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Pet Sun - Feel Like I’m Going Away

Pet Sun – Feel Like I’m Going Away

Guess what other flavor of rock isn’t dead, Gene Simmons? Garage Rock! Yes, there are lots of bands out there banging away on rough guitar riffs and smashface drum parts. I like Toronto’s Pet Sun, made up of a gang of high school pals who just can’t let go of the rock.

The band’s first official release is out on September 27 and includes this gloriously bizarre video for the single, “Feel Like…

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Sep
17th
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Handsome Jack – Right On

Handsome Jack – Right On

While we all loved KISS as kids we also now know Gene Simmons is an unbearable blowhard and apparently a dipshit too. How else do we explain his claim that rock and roll is dead? Maybe if you never go to clubs or talk to people who pay attention to independent music or have no access to the Internet or record stores or…

Not only is rock and roll still very much alive but classic rock (Simmons’…

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Sep
16th
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You can now stream the entire new album from Asteroid No. 4. What I love about this band is their…

You can now stream the entire new album from Asteroid No. 4. What I love about this band is their inclusion of sounds beyond “drone” in their exploration of psychedelic music–but rest assured, there’s some drone in there too. It’s just that there were as many weirdos on the farms back in the day as there were in warehouses and these guys know it.

Dig this 45 minute tour of Cosmic American Music…

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Sep
15th
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Chuck D and Mavis Staples bring the pride in new video

Video: Chuck D - “Give We The Pride” ft. Mavis Staples Chuck D continues to rule.

Sep
12th
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David Letterman Loves Some Ryan Adams

I’m a Letterman guy; always have been. I would stay up super late on hot summer nights getting fat on PB&J and honing a sense of humor built on Bill Murray and David Letterman.

Sep
11th
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My Annual Reminder: The Hold Steady Live in Grand Rapids

My Annual Reminder: The Hold Steady Live in Grand Rapids

Let this be my annual reminder: I need to get out to more shows. It’s easy to forget what a transformative experience a tight band in a small club can create. Craig Finn knows this. He exudes pure joy on stage. The crowd internalizes this joy and amplifies it back to the stage, generating a loop of enthusiasm that increases exponentially until we all explode in a blast of fist pumps and cheers…

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Sep
9th
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David Vandervelde - One More Time

David Vandervelde – One More Time

I have a soft spot for dreamy pop songs. As noted many, many times here in the past, I am a nostalgic sort so it should come as no surprise that anything that is at once contemporary and referential of hazy memories and half-dreams would be my jam. I bought the Julie Cruz album, for heaven’s sake!

David Vandervelde’s new LP Shadow Sides has those elements. It’s warbly and wobbly and a bit out of…

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Sep
8th
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Blackburn Hall – Echoes Beat Louder Than Drums

Spooky, moody, space-y jams with more than a hint of impending doom? Count me in. Blackburn Hall is the new outfit from Pete Hall, formerly of A Northern Chorus.

Sep
6th
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New Conor Oberst video: Common Knowledge

New Conor Oberst video: Common Knowledge

Video: Conor Oberst – “Common Knowledge”

Watch Conor Oberst tool around the Nonesuch Records offices in a bad wig in his latest video from Upside Down Mountain. He reads the Bible, pounds a bottle of water, and trims his wig. The video is a little goofy, but the song is good: a character study of a classic fuckup. We all know the…

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Sep
5th
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12 Year Itch: Glorious Noise Interview with The Asteroid No. 4

12 Year Itch: Glorious Noise Interview with The Asteroid No. 4

I kinda laughed when I got the email from their publicist asking if we’d be interested in interviewing “veteran psych-rock band, The Asteroid No.4” I mean, veterans? How old could they be? That was until I realized that we last spoke to them in 2002–yes, 12 years ago.

A lot has happened in the psych-rock scene in the last decade-plus: Dawes got everyone all crazy for Laurel Canyon again and…

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