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Thurston Moore’s Fourth Solo Album, Demolished Thoughts, Out May 24

March 12th, 2011

Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore has been hard at work on his fourth solo LP, Demolished Thoughts, with some help from Beck in the role of the producer.  Scheduled for a May 24 release via Matador Records, the album features support from Bram Inscore (Electrocute) on bass and Joey Waronker (REM) on drums. Read more…

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Trampled By Turtles – Red Eyed Fly/AMA II Party

April 6th, 2010

Alt-bluegrass may be a genre whose primary purveyors are Duluth’s Trampled By Turtles. Eschewing traditional bluegrass trappings like the surrounding a lone microphone clad in sharp suits, the quintet lined up and blazed through a set of knee slappin’, heart songs, melodic and incredibly technical. Blazed being the operative word, because the songs are chord filled and mastered with a speed not often seen on the neck of a mandolin or banjo. The stand out tune may have been “Wait So Long” from their soon to be released Palomino album.
The movement in several slower, Americana-centric songs like “Empire” were steadied by quiet 3 part harmonies, and lyrics coming from a place of longing and distrust.

Part jam band, part country quintet masquerading as indie darlings of the bluegrass shred set, the band could do no wrong in this boot stomping, highly engaging showcase.

By Seano Barry Posted in News , ,

Iron Age – Tee Pee Records Showcase

April 6th, 2010

Chug, Chugga Chugga! Like a T. Rex grinding a hoof, Austin’s own hardcore metall-ers Iron Age pounced on a buzzy late night crowd with a blur of precision and fury.
Whipping up a razor blade wail, singer Jason Tarpey rode the twin leads and crushing drums hard as the crowd lost control and lost their footing. The mix of metal and mayhem was the perfect recipe for loosening up the tightly wound industry mavens whose Blackberries were almost swallowed up by a brutish wave of leather and denim.

By Seano Barry Posted in News , ,

Who Made Who – Hype Machine: Lose Control 2

April 6th, 2010

The men on stage had heavy accents, mustaches and suspenders. Was this a twisted indie take on German barbershop quartet music? No, it was one of the biggest surprises at SXSW. Denmark’s Who Made Who make infectious dance pop, with a heavy disco lean. What sets them apart is the perfect vocal tandem of bassist Tomas Hoffding and guitarist Jeppe Kjellberg who channel Brian Ferry at a faster RPM.
Kjellberg used brilliant and spacey sweeps of slide guitar that accented the Studio 54 shuffle beats of drummer Tomas Barford with hearty aplomb.
The band had even the thickest sticks in the mud bopping to their best bassy hybrid of electronica, psychedelia and disco.

By Seano Barry Posted in News , ,

Trash Talk – Beerland

April 6th, 2010

Sacramento’s Trash Talk looked very calm, even poised as they set up their wall of Emperor amps with little fanfare and casually volleyed soft spoken requests to the sound man. As the first notes exploded, the band went ballistic and feral, launching into a relentless hardcore blast of short songs, some no longer than a minute in length. The badges scattered as the pit burst open and the vortex of arms and sweat looked like it would push out the walls. Singer/ scream king Lee Spielman had no boundaries, leaping off a six foot tall speaker onto unsuspecting industry types and never missing a word in a two minute beast of a song.

The set instilled fear in most of the attendees, most of them overcome by the wall of aggression and mass of elbows swung high and fast in front. It was a short show that first timers would never forget. Mission accomplished, Trash Talk.

By Seano Barry Posted in News ,

Sweet Apple – Habana Calle 6

April 6th, 2010

Sweet Apple, the latest side project from J Mascis is a fairly new band, but you wouldn’t have known it by their gig at the tiny Habana Calle 6. Led by Cobra Verde front man John Petkovic, with Mascis on guitar and drums, the quartet plowed through a brilliantly rough set of hard charged power pop,crafted and purged by these veterans of various bands. Under changing lights of purple hues , the band looked bruised and slightly battered. This was a perfect costume for the slightly askew and sometimes straight ahead rock numbers the band laid out for the crowd. Mascis, as he usually does,kept his shy eyes down and focused on the neck of his guitar. Renown as a former indie guitar god and prolific songwriter, he braved no real new territory here, but the songs were raucous enough to satisfy even the deep cut Dinosaur Jr. nerds in attendance.

By Seano Barry Posted in News , , ,

mxdwn Best of SXSW 2010

March 29th, 2010

Each year, after four days of nonstop madness and constant reporting, we recap our picks for the best of the South by Southwest festival. Last year, given the impressive strength of talent across the board, we expanded our selects to have lists for both “new” and “established” talent. Ranking Akron/Family against Metallica would have come off a bit strange right? This year, acts both brand new and long established came to show off their skills at SXSW. Read more…

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The Jim Jones Revue – MWTX Party

March 29th, 2010

If you add a dash of blood from a thumb cut on a guitar string with an eye of newt and a cigarette butt into the Jim Jones cauldron, you’ll get a recipe that trumps any purple kool aid around.
These pale brits with shiny shoes, shiny guitars and a piano as a most potent weapon, stormed the small stage at MWTX armed to the missing teeth.

The crowd was stunned in the sun as the boys bruised their way through taut punkabilly blues numbers emblazoned with MC5 attitude. Songs like “Rock N’ Roll Psychosis” and “Princess and the Frog” were shouted out loud by lead singer Jim Jones, who apologized with extreme British courtesy for his failing voice and then burned through another 12 bar booze new classic.

The Jim Jones Revue bounced their duck tails and black slacks all over the stage and made plenty of new fans who rushed towards the merch girl following their incendiary set.

By Seano Barry Posted in News , ,

Dead Confederate – Encore/Obscure Magpie Party

March 29th, 2010

Athens, Ga. quintet Dead Confederate cut through all the fat and woke up the sleepy cold Saturday revelers with a fierce set of gigantic, bottom driven dream rock. Maneuvering a perfect balance of insane sustain and a hammmering Hammond B-3 weaving in and out of the walls of reverb, the band delved into tracks from Wrecking Ball, their latest release. With the ghosts of My Bloody Valentine and Nirvana bouncing off of the walls, the set was eerie, dense and magnificently loud. Singer Hardy Morris brought out the full tilt pain and full on revelation in songs like The Rat and Goner, while his croaked lyrics were catapulted into the threshhold of a psych rock battlefield.

This was a showcase that raised the bar as the temps dropped throughout the day.

By Seano Barry Posted in News , ,

GWAR – MWTX Party

March 22nd, 2010

The one and only GWAR was the final band at MWTX. On a tear as of late, the web has been buzzing with fans excitement to see the band at a free show. As the stagehands prepared GWAR’s set and instruments, the crowd swelled to an enormous size. In only the fashion that costumed, alien monsters such as themselves could, Oderus Urungus, Beefcake the Mighty, Flattus Maximus, Jizmak da Gusha and Balsac the Jaws of Death came out looking as if they actually were larger than life. Beefcake wearing his massive spiked helmet, Oderus with shoulder prongs three-feet above his head, GWAR instantly blasted the pummeling metal they’re known for. “Let Us Slay,” “Where is Zog?” and and the title track from their new album Lust in Space gave the band an opportunity to slay countless innocents, spewing the fake blood they’re famous for at fans at firehose levels of pressure. The cold wind on the air would occasinally rip through and even push liquid right back at the costumed performers. As the set progressed GWAR took time to murder a zombie Michael Jackson and even Barack Obama while they played some of their vintage material (”Saddam a Go-Go,” “Maggots”). When the band wasn’t mutilating a terrible effigy, the brutal smackdown of tracks like “Bring Back the Bomb” kept up the crowd’s energy. As a special treat, GWAR even returned one of their old enemies to the stage, the ten-foot plus giant robot Cardinal Syn. Oderus and recent character addition Sawblade Destructo made short work of the robot, ripping off its arms and pulling a pile of dead rubber babies from its core. Oderus Urungus offered several nuggets of wisdom stating Cardinal Syn “symbolizes every bad about everything ever” and compared it to the “bloated, corpulent whore that we call the music industry.” He also made several jokes about music not being good unless it somehow covered Lady Gaga. This could’ve been the spectacle of the festival. An open, free party with a headliner like GWAR with a rampant and deserved fanbase should’ve been one to remember. Unfortunately, the cold wind kept this from reaching its full potential. Still, there’s nothing quite like GWAR. Finishing with their classic “Sick of You” to an emphatic response, it just proves that twenty five years into their career, they’re just getting warmed up.GWAR-1

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By Raymond Flotat Posted in News , ,