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Artist Update: Skrillex

posted February 17, 2012, 12:50 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Releases, Video | comment 1 Comment

Hot on the heels of winning a few Grammy awards, and the premiere of a film he is in, The Re:Generation Music Project, Skrillex continues to work. He just released a brand new music video for his newest EP, Bangarang. You can watch it below, it was directed by Tony T. Datis, and produced by HK corp.



On The Verge: Dead Sara

posted February 17, 2012, 11:27 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, On The Verge, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Dead Sara

Dead Sara are:
Emily Armstrong – Lead Vocals
Siouxsie Medley – Guitarist
Sean Friday – Drummer
Chris Null – Bass

Music history is rich with rock bands fronted by dynamic duos. Looking to carry on this yin and yang tradition are singer Emily Armstrong and female guitarist Siouxsie Medley, who front Los Angeles’ Dead Sara — an electrifying four-piece rock band whose supercharged music is propelled by Medley’s exhilarating, monster guitar riffs and Armstrong’s powerful, wailing vocals. Dead Sara also includes bassist Chris Null and drummer Sean Friday, who funnel the ferocious spectacle of the band’s high-energy live performance into their self-titled debut album. The debut will be released on the band’s own label in May, Pocket Kid Records through Fontana Universal. We were lucky enough to get turned onto them at CMJ this past year and have been following them since.

Produced by Noah Shain, the debut album is a versatile showcase for the band’s talent, veering effortlessly from melodic, soaring tunes such as “We Are What You Say” and “Whispers & Ashes.” To bruised, power ballads like “Dear Love” and “Face to Face,” that are combined with the fierce, blaring tracks as, “Timed Blues,” “Test My Patience,” and Dead Sara’s first infectious single “Weatherman”.

“That diversity is what’s honest and real to us,” Medley says. “We love classic rock, blues, folk, metal, punk, gospel, all of it, so we didn’t want to put restrictions on ourselves genre-wise. We just knew we wanted the music to sound really raw and primal, even a bit unsettling.”

Lyrically, many of Dead Sara’s songs are survival anthems informed by their struggle to stay true to their vision of being a powerful, uncompromising female-fronted rock band.

“It was difficult to deal with people’s ideas about what we should be doing,” Armstrong says. “I ended up shutting myself off from everyone and feeling really crushed. I didn’t really come out of it until some of my close friends and fans of the band expressed concern, saying ‘What the hell are you doing? You can’t give up.’”

Armstrong and Medley met as music-obsessed teenagers growing up in Los Angeles and have been playing together in one capacity or another ever since. The two musicians are a study in contrast onstage: Medley remains rooted in place — a solid, steady anchor for Armstrong’s almost unhinged performances. A skilled vocal stylist, Armstrong who can handle blues, soul, and folk-rock with equal aplomb, will unleash a guttural howl one minute and trill as pretty as a songbird the next.

They have toured opening for Bush last year, and will also be playing this year’s Vans Warped Tour. They will actually play EdgeFest 22 in Dallas in the spring of 2012.

You can listen to our interview with them here.

For fans of: Bush, Nirvana, Joy Formidable


Artist Update: YACHT

posted February 17, 2012, 10:10 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Releases, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: YACHT, Shangri-La

YACHT is a Band, Belief System, and Business conducted by Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans of Los Angeles, California, Marfa, Texas and Portland, Oregon, USA. All people are welcome to become members of YACHT. Accordingly, YACHT is what YACHT is when YACHT is standing before you.

Here is the brand new music video for “Shangri-La“, the title song from their newest record. You can’t spell Shangri-La without L.A. The duo will be at SXSW.

Shangri-La features dozens of extended members of the YACHT family–fans, collaborators, friends–sharing a space of our own invention, spotted with magical realism. Every point of light smiles. YACHT believes that Utopia, like reality, is not a physical experience, nor one dictated by the boundaries of a particular space. Rather, it’s a movable feast, defined by its capacity to adapt and change to new surroundings. Read more

Video of the week: Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real – “Four Letter Word”

posted February 17, 2012, 9:22 am by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Video | comment 1 Comment

Tags: Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real

Set aside his name citizens of the world. Lukas Nelson is more than just a pedigree. Yes, clearly the younger Nelson has a similar voice and mannerism’s. Most impressive to me is the passion and how it’s relayed on stage. From head banging till your glasses fly off your face to playing guitar with your teeth. Like Willie Nelson with an edge, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, have an aptly titled band name. Bottom line, this guy can wail the Blues on a guitar… Have a great weekend.

On The Verge: Killer Mike

posted February 17, 2012, 8:46 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Releases | comment Leave a Comment

Atlanta-born rapper and Grammy®-Award winner Killer Mike will release his self-proclaimed finest work to date with the debut of R.A.P. Music on May 15 from Williams Street Records. The album, which was produced entirely by El-P, Brooklyn’s resident laureate hip hop artist, producer and entrepreneur, features a line-up of tracks that both deliver on rap’s most basic level and simultaneously document the socio-economic discrepancies and racism that still plague America today. With the album’s title acronym representing “Rebellious African People’s Music,” it takes its influences from all genres of music black people have rebelled through, including gospel, jazz, soul, rock and funk. R.A.P. Music’s lead single, “Big Beast,” features hip hop heavyweights Bun B, T.I. and Trouble and is currently available on iTunes.

Nearing his tenth year in hip hop, Killer Mike has found tremendous success as both a group member and solo artist.  He has released five critically-acclaimed records and won a Grammy® Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group with Outkast for the song “The Whole World.”

Stream the new song here:

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Artist Update: Clutch

posted February 16, 2012, 4:34 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Releases, Tour | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Blast Tyrant, Hellyeah, Clutch, Band of Brothers

Maryland rockers CLUTCH are teaming up with HELLYEAH for a North American Co-Headlining Tour this Spring. Both bands will play full headlining sets. The tour kicks off April 13th in Providence, RI and runs through May 11th in Joliet, IL. Throughout the tour there will also be dates that feature Clutch only and Hellyeah only as well as radio festivals and shows. A list of complete dates can be found below.

Hard rock supergroup HELLYEAH is touring in support of their new album Band of Brothers which is scheduled for a June 5th release in North America. The album, the band’s first effort for their new label home, Eleven Seven Music, was recorded in Dallas at drummer Vinnie Paul’s home studio, VP’s Upstairs Studio, and was produced by the band and Jeremy Parker (Godsmack, Evanessence), who also served as engineer.

Having produced track after track of heavy-hitting, in-your-face, feel good rock and roll on their previous two albums (2010′s STAMPEDE and 2007′s self-titled debut), Band of Brothers sees HELLYEAH taking a slightly different musical direction. Drawing on their former bands’ collective metal roots for inspiration, the influences and style of Mudvayne, Pantera, Damageplan and Nothingface are immediately recognizable.

CLUTCH is hitting the road in support of their double vinyl edition of Blast Tyrant which is being released February 28th via Weathermaker Music. This 180+ gram expanded vinyl contains 16 songs and includes six mini-posters taken straight from Blast Tyrant’s “Atlas of the Invisible World”.   Each illustrated poster is sized (8.5″ x 11″) and depicts one of the various characters featured within the Blast Tyrant storyline.  Prior to February 28th, the double vinyl edition of Blast Tyrant is exclusively available via  CLUTCH will also be releasing a picture disc single of the new track “Pigtown Blues” on April 24th. This is the first new studio material from CLUTCH since 2009′s Strange Cousins From the West. Read more

Artist Update: The Dandy Warhols

posted February 16, 2012, 2:44 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Releases, Video | comment Leave a Comment

The Dandy Warhols have been a band for 18 yrs.

This Machine is the Dandy’s 8th official studio album and  was recorded over the course of 2011 at The Dandy Warhols rock clubhouse/ entertainment megaplex/studio The Odditorium. The band recorded the album with their longtime engineer – producer Jeremy Sherrer. Taylor-Taylor describes this record as “stripped down, woody and extremely guitar centric.” The release date is April 24th.  There will also be a tour.

The album was mixed Tchad Blake who also mixed The Dandy Warhols Odditorium or Warlords of Mars and Come Down. Tchad is well known for his recent work with The Black Keys, Blitzen Trapper and Pearl Jam. The album cover for This Machine was painted by local Portland, Oregon painter Hickory Mertsching.

Stand out track,  Autumn Carnival was co authored by Courtney Taylor Taylor and David J of Love and Rockets. About the album, Courtney says, “We’ve been told that its our gothiest.  I thought it was our grungiest so I’m really hoping its a hit with goths who are…um, really outdoorsy?”

And do check out their various incarnations and side projects.  Blue grass blues to Berlin ’77.  Some pretty deep and interesting music.  And stories: Pete International Airport, Immigrant Union, Brush Prairie, One Model Nation.


1. Sad Vacation
2. The Autumn Carnival
3. Enjoy Yourself
4. Alternative Power To The People
5. Well They’re Gone
6. Rest Your Head
7. 16 Tons
8. I Am Free
9. SETI vs Wow! Signal
10. Don’t Shoot She Cried
11. Slide

Update: The first new single and music video, “Well They’re Gone”, has just been released via Rolling Stone. You can check it out below. I was written by Courtney Taylor-Taylor.

Artist Update: The Cool Kids

posted February 16, 2012, 2:12 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Tour, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Mac Miller, The Cool Kids

Green Label Sound is excited to release the brand new video for The Cool Kids‘ “Rush Hour Traffic“.  Filmed this Winter in various locations around Chicago, including the Bridgeport Art Center where the band was performing their sold-out show, director Joey Garfield (Ghost Robot) captured Chuck Inglish and Mikey Rocks while animator Elliot Lim (Well N’ Good) layered his lively animation into the duo’s favorite hometown haunts.

“Rush Hour Traffic,” appears on The Cool Kids’ full-length album, When Fish Ride Bicycles, released last year on Green Label Sound.  The video came to be when Mountain Dew Code Red approached the guys to perform at their event.  Chuck Inglish described their similarities “We don’t have a formula, there’s really no blue print to what we do,” which also describes their relationship with the label which, “always gives us a chance to do newer and creative things on a higher level.”

More of his thoughts as well as the making of the video are available to view in this behind-the-scenes clip: Read more

Recs From Gold Beach

posted February 15, 2012, 2:37 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Recommendations from the Celebrity Mind | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Gold Beach

Initially hailing from the Houston area, the principle songwriters of Gold Beach, Tony Daugherty and Michael Winningham, grew up on the same street.  The two relocated to Austin and put the band together, which includes a plethora of regional talent, including: Jeremy Gomez (x-Mineral, the Glass Family), Carlos Orozco (x-Western Keys, Black Drum Set), Nicole Kern (x-Balmorhea), Evan Jacobs (Tacks! the Boy Disaster, Polyphonic Spree), Andy Sharp (Girling), and Henna Chou (x-My Education).

Since then, the band has been on a roll! They self released their first record which the Austin Chronicle called a “carefully crafted debut”, supported national bands such as Memoryhouse, Talkdemonic, Wooden Birds, Balmorhea and recently completed a Daytrotter session. KUT/NPR Austin had the band in studio and Texas Music Matters/NPR included the band in their “Best of 2011″ list.  Needless to say, the band has been hard at work and already has made plans in the studio with renown producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, the Walkmen, Wye Oak) to start work on the next record. Read more

Artist Update: Breathe Carolina

posted February 15, 2012, 1:51 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Tour | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Breathe Carolina, Hell Is What You Make It, The Ready Set

With their hit single “Blackout” freshly certified gold and sitting at #18 on the Billboard Top 40, and a brand new deal with Columbia Records, Breathe Carolina are happy to announce a nationwide co-headlining tour with The Ready Set. The tour is in support of their latest release, Hell Is What You Make It.  They will be on the  Alternative Press Cover Issue #285 – out March.

Check out the band’s confirmed dates below! Read more

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