportunities with the bands are also available.       
For tickets and more info:

In celebration, here are 3 Songs that I hope to hear at the show on Sunday!
Thrice – “Deeper Wells” (This propulsive grunge-punk gem is the title track to their EP, released on Record Store Day this year and is a companion piece to their excellent 2018 album, Palms.)

Circa Survive – “Act Appalled” (This standout track comes from their 2005 debut album, Juturna; a modern classic that introduced the world to their prog-leaning post-hardcore sound.)

The Used – “Buried Myself Alive” (An early 2000’s screamo classic - taken from their self-titled debut album - with one of Bert’s best vocal performances.)   

3 Songs: On Repeat

Smug Brothers – “Today Is Always Today” (Earlier this year, the Columbus-by-way-of-Dayton band led by Kyle Melton and Don Thrasher released an album, Attic Harvest.  It was their first vinyl release and was funded in part by fans.  One of the options for fans who helped fund the album was to request a custom song to be recorded by the band and those songs have now been compiled on their newest release, All Blur And Spark.  Out now on Gas Daddy Go!, the album shows the duo – along with new guitarist/keyboardist Scott Tribble - returning to their lo-fi roots (recording in Melton’s basement studio) and offers a mix of acoustic-driven numbers and the upbeat, power-pop that the band has been known for over the last 15 years.)   

The Raconteurs – “Sunday Driver” (After a very lengthy hiatus, Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence, and Patrick Keeler recently returned with their long-awaited third album, HELP US STRANGER.  Out now on Third Man Records, the quartet picks up where they left off, blending their classic rock-loving sound with elements of smoky blues, vivid psych, freaky funk and organ-drenched soul.  The band will tour for most of the rest of the year as well, so don’t miss out.)

The Black Keys – “Eagle Birds” (Also returning from a long hiatus is the duo of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney with their ninth album, Let’s Rock, out now on Easy Eye Sound/Nonesuch Records.  The aptly-titled new album is a welcome return to their signature blues-rock sound with a sharper focus on guitars, drums and vocals and less studio trickery this time around.  Early fans of the band will be very happy!  Also, be sure to catch them on tour this fall with Modest Mouse.)

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

3 Songs: On Repeat

The Appleseed Cast – “Collision” (Chris Crisci recently returned after a six year hiatus with a new Appleseed Cast album titled, The Fleeting Light of Impermanence.  Released on Graveface Records, the stunning new album is built upon a post-rock foundation with the signature emo sound in place but Crisci is always experimenting, with new surprises like the bright and bubbly synths and electronics that drive the standout track, “Collision”, heard here.)        

Black Pumas – “Black Moon Rising” (The retro-minded Austin-based duo of vocalist Eric Burton and producer Adrian Quesada create a déjà vu-inducing brand of funk and soul on their highly-anticipated self-titled debut album, out now via ATO Records.  The duo blends 60’s/70’s soul with hip-hop influence and elements of psychedelia.  Check out the stirring, horror movie inspired video for the opening track here; originally released as a single on Ohio funk label Colemine Records.)    

Jade Jackson – “Bottle It Up” (California singer-songwriter Jade Jackson recently reemerged with her sophomore album, Wilderness, out now on Anti.  Produced again by Social Distortion’s Mike Ness, Jackson’s classic country and western sound is greased up with some punk rock grit, matching the intensity of her confident voice and songwriting.  Lyrically, Jackson is more personally revealing this time around, remaining hopeful and inspiring in spite of life’s struggles.)    

Monday, July 01, 2019

SHOW ALERT: 311 and Dirty Heads with special guests The Interruptors, Dreamers and Bikini Trill @Rose Music Center Tuesday July 2

Likeminded alternative acts 311 and Dirty Heads are touring together this summer and will play The Rose Music Center tomorrow night, July 2.  Joining them are The Interrupters, Dreamers and Bikini Trill. 
90’s alt-rock survivors 311 are gearing up to release their thirteenth album, Voyager, later this month and have already released a quartet of amazing tracks in preview.  One of the heavier standout tracks can be heard below.    
Southern California’s Dirty Heads will release their seventh album, Super Moon on August 9.  The band creates a hybrid sound that is heavy on hip-hop and alternative rock with reggae rhythms and infectiously anthemic hooks; the new album adds some spaghetti western-inspired funk sounds to the mix.     
The Interrupters, the ska-punk band led by the energetic and enigmatic Aimee Interrupter released a new album last year titled, Fight The Good Fight.     
L.A. trio DREAMERS recently released their sophomore album, Launch Fly Land and will bring their festival-ready pop-rock anthems to the Rose Music Center stage.
Another L.A. trio, Bikini Trill is set to take the stage with their twisted brand of surf-pop that blends in hip-hop beats and a punk rock spirit.   
With five awesome bands on the bill, the show starts early at 5:45 and looks to be the perfect kickoff party to your Fourth of July weekend!
In anticipation, here are 3 Songs from 3 of the bands on this amazing bill.  Enjoy and I’ll see ya at the show!

311 – “Crossfire” from upcoming album, Voyager:

Dirty Heads – “So Glad You Made It” (Ft. Nick Hexum of 311 from their 2017 album, SWIM TEAM:

The Interrupters – “Gave You Everything” from the album, Fight The Good Fight: