Friday, July 31, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat


Galactic – “ (Celebrating twenty years together, the veteran New Orleans funk band recently released their new album, Into The Deep, via Provogue Records.  Guest vocalists Macy Gray, JJ Grey and the living legend Mavis Staples contribute their unique assets and match well with the album’s overall soul-drenched sound.) http://galacticfunk.com/   

Barna Howard – “Indiana Rose” (Portland singer-songwriter Barna Howard recently released his long-awaited sophomore album, Quite A Feelin’ via Mama Bird Recording Co.  His classic country & western-leaning brand of folk recalls Townes Van Zandt with earnest lyrical sentiments and laid-back instrumental ornamentation that evokes nostalgia for home, wherever that may be or have been.) www.barnahoward.com
Stream the title track and first single with its flickering banjo here: https://barnahoward.bandcamp.com/track/indiana-rose    

Teenage Time Killers – “Barrio” (The much-hyped mega punk/metal supergroup led by Corrosion Of Conformity’s Reed Mullin and My Ruin’s Mick Murphy released their debut album, Greatest Hits Vol. 1 today via Rise Records.  They have recruited an impressive list of contributors including, Dave Grohl to play bass of all things, Jello Biafra, Neil Fallon of Clutch, Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio, Tommy Victor of Prong, Lee Ving of Fear, Brian Baker of Bad Religion, Phil Rind of Sacred Reich and many others.  With a twenty-song tracklist of mostly originals and a couple of covers performed by such a diverse set of musicians, though likeminded in many ways, don’t expect much cohesion but each member brings the spirit and essence of their parent band to each individual track.) https://www.facebook.com/TeenageTimeKillers  

Check out the old school Misfits-like Matt Skiba-led punk anthem here:

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Stream It From The Mountain: Rev Gusto – “Burnt Out Friends” | CONTEST: Rev Gusto – Too Much Rock Single Series 7”


The K.C. garage-pop band Rev Gusto released, Burnt Out Friends, their stunning debut album, this week via High Dive Records (Bummer, Sky Boys, Empty Moon).  Frontman Jerry Frederick along with his brother Sam Frederick, Peter Beatty, Shaun Crowley and Quinn Hernandez create infectiously catchy and laid back 60’s-inspired pop songs that recall the sun-streaked harmonies of The Beach Boys and the raucous garage-rock of The Kinks.  In fact, Frederick studied songwriting in England with Ray Davies from The Kinks.  Don’t worry, the resulting album is not some tired, retro-minded rehash but is near-perfect pop pleasure without the pastiche.
Recorded live in studio to capture their kinetic live energy the album is front-loaded with knockout after knockout with the opening track, “Boys Are At It Again” leading the charge with a hip-shaking rhythm, Jerry’s drunken vocal cadence and an impossible-not-to-sing-along-with chorus. The propulsive acoustic guitars and glam-pop melodies of “Goodnight Laura” follows, giving way to “Click Click” and its jangly Velvet Underground meets beach blanket bingo sound.  The bouncy, organ-drenched “Blood In A Bag”, the trippy, psych-rock of “Surf City/Mind In A Cage” and the piano and trumpet-led album closing single, “Suburb Of Hoboken” are standouts as well. 

CONTEST:
Last year, Rev Gusto released a 7” single as part of the Too Much Rock podcast’s Singles Series, which has also included releases from Schwervon! and Josh Berwanger.  The instantly catchy A-Side "Still There" is matched with the band’s take on Graham Parker's New Wave classic, "Local Girls" on the B-Side.   
Atlas and the Anchor in conjunction with High Dive Records and the Too Much Rock podcast have a copy of this limited edition 7” to giveaway.     
Just email atlasandtheanchor@hotmail.com with your name and favorite track from Burnt Out Friends for a chance to win.  One winner will be chosen at random on Monday, August 3.  Good luck and thanks for reading and listening!

Stream Burnt Out Friends here: 


For more info: https://www.facebook.com/revgusto and www.highdiverecords.com and http://toomuchrock.com/ 

Monday, July 27, 2015

SHOW ALERT: Deftones w/ Death From Above 1979 & The Bots at LC Pavilion, Columbus July 28


Currently, 90’s alt. rock veterans Deftones and Incubus are on a co-headlining summer amphitheatre tour along with modern indie rock favorites Death From Above 1979 and The Bots. 
Tomorrow night – July 28 - at the LC Pavilion in Columbus, the Deftones will headline an off night from the tour with all of the previously mentioned bands except for Incubus. 
Deftones are gearing up for the fall release of their long-awaited follow-up to their 2012 album, Koi No Yokan and Incubus recently reunited after a lengthy hiatus with the release of a new EP and have plans to release yet another EP later this year.  The opening bands - the recently reformed post-punk duo Death From Above 1979 and the L.A. based garage-punk duo The Bots –are both touring in support of new albums released last fall.
Join me and get there early enough to catch the incendiary opening set from The Bots, the young sibling duo consisting of vocalist/guitarist Mikaiah Lei and drummer Anaiah Lei.  Pink Palms, their very promising debut full-length is out now via the Fader label and it showcases their ramshackle brand of blues-drenched and skate punk-inspired garage-rock that packs a bittersweet pop punch. 
Check out the super-catchy first single, “All I Really Want” and its clever Buzzfeed-inspired lyric video below and pick up tickets for the show here: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/05004EAC8FD61A54?brand=promowest



For more info: http://www.thebotsband.com/

Friday, July 24, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat


Watkins Family Hour – “Brokedown Palace” (The brainstorm of siblings Sara and Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek, the Watkins Family Hour is the acclaimed monthly residency at the Largo in L.A. that began in 2002.  Recently Sean & Sara gathered some of their virtuoso musical friends and residency performers such as Fiona Apple, Benmont Tench, Greg Liesz, Sebastian Steinberg and Don Heffington to record their self-titled debut album, out today via Family Hour Records.  Recorded live in studio in just three days, the recording captures the spirit and spontaneity of their live performances with a selection of cover songs originally by Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, Fleetwood Mac and more.  Additionally, the collective will take the show on the road for the first time this summer.) http://watkinsfamilyhour.com/

Check out the Fiona Apple-led album closer, “Brokedown Palace” here: https://soundcloud.com/thirtytigers/watkins-family-hour-brokedown-palace  


Strange Wilds – “Starved For” (The Olympia-based power trio formed from the ashes of hardcore punk bands Negative Press, Outlook, and Wreck; their debut album, Subjective Concepts is out today on Sub Pop.  Their retro-leaning yet modern sound recalls the early days of the label with thunderous blasts of gritty, noise-addled skate punk alongside fuzzed-out grunge for a very promising debut.) https://strangewilds.bandcamp.com/album/subjective-concepts

Stream the stomping, sneering Bleach-era Nirvana-esque single here: https://soundcloud.com/subpop/strange-wilds-starved-for  


Hope Drone – “Every End Is Fated In Its Beginning” (The experimental Australian post-metal band released their highly-anticipated sophomore album, Cloak Of Ash, today via their new label home, Relapse Records.  On it the quartet combines oppressively dark, Deafheaven-like black metal atmospherics and a brutal, sludge-thick heaviness with sweeping layers of droning, dissonant noise all to prove that they are an all-consuming, unrelenting force to be reckoned with.) https://hopedrone.bandcamp.com/album/cloak-of-ash

Stream the epic, torrentially mournful first single here: https://soundcloud.com/relapserecords/05-every-end-is-fated-in-its

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Free Download: Bad Bad Hats – “Psychic Reader”


The Minneapolis indie-pop trio, Bad Bad Hats - led by guitarist/vocalist Kerry Alexander’s honey-sweet vocals and sharp, biting lyrics - released their highly-anticipated debut album, Psychic Reader last week via Afternoon Records.  The album is available as a free download in exchange for your email address and will also be made available on vinyl later this fall.

Building off of their excellent 2013 It Hurts EP - led by the infinitely infectious title track - the band has stretched their legs on their full-length to include crunchy 90’s-indebted guitar tones, danceable rhythms and synth-smeared dream-pop melodies for an assured and very promising debut.  
Standouts include the anthemic sing-along “Fight Song”, the propulsive, starry-eyed title track, “Psychic Reader”, the melancholic yet bouncy opening single "Midway", the swooning acoustic guitar-led "All-Nighter" and the catchy, garage-rock rave-up ‘Shame”. 

Stream Psychic Reader here:  



For more info: http://www.badbadhats.com/

Friday, July 17, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat


White Reaper – “I Don’t Think That She Cares” (Today the Louisville garage-punk band has released their highly-anticipated debut album, White Reaper Does It Again, via Polyvinyl Records.  With a punk-informed snarl and a stuck-to-the-ground bubblegum melodicism, their energetic take on rock and roll explodes with fuzz-leaden guitars, bouncy New Wave-like synth lines and furious breakneck rhythms that deliver on the hefty promise of last year’s outstanding debut EP.) http://whitereaperusa.com/   

Failure – “Mulholland Drive” (After nearly 20 years, the legendary 90’s alt-rock trio led by Ken Andrews recently released The Heart is A Monster, the long-awaited yet unexpected follow up to their 1996 masterpiece, Fantastic Planet.  The band reformed in 2014 for a few celebrated reunion dates, which turned into a full-fledged tour with Tool, which turned into a new album and now even more touring.  The stunning new album is a collection of 18 perfectly crafted songs that are drenched in their trademark dense guitar-driven space-rock and Ken’s knack for soaring, ear-worming melodies for a most welcomed return that is worthy of the lengthy wait.) http://www.failureband.com/    

Refused – “Elektra” (Yet another surprise came from the monumentally-influential Swedish punk band Refused, who recently released Freedom, their first album since 1998’s iconic The Shape of Punk to Come.  Out now on Epitaph, they return with an incendiary new set of politically-charged punk anthems and though they claim “nothing has changed” on the feral first single with its metallic riffs, stuttering rhythm and throat-shredding screams; the band shows off a new experimental side that introduces elements of Chili Pepper-like funk and bright pop production from Top 40 mainstay Shellback into the mix resulting in an experience both polarizing and satisfying all at once.) http://officialrefused.com/
Stream “Elektra” here:

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Stream It From The Mountain: Bummer – "Spank" EP


Bummer is the Olathe, Kansas based trio who are destroying eardrums and everything else in their wake with their heavy, knuckle-dragging brand of 90’s-inspired sludge-punk that recalls the Melvins along with elements of noise-addled hardcore like Deadguy.  After forming in 2012, they have released two EPs and will release their third EP, titled Spank, tomorrow via High Dive Records - available digitally and on limited edition cassette and 10” vinyl.
The 6-song Spank EP includes standouts “Infinite Witches” and “Escotada” from their self-released Milk EP (2013) in raging re-recorded form and is led by the crunching, pummeling first single, “Dude Baby” and the lurching bass-led rhythm and feral fury of the anti-rape anthem “Bad News”. 
Bummer’s Spank EP is already at the top of my list of the best EPs of 2015, listen and see what you think here:



For more info: www.highdiverecords.com and https://www.facebook.com/BummerKC

Friday, July 10, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat


Kaia Kater – “Come And Rest" (Kaia Kater has quite an interesting back story – born in Canada with mixed Afro-Caribbean heritage, singer/songwriter/banjo player – but really it’s her smooth voice and timeless Appalachian roots music that takes the spotlight.  Kater’s sophomore album, Sorrow Bound was released last month via Kingswood Records.  Assisted by producer and multi-instrumentalist Chris Bartos (Sarah Harmer, Barr Brothers), it is a nice mix of four originals along with seven traditional folk tunes arranged in her engaging banjo-centric style, including one sung in French.) http://www.kaiakater.com/  
Stream the album’s standout closing track and original tune with its propulsive flickering banjo figures and Gospel-soaked vocal melodies here: https://soundcloud.com/kaiakater/come-and-rest

Between The Buried And Me – “Famine Wolf” (The prog-metal veterans return with their cinematic seventh album, Coma Ecliptic – which blends classic 70’s-era prog-rock with their distinct brand of technical death metal - out now via Metal Blade.   Check out the dynamic standout track here with its chugging strings, swirling finger-tapped guitars and theatrical pop-leaning moments.) http://www.betweentheburiedandme.com/  

T. Hardy Morris – “Me My” (The former frontman of the Georgia psych-rock band Dead Confederate recently released his sophomore solo album, Hardy & The Hardknocks: Drownin On A Mountain Top, via Dangerbird Records.  Improving on his promising debut, he has added in raw, grunge-smeared garage-rock guitar riffs and melodies to his country-leaning folk-rock sound that fits right in line with his Southern vocal snarl.) http://t.hardymorris.com/
Stream: https://soundcloud.com/dangerbirdrecords/t-hardy-morris-my-me

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Stream It From The Mountain: mewithoutYou – “Pale Horses”


mewithoutYou, the Philadelphia-based post-hardcore art-punk band recently released Pale Horses, their highly-anticipated sixth album and debut for new label, Run For Cover Records.  Produced by Will Yip (Title Fight, Circa Survive) the new album perfectly captures what the band of 15 years does best - alternating between explosively intense moments of cathartic triumph with spiraling guitar melodies and quieter, more intricate and introspective arrangements with poetically spiritual lyrical themes in frontman Aaron Weiss’ distinct vocal cadence. 
Standouts track on the album include the shape-shifting, hymn-reciting “Watermelon Ascot”, the pretty opening title track, “Pale Horse” and the standout single, “D-Minor” with its galloping rhythm and twinkling guitar melodies.         

Stream Pale Horses here: 


For more info and tour dates: http://mewithoutyou.com/

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat


Hanz Bronze – “Elderberry Dawn” (Hanz Bronze is an Oregon-by-way-of Kansas City singer-songwriter who was used to playing in the background, playing percussion on the White Flight (Justin of The Anniversary) album and writing lyrics for Suzannah Johannes.  That all changes now with the Range Life Records release of his eclectic self-titled debut album, available digitally and on limited edition cassette.  Recorded and mixed by Dave Jablonski of Marmoset, the spotlight now shines on his short blasts of quirky pop sensibility, humorous lyrics and raucous slacker-rock riffs alongside jazzy, lounge lizard freakouts for a very promising debut.) http://hanzbronze.com/  

Check out the shimmery and jangly falsetto-filled funk of the standout single, “Elderberry Dawn” here: https://soundcloud.com/hanzbronze/elderberry-dawn-1

Ecstatic Vision – “Astral Plane” (Featuring members of former metalcore band A Life Once Lost, the Philly-based Ecstatic Vision – self-proclaimed “primal heavy psych” band - creates a hypnotic Hawkwind-like hybrid of heavy 70’s-inspired psych-rock meshed with pounding tribal rhythms on their trippy debut album, Sonic Praise, out now via Relapse Records, that certainly lives up to the description.) http://ecstaticvision.bandcamp.com/  
Stream the cosmically epic and mind-altering first single here: https://soundcloud.com/relapserecords/02-astral-plane/s-43USu

August Burns Red – “The Wake” (This week the Christian metalcore mainstays released Found In Far Away Places, their sixth album and label debut for Fearless Records.  The excellent new album is bursting with all of the positive lyrics, raging riffs, brutal breakdowns and off-kilter time changes that you have come to expect from the band but well-placed experiments with soaring and waltzing old world-style orchestration bring a fresh approach to their unrivaled sound.  Jeremy McKinnon of A Day To Remember contributes vocals to another standout track, “Ghosts”.) http://augustburnsred.com/   
Stream the first single and pummeling, statement-making opening track here:  https://soundcloud.com/fearlessrecords/august-burns-red-the-wake-1

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat


Desaparecidos – “City On The Hill” (Though they have released a couple of standalone singles in recent years, the politically-charged punk band led by Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes returns after thirteen years with their incendiary sophomore album, Payola, out now on Epitaph Records.  Tim Kasher of Cursive, Brooklyn punks The So So Glos and Laura Grace of Against Me! guest but the focus remains on Conor’s anthemic vocals and fiery lyrics as well as the metallic guitar riffs and poppy punk melodies for a nice surprise of an album that is worthy of  year end lists.) http://www.desaparecidosband.com/  

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Bully – “Trying” (The Nashville-based band led by Alicia Bognanno released their stunning debut album, Feels Like this week via Startime International/Columbia Records.  Bognanno wrote, produced, mixed and engineered the album herself at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio, where she previously interned.  Without sounding trite, the combination of her sweet and sour voice - that displays both vulnerability and throat-shredding power - along with her catchy, 90’s indie rock and punk-informed fuzz-pop melodies sounds like what you would imagine music from Frances Bean might sound like.) http://www.bullythemusic.com/

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Leon Bridges – “Smooth Sailin’” (Leon Bridges, the Texas-based old school Soul revivalist with the smooth-as-silk voice has released his very promising debut album, Coming Home this week via Columbia Records.  Everything including his style, instrumentation, stage presence – he is also a trained choreographer and dancer - and timeless songs just ooze a charming nostalgic yet modern take on classic 50’s & 60’s era Soul and R&B.) http://www.leonbridges.com/

Stream the stylish yet simplistic video for the Sam Cooke-inspired standout single, “Smooth Sailin”: 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat


Mates Of State – “Staring Contest” (Husband and wife indie-pop duo Mates Of State released their new long-awaited new EP, You’re Going To Make It, this week via Barsuk.  Led by the saccharine-sweet wide-eyed love song and first single, “Staring Contest”, the duo has incorporated more danceable electro beats to their infectiously catchy drums/keyboards setup.  Better yet, they released this video starring their two adorable daughters, Magnolia and June.  Move over kittens and baby goats, this is the cutest thing you will see on the internet all day!) http://www.barsuk.com/w3.cgi?vwy=artists/matesofstate  

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Christopher Paul Stelling – “Horse” (The Brooklyn-based troubadour trades in fiery Gospel-drenched and blues-soaked traditional folk with stomping percussion on Labor Against Waste, his excellent third album and label debut for Anti- Records.  Check out the standout single with its back-porch Bluegrass jam-inspired flickering mandolins, fluttering fiddle and howling vocals here.) http://www.christopherpaulstelling.com/

Dave Monks – “Gasoline” (This week, the Tokyo Police Club frontman released his debut solo outing, All Signs Point To Yes, ​via Dine Alone Records.  The outstanding 6-song EP is stripped down and highlighted by acoustic guitar-led and piano-laced 60’s pop-inspired folk tunes that showcase a gentler, more earnest and organic side of his songwriting.) http://davemonksmusic.com/
Stream: https://soundcloud.com/davemonksep/02-gasoline

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat


Trails And Ways – “Skeletons” (The Oakland art-pop quartet Trails And Ways recently released their sparkling debut album, Pathology via Barsuk Records.  Their incredibly catchy and colorful brand of lushly layered indie-pop takes an “everything and the kitchen sink” approach, incorporating danceable disco and bossa nova rhythms, sincere, politically-minded lyrics and surging 80’s inspired synths that reflect their world travels.) http://hiketrailsandways.tumblr.com/

Born Cages – “Bigger Than Me” (Formed in 2011 by frontman Vlad Holiday, Born Cages released their highly-anticipated debut album, I’m Glad I’m Not Me last week via Washington Square/Razor & Tie.  On it the trio creates a joyous synth-smeared brand of modern English indie rock complete with gigantic choruses and bombastic echoes of Queen and Arcade Fire for a very promising debut that is primed to breakout.) http://www.borncages.com/

Algiers – “Irony. Utility. Pretext.” (Algiers, the trio of instrumentalists led by the powerful, soulful vocals of Franklin James Fisher recently released their experimental eponymous debut album on Matador Records.  Their thought-provoking politically-charged protest songs are laced with elements of haunting Southern Gospel and 70’s Motown soul set to sparse 80’s breakdance and 90’s techno beats and primal post-punk fury for a smart, engaging and exciting debut.)  http://algierstheband.com/music
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Monday, June 08, 2015

RECAP: Bunbury Music Festival 2015


Despite the minor hiccups – long entrance lines, rain and ATM issues - that were solved after the first night, this year’s Bunbury Music Festival was another smashing success. 
The headliners, The Black Keys, The Avett Brothers and Snoop Dogg did what was expected of them and the Columbus-based duo, Twenty One Pilots stole the show once again with their energetic and engaging performance.  Other bands that impressed were Temples, whose hazy psychedelic sound matched the intensity of the hot and humid afternoon and Brand New, who after a long hiatus looked…well, brand new.  Also, Father John Misty’s off-kilter folk and lounge act and Royal Blood’s thunderous two-man throwdown were highlights as well. 
The one act that surprised me the most though was Bleachers.  I hadn’t really paid much attention to them beyond the ubiquitous radio singles but their arena-worthy 80’s-inspired rock show came complete with saxophone solos and Jack Antonoff, formerly of fun. was the perfect showman. 
I am already looking forward to next year, which will be the fifth year of the festival, so I am expecting big things!

Friday, June 05, 2015

Genevieve – NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert | Bunbury 2015


Indie-pop singer-songwriter Genevieve (formerly of Company Of Thieves) released her very promising debut EP titled, Show Your Colors in March via Wind-Up Records.  She will bring her infectiously catchy and vivid multi-layered electro-pop anthems to the Bunbury stage on Saturday, June 6. 
To get a taste of her exciting live show check out her recent Tiny Desk Concert for NPR Music where she displayed her effortlessly dynamic and powerful voice alongside stripped down arrangements of the moving acoustic guitar-led track “The Enemy” and the bright, danceable and inspiring lead single, “Colors”, as well as the soaring piano-led ballad “Authority”.     

Watch Genevieve’s NPR Tiny Desk Music Concert here:



For tickets: www.bunburyfestival.com for more info:  http://www.hellogenevieve.com/

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Stream It From The Mountain: Old Hundred – “Let In The Light” | Bunbury 2015


The Columbus collective Old Hundred will bring their smart, poppy folk-based brand of indie-rock that incorporates the swirling cinematics of The National and free-wheeling experimental style of Wilco to the Bunbury Music Festival stage on Saturday, June 6. 
Their superb third album, Let In The Light was released last November to great praise - with Paste Magazine listing the band as one of the "10 Ohio Bands You Should Listen to Now" - as a double vinyl release including the I Don't Want to Die EP. 
The album is led by the catchy 60’s pop of the moving single, “Casey” and the opening track, “All Your Sons” with its soaring strings, glimmering guitars and mandolins and a propulsive rhythm.  
Listen below and be sure to catch their performance at Bunbury on Satruday.      

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For tickets: www.bunburyfestival.com for more info: https://oldhundred.bandcamp.com/

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat – Bunbury Music Festival 2015 Edition


The Cincinnati-based Bunbury Music Festival is set to return this weekend and this week’s edition of 3 Songs: On Repeat is dedicated to three of the great bands that are playing the festival.  Listen to them here then see them live at Bunbury. 
Tickets are still available here: www.bunburyfestival.com 

Royal Blood – “Figure It Out” (The UK garage-rock duo are scheduled to play the opening night of Bunbury and will bring their steam-rolling sound that combines the stomp and heavy blues-rock riffs of Led Zeppelin and the punk fury of Death From Above 1979.  Their stunning self-titled debut album was released late last summer via Warner Brothers.  Check out the thunderous and anthemic single here.) http://royalbloodband.com/

Father John Misty – “True Affection” (Josh Tillman, A.K.A. Father John Misty – the psychedelic folk-rock shaman - will also play Bunbury on Friday.  I Love You, Honeybear, his critically-acclaimed sophomore album under the FJM moniker was released in February on Sub Pop.  Adorned with sappy strings and soulful vocals, the album is about falling in love though skewered by every messy, emotional detail in his sometimes humorous yet always poetic and poignant lyrical style.  Check out the synth-driven standout single below.) http://www.fatherjohnmisty.com/tv/

Shakey Graves – “Dearly Departed” (Shakey Graves is the one-man band of Texas-based indie-folk/alt-country singer-songwriter Alejandro Rose-Garcia who will grace the Bunbury stage on Sunday.  Check out his catchy, gospel and blues-soaked duet with Esme Patterson here, along with its clicking percussion, haunting yet soaring vocals and distorted guitars which is taken from his latest and greatest album, And The War Came, out now via Dualtone Records.) http://www.shakeygraves.com/   

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

INTERVIEW: 500 Miles To Memphis | Bunbury Music Festival 2015


500 Miles To Memphis, the veteran Cincinnati-based country-punk hybrids are set to play in their hometown at the Bunbury Music Festival on Sunday, June 7.  They are supporting their latest album, Stand There And Bleed, funded in part by a successful Kickstarter campaign and released to great praise last fall.  

Atlas and the Anchor spoke to vocalist/guitarist Ryan Mallot about their new album, playing Bunbury and more.

Your band has been compared to a lot of great bands like Social Distortion, Green Day and Lucero but who or what are some of your less obvious influences?
"The Assponys, NoFx, Neil Young, The O's." - Ryan Mallot  

After a three year wait between albums, your fans pitched in to help with the Kickstarter campaign for Stand There And Bleed.  That has to feel good to know you have the support of your fans, what does that mean to you as a performer?  
"It means the world to us.  If not for our fans and friends helping us out, we would not have been able to record a new album.  I feel like we owe everyone so much more than just a new record.  Maybe a foot rub?" - RM  

Now in its fourth year, you have played the Bunbury two other times and will play for your third time this year.  I think that might be a record for the festival!  What do you like about playing the fest as opposed to the smaller, more intimate shows?
"I'm very proud to be a part of such a large event.  Bunbury is another large feather in the cap of Cincinnati.  It has been wonderful watching the music scene and support of the local music scene grow over the years.  I feel very honored to be a part of it." - RM 

What bands are you excited to see at Bunbury this year?
"Brand New, Avett Bros, Old Crow, Walk the Moon, Wussy, The Decemberists" - RM 

My favorite track from the new album is the poppy and propulsive sing-along “Bethel, OH”.  What is your favorite song of yours to play live and why?
"I love playing 'Bethel, OH', but my favorite is 'Cows to the Slaughter'.  I wrote it for my mom and it works live very well." - RM 

What does the future hold for the band?
"Always in motion the future is.  For right now we are taking a break from touring.  Almost all of our shows for the rest of the year are local.  We are enjoying spending time with our families and friends.  Life is good." - RM   




Stream their excellent 2007 Deep Elm Records released debut album, Sunshine In A Shot Glass here: 



For tickets: www.bunburyfestival.com  and more info: http://www.500mtm.com/

Monday, June 01, 2015

SHOW ALERT: Bunbury Music Festival 2015


Cincinnati's own Bunbury Music Festival is set to return for its fourth year this weekend, June 5-7. Recently, the festival was acquired by the Columbus based event promoter PromoWest (LC Pavilion, Newport, The Basement) and they have brought in yet another spectacular lineup that features three amazing headliners The Black Keys, The Avett Brothers and West Coast rap legend Snoop Dogg.

Also featured are The Decemberists, Brand New, local favorites Walk The Moon and 500 Miles To Memphis, as well as Father John Misty, Royal Blood, Temples, Secret Sisters, Matt & Kim and Tame Impala.  Additionally, Columbus, Ohio's favorite sons, Twenty One Pilots will return to steal the show like they did two years ago.  This is not to be missed!

Tickets are still available here: www.bunburyfestival.com  

Stay tuned here and on Twitter: @atlasanchor all week and weekend for more coverage from the festival!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat



The Helio Sequence – “Stoic Resemblance” (The Portland indie-rock duo of Brandon Summers and Benjamin Weikel released their self-titled sixth album this week via Sub Pop.  The new album was written during a fast-paced and adventurous demoing process that gave the band new life as they enter their third decade together.  The thumping propulsive rhythm and poppy sing-along chorus of the standout single here is the perfect introduction to the stunning album's vibe.) http://www.heliosequence.com/
Stream: https://soundcloud.com/subpop/the-helio-sequence-stoic-resemblance

 
Valkyrie – “Mountain Stomp” (The Virginia sludge-rockers, led by brothers Jake and Pete Adams - the latter also of Baroness – released their third album, Shadows this week via Relapse after a long, seven year wait.  The epic aptly-titled album opener, “Mountain Stomp” is the perfect blend of melodic dual guitar leads, prog-rock tangents, thunderous blues-rock riffs and soulful, classic rock-era vocal melodies for a triumphant return.) http://thevalkyrierides.bandcamp.com/

Stream: https://soundcloud.com/relapserecords/valkyrie-mountain-stomp

 
Tanlines – “Slipping Away” (The NYC-based indie-pop duo consisting of Jesse Cohen and Eric Emm released their long-awaited sophomore album, Highlights, this week via True Panther Sounds.  After their computer blew up, they chose to focus on a more guitar-heavy approach that along with the addition of some world music vibes and some danceable hip-hop and techno-inspired beats serves the band well.  Check out the loping and jangly 80’s-indebted standout single below.) http://tanlinesinternet.com/

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat


Surfer Blood – “Island” (For their recently released third album, 1000 Palms, the Florida-based indie-rock band found a new label home with Joyful Noise that allowed them the creative control to create their rawest yet most poppy and polished album to date.  The standout single heard here, is filled with surf-y guitar melodies that alternate between clean and crunchy alongside a catchy, super-charged chorus.) http://www.surferblood.com/

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Gruesome – “Closed Casket” (Led by vocalist/guitarist Matt Harvey of Exhumed along with members of Possessed, Malevolent Creation and Derketa, Gruesome pays heavy homage to the Florida death metal scene of the early 90’s with their nostalgia-inducing debut album, Savage Land, out now via Relapse Records.  Every gory detail - down to the artwork from the legendary Ed Repka (Death, Massacre, Megadeth), to the old school death metal riffs and Chuck Schuldiner-sounding vocals - is in tribute to the influential band Death.  The standout track here features a gnarly guest guitar solo from former Death, Obituary and Testament guitarist James Murphy.) https://www.facebook.com/gruesomedeathmetal  


My Morning Jacket – “Spring (Among The Living)” (Last week, after a four-year wait, My Morning Jacket released their highly-anticipated seventh album, The Waterfall via ATO/Capitol Records.  Gone is the Prince-like funk of their last album, Circuital, but always adventurous; Jim James and crew have blended ethereal electronics, Middle Eastern themes and some of James’ most personal lyrics into their already eclectic Americana and classic rock-leaning sound for one their most soulful and cohesive albums yet.) http://www.mymorningjacket.com/

Stream the haunting, bluesy force of nature “Spring (Among The Living)” here: 

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat



Hop Along – “Waitress” (Led by the Blues-soaked powerhouse vocals of Frances Quinlan, the Philadelphia-based quartet released their highly-anticipated sophomore album, Painted Shut, this week via Saddle Creek Records.  Their catchy, folk-leaning brand of punk rock incorporates grungy alt-rock guitar melodies – sounding like Janis Joplin fronting Rilo Kiley for a sophomore-slump busting album that should top many year-end lists this year.) https://hopalong.bandcamp.com/album/painted-shut    
Stream: https://soundcloud.com/saddlecreek/hopalong-waitress

 
Sam Cohen – “Let the Mountain Come To You” (Singer-songwriter Sam Cohen, formerly of Apollo Sunshine and Yellowbirds, recently released his debut solo album, Cool It, on Easy Sound Recording Co.  Traces of his previous bands sounds remain alongside his quirky, synth-smeared indie-rock that is laced with touches of prog, laid-back sun-drenched psychedelia and catchy, power-pop for a very promising debut.) http://www.easysoundrecordingcompany.com/store/Cohen-Band

Stream: https://soundcloud.com/easysoundrecordingco/sam-cohen-let-the-mountain-come-to-you-1

 
Calexico – “Falling From The Sky” (Joey Burns and John Convertino of genre-defiant indie mainstays Calexico recently released their new album, Edge Of The Sun via Anti-.  Much of the album was conceived in the historic Mexico city, Coyoacán to capture the Latin flavor of their Southwestern-influenced early sound.  Additionally, they are joined by a host of collaborators including, Sam Beam of Iron & Wine, members of Devotchka and the Greek band Takim among others along with Ben Bridwell of Band Of Horses lends his distinct voice to the soaring pop-leaning standout single heard here.) http://www.casadecalexico.com/     

Stream: https://soundcloud.com/antirecords/calexico-falling-from-the-sky

Friday, May 01, 2015

Stream It From The Mountain: By Light We Loom – “The Ignition EP”


By Light We Loom is the new project from Cleveland husband and wife duo Eric Ling and Shanna Delaney, formerly of indie-folk outfit Bethesda.  On their debut, The Ignition EP – out today - the duo transforms their anthemic folk rock and close-knit harmonies along with Shanna’s lilting vocal melodies into catchy beat-driven and sparkling vintage synth and loops-led indie-pop for a very promising debut. 

Stream the EP below which includes the twinkling piano and soaring vocal melodies of the title track and the vividly descriptive storytelling and cascading guitars of the spiritual-leaning standout track, “A Measure Of Us”. 



For more info: https://www.facebook.com/bylightweloom