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Video Clip of The Week: The Shins, “Cherry Hearts”


Welcome back, Earthlings. In this week’s Video Clip, The Shins draw on their finest influences of the ’80s British New Wave (see The Human League, Heaven 17, Gary Numan) with an enchanting stop-motion animated video for “Cherry Hearts.” The Stefano Bertelli-directed clip, made entirely out of folded paper here, takes place inside an amusement park, so enjoy the ride!

“Cherry Hearts” can be found on The Shins’ fifth album, Heartworms, which is available everywhere now via Aural Apothecary/Columbia Records. Check them out on tour (dates below) right now! Enjoy!

The Shins On Tour:
10/08 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
11/02 Washington, DC The Anthem
11/03 Brooklyn, NY Kings Theatre
11/04 Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore
11/05 Port Chester, NY Capitol Theatre
11/07 Detroit, MI The Fillmore Detroit
11/08 Columbus, OH Express Live! Indoor Pavilion
11/10 Dallas, TX House of Blues
11/11 Houston, TX House of Blues
11/12 McDade, TX Sound on Sound Music Festival
11/14 New Orleans, LA Civic Theatre
11/15 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
11/16 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore Charlotte
11/17 Atlanta, GA Coca Cola Roxy Theatre
11/19 Ciudad de Mexico, MX Corona Capital
11/30 Auckland, NZ Powerstation
12/04 St. Kilda, AU Palais Theatre
12/05 Brisbane, AU QPAC Concert Hall
12/08 Newtown, AU Enmore Theatre
12/12 Honolulu, HI The Republik

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Video Clip of The Week: Washed Out, “Get Lost”

Ernest Greene, the Georgia-based singer, songwriter, and record producer known professionally as Washed Out may be most famous for the chillwave classic “Feel It All Around, which can be heard over the opening credits of IFC’s hit TV show, Portlandia. If you’re curious about what he’s been up to lately, check out this wildly fun cut-out animation video clip for the track “Get Lost” — his first single in four years!

With its rhythmic, bossa nova feel, “Get Lost” celebrates the anticipation of summer in the city: a time for cruising in your car to wherever the vibe takes you, hanging out with friends on the beach, and girl watching. It’s the perfect tune for a extended holiday weekend! “Get Lost” is out now on Stones Throw Records, and Washed Out July Tour Dates for the Southern US are below. Enjoy!

7/8 – Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
7/9 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
7/10 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
7/11 – Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
7/13 – Orlando, FL @ Plaza Live
7/14 – Jacksonville, FL @ Mavericks Live
7/15 – Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
7/17 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse

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Video Clip of The Week: Sharkmuffin, “Little Bird”


The colorful neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn features prominently in this week’s visually engaging and exceptionally groovy clip for “Little Bird” from the Brooklyn-based duo called Sharkmuffin. In this offbeat yet hip clip, “Little Bird” juxtaposes the story of an individual trying to be a Big Shot in the hood with what it might be like if the biggest bird in the world — Big Bird — was some kind of rock star and had hordes of fans following him around, and needed a bodyguard and everything. The video also includes spontaneous, synchronized street dancing in the style of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” (minus the un-dead). Hilarious and fun!

Sharkmuffin is comprised of Tarra Thiessen and Natalie Kirch, whose influences span the musical spectrum from Nirvana to The Ronettes, so comparisons to Live Though This-era Hole are not out of line. I would call them Garage Pop Psychedelia, but I imagine their sound is capable of expanding far beyond that somewhat concise description.

“Little Bird” can be found on Sharkmuffin’s sophomore album Tsuki, (featuring Kim Deuss on drums), which will be released on May 5th, 2017, via Little Dickman Records. The ladies will also be touring the UK in May (dates below) with their original line-up of Drew Adler on drums and Chris Nunez on second guitar. I bet their live shows are a gas. And just look at how cute their little Sharkmuffin Logo is:

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SHARKMUFFIN TOUR DATES:

5/10 – Bassment – Chelmsford UK
5/12 – The Harp Restrung – Folkestone UK
5/13 – John Peel Centre – Suffolk UK
5/16 – Gwdihw – Cardiff, Wales
5/18 – The Great Escape (Sticky Mike’s) – Brighton UK
5/19 – The Lock Tavern – London UK
5/20 – The Eagle – Manchester UK
5/21 – Twenty Ten – Matlock UK
5/23 – The Nest – Bath UK
5/24 – Whiskers – Newquay UK
5/27 – Mello Festival – Evesham UK
5/28 – Blank Generation Festival (afternoon) – London UK
5/28 – The Victoria Dalston (evening) – London UK
5/31 – Green Door Store – Brighton UK

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Behold: The Lovely Ladies of Sharkmuffin (Image Courtesy of FaceBook).

Video Clip of The Week: Vundabar, “Shuffle”

This week’s Video Clip, “Shuffle” by the Boston-based band Vundabar, sounds to me like an obscure indie rock song that you might have heard on an early ’80s college radio show playlist that included tracks by Pere Ubu, Bauhaus and Julian Cope. If you enjoyed that last sentence, by all means, read on.

The accompanying, and undeniably creepy, black-and-white video features a protagonist (antagonist?) wearing a mask that makes him look like Punch from the classic and uber violent Punch and Judy puppet shows. Punch walks the streets harassing people and  gazing almost incessantly into a handheld mirror.  When he runs into his significant other, she appears equally mirror-equipped and selfie-absorbed. We all know too many folks like this, amiright?  Later, Punch falls in love with his own reflection, and meets a violent end at the hands of a distracted motorist who can’t stop preening in his rear-view mirror. Art imitates life! Not surprisingly, the band offers that the video “deals with themes of interpersonal self infatuation.” No kidding! This is why I don’t have a smart phone. Shot by George Watts (Holler Productions) the video’s script was written by Vundabar’s own Brandon Hagen.

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Band members make cameo appearances in the video! Look for them! (Photo By Rider Doolittle)

“Shuffle” can be found on the band’s sophomore album, Gawk, recently  re-released (as of March 10th), in preparation for their third album, which will be released later in 2017. To end on another positive note, all Digital Sales of “Shuffle” will benefit Planned Parenthood. Spring Tour Dates are below. Enjoy!

Vundabar Tour Dates:
3/16 – Hamden, CT @ The Outer Space*
3/17 – Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong*
3/18 – Richmond, VA @strangematterrva*
3/19 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian w/ Jacuzzi Boys
3/30 – Providence, RI @ Columbus Theatre ^
3/31 – Burlington, VT @ Signal Kitchen ^
4/01 – Montreal, QC @ Quai Des Brumes ^
4/02 – Toronto, ON @ Smiling Buddha ^
4/07 – Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn ^
4/08 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs ^

* w/ Sports
^ w/ Horse Jumper of Love

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Video Clip of The Week: Jason Achilles Mezilis, “Tokyo Drift”


As a musician known for his original compositions and fluid playing style, as well as a skilled producer/engineer who is just as comfortable behind the board as he is on the stage, LA-based guitarist Jason Achilles Mezilis returns to the Video Clip of The Week, this time to showcase his latest solo effort, the moody, emotionally evocative instrumental, “Tokyo”Drift.”

Filmed entirely on location in Los Angeles, and starring a young actress (Annette Diana Walter) who reminds me very much of Scarlett Johansson, the transcendent melancholy of “Tokyo”Drift” soundtracks one young woman’s solitary night out, lost amidst the glitz of the boulevard and the din of the dance clubs. Is she running from, or looking for, something or someone? The visuals certainly encourage imaginative extrapolation as you follow her on a journey that has no definitive resolution. The video’s pacing and visual effects also recall Gaspar Noé’s hallucinatory, experimental film Enter the Void, in case you’ve seen and enjoyed that very trippy film. And, since Enter the Void also takes place in Tokyo, perhaps the similarity is not unintentional. Enjoy!

Catch Jason On Tour in March:

3.07 Rogue Bar, Scottsdale AZ
3.09 Golden Moon Speakeasy, Golden CO
3.10 Tommyknocker Tavern, Creede CO
3.11 High Desert Brewing Co, Las Cruces NM
3.12 The 806 Coffee + Lounge, Amarillo TX
3.14 Super Happy Fun Land, Houston TX
3.15 Notsuoh, Houston TX
3.16 SXSW, Austin TX
3.17 SXSW, Austin TX
3.18 The Prophet Bar, Dallas TX

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Video Clip of The Week: From Indian Lakes, “Blank Tapes”


Just lately, do you feel like the world is making your head hurt, like, all the time? I sure do, and I have chosen this week’s Video Clip with sweet relief in mind. It is my hope that From Indian Lakes’ new music video for the song  “Blank Tapes” will calm your brain and sooth your weary soul. The brainchild of songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joey VannucchiFrom Indian Lakes has been praised for its music’s rawness of emotions moody indie-rock vibe. Directed by Joshua Halling, the video for “Blank Tapes” portrays two women living through both the ecstasy and the agony of a committed relationship, but the video is an allegory for more than the ups and downs of young love. Halling offers that he wanted to create an isolated world where the couple find themselves in a euphoric state, intoxicated with this image of how they wish things could be, and use it as a scapegoat to hide away from  confusion, frustrations and denial. I think you will enjoy how this love story is told in “Blank Tapes.”

From Indian Lakes takes its name from a small California community outside of Yosemite National Park where Joey Vannucchi grew up on 40 acres of land with no electricity aside from a sparely used generator. “Blank Tapes” comes from the recently released album, Everything Feels Better Now (on Triple Crown Records). Enjoy!

From Indian Lakes Upcoming Tour Dates Below:

February
28 – Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
March
02 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown
04 – Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe
05 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave/Eagles Club
06 – Cleveland, OH – The Grog Shop
08 – Toronto, ON – The Velvet Underground
09 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Club at Stage AE
11 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
12 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground
14 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits Live
15 – Atlanta, GA – The Loft
16 – Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon
18 – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
20 – Tucson, AZ – 191 Toole

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Video Clip of The Week: Cloud Nothings, “Internal World”



Via a top-loading VHS cassette player and a 13-inch-screen TV that looks like it’s from the 1970s, Cloud Nothings bring us their fun and informative video for the uber-catchy pop tune, “Internal World. Cleverly disguised as an Etiquette and Manners educational film, the band themselves appear in vignettes offering sensible tips on personal hygiene, the correct use of a space heater, how to dress, the power of positive thinking, and the de rigueur dating tips, among other useful scenarios. Thank you! Aurally, it sounds (just like) “Buddy Holly” by Weezer — and you know, that can’t be bad.

“Internal World” can be found on the band’s fifth album, Life Without Sound due out January 27th, 2017 — just a few days away! Cloud Nothings are currently tour now in the US and elsewhere (scroll down for dates), so check them out when they come to your town! RIYL: Foo Fighters, Weezer, The Beatles. Enjoy!

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TOUR DATES
1/26 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
01/27 Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
01/28 Montreal, QC – Fairmount Theatre
01/30 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
01/31 Boston, MA – Paradise
02/01 New York, NY – Webster Hall
02/03 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
02/04 Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar
02/06 Grand Rapids, MI – Calvin College
02/07 Detroit, MI – El Club
02/09 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
02/10 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
02/11 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line
02/12 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall
02/15 Portland, OR – Doug Fir
02/16 Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret
02/17 Seattle, WA – Barboza
02/18 Seattle, WA – Barboza
02/20 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
02/22 Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
03/01 Copenhagen – Loppen
03/02 Malmo, SE – Babel
03/03 Stockholm, SE – Debaser Strand
03/05 Oslo, NO – Parkteatret
03/06 Hamburg, DE – Knust
03/07 Berlin, DE – Bi Nuu
03/08 Munich, DE – Kranhalle
03/09 Cologne, DE – Luxor
03/11 Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
03/12 Brussels, BE – Botanique
03/14 Paris, FR – Petit Bain
03/16 Bristol, UK – Thekla
03/17 Glasgow, UK – Stereo
03/18 Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
03/19 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
03/21 London, UK – Koko
03/22 Birmingham, UK – The Hare & Hounds
03/23 Brighton, UK – The Haunt
05/12-14 Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees Festival
07/30 New York, NY – Panorama Festival

Video Clip of The Week: Izzy True, “Mr. Romance”



First things first: Izzy True is the name of a Band, not an individual. That said, the punky-folk quartet’s guitarist/vocalist is named Isabel (Reidy), so no doubt that was an influence on the band’s moniker. And why not? Her voice is compelling in the same way that Robert Pollard’s lo-fi vocal stylings make every Guided By Voices fan swoon the moment he opens his mouth. Thematically, the video for “Mr. Romance” explores nonchalant germophobia and sexual fluidity in a humorously engaging manner, and there are so many visual distractions that you can watch this thing 10 times and notice or focus on new stuff with each successive viewing. I like that. And, man, does she ever have nice skin.

“Mr. Romance” is the lead track off Izzy True’s debut LP Nope, released just this past week via Don Giovanni Records. With songs about “magic, loneliness, and learning to like yourself,” press calls Nope “a rock and roll album which makes space for misery.” Don’t tell me you’re not curious to hear it.  Izzy True tour dates are below. Enjoy!

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Izzy True Live Dates:

8/7: Leesburg, VA @ Cultured Cafe
8/8: Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
8/9: Virginia Beach, VA @ Back Bay Brewing
8/10: Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
8/11: Rock Hill, SC @ The Courthouse
8/12: Savannah, GA @ QuoLab
8/13: Greensboro, NC @ Urban Grinders
8/14: Asheville, NC @ The Odditorium
8/15: Nashville @ Charlie Bob’s
8/17: Bloomington, IN @ The Void
8/18: Milwaukee, WI @ Riverwest Public House
8/19: Madison, WI @ Williamson Magnetic Recording Company
8/20: Chicago, IL @ Club Soda
8/21: Detroit, MI @ Donovan’s
8/22: Buffalo, NY @ Dreamland
8/23: Syracuse, NY @ Spit House
8/24: Providence, RI @ Aurora
8/25: Worcester, MA @ The Firehouse
8/26: Boston, MA @ O’Brien’s
8/27: Wallingford, CT @ Wamleg
8/28: New Paltz, NY @ Commissary
8/29: Flemington, NJ @ TBA
8/30: Northhampton, MA @ TBA
8/31: Allentown, PA @ Consolidated Cardboard
9/1: Rochester, NY @ Small World Books
9/2: Toronto, ON @ D-Beastro

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Video Clip of The Week: Big Eyes, “Stake My Claim”



“Big Eyes” is the name of one of my favorite Cheap Trick songs, and it’s probably no accident that the Brooklyn based rock quartet also known by that name harnesses the same power pop sensibility accompanied by a hard rock edge — which is a proven formula for nearly-flawless music. Active since 2009, through various line-up shifts, Big Eyes is the project of Kaitlyn (Kait) Eldridge, a singer/songwriter/guitarist who fronts her band with the same self-possession that Joan Jett fronts The Blackhearts. In other words, she’s badass.

Aurally, “Stake My Claim” is instantly contagious, with its razor-sharp lead guitar and circular rhythm that move the body instinctively. It feels fresh and modern while drawing on the power of classic rock. Lyrically, Eldridge explores a heavy groove with the lyrics “‘Cause nothing stays the same / stake my claim,” and a theme centered around dissatisfaction and a need for change. Visually, the kick ass performance shots mixed with urban street scenes makes this song an ideal summer anthem!

Mostly, Big Eyes‘ energetic and engaging sound reminds me very fondly of Damone, a long-defunct but utterly fantastic rock band from the Boston area (also female fronted) that embraced a fierce power pop edge. Big Eyes includes Paul Ridenour on guitar and backup vocals, Malcolm Donaldson on bass, and Griffin Harrison on drums. “Stake My Claim” is taken from the upcoming album of the same title, due to be released on August 19th, 2016 via Don Giovanni Records. Catch Big Eyes on tour this August (see dates below). Enjoy!

Big Eyes on Tour This Summer:
8/16 – Brooklyn NY @ Alphaville
8/17 – Pittsburgh PA @ Howlers
8/18 – Chicago IL @ Empty Bottle
8/19 – Milwaukee WI @ Company Brewing
8/20 – Madison WI @ Mickey’s Tavern
8/21 – Fargo ND @ The Aquarium
8/22 – Minneapolis MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
8/23 – Iowa City IA @ The Mill
8/24 – Ft. Wayne IN @ Brass Rail
8/25 – Cleveland OH @ Now That’s Class
8/26 – Cincinatti OH @ Northside Yacht Club
8/27 – Columbus OH @ Rumba
8/28 – Buffalo NY @ Mohawk Place
8/29 – Boston MA @ Great Scott
8/30 – Kingston NY @ BSP
9/18 – Asbury Park NJ @ New Alternative Music Festival (Convention Hall)

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Video Clip of The Week: The Motet, “Fool No More”



If you went out dancing last night, and maybe haven’t quite made it into the bed yet, I’ve got the perfect  segue into your unconscious state right here. In anticipation of their new album, Totem, Colorado-based funk outfit, The Motet reveal the official video for track “Fool No More,” which will be the album’s second single.

The video brings alive the artwork from Totem for a funky, psychedelic journey through a tune that I can’t help but say reminds me fondly of the Pablo Cruise hit from way back 1977, “A Place In The Sun.” If you know that song, great. If you don’t, it doesn’t matter. We are just free-associating here.

Totem was produced by Lettuce and Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno and is set for release on July 8th, 2016. Check out The Motet on tour at the dates listed below. Enjoy!

The Motet’s US Tour Dates Through Fall 2016:

6/25 Atlanta, GA Big Bang Block Party
7/2 -3 Quincy, CA High Sierra Music Festival
7/15 Lone Tree, IA Camp Euforia
7/22 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
7/28 Aspen, CO Belly Up Aspen
7/30 Canton, MA Festival at the Farm
8/4- 6 Thornville, OH The Werk Out Music Festival
8/5 Salt Lake City, UT Sky Bar
8/11-14 Scranton, PA Peach Fest
8/13 Fairfield, CT The Warehouse
8/18-20 Bartow, WV Camp Barefoot
9/4 Seattle, WA Bumbershoot Festival
9/7 Tulsa, OK The Vanguard
9/8 Fayetteville, AR George’s Majestic Lounge
9/9 St. Louis, MO The Ready Room
9/10 Urbana, IL The Canopy Club
9/17 Deadwood Jam Deadwood, SD
10/28–30 Live Oak, FL Suwannee Hulaween
1/20–25 Miami, FL Jam Cruise 15

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