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    • Andrew Bird Announces New Album, Shares “Capsized,” Performs on “Conan”
      Andrew Bird has announced a new album and shared its first single, "Capsized," which he also performed on Conan last night. Are You Serious is due out April 1 via his new label, Loma Vista. The album features contributions from Fiona Apple and Blake Mills. Below is the audio for "Capsized" and video of the Conan performance.
    • Plants and Animals Announce New Album, Share “Stay”
      Montreal-based trio Plants and Animals have announced a new album and shared its first single. Waltzed In From the Rumbling is due out April 29 via Secret City. Below you can hear "Stay."
    • The Monkees Announce New Album with Songs by Ben Gibbard, Rivers Cuomo, Noel Gallagher, and More
      The Monkees (well one-half of them at least) have announced a new album. What makes it noteworthy is that the lyrics have been written by Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard, Weezer's Rivers Cuomo, Oasis' Noel Gallagher, and Rogue Wave's Zach Rogue. The album will also include previously unused songs written for the band by Neil Diamond and […]
    • The End: Richard Hawley on Endings and Death
      To end out the week, we ask Richard Hawley some questions about endings and death. The Sheffield, England-based singer/songwriter/guitarist recently released his seventh solo album, Hollow Meadows, on Warner Bros. 
    • 2015 Artist Survey: Ultimate Painting
      For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers fro […]
    • Listen: Under the Radar’s Weekly Playlist With Twin Peaks, Yuck, Porches, Mt. Si, The Zolas & Murals
      Welcome to Under the Radar's Weekly Playlist, where we compile the best songs to debut in the last week (or thereabouts). In this mix, we've got new tracks from Twin Peaks, Yuck, Porches, Mt. Si, The Zolas, Murals, Keeps, Caveman, Eerie Wanda, Eleanor Friedberger, Kane Strang, Golden Daze, and more. 
    • Premiere: Draemhouse – “Only Friends” EP
      Next month, Draemhouse, a Seattle quartet featuring former members of Rose Windows, will share their debut EP Only Friends via Blind Blind Tiger. Ahead of the release, we're streaming Only Friends in its entirety.
    • The Pack
      A family must fight for their survival when a pack of wild, ravenous dogs lay siege to their isolated home.
    • Mass Gothic
      "So I made a mistake/How many hours can I spend silently in one room?" So begins the debut album by Mass Gothic, a new solo project by former Hooray For Earth frontman Noel Heroux.
    • Listen to Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks Cover Nirvana’s “Come As You Are” Live
      Last June at the fifth annual Quiet Music Festival of Portland Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks played a set that included covers and rarities. The set opened with a cover of Nirvana's "Come As You Are," from the iconic album Nevermind. 
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    • HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES TO PAY TRIBUTE TO LEMMY KILMISTER AT THE GRAMMY AWARDS February 6, 2016
      Hollywood Vampires say they’ll pay tribute to Lemmy at next week’s Grammy Awards. The event will take place at the Staples Center, Los Angeles, on February 15th. And the band featuring Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp, say they’ll perform a Motorhead track in honor of the late rock icon, who died on December […]
    • 2/4: JIMMY BAIN PODCAST TRIBUTE, JOE ELLIOTT, VEGAS BOUND SOON, MORE February 5, 2016
      Hope everyone takes a second to listen to my podcast this week that was just posted today. It’s 3 recent interviews I did with Andrew Freeman (singer in Last In Line) as well as Vivian Campbell and Vinnie Appice, the two remaining members of the original Dio band. The guys discuss the life of Jimmy […]
    • WINERY DOGS RELEASE VIDEO FOR “HOT STREAK” February 5, 2016
      The Winery Dogs have released a video for the title track of their second release, watch Hot Streak below. Hot Streak” was released on October 2nd and debuted on The Billboard 200 chart at number 30.
    • DEF LEPPARD GUITARIST PHIL COLLEN THINKS THE GUNS N’ ROSES REUNION IS “F-ING LAME” February 3, 2016
      It sounds like Def Leppard guitarist, Phil Collen, won’t be purchasing a ticket for the Guns N’ Roses reunion tour. When the subject was reportedly broached during a recent interview with the Daily Telegraph, Collen dismissed the whole idea as “really f—ing lame.” Which is not to say that guitrist dislikes the band’s music or […]
    • METALLICA TO STREAM PRE-SUPER BOWL CONCERT ONLINE February 3, 2016
      Metallica will offer a free livestream of their pre-Super Bowl 50 concert, The Night Before. The sold-out show, to be held February 6th at San Francisco’s AT&T Park, will be viewable in HD format via mobile and desktop devices at the LiveMetallica site. The Night Before show will also feature openers Cage the Elephant, with […]
    • L.A. WEEKLY ARTICLE EXPOSES THE SECRET LIFE OF OFFSTAGE MUSICIANS February 3, 2016
      Matt Wake of L.A. Weekly wrote a feature article on the strange, hidden world of offstage musicians. Portions of the story appear below. It looked like a big black tent. Offstage right and behind the bass bin speakers in a Stockholm arena, Ozzy Osbourne’s crew had set up a portable vocal booth. Inside the booth’s […]
    • GUNS N’ ROSES ICONIC LINEUP HEADING TO MEXICO February 3, 2016
      Guns N’ Roses continue to incite a fan frenzy as they announce yet another headlining date in North America with the addition of Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 in Mexico City, Mexico at the Foro Sol, announced today. Banamex pre-sale begins February 8th at 11am CT, ending February 9 at 10pm CT; general onsale is scheduled […]
    • RICHIE KOTZEN FIRST-EVER PROFESSIONALLY FILMED DVD, “RICHIE KOTZEN LIVE” STREAMING NOW ON YOUTUBE February 2, 2016
      Richie Kozten released his first-ever professionally filmed DVD, Richie Kotzen Live, October 13th, 2015 through his Headroom-Inc label. He has now made it available for fans worldwide to stream on his official YouTube page. As Kotzen explains, “I was thinking that there are so many fans around the world that simply don’t have access to […]
    • MOONSTONE MUSIC FESTIVAL IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA TO FEATURE KISS, DEF LEPPARD, QUEENSRYCHE, BUCKCHERRY, SEBASTIAN BACH, AND MORE February 2, 2016
      The updated line-up for the inaugural Moonstone Music Festival will include performances from Evanescence, AwolNation, Best Coast, Buckcherry, Kansas, Queensryche and many more. Set to debut April 30th and May 1st, 2016 in Orlando, FL at the Central Florida Fairgrounds, these acts join previously announced headliners KISS, along with full sets from Def Leppa […]
    • DEF LEPPARD POSTPONES THEIR WINTER 2016 TOUR DATES DUE TO ILLNESS February 2, 2016
      Def Leppard has postponed the band’s remaining dates on their Winter 2016 tour due to illness. All shows from February 2nd (San Antonio, Tex.) through February 17th (Allentown, Penn.) will be rescheduled including the previously postponed dates in Greensboro, NC (January 27th) and Orlando, Fla. (January 30). Details on new dates will be announced soon. […] […]
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Live Video of the Day: Brian Wilson (Feat. Nate Ruess) – Saturday Night

Posted by falconi5 on January 6, 2016

brianWith Nate Ruess from the Pop group Fun. doing most of the heavy vocal lifting, this absolute gem from last years Pier Pressure is elevated to an absolute gem of a song. Brian along with his stellar backing band are in finest form as well. This should have been song of the year in 2015.

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Video of the Day: Foxy Shazam – I Like It

Posted by falconi5 on January 1, 2016

foxyshazIt’s Glam Friday in The Falcon’s Nest.

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Best Albums of 2015: Creem Circus – Rock and/or Roll

Posted by falconi5 on December 13, 2015

Creem Circus – Rock/or Roll (Rating 4 out of 5)

creemcircusWhen a group bills themselves as your favorite bands favorite band, and their self-proclaimed mantra is “we play hard, glitter, tandem lead, platform powered Rock and Roll with a lot of boogie down soul,” and to add to all of that you name yourselves after two iconic 70’s Glam/Rock and Roll magazines, Creem and Circus, you better have the musical chops to back it up. And these guys have them, in spades.

If you don’t like taking a ride on the Glam and Glitter David Bowie meets Slade and The Bay City Rollers train you might as well skip this stop. Just checking out some of the song titles and you know there is some high voltage fun in store for your ears.  “Rock and Roll Decree,” “Rock and Roll Band,” “Riff Mountain,” and “Rock and/or Roll” are all lathered in Coolness.

The opener “Rock and Roll Decree” is Sweet meets Kiss, only better, “Turn Me Out” has a scent of Billy Squire, and Teenage Rules carries a bit of early Kinks, but is Bay City Rollers to its core. “Rock and Roll Band (revisited)” owes a lot to it’s similarly named cousin, carries the same riff in places, but sonically sounds more like the bastard child of Thin Lizzy and T Rex.

It makes sense that the guitar work is stellar here with Chris DiPinto of the Philadelphia based DiPinto Electric Guitars and Basses, and Jim Cara who also makes bass guitars for Gene Simmons leading the twin axe attack. The title track “Rock and/or Roll” is to much Kiss for those non members, and “Riff Mountain” is just that, a large dose of stellar riff-alicious Rock and Roll.

With Creem Circus coming from the same city as Low Cut Connie, The City of Brotherly Love seems to be a hot-bed for bands that are  mining the past and digging up nuggets of pure fun.

 

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The 50 Best Albums of 2015

Posted by falconi5 on December 6, 2015

bestalbums2015 was a most excellent year for music.  The Waterboys with a comeback of sorts, released an excellent record. Chris Stapleton ventured out from behind the quill taking a break from crafting New Country classics to deliver his own semi-classic, and the singer songwriters were tunefully represented by Tobias Jesso, Ryley Walker, and Gretchen Peters.

Hair raising Rock and Roll had a vintage year with the Biters, Von Hertzen Brothers, and The Libertines all delivering fine sets of Classic Rock inspired mayhem.  The old guard dusted off the rust with Paul Weller delivering a fine set of tunes, Graham Parker, who is incapable of putting out a bad record doing it again, and even Rod Stewart didn’t even disappoint with a nice selection of listenable tunes. Boz Scaggs also joined the fray this year.

Genres continued to blend with Country, Rock, and Americana all coming together courtesy of Sons of Bill, Whitey Morgan, and Blackberry Smoke. Throw all of this in a blender along with Leon Bridges, the best Soul singer to come along in a very long time, along with the return of Sleater-Kinney and a visit from The Pope himself and your ears should definitely be buying you a round for treating them very well this year.

01.  Chris Stapleton – Traveller

This one goes down as smooth as a glass of Tennessee whiskey. A veteran songwriter steps out from behind the quill to create one for the ages.

02.  Dawes – All Your Favorite Bands

Take a trip through Laurel Canyon courtesy of what should be one of your favorite bands.

03.  Blitzen Trapper – All Across This Land

A finely tuned set of Rock meets Country bliss. Key track “Rock and Roll (was made for you.”

04. Leon Bridges – Coming Home

The heir apparent to Sam Cooke, “Smooth Sailing” is one of the songs of the year.

05.  Fool’s Gold – Flying Lessons

Soul, Funk, Pop, and a lot of fun is the order of the day on this infectious every songs a winner release.

06.  The London Souls – Here Come the Girls

This one will take you back to the streets of London circa 1968. New age retro music of the finest order. Big Star, Raspberries, and The Beatles are all obvious influences.

07.  Sons of Bill – Love and Logic

The entire record is good, however “Lost in the Cosmos (Song for Chris Bell)” is worth the price of admission alone.

08.  Biters – Electric Blood

Hands (and ears) down, the Rock album of the year.

09.  Gretchen Peters – Blackbirds

Another Nashville songwriter steps up behind the microphone with stellar results.

10. Ryley Walker – Primrose Green

Shades of Donovon and 60’s Brit-Folk. Listen to this one once all the way through then give it a secondary listen for the guitar playing.  It is exquisite.

11. The Deslondes – The Deslondes

Americana collides with old school country.  There is even a touch of The Texas Tornado’s here from a branch of the Hurray for the Riff Raff New Orleans based family tree.

12.  The Waterboys – Modern Blues

The boys are back and better than ever. Sometimes less is more, and here we have a tidy nine songs worth of powerful Irish Rock.

13. The Orange Humble Band – Depressing Beauty

A startlingly good record that floats somewhere between present day Americana and 70’s Cosmic Cowboy deliciousness.

14.  Houndmouth – Little Neon Limelight

A lot to like here with this Americana with a dusting of Roots Rock number.

15.  Josh Ritter – Sermon on the Rocks

Josh Ritter channels his inner Rock gospel on what might be his best record to date.

16.  Danielle Nicole – Wolf Den

Bonnie Raitt by way of Grace Potter. This one sets the groove and lays it down.

17.  Heartless Bastards – Restless Ones

Rock, Americana, and more than a little dose of Fleetwood Mac Americana Rock Chick noir.

18. Nigel Hall – Ladies and Gentlemen..Nigel Hall

Who is Nigel Hall? Introduce yourself to this soulster.  You will be glad you did.

19.  Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit

aggressively cool Aussie Rock.  This one has put Courtney Barnett on the map.

20.  The Peterson Brothers – The Peterson Brothers

The next big thing in the Gary Glark Jr. Blues Rock mold.

21.  The Statesboro Revue – Jukehouse Revival

This one takes you back to early Poco and Loggins and Messina.  Good Cosmic Cowboy stuff.

22.  Low Cut Connie – Hi Honey

This piano based party stomper is pure Rock and Roll adrenaline fun. Listen to this one and you will have the most fun you could possibly have with your clothes on.

23.  Lucero – All a Man Should Do

Another band that is incapable of putting out a bad record.  “Went Looking for Warren Zevon’s Los Angeles” is the drop the microphone winner for song title of the year.

24.  Sufjan Stevens – Carry and Lowell

This record is beautifully tender. Tough subject matter dealing with the death of a loved one, presented her with poignant dignity.

25.  Dale Watson – Call Me Insane

A true Texas treasure. “Jonesin’ for Jones,”  “Everybody’s Somebody in Lukenbach Texas,” “Heaven’s Gonna Have a Honky Tonk.”  Need we say more?

26.  J.D. McPherson – Let the Good Times Roll

Creedence, Buddy Holly, and pure fun are the order of the day.

27.  Jason Isbell – Something More than Free

A more than satisfying follow-up to last years classic.

28.  Peace – Happy People

A good time, psychedelic tinged good feeling record.

29.  Kurt Vile – b’lieve I’m Going Down

“Pretty Pimpin” has song of the year possibilities while the rest of the songs come pretty close in their own right.

30.  Vintage Trouble – 1 Hopeful Road

Probably the Blues Rock record of the year, along with a whole lot of Soul.

31.  Paul Heaton – Wisdom, Laughter, and Lines

If you are not aware of the partnership between Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abott and their work with The Beautiful South, this is a fantastic way to make their eloquent acquaintance.

32.  The Vaccines – English Graffiti

A slightly fuzzed out 80’s tinged Rock and Roll triumph.

33.  Wolf Alice – My Love is Cool

Atmospheric and cool, this one is not for the tame of ears.

34. Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard – Django and Jimmy

Willie does much of the heavy lifting on this one, but these two Icons are worth their worth in Country gold. Their version of “Swinging Doors” here throws the clock back 50 years. “Missing Ol’ Johnny Cash is a history lesson in a song.

35.  Whitey Morgan – Sonic Ranch

One of the best Country Rock Honky Tonk bands in the business. “Goin’ Down Rockin” is stellar as is “Still Drunk, Still Crazy, Still blue” is most excellent, how could it not be with a song title like that, but the game changer here is their cover of the Townes Van Zandt tune, “Waitin Round to Die.”

36.  Tobias Jesso – Goon

More than a few singer songwriter influenced make their way into this piano based sublimely excellent record including Harry Nilsson early Paul Simon, and Randy Newman.

37. Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin – Lost Time

The Blasters pretty much paved the way for the No Depression Roots Rock movement, so it is all the more exciting to have the Alvin brothers back in the fold for a lot more fun on a Saturday Night.

38.  Natalie Prass – Natalie Prass

Written some time ago but just released this year this one sounds a bit like Carole King with a touch of Diana Ross. The string arrangements here make this a next level, must listen.

39.  Sleater-Kinney – No Cities to Love

A fabulous comeback record after a 7 year hiatus, No Cities to Love is a Post Punk girl power marvel.

40.  Anderson East – Delilah

Blue-eyed soul with a lot of punch. Keep your ears on this guy, he is poised for greatness.

41.  Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers – Loved Wild Lost

This record comes across like an early Linda Ronstadt album with a touch of Sheryl Crow. Some Country a good dose of rock, with a bit of an underlying smoldering energy that holds the day.

42.  Gloria Volt – Recharged

This one is the driving record of the year. Sunset Strip vintage Rock and Roll with a melodic bent. If Gun’s and Roses went straight they might sound like these guys. “Flyin’ and Rollin'” is the best Rock and Roll song of the year.

43. The Night Flight Orchestra – Skyline Whispers

If a super group were to be put together that combined elements of Styx, Grand Funk Railroad, and The Electric Light Orchestra this is what they would sound like. If you like 70’s and early 80’s over the top Rock and Roll your spaceship has just come in.

44.  Fraser A. Gorman – Slow Gum

There is a lot of Ryan Adams in this exciting new  Aussie singer songwriter that hangs with Courtney Barnett.

45. Reverend and the Makers – Mirrors

When the musical references are Paul Weller Syd, Barrett Pink Floyd,and Dexy’s Midnight Runners there is not a lot not to kike, this one is old and new at the same time.  Listen to is with the proper head phones.

46.  Boz Scaggs – A Fool to Care

Boz get’s bluesy again on this more than solid effort. The title song is vintage Scaggs.

47.  Widespread Panic – Street Dogs

Not just your Aunts favorite jam band, this one would have made the list even if “Honky Red” wasn’t such a kick-ass song. Extra props for the cowbell on “Steven’s Cat.”

48.  The Lone Bellow – Then Came the Morning

Coming from the same Americana on steroids noir of Dawes, the Lone Bellow deliver another finely crafted set of songs.

49.  Delta Deep – Delta Deep

Def Leppard wing man Phil Collen and his side project Delta Deep provide some deep delta blues courtesy of Debbie Blackwell-Cook and the rest of the band. Guest vocal turns from Joe Elliot and David Coverdale serve as bonuses on an already impressive set.

50.  James McMurtry – Complicated Game

The master of the 3:00 story song delivers another stellar set of man on the street noir.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Video of the Day: Michael Monroe – Stained Glass Heart

Posted by falconi5 on October 11, 2015

It’s Rock and Roll Sunday

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Now Playing in the Falcon’s Nest: The Neville Brothers – Yellow Moon

Posted by falconi5 on September 7, 2015

The Neville Brothers – Yellow Moon

yellowmoonIf you have some of your friends over and one is a funk lover, another is a blues hound, a third member of your posse likes good old gospel, and the rest of the group likes their music with a bit of a pop sheen, The Neville Brothers Yellow Moon is just the ticket. An appetizer that will cleanse the most discerning of palates.

Released in 1989 and produced by Daniel Lanois with Brian Eno on keyboards, this one goes from the supreme to the sublime at the blink of an ear.  The swampy groove of the title track, the all New Orleans down and dirty “Voodoo,” and the Link Wray classic “Fire and Brimstone” that features the Dirty Dozen Brass Band on horns, are highlights, but don’t stop there.

“The Ballad of Hollis Brown” goes low and slow, and you won’t have to go to church on Sunday after listening to “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” and “With God On Our Side,” a song that that floats into angelic territory courtesy of the beatific vocals of Aaron Neville.  “A Change is Gonna Come” is the best version you will ever hear this side of Sam Cooke, and the funky as all get out “Wild Injuns” will have you running, not walking to New Orleans.

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Video of the Day: Matthew E. White – Vision

Posted by falconi5 on August 16, 2015

matthewwhiteTruth be told, it is a bit difficult to categorize the sound of Matthew E. White and his latest record, Fresh Blood. So we won’t, let’s just listen. It is pretty much a perfect Sunday Morning with this song “Vision” leading the way.

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Live Video of the Day: Walker Lukens – Every Night (Live on KUTX)

Posted by falconi5 on August 14, 2014

walker3There’s a bad moon rising and his name is Walker Lukens.  Here he is live with The Side Arms.

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Live Video of the Day: The Struts – Could Have Been Me (Live at the Isle of Wight 2014)

Posted by falconi5 on August 11, 2014

thestrutsLooking and like just about every Ramone there is, and sounding more like Freddie Mercury than Adam Lambert on this fiery performance from The Isle of Wight, Luke Spiller and the Struts are ready to make your Rock and Roll hit list.

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The Falcon’s Nest Featured Album: Lydia Loveless – Somewhere Else

Posted by falconi5 on July 26, 2014

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