Archives for May 2009

Handsome Furs Summer Tour Dates

May 30 Do Division Festival, Chicago, IL Jun 04 Richards on Richards, Vancouver, Canada Jun 05 Neumos, Seattle, WA Jun 06 Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR Jun 08 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA Jun 09 Cellar Door (CA), Visalia, CA Jun 10 Mother's Tavern, San Luis Obispo, CA Jun 11 Echoplex, Los Angeles, CA Jun 12 Chyno Arts … [Read more...]

Clues – Clues

When The Unicorns broke up, the group's fate was determined for them as one of those bands that many would reflect on with regret and longing. Longing that they never broke up because Nick Thorburn and Alden Penner's debut is highly regarded as one of the first imperative albums to jump-start the Canadian indie rock scene. Since then, Thorburn has … [Read more...]

Marty Willson-Piper – Nightjar

Marty Willson-Piper is known more as the guitarist for the Australian 80's band The Church than for his solo career, even though Nightjar is his 6th solo album. But instead of like a fine wine that grows better with age, it appears Willson-Piper’s music has fermented for too long and has lost some flavor. It’s not quite all sour grapes however, but … [Read more...]

Solarcade – Songs for the Gathering EP

Solarcade simulates Coldplay on their new EP, Songs for the Gathering. Each track begs for commercial success using a sound so waxed and polished that it squirts through one ear and out the other. This two-man, 8-year collaboration between vocalist Paul Van and guitarist Tony Pomilla builds on the FM momentum they got opening for bands like The … [Read more...]

Blind Pilot on Tour with the Decemberists

5/29/09 - Riverside Theater w/ The Decemberists - Milwaukee, WI 5/30/09 - The Vollrath - Indianapolis, IN 5/31/09 - Pageant w/ The Decemberists - St Louis, MO 6/01/09 - Lifestyle Communities Pavillion w/ The Decemberists - Columbus, OH 6/03/09 - Tabernacle w/ The Decemberists - Atlanta, GA 6/04/09 - Memorial Auditorium w/ The Decemberists - … [Read more...]

MEandJOANCOLLINS – Love. Trust. Faith. Lust.

Like the finest glam rock of yore, the Cambridge, MA outfit MEandJOANCOLLINS specialize in a sweaty fusion of sexual perversion and hard rockin’ bombast. But unlike the genre’s forefathers (T. Rex, Roxy Music) this indie-minded foursome steers clear of any campy theatricality and fantastical preoccupations with grandeur. The grouop's debut LP … [Read more...]

The Silent Boys – Progression: 1986-1991

I'm not gonna lie: I like re-issues of 80s post-punk and indie-rock gems. A handful of these, including ones by Crippled Pilgrims and Dumptruck, have stood the test of time and sound prescient. The Silent Boys has now released Progression: 1986-1991 as a retrospective of its early days. The band has re-formed and released a few albums in recent … [Read more...]

Diagonals – Valley of the Cyclops

From Austin, Texas this five-piece brings us a debut album that is both upbeat and a bit gloomy at the same time.  The music begs one to get up and shake it retro-style while both the tone and lyrics cast a bit of a different feel.  The contrast is interesting, something I might expect out of a Quentin Tarantino film soundtrack.  The dusty guitars, … [Read more...]

Speck Mountain Announces July Tour

Folk/Americana duo Speck Mountain have released a set of dates for July. The dates and locations follow, they'll be supported by Sub Pop's Death Vessel. 7/10/09-The Belmont, Detroit 7/13/09-Zuzu at the Middle East, (Cambridge) Boston 7/15/09-Bruar Falls, Brooklyn 7/16/09-Monkey Town, Brooklyn 7/19/09-Velvet Lounge, Washington DC … [Read more...]

Tortoise Tour in Support of New Album

Tortoise announce first summer dates hitting several major American cities and a few festivals far and wide. Beacons of Ancestorship is the band's first record in over five years. The band will tour Europe in the late summer and return to the US for another string of dates in the fall. Check out "Prepare Your Coffin" from the new album right … [Read more...]