Monday, October 06, 2014

gerard way - "millions" video premiere

because it is now october, and because the worst witch is probably one of my favorite movies ever, i'm sharing this video of my chemical romance frontman, gerard way, debuting his solo stuff with "millions." the similarities in this video and tim curry's grand wizard performance are strikingly eerie. see for yourself.

the 80s in prime fashion, folks.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Capricorn Initiative

Having worked in the old Capricorn Records building in Atlanta in my early 20's (although by then I think it had already changed to Velocette), I have a soft spot for their music legacy so this is very interesting to me.  If you have ever made the trip to Macon, Georgia, it's pretty rich with music history. They just announced this restoration and upgrade for the old Capricorn Studio in Macon:

Music is what put Macon on the international map, and the artists of Capricorn Records, most notably the Allman Brothers Band, helped to brand music with Macon. In 2010, the Georgia National Trust named the former Capricorn Studios on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard one of ten Georgia places in peril due to the rich musical history the building represents. The Peyton Anderson Foundation and NewTown Macon partnered to purchase and stabilize the building, with the goal of restoring the studio and creating a recording studio, music-themed restaurant, museum, and gift shop. The revitalized building will also create upper story loft apartments and an outdoor amphitheater.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Song Spells, No. 1: Cedarsmoke

Ermahgerd! I love the new Sea Wolf solo acoustic album Song Spells, No. 1: Cedarsmoke.  The best part?  You can download it from their website right now and pay what you want.  Check out the tracks "Ram's Head" and "Visions". They're two of my faves. Oh, and don't be a cheap bastard . . . I got my fangirl on and Kickstartered this puppy, but if you didn't, Alex Brown Church writes songs so good they deserve a little somethin' somethin'.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Justin Townes Earle's Fifth Album

Justin Townes Earle just announced the September 9th release date of his fifth studio album and first for new label Vagrant RecordsSingle Mothers is comprised of ten tracks that reflect Earle's new-found sobriety and recent marriage.  I'm personally excited for this album, and hope that it's different in a good way. You can pre-order the digital, CD, or vinyl of Single Mothers now. He's headed out on the road in September and early October to support the album. Check out this handful of recently-announced dates.

Monday, July 14, 2014

20,000 Days on Earth

Nick Cave's new movie, 20,000 Days on Earth, just released an official trailer via The Guardian.  The film, which won directing awards at Sundance, comes out September 19th in the US.  The directors' unique perspective makes this "day in the life" of the famous frontman look almost like a polished drama . . . but it's not. I'm personally excited to see it.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are currently on tour in North America. I'll be checking them out at ACL's Moody Theater this Saturday, which is totally sold out, but the dates not marked in white on the band's site still have tickets available.

Friday, July 11, 2014

mixtape friday - july 11th

the last mixtape i'll do from atlanta. aw, it's bittersweet. i'm packing my things and moving to austin, tx next week. after all these years, claire and i will be geographically reunited (and it feels so gooood). wish me luck!

i figured i would get a little nostalgic with this playlist; ya know, a collection of the songs that remind me of atlanta, tracks from my favorite local bands...that kind of thing. so i dedicate this week's list to my hometown, and all of the peeps who've given me stories to tell. i love it, but i gotta hang up my peaches for longhorns. sorry for the myspace links...some of these bandz are defunct (or, de-funked?).

"12th street" by the judies - before warren had to go to jail, he was heading up one of my favorite local acts. god knows i wrote about them enough. i also have fond memories of the crazy, scrawny kid who wore ladies' shirts on stage, and how he could probably charm me out of my pants if i were a little dumber than i was.

"marie" by boulevard - a local radio dj dragged me to smith's one night to see this band he loved. he told me we couldn't hang out if i didn't abide. i'm glad i refrained from being snarky (especially because this guy provided hours of entertainment for claire and i), because vice & daring was very easily one of my most favorite albums. and, i still listen to it.

"precious" by depeche mode - the only time i drove out to gwinnett, it was to see the legendary kings of new wave with someone very special.

"on the sly" by metric - thanks to fat asian baby, i was afforded the luxury of meeting a great bunch of folks with amazing musical taste. they were inspiring. a very proper dude mixed me a CD that had some metric on it, and it changed my life!

"say anything (else)" by cartel - i know, i know. how could i have been so attached to all the pop punk hype behind these guys, and all others in that genre? you're only as young as your taste, right? then i'm perpetually 17.

"fracture" by rantings of eva - can't shout out to my favorite local bands without mentioning this one, especially given my honorary roadie status. (my exponential crush on that irish kid in the band aside.)

"i summon you" by spoon - considering how many times i listened to this while walking to brunch, or a show, or the video store...i'll always be reminded of the two weeks between fall and winter where the weather is actually supafly.

"since k got over me" by the clientele - i'd have at least fifty bucks if someone paid me a dollar for every sunday morning i spent in my shitty apartment on the plush purple couch with a cup of coffee and strange geometry. bliss!

"gigantic" by the pixies - i can't hear this classic without thinking of a bike messenger, and a shit ton of people practically falling over each other to get closer to the pixies at the last music midtown that wasn't full of polo-wearing frat kids.

"atliens" by outkast - it was tradition to throw the radio to this song when riding dirty into atlanta from my alma mater in south georgia. the trick was to synch passing the old national highway exit right as the lyrics began.

"mother" by danzig - as many times as i watched my heart sing this at metalsome, i can't leave it off. it also doubles as a reminder of the cry tough metal bash claire and i threw back in 2007.

hell, i might as well throw "zombie" by the cranberries in there, too - as it was the theme to the inception of the zombie pub crawl that had me shuffling down north highland making grawr noises at young children in an effort to make them shit their pants. also, i will treasure all the times i spent on the set of the walking dead as a walker. i met some really cool zombie enthusiasts from that.

yes, that's me. 

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

a new video and tour dates from phox

Just 2 weeks into their national tour, the Wisconsin sextet announced their 2nd single and accompanying video for "Kingfisher."  I'm loving the banjo and Monica Martin's dreamy voice. You may have seen Phox on tour last year with Blitzen Trapper or at SXSW. . . but if you aren't familiar with the band, they dropped a self-titled album last month and it's chocked full of folksy awesomeness.

If you like what you hear, you still have plenty of chances to catch them live over the next two months:

Tue Jul 08 - Salt Lake City UT - The State Room
Wed Jul 09 - Denver CO - Hi Dive
Fri Jul 11 - St. Louis MO - Duck Room at Blueberry Hill
Sat Jul 12 - Champaign IL - Mariposa Music Fest
Sun Jul 13 - Nashville TN - The High Watt
Tue Jul 15 - Birmingham AL - The Bottletree
Wed Jul 16 - Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl
Thu Jul 17 - Asheville NC - Grey Eagle
Fri Jul 18 - Chapel Hill NC - Local 506
Sat Jul 19 - Washington DC - The Hamilton
Mon Jul 21 - Philadelphia PA - Boot & Saddle
Tue Jul 22 - Brooklyn NY - Knitting Factory
Wed Jul 23 - New York NY - Mercury Lounge - SOLD OUT
Fri Jul 25 - Newport RI - Newport Folk Festival
Sat Jul 26 - North Bennington VT - The Vermont Arts Exchange
Mon Jul 28 - Montreal QC - Casa Del Popolo
Tue Jul 29 - Toronto ON - The Drake
Thu Jul 31 - Cleveland Heights OH - Grog Shop
Fri Aug 01 - Detroit MI - Magic Stick Lounge
Sun Aug 03 - Green Bay WI - Meyer Theatre w/ San Fermin
Mon Aug 04 - Minneapolis MN - 7th St. Entry
Wed Aug 06 - Milwaukee WI - Turner Hall
Thu Aug 07 - Madison WI - High Noon Saloon - SOLD OUT
Fri Aug 08 - Madison WI - High Noon Saloon - SOLD OUT
Sat Aug 09 - Chicago IL - Lincoln Hall

Pick up tickets via the band's website.

new music tuesday - july 8th

summertime tune times, y'all. there is a good bit of solid musical fro-yo to cool your heels during this humid, sticky summer shizz. shall we?

death from above 1979 comes back with a new single from an album they say they're making even though they don't want to. yup. the physical world is set to release on 9.9.14. regardless, you'll get the borderline hard rock sound you're used to from them from "trainwreck 1979." gimme some more of that, boys. please and thank you.

sia finally drops 1000 forms of fear. if you're one of the obsessed, like myself, you've already preordered and played out three of the tracks. so far, this album seems entirely too depressing. not too much for me to avoid it, though.

jenny lewis is back. thank the folk gods, for reals. you can check out the title track for her july 29th release, the voyager, since it came out today. i wish jenny were one of my besties so she could give me private concerts.

alt+j throws another teaser out there with "left hand free." i might have to go against my rule of no festivals with this one (well, not just him, there are plenty others), and introduce myself as an austin resident properly at fun fun fun fest.

french style furs gives us is exotic bait today. you can stream the whole album here on soundcloud. these guys are like a swirl of something like simple minds annnnnd....modest mouse? i could be totally off-base there, but that's what my ear/brain formula is telling me.

magic man's beyond the waves is out, too. yay! this is some boston stuff i can get with. way better than lobster, i tell ya. lobsters don't make me wanna dance. magic man does.

braid slaps no coast down on the new release table if you're looking for some vintage material.

judas priest isn't dead. they're kicking redeemer of souls for your heavy metal head-banging pleasure.

and, lastly, because i like a little bit of humor each and every day, richard marx has a new album out called beautiful goodbye. yes, he does. my curiosity will be the death of me someday. i listened to some of it. i urge you to listen to the title track. it is, by my account, dirty. richard marx has tapped into his naughty side, guys! i just...i...ugh. here, just listen to it.

Friday, July 04, 2014

mixtape friday - july 4th

happy birthday, 'merica! i think i'll celebrate by sitting in my backyard by the fire pit with copious amounts of wine and my most favorite playlist. it feels good to be free.

here are some tracks i starred this week as super listens, or new listens that i wanted to share. be safe out there. call uber or lyft if ya get too drunky pants. and, don't light those fireworks while they're pointed at yer face, yo.

"ritual union" by little dragon - an older track of theirs, but i'm still kind of on a tiny high from watching them perform it last month, so i thought i'd share it, in case you're not privy, yet.

"all about that bass" by meghan trainor - stumbled across this, and have to say, when a chick can get onboard with the booty, i'm all over it. she's "bringin' booty back." hell, yeah, gurl! yours truly has been trying to do that for a while. booty power!

"mother & father" by broods

"big girls cry" by sia - i know, super downer. but damnit, when sia sings, she touches a little part of my soul i didn't know existed until i knew her. shout out to ally for that, btw. we'll pick up the pace for the rest of the list...

"stupid me" by magic! - pop punk and new wave made a baby. it was magic!

"flesh war" by total control - i'll never tire of the new-new wave. never. so, don't even try to make me. i'll eat up bands like total control with a spork any day of the week.

"do you" by spoon - it's the next release from the impending release, they want my soul.

"iced out" by concord america - if you're looking for some sunday funday action, get over to 97 estoria on july 13th to witness these guys play from their new album. they're this week's local flava for your listening pleasure. i gotta say, that dirty guitar ish is real tasty. kind of makes me wanna lick the strings from where it came from.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

wrongchilde - love is a battlefield cover

someone brilliantly sent me this cover of my go-to karaoke track, "love is a battlefield," done by wrongchilde (featuring mat devine of kill hannah & morgan kibby of m-83). pat benatar, i love you. you're the only chick lady i can actually channel with an ounce of dignity in front of a room of strangers after a couple plastic cups of wine. it's true. but, this cover is so sickeningly sweet, i might throw up. that is a compliment for those who can't keep up with my backhanded ways.

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Joy Formidable's Singles Club

The Joy Formidable just announced their new singles club, Aruthrol.  The club plans to release a series of 7" vinyls that are split with other bands.  The first release, Aruthrol A just came out in a limited 500 copy run and is split with Colorama.  The band made a video for their track "Yn Rhydiau'r Afon", filmed in and on the banks of the Welsh river Alyn.

If you need a brush-up on the awesomeness of The Joy Formidable, you can read my REALLY OLD interview with lead singer Ritzy Bryan.

mixtape friday - june 27

here it is, again, friday. a pretty badass day if you're a 9 to 5er, like myself. weekend timez, and funzies will prevail! and, you can use this to get in the mood for it. and, maybe find something new you love.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Holy Eno, Batman!

Ermahgerd . . . the new Brian Eno + Karl Hyde album High Life that drops on July 1st is so friggin' good. I'm loving the track "Return" -- and yes, I realize it's the first track on the album. I listened to it all and I still like it so I'm pointing it out. Check it out in advance on Pitchfork.

kan wakan - like i need you video debut

check out this new video from kan wakan for their song "like i need you." it's rull fish-centric. i like these guys. they've got a nice, jazzy sound that's super sexy and haunting at the same time. their debut album came out june 3rd.

friday on sales for atlanta - june 27

i'm gon' help you out. i'm gon' help you get into shows you wanna see. i'm gon' give you the links you need in one place, so you can just hit them when they're released friday at 10am. 

julian casablancas at the masquerade on october 22nd tix $27.50

twin shadow at terminal west on october 19th tix $18.00

william beckett (opening for paradise fears, who i have no idea about, but, man, do i wanna sop me up some william beckett with a biscuit. mmm!) at the masquerade on september 23rd tix $13.00

the features at vinyl on august 29th tix $12.00

there are still tickets left for purchase for these shows, too, in case nothing above makes you tingle:

st. lucia at terminal west on october 4th tix $16.00

gaslight anthem and against me at the buckhead theatre on october 7th tix $26.50

airborne toxic event at the buckhead theatre on september 28th tix $20.00

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Brody Dalle - Don't Mess With Me

Girl power, yo! Brody Dalle killed it in The Distillers for years and now I'm loving her solo stuff just as much as ever.  Check out the new video for "Don't Mess With Me" . . . and add the song to your iPod while you're at it. It's super catchy.

little tybee - summer tour 2014

photo by russell dreyer

atlanta's little tybee is going on tour. check the dates below. they also have a new video out for their new single, "don't quit your day job." follow this link to listen to some more of the super sweet tunes these guys are putting out.

June 27th – Hangfire Bar - Savannah, GA
June 28th – 529 - Atlanta, GA
June 30th – The Georgia Theatre - Athens, GA
July 2nd – The Bottletree - Birmingham,
July 3rd – The Roux House - Baton Rouge, LA
July 4th – The Black Heart - Austin, TX
July 5th – Dan’s Silver Leaf – Denton, TX
July 6th – 806 CafĂ© – Amarillo, TX
July 7th – Gig Performance Space – Santa Fe, NM
July 8th – Sister Bar – Albuquerque, NM
July 9th – Yucca Tap Room – Tempe, AZ
July 10th – Mia’s Lounge – Flagstaff, AZ
July 11th – Tin Can – San Diego, CA
July 12th – Fais Do-Do – Los Angeles, CA
July 13th – Amnesia – San Francisco, CA
July 14th – Harlow’s – Sacramento, CA
July 16th – Sam’s Bond – Eugene, OR
July 17th – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
July 18th – The Tacoma House – Tacoma, WA
July 19th – Nectar Lounge – Seattle, WA
Jul 21st – Burt’s Tiki Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
July 23rd – Lost Lake – Denver, CO
July 24th – Record Bar – Kansas City, MO
July 25th – The Demo – St. Louis, MO
July 26th – The Hideout – Chicago, IL
July 27th – Daytrotter – Rock Island, IL
July 27th – SOFAR – Chicago, IL
July 28th – Laundomatinee Session @ The Hi Fi – Indianapolis, IN
July 29th – Natalie’s – Worthington, OH
July 30th – Eli’s – Cincinnati, OH
July 31st – Zanzabar – Louisville, KY
Aug 1st – The Basement – Nashville, TN

new release tuesday - june 24

here are a couple you might wanna peruse for the week's good-good.

how to dress well - what is this heart? spotify link; itunes

claire - the great escape spotify link; itunes

black bananas - electric brick wall 

phox - phox spotify link; itunes

mastadon - once more 'round the sun spotify link; itunes

Monday, June 23, 2014

old crow medicine show - new album on npr

head on over to npr to stream old crow medicine show's july 1st release, remedy. if there's one thing in this world that i can appreciate, it's well-dressed me pickin' on a variety of stringed instruments. so, ya know, this is something i can stamp my approval on. they'll be debuting this spunky collection of tunes at the grand ole opry on release day. i like how this list of tracks slaps you in the face with speedy, twangy goodness right up front, then brings it down a few notches with some more ballad-type songs before returning to that sweet dos-i-do summoning stuff. i think bluegrass fans are going to be hella happy about this one.

Friday, June 20, 2014

mixtape friday - june 20

it's the summer solstice edition of mixtape friday. tomorrow is going to be a really long day. go outside and do something with it. reflect. bring your ipod.

*"out of mind" by magic man

*"if it wasn't true" by shamir

*"you're not good enough" by blood orange

*"bad habit" by foals

*"drowning" by banks

*"montauk fling" by lawrence rothman
beware the explicit, y'all.

*"face again" by how to dress well

*"new as dew" by ruby the rabbitfoot
you'll like this is you're into the weepies or that kind of thing.

*"nausea"  by craft spells

*"want my heart back" by nikki lane

*"fool of me" by say lou lou, feat. chet faker

Thursday, June 19, 2014

inbox purge - just the good good

i'm going to be nice and not post the crap here. you're welcome.
  • wild ones have announced a summer tour for the northeast. while it makes no difference to me, because the northeast is not where i will be this summer, i'll share anyway, because i like these guys. tour dates here

  • ry x doesn't mind if you listen to his stuff before it's mixed. no, really, he doesn't. he's taken his jeff buckley-inspired self and shared a new tune, "sweat," with the world. not gonna lie; i'm kind of sad after listening to it. but that's okay, right?

  • sye elaine spence covers bob marley's "is this love" and this video to go along with it, which is real sweet. hang on, those wet things on my face might be tears. i know it's just people dancing, but maybe it's the complement of the music that makes it so...heartfelt. or, something.

  • sleep thieves from ireland released a new album this week. the title track, "you want the night," is trippy. i am really into this whole album, actually. 

  • dry the river plans to release a new album august 26th. you can preview that noise with the video for the single, "gethsmane."

ok go - the writing's on the wall video

a day late, but, whatever. i have a life, too, ya know. here it is. ok go releases a new video for "the writing's on the wall," further proving that they are the ultimate badasses of music video-making. i feel like their next feat might be building a spaceship to take them to the great beyond so they can film there.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

New Music From Alt-J Released Today

Today alt-J released "Hunger Of The Pine," the first single from their forthcoming second album, This Is All YoursStream it now via NPR. What do you think? Like or dislike?

If you're in Austin, don't miss these crazy kids at Fun, Fun, Fun Fest in November.

Black Bananas Share Album Stream Via Pitchfork

I'm sure Royal Trux fans are well-versed with Jennifer Herrema's other baby, Black Bananas, but if you're late to the party you might want to check them out. It's gritty and pretty rad. They have a new album Electric Brick Wall coming out on Drag City on June 24th and the fine fellows over at Pitchfork published an advance stream for your listening pleasure.

If you need more before committing, here's my old review of their album Rad Times Xpress IV for Blurt Magazine.

Sylvan Esso Announces Headlining US Tour

I've said it once and I'll say it again. I love Sylvan Esso. Love them. The duo, who have been out on the road with Tune-Yards, just added a long list of dates (with Policia, Death Cab, and more) to their schedule:

6/18 Montreal, QC - La Tulipe #
6/19 Toronto, ON - NXNE Festival
6/20 Pittsburgh, PA - Cattivo
6/22 New York, NY - Webster Hall # **SOLD OUT**
6/23 New York, NY - Webster Hall # **SOLD OUT**
6/28 Milwaukee, WI - Burnhearts Street Festival

7/26 Minneapolis, MN - 10 Thousand Sounds Festival ~
8/14 Asheville, NC - The Mothlight *
8/15 Atlanta, GA - The Earl *
8/16 New Orleans, LA - Gasa Gasa *
8/17 Austin, TX - The Parish *
8/19 Tucson, AZ - Club Congress *
8/20 San Diego, CA - Casbah *
8/22 Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour *
8/23 San Francisco, CA - The Independent *
8/25 Portland, OR - Doug Fir *
8/26 Seattle, WA - Barboza *
8/27 Boise, ID - Neurolux *
8/29 Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court *
8/30 Denver, CO - Hi Dive *
9/4 Madison, WI - The Frequency
9/5 Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club
9/6 Chicago, IL - Hideout Block Party & AV Fest ^
9/9 Burlington, VT - Higher Ground +
9/10 Boston, MA - The Sinclair +
9/11 Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade NYC
9/12 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom + **SOLD OUT**
9/17 Dresden, DE - Altes Wettburo
9/19 Hamburg, DE - Hamburg Introducing
9/18 Berlin, DE - Introducing Berlin @ Schwutz
9/20 Essen, DE - King Kong Kicks @ Hotel Shanghai
9/22 Cologne, DE - Studio 672
9/23 Luxembourg - Rockhal
9/25 Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
9/26 Antwerp, BE - Trix Bar
9/27 Paris, FR - Badaboum
9/28 Zurich, CH - Stall 6
9/30 Brighton, UK - Green Door Store
10/1 Birmingham, UK - Hare and Hounds
10/2 London, UK - Oslo
10/3 Bristol, UK - Louisiana
10/4 Cardiff, UK - Buffalo Bar
10/6 Manchester, UK - Soup Kitchen
10/7 Dublin, IE - Workman’s Club
10/8 Belfast, IE - Black Box
10/9 Glasgow, UK - Nice ’n’ Sleazy
10/31 Saxapahaw, NC - Haw River Ballroom

# with Tune-Yards
~with Polica
* with Dana Buoy
^ with Death Cab For Cutie, Dismemberment Plan, Mac Demarco, etc
+ with Doe Paoro

Check out their live set on the WYNC Soundcheck podcast.

wildwood revival festival - july 19th

this looks fun for anyone who's into that mountain sound and camping. wildwood revival, a music collective, is hosting a a day of music and merrymaking on july 19th at cloverleaf farm (outside of athens). you can rent tipis, shop for vintage and handmade swag in the artist market, drink some craft beers, and listen to the live musical stylings of bands like the whigs, whiskey gentry, and the banditos, among others. more info can be found on the wildwood revival's site.

outkast on sale today - ATLast

the september 27th outkast reunion show at centennial park goes on sale today at 10am. you can check this link to purchase.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

new music tuesday - june 17

what's new today?

lana del ray: ultraviolence. the one lady i have no issues channeling has released another album, labeled with explicit content, of course. i'll take two helpings of that, please. you can stream it on spotify.

j. lo: a.k.a. i honestly don't give a rat's ass about this album, but she's apparently relevant, so i'm putting it here. thanks to her, we're going to see more twerking, which i could do without. preesh, jenny.

willie nelson: band of brothers. i sat down one night and watched this guy perform on the television. being a product of a southern postsecondary education, i appreciate me some willie. it's pretty exciting that he has some new material out.

t.i. & iggy azalea: "no mediocre." mediocre is one of my favorite words. i have no idea how this will ever be able to played on the radio, though.

Monday, June 16, 2014

jenny lewis - just one of the guys

oh, jenny lewis. why you gotta be my spirit animal? i like me some folky, self-deprecating tunes more than the next person, i think. and so, this new single, "just one of the guys," is a little slice of heaven. july 29th is the magic date for the entire album, the voyager.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

A New Release From Sea Wolf

On July 8th, Alex Brown Church will release Song Spells, No.1: Cedarsmoke exclusively through Spotify.  This album marks the first of a series of limited edition releases, fan-funded via KickstarterChurch recorded, mixed and produced the record at his home studio.

“It’s a real Sea Wolf album, but it’s not an official record. It’s a gift for our fans,” says Alex Brown Church.  “This is the first of a series of records I’m going to be doing in my spare time, between official studio albums."

For a pre-release taste of the new album, stream "Cedarsmoke" and "Young Bodies". Me likey!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

little dragon - variety playhouse - june 14th

i feel sad for anyone who didn't get to see this show. i have a feeling the next time they return, the venue won't be as intimate as our beloved variety playhouse. if you're in charleston or asheville, you still have a chance to see them next week on the last bit of their tour.

i had no idea there'd be an opening act, but i was actually pretty pleased with it. lawrence rothman did a short set right on time (i love that, btw). despite being called "lawrence rothman," which sounds like he's a solo act, he has a girl lending backing vocals, and another dude that does some kind of electronic musical stylings while lawrence sings. and, does he sing. his voice is so incredibly deep, it almost didn't seem like it was coming from him. i realized it was once he took the opportunity to speak to the crowd between songs. i was into it, and i'll be listening to these guys some more now. very good pairing for the main event, if you ask me. i'll leave "montauk fling" here for you to check out (don't let any virgin ears listen to it, though).

an hour after the show started, little dragon came out. i like anticipation, but sometimes, it can be too much. i did feel like that initially, but they redeemed themselves by ripping right into "mirror," making me glad i didn't throw a weird tantrum. the show was sold out, so the standing room in front of the stage was just too packed for me to justify braving it. i opted to watch from a riser, and their stage set-up is easy to admire from afar. no one can ever have enough LED lights, as far as i'm concerned. yukimi nagano is my new girl crush. her vocals were spot on - i could've been listening to the album in my car...but i much prefer to watch her sing, and sashay around in her adorable outift. at one point, i looked out and noticed that every body in the place was jumping, dancing, swaying, or all out losing it. these guys are performers, and their energy is contagious, and the songs are simply fantastic. my money was not wasted on any part of this show - what an awesome feeling.

Friday, June 13, 2014

mixtape friday - june 13

it's friday the 13th! how exciting! all we need now is a full moon and some wolves and stuff, and it's a party. but wait! it IS a full moon! oh man...i can't wait to read the news tomorrow.

*"doses & mimosas" by cherub: i'm hittin' it right out the gate this week with this song. it's like the electronic version of steel panther. so, i'm on it. real dirty-like. if you're feeling a little slack because you've been working all week, and you need your motivation to pick up, this seems to work well for that. i think my favorite part is the chorus..."to all the high class ass that's too hard to pass, oh, yeah, i hate you, too..."

*"closer" by tegan and sara: i realize this song is "old" to all the hip humans of the world, but i only just heard it. it makes me want to dance. with other people.

*"rollercoaster" by bleachers: this song is so much fun. it's like the 80s and the inception of pop punk met and came up with this song. two of my guilty pleasures rolled into one.

*"paris" by little dragon: yet another group that's going to be here this weekend. who's going to be there? i am. if you don't already have a ticket...too bad, so sad. it sold out.

*"hoochie coochie" by band of skulls: i feel like if i was walking down the street while spinning this, i'd have to involuntarily shake my ass a little from side to side.

*"brill bruisers" by the new pornographers: i'm so excited about new music from these guys! it's like a christmas present has been offered to me really super early. mark your calendars for november 6th at the buckhead theatre, by the you can see them in real life.

*"kelly" by the pains of being pure at heart: these guys are opening up for the new pornographers, so it seems fitting to throw somethin' of theirs on this list. the vocals here are killer.

*"after the disco" by broken bells: the retro vibe behind this song is so, so, so delicious. it's pretty masterful, if you ask me. sold.

*"hollow ponds" by damon albarn: dude is at the fox theatre tonight, so why not include one of my favorites from everyday robots? this song is awesome. it's kind of creepy, and i love it.

*"harlem" by cathedrals: this is not their newest release as far as singles go, but i like it the best, so it goes here. i love the way the song changes throughout.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

spoon they want my soul pre-order info

spoon is back with a new set of tunes, and it's sure to be pretty great. the first single, "rent i pay," is already streaming all over the place, and it has the classic spoon calling card all over it. if you wanna get in on it early, you can pre-order now on their site.  they've got bundles, too, for the superfans. if you haven't heard the single yet, do it now-it's hot.

mount sharp - icarus

what the fuzz. this. this the fuzz. brooklyn-based mount sharp is set to release an EP on august 26th. i got a nice little preview of the whole thing, and can share with you their single, "icarus." i'm really digging this. it's laid back and non-offensive, unlike most of the poo that's been hitting me lately. listen to the single below.

this is a dedication

we reached a milestone of fans on the facebooks. therefore, i am dedicating this playlist to our 100th fan, bethany. if you were ever curious what a 16-year-old girl in the 90s was curled up on her bed listening to while she was feverishly scribbling away in her journal about how much she hated life and boys and curfews and catty girls, it sounded a lot like this. i'm still scribbling about all those things (except curfew, because i am an adult now and can eat ice cream for breakfast and come in a 4am if i want). i give you, teen angst. i add to it regularly.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

On Sales This Friday - June 13th

here are a couple of on sales to note. don't be a procrastinator, yo. i've been seeing a ton of "sold out"notices on show posters.

here are a couple of shows that are already on sale, and have tickets. maybe you should look at them.
i'm sure i'm missing a ton, but there's enough for you to gnaw on for the time being, right?

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Black Angels Clear Lake Forest

Summer is the perfect time to get your psych on and who better to do it with than The Black Angels?  The group has a new disc, Clear Lake Forest, out on Blue Horizon on July 22nd.  Check out the single "Diamond Eyes".

IMR indie music festival - june 11th - 15th

if you're looking for a weekday break, this wednesday through sunday you can see a bunch of bands during the imr festival. in particular, an old favorite of mine, heavy mojo, will be making an appearance, and also, on another spectrum, mammoth indigo from richmond, va will be down, too. that's happening thursday, june 12 at smith's olde bar.

mammoth indigo - "rapture"

heavy mojo - "gold chains"

Monday, June 09, 2014

donovan wolfington is on tour

i think this is some kind of throwback pop-punk thing...donovan wolfington (who isn't completely terrible) will be touring around with pope. you can check the site for dates. i don't do drugs, and i'm not in college anymore, so i'm probably not the demo for this, but it sure is fun to watch other people do it. see below.

"keef ripper"

Friday, June 06, 2014

mixtape friday - june 6

even though i'm in austin kickin' it with claire this weekend, i still managed to bring you a playlist. amazing, aren't i? i know. anyway, i think this week should be a little more rock-based since last week i got all chill-pop and stuff. i like songs with bad words, so beware. i'm throwing the spotify list here at the end in case you're cool enough to be able to check it out that way.

"beware the dog" the griswolds - this song is like a circus. like, it sounds like a circus. i feel like i should be at an island party listening to this. and, it is so sassy. sasssssy.

"southern comfort" the orwells - from sassy to raunchy! just how i like it. i mean, i think the title of the song should give a little away.

"shake shake shake" the sounds - i seriously think this band can do no wrong. they go on every playlist i've ever made when i've been motivated to do some kind of physical activity for my health. the beats are so sick, even penicillin can't cure them. heyo!

"poster of a girl" metric - damnit, i love metric. i really don't know what i'd do without emily haines. i'd cry a lot, probably. this is one of my most favorite songs of theirs, even though it's total throwback.

"pompeii" bastille - i stumbled onto this somehow, and i played it more than once. soooo, i guess that means i dig it. although, it's a little poppy. but different than, say, anything-on-top-40 poppy.

"down" the kooks - is it just me, or does it sound like the white stripes threw up all over this song? surprisingly, i still like it, despite that.

"fever" black keys - mmmm, i was hooked on this at the very first chord. the whole album, really. but in particular, this song, and the sexiness that oozes from it. i'm down for the count.

"nashville" old 97s - i think everyone is finally realizing what i've known (or, was taught) for a while. the old 97s are kings, and this song doesn't give a shit about censoring itself. and neither does the rest of the album, and i kind of love them for that. preach on.

"the line" mood rings - this is good song to end with. to kind of bring you down from the rest of these songs. it's the musical downer of the seven uppers you've been ingesting for the past 20-something minutes. if you get a chance to catch this band, i would. i was lucky one night and saw them, and damn, i've been aching for more of them ever since. looks like they'll be at 529 on june 20th.