HOT : Roky Erickson / Black Angels Tour Dates

September 24, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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The Black Angels and Roky Erickson are heading out together for a few tour dates in Texas and the West Coast, I’ve seen both bands recently and man, the combination of the two together is going to generate some amazing nights of music for you lucky westerners.
Black Angels will be opening the shows and then backing up Roky for his portion of the set. DO NOT miss this one if you’re anywhere near, it will be incendiary.

Roky Erickson / Black Angels Tour Dates
October 4th – The Granada Theatre, Dallas, TX
October 28th – The Showbox at The Market, Seattle, WA
October 29th – Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR
October 31st – El Rey, Los Angeles, CA
November 1st – The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
November 2nd – The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA

Roky Erickson [WEBSITE] [MYSPACE]
Black Angels [WEBSITE] [MYSPACE]

HOT New Music : Of Montreal – Skeletal Lamping

August 31, 2008 by · 2 Comments
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I was never a huge Of Montreal fan, I liked a couple songs here and there, but the new one, Skeletal Lamping has me hooked. It is an amazing blend of 70’s rock,soul and disco and current electronic dance sounds all melded together with an editing style that sounds like a combination of White Album era Beatles and Girl Talk. It’s obvious all those nights of hosting live karaoke shows have seeped into their musical consciousness. Chock full of NSFW lyrics that rival Prince in his lascivious prime, it’s a classic mix of sex and rock and roll which the surreal cover art depicts pretty accurately. Here’s the opening and closing tracks courtesy of Spin & Rolling Stone to give you a small taste, but the best songs lie in between, and I hate to be a tease but unfortunately I need to leave you to your own internet saavy to hear them before the October release date. Some of my favs at the moment are For Our Elegant Caste, the horn infused Eluardian Instance and the smooth soul of Plastis Wafers.

Of Montreal – Nonpareil Of Favor (via Spin)
Of Montreal – ID Engager (via Rolling Stone)

Buy Skeletal Lamping

A huge Fall tour is coming as well see the dates here

Full Track Listing
01 Nonpareil of Favor
02 Wicked Wisdom
03 For Our Elegant Caste
04 Touched Something’s Hollow
05 An Eluardian Instance
06 Gallery Piece
07 Women’s Studies Victims
08 St.Exquisite’s Confessions
09 Triphallus, to Punctuate!
10 And I’ve Seen a Bloody Shadow
11 Plastis Wafers
12 Death Is Not a Parallel Move
13 Beware Our Nubile Miscreants
14 Mingusings
15 Id Engager

HOT: Creeping Weeds & BOAT Summer Tour Kicks Off This Friday In Philly

August 12, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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East and West meet starting this weekend when one of our Philly favorites Creeping Weeds head out on a short summer tour with Seattle-ites BOAT. Don’t miss the big kick off at Johnny Brenda’s this Friday August 15th along with two more of Philly’s finest, the super hot right now, Drink Up Buttercup, who are about to head off for a few dates themselves with Bishop Allen and Greyhounds. It’ll be a party for sure.

Creeping Weeds / Boat Tour Dates
FRI 8.15.08 Philadelphia, PA, Johnny Brenda’s
SAT 8.16.08 Honey Brook, PA The Crackhouse
SUN 8.17.08 New York, NY Cake Shop
MON 8.18.08 Somerville, MA PA’s Lounge
TUE 8.19.08 New London, CT The Oasis
WED 8.20.08 Brooklyn, NY Union Hall
THU 8.21.08 Blacksburg, VA The Lantern
FRI 8.22.08 Pittsburgh, PA Brillobox
SAT 8.23.08 Chicago, IL Schubas

Creeping Weeds – Derelict
Buy We Are All Part Of A Dream You’re Having

BOAT – Illustrate The History / When I Grow Up
Buy Let’s Drag Our Feet !
Drink Up Buttercup – Seasickness Pills
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Greyhounds – No Slogans in ’76
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Brand New Panda Riot + East Coast Tour Dates

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Hey shoegazey pop fans, BOS favorites and former Philadelphians now via Chicago-ites, the infinitely cool Panda Riot, have just announced a short run of summer tour dates that will bring them back east for a few shows in the next couple weeks. So make it a date and get on out and show them some love.

Tour Dates
Aug 7 Rehab (formerly Club Midway) 8pm NY,NY
Aug 8 Metro Gallery 8pm Baltimore, MD
Aug 10 M Room 8pm Philadelphia, PA
Aug 13 Athens Popfest August 13-16 8 pm Athens, GA

Updating the post a bit today with a brand new song for you !!!!

Panda Riot – Streetlights And You And Me

and one older one

Panda Riot – Art School Girls Of Doom
Buy She Dares All Things


Hi, My Name Is George, …And I Rock

July 17, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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[Photo By Nina Stiller]

Proving that Switzerland is more than just fine chocolate, cheese and numbered bank accounts, here’s one I stumbled across while randomly traversing the wide, wide, world of the interwebs recently. It’s the third release from Swiss band My Name Is George entitled Black and Blue and it was released back in May. It’s twelve songs of garage-y, new wave-y, guitar and keyboard driven ear candy running the whole gamut from the rocking(Why Won’t U B My Love, Mary Jane,C’mon C’mon), to the slow and soulful(Honey B,Dancing In The Fire(Free Falling)) to songs like Flowers(When I’m Gone) which could easily pass for one of MGMT‘s dancey numbers. Or, as they say in Switzerland “dass die Rock and Roll!”

My Name Is George – Why Won’t U B My Luv ?
Buy Black And Blue

My Name Is George:
Albert den Dekker – Vocals
Daniel Gisler – Hammond, Rhodes, Synth
Philip Harrison – Guitar, backing vocals
Stefan Traxler – Bass, backing vocals
Mathias Kräutli – Drums, backing vocals

They’re not hitting the US anytime soon but there’s plenty of shows coming up to check them out :
Sat 26. Jul 2008 – Pfadi Bundeslager, Unterlager 3
Fri 15. Aug 2008 – Open Circle Festival, Spreitenbach
Sat 16. Aug 2008 – Frischluftkultur, Muri
Sat 23. Aug 2008 – Out In The Kraut, Schangnau
Fri 29. Aug 2008 – Monkey Honeymoon, Herznach
Sat 30. Aug 2008 – Clanx, Appenzell
Sun 31. Aug 2008 – Musikfestwochen, Winterthur
Fri 3. Oct 2008 – Schüür, Luzern
Sat 4. Oct 2008 – Scala, Wetzikon
Thu 8. Oct 2008 – Centre Fries, Fribourg
Wed 9. Oct 2008 – Bierhuebeli, Bern
Fri 17. Oct 2008 – Bären, Münchenbuchsee
Sat 18. Oct 2008 – KIFF, Aarau
Fri 24. Oct 2008 – Werkstatt, Chur
Fri 31. Oct 2008 – Kammgarn, Schaffhausen
Fri 14. Nov 2008 – Gare De Lion, Wil
Sat 15. Nov 2008 – Kaff, Frauenfeld
Fri 21. Nov 2008 – Talhof, St.Gallen
Sat 22. Nov 2008 – ZAK, Jona
Fri 28. Nov 2008 – Kuppel, Basel
Sat 29. Nov 2008 – Kofmehl, Solothurn
Sat 13. Dec 2008 – Kraftwerk, Krummenau


New Music : Waiting For The Sunrise With David Vandervelde

July 16, 2008 by · 2 Comments
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Just about a year ago, I saw David Vandervelde play one of the best shows I witnessed in all of 2007. He was touring in support of his first album, The Moonstation House Band, a melodic swirling, psychedelic, glamrock gem steeped deep in the influence of artists like Marc Bolan and and David Bowie. For his new one, Waiting For The Sunrise, David softens the focus a little bit an comes up up with a twist on that sound that ends up falling somewhere between the seventies California sheen of Fleetwood Mac and the midwestern alt country pop of The Jayhawks, and even includes a song co written with Jay Bennett of Wilco. If you’re currently digging on the new folky sounds of bands like Fleet Foxes or Midlake, this is one you won’t want to miss.

David Vandervelde – I Will Be Fine
Buy Waiting For The Sunrise (release date August 5th, 2008)

Upcoming Tour Dates
07/18/08 Chicago, IL KEXP Live From Chicago with Cheryl Waters
07/27/08 Chicago, IL Schubas
07/31/08 Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge w/ Grizzly Bear
08/31/08 Los Angeles, CA Fuck Yeah Fest


HOT Summer Tour : James Hunter and Chris Isaak

July 10, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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Photo by Chris Ramirez

A few weeks ago I caught James Hunter as he tore through an absolutely smoldering set of his horn infused soul music at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia (listen here). With a sound reminiscient of people like Sam Cooke, Ray Charles and Jackie Wilson, his live show is a party not to be missed as James pours 110% into every performance. His latest disc, The Hard Way is easily among the best of 2008 so far. As if that wasn’t good enough, James is teaming up with Chris Isaak, an amazing showman himself, in what is sure to be one of the hottest double bills of the summer. Check it out when it heads your way, and don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes because this one will be impossible to not get up and shake your thing to.

James Hunter – Jacqueline
Buy The Hard Way

Chris Isaak – Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing
Buy Forever Blue

James Hunter/Chris Isaak Summer Tour (All dates with Chris Isaak unless otherwise noted):
August 7 Denver, CO Botanic Gardens
August 8 Boulder, CO Chautaugua Auditorium
August 9 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre (w/ George Thorogood and Buddy Guy)
August 10 San Jose, CA San Jose Jazz Festival (Headlining)
August 13 Minneapolis, MN Zoo Amphitheater
August 15 Chicago, IL Venue TBA (Headlining)
August 16 Lisle, IL Morton Arboretum
August 17 Rochester, MI Meadow Brook Music Festival
August 20 New York, NY Nokia Theater
August 21 Vienna, VA Wolftrap
August 23 Burlington, VT The Higher Ground (Headlining)
August 24 Bridgeport, CT The Klein Memorial Auditorium
August 26 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino
August 28 Cohasset, MA South Shore Music Circus
August 29 Westbury, NY Westbury Music Theater
August 30 Woodstock, NY Bearsville Theater (Headlining)


HOT New Music : The Dutchess and The Duke

July 9, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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From the opening guitar strum and, the softly spoken intro “Reservoir Park, 1, 2, 3, 4” to the closing sing along at the end of Armageddon Time, “Now I’ve got you by my side, and I’m feeling alright” The Dutchess And The Duke‘s, debut full length She’s the Dutchess, He’s the Duke careens along in it’s lo-fi immediate glory like a combination of Bob Dylan, The Mamas & The Papas and early Rolling Stones swagger. With the familiar warmth of a lost 60’s classic and the jagged edge of a modern recording, everything old is new again and sounding better than ever. Kimberly Morrison(aka The Dutchess) and Jesse Lortz(aka The Duke) holed up last fall at Magical Basement Studios in West Seattle with Bryan Standridge behind the board of an 8- track and recorded a modern folk classic. It’s chock full of strummy acoustic guitars and percussion with more than enough pure pop melodies and sing along vocal harmonies to have you hooked after just one listen. I’m not the first one to sing their praises and I certainly won’t be the last, jump on the bandwagon now, because this record really is as good as all of the buzz you’ve been hearing about it. One of my personal favorites of the year so far.

The Dutchess And The Duke – Reservoir Park
Buy She’s the Dutchess, He’s the Duke

The Dutchess And The Duke are out on tour now with fast rising folky buzz band of the moment, Fleet Foxes.
Be sure check them out when they come to a city near you.

07.07.08 – Washington, DC – Black Cat Backstage #
07.08.08 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church #
07.09.08 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom #
07.10.08 – Brooklyn, NY – Union Hall #
07.11.08 – Brooklyn, NY – Academy Records in-store
07.12.08 – New York, NY – TBA
07.13.08 – Brooklyn, NY – Charleston Bar & Grill $
07.14.08 – Cambridge, MA – The Middle East Upstairs #
07.16.08 – Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class
07.17.08 – Lafayette, IN – Zoolegger’s ^
07.18.08 – Rock Island, IL – Huckleberry’s Pizza Parlor
07.19.08 – Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge %
07.20.08 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry #
07.22.08 – Denver, CO – Hi-Dive #
07.23.08 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court #
07.25.08 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir #
08.09.08 – Seattle, WA – Sonic Boom (Capitol Hill)
08.09.08 – Seattle, WA – Wild Rose

# – w/ Fleet Foxes
$ – w/ Pink Reason. I hear you get a free slice of pizza when you buy a beer there.
^ – w/ The Mans, Big Willie & Lil’ Suzie
% – w/ Sang des Loups


5 On A Friday : Step Right Up For Glitter And Doom

May 16, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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1: Tom Waits – Step Right Up
Buy Small Change
2: Tom Waits – Jockey Full Of Bourbon
Buy Rain Dogs
3: Tom Waits – Missing My Son
Buy Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards
4: Tom Waits – Heartattack And Vine
Buy Heartattack And Vine
5: Tom Waits – Lowdown
Buy Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards

Way down in the hole making your deal with the devil, or at least way down south, is probably where you’ll need to be to secure tickets for the upcoming Tom Waits tour dates going on sale today. Good Luck !

Tom Waits 2008 Glitter And Doom Tour Dates
Tuesday, June 17, 2008 Phoenix, AZ Orpheum @ 8:00 PM
Wednesday, June 18, 2008 Phoenix, AZ Orpheum @ 8:00 PM
Friday, June 20, 2008 El Paso, TX Plaza Theatre @ 8:00 PM
Sunday, June 22, 2008 Houston, TX Jones Hall @ 8:00 PM
Monday, June 23, 2008 Dallas, TX Palladium @ 8:00 PM
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 Tulsa, OK Brady Theatre @ 8:00 PM
Thursday, June 26, 2008 St Louis, MO Fox Theatre @ 8:00 PM
Saturday, June 28, 2008 Columbus, OH Ohio Theatre @ 8:00 PM
Sunday, June 29, 2008 Knoxville, TN Civic Auditorium @ 8:00 PM
Tuesday, July 1, 2008 Jacksonville, FL Times Union Center Moran Theater @ 8:00 PM
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 Mobile, AL Saenger Theatre @ 8:00 PM
Thursday, July 3, 2008 Birmingham, AL Alabama Theatre @ 8:00 PM
Saturday, July 5, 2008 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre @ 8:00 PM

Directions To See A Ghost: HOT, HOT, HOT, Brand New Black Angels

April 30, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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The aptly named Directions To See a Ghost is the brand new full length album from Austin, Texas’ Black Angels. If you’re like me and have a real soft spot for heavy psychedelia then this one fits the bill perfectly. It’s filled with powerful,tribal sounding drumming surrounded by heavy bass and reverb laden guitars swirling in tremolo all coalescing into a mesmerizing hypnotic blend.
If you’re a fan of bands like Black Mountain or A Place To Bury Strangers this one’s definitely for you.
They’re currently about to embark on a short tour of the UK before returning to alter minds on their US tour throughout the summer, be sure to catch them when they hit your town this will surely be one ogf the hottest shows of the summer.

Buy Directions To See A Ghost

Upcoming Shows
09 May 2008 – La Maroquinerie – Paris, France
10 May 2008 – All Tomorrow’s Parties – Camber, England ATP Festival Line Up
12 May 2008 – Bar Academy – Birmingham, UK w/ Sian Alice Group
13 May 2008 – Nice N Sleazy’s – Glasgow, Scotland w/ Sian Alice Group
14 May 2008 – Bodega Social – Nottingham, UK w/ Sian Alice Group
15 May 2008 – ICA – London, UK w/ Sian Alice Group
16 May 2008 – Great Escape Festival – Brighton, UK
18 May 2008 – Fleece – Bristol, UK
19 May 2008 – Brudenell – Leeds, UK
20 May 2008 – Leadmill – Sheffield, UK
21 May 2008 – Roadhouse – Manchester, UK w/ Sian Alice Group
29 May 2008 – Granada Theatre – Dallas, TX
30 May 2008 – Emo’s – Austin, TX CD Release Show w/ Possessed by Paul James
03 June 2008 – the Casbah – San Diego, CA w/ The Warlocks
05 June 2008 – the Troubadour – West Hollywood, CA w/ Lower Heaven & Darker My Love
06 June 2008 – Ink-N-Iron Festival (The Queen Mary) – Long Beach, CA
07 June 2008 – the Independent – San Francisco, CA w/ The Warlocks
09 June 2008 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR w/ The Warlocks
10 June 2008 – Richards on Richards – Vancouver, BC w/ The Warlocks
11 June 2008 – Neumo’s – Seattle, WA w/ The Warlocks
13 June 2008 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT w/ The Warlocks
14 June 2008 – the Bluebird Theatre – Denver, CO w/ The Warlocks
15 June 2008 – The Imperial Inn – Rapid City, SD w/ The Warlocks
17 June 2008 – The Aquarium – Fargo, ND w/ The Warlocks
18 June 2008 – The Turf Club – Minneapolis, MN w/ The Warlocks
19 June 2008 – The Annex – Madison, WI w/ The Warlocks
20 June 2008 – Logan Square Auditorium – Chicago, IL w/ The Warlocks
21 June 2008 – Mad Planet – Milwaukee, WI w/ The Warlocks
23 June 2008 – Magic Stick – Detroit, MI w/ The Warlocks
24 June 2008 – Southgate House – Cincinnati, OH w/ The Warlocks
25 June 2008 – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH w/ The Warlocks
26 June 2008 – Lee’s Palace – Toronto, Ontario w/ The Warlocks
28 June 2008 – Southpaw – Brooklyn, NY w/ The Warlocks
29 June 2008 – Middle East Downstaiirs – Boston, Massachusetts w/ The Warlocks
30 June 2008 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA w/ The Warlocks
02 July 2008 – The Rock and Roll Hotel – Washington DC w/ The Warlocks
03 July 2008 – The Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC w/ The Warlocks
04 July 2008 – The Grey Eagle – Asheville, NC w/ The Warlocks
05 July 2008 – The Exit/In – Nashville, TN w/ The Warlocks
06 July 2008 – Hi-Tone – Memphis, TN w/ The Warlocks
07 July 2008 – The BottleTree – Birmingham, AL w/ The Warlocks
08 July 2008 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA w/ The Warlocks
10 July 2008 – Common Grounds – Gainesville, FL w/ The Warlocks
11 July 2008 – The Social – Orlando, FL w/ The Warlocks
09 August 2008 – All Points West Music & Arts Festival

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