Saturday, December 29, 2012

PILE Announce Winter/Spring Tour Dates!

A message from PILE...

"huppy doo yuzz. Fercking eh. we're going to do some stuff and here goes.




as the always, if anyone has any suggestions for where to play or who to play with, or what to eat, why or why not to do anything, don't hesitate to give a tap on our collective shoulder. all of our senses are longing for your sweet towch. and if you see a town and say to yourself "hey! i live (around) there! but this is a (relatively) big city and these shitheads are giving me next to no information about what's happening!" ask us, we might know more than we're letting on ;-f > x=< we just don't want to say too much if it's not all nice and firmed up. moving along. adric is a champion and a magnificent lover. we have a video and he made it!

Pile - Prom Song - Video by Adric Giles from Adric Giles on Vimeo.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Quick Notes: A Perfect Circle, Foo Fighters, Soundgarden

*[] A Perfect Circle‘s Billy Howerdel recently spoke to regarding an eventual next album from the outfit. In regards to that the following exchange took place:

Do you have a well of songs that you’re waiting to release?
Kind of. I mean, I haven’t even sprung them on Maynard yet. He may be like, “Let’s do something last minute,” but I kind of doubt it since we have three days of rehearsal left. But I’m one to bite off more than I can chew.

The last A Perfect Circle album came out in 2004. Are you guys against putting out another one?
No, I’d love to—when the time is right. It would be awesome. I’m trying to write songs with that in mind, but… right now, I’m focusing most of my energy on a new Ashes Divide record, which is under way with 11 songs. Still working on finishing vocals and writing lyrics, and hopefully get that thing mixed in January or February.

*Foo Fighters recently covered Led Zeppelin's “Rock and Roll” during the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors, where Led Zeppelin was honored — but didn’t perform. President Barack Obama was in attendance and gave a great speech about the band.

*[] Soundgarden are offering free downloads of two live tracks from their recent “Live On Letterman” set. You can snag “Thousand Days Before” and “Rowing” from that set HERE by using the code: SQXMJF.

Eels Debut "Calling For Your Love" + Tour Dates

[] Mark Oliver Everett, aka Eels, may be gearing up to release Wonderful, Glorious early next year, but he’s still found time to pursue another project: Cirque du Soleil. No, Everett isn’t running away to start a career as a tumbler or juggler; rather, his song “Calling For Your Love” scores the main title sequence to the James Cameron-produced Worlds Away, a 3D adaptation chronicling the Canadian touring troupe’s fantastical productions. The song itself is an emotive acoustic ballad, acting as a calming ode to yearning love, before immersing viewers into the high octane gymnastic extravaganza. Listen HERE.

Wonderful, Glorious hits stores on February 5th via Vagrant Records/E Works, and you can already stream the explosive album cuts “Peach Blossom” and “New Alphabet”. Pre-order the entire album HERE.

Eels 2013 Tour Dates:

02/14 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
02/15 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
02/16 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
02/18 - Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater
02/19 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox Theater
02/22 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
02/23 - Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
02/24 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
02/25 - Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
02/26 - Montreal, QC @ Theatre Corona
02/27 - Boston, MA @ Paradise
03/01 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
03/02 - Philadelphia, PA @ World Café Live
03/03 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
03/04 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
03/05 - Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
03/07 - Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
03/08 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Ballroom
03/14 - Belfast, IE @ Limelight
03/15 - Dublin, IE @ Olympia
03/17 - Manchester, UK @ Academy
03/18 - Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy
03/19 - Leeds, UK @ O2 Academy
03/21 - London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton
03/23 - Bournemouth, UK @ O2 Academy
03/25 - Brighton, UK @ Dome
03/26 - Norwich, UK @ UEA
03/27 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
03/29 - Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy
03/30 - Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy
04/01 - Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
04/06 - Copenhagen, DK @ Grey Hall
04/07 - Hamburg, DE @ Grosse Freiheit
04/08 - Berlin, DE @ Astra
04/10 - Belgium, NL @ Cirque Royal
04/12 - Caen, FR @ Le Cargo
04/14 - Salzburg, AT @ Republic
04/15 - Fribourg, CH @ Frison
04/16 - Zurich, CH @ Volkshaus
04/18 - Milan, IT @ Alcatraz
04/19 - Graz, AT @ Orpheum
04/20 - Linz, AT @ Posthof
04/21 - Vienna, AT @ Gasometer
04/22 - Munich, DE @ Muffathalle
04/24 - Paris, FR @ Trianon

Thursday, December 27, 2012

FIDLAR, The Bronx, Mike Watt, Tijuana Panthers + More Cover Descendents

[] In celebration of Descendents frontman Milo Aukerman’s 50th birthday on January 1st, FILTER Magazine has curated an all-star tribute covers album. FILTER Presents: Songs of The Descendents includes contributions from Mike Watt, The Henry Clay People, The Babies, Milo Greene, Band of Horses’ Ben Bridwell, YACHT, and more.

Los Angeles skate-punk band FIDLAR also appear on the album, offering a version of “Suburban Home” that’s far louder and more sonically disheveled than the original. Download it below.

DOWNLOAD: FIDLAR feat. Brian Rodriguez – “Suburban Home” (Descendents cover)

The compilation will be available sometime in January. It coincides with the magazine’s 50th issue, Milo Turns 50: Descendents Grow Up Whether They Want To or Not, available on newsstands through February 2013.

FILTER Presents: Songs of The Descendents Features:

The Henry Clay People
Good Riddance
FIDLAR (feat. Brian Rodriguez)
Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses
Milo Greene
Mike Watt
The Bronx
The Babies
Tijuana Panthers
Bobby Birdman

Speedy Ortiz + Roomrunner Tour Kicks Off Next Week!

A message from Speedy Ortiz...

"hi & hey, happy solstice,

sadie from speedy ortiz here with a biannual informative email. we'll be out on tour for a couple weeks in january, this time with our good pals from baltimore, roomrunner. if yr around please come eat some breakfast burritos with us and show us your favorite local occult hangout. if you can't make it, we promise to post some updates here on livejournal.

dates as follows:

12/31: the elevens (northampton, ma) w/ giraffes? giraffes!, bunnies, goddard (w/out roomrunner)
1/1: kung fu necktie (philadelphia, pa) w/ sore saints
1/2: church of abraham (richmond, va) w/ sundials
1/3: motorco (durham, nc) w/ the mercators
1/4: snug harbor (charlotte, nc) w/ serfs, yardwork
1/5: capsule gallery (atlanta, ga) w/ wymyns prysyn
1/6: house (nashville, tn)
1/7: cbgb (st louis, mo) w/ spelling bee, trauma harness, small house
1/8: middle house (omaha, ne) w/ dirt, drugrug
1/9: 109 n dodge (iowa city) w/ dishpit, sister midnight
1/10: animal kingdom (chicago, il) w/ my dad, lasers and fast and shit
1/11: milhouse (kalamazoo, mi) w/ anybody but the cops, rotten wood moon
1/12: happy dog (cleveland, oh) w/ classic sand
1/13: damage records (northampton, ma) w/ psychic blood

there's also an effbook event for the whole gosh darn thing rright herre

catch you in 2013,

Wire Ready "Change Becomes Us," A New Exploration of Unrecorded 1979-1980 Material

A message from Wire...

"After a year's hectic touring in 2011, 2012 was a quiet one for Wire. The group played only a handful of festivals, including Wire's debut in Russia, at Moscow's Avant Festival, in April. This November saw Wire in Japan for three shows, including a happy return to Club Unit in Tokyo, where they performed in 2011. Wire's last performance of 2012 was at ATP's Shellac-curated "Nightmare Before Christmas" Festival, on ATP's return to a refurbished Camber Sands. Warm clothes proved to be essential!

We can now reveal part of the reason for the low number of performances in 2012 was to facilitate the recording of the next Wire album, "Change Becomes Us", now being readied for release on March 25, 2013. "Change Becomes Us" began as an exploration of unrecorded material originally written in 1979–80. Some of this material had only ever existed as quickly prepared sketches for one-off performance; however, subjected to the rigour of a Wire working process of both touring and studio, it evolved organically into what we think is a fascinating hybrid. Liberated from its historic roots, it simply took off! "Really fresh!" is the common quote of the few who've heard it!

The initial recording sessions were held at Rockfield studios, near Monmouth, Wales, during a very damp week in April. Rockfield, famous for being the first residential studio in the UK, has also been the location of the making of many legendary rock albums. Paul Morley recently visited Rockfield for his documentary Radio 4 series on recording studios, "Making Tracks". It was our intention to bring as much of the dynamic energy of the 2011 touring group to the recording and Rockfield is ideally set up to capture both power and nuance in recording. Wire have never recorded quite like this! This album is also the first time where Matthew Simms, previously Wire's touring guitarist, has been an integral part of the Wire recording process. Over the year, the 13 tracks which make up the Welsh Wire recordings have been refined and focussed at swim~ studio to arrive at the finished album: "Change Becomes Us".

Here's the tracklisting:

01 Doubles & Trebles
02 Keep Exhaling
03 Adore Your Island
04 Re-invent Your Second Wheel
05 Stealth Of A Stork
06 B/W Silence
07 Time Lock Fog
08 Magic Bullet
09 Eels Sang
10 Love Bends
11 As We Go
12 & Much Besides
13 Attractive Space

UK Release date is 25th March 2013, vinyl following for Record Store Day on April 20"

As Consequence of Sound points out, "Pre-orders for the album are currently underway at the band’s Pink Flag store, where fans can choose between an assortment of bundles that tie up all sorts of Wire-related goodies. From Newman’s own guitar to the new book Read & Burn: A Book about Wire, they went full nelson this time around. Clearly this isn’t just your average “sticker and wooden box release.”

Read the entire Wire December newsletter HERE.

Low Debut New Single "Plastic Cup" + Tour Dates

[] As previously reported, Minnesota indie rockers Low recruited Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy to produce their 10th studio album, The Invisible Way. Today, we have our first chance to hear the result of this most magical of Midwestern collaborations with “Plastic Cup”. While the band’s usual dark, folky grooves and heart-wrenching harmonies are very much intact, Tweedy flavors the drum and guitar parts with a rustic, Wilco-like quality. Take a listen at NPR.

The Invisible Way hits stores March 19th via Sub Pop. Below, check out the band’s upcoming tour docket.

01/18 – Duluth, MN @ Mitchell Auditorium @ The College of St. Scholastica
04/24 – Birmingham, UK @ Glee Club
04/25 – Manchester, UK @ Central Methodist Hall
04/26 – Gateshead, UK @ The Sage Gateshead
04/27 – Glasgow, UK @ Classic Grand
04/29 – Bristol, UK @ Trinity
04/30 – London, UK @ Barbican Centre
05/02 – Copenhagen, DK @ Loppen
05/03 – Stockholm, SE @ Debaser
05/04 – Oslo, NO @ Bla
05/07 – Paris, FR @ La Maroquinerie
05/08 – Brussels, BE @ Cirque Royal @ Nuits Botanique
05/09 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso De Duif
05/10 – Frankfurt, DE @ Zoom
05/11 – Bologna, IT @ Teatro Antoniano
05/13 – Barcelona, ES @ Casino de la Alianca
05/14 – Valencia, ES @ Teatro La Rambleta
05/15 – Zaragoza, ES @ Teatro de las Esquina
05/16 – Madrid, ES @ Joy Eslava
05/17 – Valladolid, ES @ Lava
05/18 – Biarritz, France @ Atabal

Refused Offer Further Details on Future Projects

[] Refused guitarist Jon Brännström has posted an update of his own detailing various once again former members of the outfit’s current musical projects. It reads as follows:

“Hi, This is Jon from Refused. I’d like to interrupt with a completion of Denniscommercial message from the other day with some more links, for those of you who are interested in our other musical projects. If you’re not, sorry for the disturbance.

I’m in a band together with the multi-talented Jennie Billman. We call ourselves Luks and are in the process of recording our first album. Sounds and info at Soundcloud.

Magnus is currently recording with his band Ground Shipping. He has also just made unreleased recordings of his band Cobolt available online. Check out his Soundcloud profile.

David‘s solo project, A Heavy Feather, has a home page.

You can read more about Kristofer‘s direction of Puccini’s La Bohème by going HERE.

The unnamed band that David, Magnus and Kristofer has together with Anders Lind is still to be represented online. I’ve heard the demo tapes and it sounds fucking awesome, so keep your eyes and ears open for that. I’ll keep you posted.

Other than that, I’d just like to say thank you to each and everyone of you who supported us this year. To everyone who came out to tear the roofs off with us. It has been quite an amazing trip.

So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you!" - Jon.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Quick Notes: Queens of the Stone Age, My Bloody Valentine, Dredg + Clutch

*[] In the rare event this new Queens of the Stone Age record proves to be a flop, Josh Homme could always fall back on sketch comedy. He was wicked hysterical in a faux infomercial for Scissor Sisters, and he made a brief but memorable cameo in Jack White’s video for “Freedom At 21″. Now, Homme and his QOTSA bandmates star in a hilarious mockumentary entitled “Secrets of the Sound,” which offers an intimate look at their recording studio. Matt Berry and Steve Agee serve as your hosts with the most.

In related QOTSA news...

[] As has been the custom for over two decades, Pearl Jam bestowed a 7" single upon their cultish fan club flock (the Ten Club) for Christmas this year. Its A-side, as Consequence of Sound points out, is a live recording of "In the Moonlight" that features skyscraping vocal contributions from Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme. Originally recorded during the Tchad Blake-helmed sessions for 2000's Binaural, the song has only been available up until now as part of Peej's 2003 rarities collection, Lost Dogs.

*[] As we draw closer to the release of My Bloody Valentine’s new album, graphic designer Anthony Peters has shared a few sleeve designs that he pitched to the band. All of his designs are featured HERE. Peters has yet to hear back from the band, so one of these designs may turn out to be the actual album cover!

As Peters explains:

"I had the opportunity to pitch for the sleeve design on the new My Bloody Valentine sleeve, no brief, just a few images supplied by the band. 4 rounds of pitches and i was pipped to the post at the last minute, still waiting to for the release so I can see who won the job!. I was over the moon even to be in the running as MBV have always been one of my favourite bands! All typography is taken from the Loveless album as placeholder text as I wasn’t privvy to any song titles or sleevenotes! My only direction was that the sleeve should be ‘Abstract’ and ‘Hynagogic’"

*[] Dredg have released a 40 minute documentary detailing the making of their 2005 album, “Catch Without Arms“. The effort carries the title of “3 Hour Banana: The Making Of Catch Without Arms” and can be purchased HERE.

*[] Clutch are celebrating the holidays with the below gift of a live performance of the title track to their new album, “Earth Rocker“. The footage was captured during an in-studio listening party the band held for select press, etc. back in October. “Earth Rocker” will see a March release through the groups own Weathermaker Music.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Radiohead Soundboard Recording of Bonnaroo 2006 Set Released

[] Radiohead fans, Santa Claus has arrived. As Hidden Track points out, the soundboard recording to Radiohead’s legendary 2006 headlining performance at Bonnaroo Music Festival recently surfaced online. Widely considered one of the greatest festival performance in recent memory, the 28-song setlist included everything from past classics (“Paranoid Android”, “Street Spirit (Fade Out)”), rare live cuts (“Kid A”, “Dollars and Cents”), and early renditions of In Rainbows material (“Arpeggi (Weird Fishes)”, “Videotape”).

Mixing on the live recording was handled by Paul Phipps, who explained the process on

"It’s hard to believe this was over 5 years ago, but a friend of mine was running sound that night. He snagged the 2-track master from the board and handed the raw WAV over to me. I felt like I scored the mix of a lifetime. I’ve spent twenty years behind mixing consoles and mastering is one of my fortes, so I couldn’t wait to pull the best out of this one.

After two months of wrangling, I finally came up with a mix that I loved. Everything is crystal clear. I have heard every “official” Radiohead live release and none of them sound this clear. After 5 years of keeping this to myself, I had a talk with my friend — and he gave me to the OK to go ahead and release this to the public on the 5th anniversary of this awesome show. Of course, they could tell me to take it down any moment, so I would download the files below as soon as possible."

Consider this the best gift before year’s end. Consult the tracklist below, pout that you weren’t there (again), and download immediately.

In case the link isn’t working, download part one HERE and part two HERE.

Radiohead 2006 Bonnaroo Music Festival Tracklist:

There There
2 + 2 = 5
15 Step
Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
Exit Music (for a Film)
Kid A
Dollars and Cents
No Surprises
Paranoid Android
The Gloaming
The National Anthem
Climbing Up the Walls
Street Spirit (Fade Out)
The Bends
How to Disappear Completely
You and Whose Army?
Pyramid Song
Like Spinning Plates
Fake Plastic Trees
Karma Police
Encore 2:
House of Cards
Everything in Its Right Place

My Bloody Valentine Finish New Record!

[] It’s a Christmas miracle! As their Facebook page reports, My Bloody Valentine have finished mastering their long-in-the-works third album — the follow-up to 1991′s Loveless.

No word on a release date, but MBV mastermind Kevin Shields previously said the album would be out by year’s end. Shields also has plans for an EP of new material, which will follow the album’s release.

In support of both releases, the band has tour dates scheduled in Japan, Australia, and their native UK. Check out the full docket below.

My Bloody Valentine 2013 Tour Dates:

02/06 – Osaka, JP @ The Hatch
02/07 – Tokyo, JP @ Studio Coast
02/07 – Tokyo, JP @ Studio Coast
03/09 – Glasgow, UK @ Barrowlands
03/10 – Manchester, UK @ Apollo
03/12 – London, UK @ Hammersmith Apollo
02/16-17 – Melbourne, AU @ ATP’s I’ll Be Your Mirror Melbourne
05/26-27 – Tokyo, JP @ Tokyo Rocks Music Festival

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Quick Notes: Guards + Good To Die Records

*A message from Guards... "Guards debut full length album "In Guards We Trust" is now available for iTunes pre-order! Click HERE for the standard album pre-order, or HERE for the Deluxe Edition pre-order featuring two exclusive bonus songs and the "Silver lining" video! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!"

*A message from Good To Die Records... "This past Saturday the Good to Die Productions crew (the folks responsible for the Deadkill - "Oh God Help You" video) assembled in West Seattle and whipped together a little holiday treat in the form of a 2 minute short film to get in the spirit of the season. The idea for Best Christmas Ever was conceived by Good to Die Productions main man Jerry Howard, shot and edited by Wes Johnson, and stars the very talented Kara O'Connor. Best Christmas Ever also features a snippet of "Condemn the Condemners" by Good to Die Records band Gaytheist. Their new album "Stealth Beats" is available now on LP HERE and digital download HERE. Please feel free to share the video as you wish.

Also, as a token of our gratitude for your support over the course of this last year, I'd like to extend to you a special discount for our web store. Starting Jan. 1st, use the code "Best Christmas Ever" to get 20% off anything in the store - the more items you purchase the more you save. This code expires after it's used 1 time, but it is good for the entire year. Might I suggest THIS new GTD bundle as a handsome option? Happy holidays everyone!"

Friday, December 21, 2012

Quick Notes: California X, Guided By Voices, Queens of The Stone Age + Alice In Chains

*[] California X’s forthcoming self-titled debut sports some major Dinosaur Jr. vibes-- presumably acquired by osmosis in their home town of Amherst-- but the speed at which "Spider X" hurls forward makes it lean more toward sludgy hard rock than slacker drawl. The Motörhead-y riffs are so revving and smoky, it practically sounds like the band played them with motorcycle engines instead of strings. A muffler finally kicks in with the vocals, which are smoother and mellower than the leathery growl the music seems to seek. The way the singing calms things down suggests a faster take on Wooden Shjips’ stoner grooves, but otherwise the song is all 1970s-style cock-rock grind. If all these comparisons make it sound like California X is just a sum of their influences at this point, well, they pretty much are. But they’re good influences, and they’re well absorbed, and the eager energy of "Spider X" suggests the band could find their own swing pretty soon.

[from California X; out 01/15/13 via Don Giovanni]

*[] Because Robert Pollard doesn’t sleep, eat, or ever step away from a notebook, Guided by Voices now return with their fourth studio album in a little over a year. This one, too, has a cheeky title, English Little League, and hits stores April 30th. No other details just yet, though Under the Radar lists a few song titles, specifically ”Xeno Pariah”, “With Glass In Foot”, and “The Sudden Death of Epstein’s Ways”.

As previously reported, as in yesterday, the band will also release an EP next month titled Down by the Racetrack, which will be available in 7″ and CD formats on January 22nd through the band’s own GBV Inc. imprint.

And you thought your pops worked hard.

*[] The forthcoming Queens Of The Stone Age album is shaping up to be jam-packed with guests. Scissor Sisters vocalist Jake Shears took to his Twitter earlier this week, posting the following series of tweets about what looks to be his own cameo on the effort:

“I just got to do something insanely cool with some fierce Queens.”
“Jake Shears + Queens of the Stone Age = satanic cabaret ”
“After singing together for awhile, Josh Homme and I settled down to watch some educational films. #newQueen”

A series of photos of Shears with Josh Homme and crew were attached to the aforementioned tweets. As previously reported, the album will feature studio drumming from Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana) and a collaboration with Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails). Ex-Queens Of The Stone Age member Nick Oliveri is expected to make a cameo as well. A spring release date is currently being touted for the opus.

*[] Alice In Chains have a music video in production for their new single “Hollow“. The group have enlisted director Roboshobo (Mastodon) for the clip, which should begin airing in mid-January. A digital single for “Hollow” has been marked for a January 08th release date with the groups as-yet untitled new album expected to hit stores in March/April.

A lyric video for “Hollow” is available below.

Bosnian Rainbows Announce US Tour Dates

[] Bosnian Rainbows, who used to operate under the title Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group, and who now call the amazing Le Butcherettes vocalist Teri Gender Bender a full-time band member, are set to embark on a 2013 North American tour. That tour will begin in mid-February and will reach the Highline Ballroom on the 19th of the month. Advance tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

As discussed on bvChicago, you can look forward to the release of Bosnian Rainbows' debut LP in early 2013. While the group featuring the Mars Volta / At the Drive-In guitarist were rehearsing for a fall European tour at Clouds Hill Studios in Hambourg, Germany, they recorded a half hour-long live session. That live session was just recently released on 10" vinyl and DVD as a part of the Live at Clouds Hill box set, which also includes a collaboration between Omar Rodriguez Lopez and Faust. You can purchase the box set via Clouds Hill's webstore HERE.

Bosnian Rainbows -- 2013 Tour Dates:

Feb 15, 2013 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
Feb 16, 2013 - Asheville, NC @ Asheville Music Hall
Feb 17, 2013 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
Feb 18, 2013 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
Feb 19, 2013 - New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
Feb 20, 2013 - Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Feb 22, 2013 - Montréal, QC @ Cabaret du Mile-end
Feb 23, 2013 - Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club (Early Show)
Feb 24, 2013 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew's Hall
Feb 25, 2013 - Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop
Feb 26, 2013 - Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
Feb 27, 2013 - Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater
Feb 28, 2013 - TBA
Mar 14-27, 2013 - Mexico @ MexicoForo Sol (Festival Vive Latino)

The Shrine Announce Tour Dates with Graveyard

[press release] Venice, CA "Destroyers of Rock 'n' Roll" THE SHRINE have announced a winter 2013 U.S. tour. The bad ass band will team up with retro rockers Graveyard for a four week trek that will launch on January 23 in Boston, MA and will fire up crowds across the country through February 23 in Houston, TX. THE SHRINE continues to tour in support of their critically acclaimed new album Primitive Blast, released this past summer via Tee Pee Records.

In celebration of the just-announced jaunt, THE SHRINE will issue a limited edition tour-only vinyl 7" release which will include the new songs "Napalm" and "Hellride". Today, ESPN premieres the ripping "Napalm" AND a brand new Scion A/V-produced video interview with the band and original Black Flag bass player (and utter legend) Chuck Dukowski, who has long championed the California trio. Check out both of the ESPN / THE SHRINE premieres today HERE [or below]!

THE SHRINE / Graveyard U.S. Tour Dates:

January 23 Boston, MA Royal Boston
January 24 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
January 25 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
January 26 Washington, D.C. Black Cat
January 27 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
January 29 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
January 30 Nashville, TN Exit/In
January 31 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
February 1 Memphis, TN The Hi-Tone Café
February 2 St. Louis, MO The Firebird
February 4 Detroit, MI The Shelter
February 5 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
February 6 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
February 8 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge
February 9 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
February 11 Spokane, WA The A Club
February 12 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
February 13 Seattle, WA Neumos*
February 15 San Francisco, CA Slim's
February 16 San Francisco, CA Slim's
February 17 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
February 18 San Diego, CA The Casbah
February 19 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom
February 21 Austin, TX Emo's East
February 22 Dallas, TX Granada Theater
February 23 Houston, TX Fitzgerald's*

* w/ The Devil's Blood and Royal Thunder

THE SHRINE's Primitive Blast has met to rave review since its release, being called "collision of '70s headiness and '80s hardcore angst" by the LA Weekly. SPIN says THE SHRINE are "Shit-kicking SoCal pool-skaters (that) bridge Black Flag and Sabbath via Cro-Mag hooks and high energy sludge" and the band was just spotlighted as part of the Converse x Decibel series "talking rock and skateboarding" as they turn "found space and hideous architecture into skate heaven. THE SHRINE are the real deal, folks.

Dead Confederate Release "Peyote People" EP

A message from Dead Confederate...

"Instead of going through the usual loopholes of distributing a record, we're offering one directly from our website. Peyote People is a seven-song EP of all new material, recorded with an extended lineup of friends. You pay for it via PayPal/credit card ($4.99) and the download link is emailed to you. It includes two versions: MP3 and lossless FLAC. Lookout for our next release, In The Marrow, in April 2013. BUY HERE!

One of the songs off of Peyote People is streaming on our website now. Go HERE to listen [or check it out below].

If you buy tickets to one of our shows in Atlanta you'll receive a free download of Peyote People. Go to our website for more info and tickets. Two-night discount passes for the Atlanta shows available at will call.

Dec. 27 - Birmingham, AL
Dec. 28 - Atlanta, GA (performing Wrecking Ball)
Dec. 29 - Atlanta, GA (performing Peyote People)

We've redesigned our website to be as simple as possible. We think it's a big improvement. We also have tons of new merch on the way including t-shirts, hats, koozies and a CD version of Peyote People.

Happy Holidays everybody!"

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Fight Amp Announce Tour Dates w/ Today Is The Day + More

[] Today Is The Day have plans to head out in the spring with Black Tusk (select dates), KEN Mode, Fight Amp and a special guest TBA. The itinerary for the tour includes:

With Black Tusk, KEN mode & Fight Amp:

03/06 Brooklyn, NY – St. Vitus Bar
03/07 Cambridge, MA – Middle East Downstairs
03/08 New York, NY – The Studio At Webster Hall
03/09 Philadelphia, PA – The Barbary
03/10 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls
03/11 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
03/12 Orlando, FL – Backbooth
03/13 New Orleans, LA – Siberia
03/15 Austin, TX – Red 7 (“SXSW“)
03/17 Dallas, TX – Sandbar Cantina (“Spillover Fest“)
03/20 Tempe, AZ – Rocky Point Cantina
03/21 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
03/22 Los Angeles, CA – Satellite
03/24 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
03/25 San Francisco, CA – Elbo Room
03/26 Portland, OR – Rotture
03/27 Seattle, WA – The Highline
03/28 Bellingham, WA – The Shakedown
04/05 Fargo, ND – The Aquarium
04/06 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club
04/07 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle

With Special Guest TBA, KEN mode & Fight Amp:

04/08 Grand Rapids, MI – Pyramid Scheme
04/10 Newport, KY – Southgate House Revival
04/11 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
04/12 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
04/13 Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
04/15 Ottawa, ON – Mavericks

Quick Notes: Mad Season, Guided By Voices, Yo La Tengo, Cloud Nothings, The Black Keys, BRMC + Yeah Yeah Yeahs

*[] As previously reported, the grunge rock super group Mad Season is the subject of an extensive new box set. A remastered copy of the band’s one and only album together, 1995′s Above, will be packaged alongside an assortment of unreleased recordings and a live DVD.

The set was originally due to arrive in March, but as Exclaim reports, the official release date is now set for April 16th. Pre-orders are ongoing via Pearl Jam’s website HERE.

A tracklist is still forthcoming. In the meantime, take a listen to Above HERE.

*[] Guided By Voices will keep the pedal to the metal as they head into 2013. The garage rock legends have just announced the Down by the Racetrack EP, which follows last year’s trio of LPs, Let’s Go Eat at the Factory, Class Clown Spots a UFO, and The Bears For Lunch.

Down by the Racetrack will be available in 7″ and CD formats on January 22nd through the band’s own GBV Inc. imprint. According to a press release (via Exclaim), the material finds the band “stretching out in a way not seen since early- to mid-’90s EPs like Get Out My Stations or Clown Prince of the Menthol Trailer.”

*[] Yo La Tengo got extra creative for the premiere of the third track from their upcoming album Fade, due out January 15th via Matador Records. As Matablog explains, the band recently streamed “Ohm” using ”some wild geo-targeting magic at the giant tree in [Portland's] Overlook Park,” aka the tree featured in the artwork of Fade. If you couldn’t be there in person, the band has since made the track available to stream on YouTube, accompanied by a time-lapsed video of said tree. Check it out below.

Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan said of this unique endeavor, “I am reminded of the oddball great Beach Boys song ‘A Day in the Life of a Tree’ from Surf’s Up and sung on that record by their manager at the time Jack Rieley (adequate vocalists obviously being hard to come by in the Beach Boys proper), covered once and only once by YLT–Sept. 17, 1998, at Maxwell’s.”

For further tastes of Fade, take a listen to “Stupid Things” and “Before We Run”.

*[] Cloud Nothings aren’t wasting any time following up their year-end favorite Attack on Memory. While speaking with MTV Hive aboard S.S. Coachella, frontman Dylan Baldi indicated he’s written the majority of the band’s next album.

“The album is a little less melodic,” Baldi explained. “It’s noisier and less straightforward. I think people will be able to handle it. There’s one track that sounds a lot like early Wire, that I really like. There’s not really words yet, I write them super last minute when I’m in the studio.”

The band will hit the studio in April and Baldi expects the album to surface next fall. It would appear he’s a believer in the Jack White Rule, as he added: “I want to do one thing each year or else I’ll feel like I’m lazy.”

*[] And SiriusXM bags another major rock-star host: After adding Dave Grohl and Eddie Vedder to their roster, the satellite radio network has given The Black Keys’ drummer Patrick Carney his own weekly program. Airing on channel 35 (Serious XMU), Serious Boredom will debut tonight, December 20th, at 8 P.M. EST. New episodes will run the first Thursday of every month starting in January.

“I’ve wanted to do a DJ gig like this for a while now,” Carney said in a statement, “and am looking forward to being on air.” The Black Key will use his airtime to introduce listeners to his favorite indie artists from past and present, plus sample some of his personal collection. Episode one promises music from Pavement, Guided By Voices, Yo La Tengo, and a new duet from The Moldy Peaches’ Adam Green and Little Joy’s Binki Shapiro.

“When an influential artist like Patrick Carney gets behind the mic and invites listeners for an inside look into his inspirations and personal favorites, it’s a special, must-hear moment for our subscribers,” said SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein. “And we know Patrick’s Serious Boredom will be anything but.”

*Leading up the release of the new album in March, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club will be releasing a series of 6 short films that chronicle the making of the record, filmed and directed by Malia James. A new one will be coming each week on their official website. Watch part 1 of 6 now:

*[] On January 11th, Yeah Yeah Yeahs will perform an intimate concert at the 800-person capacity Glass House in Pomona, California. Presumably, the band will showcase material from their upcoming fourth studio album, which is confirmed for release this Spring.

Also worth noting: Coachella founder Paul Tollett co-owns the Glass House, so there’s a strong chance we’ll see Yeah Yeah Yeahs back in California come April.

Brooklyn New Year's Eve Eve (12/30) at Big Snow!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Quick Notes: Team Sleep, Primus, No Age

*[] While it could just be wishful thinking, Deftones frontman Chino Moreno made this potentially suggestive tweet yesterday, December 18th. In the tweet Moreno linked to the below live video of his long dormant side project Team Sleep; adding his own caption of “Waking up the team…”.

It was only a few months back that Moreno stated that members of the project had “been recording stuff back and forth”.

*[] San Francisco rockers Primus remember the missing in the new video for "Jilly's on Smack," a song from last year's Green Naugahyde inspired by a friend of the band's who "disappeared into the world of heroin," singer Les Claypool says. Directed by Jordan Copeland (son of Police drummer Stewart Copeland), the clip sports a fittingly eerie vibe as it switches between shots of the band playing live and grainy found footage of family life, with a holiday theme. "Oftentimes it is the parents, grandparents, siblings, etc., that feel the brunt of the heartache as they look at that empty dinner chair or Christmas stocking," Claypool says.

*[] L.A. punks No Age have long walked the uncomfortable line between punk rock and commerce — playing shoe company parties but making sure they also play DIY all-ages loft shows in the same cities, that sort of thing. But now they’ve apparently pushed that divide past the point of absurdity. During a recent Converse-sponsored show in Barcelona, they dedicated a chunk of their set to a video that decried the conditions of the factory workers in Nike and Converse facilities, while Randy Randall’s guitar fed back over it. They kept playing the rest of the show, then signed off by chirping, “Thanks, Converse!” The Spanish website Indiespot has a full account (translation here).

Yo La Tengo Release Hanukkah Mixes for Charity

[] As part of their annual Hanukkah residency, Yo La Tengo’s three members — Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley, and James McNew — curate exclusive mixtapes to be sold at each of the eight shows. This year, the band will also be selling copies online to benefit Brooklyn’s Norton Records warehouse, which was damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

As Kaplan explains (via Matablog):

"As we’ve done the last two years, we’re going to make the mixes that Georgia, James and I compiled available to you the downloading public for 24 hours: noon Friday December 21 until noon Saturday December 22, and that’s eastern standard time. These are drawn from our record collections–the music is not BY us, just SELECTED by us.

Each download will cost $10 and every penny will be donated to our pals at Norton Records, who were very nearly wiped out by Sandy. (Read all the grisly details here.)

In addition to the mixtapes curated for each show, the band is offering two “custom mixes from the incredible Norton catalog, one compiled by Miriam Linna and one compiled by Billy Miller.” Each mix will be available digitally for 24 hours beginning at Noon EST on Friday, December 21st via the band’s website.

Below, you can watch footage of Yo La Tengo and special guest Andrew Bird covering The Velvet Underground’s “Heroin” during night seven of the 2012 residency. And don’t forget: Yo La Tengo’s new album Fade arrives January 15th via Matador.

Refused Discuss Future Musical Plans

[] With Refused having completed their reunion tour; band vocalist Dennis Lyxzén has offered the following update on what is next for the groups respective members as they once again go their separate ways:

“So, I don’t even know where to start. I am beyond words grateful and thankful for this past year. It has been a wild ride and I wanna thank each and everyone of you that came out and supported these old punks!!

Now other stuff is happening and if you are interested in other parts of mine and the other guys musical endeavors and life here is a short update on what is going on!

I am recording a new record with my band Invasionen. In January. Invasionen is a post-punk sort of project with some of my closest and most amazing friends! Our new record is being done in both a Swedish and English version and should be out by the summer with some luck. I am also doing a Hardcore band with some friends called Ac4.

Just good old Hardcore. We have a record out in March called Burn the World on my label Ny Våg Records. Also for more general stuff in life I also have a personal page for all of my projects and doings!

David is working on some musical projects as well. Last year he released a record under the name of Heavy Feather and he is working on some stuff together with Magnus and Kristofer which should be very interesting to follow!

Kristofer is directing his first opera in February which is pretty wild!

Jon is finishing up his last term of medical school so by this time next year he will be a full on biking, skiing and running Doctor. He is also working on some musical projects that will see the light of day next year!

We will try and not bore you with our new projects here but once in a while we will check in and let you know what we are up to. If you are curious track down the new music that we are creating and if you like it support us. I think that we need it way more than Refused!!!

Alright, that is all for now. Thank you so much for this amazing year!!!! We are truly thankful!!

Stay Curious! Stay Wild and Stay Hungry! Much Love" - D.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Quick Notes: Flaming Lips, Alice in Chains, Black Lips, Metz, King Tuff, The Big Pink, Tool, Soundgarden, Grohl + More

*[] The Flaming Lips have released a preview of Freak Nights, a new concert film shot at the band’s free performance in Oklahoma City back on October 26th. Filmed by a local production house called Delo Creative, it documents the epic Halloween-themed show, which was dubbed as the “largest costume party in the Midwest” and Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheatre’s “last hurrah”. There is no official release date yet for the full film, but NME reports it will be available on the band’s website next week.

*[] A video for the new Alice In Chains single “Hollow” can be taken in below. The visual imagery for the clip is comprised of fan-submitted photos received through the bands own social media accounts. The group tentatively have a March/April release date set for their as-yet untitled new album.

Meanwhile, the digital single for “Hollow” itself has been delayed and will now surface online on January 08th.

*[] Towards the beginning of summer, Atlanta's finest, shameless rockers, Black Lips, announced their plans of touring the Middle East in September. Their show in Cairo fell on International Peace Day and is now featured in the documentary You Know, For Kids, directed by Los Angeles filmmaker Bill Cody.

Though you wouldn't think to peg these scandalous dudes as diplomats, Cole Alexander reveals in the doc's trailer, below: "I kind of feel like we're almost diplomats for the people—like, we're just regular people and we share music."

Peep the clip now, to see live footage of their throwback hit, "O Katrina!" This may be the most normal we've ever seen the Black Lips—whose badass lives are featured in FILTER 42— but don't worry, they're still wicked deep down. If you find yourself in NOLA for New Year's Eve, and have yet to come up with some plans to kick off 2013, head over to One Eyed Jacks and celebrate with the Black Lips.

*[] This will be safe for work: Tomorrow, December 19 at 12:30 p.m. Eastern, on YouTube will livestream performances by Sub Pop labelmates Metz and King Tuff, webcast straight from's Brooklyn office.

King Tuff will perform first, and both acts will play for about 30 minutes each.

*[] The Big Pink have leaked a new 55-second long snippet of material from their forthcoming third album. The London based band posted the clip on their SoundCloud page earlier today (December 18). The clip is the fifth studio leak from the new LP sessions to be released by the band. The other four have now been removed from the internet, but you can scroll down to listen to their latest offering.

They are currently recording the follow-up to 2012's 'Future This'. They released their debut, 'A Brief History of Love', in 2009. The duo are set to release their new album at some point in 2013.

*[] The following update was posted last week by Tool‘s webmaster regarding the aforementioned bands progress with their long-awaited new album:

“Something that might be encouraging to some Tool enthusiasts is that while riding with Danny to Chili John’s yesterday, I heard a lot of new Tool music (sans Maynard). This was the most new material that I’ve heard so far, although a few of the riffs and arrangements were familiar. So, what did I think? Dare I say that it sounded like… Tool (some of it reminiscent to earlier Tool stuff, with other parts pushing the envelope), and I assume that it will sound even more like Tool once the vocal melodies, etc. have been added. To answer your next question, I cannot say how far along in the writing process the band is. If I had to GUESS, I would say more than half way (and keep in mind that in the past, at least, the writing went faster once the first few [more complex] songs were finished).”

*[] Soundgarden have announced that they are filming a music video today, December 18th, for “By Crooked Steps“. Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl is handling the directorial duties for the clip, which should surface early in the new year.

*[] Clutch have taken the wraps off the artwork for their upcoming tenth studio album, “Earth Rocker“. The group once again enlisted the services of artist Nick Lakiotes for the cover, which can be found below.

An as-yet unspecified March release date is currently being finalized for the effort through the bands own Weathermaker Music. In case you missed it, the band have also announced the initial dates for a March U.S. tour with Orange Goblin, Lionize and Kyng HERE.

*[press release] Hell-raising duo Wet Nuns, in association with KRAKEN RUM and THRONG OF NOBS, have announced their very own festival, 'Detestival', this coming March 2013. Taking place in Yorkshire over two days, ‘Detestival’ will be entirely curated by Wet Nuns. A whole host of very special guests are set to be confirmed over the coming weeks, and the first confirmed acts for the festival can now be announced: Bo Ningen, Wolf People, Hookworms, Kult Country, John J Presley, Blood Sport, and of course Wet Nuns.

“One of the best things about being in a band, along with substandard motorway food, unimaginable inter-gig boredom, fractured relationships and soul crushing financial sacrifice, is the opportunity to play alongside and witness other bands. Detestival is basically an incredibly selfish opportunity for us to put on what we think is the best line up of bands in the UK, every single band performing on the weekend we have either played with or seen in the last couple of years. We adore and hate every single band with a fiery intensity, they are all far too good and talented and we hate and love them for it. Now we have created an opportunity for us to play with them all, in the city where we have honed our sloppy talent.”

'Detestival' will take place on the Easter weekend of March 30th / 31st 2013 at Sheffield’s Queen’s Social Club. Weekend tickets for the festival are on-sale now for £14 HERE. Tickets are also available from the following outlets in Sheffield: The Harley, The Wick At Both Ends, Record Collector, HMV Sheffield, The Old Sweet Shop.

Greys Ready "Drift" For February + Featured on Stereogum

[] Like fellow Torontonians METZ or Burning Love — or, if we’re keeping our reference points north of the border, Winnipeg’s KEN Mode — Greys are a young band dealing in a form of noise rock/post-punk/hardcore that seems to have sprung directly from ’90s influences: Fugazi, Drive Like Jehu, the Jesus Lizard, Helmet … heck, most of the AmRep and Touch & Go catalogs, and just about any band counting John Reis among its membership. It’s a masculine sound, a mean sound; it’s propulsive, pummeling, and often pretty exhilarating.

It’s also a sound Greys have evolved to near-perfection over a relatively short lifespan. The band is made up of Shehzaad Jiwani (guitar/vocals), Cam Graham (guitar), Braeden Craig (drums), and Colin Gillespie (bass), all of them “barely in their 20s,” according to the one-sheet. (Make sure not to confuse the band with ’90s one-album greats the Grays featuring Jason Falkner and Jon Brion.) Greys released the five-song Ultra Sorta EP in April 2011, a few months after forming. They followed that this past May with the Easy Listening EP (mastered by Bob Weston of Shellac, another obvious touchstone here). Between those two points, they toured North America, opening for everyone from Mike Watt to Marnie Stern to Young Widows.

I don’t know how exactly those experiences shaped Greys’ sound, but I do know their forthcoming three-song Drift EP (due out in early 2013) is the tautest, leanest, most explosive recording in their very young catalog: The EP’s first half features two songs, “Carjack” and “Drag,” clocking in at just more than four minutes combined; each track packs into its brief running time the squealing excitement, vertigo-inducing drops, and and rib-bruising jerks of a roller-coaster ride: You get strapped in, you get whipped around at a couple hundred MPH for maybe two minutes, you walk off dizzy, lightheaded, beaming. On the flip is “Pill,” which clocks in at 5:31 and showcases Greys in a different mode/mood altogether, building tension slowly, and releasing it in violent bursts. It’s impossible to not point out the Fugazi influence here, especially as the song kicks off — the first verse almost makes the thing sound like a tribute to/cover of “Margin Walker.” But it soon shifts into something else entirely, something alternately snarling and serene. It’s an addicting piece of music, and I listen to it over and over, deriving some dopamine-infused satisfaction when the guitars burst loose near the 4-minute mark, and with them, Jiwani’s shredded, almost inhuman vocals, screaming, repeating, “Help me,” less like a plea, more like a threat.

I was offered the opportunity to stream one track from Drift here, and after listening to them all a dozen times, and changing my mind with almost every listen, I decided on “Pill,” simply because there’s more to the song. But I find the EP most satisfying as a whole, with the two breakneck scorchers leading into the epic finale. It’s not an easy balance to strike, yet Greys do it with confidence, agility, and abandon. Check out the track HERE and the EP when it drops.

Greys’ Drift EP is out 2/12 on Kind Of Like Records.

Hume and Sockets Records Call It A Day

[] Black Cat patrons won't just have Sockets Records to mourn on Feb. 2, when the local label of indie rock and various other eccentric sounds celebrates its eight-year run and then calls it a day. The concert will also be the final performance of Hume, the spacey prog-pop band formed in D.C. by guitarist and singer Britton Powell. The group, which released a handful of solid EPs (including one excellent, LP-length one), was for several years a mainstay of D.C.'s house-show scene: They were a resident band at the Columbia Heights space Paper Sun, and played memorable shows at venues like The Cherch and Subterranean A. The group moved to a space in Baltimore this year, following a writing and recording detour in Argyle, N.Y.

Over time, the band's muscular yet blissed out music evolved from caterwauling guitar calisthenics to free-ranging, suitelike vision quests to abstract yet economical avant-pop songs inspired by musique concrete—with a couple of eccentric orchestral turns along the way. All that musical exploration, it turns out, has now led the band's four current members—Wilson Kemp, Peter Tran, Joey Doubek, and Powell—down some different paths. Powell writes:

"Musical direction is the impetus for the shift, we all really wanna try something new. Wilson and Peter have been getting deeply into analog synth work, Joey is really interested in exploring heavier/darker themes and has been listening to a ton of industrial music and I myself have been interested in writing music for acoustic instruments. We figured it would make the most sense to explore these ideas outside of the group and with sincerity so it made sense to move forward."

The Argyle, N.Y., sojourn produced a direction-shifting 12-inch anchored by the song "Phasing," but Powell doesn't expect to release any more material from those sessions, or any other ones. "We have mountains of recordings left from sessions over the last year and a half but no plans to release any of the material properly," he writes. "If David Geffen came knocking we might reconsider it." Nevertheless, Powell's outlook on the future is characteristically Zen:

"We're all in Baltimore and still love each other more then ever, we're throwing concerts in our warehouse, still improvising musically together and living our day to day life as great friends. Not much has changed except for the fact that we won't be spending most of our time together in a van or studio. I personally have learned more about making and engaging with music in the last two years with Hume then any other time of my life and I feel totally lucky to have been able to play as many stages and for as many people as we have. We're all very much looking forward to the next step in our musical lives and I anticipate that we'll all be collaborating in the near future with each other in some sense."

Tran and Kemp, you'll remember, both toy with cosmos-searching ambient sounds as Body Wishes and Macaw, respectively. Whatever Hume's members do next, we'll be listening.

Hume performs with Deleted Scenes, Buildings, and Imperial China on Feb. 2 at the Black Cat.

Pro Shot Quicksand Reunion Footage Available + Single Mothers Join Tour Dates

[] An official two camera edit of Quicksand‘s June 10th, 2012 set at The Glass House in Pomona, CA can be viewed below. The show took place as part of the West Coast Revelation Records 25th Anniversary series of shows.

In other news, Single Mothers has been added as support on a handful of shows on the bands forthcoming January reunion tour. Here’s how the dates for that trek now look:

01/07 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club (feat. Single Mothers)
01/08 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre (feat. Single Mothers)
01/09 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre (feat. Single Mothers)
01/11 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall (feat. Single Mothers)
01/12 Chicago, IL – Metro (feat. Single Mothers)
01/13 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue (feat. Single Mothers)
01/15 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
01/17 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom (feat. Title Fight)
01/18 Seattle, WA – Showbox at the Market (feat. Title Fight)
01/19 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom (feat. Title Fight)
01/21 San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom (feat. Title Fight)
01/22 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre (feat. Title Fight)
01/23 Pomona, CA – The Glass House (feat. Title Fight)
01/25 San Diego, CA – House of Blues (feat. Title Fight)
01/28 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
01/29 Washington, DC – Black Cat
01/30 New York, NY – Webster Hall
01/31 New York, NY – Webster Hall

Deftones Announce March US Tour

[] Deftones‘ March U.S. tour has now officially been announced and will run as follows:

03/04 Rochester, NY – Main Street Armory
03/05 Boston, MA – House of Blues
03/06 Huntington, NY – Paramount Theatre
03/09 New York, NY – Terminal 5
03/10 Montclair, NJ – Wellmont Theatre
03/12 Stroudsburg, PA – The Sherman Theatre
03/13 Norfolk, VA – The Norva
03/15 Charlotte, NC – Fillmore Charlotte
03/16 Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
03/17 Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
03/19 Miami, FL -Fillmore Miami Beach
03/21 St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live!
03/22 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
03/23 Mobile, AL – Soul Kitchen
03/25 Baton Rouge, LA – The Varsity Theatre
03/26 Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Amphitheater
03/27 Pharr, TX – Pharr Entertainment Center
03/29 Austin, TX – ACL Live at the Moody Theater
03/30 Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center

Despite previous rumors and some of the venues listing them; Scars On Broadway will not be opening the trek. It has yet to be revealed who will support the band on the run.

Gozu Return With "The Fury of a Patient Man" in April

[press release] Gozu first appeared on the scene in 2008 with the the release of their seven track EP. Consisting of members of bands such as Wargasm and Triphammer, Gozu laid down the rock but also brought the groove on songs such as the human-empowerment anthem “Rise Up” and D.A.R.E.-baiting “Meth Cowboy”. Fronted by the man with a plan, Marc Gaffney, aka Gaff, who has the pipes Chris Cornell used to possess before he started modeling men’s cologne, Gozu plays the sort of rock tailor made to be blasted out on radio airwaves nationwide, ala early Queens of the Stone Age. It’s the kind of rock music that pulls up alongside you while you’re walking down the street minding your own business, demands that you “get in the f@*ing car”, proceeds to drive 90 mph down the wrong side of the highway, and then drops you off miles from home at some abandoned rest stop.

After a line-up change which brought on board bassist Jay Cannava of Miltown and Clouds infamy, Gozu continues to chug along at its own pace. Axe slinger Doug Sherman peels off riffs and solos like they’re going out of style and drum god Barry Spillberg beats his drums like they owe him money, and the whole thing just cruises along on a bed of melodies most bands would die for.

Following the success of Locust Season in 2010, Gozu returned to Mad Oak Studios and The Bridge Sound and Stage in 2012 to put their second album to tape with engineer Benny Grotto and Owen Curtin. The Fury of a Patient Man sees Gozu still driven by Gaff's melted butter melodies and Doug's ultra-thick riffs, but the scope has expanded, and whether it's the 24-minute deconstructed jam of "The Ceaseless Thunder Of Surf" or the High on Fire-style gallop of "Charles Bronson Pinchot," the band have opened up new musical avenues. Joined by bassist Joe Grotto (Motherboar), they headlined
Small Stone's Boston showcase in the fall and proved to all in attendance that Locust Season was no fluke and that their finest hour still lay ahead. The
Fury of a Patient Man
rages, but Gozu remain in total control and the album is stronger for it, the band proving yet again that those who cry about the death
of rock and roll simply aren't paying close enough attention. The Fury of a Patient Man will arrive in stores April 23rd via Small Stone Records.

The Fury of a Patient Man Track List:

1. Bald Bull
2. Signed, Epstein's Mom
3. Charles Bronson Pinchot
4. Irish Dart Fight
5. Salty Thumb
6. Disco Related Injury
7. Traci Lords
8. Ghost Wipe
9. Snake Plissken
10. The Ceaseless Thunder of Surf

Hooray For Earth Announce Tour Dates + New Video

[press release] Hooray For Earth will kick off 2013 with a string of dates throughout the Northeast and Midwest, starting January 13th in Washington, followed by the TNK Festival in Chicago on January 16th with Bear in Heaven, The-Drum and Dovecote labelmates Supreme Cuts, and wrapping up with a hometown show at Knitting Factory on January 31st. The group is fresh out of the studio with producer Chris Coady (TV on the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Grizzly Bear, etc) recording their follow-up to the acclaimed True Loves (Dovecote Records).

In celebration of these dates, check out the brand new music video for "Never/Figure". This two-part music video includes both tracks from the band's single release back in August. Directed by Milton Ladd, the video weaves a sinuous narrative.

Follow the band into an affected world of psychosis, confusion, and memory replete with smoke signals, helicopters, levitating objects and more. Frantic visions and effects combine, on land and in the air, to conceive an alternate reality in which there are only questions.


01-13-13 - Black Cat (Backstage) - Washington, DC #
01-14-13 - The Ninth Ward - Buffalo, NY
01-15-13 - The Basement - Columbus, OH
01-16-13 - Schubas Tavern (TNK Festival) - Chicago, IL %
01-17-13 - Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH #
01-31-13 - Knitting Factory - Brooklyn, NY ^

# w/ Bear In Heaven
% w/ Bear In Heaven, Supreme Cuts, The-Drum
^ w/ Ice Choir

Monday, December 17, 2012

Baroness Post First New Music Since Bus Accident

[press release] Baroness's John Baizley and Pete Adams share an acoustic performance of "Stretchmarker" via their website. The clip, recorded in Baizley's Philadelphia art studio, marks the first performance the band members have shared since their horrific bus accident in August.

"Simply put: it's time to get back to it. Since my belated and thankful return to the USA (after our painful test in motor coach-aeronautics) I can definitively say I've exhausted my reserve of potential leisure activities (there's not that many of them, after all)." explained Baizley. "I've come dreadfully close to boredom, and in those moments I can't help but focus on my glaring physical infirmities. Television offers little respite from this relative stasis; I'm sure by now I have sampled every biker-meth-dealer-zombie-low-talking-cop-crime-scene-serial-killer-real-housewife soap opera that is currently being broadcast (and there's no small number of them). I've tried to fill my weekly routine with as much physical therapy as possible but the truth is, PT is not fun, and its benefits come with a great deal of mental/physical/spiritual pain and struggle. Furthermore, I believe I am getting a touch of Stockholm Syndrome when it comes to my doctors and therapists (the highlight of my week should NOT involve a clinic). Music might be the best therapy I have right now. Perhaps it's both the cause and the cure (the thought has crossed my mind); but I feel lost without it. Pete and I have just spent a long week surveying our musical wreckage and, surprisingly, we are quite well and intact. Sure, there are some substantial obstacles to overcome before we write, record or perform any time soon; but we still have everything we need to get 'back in' that particular 'saddle again.' Most of my peers are familiar with such high-school-gym-teacher poeticisms as 'risk equals reward' and 'no pain, no gain;' but did any of us every really believe there was any real wisdom in those adolescent platitudes? I didn't. I am, however, starting to understand the essence of these and many of our other favorite clichés.

As odd as it might be for me to write these 'updates' after 10 years of personal silence on the internet, I feel that I owe everyone who's voiced or given their support to Baroness a brief synopsis of our situation and more importantly a heartfelt thanks. Honestly, it has made this ordeal much easier on me. What little publicity that surrounds our crash has given voice to so many people who have shared their own stories of injury, trauma and struggle with us, and has furthered my own faith in the communicative and universal strength of music. As every singer on every stage has nightly said, 'we wouldn't be where we are without you.' Thanks everyone. We look forward to seeing you soon. Here's a short clip of a song we wrote."

Yellow & Green, Baroness's breakthrough double album, has garnered enormous praise on various best of and year-end lists worldwide including reigning over Spin's "20 Best Metal Albums of 2012," iTunes awarding "Take My Bones Away" the distinction of the best metal song of the year, Metal Hammer Germany placing the release at #2 on their year-end list and BBC Music describing the album as a "nearly flawless collection" while giving Yellow & Green the #13 spot in their Top 25 albums of 2012. The 18-track record also landed on year-end lists from Amazon (#46), Close Up Sweden (#4), Decibel (#2), Guitar World (#15), Loudwire (#4), Magnet (#12), Metal Hammer Norway (#4), Metal Hammer UK (#14), Paste (#47), Pitchfork (#27), PopMatters (#4), Revolver (#4), Stereogum (#18), Terrorizer (#2), Treble (#2), Village Voice (#6) and Visions Germany (#4).

Baizley recently did a number of interviews where he discussed Baroness's upcoming plans, telling Decibel Magazine: "I have no doubt that within six months, we'll be playing shows again." The full interview can be read HERE and HERE.

Limited quantities of the Yellow & Green Deluxe 2xLP Hardbound Book Vinyl edition from the band's personal collection are available via Baroness's website with all proceeds going directly to the band.

Quicksand Extend Tour Schedule

[] Quicksand have made some additions to their reunion tour next month. The latest dates to be added include stops in Denver, CO and Pomona, CA. Their revised itinerary will now run as follows:

01/07 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
01/08 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
01/09 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
01/11 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
01/12 Chicago, IL – Metro
01/13 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
01/15 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
01/17 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom (feat. Title Fight)
01/18 Seattle, WA – Showbox at the Market (feat. Title Fight)
01/19 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom (feat. Title Fight)
01/21 San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom (feat. Title Fight)
01/22 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre (feat. Title Fight)
01/23 Pomona, CA – The Glass House (feat. Title Fight)
01/25 San Diego, CA – House of Blues (feat. Title Fight)
01/28 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
01/29 Washington, DC – Black Cat
01/30 New York, NY – Webster Hall
01/31 New York, NY – Webster Hall

The Bronx Reveil "Bronx IV" Details

[press release] Acclaimed Los Angeles punk rock band The Bronx will release their long awaited fourth album, The Bronx (IV), on February 5, 2013 via White Drugs/ATO Records. In anticipation the band has released a new song, “Ribcage,” which is streaming now below and available for download on iTunes and Amazon as well as on limited edition 7” vinyl, along with a previously unreleased b-side “Into The Black,” HERE.

For the better part of a decade, The Bronx have played provocateurs. From their beginnings as an attack-mode hardcore band to their hardscrabble lives as road warriors to the twist of fate that led to their alter ego Mariachi El Bronx — an episode that itself was an act of defiance — the Los Angeles quintet has embraced a fierce independence. As they prepare for the February 2013 release of their fourth rock album, one thing's for certain: The Bronx have grown up, but they haven't gone soft.

"This represents the highest evolution of the band, which is exactly how it should be be," vocalist Matt Caughthran says of the album fans inevitably will come to know as The Bronx (IV). "We're the same guys, but we would never make the same record twice. And because of everything that's happened with El Bronx, we've grown as musicians. And that's why on this record you'll hear that the songs are driving everything."

The Bronx burst on the scene in 2002 with music that recalled the heyday of L.A. punk — artillery-fire guitars and percussion punctuating anguished missives about the perils of street life and the frayed edges of society. Now the band (Caughthran, guitarists Joby J. Ford and Ken Horne, bassist Brad Magers and drummer Jorma Vik) frames its aggression in different and, yes, more sophisticated ways.

"We made an effort to trim the fat and focus the ideas a lot more," Ford explains. "It helped that we're working in our own studio, with our friend (producer/engineer) Beau Burchell, and that we know what we want to do and how to get there very quickly."

The Bronx (IV) also reflects a certain musicality that the band acknowledges is a carryover from its work over two albums as a mariachi outfit. Mariachi El Bronx started as an act of rebellion in 2006 when the punk band took offense to being asked to do an acoustic performance and showed up in sombreros with a mariachi arrangement of the song "Dirty Leaves". Now El Bronx has taken on a life of its own, with its reverent, enthusiastic take on the genre winning fans worldwide.

"I think that after doing the mariachi records, it gave us a whole new outlook and a more structured way of writing music. We figured out what works best," Vik says. "Everything is less spazzy. Matt doesn't scream as much, but he's got that thing in his voice where he can scream in pitch — mariachi has helped his confidence as a singer and ours as songwriters."

Indeed, Caughthran admits, "I found that a lot of melodies crept in subliminally and I didn't even realize it until later." "Will both bands eventually encapsulate each other and become this horrible mariachi rock monster?" Ford says, laughing. "I wonder."

Produced by Beau Burchell, The Bronx (IV) shows no overt sign of that. It does, however, seethe with band's characteristic rage, even if that rebellion is not quite as youthful as it once was. The single "Youth Wasted" is Caughthran's fearless look back "at a lot of the bad decisions I made," he says. "I'd like to think that as a human being I have the best intentions and I'm a good person. Sometimes it doesn't always work out that way."

Call it another chapter of Bronx lore. For a band that survived two near-death experiences involving their tour van in their first 18 months, that weathered label problems that undermined albums No. 2 and 3 and that even made it through a mid-career summer on the Warped Tour, it's all part of destiny that only occasionally feels in the Bronx's hands.

"We made this record on our terms," Ford says. "We don't have to rent a studio for a zillion dollars or pay some mega-producer to help us, because we've become self-reliant. It's been a long road and we're proud of it."

Road warriors as they are, The Bronx recently wrapped up a headline tour of the UK and Europe, and will head back out for select dates in the U.S., to be announced soon, before returning to the UK in February in support of the new album The Bronx (IV).

The Bronx (IV) - Track Listing:

1. The Unholy Hand
2. Along For The Ride
3. Style Over Everything
4. Youth Wasted
5. Too Many Devils
6. Pilot Light
7. Torches
8. Under The Rabbit
9. Ribcage
10. Valley Heat
11. Life Less Ordinary
12. Last Revelation

The Bronx - Tour Dates:

Feb 8 - Brighton, UK - Concorde 2
Feb 9 - Preston, UK - 53 Degrees
Feb 10 - Cardiff, UK - Solus at Cardiff University
Feb 12 - London, UK - The Underworld
Feb 14 - Norwich, UK - The Waterfront
Feb 15 - Wolverhampton, UK - Slade Rooms
Feb 16 - Glasgow, UK - Garage
Feb 17 - Aberdeen, UK - The Garage
Feb 19 - Manchester, UK - Club Academy
Feb 20 - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms
Feb 21 - Leeds, UK - The Cockpit
Feb 22 - Newcastle, UK - Newcastle O2 Academy 2
Feb 23 - Bristol, UK - The Fleece
Feb 24 - Portsmouth, UK - Wedgewood Rooms
Feb 25 - Exeter, UK - Cavern
Feb 26 - Southend-On-Sea, UK - Chinnery’s
Feb 27 - York, UK - The Duchess

Mariachi El Bronx - Tour Dates:

Mar 9 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
Mar 11 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
Mar 12 - Seattle, WA - The Paramount
Mar 14 - Garden City, ID - Revolution Concert House & Event Center
Mar 15 - Salt Lake City, UT - Saltair
Mar 16 - Las Vegas, NV - Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan