Archive for the ‘Blog’ Category

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.

Psycotic Pineapple: Live 1978

Saturday, June 18th, 2016

First-ever release of this 1978 live set by Berkeley’s own Psycotic Pineapple. Limited edition of 250 cassette-only copies. See them live June 25-26, 2016 at the Burger Boogaloo in Oakland, California. Also on the bill: The Lyres, Real Kids, Mummies, Flamin’ Groovies, Young Fresh Fellows and more!

Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis: Today I Started Loving You Again

Saturday, April 9th, 2016

If you’re going to pay tribute to a fellow musician, there’s no better way to say it than with music.

Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis – Vocals
Warren Hood – Fiddle
Scott Davis – Banjo
David Grissom – Guitar
Kelley Mickwee – Background Vocals
Geoff Queen – Steel Guitar
Dom Fischer (Wood & Wire) – Bass
Trevor Nealon (The Band of Heathens) – Keys

Trevor Green: Red Road

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Great new track from Trevor Green’s upcoming album Voice of the Wind. Terrifically recorded acoustic guitar, gently rolling percussion and a vocal that’s both introspective and inspirational at the same time.

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Queen of Jeans: Rollerdyke

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

This Philadelphia quartet’s first single sounded like something you’d have heard on Girls in the Garage or perhaps from the Pussywillows, or the Bangs before they became the Bangles. The group’s second single moves from the garage to the ballroom with a flowing neo-psych sound and a driving beat. Their debut EP is slated for January 22!

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Lux Lisbon

Saturday, December 12th, 2015

Indie rock from the UK – powerful and melodic. Vocalist Stuart Rook has a waver in his voice that may remind you of Bryan Ferry, Robin Wilson or Feargal Sharkey. Their latest music video can be found below (and more here), and the ten-song EP Get Some Scars is available for free download here.

Lux Lisbon’s Home Page

Them Howling Bones

Monday, December 7th, 2015

Scorching hot blues-rock from the garage, with shades of Cream, George Thorogood, ? and the Mysterians and Lonnie Mack, with some of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ menace thrown in for good measure. This LA combo sounds like something Wolfman Jack would have played on XERB to terrify your parents. Check out a few tracks below!

Them Howling Bones’ Home Page

Manwomanchild: Return to Ithaca

Saturday, October 24th, 2015

Catchy DIY synthpop from Philadelphia’s Manwomanchild, with vocalist David Child.

Queen of Jeans: Dance (Get Off Your Ass)

Saturday, October 10th, 2015

The song title wouldn’t lead you to guess this Philadelphia quartet creates DIY guitar, bass and drums pop-rock with modern girl group harmonies. The guitar tone would fit perfectly on Pebbles, Vol. 4, and the slow-motion drum fills are particularly fetching.

Queen of Jeans’ Facebook Page