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    • Premiere: Travis - “What Will Come” Video
      It's crazy to think that it's been 19 years since the release of Travis' well-received debut album, 1997's Good Feeling (which included the fantastic single "All I Want to Do Is Rock"). It was 1999's Nigel Godrich-produced sophomore album, the gorgeous The Man Who, that really cemented the Scottish band's legacy and ga […]
    • Amanda Palmer to Release a Collaborative Album with Her Father, Jack Palmer
      Amanda Palmer has teamed up with her father, Jack Palmer, for a collaborative album of covers entitled You Got Me Singing. It's billed to "Jack & Amanda Palmer" and is due out July 15. Below is the stop motion video their cover of Richard Thompson's "1952 Vincent Black Lightning."
    • Sharon Jones Documentary “Miss Sharon Jones!” Gets a Theatrical Release Date
      Miss Sharon Jones! is documentary about Sharon Jones (of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings), her battle with cancer, and her triumphant return to stage. It's been announced that Starz Digital has picked up the North American distribution rights to the film and it will get a theatrical release on July 29, followed by a digital, on-demand, and home video r […]
    • Unknown Mortal Orchestra Share New Song - “First World Problem”
      Unknown Mortal Orchestra have shared a brand new song, "First World Problem," the New Zealand band's first new song since their excellent 2015 album Multi-Love (out now via Jagjaguwar). The funky cut was recorded in March. "I think 'First World Problem' is about modern love in a crumbling empire," said frontman Ruban Nielso […]
    • Black Mountain
      Losing a longtime band member is often a tough pill to swallow. When Black Mountain bass player Matt Camirand left the band, they had to scramble to find a replacement. Fortunately for them, veteran bass player Arjan Miranda (formerly of S.T.R.E.E.T.S, Children, and The Family Band) stepped in as the band prepared to record their new album IV.
    • Primavera Sound 2016 Preview: A Day-By-Day Guide to the Spanish Festival
      Primavera Sound may only have been going since 2001, but few would argue against it having earned a reputation for consistently delivering the most exciting line-ups of any festival the European side of the Atlantic. Tickets are always fervently sought out but this year's bill is so stellar that even the most embittered cynic would be impressed by a fes […]
    • Primavera Sound 2016 Preview: A Day-By-Day Guide to the Spanish Festival
      Primavera Sound may only have been going since 2001, but few would argue against it having earned a reputation for consistently delivering the most exciting line-ups of any festival the European side of the Atlantic. Tickets are always fervently sought out but this year's bill is so stellar that even the most embittered cynic would be impressed by a fes […]
    • Matt Mondanile Leaves Real Estate to Focus on Ducktails, Band Announces New Tour Dates
      Real Estate have announced that Matt Mondanile has left the band to focus on his Ducktails project. Julian Lynch (also from the band's home state of New Jersey and a well-regarded solo artist in his own right) will be replacing him and the band has announced their first tour dates with the new lineup. 
    • Dinosaur Jr. Share New Song, “Tiny,” and Performed it Last Night on “Later… with Jools Holland”
      Dinosaur Jr. just announced a new album, Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not. The latest from J Mascis and band is due out August 5 via Jagjaguwar and the band shared an album announcement video featuring Henry Rollins. Now the band has shared the album's first single, "Tiny," which you can stream below. 
    • Kristin Kontrol Announces Tour Dates, Including Solo Shows and Dates with Garbage
      Dum Dum Girls frontwoman/main creative force Dee Dee previously announced a new solo project called Kristin Kontrol. Dee Dee's real name is Kristin Welchez, hence the name of her new project, and Kristin Kontrol's debut album, X-Communicate, is due out this Friday, May 27, via Sub Pop. Now she's announced some June tour dates in support of the […]
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    • For The Terraces: Patrick Topping Chats Cocoon In The Park May 26, 2016
      Geordie dance mainstay on his summer plans...Reeling off Patrick Topping’s CV is an exhausting task. Having dropped ubiquitous Ibiza banger in the form of ‘Forget’ on Hot Creations back in ’14, and a series of tech-house floorfillers and remixes at an envying rate, the Geordie dance mainstay has rapidly become one of the world’s most in-demand dance producer […]
    • Premiere: Fighting Caravans - 'Blue Heart Motel' May 26, 2016
      Leeds' hidden secret strike out across the country...Fighting Caravans are one of the lynchpins of Leeds' music scene, a hidden secret that locals adore. Well, the rest of the country is about to get a taste. Fighting Caravans have lined up a new single, to be accompanied by an exhausting nationwide tour. The double A-side single drops on July 1st, […]
    • Premiere: Beaty Heart - 'Soft Like Clay' May 26, 2016
      Deliriously inventive, and thoroughly pop...Beaty Heart have been based in South East London for years now. The area has undergone a lot of changes in that time – some good, and some bad. One obvious facet of ongoing gentrification is the price of property, and the impact this has had on the area's creative community. At one point, Beaty Heart found the […]
    • Weird Dreams' 'Calm' Will Soothe Your Mind May 26, 2016
      It's an evocation of Autogenic Therapy...Whatever happened to Weird Dreams? The project released a sterling debut back in 2012, packed with dream pop gems, and odd psychedelic flourishes. Singer Doran Edwards now resides in Paris, and began slowly piecing together a new record following a period of personal turmoil. New album 'Luxury Alone' is […]
    • The Julie Ruin Share 'I'm Done' May 26, 2016
      It's the party anthem you've been waiting for...The Julie Ruin is the latest project from Kathleen Hanna, one of the American underground's truly inspirational figures. The band self-released their debut back in 2013, before signing with Hardly Art for the follow up. Second album 'Hit Reset' drops on July 8th, with the group sharing […]
    • Factory Floor Are Back, New Album Incoming May 26, 2016
      And their new track is a killer piece of techno...Factory Floor are set to release new album '25 25' on August 19th. The band have been in the studio for some time, shaping their next evolutionary phase after the acclaim lavished on their debut. Well, it seems they're now ready to emerge from this aural chrysalis. New cut 'Dial Me In […]
    • Royal Mail To Issue Pink Floyd Stamps May 26, 2016
      Based on classic album covers...Royal Mail are set to issue a set of stamps based on classic Pink Floyd album covers. The stamps go on sale from July 7th and feature an array of designs based on seminal albums. Amongst the albums included in the series are 1967 debut album 'The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn', seminal prog epic 'The Dark Side Of T […]
    • Get On Down With The Hot 8 Brass Band May 25, 2016
      Check out new cut 'Can't Nobody Get Down'...Funk is feeling, funk is universal. Funk was practically born in New Orleans via the work of The Meters, Allen Toussaint, Lee Dorsey, Eddie Bo and countless other pioneers, and it's still living and breathing in the city today. The Hot 8 Brass Band are an embodiment of the city's lust for l […]
    • Premiere: The White Buffalo - 'I Got You' May 25, 2016
      Rough-hewn Americana with an Emmy nomination under its belt...The White Buffalo may well be familiar to you, even if you can't quite place the name. The project is led by Jake Smith, and their rough-hewn vision of Americana was recruited for the soundtrack of Sons Of Anarchy. Nominated for an Emmy, the band then went back into the studio to work on some […]
    • Go Behind The Scenes With Nothing But Thieves May 25, 2016
      Featuring live footage and more...It can tough to be a rock band in the UK. The mainstream feels slicker than ever, meaning that anything that's even slightly non-commercial might not get a look in. Nothing But Thieves, however, have done. The band's debut album crashed the Top Ten last year, following a series of blistering live shows. Hitting the […]
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Rock Chick of the Day: Lorde – Swingin’ Party

Posted by falconi5 on May 20, 2016

lordeThe original is from Tim, arguably, heck there is no argument, the best Replacements record. Lorde more than holds her own though on this live version. This cover song was included on Pure Heroin.

 

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Live Video of the Day: Bob Dylan – Love Sick

Posted by falconi5 on May 19, 2016

dylanBefore Bob Dylan turned into a lounge singer he was one heck of singer songwriter and performer.  This one is the opening track from the very much underrated album, if an album that wins a Grammy can be considered underrated that is, Time Out of Mind.  I am not too sure how live it actually is, but it is still darn good.

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Live Video of the Day: Prince – Nothing Compares 2 U

Posted by falconi5 on May 15, 2016

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One of the best live versions of the song you will find.

 

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Rock Chick of the Day: Linda Ronstadt – Walkin’ Down the Line (Playboy After Dark)

Posted by falconi5 on May 13, 2016

lindar5Stand down all you Midnight Special and Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert groupies, and you hipsters that think Austin City Limits is the best weekly rock music program ever, you are close, but no cigar. With all due props to Jools Holland, the best pound for pound music show is Playboy After Dark, with a close runner up award going to The Old Grey Whistle Test.  Any show that is hosted by Hugh Hefner has got to be cool.

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Video of the Day: Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake – Love Never Felt So Good

Posted by falconi5 on May 13, 2016

jtThe song originally appeared as the first track of Michael Jackson’s Exscape album. Proving once again that dying is great for business, the song along with the accompanying video was re-imaged by Jackson’s estate to include a collaboration with Justin Timberlake.

 

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Rock Chick of the Day: Florence + The Machine – Third Eye

Posted by falconi5 on May 1, 2016

florenceHow Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, the latest effort from Florence +Machine has pretty much languished just under the musical radar, and criminally so. This song along with “Ship to Wreck” are just two of the anthemic gems from the record.

 

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Best Albums of 2016: The Bo-Keys – Heartaches By The Number

Posted by falconi5 on May 1, 2016

The Bo-Keys – Heartaches By The Number (Rating 4 out of 5)

bokeysWhile this record might not be the album of the year, we are calling our shot now. Heartaches By The Number, the latest record from the Memphis Country Soul band The Bo-Keys, will be the Retro-Country album of the year. Or maybe, the Retro-Soul record of the year.  Or maybe, both. Darn tootin’.

The album travels the intersection of Country, Soul, Rock, Folk and Blues and features first-rate country hits, some deep cut covers, and a couple of original songs as well. All of the songs are carefully curated, and if you close your ears and let the songs wash over your brain, you will be transported back to the deep South circa the 1960’s.

The band itself was formed by Scott Bomar who formed the group in 1998 using under appreciated session musicians from the golden era of Memphis Soul after Stax, Hi Records, and American Studios all shut down. The bands first two records The Royal Sessions and Got to Get Back featured mostly originals with tons of Soul legend guests the likes of Otis Clay and William Bell, and includes the stellar songs “Got to Get Back To My Baby” and the funky instrumental “Just Chillin’.” For extra credit, search these out.  Your ears will thank you.

The title track “Heartaches By The Number” lays down the Country Soul groove that never lets up throughout the song.  The tune features Stax legend Don Bryant along with a subtle Hammond B-3, which is never a bad thing. Here, you are introduced to Percy Wiggins, the singer of the group who has the perfect tonal quality and down right chops to pull off a Hank Williams Song right next to a Freddy Fender classic. The cover of “I threw it All Away,” a Bob Dylan song from the Nashville Skyline album, is quite simply a deep-track, Otis Redding inspired stunner.

“The Longer You Wait” is an obscure early-days Merle Haggard song, that places the Soul right next to the pedal steel in perfect harmony. Sure you’ve heard the Swamp Dogg penned classic made famous by Johnny Paycheck “Don’t Take Her (She’s All I Got)” tons of times, but you definitely have not heard it covered as soulfully cool as you will find here. The end of the night vibe of Floyd Cramer’s Last Date, is a band stretching, soul soothing way to polish off the proceedings.

Memphis Meets Nashville, all day long.

 

 

 

 

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Rock Chick(s) of the Day: Taco Cat – Crimson Wave

Posted by falconi5 on April 10, 2016

There’s nothing like a little Surf Rock Post Punk to get you moving in the morning.

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Rock Chick of the Day: Shelly Colvin – Tony Joe White

Posted by falconi5 on April 10, 2016

shellycolvionA slightly swampy, definitely smokey effort from Longshot, the latest L.P. Longshot by Shelly Colvin. With the lyrics:

You Can Have Everything You Want/But You’re Never,Never,Never, Never,Never,Never,Never Going to be Like Tony Joe White

How can you go wrong.

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Rock Chick of the Day: Janiva Magness – Long as I Can See the Light

Posted by falconi5 on April 10, 2016

janivaKnown for her husky Soul and Blues pipes, Janiva Magness has come up with a fine sheen on her winning formula with her latest record, Love Wins Again. A solid set of tunes that range in influence from Bonnie Raitt to Shemekia Copeland with some Gospel on the side, the real winner is her tight rendition of “Long as I Can See the Light,” her Creedence Clearwater cover.

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