Friday, July 25, 2014

Red Fang – “TeamRock.com presents an Absolute Music Bunker Session with Red Fang” Acoustic EP


Steam-rolling stoner rockers Red Fang released an acoustic EP this week - titled, TeamRock.com presents and Absoulute Music Bunker Session With Red Fang - as a free download via their Bandcamp page.  Recorded in March in London, the EP includes mostly acoustic versions of “Failure” from last year’s Whales And Leeches album along with “Human Herd” and “Malverde” taken from the 2011 album Murder the Mountains, both released on Relapse Records.  The 6-song EP also includes the pummeling album versions alongside the acoustic versions. 
“Failure”, in its acoustic element, is just as brooding and heavy as the original with vocalist Aaron Beam swapping his growling bark for a Nick Cave-like bite on the standout track.        

Download the Red Fang acoustic EP here:    



For more info: www.redfang.net

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

3 Songs: On Repeat


Alvvays – “Adult Diversion” (The Toronto indie-pop quintet - with the easy to Google moniker - led by Molly Rankin released their self-titled debut album this week via Polyvinyl.  Produced by Chad VanGaalen, his quirky sentiment and fuzzy production style complements the band and their blend of reverb-rich 60’s surf-rock, mellow twee and bittersweet power-pop for a promising debut.  Bright blasts of horns and catchy vocal melodies burst through the warped synth fuzz-pop of the standout single here.) http://alvvays.com/   

FREEMAN – “The English And Western Stallion” (The former Ween frontman, Aaron Freeman, returns refreshed – after going clean and disbanding Ween - with his new solo project whose self-titled debut album was released this week via Partisan Records.  On it he blends sleazy blues rock with lush, country-leaning psych-pop and the off-kilter humor we have come to expect, but Freeman also showcases a more personal and vulnerable side of the songwriter.)  http://www.partisanrecords.com/artists/freeman/  

United Nations - “Meanwhile On Mainstreeet” (The mysterious project fronted by ex-Thursday vocalist Geoff Rickly and featuring members of Pianos Become The Teeth released their long-awaited sophomore album, The Next Four Years, last week via Temporary Residence.  Rickly and his inimitable voice have never sounded as raw or better and their abrasive throwback hardcore sound and biting, tongue-in-cheek commentary on “scene” politics is a well-needed shot in the arm, equaling out to one of the best albums of the year.) http://temporaryresidence.com/         

Friday, July 18, 2014

Free Friday: Sea Wolf – “Song Spells, No.1: CEDARSMOKE”


Sea Wolf - the indie-folk solo project of singer-songwriter Alex Brown Church - released a new album this week entitled, Song Spells, No.1: CEDARSMOKE as a free download via his Bandcamp page as a gift to his loyal fans.  Though not the proper follow-up to his excellent third album, Old World Romance (released last year via Dangerbird Records) this new 10-track album may be more immediate and experimental but it is just as gracefully orchestral and melodic as ever with Alex’s vividly literate storytelling again the spotlight.    

The album opens with the instrumental “Intro” and its churning cello and ambient programming that leads into “Ram’s Head” with its swelling synths, gentle acoustic guitars and subtly catchy melody.  The upbeat strumming, driving rhythm and bright keyboard melodies of “Bergamot Morning” provides a standout moment as does “The Water’s Wide”, which features a shuffling wire-brush drum beat, atmospheric guitars and cello and a memorable vocal melody.  The album closes out with the epic, nine-minute long "Visions" which may be Church's best, most dynamic and diverse song yet with its ringing guitars, propulsive beat, and sing-along refrain.     
The album was recorded, mixed and produced by Church at his home studio in a four month period last fall and is the first in series of albums he plans to release in between studio albums.

Download Song Spells, No.1: CEDARSMOKE here:


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

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

3 Songs: On Repeat – Expanded Communicating Vessels Records Edition


Communicating Vessels is the Birmingham, Alabama-based record label owned and operated by Jeffrey Cain, formerly of Remy Zero.  He has released his own musical projects Dead Snares and Isidore but has been signing and spotlighting some of his hometown's best songwriters and musicians.  This week the label released four great and diverse new albums, check them out below. 

Dead Fingers – “Twisted” (The husband and wife duo of Taylor and Kate Hollingsworth released their stellar sophomore album, Big Black Dog this week.  On it they blend shuffling country, dusty blues and folk with close-knit harmonies and quirky lyrics and melodies.  Aside from this band, Taylor has played in Conor Oberst’s Mystic Valley Band and Kate has toured with her sister Maria Taylor.) http://www.deadfingers.com/

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Dirty Lungs – “Space, Man” (The Birmingham-based garage-rock staples released their self-titled label debut this week on which they rip through nine face-melting jams with twists that incorporate elements of Zeppelin-like pomp, fuzzed-out surf rock, and elements of 60’s psych-pop and 90’s grunge for an experimental sound that goes beyond the garage door.)  https://www.facebook.com/thedirtylungs    
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The Green Seed – “Jude Law” (The Alabama hip-hop group consisting of emcees R-Tist and C.O.M.P.L.E.T. and DJ duo FX and Jeff C,  released their debut album Drapetomania this week.  Forget everything you think you know about rap from the “Dirty South” as they blend old school boom-bap production with smart, positively-minded and complex rhymes.  The standout first single here marries a horn-heavy loop and DJ scratches with sharp-tongued lyrics.) https://www.facebook.com/thegreenseed
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Wray – “Relative” (Wray create a shimmering shoegaze-inspired brand of atmospheric dream-pop laced with locked-in Krautrock grooves and subtly catchy Cure-like melodies on their self-titled label debut released this week.  The Birmingham-based trio is currently on tour with like-minded label mates Man Or Astroman?.  The single here closes out the seven-song album with a propulsive post-punk beat, psychedelic synths smears and bright melodies.) https://www.facebook.com/wraymusic    
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For more info: www.communicatingvessels.net

Read an interview with Jeffrey Cain of CommVess here: http://fabricohmusic.com/indie_label_spotlight/communicating_vessels/

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

’68 – “In Humor And Sadness”


Josh Scogin, the former frontman for The Chariot and Norma Jean debuted his new project, ’68, whose debut album; In Humor And Sadness was released last week via Good Fight Entertainment.  Assisted by drummer Michael McClellan, Scogin wrote and performed the songs himself which adhere to the raw post-hardcore chaos of The Chariot with startling bursts of noise but forges new melodic territory with elements of howling old-timey blues, classic country and early Nirvana-like grunge.
None of the tracks have actual song titles, instead they are titled, “Track One”, “Track Two” and so on.  In this digital age of i-Pods and the “shuffle” button, I like this concept as it reminds me of popping in a CD in the car stereo, leaving it in there for months playing it front to back only knowing that tracks 2, 4, 5 and 9 are your favorites but everything on the album is killer.    
“Track One” opens the album with a Kurt Cobain-like groan then immediately launches in with rumbling drums, squealing feedback and a bluesy riff for the perfect introduction.  “Track Two” follows with a jangly distorted guitar riff straight out of the 90’s but quickly dissolves with growling vocals and a fractured rhythm.  The two standout tracks from their debut release, the Midnight EP - originally released on 7” vinyl by VelvetPress and reissued by No Sleep Records -  return as “Third Time Is A Charm”, now “Track Three” features a stomping groove, Josh’s distinctive howling vocal style and catchy, sing-along gang vocals from the band Ghost Cat.  “Three Is A Crowd” returns as “Track Eight” a blistering and buzzing ball of cathartic energy.    Another standout on the ten track album is “Track Nine” which offers a change of pace with cyclical blues rock guitars and foreboding single note piano for a haunting, punk-inspired take on Southern Gothic Americana. 
With his highly-anticipated new project, ’68, Josh Scogin delivers something instantly familiar for his fans but something new and exciting all at once with his debut, In Humor And Sadness.        

Stream “Track One” here: https://soundcloud.com/eone-music/68r1

For more info: www.theyare68.com and http://www.goodfightmusic.com/artists/68.php

Friday, July 11, 2014

INTERVIEW: Bad Suns – Bunbury Music Festival 2014


The emerging young Los Angeles-based band Bad Suns are set to play Bunbury Festival tonight on the River Stage at 6:45.  Along the banks of the Ohio River will be the perfect setting for fans to witness their energetic, sun-drenched and danceable arena-worthy indie-pop anthems in person.  Bad Suns’ very promising debut album, Language & Perspective was released just last month to great praise on Vagrant Records.
In anticipation of their performance, I interviewed vocalist/guitarist Christo Bowman about their musical influences, remixes, their favorite song to play live and more.    

In the sparkling reviews of your debut album, you have been compared to many great bands and even your label mates in The 1975.  In your own opinion, who are some of your influences?    
“Sonically, we're huge fans of bands like The Police, Talking Heads, The Cure, and hundreds more. Inspiration comes in several forms, within and outside of music.” – CB

You will soon play Bunbury and later Riotfest, what do you like best about playing the big outdoor fests?
“We only have a few under our belts, at this point, but we love festival shows. It's a bit daunting to play on such a big stage, in a big open space. There are definitely moments when you're wondering if people are going to care to show up for your set. So far, our experiences at these shows have been excellent, so we're really excited for the rest of the summer.” – CB

A lot of people are excited to see you guys play on Friday but what bands are you most excited to see at Bunbury?
“The bummer about these shows is that you rarely get the chance to catch other bands' sets. If time allowed for it, it'd be great to see Flaming Lips.” – CB

My favorite song on your excellent debut album is the infectiously upbeat and 80’s-tinged “Dancing On Quicksand”.  What is your favorite song to play live and why?
“As of right now, that song "Dancing On Quicksand" is probably my favorite to play live. It has a really great energy, gets people excited, and all of the guitar licks are really fun to play.” – CB

After your first EP, Transpose dropped, many great remixes of the tracks started to appear from the likes of Peter Thomas and Nicita.  Do you have plans to release more remixes of the tracks from the new album? 
“Remixes are a bit scary, because what they sound like is really out of our control. We record the songs the way that you hear them, because we feel they come across best that way. It is an exciting feeling when a producer does a great job at re-imagining your song. The first time I heard Nicita's remix of "Transpose" I was very, very impressed. We hope for more good ones to come along.” – CB


Stream the Talking Heads-like “Dancing on Quicksand” here: https://soundcloud.com/badsuns/bad-suns-dancing-on-quicksand
For more info and tickets to the Bunbury Fest: http://www.bunburyfestival.com/ and http://badsuns.tumblr.com/

Thursday, July 10, 2014

INTERVIEW: Wild Cub - Bunbury Music Festival 2014


Nashville indie-pop band Wild Cub - led by songwriter/composer Keegan DeWitt and multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Bullock - is set to play the Bunbury Music Festival this Friday, July 11. 
They are touring in support of their highly-praised debut album, Youth, out now via Mom+Pop.  More recently though, they released the Letters Home From Far Away: Covers, Outtakes, & Live Recordings EP exclusively via iTunes. The six-song EP features live recordings of their hit singles, "Thunder Clatter" and "Wishing Well," and covers of Beyonce's "Crazy In Love," Drake's "Hold On We're Going Home" (recorded live from SiriusXM Alt Nation) and CHVRCHES' "The Mother We Share" as well as a previously unreleased track, "Shadows”. 
I spoke with Keegan DeWitt in advance of their performance about their non-musical influences, outdoor festivals and more.

You have been compared to some great bands alongside the great praise you have received from your debut album. Who would you say are your biggest or even your less obvious influences?
“As a songwriter, I'm very rarely influenced by other music. More often than not, it's photography, poetry or film that gets me inspired to work. As a writer, it's definitely vital to stay hungry for music, to always be digging and listening and discovering... and that all sits in your subconscious and is certainly present and forms your tastes and instincts. But in terms of direct inspiration, it's usually something less musical.” – Keegan DeWitt

You will soon play Bunbury and you have also recently played the Hangout Fest, what do you like best about playing these big outdoor fests?
“Festivals help keep you excited and inspired to both play and make music. When you are in the midst of a long touring cycle, like we have been this year, you start to feel a bit drained. You play a similar setup every night. Festivals knock you out of your habits. They also give you the chance to soak up other music, meet artists you admire, and become a bit of a fan again.” – KD

I know that a lot of people are excited to see you guys play on Friday but what bands are you most excited to see at Bunbury?   
“Empire of The Sun is a big one.” – KD

My favorite song on your excellent debut album is “Wishing Well” with its infectiously danceable rhythm and retro 80’s vibe.  What is your favorite song to play live and why?
"’Summer Fires / Hidden Spells’ is definitely a song that has taken a life of its own live. For us, it's a very physical song, there are lots of drums, plenty of moments to really connect with the song and the room. Those songs go a long way live because they help you cut through the pretense and affect people. No matter what the vibe may be, a song like "Summer Fires" gives you the chance to up the stakes and melt away any inhibitions, both for yourself and the audience.” – KD

Recently you have released excellent covers of both Drake and Beyonce.  Without giving away too many surprises, is there any chance we might get to hear one of those great covers at Bunbury?
“Very, very possible.” – KD

What does the future hold for Wild Cub?
“Touring through the fall, then we will shut down and I'll think about the next record.”


Stream Wild Cub’s cover of Drake's "Hold On, We're Going Home" here: https://soundcloud.com/wildcubmusic/hold-on-were-going-home-drake-cover

For tickets to Bunbury and for more info: http://www.bunburyfestival.com/ and http://wildcubmusic.com/

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

3 Songs: On Repeat


Braid – “Bang” (The legendary 90’s indie-rock band released No Coast, their first album in over 16 years this week via Topshelf Records.  The album finds the band refreshed and improves upon their 2011 EP, acting as the proper, long-awaited follow up to their 1998 classic Frame And Canvas.  The standout first single and album opener here shows the band in - dynamic, twisty and energetic - top form once again.) http://topshelfrecords.bandcamp.com/album/no-coast     

Gingerlys – “Jumprope” (The NYC indie-pop quintet - led by guitarist Matt Richards and the beautiful breathy vocals of keyboardist Maria Garnica - released their debut EP, Jumprope on limited edition 7” vinyl via Shelflife Records this week.  Sweetly soaring synths and fuzzy guitar melodies contribute to their very promising shoegaze-informed dream-pop sound.) http://www.shelflife.com/catalogue/LIFE111.html

Lightfoils – “Diastolic” (The Chicago quintet released Hierarchy, their highly-anticipated debut album this week via Saint Marie Records.  Produced by Sanford Parker (Nachtmystium, Pelican), they create blissfully psychedelic shoegaze soundscapes that lean toward post-rock and 90’s alt-rock with roaring and ringing guitars, glassy synths and Jane Zabeth’s lilting vocals and memorable melodies.) http://saintmarierecords.bandcamp.com/album/hierarchy  

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Magic Man – “Before The Waves”


Led by vocalist Alex Caplow and guitarist/keyboardist Sam Vanderhoop Lee along with bassist Gabe Goodman, keyboardist/vocalist Justine Bowe and drummer Joey Sulkowski, the Boston-based synth-rock quartet Magic Man create a highly melodic rush of infectiously catchy and jubilantly danceable electronica-inspired indie-pop on their long-awaited sophomore album, Before The Waves, released today via their new label, Neon Gold/Columbia Records. 
Originally the duo of Caplow and Lee released their highly-praised debut album, Real Life Color way back in 2010 as a free download on Bandcamp that only hinted at the band’s promise.  The time since was well spent as fans of The Postal Service’s synth-driven sentiment and The Killers arena-worthy hooks should find plenty to hang their hats on.
Several standout tracks from their excellent 2013 EP, You Are Here return such as the equally-as-big “Texas” and the pretty, punchy and passionate single, “Paris” as well as “Waves” and the swirling “Every Day”.  A couple of the new songs that stand out are the soaring “Catherine” with its deliriously catchy sing-along chorus and “Chicagoland” which is built upon a bouncy beat with squiggly synths and anthemic vocal melodies.  Later, the upbeat “Out Of Mind” recalls likeminded New Englanders Passion Pit with its twinkly 80’s synths, undeniable melody and booming bass-led beat.  The 12-track album closes out on a high note with the cathartic “It All Starts Here” and its ascending synths and propulsive rhythm.    

Watch the video for “Out Of My Mind” here:



For more info: http://magicmanmusic.com/

Monday, July 07, 2014

INTERVIEW: Saintseneca | Bunbury Music Festival 2014


The Columbus, OH based indie-folk band, Saintseneca released their excellent sophomore album, Dark Arc earlier this year via their new label, Anti- Records.  Led by singer and multi-instrumentalist Zac Little, the quartet create a clattering and chaotic yet highly melodic style of punk-inspired Appalachian folk with stomping percussion, forceful acoustic instrumentation and enough catchy pop smarts to hold it all together.  They will be bringing their energetic live show to the third annual Bunbury Music Festival held in Cincinnati this coming weekend. 
In anticipation of their Bunbury performance, Zac recently spoke with me about some of their least obvious influences, their favorite song to play live and more. 

In reviews of your music, you have been compared to many great bands new and old.  Who do you say are your biggest or even your less obvious influences?
“The Beatles are my biggest influence. Some less obvious ones are The Clash, The Replacements, Guided By Voices, and The Cure.” – Zac Little 

You are set to play the Bunbury Festival after having recently played the Nelsonville Music Festival.  What do you like best about playing the big outdoor festivals, especially in your home state of Ohio?
“Those big festivals seem to do a great job of bringing a lot of interesting bands in. I'm always excited to see cool stuff brought to Ohio. On top of that, if we're playing, it's fun to see a great band from behind stage.” – ZL   

 A lot of people are excited to see you guys play on Sunday, July 13 but what bands are you most excited to see at Bunbury?
“I'm really looking forward to The Flaming Lips! Kishi Bashi will be rad as well.” – ZL  

My favorite song on your excellent sophomore album is the catchy, sing-along “Blood Bath” with its close-knit harmonies and driving rhythm.  What is your favorite song to play live and why?
“’Blood Bath’ is one of my favorites to play live as well. A lot of times we'll include a noise section in that song, and occasionally stretch it out for a long time. I think people don't expect an abrasive freak out thing from us, so it's fun to do. Hope that doesn't ruin the surprise.” – ZL

What does the future hold for the band?
“Continued rocking in the free world.” – ZL   



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

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

3 Songs: On Repeat


Lab Partners – “Taking Our Time” (Dayton’s “space-rock” veterans released their long-awaited new album, Seven Seas on Record Store Day via Pravda Records.  Ex-Guided By Voices and The Breeders drummer Jim Macpherson mans the drums as bassist Amy Smith and guitarists Mike Smith and Mike Volk team up to create a thick avalanche of cosmic, shoegaze-inspired psych-rock that recalls My Bloody Valentine with the understated pop sensibility of Mercury Rev and the Boo Radleys.) http://www.labpartners.net/        

Home Video – “Forget” (The NY indie-pop duo consisting of David Gross and Collin Ruffino released their third album, Here In Weightless Fall last week via Dash Go Records.  Their synth-driven sound incorporates danceable club-worthy beats and nostalgic elements of 80’s synth-pop along with dark yet catchy vocal melodies for an exciting and engaging sound that has one foot firmly planted in the future and one flirting with the past.) http://www.homevideo.fm/

bentcousin – “2014” (The London-based twins Amelia and Pat Innit returned this week with the Dizzy 7”, their first new music since their promising debut EP Everybody’s Got One was released last year on Team Love.  The infectious A-side “Dizzy” is a fun-loving mash-up of hip-hop and surf-pop with jangly guitars and summery melodies while the B-side, “2014” features punk-rock legend and PiL guitarist Keith Levene on guitar for a lo-fi punk romp.) http://www.bentcousin.com/     

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Mastodon - "Once More 'Round The Sun"


Mastodon, the Atlanta heavy music heavy-weights returned last week with their sixth album, Once More Round The Sun via Reprise Records.  Produced by the Grammy award-winning Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, Foo Fighters), the new album sees the band continuing down the path set on The Hunter, as they strip away much of the ambitious lyrical concepts and twisty prog-rock tendencies of their previous albums for a more straight-forward yet still sludge-heavy rock sound that includes doses of arena-worthy alt-rock hooks and looser grooves that have the band reaching for and attaining the stars.         
“Tread Lightly” opens the album and doesn’t heed its own advice with its roaring riffs and soaring hooks.  The single, “The Motherload” pairs a frenetic rhythm with psychedelic vocal effects and an enormously catchy refrain.  The super-charged chug and monstrous riff of the standout single “High Road” follows with its howling vocals, melodic dual guitar solo and sing-along chorus and leads into the searing, Sabbath-loving title track, “Once More ‘Round The Sun”.  The most dynamic track on the album, “Chimes At Midnight” ebbs and flows with a heavy churn before it fades out with cascading guitars.  Later, “Ember City” is propulsive on the verses but lightens up with a rafters-reaching chorus that doesn’t quite fit but redeems itself with several swirling guitar solos.  Another standout, “Aunt Lisa” features the members of fellow Atlanta garage-punk band The Coathangers chanting like cheerleaders singing along to The Ramones.  To end the album, Mastodon gives us a taste of their beloved past with the epic, nearly eight-minute long “Diamond In The Witch House”, which also features guest vocals from Scott Kelly of Neurosis.  
Caught between two worlds – underground and mainstream metal – Mastodon deliver with their riff-heavy and hook-leaden new album, Once More “Round The Sun that gives us the best of both of those worlds. 

Stream “High Road” here:


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

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

3 Songs: On Repeat


White Reaper “Half Bad” (The Louisville lo-fi garage-punk trio released their excellent self-titled debut EP this week via Polyvinyl Records.  Through a thick wall of thundering drums, crunchy guitar noise and warped vintage synths bursts forth an infectiously catchy psych-pop sensibility that makes the loss of hearing worthwhile.) http://whitereaperusa.com/        

Roz & The Rice Cakes – “Castle” (Providence RI’s favorite art-pop band released their new album Need To Feed this week via new label, Team Love Records.  Led by the sweet Gwen Stefani-like vocals of Roz Raskin, the trio creates an experimental keyboard-driven sound with jazz-informed bass lines, sophisticated arrangements and fun pop melodies.  The single here is highlighted by glassy keys, funky bass fills and a loose groove for a standout moment among many.) http://www.thericecakes.com/

City States – “Uncharted Waters” (The Chicago-based indie-pop band - led by singer-songwriter Joel Ebner - recently released their long-awaited debut album, Geography.  Recorded and mixed by John McEntire (Tortoise, Sea & Cake) the trio creates a stunning blend of ambient art-rock and dreamy indie-pop with icy yet melodic synths, electronic beats, and droning EBow guitar as Ebner deals with the sudden loss of his father.  Fans of The Notwist and The Antlers will find solace in the melodies and rhythms of this very promising release.)  http://citystates.bandcamp.com/

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Phox - "Phox"


The Madison, Wisconsin based six-piece, Phox are set to release their highly-anticipated eponymous debut album today via Partisan Records.  Produced by Brian Joseph (Bon Iver, The Fray) and led by the magnetic vocalist Monica Martin’s soulful swoon, the album is filled to the brim with their lush yet spacious acoustic arrangements and their blend of classic soul music and quirky folk-pop that has them primed to blow up as the next big thing.    
The album is anchored by the undeniable smash hit single, “Slow Motion” with its flickering banjo, twinkling piano, infectious whistling and stirring orchestration for the penultimate introduction to the band.  “1936” follows and showcases Martin’s breathy and beautiful vocals alongside cyclical guitars.  Next, “Evil” is anything but with layers of old timey barbershop-inspired background vocals, bright horns and lilting melodies.  Another standout on the twelve-track album; “Kingfisher” is a nice slice of dream-pop with layers of gorgeous orchestral flourishes and catchy melodies.    
Phox has issued an assured and statement-making debut album with lasting power so jump on the bandwagon now while you still can.

Watch the video for “Slow Motion” here:

For more info: http://phoxband.com/

Thursday, June 19, 2014

SHOW ALERT: The Ghost Wolves at Canal Public House on Friday, June 20


The Ghost Wolves, the Austin-based husband and wife garage-rock duo of Johnathan and Carley Wolf released their stunning debut album, Man, Woman, Beast last month via Plowboy Records.  They are currently on tour in support of the new album and will bring their energetic live show and snarling, heavy blues-drenched garage-punk sound to Dayton’s Canal Public House on Friday, June 20.
The album is highlighted by the instantly-catchy sing-along first single “Gonna Live” and “Baby Fang Thang” which features vocalist/guitarist Carley’s deceptively sweet yet sour vocal style and blown-out stoner rock riffs alongside Johnathan’s monolithic stomping rhythm.  Another standout, “I’m Yo Mudda” features blazing slide guitar work, an off-kilter beat and playful lyrics for the perfect example of how exciting and entertaining their live show can be so don't miss out!

Stream Man, Woman, Beast here:


Also on the bill are locals Curse Of Cassanda, Tombstone Tremblers, and McGuff and the Dumpster Fires.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

3 Songs: On Repeat


Balue - “Charming Flow” (Balue is the bedroom-pop project of Eli Thomas who creates a headphones-worthy blend of sun-bleached surf-rock and dreamy psych-pop on his new album, Quiet Dreamer out now via cassette label Fleeting Youth Records.  The ridiculously catchy single here has “summertime” written all over it with its infectious vocal cadence and hazy atmosphere, just in time to soundtrack your first day of summer.)   http://fleetingyouthrecords.bandcamp.com/album/quiet-dreamer   

Close Lobsters – “Now Time” and “New York City in Space” (The Scottish post post-punk indie-pop band who were once featured on the famous C86 compilation have returned with their first new material in over 25 years with the release of the Kunstwerk In Space EP on Shelflife Records.  Featuring two new tracks, "Now Time" b/w "New York City in Space”, it’s available on 70 gram limited edition 7" vinyl with a download coupon that includes two bonus remixes for a long-awaited and welcomed return.) http://www.shelflife.com/catalogue/LIFE112.html

Roll The Tanks – “Toeing The Line” (Featuring members of Piebald and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Roll The Tanks create a no frills blue collar and classic rock inspired punk rock sound with sharp anthemic hooks and a pastiche-free nostalgia-inducing vibe that recalls The Clash and Tom Petty on their stellar third album, Broke Til Midnight out now via Epitaph Records.) http://www.rollthetanks.com/

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Stream It From The Mountain: Wolves At The Gate – “VxV”


The Dayton-based Christian metal band Wolves At The Gate released their stunning sophomore album, VxV (five by five) last week via Solid State Records.  Armed with this new release and their two EPs and promising debut, the band has quickly solidified their spot at the top of the Christian metal scene’s food chain.              
With well-regarded pastor John Piper piping in on the introductory title track, “VxV”, Wolves At The Gate set the tone right from the start.  Frontman Steve Cobucci pulls no punches leading the band as they preach the Gospel.  They are not merely focused on creating the most brutal breakdown for the mosh-pit; their metal is laced with more melody and lyrical substance than their peers and standout track “Wake Up” is as anthemic as its title suggests with a call and response refrain and an impassioned plea that speaks to believers that are just going through the motions - “actors without action”.  Following that is “Dust To Dust” with its unrelenting rhythm and swirling vocal melodies that reach for the rafters.  Later, “Relief” marries propulsive heaviness with emotional heaviness as ringing guitars and emotionally-charged vocals set the scene for the uplifting, depression-themed lyrics to take effect for another standout moment.  Next, “The Bird And The Bee” weaves a dark yet truthful tale with vivid Biblical-based imagery that sounds like a newly discovered Aesop’s Fable.  The twelve-track album closes out with the hopeful message of “The Father’s Bargain” which was inspired by a short story of the same name by a 1600’s Puritan writer, John Flavel and is accompanied by the most dynamic and ambitious arrangement on the album.                              

Stream VxV here:

For more info: http://www.wolvesatthegate.com/ and http://www.solidstaterecords.com/

Friday, June 13, 2014

Free Friday: The Mitchells – "The Mitchells" LP


The Mitchells - darlings of the Cincinnati music scene - recently released their highly-anticipated self-titled debut album.  The talented performers and songwriters Joseph William Mitchell, Marc Aiello, Carlos Mitchell, and Nicholas Mavridoglou formed just two years ago and have come to create a warm, inviting and organic brand of indie-folk that is laced with elements of indie rock, jazz, and chamber-pop alongside understated yet memorable melodies. 
Their promising and dynamic debut album is available from the band as a limited edition marbled vinyl, with each piece different and beautiful.  And to celebrate, they are offering up the album as a pay-what-you-want digital download via their Bandcamp page. 
The album opens with the breezy, Phish-like jazz-folk of “Driving In Cars” which also features complementing guest vocals from Caroline Kingsbury, also known as the Nashville-based  singer-songwriter The Red Headed Indian.  “Frau” follows with gently strummed acoustic guitars, flickering banjo and a shuffling beat before close-knit harmonies and swells of vintage organ break though for a standout moment.  The upbeat “Orchard” brings forth brighter melodies and indie rock guitar noodling complete with a melodic solo as a change of pace.  In the same vein, standout track “Denmark” offers up a loping bass line and more nostalgia-inducing winding guitar lines that recall early Modest Mouse.  Closing out the eight-song album is “Christmas Gulch” with its hypnotic cyclical guitars, chiming xylophone and wistful, lilting melodies. 

Download The Mitchells here: http://themitchells.bandcamp.com/album/the-mitchells         

Thursday, June 12, 2014

SHOW ALERT: Pillar Point with Danny & His Fantasy and Riley at South Park Tavern Friday, June 13


Pillar Point - the new synth-based project led by Scott Reitherman of indie-pop band Throw Me the Statue - released their self-titled debut album earlier this year on Polyvinyl Records.  They are set to tour all this summer into the fall and will be making an appearance in the Gem City at South Park Tavern this Friday, June 13 for a free show with a start time of 10 pm.   
 Led by the upbeat first single, “Diamond Mine” with its warped 80’s synth sounds, booming bass line and infectious sing-along chorus, the album boasts nine tracks of melancholic yet danceable synth-wave bliss for a very promising debut.  Another standout, “Cherry” features glittering synths over top of a skittering rhythm and a fast-paced vocal cadence. 
Supporting Pillar Point at South Park Tavern is Danny & His Fantasy, the 80’s inspired synth-driven dream pop project of Joey Cook formerly of Cincinnati psych-pop bands Pomegranates and Healing Power.  Additionally, local favorites Riley will bring their mathy brand of prog-punk to the party for a night not to be missed.        

Stream Pillar Point here: http://pillarpoint.bandcamp.com/releases       

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

3 Songs: On Repeat



Armand Margjeka – “Hummingbird” (The Birmingham, AL by-way-of Albania based singer-songwriter released his long-awaited sophomore album, Hummingbird this week, as a joint effort by Communicating Vessels and PIPEANDGUN Records.  His rootsy, emotionally-charged Americana is layered with shimmering synth-led atmospherics and is highlighted by his soulful, world-weary voice and memorable melodies.) http://communicatingvessels.net/category/armand-margjeka/      

Le Rug – “Harold Camping” (This week marks the release of Press Start (The Collection), the complete 31-track compilation of Brooklyn singer/guitarist Ray Weiss’ (Butter the Children) post-punk project Le Rug.  Released digitally and on limited edition cassette by Fleeting Youth Records, the dynamic collection bursts at the seams to contain each of his 3 earlier albums along with 2 more recent EPs that are full of scuzzy, unhinged guitar-led post-punk that is laced with psychedelic synths and a fun, quirky pop sense.)  http://fleetingyouthrecords.bandcamp.com/album/press-start-the-collection      

Stagnant Pools - “You Whir” (The Bloomington, Indiana-based brothers, Bryan and Douglass Enas recruited likeminded producer Matt Talbot of 90’s alt-rock pioneers Hum to reinforce their noise-addled and fuzzed-out shoegaze-leaning dream pop sound on their sophomore album, Geist released this week via Polyvinyl Records.  The opening track here stands out as a swirl of sludgy guitars, pounding drums and melancholic Joy Division-like vocal melodies.)   http://stagnantpools.bandcamp.com/releases  
Stream: https://soundcloud.com/polyvinyl-records/stagnant-pools-you-whir-1/s-ech2g