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    • The Parrots, Leif Erikson For MIRRORS 2016 September 28, 2016
      Hackney one-dayer expands its line up...The Parrots, Leif Erikson and more have been added to the line up of MIRRORS. The Hackney one-dayer opened its account last year, and impressed with a deftly curated line up spread across a short series of East London venues. Returning this Autumn, MIRRORS has just expanded its line up, with indie heroes Martha, garage […]
    • Akala Drops New Video 'Giants' September 28, 2016
      As his 10 Years Of Akala tour gets under way...Akala has spent a decade at the frontline, expanding UK hip-hop in new and daring ways. Stretching his sound far beyond genre definition, the rapper's new '10 Years Of Akala' album is out now. A celebration of righteous achievement, Akala played Afropunk festival at the weekend, and is set to foll […]
    • Track Of The Day 28/9 - FRIEND September 28, 2016
      'The Evening Crowns The Day'FRIEND is the alter ego of Dominik Huber, a musician based in Switzerland but who inhabits an alternate reality. Each song has a dream-like atmosphere, drifting endlessly across fresh space, and new expanses. There's a little of David Lynch in here, too, with FRIEND able to confuse and amuse, to beguile and entertai […]
    • Laura Marling Chats To Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris September 28, 2016
      As part of her podcast series Reversal of the Muse...Laura Marling chats to Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris in the latest of her podcast series Reversal of the Muse. The series launched earlier this year, and promised an exploration of femininity in creativity. True to her word, Laura Marling has curated an enthralling series of conversations with figures th […]
    • AlunaGeorge - I Remember September 28, 2016
      A strong return, but the sense of potential unfulfilled remains...Looking back, AlunaGeorge's debut album, 2013's ‘Body Music’, was a classic case of potential unfulfilled. The London duo had a bucketful of momentum and industry hype, but ended up putting out an LP that veered from stellar singles (‘Your Drums, Your Love’, ‘You Know You Like It’) t […]
    • James Vincent McMorrow - We Move September 28, 2016
      A polished return, but also one with real depth...Gaining significant traction through a venerable Game of Thrones endorsement, covering Chris Isaak’s ‘Wicked Game’ for the show’s Season 6 trailer, you got the sense it was a prelude to greater things for James Vincent McMorrow. The Irish troubadour found home in wisps and fragments on 2014’s ‘Post Tropical’ […]
    • Listen: Jack River - 'Palo Alto' September 28, 2016
      Superb cut from the Australian newcomer...Not all songs fall into place immediately. Some take weeks to formulate, while others take months to fully emerge... a very few, however, will take years. Such is the case with Jack River's new cut 'Palo Alto'. A superb piece of breezy guitar pop from the Australian newcomer, the track took some time t […]
    • Bruno Major's 'There's Little Left' Is Silky Smooth September 28, 2016
      Part of the newcomer's year-long songwriting project...Bruno Major has unveiled silken-smooth new cut 'There's Little Left'. The London based songwriter is currently embarking on a year-long creative journey, releasing one new song every month. New single 'There's Little Left' is the second in these, and it's a blissed […]
    • Röyksopp - 'Never Ever' ft. Susanne Sundfør September 28, 2016
      Prepare to enter “a disco-esque alternative universe”...Röyksopp have always existed in their own universe. The Norwegian duo operate on their own plane, utilising out-there elements of pop cultures but reconfiguring them in fresh ways. New cut 'Never Ever' is a case in point. Laced with colour, the production features guest vocals from fellow Scan […]
    • Solange Introduces New Album 'A Seat At The Table' September 28, 2016
      The cast list is absolutely fantastic...Solange is set to release new album 'A Seat At The Table' on Friday (September 30th). The American artist made the surprise announcement via social media, and the design looks absolutely stunning. The cast list, too, is something to behold - featuring Devonte Hynes, Sean Nicholas Savage, Q-Tip, guest vocals f […]
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    • 9/27: METALLICA IS BACK, MAJOR RADIO NEWS THIS THURSDAY, MORE September 27, 2016
      Had a busy day in NYC yesterday. Spent some time with the guys in Metallica who were in to appear on Howard Stern and various other SiriusXM shows. It was good to see them all. Spent a good amount of time talking UFO with Kirk (he’s a fellow super fan!) and interviewed Lars. You’ll hear... Read more
    • METALLICA WORRY ABOUT THE FUTURE OF ROCK MUSIC September 27, 2016
      Metallica are worried about the future of rock music after they’ve gone, they’ve revealed. The band discussed their concerns in a question-and-answer session with fans on Sirius XM as they continue to promote upcoming album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct. Despite name-checking several rising-star acts, they expressed fears over what will happen to the heavy mus […]
    • FORMER CINDERELLA GUITARISTJEFF LABAR BELIEVES THAT HE MAY BE THE REASON WHY THE BAND WILL NEVER REUNITE September 27, 2016
      Former Cinderella guitarist, Jeff LaBar, spoke with Another FN Podcast With Izzy Presley about the band’s decision to stop touring, saying that he understands why Tom doesn’t return his calls and admitting that he is “pretty much done playing music.” Excerpts from interview appear below as transcribed by blabbermouth.net. When asked where he thinks Cinderell […]
    • PICTURE OF REUNITED DOKKEN LINEUP POSTED ONLINE, GUITARIST GEORGE LYNCH DISCUSSES THE REUNION September 26, 2016
      A picture of the classic Dokken lineup has surfaced online. As previously reported, the band will reunite for six shows in Japan in October, and one in the States, which will be in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on September 30th. In a recent interview with Classic Rock, guitarist George Lynch says the reunion is, “…like... Read more
    • METALLICA RELEASE VIDEO FOR “MOTH INTO FLAME” September 26, 2016
      Metallica have released a video for the song, Moth Into Flame, from their forthcoming album, Hardwired… To Self-Destruct, out November 18th. Watch the clip below. Announcing the album details last month, Metallica said, “Hardwired… represents the next phase of our journey as Metallica and we are so excited to share it with you.” Metallica recently... Read mo […]
    • SIRIUSXM’S HAIR NATION FESTIVAL WRAPS WITH OVER 10,000 IN ATTENDANCE AT IRVINE MEADOWS AMPHITHEATRE FEATURING VINCE NEIL AND BRET MICHAELS ON SEPTEMBER 17TH September 24, 2016
      SiriusXM’s Hair Nation Festival brought over 10,000 fans to Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Southern California on Saturday, September 17th. At one of the venue’s last major rock shows, emotions were flowing throughout the night. Produced by Live Nation and Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE), Hair Nation gave rock fans from around the globe a chance to... Rea […]
    • 9/23: FARM ROCK CONCERT SERIES AND THE SHITTY SIDE OF THE MUSIC BIZ September 23, 2016
      Some of you may be familiar with an 80’s concert festival series the last few years known as “Farm Rock”. The last few years these events have taken place in Chicago, and more recently there have been Farm Rock’s in Nashville, Atlanta and several other locations. Farm Rock was run and owned by a promoter... Read more
    • METALLICA’S LARS ULRICH SAYS HE EATS 20 PANCAKES A DAY September 23, 2016
      Hardeep Phull of the New York Post spoke with Metallica drummer, Lars Ulrich. Excerpts of the interview appear below. NYP: The response to new single Hardwired has been pretty positive. Do you think fans are going to feel similarly about the album Hardwired . . . To Self-Destruct? Lars Ulrich: The response in the inner circle to... Read more
    • SINGER PHIL LEWIS AND GUITARIST TRACII GUNS TO RELEASE NEW MATERIAL NEXT YEAR WITH A SELECT GROUP OF LIVE SHOWS ANNOUNCED September 22, 2016
      Frontiers Music Srl is delighted to welcome the reunion of Tracii Guns And Phil Lewis as L.A. Guns to the label for the release of a brand new album set for release in the summer of 2017. After a nearly 15 year break, Philip Lewis and Tracii Guns are back together for another chapter in... Read more
    • SINGER/BASSIST GLENN HUGHES DEBUTS MUSIC VIDEO FOR “HEAVY” September 22, 2016
      Glenn Hughes, the legendary “Voice Of Rock,” has released the first music video from his upcoming eighth solo album, Resonate. The video for the debut single Heavy is now available worldwide and can be seen below. The music video also features a guest appearance by Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith, who also played... Read more
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Video of the Day: Coldplay/Viola Beach – Boys That Sing

Posted by falconi5 on September 10, 2016

violaThis year the U.K. Band Viola Beach released their debut self-titled album, a smart intoxicating blend of British Pop Rock that falls somewhere between Oasis and Teenage Fanclub.  Released on their label, the record featuring the singles “Swings and Waterslides” and “Boys that Sing,” was set to be a next level album that vault the boys from Warrington into the big time.

Unfortunately, and tragically, all of the band members along with their manager were killed when the car they were all riding in crashed into a canal as they were on their way to an opening spot for The Blossoms after having played Sweden’s  Where’s the Music? festival, their first gig outside of the U.K.. Their album, released 4 months after the accident, reached number one on the British charts.

In the middle of their recent Glastonbury set instead of playing their usual cover of David Bowie’s “Hero’s” Coldplay paid tribute to Viola Beach showing videos of the band in the background while they played “Boys that Sing.”

 

 

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Video of the Day: Karl Blau – That’s How I Got to Memphis

Posted by falconi5 on August 31, 2016

karlNight quite this years Chris Stapleton, but still pretty darn good. Karl Blau is one of those new school meets old school artists that is carrying Country Music to the next level. Introducing Karl Blau, his latest, includes the single “That’s How I Got to Memphis” along with two really fine covers, “Woman (Sensuous Woman),” and the Townes Van Zandt song “If I Needed You.”

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Rock Chick of the Day: Courtney Marie Andrews – Not the End

Posted by falconi5 on August 30, 2016

courtneymarieThe first thing that grabs your ears is the voice. Floating somewhere between Linda, Joni, and Laurel Canyon it is pure late 60’s Laurel Canyon.  Once you get past the honey dripped singing voice, the pure talent of the music and the songwriting will catch your attention. Two spins in, her new album Honest Life is a stone cold winner and rising fast.

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Five Cool Ones: Five New(ish) Bands We are Grooving To

Posted by falconi5 on August 28, 2016

 

5Dreamers – Drugs

Dreamers is a Los Angeles based three-piece band that weaves solid festival-ready hooks with sharp lyrics with an infectious energy that never overwhelms and rarely lets up. Their debut long player This Album Does Not Exist, while somewhat poorly named, is terrific. Key stand out tracks are “Drugs” a song that addresses a different type of drug with the addiction to technology, and “Wolves (You Got Me)” covers another type of addiction.  To the opposite sex. This band should be on your ones to watch list.

 

 

Mother Feather – Mirror

First there was Rock, then there was Pop, now there is Pop Rock. And N.Y. Based Mother Feather do it in style. If you are not careful you will dismiss this dual frontwoman band led by Ann Courtney and Elizabeth Carena a shock rock, all hat no cattle glam rock outfit that pays more attention to the Kiss style make up and the outfits than they do their music.  But you would be wrong.  Very wrong.

Their music is self-described as Pop Cock Rock with a touch of female empowerment along with nuances of Lady Gaga, Karen O, Kiss, and Beth Ditto. Must hear songs from their new self-titled album are “Mirror,” “Trampoline” and “Mother Feather,”  just to name a few shiny apples from a bushel of excellent tunes.

Lisa Hannigan – Fall

It’s always good to discover, or re-discover in this case, a musician that has been around for a spell and has a bit of a back catalog to enjoy along with their current case.  Such is the case with Irish singer, songwriter, musician, Lisa Hannigan who is best known for her collaboration with Damian Rice.  Having just released At Swim Hannigan also has two beautifully atmospheric records under her belt with Sea Sew released in 2008, and Passenger in 2011.

L.A. Salami – The City Nowadays

You can find the roots of 70’s singer songwriter troubadour all over Dancing With Bad Grammar, the debut album from L.A. Salime, the stage name that U.K. based Lookman Adekunte Salami goes by.  There is a lot of Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Elliott Smith, and Rodriguez in the spirit of this one with Salami turning the mundane into magic with his dense lyrics and everyday life storytelling.

Larkin Poe – Trouble in Mind

This is another one of those been around for a minute, but are new to us bands. Atlanta-based sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell deliver a more than solid of gritty Garage Blues with “Trouble in Mind” with the shout out to Freddie King as sparkling a song as you will hear all year,

 

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Rock Chick of the Day: Kandace Springs – Everything Your Heart Desires (feat. Daryl Hall)

Posted by falconi5 on August 21, 2016

kandacedarylSoul Eyes, the new album from Kandace Springs is destined to be a top 10 caliber record at the end of the year.  In the meantime, she took time to pay a visit to Daryl’s house.

 

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Video of the Day: Bright Light Bright Light – All in the Name

Posted by falconi5 on August 21, 2016

brightlightBright Light Bright Light, the nomme de plume of Elton John’s favorite Pop Star Rod Thomas, delivers a perfect set of 80’s perfection with his new record Choreography. With shades of New Order and The Pet Shop Boys, this one sparkles with plenty of contributions from Sir Elton himself.

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Video of the Day: Quaker City Night Hawks -Mockingbird

Posted by falconi5 on August 13, 2016

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Starting with the name, there is nothing that is not cool about The Quaker City Night Hawks. With an energy that would rival The Cadillac Three, and musical chops that float somewhere between The Allman Brothers and The Black Crowes, this might be your new summertime Rock and Roll Band.  The new record, El Astonauta, is top 10 worthy.

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Five Cool Ones: Five Cool “Covers” Albums

Posted by falconi5 on August 7, 2016

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Albums consisting entirely of songs made famous by someone else can be decidedly hit or miss affairs. When an actor like William Shatner gives birth to a record of space related songs on the horribly named Seeking Major Tom record, a platter that is an assault to the ears and absolutely tortures stone-cold classics like “Space Cowboy”, “Rocket Man” and “Walking on the Moon” and Pat Boone is given valuable studio time to cut 12 “Metal” tunes on In a Metal Mood: No More Mister Nice Guy covering  “Metalclassics “Smoke on the Water” and “Love Hurts” along with an absolutely horrid version of “Holy Diver” that warrants Ronnie James Dio coming back from the dead to kick Pat Boone’s ass, a legitimite case can be made to ban the genre altogether.

And then there are the good ones.  And there a lot of them. The Walkmen took their fandom to the next level with their nuanced recreation of Harry Nilsson’s Pussy Cat’s that was itself essentially a covers record, and the Flaming Lips recently came out with a somewhat bizaar guest driven track by track rendition of Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band which is strangely cool, and is probably considered epic to a Flaming Lips fan, but hardcore Beatle fans would probably be better served checking out Cheap Trick’s Sgt. Pepper Live.

Willie Nelson has released a lot of really good covers albums, the best of which is probably Willie Sings Kristofferson, and even the iconic Bob Dylan has joined Rod Stewart with songs performed from the great American songbook.

Here are five top-notch artist covers albums very much worthy of some of your ear time.

Metallica – Garage Inc.

Very much a genre specific selection here, this one tend to veer slightly more to the rock side vs. the heavy metal bombastic playing we are used to from Metallica.  Scoring high marks for the song selection here with Seger’s “Turn the Page,” the Thin Lizzy anthem “Whisky in the Jar,” and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Tuesday’s Gone,” this one is a mighty fine road trip record and on that will definitely scratch that hard rock itch.

 

Bryan Ferry – Dylanesque

When the first line of the song hits you between the ears “When you’re  lost in the rain in Juarez and it’s Easter time too” the line from “Just like Tom Thumb’s Blues,” this time delivered by Roxy Music front man Bryan Ferry, you immediately know that this version rides the same side of the track as the original, and that this song, or any other Bob Dylan song for that matter, is in the capable hands of a master. A master paying tribute to a master.  Highlights are “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” and the somewhat over looked classic “Make You Feel My Love.”  The version of “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” might be the second best cover of the song just behind the almost death bed performance of the song delivered by Warren Zevon on The Wind.

 

k.d. Lang – Hymns of the 49th Parallel

This unique take on the covers genre, covering songs by Canadian artists, works well mostly due to the fact that two of the most brilliant songwriters ever just happen to be from north of the border in Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, and Joni Mitchell.  All of the arrangements here are short, sweet and too the point with k.d.’s voice on brilliant display front and center. “After the Gold Rush” and “Helpless” the two Neil Young songs presented here are first rate, and “The Day I Walk,” a song written by the criminally ignored (except by the critics) Bruce Cockburn is a pleasant surprise. The real stunner here, of course, is Lang’s version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”. in a Beatles vs. Stones sort of debate the jury is still out among many as to which version is better. This one, or the Jeff Buckley version. While the studio version presented here is certainly terrific, seek out a live version.  It will change your life.

 

Dexys – Let the Record Show: Dexys Do Irish and Country Soul

Dexys, the later day version of Dexys Midnight Runners of “Come On Eileen” fame may not be that well known on certain sides of the pond, and lead singer Kevin Rowland certainly could shop in any mall in America without fear of recognition, but all of that being said, Let the Record Show: Dexys Do Irish and Country Soul is on fine record, forget covers record.

The album is 1/2 vinatge traditional Irish standards and 1/2 carefully curated from an eclectic palate of artist including Joni Mitchell, LeAnn Rimes, and The Brothers Gibb, with a couple of tasty nuggets from the great American songbook thrown in for good measure. “You Wear it Well” sounds perfect with the Dexy-fied arrangement and Rowlands exquisitely deep voice, and the Johnny Cash deep track 40 Shades of Green sounds like it could have been a traditional Irish ballad, Country style.

The opener “Women of Ireland” is a beautiful instrumental and a perfect mood setter to carry you on a sea voyage to the Emerald Isle. “To Love Somebody” is brilliant, and “I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen” is stunning.

This record released in 2016 is a good one.  Better than good actually.

 

David Bowie – Pin Ups

This album, released between Alladin Sane and Diamond Dogs represented sort of the last hurrah for Ziggy Stardust, and Bowie was in fine peak form. Choosing a set of songs that were his personal favorites some of these songs were bona-fide hits of the day including The Easybeats “Friday on My Mind” and The Yardbirds “Shapes of Things” while others more are obscure deeper tracks by major acts like “See Emily Play” the Pink Floyd Song and the Who’s “Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere.”  “I Can’t Explain” in the slowed down version presented here is distinctly different that the original, and “Here Comes the Night” is a scorcher.

Pin Ups was the swan song for Mick Ronson and the Spiders from Mars. What a way to go out.

 

Honorable Mention

Steve Earle – Towns

Jesse Malin – On Your Sleeve

Joseph Arthur – Lou

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Kicking Against the Pricks

Elvis Costello – Almost Blue

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Best Albums of 2016: Charlie Faye and the Fayettes – Charlie Faye and the Fayettes

Posted by falconi5 on July 28, 2016

Charlie Faye and the Fayettes – Charlie Faye and the Fayettes (Rating 3.5 out of 5)

charliefayeThere is not a lot of thinking you need to do to enjoy this retro to the extreme, girl group fun fest, do the watusi self-titled album from Charlie Faye and the Fayettes. From the beginning strains of “Green Light” you are taken back to a simpler time when music was made for the pure joy of moving your feet and swaying to the beat.

Most of the girl groups are represented here with the trio of Charlie Faye, Betty Soo, and Akina Adderly pulling off a groove that comes across more cool than campy, and more channeling than copying. At one moment Supremes are dancing on top of your speakers, and the next your are listening to The Ronettes complete with a mini wall of sound courtesy of “Coming Round the Bend.”

For more current comparisons, you can hear more than of a whiff of the Go Go’s on songs like “Delayed Reaction”, but for the most these boots are made for walkin’ with the sixties female singers and girl groups lining up to be played on Austin Powers’ jukebox. Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield, and Leslie Gore all seem to bunny hop across your speakers, and it is all groovy.

Your IQ won’t go up by listening to this record that times in at a bit over 30 minutes, but you just might have a little fun.  And at the end of the day isn’t that just what music is all about.

 

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Best Albums of 2016: Caveman – Otero War

Posted by falconi5 on July 27, 2016

Caveman – Otero War (Rating  3.5 out of 5)

cavemanTo properly expose yourself to Otero War, the latest, and in the opinion of many, the greatest effort from Brooklyn based Synth/Psych/Indie band Caveman, go directly to song number 3 on the record and give “On My Own” a Listen. With a more distinct Southern California Laurel Canyon vibe, the song immediately establishes itself as a departure from the more gloomy atmospheric efforts of the bands prior efforts.

The whole thing has a Dawes meets Best Coast with a touch of LCD Soundsystem to it.  With each song carrying a DNA all its own, songs like “80 West” would have fit quite nicely on Dawe’s recent All Your Favorite Bands record, “Lean on Me” carries a whiff of U2 at their most sincere, and Life or “Just Living” is a radio friendly hit with some ELO worthy production value. Radio friendly  if they actually played great songs like this on the radio that is.

The vocals are great courtesy of main man and lead songwriter Matt Iwanusa, and the songwriting is spot on and melds with a glossy synchronicity courtesy of the refined production values. Close your eyes, put the headphones on, and give a careful listen to “Over the Hills”.  It is a great song with layered Beach Boy worthy harmonies.

If there is one criticism to be doled out it is the fuzzed out, Crazy Horse at their most rebellious, last track “I Need You in My Life”. No we don’t really need this song in our lives, so feel free to stop at song number 11. The rest of the record is pure class.

 

 

 

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