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    • Deadline – U.S.A.
      Playing like a historical version of the fifth season of The Wire, Deadline – U.S.A. is incredibly unsubtle, even preachy, in its message regarding the dangers of capitalism and sensationalism on the press. 
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      Though no one worries about it much in an era when indie rock bands routinely jump to major labels and continue on with their integrity intact, there was a time not too terribly long ago when a band's decision to sign to a label with deeper pockets was greeted with trepidation.
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    • Clash DJ Mix - Inkke July 26, 2016
      Vital Glasgow selector picks out influences, key sounds, and more...Glasgow producer Inkke is fast becoming the name to drop. Collabs with Novelist, a hook up with LuckyMe, and a sound that is truly his own have pushed Inkke to the centre of the hype bubble. Yet he's taking it all in his stride. Beneath the bombastic sound and dense array of colours Ink […]
    • Sneaks To Re-Issue Debut Album 'Gymnastics' July 26, 2016
      Check out 'True Killer'...Underground favourite Sneaks has signed to Merge, who will re-issue debut album 'Gymnastics'. The sparse, post-punk inspired record gained warm plaudits on its initial release, and will now hopefully find a wider audience on its second issue. Merge and Sneaks have joined forces, with the label due to re-issue […]
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      An incredibly imaginative new video...Always the charmer, John Grant has spent the summer impressing all-comers. From a headline show at the Royal Albert Hall to an emotive set at Latitude, the Iceland-based songwriter continued his glorious rise. New video 'Global Warming' will only win more fans to his cause. It's a beautifully shot post-apo […]
    • Kenzo x H&M: First Look July 26, 2016
      Oliver Hadlee Pearch shoots the debut looks from the collab.“We can’t wait to share with everyone the world of Kenzo x H&M,” announced the latter’s creative advisor, Ann-Sofie Johansson back in May; fast forward to today and the pair are doing just that, with the unveiling of the collaboration’s first three looks. Lensed by one time Clash collaborator Ol […]
    • In Conversation: Sian Anderson July 26, 2016
      Sian Anderson just keeps climbing the ladder of success...If you were to look at Sian Anderson’s CV, you’d be amazed at how much she’s been able to accomplish. Exceling herself in a number of positions in music PR, journalism, radio and much more, she’s proven that she knows a little bit about music. With her work, Sian has been pushing the grime scene, maki […]
    • Akala Preps 10 Year Retrospective July 26, 2016
      Including an album and a full tour...Akala is set to toast 10 years in the game with a new album and a full nationwide tour. The rapper/producer/activist's profile has rarely been higher, with a number of television appearances going viral over the past 12 months. New album '10 Years Of Akala' drops in September, and it looks to be a neat prim […]
    • Dinosaur Jr. Share New Melter 'Goin' Down' July 26, 2016
      Please wear protective clothing when listening...Dinosaur Jr. have shared new track 'Goin' Down' - check it out now. Amid the ongoing sea of disappointing reformations Dinosaur Jr. stand out by virtue of - y'know - actually being pretty damn good. New album 'Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not' arrives next month, with the seminal gr […]
    • Jenny Hval's 'Conceptual Romance' May Be Her Best Track Yet July 26, 2016
      Taken from new album 'Blood Bitch'Jenny Hval has shared superb new track 'Conceptual Romance'. The Norwegian artist's new album 'Blood Bitch' drops later this year, with the material being co-produced with noise producer Lasse Marhaug. 'Conceptual Romance' seems to epitomise this technique: there's a superb s […]
    • Next Wave #693: Nadia Rose July 26, 2016
      Fearless, frank, and fierce...You could say that Nadia Rose has always been destined for big things. Her family noticed her talent from an early age, sending her to BRIT School. Nurturing her creativity through drama schools, and her unwavering sense of self-belief, she was always set for stardom. But for Rose, it wasn’t until her grandmother sadly died that […]
    • Next Wave #692: Poté July 26, 2016
      An artist with a story to tell...London­-based producer Poté is an artist with a story to tell. Having only moved to the city from the tropical climes of St. Lucia when he was 12 years old, his journey into music was as much inspired by his new­found surroundings, as it was getting to grips with - and understanding - his cultural heritage. His early days wer […]
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Best Albums of 2016: Frankie Lee – American Dreamer

Posted by falconi5 on July 11, 2016

Frankie Lee – American Dreamer (Rating 4 out of 5)

frankieleeAmerican Dreamer, the first proper full length record from cosmic cowboy troubadour Frankie Lee is the smile out loud leader in the clubhouse for summer album of the year. Everything about it makes you want to pick up a six-pack, load the buddies in the back of your El Camino, and hit the road for the beach.

From the opener “High and Dry” a take what life gives you ode to real life that would fit quite nicely on a John Mellencamp record, to “Queen of Carolina” that has early Neil Young written all over it, the stories that are told here are small time epic with highly relatable themes of lost loves, hardscrabble living, and dreams that seem always to be just out of reach.

There are a lot of influences to pluck out of the air on this one if you are so inclined.  The easy, atmospheric rhythms of the Jayhawks are front and center with “Know By Now” carrying a Yoko-less John Lennon vibe, “Black Dog” sounding more than a little like Tom Petty, and “East Side Blues” sounding more than a little like a Justin Townes Earle Song. The songwriting is excellent floating somewhere in the mold of Dave Alvin or Elvis Costello.

A favorite track is “Buffalo,” with a groove laid down that would make J.J. Cale proud, the song professes that there must be more to life than a factory job and a trophy wife. This is a serious bit of songwriting and this one along with the piano driven title track are just two sterling examples that should separate Frankie Lee from the rest of the singer songwriter pack for years to come.

 

 

 

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Video of the Day: Elton John – A Good Heart

Posted by falconi5 on July 11, 2016

eltonwond“A Good Heart” the latest video from Elton’s latest record A Wonderful Crazy Night has more than a bit of old school Elton about it. With lyrics written by Bernie Taupin and accompanied by his band from the 70’s, this is some of the best work Elton has done in decades.

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Rock Chick of the Day: Blues Pills – Lady in Gold

Posted by falconi5 on July 1, 2016

bluespillsThe latest from Blues Pills and a very nice follow-up to their 2015 self titled release.

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Video of the Day: Highs – I Do, I Do

Posted by falconi5 on June 29, 2016

highsThe Toronto band Highs blends infectious Indie Pop, Folk Pop, and Dance music to create what might be the album of the summer with their latest release Dazzle Camouflage.

 

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Rock Chick of the Day: Madonna – American Pie

Posted by falconi5 on June 29, 2016

 

madonnaOn the very short list of worst cover versions ever.

 

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Five Cool Ones: Five Cool Records Released in 2016

Posted by falconi5 on June 27, 2016

5It is never too late to start compiling your best of lists even though the year is just at the half-way point.  There has been a lot to sink your ears into including a couple of old souls in Iggy Pop and David Bowie, a sprinkle of fresh new and dynamic faces in Car Seat Headrest, and some real he done me wrong Country soon to be classics from the likes of Margo Price and Brandy Clark.

Here are five nice albums that come to our ear-tention.

Royal Jelly Jive – Stand Up

Dynamically Rock Chick fronted by the dazzling Lauren Michele Bjelde, San Francisco based Royal Jelly Jive is a band in the purest and best sense of the word. Combining Rock, Soul, Big Band, New Orleans Noir, and Swing into one intoxicating clam chowder, Stand Up puts it all together in one unique 13 song coming out party. It doesn’t hurt either that the band members are big Tom Waits fans with “Dear Mr. Waits” as a highlight of the album.

Tiger Army – V

V, the latest from the Los Angeles, Ca based Post Punk/Psychobilly band Tiger Army rocks it hard, and then it doesn’t. And that is exactly what makes this record so special. The turn on a dime vibe change from “Firefall” a scorcher of a tune to the low and slow “Prisoner of the night” makes this a something for everyone listen.

John Doe – The Westerner

Don’t worry, John Doe, the former lead singer of the Iconic uber-influential L.A. punk band X, has not gone soft.  He is simply aging very carefully and has gone California Cool. This one should be your Road Trip set list of the summer. Songs about trains, blue skies and wide open spaces, and simply going somewhere. Going somewhere,someplace,somehow.

Karl Blau – Introducing Karl Blau

If like many of us you are a bit depressed and have not quite gotten over the recent passing of Country music legends Guy Clark and Merle Haggard, Introducing Karl Blau just might be your antidote to sadness. With songs ranging in style from Buck Owens, to Merle Haggard and Glen Campbell Blau does New-School meets Old School exactly the way it should be done.

Whitney – Light Upon the Lake

Chicago based Whitney was formed by Max Kakacek following the demise of The Smith Westerns. The album is laid back, think laid back So-Cal surfer rock with a Bon Iver Midwestern edge. On the strength of two really terrific songs, “No Woman” and “Golden Days” along with the jazzy near perfect instrumental “Red Moon,” this one will be on your listening reel for a long time.

 

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Rock Chick of the Day: Margaret Glaspy – You and I

Posted by falconi5 on June 26, 2016

margaretDestined to be on the list for “Kiss Off Song of the Year” New York based Margaret Glaspy should make some heavy duty musical waves with her just released album, Emotions and Math.

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Video of the Day: Tiger Army – Prisoner of the Night

Posted by falconi5 on June 26, 2016

tigerarmyThere is a strong Del Shannon Vibe to “Prisoner of the Night” the latest from Nick 13 and Tiger Army.

 

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Best Albums of 2016: Layla Zoe – Breaking Free

Posted by falconi5 on June 1, 2016

Layla Zoe – Breaking Free (Rating 3.5 out of 5)

laylazoeBreaking Free, the 10th and according to the critics the best record Blues guitarist and singer Layla Zoe has released to date, may just be the effort that puts her on the map South of the Canadian border.

Leading off with “Backstage Queen” the rockingest number on this 11 song set, a tune that sounds like some sort of cool hybrid of Led Zeppelin and Rival Sons, the stage is set for an ear-perking experience that will introduce you to a set of back of the barroom pipes and guitar chops the likes of which you probably have not heard in quite some time.

“Why Do We Hurt the Ones We Loves” brings things slow and slow down into Beth Hart territory, and “Wild One” is slinky and sensual, with a side order of sultry, and lyrics that might make you blush.  She is of course, “giving lessons that no blonde can ever keep, she’s a wild one.”  This song features her mentor Sonny Landreth on slide guitar, and is exquisite.

Zoe pretty much rips it up on “Workhorse” with her playing and singing that has more than a minor dusting of Jimi Hendrix meets The Meters on it, and on “Wild Horses,” her one and only cover song on the album she does The Flying Burrito Brothers proud. Like most of us, you probably didn’t previously have Layla Zoe on your musical radar. With this album, a grievous wrong has just been righted.

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Video of the Day: Matt Andersen – Honest Man

Posted by falconi5 on June 1, 2016

mattandersenHonest Man, the latest record from blues man Matt Andersen, just might be the Blues album of the year for 2016.

 

 

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