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Video Clip Of The Week: Kodiak, “Goodbye”


I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again right now: I would rather listen than any ’80s Metal band for one hundred million billion years than listen to any artist currently on the pop charts for five minutes. Just being serious. For that reason, this week’s high energy clip from New Jersey-based rockers Kodiak is like a breath of fresh air in a vacuum. The no-frills clip for their single “Goodbye,” featuring footage from the studio and the band’s stage show, is a great introduction to this talented band, which includes brothers Pete (Drums) and Chris (Guitar) Biggiani, with Bassist TJ Haefner, and lead singer Eric Dalton. Plus, the group is co-managed by Warren Wyatt and drum legend Carmine Appice. So, props for that.

While “Goodbye” is a classic metal scorcher (comparisons to Van Halen are not unwarranted) Kodiak remind me most of bands like Winger and Dokken: groups with handsome, charismatic frontmen who achieved a crossover appeal by infusing their glam metal repertoire with a few well-placed “power ballads.” I can’t guess whether that will also be Kodiak’s approach, but the potential to stretch out is certainly there. In the mean time, Kodiak guarantee that feel-good, edgy hard rock is officially back in acton. Like them on the FaceBook at This Link. Enjoy!

Kodiak Band

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Video Clip Of The Week: Raquel Welch, “Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine In”


Ladies and Gentlemen: It’s finally Summer!  So, consider this clip starring legendary actress and sex-goddess Raquel Welch performing the classic medley from Hair, “Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine In” to be my official launch of what I hope will be a Summer of kick ass videos, as well as a salute to this being Pride Day here in NYC! Certainly there has never been a more appropriate time to open ourselves up to this song’s lyrical prophecy of “Harmony and understanding, Sympathy and trust abounding” etc etc. I’m sure you will agree.

But just were the Hell did this video come from, you may ask; and understandably so. A little bit of digging around on the Google reveals that this performance was originally filmed to endorse the 1968 Olympics in Mexico, believe it or not; though its very ‘70s variety-show-feel makes sense when you know that it eventually became part of Raquel! — a multimillion-dollar, made-for-TV song and dance extravaganza, starring Welch and many other uber-hot celebrities of that era.  Raquel!  was filmed in various exotic locations around the world, and aired on CBS in April of 1970. It’s all been immortalized on DVD somewhere, if you can find a copy.  Just in case you’re curious, the Signs of the Zodiac costumes were designed by Bob Mackie.

As a location for what could be called Raquel Goes to Burning Man, Teotihuacan never looked better, nor is there  a more appropriate setting for Raquel and company’s  obscure mystical rite (see if you can identify the solar and lunar pyramids)! Ah, the Seventies; creativity was so unrestrained in those days. It’s all pretty silly, but when you’re feeling it, who gives a shit?

Here’s another fun fact, though Raquel was occasional known to sing, here it’s actress and singer Tina Cole (My Three SonsThe King Family Show) who is actually singing most of the song, while Raquel expertly lip-syncs. Nevertheless, there is no denying that Raquel has the moves. Happy Gay Pride Everyone! Enjoy!

Video Clip of The Week: The Voidz, “Permanent High School”


Hey what’s up? Does it feel like summer yet where you live? Here in NYC, not so much, but I can tell it’s on the way! After taking a couple of weeks off from this column, I was all ready-and-set to post a completely different band for this week’s Video Clip, but then I read about their stupid personal politics and was compelled to make an abrupt about face on that decision. And that’s too bad, because the song was excellent, but the lead singer sounded like a dick, and I just can’t even with that. Anyway, no loss to you, because look what I found instead? It’s this crazy great video for the tune “Permanent High School” from the Julian Casablancas-fronted band The Voidz!

Soundtracked by Casablancas‘ rather intoxicatingly druggy vocals, watching the video for “Permanent High School” feels like being dropped into a dream-in-progess.  As the band and its entourage load into a waiting van and head to the gig, two attractive female fans steal clothes from random dryers in a laundromat that is thoroughly bathed in glowing pink light. The now-well-dressed, obviously quite avid fans manage to outsmart club security and hustle their way into the show, squirming all the way to the front of stage, where the band is already in the midst of their set. And then . . . one of the ladies gets a little over zealous, shall we say. From there, it’s like the best night of your life, hanging with your best friend at a show by your favorite band! If these ladies look familiar to you, it’s because they are played models by Suki Waterhouse and Theodora Richards (daughter of Keith Richards). Pretty cool!

Aurally, “Permanent High School” (which has nothing to do with High School) is a sublime mix of psychedelia and garage rock, with probably the best lyrics that Casablancas has written in his entire career. “Permanent High School” can be found on The Voidz 2018 release, Virtue. Tristate area residents can catch The Voidz (and The Strokes) performing on May 31st and June 2nd, 2019 at New York’s Governor’s Ball Music Festival. Enjoy!

The Voidz Governors Ball

Video Clip of The Week: Topless By Tops


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

Tops Band Photo By Marius Knieling
Tops Band Photo By Marius Knieling

Video Clip of The Week: WARGIRL, “How You Feel”

When a song instantly conjures a mental movie, on whose soundtrack it fits perfectly, from the very first time you can hear it, that song possesses a cinematic quality that’s been missing from music since the seventies. Just being serious. The transcendent power of the one-song soundtrack hit me as soon as I watched this week’s video clip, “How You Feel” from the southern California-based, mixed-gender sextet, WARGIRL. Blending sixties psychedelia together with seventies funk until it is oh, so smooth, “How You Feel” could have been lifted from a key scene in almost any early James Bond thriller, or perhaps something a bit more exotic, such as Mario Bava’s Danger: Diabolik. If reading that sentence doesn’t get you excited to hear this band, you are dead from the neck up and there is no hope for you. Visually, the accompanying video is a Mondrian-esque, color-block title sequence to that very same movie in your head. It’s two minutes and thirty-five seconds of pure, cinematic perfection.

Comprised of guitarist Matt Wignall, lead singer Samantha Park, bassist Tamara Raye, keyboardist Enya Preston, and dual percussionists Erick Diego Nieto and Jeff Suri, the various members’ diverse backgrounds allow WARGIRL to effortlessly cross and combine genres. I know it’s often said, but WARGIRL truly is a band that sounds like no other, and that’s a very good thing. “How You Feel” can be found on WARGIRL’s self-titled debut album, which is due out on April 19th, 2019! Enjoy!

Wargirl Album Cover Art

Video Clip of The Week: Andrew Bird, “Manifest”


Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird has been doing his own thing under-the-radar in various bands, collaborations, and solo efforts — across multiple genres — for two decades. He may not be a household name — unless you know him from his tenure with Squirrel Nut Zippers — but those who seek true ‘artistry’ in a music artist continue to pay attention to his prolific body of work. Today it is my pleasure to give Bird his inaugural exposure on The ‘Gig with the song “Manifest,” from his latest recording.

With playfully colorful animation by Andrea Nakhla, the video for “Manifest” is an ideal accompaniment  to this somewhat wistful song that delivers an urgent call to action regarding not just defending, but actively saving our environment, wildlife and natural resources. There’s never been a better time than now to wake up and own your destiny, even if it means acknowledging that we’ve  got our work cut out for us. “I’m interested in the idea that our enemies are what makes us whole,” Bird explains. The song’s lyrics are direct and risk-taking, cutting to the quick of what’s happening in our world. The message is that it’s not too late to turn things around.

With all of his many talents, at his core, Andrew Bird is a gifted storyteller whose turn of phrase and instrumental arrangements remind me of greats like Leonard Cohen and James Taylor. He is certainly a unique and welcome voice in today’s cultural climate. “Manifest” can be found on Andrew’s brand new album, My Finest Work Yet, out now on Loma Vista Recordings. Enjoy!

Andrew Bird CD Cover

Video Clip of The Week: Band Of Skulls, “We’re Alive”


I can’t believe it’s been five whole years since UK Rock Duo Band Of Skulls made an appearance in this space; and yet, it is so. Needless to say, they’re back with a vengeance with this week’s video clip for “We’re Alive.” While this anthemic song ushers in a poppier sound for Band of Skulls, the heavy baselines, rich vocals and hooks galore haven’t gone anywhere. Shot entirely in tones of red and black, the video not only looks great, it also has an intriguing message.

As the band — comprised of Russell Marsden (guitar, vocals) and Emma Richardson (bass, vocals) — explains, the video is the second installment of a trilogy that began with “Cool Your Battles” (released in February), “using the same central characters who are losing themselves to the music. The song is life affirming, cutting through the mundaneness of modern life to proclaim ‘We’re Alive.’” Director Nate Camponi adds that he “wanted the video for ‘We’re Alive’ to be a vision of a surreal cult, built from this crazy cross section of characters, all dancing in sync. Where did these characters end up after they raved together at the end of ‘Cool Your Battles’?  Well, they ended up getting seduced into following this strange Guru character, who hypnotizes them with a bizarre dance. Ultimately, it’s a tongue-in-cheek study of power and brainwashing, and how we’ve seen countless historical figures stand up and assume total control. It’s a deep concept but hopefully it’s still lighthearted enough to get your foot tapping.” Mission accomplished!

“We’re Alive” appears on the band’s fifth album, Love Is All You Love (produced by Richard X), which is set for release April 12th, 2019 via So Recordings. Enjoy!

Band of Skulls 2019 Photo
Band of Skulls!