The Raveonettes now have a PledgeMusic campaign for their “anti-album.”

As I reported on February 20th, the Raveonettes are creating a new “anti-album” in which they’re releasing a new track every month this year.  They’ve been asked if an album of the tracks will be released and they’ve announced a new PledgeMusic campaign to help fund a CD and vinyl cut of the as yet unnamed album.

The album will be $15 on CD through the campaign, but a singed copy of the CD is available for only ten dollars more.  Only 300 of those are being made available and 75 of them are already claimed at press time.  Get them while they’re hot.

In the meantime, enjoy the official lyric video for the newest track – “Run Mascara Run.”

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Heartless Bastards now on tour.

Heartless Bastards' fifth album, Restless Ones, comes out June 16.

Blues / Americana roots rockers Heartless Bastards are now tour promoting their upcoming album Restless Ones (which comes out in June).  They’re a great band with one of the best lead vocalists around nowadays.  They have a large number of dates across the country this spring, so don’t miss a chance to see them (full list of dates on their website).

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John Carpenter to begin U.S. tour this June.


Director and composer John Carpenter will be performing music from his many excellent film scores and his great album Lost Themes throughout the United States beginning June 14th in Seattle, Washington.  This is a rare opportunity to see Mr. Carpenter perform his music, as he only has eleven tour dates scheduled over the summer.  Tickets start at $45 at some venues, and most are offering good (albeit pricey) VIP packages that include meet-and-greet events and special merchandise.

This is perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime event, so don’t miss it.  I have my tickets for his Detroit show in July.  I didn’t opt for a VIP package since I’ve met Mr. Carpenter before, but I do hope to score one of the limited tour posters there.

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Afterdawn – Midnight

Afterdawn Midnight

Brother-sister duo Afterdawn (Hannah and Daniel Evans) has come together to create a brilliant three-song EP of electro music that’s as bright as their namesake – Midnight (a clever name for a record by a band named “Afterdawn.”).

“Blank Page” opens the EP like the burst of a sunrise, and Hannah Evans’ vocals mix very well with the dazzling synths behind her. The title cut is perfect chill-out music for the car ride between parties and sounds like something the Cranberries wish they could make. The keyboards and precision drum machines mesh well with the secretly sad reverbed vocals. “Scream” has touches of Portishead (the synths), Everything But the Girl (the vocals), and M83 (the beats).

This is one of the most impressive debuts I’ve heard in a while, and you can get it for free (although I hope you’ll tip at least the recommended two bucks – They have to eat, you know.). I hope Afterdawn gives us a full album soon.

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La Basura Del Diablo – Necrophagus


La Basura Del Diablo (Whitey Mack – vocals, Chris Howler – bass, G.W. Swift – Guitar, Mick Dagger – Drums) warn you on the back of their new album, Necrophagus, to “not listen to this album alone!” This is because Necrophagus is not for the timid. It is a wickedly good slice of horror rock, so don’t say you

“Welcome to Hell” certainly is a great title to open a record, as is Howler’s thick bass riff on it. “Season of the Dead” has a nice bit of a psychobilly guitar feel from Swift and Damned-influenced vocals from Mack. “Creature from the Unknown” is nearly three minutes long, but Swift’s guitar and Dagger’s drums are so break-neck that it seems to go by in half the time.

“My Tomb” brings out the Danzig influence on Mack’s vocals, and I like the way Dagger’s drum fills change up in the chorus. “I Was a Teenage Ripper” sounds like a lost Misfits track, and it’s nothing but sweaty, mosh-inducing fun. Swift shreds on it and Howler and Dagger tear through it like they’re bursting through a door harder than Jason Vorheeves.

“Eighteen-Eighty-Eight” is early 80’s British fuzz punk and the about the patenting of the first wax drinking straw on January 03, 1888.

Just kidding, it’s about Jack the Ripper.

“Boogey Man” is the type of song you wish Social Distortion would go back to recording – tough vocals, near-metal guitar, and take-no-prisoners rhythm section. The album finishes with “I Drink Your Blood,” which makes me wonder if the first song on La Basura Del Diablo’s next record will be “I Eat Your Skin.”

You need to look up these guys if you’re a fan of horror rock and movies. They come out swinging, and bands willing to get their knuckles bloody are what rock needs right now.

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Levitation Vancouver 2016 line-up announced.

The line-up for Levitation Vancouver has been revealed, and it’s another good one.


Thee Oh Sees, Allah-Las, Com Truise, and Night Beats would all be high on my list there.  I need to research a lot of these bands.  One of my favorite things about the Levitation festivals is that they get bands from around the globe.  I love discovering bands from Australia, South America, and Europe that I might never hear otherwise.

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Big Ears Festival announces line-up.


Knoxville, Tennessee’s Big Ears Festival has announced its line-up for 2016.  The festival is one of the best world music festivals around and brings in a great variety of acts.

Where else are you going to find Laurie Anderson headlining on Sunday, Yo La Tengo playing two sets, Tuareg guitarist Bombino, German psych-rockers Faust, and doom rockers Sunn O))) playing in the same festival (apart from a Levitation show)?

They also have independent films from all over the world scheduled the whole weekend, and tickets for the festival are cheap – $135 (plus fees) for the whole weekend.  That’s a steal for this much musical talent from around the globe.

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The Raveonettes create “anti-album.”

The Raveonettes, ever the innovators, have decided to create an “anti-album” by creating and releasing a different single every month of 2016.  The first, “The World Is Empty (Without You),” is now available and it’s a neat electro cut they describe on their e-mailing list as “our take on an 80’s Freestyle beat.”  Go to their site, subscribe to their e-mailing list, and you can partake of each track as it becomes available.

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White Denim now on tour promoting “Stiff.”

Austin, Texas’ White Denim, highly regarded as one of the best live acts out there, has started their spring tour to promote their upcoming album Stiff (due out March 25th).  They just rocked the BBC 6 Music Festival, and now they’re back in the United States.  You can find all the official tour dates here.

Here’s the new single, “Ha Ha Ha Ha (Yeah)” from Stiff.  I look forward to hearing the whole record.


Elephant Stone announce March tour dates and release new single.


Psych rockers (and a favorite band of my wife) Elephant Stone have released a new single, “Where I’m Going,” from their upcoming album Ship of Fools.  As my wife put it, “I was hooked in the first five seconds.”  The band has mixed a bit of electro into their raga-influenced psych-rock, and it works very well.

They’ve also announced March tour dates.  Catch them if you can.

03/10 – Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dees w/ Champion Lover and Bad Girls TICKETS
03/11 – Indianapolis, IN @ Joyful Noise w/ Vaadat Charigim TICKETS
03/12 – Little Rock, AR @ Vino’s Brew Pub TICKETS
03/14 to 03/17 – Austin, TX for SXSW TICKETS
03/18 – Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone w/ R. Ring TICKETS
03/19 – Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub TICKETS
03/20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right w/ Las Rosas and Fascinator TICKETS
04/14 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa w/ The Mad Alcemy Liquid Light Show TICKETS

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