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Exordium/Outgrown

Monday, June 19th, 2017

If Gerry and Sylvia Anderson had discussed surrealism with Roman Polanski in the mid-60s, they might have made a disquieting, space-age marionette film like this. Set to the music of Austin’s Man, Woman, Friend, Computer, it “tells the story of a spaceman who comes to terms with isolation and loss as he cares for an injured alien creature.” Filmmaker Yuliya Tsukerman combines “centuries-old Czech marionette techniques with modern materials and found objects” in this memorable short.

Peter Holsapple: Don’t Mention the War

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

A powerful new song from Peter Holsapple (dB’sContinental Drifters) about the emotional ripples that from a favorite uncle’s post-traumatic stress. Available on February 4 as a vinyl 7″, digital download and stream.

Peter Holsapple’s Facebook Page

Led Zeppelin and Little Richard

Saturday, November 12th, 2016

Led Zeppelin borrowing from Little Richard, perhaps by way of Ritchie Valens.

Feral Ohms: Love Damage

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

If you missed the MC5 and Stooges at Detroit’s Grande Ballroom, Oakland, California’s Feral Ohms gives you a chance to tap a similar vein of unhinged rock ‘n’ roll. Their full-length debut, Live in San Francisco, drops October 21st, and the first single, “Love Damage,” streams below.

Feral Ohms’ Facebook Page

The Well Wishers: Here Comes Love

Friday, September 30th, 2016

The Well Wishers recent album Comes and Goes is only the latest in Jeff Shelton’s catalog of superb power pop. Check out this one from 2012’s Dreaming of the West Coast.

The Embrooks: Nightmare 7″

Friday, September 9th, 2016

It’s been more than a decade since the Embrooks dropped their second album, Yellow Glass Perspections, and parted ways. But they’re back with a terrific pair of freakbeat tunes that include the garage, mod and psych influences that made their earlier work so exciting. They’re as good as ever, if not better! Shades of early Who, Small Faces, the Creation and more.

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The Mobbs: Jolly Good

Monday, August 29th, 2016

From their upcoming fourth album Piffle!, this “pale and interesting” Northampton trio play 60s-styled rave-ups with a punk rock edge. And at one-minute-twenty, they don’t waste a second of your attention.

The Mobbs’ Home Page

Matthew Szlachetka: Heart of My Hometown

Friday, August 5th, 2016

The first single from Matthew Szlachetka’s upcoming album adds a hint of John Mellancamp’s heartland sentiment to Szlachetka’s California canyon rock. Produced by David Bianco, who’s worked with Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Lucinda Williams, and featuring Doug Pettibone, Kevin Savigar, Shiben Bhattacharya, Derek Brown and Dave “Mustang” Lang. A nice taste of what’s coming early next year!

Barry Mann: On Broadway

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Legendary songwriters Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil appeared in San Francisco for a conversation with the creative team of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Mann wowed the audience with a solo piano rendition of “On Broadway,” the 1963 hit he and Weil had with the Drifters, and again in 1978 with George Benson.

Mozes and the Firstborn: Great Pile of Nothing

Saturday, June 18th, 2016

The title track from this Dutch band’s upcoming release takes a more ’80/90s alt-rock turn than their power-pop debut, Power Ranger. This would fit nicely alongside the Replacements, Posies, Velvet Crush or Teenage Fanclub (or, better yet, Swedish Polarbears) on college radio.