Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Brown Bird 2012 Tour Dates

New Music Right Now
Providence, RI sound

THE CLASS OF 2012 - BROWN BIRD's reputation proceeds them when it comes to New England folk music today. They've been stalwarts in the Portland, ME and Providence, RI scenes since David Lamb switched coasts in 2005, with a rotating cast of multi-instrumentalists. On 2009's The Devil Dancing, shows off Lamb's deep, bluesy vocals and should be a prep for what they'll come up with next, as their recorded talent begins to match up with their energetic live performances. (They were outstanding at Newport Folk last year.)

Salt for Salt, Brown Bird's latest - was released by Supply & Demand Music (home to Dark Dark Dark, Vandaveer, etc), and it showcases the band at their very best - but we recommend you catch them live to get the full experience...

Brown Bird - Cast No Shadow
from CrashBoomBang Media

2/3 - Oswego, NY - SUNY Oswego
2/11 - Easthampton, MA - White Square
2/12 - Amherst, MA - Hampshire College
2/14 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground***
2/15 - Ithaca, NY - The Haunt***
2/16 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern***
2/18 - Biddeford, ME - The Oak And The Ax (with Tallahassee)
2/23 - West Chester (Philadelphia), PA - The Note***
3/8 - Chapel Hill, NC - Pinhook^
3/9 - Savannah, GA - Savannah Stopover Fest
3/13-17 - Austin, TX - SXSW
3/18 - San Antonio, TX - Big Spill Fest
3/29 - Lawrence, KS - Liberty Hall*
3/30 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant*
3/31 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant*
4/1 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom*
4/2 - El Reno (Oklahoma City), OK - Centre Theater
4/4 - Oxford, MS - The Lyric*
4/5 - New Orleans, LA - House Of Blues*
4/6 - Austin, TX - Stubb's*
4/7 - Dallas, TX - House Of Blues*
4/10 - Flagstaff, AZ - Orpheum Theater*
4/11 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot*
4/12 - Stateline, NV - Montbleu Resort*
4/13 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore*
4/14 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore*
4/17 - Sacramento, CA - Harlow's*
4/18 - Arcata, CA - Arcata Theater*
4/19 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theater*
4/20 - Bend, OR - Midtown Ballroom*
4/21 - Seattle, WA - Showbox*
5/16 - Lawrence, KS - Granada**
5/19 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot**
5/21 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern**
5/22 - Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Music Box**
5/25 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ball Room**
5/26 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue**
^ w/ Phil Cook of Megafaun
* supporting Yonder Mountain String Band
** supporting Trampled By Turtles
*** supporting The Devil Makes Three

Brown Bird - End of Days

Brown Bird
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Monday, January 30, 2012

Keep Shelly in Athens "Just Like Honey" (The Jesus and Mary Chain)

Red Hot, Brand New
The Class of 2012

After a successful 2011 campaign, Keep Shelly in Athens can now look back on a nice road trip and their sold out vinyl while planning the year ahead... If this Jesus and Mary Chain cover is any indication, things are just going to keep getting better..

Keep Shelly in Athens
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New Music Now
The Class of 2012

INTRODUCING - Porcelain Raft is the ethereal pop project of singer-songwriter Mauro Remiddi. We like him not only for the otherworldly sonic meanderings but for the fact that Remiddi, who turns 39 this year - is so productive. I believe the man has produced nearly a handful of EPs and a full-length over the last two years. Each has been more warmly received than it's predecessor. Clearly, Remiddi is making some of the best music of his life right now. The new one; ‘Strange Weekend’ (Secretly Canadian) is out now.

DATES - Having just played Boston (sorry local readers, sometimes ever-diligent, even I am capable of falling asleep at the wheel) P.R. has a few remaining dates on tour with the Smith Westerns. Following that, Porcelain Raft embarks on a series of left-coast dates with Youth Lagoon.

Jan 31 - Webster Hall, New York NY ~
Feb 01 - Black Cat, Washington DC ~
Feb 03 - Metro, Chicago IL ~
Feb 04 - Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee WI ~
Apr 02 - Radio Radio, Indianapolis IN^
Apr 03 - Off Broadway, St Louis MO^
Apr 11 - Porter's Pub, San Diego CA^
Apr 12 - Troubadour, Los Angeles CA^
Apr 13 - The Independent, San Francisco CA^
~With Smith Westerns
^With Youth Lagoon

Porcelain Raft
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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Michael Jackson - Thriller (Remix)

From this Week's Mailbag
The Saturday Night Remix

So, here's the deal. I can't begin to listen to, digest or publish everything we receive. About once a week in 2012, I will be randomly opening new mail and so long as the stuff isn't horrid (we do believe in fairness, but we do have our limits) we will publish something new. This week, the submission is a Remix that arrived earlier today.

About the track: This one's a bit of a departure for us. But sticking with the mailbag theme and the fact it's a Saturday night (no fighting, ok?) we are sharing a re-edit of DJ Aylen's remix of Thriller by Michael Jackson. Credits here, of course, to MJ, Aylen and this creation (free download) is love from DivKid. Voila, have a listen...

until next time, peace.

JEFF the Brotherhood - Bummer

The Music Video from
Someone You Should Know

ON TOUR WITH THE KILLS - Hailing from here Massachusetts and now taking time off between tours these days in Nashville, brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall are JEFF the Brotherhood. The duo, who just recorded a new full-length album (details soon) just released the new video, "Bummer" this week. You will find themon tour with The Kills. They return back to town next week appearing at Royale here in Boston. If you like rock, you're going to want to arrive early at all of these shows to catch this set..

JEFF the Brotherhood On Tour!
Jan. 26 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues*
Jan. 27 - Tallahassee, FL - the Warehouse
Jan. 28 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution Live*
Jan. 29 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues*
Jan. 30 - Tampa, FL - The Ritz YBOR*
Jan. 31 - Gainesville, FL - Double Down Live
Feb. 01 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade*
Feb. 02 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club*
Feb. 03 - Boston, MA - Royale Boston*
Feb. 05 - Montreal, QU - L'Olympia*
Feb. 06 - Ottawa, ON - Babylon
Feb. 07 - Toronto, ON - Kool Haus*
Feb. 08 - Brooklyn, NY - Death By Audio (w/ Uncle Bad Touch)
Feb. 09 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell's (w/ Uncle Bad Touch)
Feb. 11 - New York, NY - Terminal 5*
Feb. 12 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
* w/ Hunters and The Kills

Ian Witlen photo

JEFF the Brotherhood
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Gentlemen Hall - All Our Love

The Music Video from
Someone You Should Know

I’ve been away too long
and I keep my head in the clouds
I’m just waiting for a way
now to get back down
Twenty some years
put a lot of overlapping thoughts in my head
don’t matter wanna wash ‘em away
and just space out

And I’m naked
underwater I’m changing
my scenery
And I’m breaking
through the water
I’m saving
what’s left of me

All our love is
All we have it’s

Show me how we loved
back when we were young
Did you feel the way you did
when you stare down a gun
is it over
or has it begun

I’m laughing in the face
of the keeper of time
how did we get off changing
all that we left behind
let’s sleep while waiting
fall asleep while waiting

And I’m naked
underwater I’m breaking
so easily

Paint this picture on the wall
tells the story of it all
slipping away

Video directed by Rodigo J Lopez and Vassili Shields

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Friday, January 27, 2012


Music News: Album out 2/7
Up for a SxSW Interactive Award!

Experimentation has always been the order of the day for geeky-sheik indie rock band Vivian Darkbloom. On the cusp of their first full-length release; "Know Your Exit" (self release) will emerge on February 25th, the band have learned they are up for a SxSW Interactive Award for their new project.

OUR FIRST 'BEST OF 2012' - Through this new project, Vivian Darkbloom (Rob Morris, Brian Skerratt and Mike Forrester) have released what could be one of the best music releases I have heard the last month - certainly the best I have heard this year in New England. The songs are all deeper and more full - filling out the VD universe with more complete, textural sounds. That's a big move for a band that's responsible for some of the more addictive indie pop hooks of the last two years. But this band has been working on this record that entire time - the songs here are a celebration of the band's last three years of creativity.

Music Geeks of the World Unite! - Of course this wouldn't be Vivian Darkbloom if I wasn't talking about music geekery of the unprecedented kind. Morris, a decorated MIT graduate student, has already been recognized internationally for his use of a custom MIT-built guitar with a Wii game remote built in for altering notes. Seems he has been up to his old tricks and now SxSW is paying attention.. The band's first ever music video is web-based and interactive.

For this project, Morris invented a software interface on their website that allows fans, readers, anyone - to submit sound for inclusion in music and the video. The custom-built software arranges the sounds into waves that can be used in music. After nearly 1,200 initial entries - the audio wave sounds like this... and that was incorporated directly into the song at the top of the page. The finished product also takes advantage of fan participation through twitter and the band's website. There's a whole lot going on here and innovation is the order of the day. SxSW 2012 may result in Vivian Darkbloom winning an Interactive Award - past winners include The Arcade Fire (for "Wilderness Downtown") and Groupon.

To be clear, even without all the technological wizardry and innovation, Vivian Darkbloom stand to have a phenomenal 2012. The songs from this new effort are dark and romantic affairs and they should keep them in the spotlight for a very long time. Definitely One to Watch - a true one-of-a-kind.

Vivian Darkbloom
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Thursday, January 26, 2012

One to Watch: SAN CISCO

We Want You To Meet...
A New Music Series in 2012

AUSTRALIAN BAND - San Cisco are: Jordi Davieson (lead vocals & guitar), Josh Biondillo (guitar, keyboard, & vocals), Nick Gardner (bass guitar) and Scarlett Stevens (drums & vocals). Schoolmates Josh and Jordi bonded over their love for skateboarding and the water, but what brought them together was their passion for music. While Josh is the music man coming to the table with the arrangement and melody, Jordi will talk over the top delivering a slew of words that grows into his in-depth lyrics fantasizing about the world. Add fellow schoolmates, bassist Nick Gardner and Scarlett Stevens on drums and San Cisco came to fruition.

"San Cisco's Awkward is a varied clutch of songs ranging from Sunny Pop to Emotional Haze. Singer Jordi Davieson brings a completely refreshing presentation. If you were looking for something new in 2012, this could be it." - Ryan Spaulding

Following on from their success of their debut EP, Golden Revolver, San Cisco returned to the recording studio with Steven Schram (Little Red, Little Birdy and Cat Empire) in Melbourne to delve further into the songs they had perfected on stage and in the backyard shed. The finished product is their sophomore EP, Awkward (ISLAND CITY, Feb. 7) featuring five tracks of indie pop goodness, showcasing Jordi’s turn of phrase and Josh Biondillo’s varied influences in his music writing.

In its entirety, Awkward an eclectic mix of indie pop with dashes of rock and slashes of synth. Each member of the band brings a different influence to the table from their diverse and eclectic palate of indie, rap, hip-hop and jazz.

Available Feb 7th in the US

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

World Premiere: Baby Baby "Haters"

Red Hot Music Debut
Artist-approved mp3 Download!

Atlanta Crimefighters: BABY BABY

RED HOT RIGHT NOW - After the last cycle of touring it was pretty clear that the frenetic rock kings from last year's SxSW Music Festival was this four-piece out of Atlanta. 2011 saw the release of their debut album, Money, a launch pad for their future. We took an instant liking to their brand of southern "fun rock" and their contagious, die-hard party spirit - so much so we invited the band back to Boston where they were raised the roof at a free show we helped host.

NEW SONG - Well some time has passed and the band (Fontez, Grant, Kyle and Colin) have some new stuff on the way - the new song, Haters - formal release (Gospel of Rhythm - Feb 14) is meant to address the people who went out of their way to shit on Baby Baby's parade. We all know the type and I can totally stand behind this. We thank the band for the early leak.

Baby Baby - Haters (clean)

It's easy to get behind a working band that wants nothing more than to be the best at what they do. Here's the DEBUT of the new track. Please listen/download and share with a friend. Tell them you heard it first + you got it here. Mark my words, this band is going places.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

New LUCERO "Women & Work" 3/13

New Music Dead Ahead
Tour Dates below!

NEW ALBUM & TOUR - On March 13, Memphis' own Lucero will release 'Women & Work,' their debut for ATO Records. 'Women and Work' once again finds the core six-members of Lucero joined by Memphis horn legends Jim Spake (Solomon Burke, Ray Charles) and Scott Thompson (Al Green, Cat Power) on eleven new, original songs that range from barroom brawlers to lonesome laments, and - according to the first press release, these new songs cut deeper than anything else in the band's extensive catalog.

The album was recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis, and produced by Ted Hutt (The Gaslight Anthem). Lucero is Ben Nichols (vocals, guitar), John C. Stubblefield (bass), Brian Venable (guitar), Rick Steff (piano, organ, accordion), Todd Beene (pedal steel), and Roy Berry (drums).

Women & Work
track listing:
1. Downtown (Intro)
2. On My Way Downtown
3. Women & Work
4. It May Be Too Late
5. Juniper
6. Who You Waiting On?
7. I Can't Stand To Leave You
8. When I Was Young
9. Sometimes
10. Like Lightning
11. Go Easy

2012 Tour Dates
2/23 - Hot Springs, AR @ Maxine's Pub
2/24 - Fayetteville, AR @ George's Majestic Lounge*
2/25 - Fayetteville, AR @ George's Majestic Lounge
3/01 - Girdwood, AK @ The Sitzmark Bar & Grill / Aleyska
3/02 - Girdwood, AK @ The Sitzmark Bar & Grill / Aleyska
3/03 - Girdwood, AK @ The Sitzmark Bar & Grill / Aleyska
3/09 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall^
3/10 - Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco^
3/11 - New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina's Uptown^
3/12 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's Upstairs #
3/14 - Dallas, TX @ Trees^
3/19 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
3/20 - Solana Beach, CA @ The Belly Up Tavern
3/21 - Los Angeles, CA @ Music Box
3/23 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
3/24 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
3/25 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos
3/28 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge**
3/29 - Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theater**
3/30 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater**
3/31 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater**
4/01 - Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep**
4/03 - Rock Island, IL @ Rock Island Brewing Company^
4/04 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue^
4/05 - Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater^
4/06 - Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall^
4/07 - Chicago, IL @ Metro^
4/09 - Columbus, OH @ The Bluestone^
4/11 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's^
4/12 - Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop^
4/13 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick^
4/14 - Toronto, ONT @ Lee's Palace^^
4/15 - Montreal, QUE @ Les Foufounes Electriques^^
4/18 - Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street Nightclub^^
4/19 - Boston, MA @ Paradise^^
4/20 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall^^
4/21 - Pawtucket, RI @ The Met Cafe^^
4/22 - Philadelphia, PA @ Abbey Bar Appalachian Brewing Company^^
4/24 - Harrisburg, PA @ Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing
4/25 - Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
4/26 - Richmond, VA @ The Hat Factory^^
4/27 - Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel^^
4/28 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade - Heaven Stage^^

* w/ Adam Faucett and The Tall Grass
# w/ Built To Spill and Dinosaur Feathers
^ w/ William Elliott Whitmore
** w/ Larry and His Flask
^^ w/ J. Roddy Walston & The Business

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Parlour Steps Break Up The Band

Vancouver's Parlour Steps Disband

Always a mixed bag when we hear that one of our favorite bands is breaking up - obviously not great, but there's a measure of relief if a band makes the announcement at the right time (read - before the artistic fall). Parlour Steps (Nine Mile) were on a short list of favorite bands from Canada. So much so, we honored them by putting them on our super-exclusive Best of 2008 List and even hosted the band here in Boston when they were passing through. We'll miss you guys. 

Parlour Steps
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Thoughts on Film
Movie Review

I have a serious bone to pick with the folks behind Haywire. First, let’s start with flagrant false advertising. At what point, exactly, does anything in this film go haywire? Amiss might be more appropriate, or maybe Unsettled. Things never come close to the "haywire" worthy level of craziness.

In this formulaic action film, Gina Carano takes on the role of Mallory Kane, a member of an unnamed company that the government hires for covert operations. Carano’s a retired mixed martial arts fighter of no small repute, switching roles from a career of kicking the crap out of people to a movie where she......well, kicks the crap out of people. Play to your strengths, I guess.

Following the rescue of a kidnapped journalist, Carano’s sent on an assignment that her boss Kenneth (Ewan McGregor) promises will be simple and carefree - like a vacation. She’s partnered with Paul (Michael Fassbender), a British special agent, posing as his wife on a mission we’re never really let in on. Mallory later finds the corpse of the journalist she rescued, and realizes the jig is up. Paul jumps her, and the two brawl it out before she finally shoots him in the head. Are all vacations like this? Mallory learns that she was set up by her very own employer, and sets out on a mission of vengeance against her boss and the agents he worked with. Why she isn’t immediately arrested for all this at the movie’s conclusion, I will never know. Guess you get a jail out of free card if they’re vengeance killings.

Remember the part about this being formulaic? That’s because I’ve seen this story a hundred times. I know, I know, "there are no more new stories," but there seems to be no real attempt to make this even a little unique. I suppose the writers and director went with the “less is more” mentality–less plot, less dialogue and less music, hoping the throw-downs would carry the day. Not so, I’m afraid. There are entire scenes that pass in utter silence, and when the music does play, it’s the same recycled James Bond tracks again and again. The dialogue is a joke, but the punch line comes from the cast. They read it like it’s an early-morning dress rehearsal, with barely any emotion or desire that they want to be there.

Big Names Add Little Heft - The film features an all-star cast, including Michael Douglas, Bill Paxton and Antonio Banderas, but it seems they’re just there to sell the movie to audiences - balancing out actress Carono’s relative inexperience on the big screen. Unfortunately, they bring little to the table in the film. I will give the leading lady some credit, though not much–though her acting was far from memorable, she does show some chops, and I’d be curious to see what she can do with some more credits under her belt.

Cinematography - The film was directed by Steven Soderbergh, who has a pretty unique cinematic style. The shots are incredibly clean, with very little background noise, colors or extras to distract us from the cast. Which would be fine if they were enjoyable to watch. Sorry to say, I’d rather hear what the Asian couple in Dublin (in one particular scene) were talking about as Kane evades her pursuers -- than follow the protagonist plotline.

The sole saving grace of this letdown? The fight scenes. Soderbergh’s style comes in very handy here, as we get to see each brutal kick and punch in perfect clarity as Kane racks up a hefty body count. They’re well choreographed, creative, and give her the chance to show us all why she’s known as the “Face of Woman’s MMA.” Each one stand apart in different ways, and in the world of ass-kickery, Haywire gets a thumbs-up. But fight scenes simply aren't enough to save the overall cinematic experience here.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

4 Red Hot New England Bands

Acts You Need to Know
by Cara Giaimo

Live Recap: TT the Bears
Cambridge, MA - 1/10/12

Boston treats her children well, and her children return the favor. Last week, TT the Bear’s Place hosted a quartet of local bands, each of which put its own spin on indie-pop and got the crowd spinning in turn. We thought this would be the perfect chance to introduce readers to four emerging New England acts on the rise...

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Opening duo The Fantasies came in all the way from Northampton on a surf-rock geyser and splashed the room with their psychedelia-spiked dance music. Slowdim followed them up with a set of jaunty, ambient pop songs built around tight drumming, three-part harmonies, and sparkly golden chords from a sparkly black guitar.

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The Cambridge-based band Night Fruit then broke the mold with a half-dozen songs as juicy and dark as their name suggests. Luke Sullivan’s grounded, tom-heavy drums and Jonathan Gill’s spacey synths and noir guitar balance each other, and frontwoman Amanda Dellevigne’s strong voice hovers between them with the set-jawed grace of a tightrope walker. Watch this space – this reviewer will be checking out their studio stuff in the near future.

Night Fruit
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Headliner You Can Be A Wesley went on a little after 11:00 and immediately made the late night seem young again. Spending a lot of time with their new EP, Nightosphere, had gotten me ready for a certain kind of show, full of musicianship and exuberance and polish. Live, though, YCBW goaded their songs just a little faster, grittier, and louder, often muscling into a 16-bar jam rather than pulling back for a pretty bridge. They ran through about ten songs this way, mostly cuts from Nightosphere, feeding off their own momentum and turning formerly precise riffs and matter-of-fact lyrics (“we are robbed blind and we’ve been lied to” from ‘Prisoners’) banged-up and anthemic.

At the same time, the lightheartedness evident in the band’s name and music videos shone through in their on-stage personalities – bassist Nick Curran ranged around like a lanky herbivorous dinosaur, drummer Dylan Ramsey made some world-class drum faces, and guitarist Winston MacDonald ripped through his leads in a t-shirt with a duck on it.

The Wesleys pinballed around singer-guitarist Saara Untracht-Oakner like she was the sun. She commanded the stage appropriately, only leaving her center spot to occasionally lean further into a solo. The zoo onstage inspired the audience to let loose – by the last song, a rich and fuzzy version of “Old in Florida,” there was a mosh pit going on in the front right corner, a one-man cheerleading squad in the front left, and fists pumping all over the place.

You Can Be A Wesley
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An Amazing Night - At one point, I turned around and saw the guy behind me standing stock-still except for his hand, which was placed over his heart and tapping out the beat. Local music: good for the community, good exercise, and good for the soul.


New Video from the Studio
Bands You Really Need to Know

Already haven proven themselves time and again to be one of the best live acts out there, Heartless Bastards headed back into the studio for their new album, "Arrow" (which is really just great - I'll have the review closer to the release date.) The band have found a new home this year with Partisan Records and have rededicated themselves to the craft of making truly stirring blues-infused rock. Erika Wennerstrom is a power in music to be reckoned with as witnessed in the live in-studio clip we are posting today. Get excited for this album and their upcoming tour.

Erika Wennerstrom
live at the Middle East by 5342 Studios - click photo for more images!

Parted Ways
Album Version - NEW!

Heartless Bastards
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Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Best Live Acts in America 2012: DEER TICK

The Best Live Bands 2012
Someone You Should Know

Deer Tick in Boston
Live at Royale - 11-18-2011
Photos by 5342 Studios

HOT HOT HOT - RSL's Best Live Acts in America is an easy, one-stop recommendation for our readers recommending the best live acts to our friends. The only rule is we must have seen the band play 3 or more times in the previous year. (This guarantees a true level of excellence and consistency.) Deer Tick is the first band in 2012 to be added to this year's list.

Deer Tick just added the songs from new album Divine Providence to their live catalog - it's a whole record's worth of material intended to play loud & live. Good stuff! {Review of the Album} We look forward to the chance to adding more names and sharing our adventures over the coming year.


Deer Tick
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RSL Album Review
on Partisan Records

National Treasure: John McCauley & Deer Tick should not be missed

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Brand New Music Video
New Album This Spring

ON THE HUSTLE - Santigold's new record, Master of My Make Believe, is due out this spring on Downtown Records/ Atlantic Records. This is the lead single. You can download it via her website (link is below). Get ready for a bump and grind summer. Its' coming.

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The Kooks 2012 US Dates

Music News / TOURS

Junk of the Heart (Happy)
Deirde O'Callaghan photo

MUSIC NEWS - Tickets for The Kooks US go on sale this Friday, January 20th. Get in on this - the last tour completely sold out. The shows this time around will be succeeded by dates as special guests of Foster The People. Amazingly, the Central Park NYC shows have already sold out five months in advance!

The Kooks' latest Astralwerks release, Junk of the Heart was produced by Tony Hoffer (Beck, Air, Belle & Sebastian), and recorded in The Sound Factory (Los Angeles) and Sarm Studios (London).

VIDEO LINKS: The Kooks recently made three TV appearances including performances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show With David Letterman as well as Jimmy Kimmel Live!

2/28Las Vegas NVHouse of Blues - BUY TICKETS HERE *
2/29San Diego CAHouse of Blues - BUY TICKETS HERE *
3/1Pomona CAFox Theatre - BUY TICKETS HERE *
3/3Vail COSnowBall Music Festival - BUY TICKETS HERE *
3/5Indianapolis INThe Vogue - BUY TICKETS HERE *
3/6Pittsburgh PAMr Smalls Theatre - BUY TICKETS HERE *
3/7New York NYTerminal 5 - BUY TICKETS HERE *
3/9New Haven CTToad's Place - BUY TICKETS HERE *
3/10Providence RILupo's Heartbreak Hotel - BUY TICKETS HERE *
5/29New York, NYRumsey Playfield/Central Park - SOLD OUT *
5/30New York, NYRumsey Playfield/Central Park - SOLD OUT *
6/1Columbus, OHLC Pavilion - BUY TICKETS HERE *
6/4Grand Prarie, TXVerizon Theatre - BUY TICKETS HERE *
6/6Austin, TXThe Backyard - BUY TICKETS HERE *
6/7Atlanta, GAVerizon Wireless (Pavilion) - BUY TICKETS HERE *
6/10Columbia, MDMerriweather Post Pavilion - BUY TICKETS HERE *

The Kooks
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Tuesday, January 17, 2012


Bands You Need to Know
One to Watch in 2012


Album Art by Michael Dailey

PUNK, ROCK & DANCE - Five news songs just released on Streight Angular's breakout EP, "Everyone is Syncopated" (Polk Records / Whitehaus Family) and a legacy of wild live shows has us realizing they are of the most exciting and promising acts in America hails from Boston.

Steight Angular have carved a place for themselves in the wild, uncharted night party scene in the city's college neighborhoods, but with the release of their first album, “After and Before” (Polk Records, 2010) - the group got real serious about having fun with music. The results are evident on the new "Syncopated."

A COUPLE OF SPOTLIGHTS: The barn-burner here is the album’s title track (watch the video). Or is it? “Supermarch√©” is one hell of a rippen’ live track (and this band gives good show).

check out, “In My Bed, Not My Head” it's a mod-punk number with snappy drums and pounding, repetitive vocal. In other words, it’s really great.

and I have little to add to the mix on “Hot Pot Anaconda.” This one sounds like what might happen if Deerhoof and Nirvana went to an Animal Collective / Panda Bear show and nine months later, a song was born.

Streight Angular are Completely Unexpected & Real Damn Good.

Steight Angular - Hot Pot Anaconda
Dana Tarr photo

The Road To Where They Are Today - The last year the band scraped their cash together; they called in favors and worked well into the night to see their material recorded in spare studio time where they could. (Cue "A Little Help From My Friends.") Everyone is Syncopated EP was recorded in 4 different locations in Massachusetts over the span of a year, with three different producers: Travis Hagan, Kenny Pappaconstantinou, and Charles Haywood Murphy IV. It was mastered by Luke Sullivan (Left Hand Does) and released on Polk Records (Boston).

The wild cohesiveness that exists, despite these operating parameters, speaks volumes about where Streight Angular is right now. And where they are headed. This project has wings.

Streight Angular
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one to watch in 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012

Bread and Puppet Theatre returns to Boston

In Performance Arts
by Julie Stoller

Arts in and Around Boston - The Vermont-based, internationally recognized Bread and Puppet Theatre troupe are satirical observers and merry pranksters. Founded in 1963 by Peter Schumann on New York City’s Lower East Side, and one of the oldest non-profit, self-supporting theatrical companies in the country, they have long been outspoken activists and purveyors of leftist politics and street theatre, balancing serious messages with playful whimsy, satire, and really big puppets. They now return to the Boston Center for the Arts for the sixth year in a row.

Their earliest shows in New York spoke of “rents, rats, police,” and other problems of their neighborhood. They were frequent participants at anti-war rallies in the ‘60s and ‘70s, organized block-long processions that involved hundreds of people, and became a symbol of American “activist pacifism,” delighting and educating their audiences.

The Bread and Puppet Theatre’s weeklong Winter Residency at The Boston Center For The Arts will take place from January 23rd through January 29th. The BCA is located at 539 Tremont Street. Tickets are just $12 for most shows.

Over the years - Bread and Puppets' performances have become more complex; a melding of sculpture, music, dance, slapstick, and language. They feature giant puppets made of paper maché and cardboard, a brass band for accompaniment, and anti-elitist dance, expressionism, dark humor, and low culture. Most of their shows are morality plays РShakespeare for the modern age?

Offerings - Matinee and evening performances will include local volunteers and musicians, such as Somerville-based Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society (Bread and Puppet’s Boston ‘house band’ and hosts of HONK!). Evening performances feature an informal Q&A and their traditional post show sharing of Schumann’s famous sourdough rye bread with garlic aioli. It is symbolic of community spirit, connectedness, and their belief that “art should be as basic to life as bread.”

Jan 23rd - Jan 29th

Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Joy Formidable in 2012

New Tour Announced
Schedule Takes Shape

Ritzy Bryan on stage in Boston

Joy Formidable - The Big Roar

Dates on Tour with
and Exit Music.

March 12 San Francisco Independent - tickets
13 San Francisco Independent - tickets
14 Los Angeles Henry Fonda Theatre - tickets
17 Denver Bluebird Theatre - tickets
19 Minneapolis Fine Line Music Cafe - tickets
20 Madison Majestic Theatre - tickets
22 Bloomington The Bluebird - tickets
23 Cincinnati 20th Century Theatre - tickets
24 Atlanta Masquerade - tickets
25 Asheville Orange Peel 1 - tickets
26 Washington 9:30 Club - tickets
28 New York Terminal 5 - tickets
29 Philadelphia Union Transfer - tickets
30 Boston Paradise Rock Club - tickets
31 Montreal SAT - tickets
April 2 Toronto Lee’s Place - tickets

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Floyd covered by Son of the Sun

New This Week in Video
Someone You Should Know

"FEARLESS" - One of my favorite bands of today - Son of the Sun (RSL Best of 2011 Selection) cover this song from one of my favorite Pink Floyd Albums (Meddle, 1971 - what you see above is a rare Italian vinyl single.) Those who follow us on twitter know I called this song out in their CMJ set. Get to know this band.

Son of the Sun
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The Crushing Low - Skyline Carousel

New Music this Week!
Boston Artist Spotlight:

- new release today -

The Crushing Low - Dead Eyes

NEW ALBUM - The Crushing Low are a four-piece (Alex Lynch: Bass, Scott Lerner: Guitar, Scott Maher: Drums, and Ed Healy: Guitar,Vocals) indie rock band who have somehow managed to be playing music together after 5+ years! (Most bands can't outlast a single summer these days.)

The Crushing Low release their new EP, "Skyline Carousel" tonight at Precinct in Union Square, Somerville. For those outside the region reading this, feel free to head over to the The Crushing Low bandcamp page and download those songs on "pay what you want" basis. Band says nothing is acceptable as well. Gotta love an act that understands the power of putting their music in the hands of the people!

Album Release Tonight at Precinct in Somerville with
Garvy J and the Secret Pockets of Hope and Resistance
Adela and Jude (of TheyWillHateUs), and Petrina Foley

Kristen Pierson photo

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Movies: Mission Impossible 4

Thoughts on Film
Movie Review

What’s the best part of an action film?
The easy answer: it’s the intense car chases, the cliffhanger stunts and edge-of-your-seat thrills that keep you watching, hoping you can see one more before the credits roll.

So can an action film work when it offers us nothing but those kind of scenes?
Yes, yes it can.

In Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, the fourth installment in the secret agent film series, Tom Cruise returns as Agent Ethan Hunt of the clandestine IMF, responsible to few and known by fewer. Armed with ninja-at-warp-speed skills, gadgets that boggle the mind of Gene Roddenberry and an endless army of hot spy chicks, Hunt is on the trail of a Russian terrorist bent on starting a world war just to see how the survivors would pick up the pieces. Sort of a game of “What If?” with nuclear warheads. Sounds like fun.

The film kicks off when the villain, better known as Cobalt, levels part of the Kremlin after escaping with a nuclear launch control device. The U.S. is blamed for the attack, with the Russians calling it an undeclared act of war. The president activates “Ghost Protocol,” a black operation contingency that disavows the entire IMF. Hunt and his team are to take the blame for the attack, but their boss, proving he really needs to read his job description more carefully, allows Hunt to escape from government custody so that his team can track down Cobalt.

The twist this time is Hunt and his team, femme fatale Jane Carter (Paula Patton) tech head Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) and expert ass-kicker William Brandt (Jeremy Renner) are operating on their own. Since the U.S. is being blamed for the actions of the bad guys, Hunt and his friends are cut off from the resources of the IMF-meaning no support, no intelligence network, and no endless array of tech at their disposal, save for what they can carry from a boxcar/safehouse.
But they’re trained superspies, much more than the sum of their laser pens and computer contact lenses, right? (There are examples of what can happen when these agents are out there on their own - their tech starts to breakdown worse than the stuff I buy at the bargain bin at Radio Shack. Best example of this vulnerability is Ethan Hunt’s faceplant during a breathtaking skyscraper leap. Priceless.)

The crew do get their acts together in short order, with but a few quick stops into the land of backstory and exposition, and find themselves on the trail of the villain. But with every strength comes a weakness, and in Ghost Protocol, that’s in the characters themselves. I’m going to take a second and compare this with the leading men from The Bourne Identity or Taken. In those movies, Matt Damon and Liam Neeson bring an even dose of action and character depth. In Mission Impossible, you’ve got spy stereotypes-the femme fatale, the tech head, the agent with a dark past, etc.

If you’re looking for a good ol’ fashioned action flick with tons of flashy special effects and a good dose of laughs courtesy of Simon Pegg, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to see Ghost Protocol.

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Delta Spirit 2012 Tour Dates

Delta Spirit's self-titled record arrives March 13th

Delta Spirit at Newport Folk last summer {Full Set}

3/19 - Revolution Music Room - Little Rock, AR [Buy Tickets]
3/20 - The Old Rock House - St. Louis, MO [Buy Tickets]
3/21 - Fine Line Music Cafe - Minneapolis, MN [Buy Tickets]
3/22 - Turner Hall - Milwaukee, WI [Buy Tickets]
3/23 - The Metro - Chicago, IL [Buy Tickets]
3/24 - Radio Radio - Indianapolis, IN [Buy Tickets]
3/26 - Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland, OH [Buy Tickets]
3/27 - Paradise Rock Club - Boston, MA [Buy Tickets]
3/29 - Webster Hall - New York, NY [Buy Tickets]
3/30 - Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA [Buy Tickets]
3/31 - 9:30 Club – Washington, DC [Buy Tickets]
4/02 - Jefferson Theater - Charlottesville, VA [Buy Tickets]
4/03 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC [Buy Tickets]
4/04 - The Grey Eagle - Asheville, NC [Buy Tickets]
4/06 - Cannery Ballroom - Nashville, TN [Buy Tickets]
4/07 - Masquerade - Atlanta, GA [Buy Tickets]
4/09 - WorkPlay Theatre - Birmingham, AL [Buy Tickets]
4/10 - One Eyed Jacks - New Orleans, LA [Buy Tickets]
4/12 - Fitzgerald's - Houston, TX [Buy Tickets]
4/13 - Emo's East - Austin, TX [Buy Tickets]
4/14 - Granada Theatre - Dallas, TX [Buy Tickets]
4/30 - Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT [Buy Tickets]
5/01 - Fox Theatre - Boulder, CO [Buy Tickets]
5/02 - Neurolux - Boise, ID [Buy Tickets]
5/04 - Neumo's - Seattle, WA [Buy Tickets]
5/05 - Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR [Buy Tickets]
5/06 - Electric Owl - Vancouver, BC [Buy Tickets]
5/10 - The Fillmore (San Francisco) - San Francisco, CA [Buy Tickets]
5/11 - The Music Box - Hollywood, CA [Buy Tickets]

All Dates: support from WATERS

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