Do you like The Cramps? I sure do. While I don’t want to go so far as to claim that there is an heir apparent to that legendary band’s considerable Psychobilly throne, LA trio Tiger Army is certainly a contender. Flawlessly fusing the classic sounds of surf, punk and rockabilly, Tiger Army own this week’s clip with a Kenneth Anger-influenced visual scorcher, “The Devil That You Don’t Know.” Clocking in at just under two minutes, “The Devil That You Don’t Know” is the complete package, featuring go-go dancers and psychedelic, 60s-era lighting effects that enhance the take-no-prisoners fuzz guitar and air-tight rhythm section of a band that has honed its craft over a two-decade career. Lead singer / guitarist Nick 13 comes off like the Frank Sinatra of rock as he encourages you to harness your inner bad ass, along with bandmates Djordje Stijepovic — unequaled on the upright bass — and four-on-the-floor drummer Mike Fasano keeping it in the pocket at all times. Tiger Army are a force to be reckoned with that are just insane live. Tiger Army’s sixth album, Retrofuture, is out now on Rise Records, and the band is on tour everywhere through 2019 (Tour Dates Here), so check them out if they are coming to your town. Enjoy!
Whether he is making his own original music, collaborating with a fellow respected musician, or creating his unique visual artwork, Joseph Arthur brings a spark of understated genius to everything he touches. It just so happens that Joe is gearing up to release his first solo album in three years (wow!) entitled Come Back World, and that means it is my pleasure this week to give you a little taste, with the single and video for the sublime “Streetcar,” which features guest vocals by Ben Harper.
Remaining very much in Arthur’s wheelhouse while also showing a creative stretch, “Streetcar” is an upbeat, Dylanesque love song that speaks to the joy, emotional intimacy and promise of a new romance. Shot in various locations in NYC, the clip starts out with an interior scene, with Arthur and his lady love playfully boxing with each other as they hang a floor-to-ceiling wallpaper imprinted with the famous image of Led Zeppelin standing in front of the Rock Star Party Plane known as The Starship. The couple then proceed to embellish the wall with paint, effectively transforming it into one of Joe’s instantly recognizable paintings. The two then carry the fun out into a nearly-deserted subway car, which sits-in perfectly for the Streetcar of the song’s title. I’m sure that this video was as much fun to make as it is to watch!
Recently, Joseph Arthur also launched a new Podcast called Come To Where I’m From (after his sophomore album released in 2000), which to-date has featured celebrities, comedians and musician from across the board. All episodes can be viewed on his Youtube Channel. Come Back World drops October 11th, 2019, and fall Tour Dates are below. Enjoy!
Joseph Arthur Fall Tour Dates
Oct 7 Kansas City, MO Knuckleheads (w/ Jesse Malin)
Oct 8 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge (w/ Jesse Malin)
Oct 10 Seattle, WA The Triple Door
Oct 12 Portland, OR Bunk Bar (w/ Jesse Malin)
Oct 15 San Francisco, CA The Chapel (w/ Jesse Malin)
Oct 16 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy (w/ Jesse Malin)
Oct 17 San Diego, CA Soda Bar (w/ Jesse Malin)
Oct 19 Tucson, AZ 191 Toole (w/ Jesse Malin)
Oct 21 Austin, TX Stubbs Jr (w/ Jesse Malin)
Oct 22 Houston, TX Continental Club (w/ Jesse Malin)
Oct 23 Dallas, TX Three Links (w/ Jesse Malin)
Oct 26 Brooklyn, NY Rough Trade
Oct 29 Boston, MA City Winery
Oct 30 Pawling, NY Daryl’s House
Nov 1 Philadelphia, PA The Locks at Sona
Nov 2 Vienna, VA Jammin Java
Nov 3 Baltimore, MD Rams Head (Matinee)
Nov 5 Charlotte, NC Neighborhood Theatre
Nov 7 Detroit, MI Magic Bag
Nov 9 Evanston, IL SPACE (Late Show) (w/ Jesse Malin)
Nov 10 Minneapolis, MN 7th St Entry (w/ Jesse Malin)
I’m sorry to be week late to share this fun video in time for Easter (for reasons which will become obvious once you start watching), but better late than never. This week’s Video Clip comes from Montreal four-piece Tops, sharring a new video for a song from their recent archives. “Topless,” taken from their 2017 album Sugar at the Gate, captures lead-singer Jane Penny as she walks around Berlin at dusk. From quiet moments on her phone to a street orchestra of bunnies, Penny takes in the romance of the Berlin streets as she laments on missing her lover.
Speaking on the inspiration behind the video, Penny says:
“I really wanted to make a video for our song ‘Topless.’ It took a little longer than I anticipated (ehem, about a year longer) but it’s finally here for you. I ended up going for a walk in the neighbourhood where I’ve been living in Berlin, at dusk, and over several days we caught the nicest lighting we could find and some very strange bunnies on display at the local mall. There’s a romantic greyness to Berlin when the leaves are gone, I think the moodiness of the city at the end of winter compliments the song, and my mood that day, quite well. It’s getting harder to remember that feeling now that the leaves are out and the sun is shining, it’s nice to have this remind me.”
The video comes ahead of Tops‘ upcoming North American tour. Beginning May 13th, 2019 in Las Vegas, the group will play 16 shows across the U.S. with a stop in Mexico for Corona Capital Guadalajara Festival. Check out Tour Dates below. Enjoy!
5/9 – Ciudad de México, MX @ Galera
5/11 – Guadalajara, MX @ Corona Capital Guadalajara
5/13 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Bunkhouse Saloon
5/14 -Tuscon, AZ @ 191 Toole
5/16 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
5/17 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
5/18 – Houston, TX @ Satellite Bar
5/20 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
5/21 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolfe
5/23 – Santa Barbara, CA @ SoHo Music Club
5/25 – Santa Ana, CA @ La Santa
6/13 – Nashville, TN @ Exit / In
6/14 – Asheville, NC @ Mothlight
6/15 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade – Purgatory
6/17 – Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 Music Hall
6/18 – Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
6/19th – Orlando, FL @ Soundbar
6/20 – Miami, FL @ Perez Art Museum
If there is one band that can always be relied on to deliver the goods when you just want to Rock Out, that band is Monster Magnet. This week’s featured clip is a performance-based lyric video for the group’s current single, “When the Hammer Comes Down,” and it does not disappoint in its delivery of the relentless heavy metal Sturm und Drang that defines iconic front man Dave Wyndorf and his head-banging bandmates.
Visually, this clip reminds me of classic Black Sabbath, with its film negative imaging and minimal, but signature, visual effects. Though not an overtly political song, I’m pretty sure that Wyndorf is opposes the current Administration, which makes me love him even more. Point being that the basic titular theme, and the song’s refrain, “The Universe will do you right/ when the Hammer Comes Down,” can certainly be embraced by the Resistance movement going surging in this country. It could not come at a better time.
The video release of “When the Hammer Comes Down” coincides with the kick off of Monster Magnet’s North American Fall Tour, dates for which are below, in support of their most recent album release, Mindfucker. Enjoy, bitches!
10/8: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
10/9: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
10/10: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
10/12: San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
10/13: Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival*
10/15: Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
10/16: San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
10/17: Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
10/19: San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
10/20: Dallas, TX @ Canton Hall
10/21: Houston, TX @ White Oak (Upstairs)
10/23: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
10/24: Nashville, TN @ Basement East
10/26: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
10/27: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
10/28: Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
Hello and welcome to the rockin’ start of a brand new week! You know, I usually like to use this space for showcasing an indie or lesser-known band that doesn’t have major label backing behind it; but in the sprit of the weekend-morning cartoons of my long lost youth, an animated clip always gets preferential treatment. This week let’s all turn on to “Tranz” from Gorillaz, who are also making their debut on The’Gig. Marking the band’s first ever live performance video — and only live performance since 2010’s highly memorable MTV EMA performance — this visually eye-popping clip sees Gorillaz’ charismatic front man2D command the stage against a backdrop of mind-altering visuals. Joining him are bandmates Noodle and Russel Hobbs, with Gangreen Gang’s Ace on bass standing in for the temporarily incarcerated Murdoc Niccals. “Tranz” can be found on the band’s latest album, The Now Now, which is out. . . now. Tour dates starting in October are below. Enjoy!
In the midst of a summer tour with OC Punk legends Social Distortion and upcoming festival appearances, Philadelphia band Low Cut Connie has just released this nostalgia-inspiring video for their cover of Alex Chilton’s “Hey! Little Child.” I think it’s the perfect song for the somewhat intangible mood that accompanies the start of summer.
Of their choice to cover the tune, LCC frontman Adam Weiner admits, “Alex Chilton is one of my songwriting heroes. What a mercurial genius! We recorded our version of ‘Hey! Little Child’ in the same room in Ardent Studios where he did the original. We are on the road constantly and spend a lot of time in divey bars talking to local yokels and shooting pool. Roy Power and his crew had the good sense to hang with us a couple nights snapping pictures of the band in our scruffy off-stage moments. It may be my favorite LCC video yet.”
“Hey! Little Child” can be found on Low Cut Connie’s recently released fifth album Dirty Pictures (Part 2), which was just named one of Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Albums of 2018 so far. In his four-star review, David Fricke called the record “a stand-alone triumph of missionary zeal.” I don’t know that means, exactly, but if Fricke said it, it’s some kind of big deal. Tour Dates are below! Enjoy!
Here in NYC, it looks like we are going to go straight from Winter into Summer, and the warm (read: Hot) weather cannot come soon enough, I tell you. I love this week’s Video Clip, “Hollywood Factory” from the rad LA-based punk/pop trio Skating Polly because it reminds me of the endless summer that is life in Southern California. Sometimes I wonder why I ever left.
Filmed in various southland locations that include Hollywood Blvd, someone’s backyard pool, and a soundstage where you get to witness Skating Polly rocking out in all of their their glam punk glory, this vibrant take down of the Star Making Machine will appeal to fans of mixed- gender combos from Hole to Kenickie. Not to mention, but you can see I am about , drummer Kurtis Mayo is playing an Amber Vistalite kit, and we know who else played that same kit, don’t we? Hint: he was in LED ZEPPELIN, bitches!
“Hollywood Factory” can be found on the Skating Polly’s forthcoming studio album The Make It All Show, due out May 4th, 2018 (aka Star Wars Day!) on El Camino Media. The album was produced by the legendary Brad Wood, who’s worked with everyone (Google him). Tour dates are below! Enjoy!
Skatin Polly Upcoming Tour Dates!
May 2nd @ The Camel in Richmond, VA
May 3rd @ Kings in Raleigh, NC
May 4th @ Tin Roof in Charleston, SC
May 5th @ Jack Rabbits in Jacksonville, FL
May 6th @ Vinyl in Pensacola, FL
May 8th @ Stubb’s Indoor in Austin, TX
May 9th @ Three Links in Dallas, TX
May 11th @ Marquis Theater in Denver, CO
May 12th @ Black Sheep in Colorado Springs, CO
May 14th @ RecordBar in Kansas City, MO
May 15th @ Raccoon Motel in Davenport, IA
May 17th @ Empty Bottle in Chicago, IL
May 18th @ Loving Touch in Ferndale, MI
May 19th @ Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, ON
June 1st @ Opolis in Norman, OK
June 2nd @ Replay Lounge in Lawrence, KS
June 3rd @ Monocle in St. Louis, MO
June 5th @ High Watt in Nashville, TN
June 6th @ Milestone Club in Charlotte, NC
June 7th @ DC9 in Washington, DC
June 8th @ Mercury Lounge in New York, NY
June 9th @ Kung Fu Necktie in Philadelphia, PA
June 10th @ Once Lounge and Ballroom in Somerville, MA
June 12th @ Funhouse at Mr. Small’s in Pittsburgh, PA
June 13th @ Grog Shop in Cleveland, OH
June 15th @ Lee’s Liquor Lounge in Minneapolis, MN
June 16th @ Reverb in Omaha, NE