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    • Here Comes Trouble: Clash Catches Up With PINS March 28, 2017
      Lois McDonald on fresh ideas, the Scottish countryside, and Iggy Pop...PINS are back in town. The Mancunian grrrl band released their riotous new EP 'Bad Thing' last week, and it's a feral, biting return. Clash writer Laura Copley caught up with guitarist Lois McDonald to discuss all things Iggy Pop, rural Scotland and the discovery of their n […]
    • Listen: Kwaye - 'Cool Kids' March 28, 2017
      Breezy, stylish funk with a future-facing stance...Kwaye has shared incredible new single 'Cool Kids'. The newcomer seems to live a charmed life - studying at UCLA in the United States, he picked up an Uber and shared a ride with a former A&R executive. Somehow, his music found its way to the uber-hip label Mind Of A Genius, giving his funky, f […]
    • Toasty's 'Metal' Gains Superb New Visuals March 28, 2017
      New release on Circadian Rhythms...Toasty's new anthem 'Metal' has gained some superb new visuals. The track is part of a new release from East London collective Circadian Rhythms, a project that aims to unite music, art, and fashion. Heavyweight bass fare, the ominous sub-low textures reference Toasty's dubstep roots while the clinical g […]
    • Latitude Nab The Magic Gang, Cabbage, And More March 28, 2017
      New additions for the Suffolk festival...Latitude has expanded its line up yet again, with The Magic Gang, Cabbage and more leaping on board. The Suffolk festival returns this summer, and the surprises just keep on rolling on. New additions include The Magic Gang, with the Brighton bunch bringing their art-rock thrills to the palatial festival. Elsewhere, ou […]
    • Listen: Emma Elisabeth - 'Where Do Tears Go' March 28, 2017
      From softly entrancing new project 'We Gotta Go'...Emma Elisabeth is a Swedish artist, who now based herself in Berlin. At first, her fuzzy-buzzy songwriting had an unkempt feel, a torn-around-the-edges aesthetic that was softly beguiling. As time has moved on, though, Emma Elisabeth has matured into something rather more striking. Melodic lines ha […]
    • Forest Swords To Send Out Free Music On Whatsapp March 28, 2017
      You simply need to drop him a message...Forest Swords is to send out free music to fans over Whatsapp. The producer is set to release a new album later this year, and wants to get fans involved. So, anyone who sends him a message will receive one track in return as part of a new Whatsapp based exchange. He explains: "Let's try to open up a new chan […]
    • In Conversation: Frances March 28, 2017
      Newcomer opens up about charity work, studio sessions, and her debut album...Frances has been special right from the start. The singer has a quiet, unassuming manner, which combines with her softly self-deprecatory sense of humour in a quite charming way. Playing shows across the country, Frances - and her piano! - has slowly, steadily built up an imposing f […]
    • Premiere: Anneka - 'Life Force' March 28, 2017
      Sonically rich and gently unsettling...Brighton-based Anneka explores the connections between sound and emotion, between technology and the humane. New EP 'Life Force' arrives on April 28th, and beneath the gossamer electronics you can find some unsettling moments of askew beauty. Clash is able to premiere the full video for the title cut, and it e […]
    • Listen: Cadenza x Allan Kingdom Collide On 'Vibes' March 28, 2017
      Check it out now...Cadenza just wants to create. The London artist doesn't place genre lines on his music, leaving him free to set dancehall against hip-hop, R&B against pop. Hard-hitting new EP 'Hijack' is typically diverse, with follow on cut 'Vibes' allowing Cadenza to spar against Allan Kingdom. It's a superb collaborati […]
    • Kate Nash Celebrates 10th Anniversary Of 'Made Of Bricks' March 28, 2017
      Host of tour dates confirmed...Kate Nash has announced plans to celebrate her debut album 'Made Of Bricks'. Released 10 years ago, the album raced to number one in the UK and spawned hit single 'Foundations'. Toasting its first decade, Kate Nash has decided to take 'Made Of Bricks' back out on the road. A limited pink vinyl run […]
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    • BRET MICHAELS TO RELEASE NEW SINGLE “JORJA BLEU” ON APRIL 7TH March 29, 2017
      Bret Michaels, who has sold over 35 million records and has had several number one hits such as the timeless classic Every Rose Has Its Thorn, is set to release his emotionally-charged new single Jorja Bleu on Friday, April 7th. The song is new and fresh, yet has the instantly-familiar sound that we’ve all come... Read more
    • 3/28: RADIO AND PODCAST UPDATES March 28, 2017
      Had a great talk today with Ted Nugent on my daily radio show on SiriusXM Volume 106. Also was joined by Wall St Journal writer Neil Shah talking about the aging business of rock. Yesterday I was joined by Jack Blades and Chris Jericho. The guests keep coming this week. Tomorrow Neil Geraldo and Biff... Read more
    • EDDIE TRUNK DISCUSSES HIS CAREER AND SOME OF HIS FAVORITE INTERVIEWS March 27, 2017
      Anylouder spoke with our very own Eddie Trunk, highlights from the interview appear below. Anylouder: Tell us about your stint with Mega Force Records . You are credited with reviving Ace Frehley’s career by signing him to Mega force Records. How did it all happen ? Eddie: I was always a huge KISS fan. I... Read more
    • 3/24: TRIUMPH REUNION COMING TO TRUNKNATION, PLUS BOB EZRIN & MORE! FULL SCHEDULE March 24, 2017
      Some big updates on the SiriusXM Volume Trunk Nation front! I just confirmed two broadcasts from Toronto. I have so many great listeners to my shows there and psyched to visit for the first time in decades. And I will be doing 2 shows live from the studio there with great guests! Tuesday 4/4 legendary... Read more
    • GUITARIST JOHN 5 DISCUSSES HIS NEW ALBUM, ALONG WITH, WHAT IS WAS LIKE TO WORK WITH MUSICIANS DAVID LEE ROTH, ROB HALFORD, PAUL STANLEY, AND OTHERS March 24, 2017
      Greg Prato of the Long Island Pulse Magazine spoke with guitarist John 5. Portions of the interview appear below. Pulse: Let’s discuss Season of the Witch. John 5: This album is completely different from the previous albums. Times have changed so much—I have a 13-year-old son, and I watch what he and his friends do,... Read more
    • WARRANT STREAM NEW SONG, “ONLY BROKEN HEART” March 24, 2017
      As previously reported, Warrant will release their new album, Louder Harder Faster, on May 12th. The band is currently streaming the song, Only Broken Heart, which can be heard below. With a line-up featuring original members, Erik Turner, Jerry Dixon, Joey Allen, and Steven Sweet along with singer Robert Mason (Lynch Mob, Cry of Love),... Read more
    • ROCKLAHOMA DAILY BAND LINEUPS ANNOUNCED SCHEDULED MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND IN PRYOR, OK March 23, 2017
      The single day band lineups have been announced for the 11th year of Rocklahoma, presented by Bud Light, May 26th, 27th & 28th, 2017 at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma, just outside Tulsa. Single day tickets will go on sale Monday, March 27th at Noon CT at Rocklahoma.com and weekend ticket prices... Read more
    • SCORPIONS ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN “CRAZY WORLD” TOUR WITH VERY SPECIAL GUEST MEGADETH March 23, 2017
      Scorpions, one of the most iconic and influential hard rock bands of all time, continue to celebrate 50+ years of rock with the return to North America for the Crazy World tour. Since performing a handful of festivals and concerts last year in the U.S., which included their Blacked Out In Vegas residency, the band... Read more
    • AC/DC PROMOTERS FINED OVER AXL ROSE FRONTED SHOW March 22, 2017
      Martin Kielty of Ultimate Classic Rock reports: Spanish authorities have fined AC/DC promoters Live Nation for refusing to issue ticket refunds to fans who didn’t want to see Axl Rose fronting the band.Furthermore, they’re urging those who remain unhappy to take action, saying they have five years from the date of the show to reclaim... Read more
    • RICHIE KOTZEN RELEASES VIDEO FOR “END OF EARTH”, ANNOUNCES TOUR DATES March 22, 2017
      Richie Kotzen has released a video for the song, End Of Earth, his upcoming album, Salting Earth, which will be released on April 21st on Kotzen’s own Headroom-Inc label. Watch it below. The album will feature the tune Grammy, which can be heard here. Kotzen describes the record as “one-man production” with added background vocals... Read more
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    • A Short Film by Tegan and Sara March 28, 2017
      The duo have released a friendship-themed short inspired by their song "U Turn". A Short Film by Tegan and Sara by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Soul: A Coming of Age Story March 28, 2017
      Listen up soul sistas and bruthas, these fervid young fellas and ladies got us feeling all the feels, or whatever vernacular is being employed by you these days. Soul: A Coming of Age Story by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Choir! Choir! Choir! is Ready For Festival Season March 27, 2017
      After a big year of growth in 2016, Choir! Choir! Choir! is hitting the festival scene in 2017; we talked with co-founder Nobu Adilman about how they got to this point. Choir! Choir! Choir! is Ready For Festival Season by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • New Music Videos: Gorillaz return with “Saturnz Barz”; Run the Jewels Get Political March 24, 2017
      Hip hop and trippy visuals take centre stage in our list of the week’s best new videos. New Music Videos: Gorillaz return with “Saturnz Barz”; Run the Jewels Get Political by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • New Tunes: Listen to Chuck Berry’s First Single Since 1979 March 23, 2017
      Taking a look at the five best songs released this past week, including Feist's "Pleasure" and "Big Boys", the first Chuck Berry release in nearly 40 years. New Tunes: Listen to Chuck Berry’s First Single Since 1979 by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Dive Into Findlay’s Haunting New Forgotten Pleasures Album March 21, 2017
      Findlay takes listeners through a dark serenade of eerie honest lyrics and sharp beats. Dive Into Findlay’s Haunting New Forgotten Pleasures Album by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • New Music Videos: Marian Hill gets “Down”, DVBBS are “Not Going Home” March 17, 2017
      Take a look at our top new music videos of the past week (or two, in one case). New Music Videos: Marian Hill gets “Down”, DVBBS are “Not Going Home” by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Six Perfect Songs for Your St. Patrick’s Day Playlist March 17, 2017
      Getting ready for your St. Patrick's Day party? These six songs will be perfect on any playlist for our favourite day of boozing. Listen to them now, because chances are you won't want to hear anything tomorrow. Six Perfect Songs for Your St. Patrick’s Day Playlist by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Fresh Tracks March 16, 2017
      Be it a single, an album or an online stream, we’re looking at some of the best new music out this week. Fresh Tracks by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Record for Longest Concert in History is About to be Broken March 14, 2017
      History is about to be made in Stouffville, Ontario, where Epidemic Music Group is attempting to smash the Guinness world record for longest concert by multiple artists. Record for Longest Concert in History is About to be Broken by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.

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Video of the Day: Michael Kiwanuka – Cold Little Heart

Posted by falconi5 on March 25, 2017

The latest video from the highly excellent Love & Hate album released last year.

 

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Soul Saturday: The Soul Clan – Soul Meeting

Posted by falconi5 on March 25, 2017

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The original Soul Clan was a soul supergroup that was formed in 1966 by Solomon Burke with Wilson Pickett, Don Covay, Otis Redding, and Joe Tex. This loose collective of superstars, tragically, never did find their way into the studio with the death of Otis Redding in 1967.

The group reformed in 1968 and with Wilson Pickett leaving over business differences they released a single, “Soul Meeting” on Atlantic Records with a line up that included Solomon Burke, Joe Tex, Ben E. King, Don Covey, and Arthur Conley.

 

The B side of the single was “That’s How I Feel.”

 

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Five Cool Ones: Five Cool Chuck Berry Covers

Posted by falconi5 on March 22, 2017

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In recent days, the great Chuck Berry has received many well deserved accolades with everyone from Paul McCartney to Dave Grohl adding their voices to the chorus giving praise to The Godfather of Rock and Roll. But don’t sleep on the songwriting.

Mostly overlooked for his verse, Chuck could spin a novella in the structure of 2:30 Rock and Roll song.  If you want proof, just listen intently to “Brown Eyed Handsome Man,” “Down Bound Train,” or “House of Blue Lights” just to name a trio.

As far as cover versions go, neither The Beach Boys nor The Rolling Stones would likely exist, as we know them anyway, without Chuck Berry.  And, The Beatles certainly paid homage to the duck walker in their early days. The number of artists that cover Chuck Berry songs is long, eclectic, and awesome.  Here are five of our favorite cover versions.

Brown Eyed Handsome Man

Paul McCartney did a fun, almost head scratching, zydeco version on Run Devil Run, Lyle Lovett takes it low and a bit slower on his Release Me album, and Nina Simone even rocks it up a bit with her rendition. But, the winner is:  TajMahal

 

Roll Over Beethoven

With all due props to the spacey neo Classical riffs on the Electric Light Orchestra version, and the Rocking vibe from the Beatles effort that proves that The Beatles could have been one hell of a Rock and Roll band if they put their guitars to it, the winner here his Mountain with their 70’s Rock riffage courtesy of Leslie West and company. Don’t Bogart that joint.

Rock and Roll Music

Lot’s of cool and eclectic choices. The Beach Boys version from Beach Boys 15 Big Ones is for purists only. The Beatles version is pure gold with John Lennon firmly cementing his position as the pure Rock and Roll singer of the group. But our favorite is from REO Speedwagon and Nine Lives. The boogie-woogie piano and harmonica riff mid-song is worth the price of admission alone.

 

Around and Around

There is really no need to mention any other version here. The Rolling Stones epic bom-diggity, drop the mic, it’s over rendition on 12X5 is the only cover version you really need to hear. Mick’s turn on “Under the Boardwalk” from the same record is worth some ear time as well.

 

Johnny B. Goode

Don’t ever listen to another version of this song.  The Chuck Berry version is the Holy Grail of Rock and Roll.

 

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Band of the Day: Deaf Havana

Posted by falconi5 on March 9, 2017

deafhavanaWhen you release an album like Deaf Havana did in 2013 with Old Souls, a record that unashamedly pays track to track homage to Bruce Springsteen, you better be good, and you best have a little something more up your sleeve for your next trick to avoid the dreaded one trick pony label.

No worries, mate.  All systems are go. All These Countless Nights steps out of the shadow of it’s predecessor with a dozen songs that brings to mind the melodic Power Pop of The Bodeans with a side order of Hall and Oates along with a splash of Whisketown era Ryan Adams thrown in for good measure.

Four albums in after multiple line up changes and record label mishaps, the band seems to have found it’s stride. The songwriting is close to the bone personal and the mood goes from Indie Pop to back of the bar anthemic with the uplifiting dexterity of a musical tight rope walker. A little bit Pop, a little bit Rock, a little bit roll.  This one has something for everyone.

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Rock Chick of the Day: Joss Stone – Here Comes the Rain Again

Posted by falconi5 on March 8, 2017

A terrifically soulful rendition of the Eurythmics tune featuring Dave Stewart on guitar.

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Video of the Day: Lorde – Green Light

Posted by falconi5 on March 8, 2017

The Latest video from Lorde.  Note to self, don’t break up with Lorde.  She might write a song about it.

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Band of the Day: Rag’n’ Bone Man

Posted by falconi5 on March 8, 2017

ragnIf you have never heard of Rag’n’ Bone Man, known to his friends and his mother as Rory Graham, you definitely are not in the minority. A Neo-Soul singer of the highest order this U.K. sensation should be on the ears of music fans on both sides of the pond in very short order.

The lead off single “Human” from the album of the same name has become a huge hit with a lengthy stay on the British music charts, and prompted a personal phone call from Elton John who contacted the burly singer to offer his support and to reserve a seat on the band wagon, a reservation that is become increasingly harder to get as his popularity soars.

Having grown up honing his chops in open mic Hip Hop venues, Graham ditched his plans to be an MC or a DJ and turned to Soul.  With a voice that seems to come deep within his Soul one would think he grew up singing Gospel tunes in the deep South instead of the rainy seaside town of Brighton. “Human” the song along with some scatting on “Fire” is about as close as the record comes to bringing to the surface his Rap and Hip Hop upbringing, while Human the album is centered in deep emotional Southern Gospel Soul.

With an increasing body of work on the live circuit including his American T.V. debut on the Jimmy Fallon show, his concerts are quickly becoming must see and must hear events. The record will grab you from the first listen, but will fully envelop you and capture your soul if you give it the ear-tention this one truly deserves.

 

 

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Band of the Day: Aaron Keylock

Posted by falconi5 on March 7, 2017

aaronIf you are earnestly looking for that elusive guitar slinger that will follow in the footsteps of Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Jonny Lang, put down your binoculars and look no further than Aaron Keylock.

A youngster with the flare of Joe Bonamassa and the down in the groove dirty blues riffs of Billy Gibbens, Keylock is set to scorch the earth with his latest record, Cut Against the Grain.

With more than a passing resemblance to Geddy Lee when he is in his whirling dervish rip it up mode, this barely 18-year-old prodigy pulls his influences from early 70’s Rock and Roll. There is a very distinct Alvin Lee and Ten Years After vibe in his playing, and when he wants to take things lower and a bit slower the smoke from Let it Bleed era Rolling Stones will waft through the air.

 

His debut album, recorded in Los Angeles, blends Hard Rock (yes there is some cowbell) with Southern Rock and Blues and flows more like a Rock and Roll album than a Blues effort. So far in his young career he has supported the likes of Blackberry Smoke and The Cadillac Three along with Wilko Johnson of Dr. Feelgood Fame.  Having written all of the songs on Cut Against the Grain, a stellar career awaits this young dude that will be well worth watching.  Rock is not dead, it is alive and well in Aaron Keylock.

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Band of the Day: Caroline Spense

Posted by falconi5 on March 6, 2017

carolineWhen critics are having trouble pigeon-holing you as a Singer or a Songwriter, you must be both, and Caroline Spense is just that. On one side of the coin there is a singing voice that soars somewhere between Neko Case and Judee Sill, while on the flip side with nuanced songs like “Slow Dancer” and “You Don’t Look So Good (Cocaine)” you almost have a female version of Steve Earle or Rodney Crowell as far as songwriting goes.

Her latest album, Spades and Roses, breaks down life’s complexities into 11 poignant vignettes. Whether she’s singing about the same old bar and the same old stools, or offering sage advice to a drug addicted friend, every verse is delivered with conviction and true been there done that clarity.

“Hotel Amarillo” is a devastatingly honest depiction of a musicians life on the road, and “Softball” calls out the gender pay gap that stills exist with female Country singers. She is not new to the scene having earned critical acclaim and accolades from The American Songwriter, Kerrville Folk and many other trade publications, but this years in the making overnight sensation just might find her pot of gold at the end of the rainbow this time.

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Band of the Day: Sires

Posted by falconi5 on March 5, 2017

 

siresJust a few notes into Soul for Sale, the 2016 release from Waterloo, Ia band Sires, your ears will perk up and will be immediately get the sense that they are in for something pretty special.

A three piece band with a distinct appreciation for 60’s Pop and Harmony rock with influences ranging from The Beach Boys to The Beatles with a little bit of Robyn Hitchcock and 80’s Brit Pop thrown in for good measure.

The band, a reinvention of sorts for Dylan Sires who was hanging up his shingle as Dylan Sires and the Neighbors, delivers the goods and them some. Their 60’s Pop vibe immediately brings to mind Phil Spector and Pet Sounds era Brian Wilson, all delivered with a panache that is true to their soul and distinctly non-hipster.

“She’s Into Me” is a sort of instant classic that would fit quite nicely on a segment of Little Steven’s Underground Garage on XM radio, and “You’re My Everything” soars somewhere between Early Beatles, Queen, and The Ronettes. Crazy sure, but this goes to show the precision and care that went into making the album, and the future of the band that should be so bright that they could wear shades, but won’t need to.

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