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    • On this Day April 24, 2003
      Dixie Chicks launched a publicity campaign to explain their position after the controversy of Natalie Maines' statement regading the Iraq war. During a prime-time interview with TV personality Diane Sawyer, Maines said she remained proud of her original statement. The band also appeared naked (with private parts strategically covered) on the current cov […]
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    • Live Gallery: Foxygen - Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles April 23, 2017
      Lucid, emphatic, and wonderfully over-the-top...Foxygen are one of the most dramatic, over-the-top, grandiose, and inspired live experiences around. New album ‘Hang’ was another vivid statement, a sign that the group have no intentions of fading into the background any time soon. Taking their emphatic live show at Los Angeles, Foxygen delivered a night to re […]
    • Live Gallery: DJ Shadow - Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles April 23, 2017
      Up close with the seminal producer...DJ Shadow remains at the forefront of production more than two decades after his seminal debut album ‘Endtroducing’. 2016’s ‘The Mountain Will Fall’ was an impressive return, managing to squeeze Run The Jewels and Nils Frahm onto the same record. Hitting Los Angeles’ Fonda Theatre, DJ Shadow played a killer live set to a […]
    • Kendrick Lamar Shares His Mother's Verdict On 'DAMN.' April 23, 2017
      And it's positive!Kendrick Lamar has shared his mother’s verdict on new album ‘DAMN.’. The Compton rapper went straight into the Billboard charts at number one with the new album, a superbly creative return from someone who sits right at the top of their game. Prising out Bono’s finest vocal performance in some time, ‘DAMN.’ is a record that continually […]
    • Frank Ocean Hooks Up With Travis Scott On 'Lens' April 23, 2017
      Check it out now...Frank Ocean has hooked up with Travis Scott for a version of new cut ‘Lens’. The singer is regularly sharing new material through his Beats1 show, with the latest instalment containing two versions of new track ‘Lens’. The first features only Frank Ocean’s vocals, while the second features a guest verse from Travis Scott. Perfect Sunday li […]
    • Goodwood Atoms Enter Rich New Climes With 'Into The Bay' April 21, 2017
      Canadian band tease their new EP...The Canadian landscape is one of the richest on the planet. Stretched between two oceans, it veers from Vancouver to Newfoundland, and then on up into the Arctic. Little wonder, then, that Canadian music is so rich, so exploratory. Goodwood Atoms sit in this Canadian lineage, with the band's warmly cinematic songwritin […]
    • Premiere: Jake Houlsby - 'Vondelpark' April 21, 2017
      Glistening songwriting extranced by the American wilderness...Jake Houlsby has always been drawn to the wilderness. Perhaps it's his upbringing in the North East, just a few miles from England's most desolate vistas. This sense of space has penetrated his songwriting, with that plaintive voice sat on top of lush, wide open chords. With a new EP inc […]
    • In Conversation: Hurray For The Riff Raff April 21, 2017
      Alynda Segarra on her powerful new message of self-acceptance...Alynda Segarra never quite felt like she fit in. A woman of Puerto Rican heritage in the United States, she spent her childhood infatuated by doo-wop and Motown before cutting school to blag her way into punk clubs. At 17 she train-hopped her way across the United States, but when she got back s […]
    • John J. Presley Delivers Crunching New Track 'Left' April 21, 2017
      It's a garage rock belter...John J. Presley previously roamed alone, stalking British music with a scowl and a fuzzed up riff. 21st century blues, his songwriting contains a feral bite, the sound of a rising talent howling at the moon. A few months back, though, John J. Presley met his match. Encountering drummer Dan Maiden-Wood, the pair went out on th […]
    • Purple Reign: The Clash Staff's Favourite Prince Picks April 21, 2017
      Our team pay tribute to the Purple One with a new playlist...Twelve months on, we're still feeling the loss of an icon. Prince's passing shook the music world to its core, and while we can't bring the Purple One back, we have a wealth of music to remember the pocket-sized virtuoso by. The Clash staff pick out their most-loved favourites by the […]
    • Sometimes It Snows In April: Mourning Prince April 21, 2017
      A tribute to The Purple One a year after his passing...His fabled thousand-song vault is being forcibly opened, the queue of inheritance claimants grows ever larger, and a bizarre new image rights law is being rushed through in his home state. The Prince headlines will keep on coming; superstars rarely get to rest in peace. Millions of cellphones blinged wit […]
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    • 4/22: THE PRETTY RECKLESS, ICE T AND STYX ALL COMING TO TRUNKNATION THIS WEEK April 22, 2017
      This Monday 4/24 on TRUNKNation a big show! 2-3P ET Ice T will be in studio to talk about the new Body Count album and more. Then 3-4P ET Taylor Momsen and Ben Phillips on The Pretty Reckless will be in studio. Join us live on SiriusXM channel 106. The entire show replays 9-11P ET... Read more
    • WARRANT STREAMS “PERFECT” April 21, 2017
      As previously reported, Warrant will release their new album, Louder Harder Faster, on May 12th. The band is currently streaming the song, Perfect, 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), Warrant are... Read more
    • ZAKK WYLDE’S BLACK SABBATH COVER BAND, ZAKK SABBATH, TO RELEASE “LIVE IN DETROIT” EP ON JUNE 16TH April 21, 2017
      Zakk Sabbath, the all-star Black Sabbath cover band featuring guitarist/vocalist Zakk Wylde, bassist Rob “Blasko” Nicholson and drummer Joey Castillo, will release a limited-edition EP, Live In Detroit, on June 16th via Southern Lord Recordings. The three tracks comprising Live In Detroit were captured at the band’s thundering performance at The Fillmore in […]
    • STYX TO RELEASE THEIR FIRST STUDIO ALBUM IN 14 YEARS, “THE MISSION,” DUE OUT JUNE 16TH April 21, 2017
      Welcome one and all to The Mission, Styx’s sonically sweet 16th studio album and its most ambitious, most challenging, and most rewarding release to date. Please take note of the official stardate, as The Mission has duly been set for liftoff June 16th on the band’s label, Alpha Dog 2T/UMe. Fans can pre-order the album... Read more
    • FORMER PANTERA BASSIST REX BROWN DEBUTS NEW SINGLE “CROSSING LINES”, ALL NEW LP, “SMOKE ON THIS…,” OUT JULY 28TH April 21, 2017
      Multi-platinum selling artist Rex Brown has debuted an all new single titled Crossing Lines, exclusively via Loudwire.com. Rex Brown will release Smoke On This… on July 28th, 2017 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music). Listen to Crossing Lines below. “My motto these days is ‘Shake some s–t up,'” Brown declares about the new LP. “I’ve... Read more […]
    • 4/20: TRUNKNATION UPDATE, TRIUMPH ON PODCAST, MORE April 21, 2017
      Been a bit lax on updates here with my usual crazy schedule. Apologies for that. Please be sure to follow on Twitter @EddieTrunk for regular daily updates on my radio shows and more. Had a great week of shows so far on TrunkNation with some great topics. Including “bands that should have been huge” and... Read more
    • MONTE PITTMAN POSTS “OBLITERATED” VIDEO FEATURING BILLY SHEEHAN AND RICHARD CHRISTY April 20, 2017
      Having released his new album, Inverted Grasp of Balance, last year via Metal Blade Records, Monte Pittman is now launching a performance video for the album track Obliterated, featuring drummer Richard Christy and bassist Billy Sheehan (both of whom played on the album), watch it below. There are great guitarists, great vocalists and great songwriters,... R […]
    • JUDAS PRIEST TATTOO EXHIBITION ANNOUNCED FOR LONDON AND BRIGHTON April 19, 2017
      Judas Priest have collaborated with Parliament Tattoo Studio in London to bring together an exhibition of hand painted leather biker jackets, inspired by the band’s albums and song titles. The artwork is by some of the world’s greatest Tattoo artists, and Rob Halford is taking time out from recording in the studio with the band... Read more
    • MEGADETH ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES April 18, 2017
      Megadeth have announced some North American tour dates, see the itinerary below. Special guests, on the tour, will be Meshuggah, Tesseract and Lillake. The dates are as follows: Jun. 23 – Big Flats, NY @ Tags Summer Stage Jun. 25 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues Jun. 27 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore... Read more
    • GUITARIST RITCHIE BLACKMORE RECORDS TWO SONGS WITH RAINBOW SINGER April 18, 2017
      Ritchie Blackmore has recorded two tracks with new Rainbow vocalist Ronnie Romero, according to reports. Blackmore reactivated Rainbow with the Lords Of Black singer in 2015, also bringing in Stratovarius keyboardist Jens Johansson, Blackmore’s Night drummer David Keith and bassist Bob Nouveau. They played three shows together last year and have further date […]
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    • Your Guide to CMW: Weekend April 22, 2017
      It's been almost a week of very little sleep and some amazing shows. Here's our guide to the final two days of CMW! Your Guide to CMW: Weekend by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • New Music Videos – Birds of Olympus Trip Us Out April 21, 2017
      We have a little bit of everything in this week's music video list, including a husband and wife duo, a little Kung-Fu Kenny and a psychedelic video out of Ireland. New Music Videos – Birds of Olympus Trip Us Out by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Your Guide to CMW: Day 4 April 21, 2017
      It's Friday and that means another jam packed night of music ahead of us. Your Guide to CMW: Day 4 by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • New Music: RAC’s “This Song” Will Get You Dancing April 20, 2017
      Danceable tracks lead the way on our list of the best new songs. New Music: RAC’s “This Song” Will Get You Dancing by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Your Guide to CMW: Day 3 April 20, 2017
      Everything you need to know about CMW festivities for Thursday, April 20. Your Guide to CMW: Day 3 by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Your Guide to CMW: Day 2 April 19, 2017
      Get ready for day 2! Your Guide to CMW: Day 2 by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Your Guide to CMW: Day 1 April 18, 2017
      Are you ready, Toronto? Canadian Music Week is upon us and with all the bands at all the various venues it can get a little overwhelming but we’re here to break it down for you. Your Guide to CMW: Day 1 by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Google has Taught an AI to Play Piano Duets April 17, 2017
      Never play “Heart and Soul” alone again. Google has Taught an AI to Play Piano Duets by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • BAND 2 BAND : Judah and the Lion April 15, 2017
      Judah and the Lion on nudists in Memphis and other weird tour experiences. BAND 2 BAND : Judah and the Lion by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • New Music Videos: Major Lazer Takes a Shot at Cell Phone Culture April 14, 2017
      Covers, comedies, and a goodbye make up our list of the best new music videos. New Music Videos: Major Lazer Takes a Shot at Cell Phone Culture by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.

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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Rock Chick of the Day: Lillie Mae – Over the Hill and Through the Woods

Posted by falconi5 on March 4, 2017

lillieLillie Mae is another one of the eclectically cool artists on Jack White’s Third Man record label. You have seen and heard her singing back-up and playing the mandolin as part of White’s Lazaretto band, and you will get even more of her Renegade Blues power when she releases her own debut record later this year.

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Band of the Day: Belle Game

Posted by falconi5 on March 4, 2017

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If you don’t live in Vancouver, British Columbia you probably have not heard of Belle Game.  A bit genre defying they float somewhere in the bowels of Ethereal Pop, Shoegaze, Indie Rock, or Crush Pop, whatever that is.

However you want to categorize them, the sound is downright catchy and increasingly addictive. Don’t put Ritual Tradition Habitat, their latest, on in the middle of a party, but slip it on at the end of the day when you are winding down, struggling to come to grips with the events of the day.

A new album is on the way this year, with a new single just released.

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Video of the Day – Colin Hay – A Thousand Million Reasons

Posted by falconi5 on March 4, 2017

Fierce Mercy, the new album from Men at Work front man Colin Hay, is top notch.

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