Thursday, June 16, 2016

Tomorrows Bad Seeds Ticket Giveaway

Posted By on Thu, Jun 16, 2016 at 9:08 AM

Tomorrows Bad Seeds is playing at the Rock (136 N Park Ave.) with Liquid Space Atmosphere, Thidwick and We Roll on Saturday, June 19 and you could be there.

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We'll be in touch with the winners midday on Friday. Doors open at 7 p.m. for this all-ages show. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Indecent Exposure: Rogue Wave Frontman Zach Schwartz on the Two Sides of Being Out There

Posted By on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 at 9:00 AM

It isn’t long into our conversation that Rogue Wave frontman Zach Schwartz diverts to socio-poli tical issues. Bringing up his life in Oakland, where the indie rock singer has lived more than eight years, leads to discussion of the Bay Area’s current housing crisis, as well as toxic corporate environments typical in Silicon Valley.

“Maybe it’s because our desks were made out of post-industrial metals, but I kinda felt like a rat in a cage,” Schwartz says. “I felt like I had a ‘work self’ and then I’d leave and then I’d be myself after. …When I started playing music professionally, I felt like I was reclaiming my life a little bit. …I became more outspoken. I think I became a lot more pleasant to be around.”

It was approximately 13 years ago that Schwartz was laid off from his job as a project manager when the Dot-Com Bubble ruptured, allowing the guitarist to become focused solely on music. Six albums, a fistful of EPs and singles, near non-stop tours across the globe and (according to IMDB) a whopping 22 television and film soundtrack credits all suggest that Schwartz had much to reclaim.

Similar to The Shins or Sea Wolf, Rogue Wave was one of the many tenderhearted independent acts to rise amongst the rush of alternative music that dominated the mid-2000s. Their breakout album, Out of the Shadow, was a lavish mix of sad-slash-beautiful introspection driven by jangly, roughly mixed guitar. It quickly drew a loyal audience, which led to getting rereleased on Sub Pop and a national tour lasting two years, but it was a series of appearances on The OC and One Tree Hill that gave Rogue Wave one of their biggest pushes forward.

In fact, Schwartz still gets shouted requests at shows, including on this current tour, to “play The OC Song!” Which refers to their sarcastic acoustic tune “California” (not to be confused with the show’s theme song of the same name by Phantom Planet). Schwartz admits his initial reaction to these appeals is usually less than enthusiastic.

“Really? You’re going to call it ‘The O.C. Song?’” he says. Schwartz has a voice somewhat similar to Matthew Broderick, and you can almost hear him rolling his eyes. Nonetheless, he’s still grateful for the exposure.

“I don’t make music to be exclusive. I make music to be able to reach people,” he says. “The licensing we’ve done as a band has been an absolute gift. It totally helped us reach so many more people, it broke us early on.”

Rogue Wave built on that early success in stride, but the band’s growth wasn’t entirely easy. A few months after his amiable departure in 2007, bassist Evan Farrell died of smoke inhalation, leaving behind a wife and two small children. Drummer Pat Spurgeon overcame nearly fatal renal failure in 2006, which required a kidney transplant, and his ordeal became the subject of the documentary D-Tour. Schwartz himself suffered from a slipped disc and his father recently passed away.

But if there is one defining characteristic to Rogue Wave, it’s a silvery, upbeat lining to their gossamer clouds.
Now Rogue Wave have returned with Delusions of Grand Fur, their sixth album and first in three years, featuring guest appearances by Sam Hopkins of Caveman and Mike Deni of Geographer. Chris Walla, formerly of Death Cab for Cutie, mixed “In The Morning,” but otherwise the entire album was self-produced by the band.

“The way we did this one, it was like we had to do it on our own because it was a long and protracted process, but I wouldn’t say I would never work with a producer again,” Schwartz says. “Honestly, I have to let the music sort of decide that. I have enjoyed working with producers, but I also know there’s no better joy than doing it on your own.”

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Check Out the Exclusive Release of Two New Asian Fred Singles

Posted By on Fri, Jun 10, 2016 at 9:00 AM

If these new Asian Fred songs aren't summer jams, I don't know what is. - JIMI GIANNATTI
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  • If these new Asian Fred songs aren't summer jams, I don't know what is.

I'll be frank when I say I've been not so patiently waiting the release of new Asian Fred music. Frontman Fred Huang can attest to the occasional, "So, you're going to let me know when you have new music, right?" from me. And, if you've been waiting like I have, I've got some good news in the way of two brand new tracks.

What I love about this local band is the commitment to making good, fun indie music in a time where psych is a near ubiquitous descriptor of up-and-coming bands. Their music has moments of alt-country riffs and some jazzy piano flourishes, but at it's core, Asian Fred goes straight for that Beatles-y nostalgia that so many turn their nose up at—and guess what, they're doing it well. When folk want to channel early Sabbath, get that Stones attitude or go trippy like the Byrds or the Animals, Asian Fred responds with music that's fun and addictingly upbeat. No need to raid the thrift store for fringed vests and snake skin boots.

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Bob Dylan's New Album 'Fallen Angles' Sees the Artist Returning to his Roots

Posted By on Thu, Jun 9, 2016 at 2:30 PM

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In his new album released last month Bob Dylan returns to his roots, covering classic American tunes.

Dylan’s 37th studio album Fallen Angels covers classic American songs like “It had to be you,” and “Young at Heart.” The new album is a follow up to his 2015 cover album Strangers in the Night. Most notably known for Dylan’s interpretation of “That Lucky old Sun,” which in my opinion has as much power and feeling in it as Ray Charles’ approach to the song.

As Dylan could be considered the greatest living lyricist, it’s understandable that some Dylan fans are upset to see the release of two consecutive cover albums.

I’ll agree it would be great to hear some original songs from a man whose lyrics helped shape the
culture of multiple generations, but listening to the new album I think Dylan fans can appreciate what to me sounds like the raspy reflections of an old musician who began his career bumming around New York City singing covers.

Fallen Angels has a very mellow sound, the kind of album one might put on after a long day’s work and enjoy with a glass of wine. Most of the songs on the album are covers of songs performed traditionally by big band musicians.

Comparing Dylan’s style on the album to other musicians I would say it sounds like Louis Armstrong and Frank Sinatra met in a dive bar and did a quick set with the house band. Now, don’t get over excited. Dylan’s album is by no means as epic as Sinatra and Armstrong singing together in a dive bar would be, but their combined sound with support from a small band would sound similar to Dylan’s new album.

As far as Bob Dylan albums go Fallen Angels is no Blood on the Tracks, but it was never meant to be. For what it is, it’s a really good album that in many ways shows the early influences of a music legend.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Sammy Hagar & The Circle Ticket Giveaway

Posted By on Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 10:06 AM

Busy Friday? We're giving away one pair of tickets to see Sammy Hagar & The Circle at AVA Amphitheater. 

AVA has this to say about the show:
For almost forty years, Sammy Hagar has been one of rock music’s most dynamic and prolific artists. From breaking into the industry with the seminal hard rock band Montrose to his multiplatinum solo career to his ride as the front man of Van Halen, the “Red Rocker” has set the tone for some of the greatest rock anthems ever written with songs like “I Can’t Drive 55,” “Right Now,” and “Why Can’t This Be Love.” He’s earned the highest respect of the music industry with a Grammy Award and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside Van Halen and is currently on his fourth platinum run with the super group Chickenfoot. Along his journey, Hagar has also become a dedicated philanthropist, a New York Times best-selling author and auspicious entrepreneur.


Aside from making his mark as a hit songwriter and lead vocalist, Hagar has played with a succession of legendary guitar players; from Ronnie Montrose and Neal Schon to Eddie Van Halen and Joe Satriani and his current group, The Circle, which also features former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson. 
The concert is this Friday, June 10 at 8 p.m. We'll pick a winner midday Wednesday, June 8. Good luck!

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Friday, June 3, 2016

New Biography Tells the Story of the of Rock and Roll Great Keith Moon

Posted By on Fri, Jun 3, 2016 at 12:07 PM

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A new biography on rock drummer Keith Moon compiled by Ian Snowball is set to be released on June 13.

The name of the book, Keith Moon: There Is No Substitute, pays homage to Moon's unique role in the rock band The Who by referencing one of their popular songs “Substitute.” Moon is arguably one of the greatest rock drummers of all time.

As an early rocker Moon didn’t just help define the rock genre, but also the stereotypical rock and roll lifestyle. Moon’s crazy antics both on and off stage earned him the nickname Moon the Loon. Ultimately his sex, drugs, and rock and roll lifestyle lead him to an early grave, overdosing on September 7, 1978. Moon’s death came less than a month after the release of one of the Who’s most popular album’s Who Are You.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Check Out Tucson Psych Band The Myrrors' New Album on Vice's Noisey

Posted By on Wed, May 18, 2016 at 4:30 PM

Listen to The Myrrors' new album now. - THE MYRRORS/ FACEBOOK
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  • Listen to The Myrrors' new album now.

Vice's Noisey
is calling out Arizona psych in a big way right now. To quote their most recent article, which features an interview with The Myrrors' Nik Rayne:

Arizona seems to have a particular quality that creates inspired rock bands with slightly fried edges or more, whether it’s long-running stalwarts like the Meat Puppets or underground psych legends like the Black Sun Ensemble. Call it the harsh environment—or the fact that it’s better to practice inside away from the heat and dust, even while feeling it through the walls.
The interview goes on to explore about a decade of Myrrors music, including Arizona influences like Sun City Girls, though Rayne explains the desert itself often acts as the largest influence and tie to their home state.
I think the strongest link we might have as far as environment is just being in the desert, being able to draw out some certain aspects of music that—when you're playing music in this vein, it becomes emphasized more strongly. There's a space here in the desert.
You can check out more on the making of and meaning behind the name of their new album, Entranced Earth, along with seven songs from the new album on Noisey now. The Myrrors' Entranced Earth will be released on Beyond Beyond is Beyond on May 27.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Tucson Rapper Badio's New Video "2nd Coming" Is Kind of a Masterpiece

Posted By on Wed, May 11, 2016 at 5:14 PM

"2nd Coming" pairs powerful visuals with lyrics that cut. - LES GARS/ YOUTUBE
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  • "2nd Coming" pairs powerful visuals with lyrics that cut.

With one record already under his belt, Tucson rapper and artist Badio is ramping up to release his sophomore album in fall 2016. But, you'll want to check out his new video for the song "2nd Coming" before then.

Shot in the sand dunes of Yuma by Thierry Nzeukou through their collective Les Gars, which primarily focuses on fashion photography, the video serves as a cinematic bridge to Africa. Badio himself is originally from Liberia, but has lived in Tucson since 2009 after moving from Virginia. 

"It's about who I am, but the video was strategic," he says. "I wanted to mimic the migration of the first groups of blacks in the Sahara desert. We migrated as a means of necessity and spread around the Africa."

When asked what the message behind the video was, Badio sent over one of his art projects, an image with the words written over:

In essence of all that is black Second Coming depicts the "NOW" mental disparities of Africans as a result of cultural misappropriation, appropriation, displacement and institutionalized self-hate.

"I made the record as an attempt in bridging the gap between blacks in America and Africans in Africa," Badio adds. "I wanted to explain more so how our self hatred was created. So, for example, our people's displacement from their origins caused a somewhat, let's say, disconnect from their true history, so if you don't know your history you don't know who you are or what you're capable of."

"That should be a persons main source of motivation," he says. "Blacks don't know their history so they've succumbed to what society has told them or taught them to be."

Though it's going to be a few more months until WhatsbadioII is released, something tells me that, with powerful lyrics like,
My momma she nine to fivin' - till she 95, still broke as a record no time to pay me mind, distracted by Bills, damn - Cosby keep raping us how can I chill.
this album is going to be something to look out for. 

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