Archive for October, 2009

Slayer Set To Release World Painted Blood

October 31st, 2009

Heavy metal rock band, Slayer is set to release their tenth studio album, World Painted Blood, on Tuesday, November 3. The California natives will also in be in heavy promotion for their new LP, with a special performance at ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Wednesday, November 4 (airs 12:05 ET/11:05CT). 400 lucky fans who purchase World Painted Blood at any of the 10 participating Los Angeles-area Best Buy stores (listed below), will receive two wristbands that will gain them access to the outdoor performance. The Grammy Award-winners will also will make an in-store appearance at the Hot Topic store located at Hollywood and Highland (6801 Hollywood Blvd) on Wednesday, November 4 at 3:30 PM. Read more…

By Micheal Barker Posted in News

Richard Hawley – Truelove’s Gutter

October 30th, 2009


Reaching New Heights Down in the Dumps

Richard Hawley’s solo records have a bright, bold sound brimming with orchestral-like production that fills a room from floor to ceiling. The former Pulp guitarist and renowned British session musician has put a spotlight on a corner of that now darkened room on his current release, Truelove’s Gutter. Ironically, the stripped down album has an unprecedented complexity. Each note feels cherry-picked by the consummate storyteller to convey the lyrical tribulations. Hawley finds himself naked both musically and emotionally. Read more…

By M. Burns Posted in Reviews

Coheed and Cambria – Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World for Tomorrow

October 29th, 2009


(Emo + Metal x Butt Rock)/Prog Rock = Just Too Much

Coheed and Cambria are to rock music as Dungeons & Dragons enthusiasts are to the gaming community. Nerdy and weird, they’re a little over the top but not in a brazen, flashy kind of way. They’re more so in a no-haircuts, disgustingly decorated bedroom kind of way. The title of this record, their final piece of a prog-rock opera, is a mouthful: Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World for Tomorrow. Only Coheed and Cambria fans can appreciate this dramatically epic rock opus. Read more…

By Bill Chenevert Posted in Reviews

In concert: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia, Pa., Oct. 6, 2009)

October 28th, 2009

The strange abundance of flannel in this church basement makes one wonder if the local thrift shops have run out of choices to clothe the oppressed or if you accidentally showed up at Seattle Tribute Band Night for the Christian youth group that meets here. But this crowd is decades too late for grunge, and the warm, jangly pop spilling out of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart depicts anything but angst. Read more…

By Seano Barry Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews

Fred Mascherino and Andy Jackson Form Initials

October 28th, 2009

Fred Mascherino of The Color Fred (and formerly Taking Back Sunday) has teamed up with Andy Jackson of Hot Rod Circuit, Steven Lucarelli of Once Nothing and ex-drummer for VersaEmerge Anthony Martone to form a new band – Initials. Their first batch of songs will be released tonight at their first show in West Chester, PA. After a few tour dates, Mascherino and Jackson plan to flesh out the rest of the album in the coming months and are expecting to release the album in 2010.

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By Ashley Campbell Posted in News , ,

Lilith Fair to Return in 2010

October 28th, 2009

On October 27, the official Lilith Fair website relaunched and revealed a new look and feel along with the an announcement of the first set of cities the festival will be visiting. New York, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Toronto, London and more are included in the list of cities to see Lilith next year. The summer festival promises to be much bigger than it has in the past with its first appearance overseas and by incorporating international and local-up-and-comers on it’s bill. Vancouver’s Traction Creative was brought on board to reinvigorate the Lilith brand and to capture the new energy it is sure to bring. Follow Lilith Fair on Twitter for the most up-to-date information.

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By Ashley Campbell Posted in News

HEALTH – Get Color

October 27th, 2009

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By Robert Huff Posted in High Fidelity

HEALTH – Get Color

October 27th, 2009


Taste the Rainbow

When Los Angeles’ HEALTH released their loud and proud self-titled debut back in 2007, it was met with a healthy dose of cautious optimism. It had potential to spare for sure, but also found the group throwing numerous sounds and effects at the wall to see what would stick, with a main focus on the dichotomy between blistering noise and sly dance grooves. Read more…

By Robert Huff Posted in Reviews

Photos: Shiny Toy Guns vs. Erykah Badu and The Cannabinoids (Dallas, Texas, October 16, 2009)

October 27th, 2009

The American Airlines Center in Dallas hosted Red Bull Soundclash, with Shiny Toy Guns going head-to-head with Erykah Badu and her not-so-secret side project The Cannabinoids. The bands had to perform a few of their own compositions, followed by a clash between both artists. Read more…

By Marv Watson Posted in Features

The Clientele – Bonfires on the Heath

October 26th, 2009


Cool as a Summer Breeze

British band The Clientele captured the mood of a melancholy, rainy day with their successful, prior release, Strange Geometry. They stay true to their sound with their latest album, Bonfires on the Heath, without being repetitive, while creating the feel of a lazy summer-into-autumn afternoon. Read more…

By Jacquie Frisco Posted in Reviews