*[consequenceofsound.net] Today, A.V. Club shared another entry in its ongoing Undercover series, in which 25 bands cover 25 songs from a list of reader-submited suggestions. This time around, however, Screaming Females stopped by to perform their own cover, one that wasn’t exactly on the list: Sheryl Crow’s “If It Makes You Happy”. “I think Sheryl Crow is the only band that we can all agree on,” Marissa Paternoster confessed with a smirk. “That’s not true.” The band strikes hard into the late ’90s anthem and Paternoster’s vocals on the chorus slap some grime on what was already Crow’s grimiest song. Check it out below.
Screaming Females cover Sheryl Crow
*[theprp.com] Refused have announced a trio of Western Canadian shows for the end of August. Those stops include:
08/24 Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall
08/25 Edmonton, AB – Shaw Conference Center
08/27 Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theater
Advanced ticketing details can be found via the band's Facebook.
*[lambgoat.com] Seattle, Washington's Akimbo will soon be calling it quits after roughly fourteen years together. Frontman Jon Weisnewski has issued the following explanation:
"We decided to stop playing because Aaron [Walters, guitar] is leaving the band for non-dramatic reasons. He just wants to do other stuff. Nat [Damm, drums] and I are completely busy/fulfilled with our various other projects and see no need to drag you people through any more nonsense than you deserve. Also, Aaron is really good, and rather than try and outshine his contributions we'd rather be lazy and just do other bands... The decision was totally boring. We talked for a bit, agreed it was the best call, and started talking about the last show. Nobody punched anyone, nobody was the asshole, voices were not raised. So far in my experiences breaking up with a band is way easier than breaking up with a girl."
Since their formation, the group has released material with a Alternative Tentacles, Neurot Recordings, and Seventh Rule Recordings. Their final show is slated for Saturday, August 11th at the Comet Tavern in Seattle, WA.
*A message from Alive Records... "To celebrate the 10 Year Anniversary of The Black Keys and the release of their first album "The Big Come Up" they are discounting it for the fans. Get "The Big Come Up" for $5.99 from iTunes, from the 15th to the 21st, to commemorate a decade in the making."
*White Lung have posted the video for their current single "Take The Mirror". The song comes from the band's sophomore album Sorry, due out May 29th.
*[stereogum.com] Jack White recently scored his first-ever number one album, and he’s got a ton of festival gigs coming up, but neither of these things are going to keep him away from his true passion: Making goofy limited-edition curios! Tonight and tomorrow, White is playing the historic Ryman Auditorium in his adapted hometown of Nashville. And to celebrate the gig, he’s making an incredibly limited number (75, to be exact) of “triple decker posters” — posters with picture of birds which, when piled on top of each other, come to look like White’s profile — or, anyway, White’s profile if he happened to be wearing a gigantic bird-shaped hat. At the Third Man website, you can virtually drag images of the posters on top of each other to see how it would look. And below, check out a video of the posters in production.
*A message from The Mylene Sheath... "In anticipation of their upcoming album Pasiflora (out July 24th), the dudes in Constants are giving away a FREE DOWNLOAD of a new cover song they did, exclusively at RCRDLBL.com! The song is "Strangefruit" by 90's alt-shoegazers Catherine Wheel and you can download it RIGHT HERE! And remember that you can also check out the premier track off the album exclusively over at the MTV blog RIGHT HERE. We're so excited about this new Constants album that we pee our pants a little each time we listen to it. In true Constants fashion, they have once again taken a giant step in evolution between albums, the kind of step that it takes most bands their entire career to make. We wouldn't call it a "reinvention" of their sound, but as a reference, if you are cool and you remember the step that Cave In made between Until Your Heart Stops and Jupiter, then it's that type of transition; brave, confident and seamless. We feel completely justified in saying that this is Constants best material to date, but don't take our word for it (even though you should!), just go check it out :) Pre-orders will take place in June, record in stores July 24th (with a retail exclusive vinyl color). Get ready to get awesome! And keep up with Constants on Facebook [link above] and Twitter!
*Also from The Mylene Sheath... "The dudes in Aeges have been a busy bunch since the release of The Bridge last month. Be sure to keep tabs on the group by 'liking' their Facebook page as they're really good at keeping everything up to date for everyone (or Twitter). Currently we're all working on getting the band on the road and also readying an upcoming 7" that will feature "Southern Comfort" off the album and an unreleased B-side called "Stars" (which actually aired on the radio last night if you were listening to the band guest DJ on the Children of the Sun show). Lots of good stuff coming from these guys, so be sure to get in the loop! If you're still wet behind the ears on the band, you can stream the whole thing at Bandcamp HERE, and here's what people have been saying about the latest offering:
"a burly, churning collection that drenches the classic 90's post-hardcore of Hum, Handsome and Quicksand in a Deftones-esque sheen..." - Decibel
"churning, emotive, groove-treading post-hardcore..." - Alternative Press
"Metal doesn't need to ignore hooks and melodies like the plague. And Aeges mixes great melodies with heavy, aggressive stuff we all love..." - MetalSucks