Friday, April 28, 2017

3 Songs: On Repeat (Extended Edition)

R. Ring – “Singing Tower” (On the strength of several stellar singles and years of touring, the duo of The Breeders’ Kelley Deal and Ampline’s Mike Montgomery are set to release their long-awaited debut full length album, Ignite The Rest, today via Sofaburn Records.  The duo creates a raucous yet smoldering, noise-swaddled brand of minimalist art-rock with help from guests that include drumming from Mac MaCaughan and the Non-Believers’s drummer Laura King, Southeast Engine’s Leo DeLuca and pro skater Kristian Svitak along with cello performed by Nirvana contributor, Lori Goldston.)

Violents and Monica Martin – “Awake and Pretty Much Sober” (Classically-trained composer and multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Larson, aka Violents has teamed up with folk-pop vocalist Monica Martin of Phox to create the collaborative album, Awake and Pretty Much Sober, out today on Partisan Records.  The album swirls with slick electronics and lush dream-pop textures that complement Martin’s soulful, velvet-smooth vocals and pop sensibility to perfection.)     

Sylvan Esso – “Radio” (The electro-pop duo of Nick Sanborn and Amelia Meath will release their highly-anticipated sophomore album, What Now, today via Loma Vista Recordings.  The excellent new album bursts through the expectations and promise of their debut, coming out the other side with even more bouncy and joyously danceable rhythms, strange, warped synths and instantly catchy, folk-driven pop melodies.)   

Future Islands – “Cave” (After taking the world by storm with their last album – 2014’s Singles - the Baltimore synth-pop trio recently released their hotly-anticipated fifth album, The Far Field, on 4AD Records.  Dynamic vocalist Samuel T. Herring is more subdued with less death metal growls but he still packs enough emotional weight into every syllable to go along with their rhythm-driven post-punk and New Wave-inspired brand of dream-pop.  The album was produced by John Congelton and Blondie’s Debbie Harry guests as well.)    

The Cranberries – “Linger (Acoustic Version)” (After a lengthy hiatus and in celebration of the band’s 25th anniversary, Irish 90’s alt-rock favorites The Cranberries have just released a new album titled, Something Else, via BMG.  The 13-song album features newly-recorded and re-worked versions of their hits including, “Linger”, “Zombie” and “Dreams” that are mostly acoustic with pretty orchestral arrangements courtesy of the Irish Chamber Orchestra.  The band also took the opportunity to record and include three brand new songs: “The Glory”, “Rupture” and the emotionally-charged “Why”. )     

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Between The Buried And Me - Coma Ecliptic: Live

Out tomorrow via Metal Blade Records in association with Good Fight Entertainment, is the live concert film, Coma Ecliptic: Live by Between The Buried And Me.  Filmed on October 4th, 2017 in San Diego at The Observatory North Park, the film captures the band performing their epic seventh album, Coma Ecliptic in its entirety.   The 11-song album, originally released in 2015, is a cinematic prog-metal masterpiece that balances elements of 70’s prog-rock, pop and metal.  The powerful live performance – with theatrical light show and up close GoPro footage – shows a virtuoso band in their element and is not to be missed.     
Coma Ecliptic: Live is available now as a 3-disc CD/DVD/BluRay combo but is also being pressed on several different colorways as a 2-LP set and also comes in a variety of bundles, including a new t-shirt design and digital options. 
To order, please visit:
Watch a clip from the film of Between The Buried And Me performing “Turn On The Darkness” here:

Friday, April 21, 2017

3 Songs: On Repeat (Extended Edition)

Nothing Left – “Hands Of Death” (Nothing Left is the new band featuring brothers, Ryan and Brandon Leitru of recently dissolved Christian metalcore band For Today and also includes Silent Planet drummer Alex Camarena and A Bullett For Pretty Boy vocalist Danon Saylor. The supergroup’s impressive debut EP, Destroy And Rebuild is out today on Facedown Records and it features 6 songs of unrelenting and visceral hardcore aggression that proves the duo has way more left to give.)   

The Black Angels – “Half Believing” (Today, the Austin, TX psych-rock institution known as The Black Angels will release Death Song, their long-awaited fifth album and first for label Partisan Records.  The band remains consistently great and the stellar new album is a product of the current political environment with nerve-stricken energy and a droning heaviness that threatens to overtake their infectious 60’s psych-pop informed melodies.)      

Charly Bliss – “Percolator” (The NYC based band is set to release their hotly-anticipated debut album, Guppy today on Barsuk Records.  Fuzzed-out 90’s guitar riffs that recall Weezer’s solo-loving style and instantly catchy and endlessly energetic power-pop melodies combine with frontwoman Eva Hendricks’ cute yet cutting voice for this year’s best guitar-pop debut.)    

Benchmarks – “Frames” (The Nashville-based indie rock band is led by vocalist/guitarist Todd Farrell Jr., also of Columbus punk vets Two Cow Garage.  After a slight stylistic shift and a name change – from Todd Farrell Jr. & The Dirty Birds to Benchmarks - their new album, Our Undivided Attention could be considered a debut and was recently released by Sofaburn Records.  On the album, they create a brand of punk-inspired rock that equally pulls the nostalgia strings for 90’s emo as well as straight-forward rock like The Replacements along with heady lyrics and sharp hooks.)

Friday, April 14, 2017

3 Songs: On Repeat

JOESPH – “Temples” (Joey Cook - formerly of Cincy psych-pop band Pomegranates – and his band with fellow ex-Pom, Pierce Geary and Devyn Glista are set to release their sophomore album, Temples today via Cook’s own Eyebrow Palace Records.  The trio combines Krautrock grooves, shoegaze haze and psychedelic dream-pop into a swirling set of psych-rock songs that are as catchy as they are hypnotically transcendent.  The new album is available on CD and in a limited super deluxe box set with surprise extras to enhance the listening experience.)  

Royal Thunder – “Plans” (The Atlanta rock band - led by the bluesy, soulful howl of bassist Miny Parsonz and songwriter/guitarist Josh Weaver – recently released WICK, their third album and first for their new label, Spinefarm Records.  Stepping away from the heavier, stoner rock riffs of their past two albums, they focus more on melody with an impressive blend of smoky blues-rock and catchy, 90’s grunge and alternative rock along with Rush-like prog-rock tendencies for an album packed with arena-worthy anthems like the aching, folk-driven and soul-soaked standout heard here.)

We Ride – “What You Are” (Out today on Victory Records, is Empowering Life, the long-awaited third album from the Spain-based hardcore band fronted by female vocalist Mimi Telmo.  The album – much like the single heard here, featuring vocals from JJ Peters of Deez Nuts – is full of poignant socially-minded lyrics, shout-along gang vocals and raging riffs that recall the old school hardcore and punk rock of the 80’s and 90’s yet still has one foot in the present for an impressive label debut.)

Monday, April 10, 2017

Stream It From The Mountain: Bummer & PINKO – Split 12”

Last week K.C.’s High Dive Records released a split 12” from Kansas sludge-punks Bummer and newcomers to the label, the likeminded San Antonio-based, PINKO.
Bummer utterly destroys their side with 5 tracks that showcase their blistering blend of noise-corrupted hardcore and 90’s-inspired sludge-punk.  The punishing “Birthday Snake”, with its shout-along hook stands out.     
PINKO – the trio of Ethan Campa, Guillermo Mendez and Jared Flores - scorches their side with 4 songs that attempt to harness their jagged and chaotic caterwauling noise-punk.  The stuttering yet propulsive rhythm of “Spit Out YR Dull Rock” stands out like a mission statement and a call to arms all in one.        
In addition to the black vinyl, the split is also available on limited edition pink cassette and the two bands will be touring in April together.
Stream the Bummer/PINKO split here:

Friday, April 07, 2017

3 Songs: On Repeat

Ecstatic Vision – “The Electric Step Pt 1 & 2” (The Philly-based band – that arose from the ashes of metaclore band A Life Once Lost - is set to release their sophomore album, the aptly-titled Raw Rock Fury, today via Relapse Records.  With the addition of multi-instrumentalist Kevin Nickles (saxophone/flute/guitar), the new album introduces bluesy harmonica and hip-shaking boogie rhythms - as heard here - to their trippy and tribal brand of heavy psych-rock to expand their cosmic sound even further into the beyond.)

Diet Cig – “Barf Day” (The NY-based indie-pop duo of Alex Luciano and Noah Bowman will release their highly-anticipated debut album, Swear I’m Good At This, today on Frenchkiss Records.  They build on the success of their acclaimed 2015 debut EP, Over Easy as sugar-sweet melodies collide with Luciano’s witty, bittersweet, and confessional lyrics alongside jangly yet crunchy sguitars and bouncy rhythms for a super-catchy pop-punk sound.)      

Cold War Kids – “So Tied Up” (The California-based band will release their new album LA Divine today; their sixth and first for their new label, Capitol Records.  On it they pay homage to their home state with sunny, outsized melodies alongside frontman Nathan Willett’s soulful vocal style and arena-worthy sound for their most polished and radio-ready effort of their career.  British singer-songwriter Bishop Briggs contributes her Gospel-inflected vocals to the stomping standout single heard here.)