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
Looking back, I could say it was all a dream, except that I have hard evidence of a time in ‘popular music’– between the Rock of the ’80s (aka Butt Music) and Grunge — during which it was possible to still hear some straight-forward classic rock with an alt edge (bands like The Church come to mind) that didn’t conform to any uber-twee sub-genre. You know, like music sounded in the ‘60s and ‘70s: when there were maybe 5 genres of music, tops. This week’s Sunday Jam, “Heartbreak Paradise” from Austin Texas-based rockers The Cuckoos, takes me back to that simpler, vastly superior time. Nostalgia!
Visually, “Heartbreak Paradise” features pink-hued performance footage over tropical snippets from the band’s time at Carnaval de Bahidora in Las Estacas, Mexico. According to the groups vocalist/keyboardist Kenneth Frost, the video represents the ‘heartbreak paradise’ described in the song. “It’s about a place for all the people that have fallen in and out of love,” Frost explains, “a place that serves as a temporary fix for those longing for love but who are unable to move on from what they’ve lost.” We’ve all been there, right?
I don’t want to spend too much time fellating “Heartbreak Paradise” with an excess of lofty praise just because it gives me a stiffy for decent music. Watch the video for yourself and thank me later. “Heartbreak Paradise” is the latest single from The Cuckoos self-titled 2017 EP, which I’m guessing you should probably pick up. Catch The Cuckoos on tour by consulting the tour dates below. Enjoy!
The Cuckoos Spring Tour Dates
Apr 13 – The Electric Church, Austin, TX
May 4 – Dallas, TX – Three Links
May 6 – Little Rock, AR – Stickyz Rock N Roll Chicken Shack
May 7 -Nashville, TN – The End
May 8 – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern
May 10 – New York, NY – Berlin
May 11 – Baltimore, MD – Windup Space
May 12 – Providence, RI – Alchemy
May 13 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
May 14 -Boston, MA – Middle East Upstairs
May 16 – Pittsburgh, PA – Smiling Moose
May 17 – Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen
May 18 – Cleveland, OH – The Foundry
Making his impressive debut in the Video Clip of The Week this Sunday is Chris Corner’s IAMX, with the Performance Art-oriented clip for the track “Stardust.” Featuring celebrity tattoo artist Kat Von D, this clip captures everything that makes the gothic/industrial scene so mesmerizing, while managing to keep this much-fetishized genre (which arguably, saw its commercial peak in the late 90s) fresh and intriguing. Mostly, it reminds me of my club days, when NYC venues like The Bank and Limelight were the places to go to dance yourself silly from midnight to dawn while communing with the other creatures of the night. Good times.
“Stardust” can be found on IAMX‘s recently released album, Alive In New Light. Recommended if You Like: Nine Inch Nails, Goldfrapp, Sisters of Mercy. Spring Tour Dates are below! Watch the uncensored clip at This Link. Enjoy!
IAMX SPRING TOUR DATES
4/19 Washington, DC @Rock&Roll Hotel
4/21 Brooklyn, NYC @Rough Trade (with Kat Von D)
4/22 Brooklyn, NYC @Rough Trade (with Kat Von D)
4/24 Boston, MA @Middle East
4/26 Montreal, QB @Le Belmont
4/27 Toronto, ON @Lee’s Palace
4/28 Chicago, IL @Bottom Lounge
4/30 Denver, CO @Bluebird Theatre
5/1 Salt Lake City, UT @Metro Music Hall
5/3 Vancouver, BC @Biltmore Cabaret
5/4 Seattle, WA @The Crocodile
5/5 Portland, OR @Aladdin
5/7 San Francisco, CA @Great American Music Hall (with Kat Von D)
5/9 Los Angeles, CA @Fonda Theater (with Kat Von D)
5/23 Guadalajara, MEX @C3 Stage
5/24 Mexico City, MEX @Lunario
Few things fill me with a degree of ecstatic delight to rival that of finding an excellent animated clip for the weekly jam, because it brings us all closer to the gleeful vibe of the weekend-morning cartoons that many of us were addicted to as kids. Today, I invite you to enjoy a flight through space courtesy of the track “Talk to Me” from San Diego-by-way-of-South Africa electronic dance duo, GoldFish. Speaking about the track, This Song Is Sick offers that the group’s “unique style of house is apparent with a dance-driven approach making use of bouncing, deep basslines, jazzy and bright melodies with uplifting vocals while sax lines are thrown in perfectly.” “Talk to Me” is visualized by the familiar style of animator Mike Scott (Disney/ Nickoldeon/ Cartoon Brew).
“Talk to Me” can be found on the duo’s fifth studio album, Late Night People, which is out now via Armada Music. International tour dates for GoldFish are below. Enjoy their casino free spins!
Tour Dates for GoldFish Live:
Date Location Venue
SUN 10/8/17 Austin, TX Austin City Limits Festival
SAT 10/14/17 San Diego, CA The Music Box
SUN 10/15/17 Austin, TX Austin City Limits Festival
WED 10/18/17 BRISTOL UK Cirque du Soul
FRI 10/20/17 Amsterdam, Netherlands ADE at MELKWEG – Sold-Out
SUN 10/22/17 PARIS, FR Nouveau Casino
MON 10/23/17 NOTTINGHAM, UK Cirque du Soul
WED 10/25/17 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero
THU 10/26/17 New York, NY PlayStation Theater
FRI 10/27/17 New York, NY Terminal 5
SAT 10/28/17 Boston, MA House of Blues
SUN 10/29/17 Live Oak, FL Hulaween
SAT 11/11/17 Sao Paulo, Brazil Music Motion Presents GoldFish
SAT 11/11/17 Itu, Brazil Anzu Club
WED 11/15/17 Praia Brava – Itajahi, Brazil Habbitat
FRI 11/17/17 Haras Manoel Leão, Brazil TBA
SAT 11/18/17 Belo Horizonte, Brazil Só Trak Boa
SUN 12/10/17 Capetown, South Africa Submerged w/ GoldFish