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Video Clip of The Week: Live, “Love Lounge”


Something I did not imagine I would ever be doing is posting a new video from alternative rock radio darlings Live in this column – and one featuring all four original members, no less! I admit that, not only because I was pretty sure that Live had broken up in a manner that could only be described as ‘acrimonious,’ but also because I had heard from sources that would know that lead singer Ed Kowalczyk had kind of, well, turned into dick. I guess that Ed must have worked through his issues, because Patrick (Dahlheimer) and the two Chads (Gracey and Taylor) have accepted him back into the fold, and Live is back to making the skull-splittingly-brilliant music that, at one point in the ’90s, made them The Biggest Band in the World — at least if this clip for “Love Lounge” is any indication. Wow. Wonders truly never cease.

If you are fans of old-school Live, you will be blown away by the sonic locomotive that is “Love Lounge.” Holy shit, Ed‘s voice is in top shape, and he is still one of the sexiest, most charismatic front men in rock. You don’t even need me to tell you anything else about this song except that, aurally, Live still have it going on. “Love Lounge” sounds like no time has passed since the glory day of Throwing Copper, except that Live somehow got ever better. Visually, you’ve got a wall of golden skulls, a high roller’s poker game, and a graffiti-covered tunnel as the major back drops that “Love Lounge” plays against. And then, there’s Ed looking like a stone solid rock god. It’s not anything I thought I would see again. And yet, here it is.

Ladies and gentlemen, Live is back. Enjoy!

Live Band 2018
Chad Taylor, Ed Kowalcyck, Chad Gracey and Patrick Dahlheimer are Live

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Video Clip of The Week: Israel Nash, “Lucky Ones”

While comparisons will be immediately made between Israel Nash’s “Lucky Ones” and Neal Young’s “Harvest Moon,” I doubt that Nash would complain at all about being mentioned in the same sentence as one of the greatest American songwriters of all time.  The similarities are not just for Nash’s vocal delivery, but also for the song’s lush wistfulness and the really top-notch songwriting that includes a jaw-droppingly flawless instrumental arrangement and incredible word economy that tells you all you need to know about the kind of artist he is in under 4 minutes. Wow. High fives all around on this one.

Visually, we get to see Nash looking very much like a young Gregg Allman, as he explores the land on his ranch in the Texas Hill Country, recording the sounds of nature that were meticulously incorporated into various songs during the recording of his new album. It’s so fresh and so understated, you almost don’t even notice when it’s over. “Lucky Ones” can be found on Lifted, out July 27th, 2018 on Desert Folklore Music / Loose Music. Recommended if you like any of these artists: Neil Young, The Eagles, The Byrds, Joseph Arther, Gomez, The Sheepdogs.  Enjoy!

Israel Nash

Video Clip of The Week: Visitors, “Pollyanna”

People will say that originality is overplayed: I disagree. While it may be virally impossible to do anything truly original within the pop music landscape, that does not mean that intermingling the definitive essences of two bands that really have nothing in common — and that may or may not even be verifiable influences on the band performing the music in question — isn’t going to be utterly mind-blowing. What am I even talking about? It’s this week’s Sunday Jam, the curiously named “Pollyanna,” which comes to us from the experimental progressive rockers called Visitors. Successfully combining the best of Yes‘ most LSD-ridden mindfuck prog meandering with Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Ferrell releasing his Id with wild abandon, this song is intense.

Hailing from Salt Lake City, Utah, Visitors is Ian Cooperstein (Vocals, Lapsteel), Bryan Lee (Drums), Ian Hilton (Guitar), Ty Brigman (Guitar), and Bassist Cameron Jorgensen, whose lyrical bass runs definitely recall those of the late, great Chris Squire, who is possibly the greatest progressive rock bass player of all time. Just being serious. “Pollyanna” can be found on Visitors‘ upcoming debut album, Crest, which is out on July 13th, 2018. Enjoy!

Visitors Band Cover Art

Video Clip of The Week: Low Cut Connie, “Hey! Little Child”


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!

Low Cut Connie Summer Tour Dates:
6/15: Winnetka, IL – Winnetka Music Fest
6/16: Minneapolis, MN – Rock The Garden
6/27: Columbus, OH – Express Live! #
6/28: Sauget, IL – Pop’s Nightclub #
6/30: Pittsburgh, PA – WYEP Summer Music Festival
7/02: Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre #
7/04: Denver, CO – Fox Street Compound #
7/06: Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot #
7/07: Boise, ID – Knitting Factory #
7/08: Bend, OR – Midtown Ballroom #
7/10: Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory #
7/11: Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre #
7/12: Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre #
7/14: Bozeman, MT – Live From The Divide
7/17: Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom
7/18: Newport, KY – The Southgate House Revival
7/28: Newport, RI – Newport Folk Festival
8/3-5: Happy Valley, OR – Pickathon
8/24: Detroit, MI – El Club %
9/02: Bethlehem, PA – Levitt Pavilion Steelstacks
9/15: Los Angeles, CA – Vintage Vibe Festival
9/21-23: Bristol, TN – Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
9/22-23: Franklin, TN – Pilgrimage Music Festival
9/28: Philadelphia, PA – Philly Music Fest
# – with Social Distortion
% – with Tank and the Bangas
Low Cut Connie Album Cover

Video Clip of The Week: Wolf Alice, “Space & Time”


What up, Bitches! This week, London-based rockers Wolf Alice provide the Sunday Jam with their brand new music video for “Space & Time,” which was directed by the band’s lead singer Ellie Rowsell, wow! This video is remarkable for how much it coveys with very little need to know the backstory and virtually no bells and whistles to distract you from what is essentially 3 minutes and 17 seconds of Rowsell playing a runaway bride —  and I must add I am impressed by her stamina! Aurally,  “Space & Time” embraces a feverish, tribal punkiness that recalls a hybid of Kenickie and Siousxie and The Banshees. Yes, I just typed that. High fives all around on this one.

“Space & Time” can be found  on Wolf Alice’s latest album Visions Of A Life, which is available now at all digital retail providers via Dirty Hit/RCA Records! Enjoy!

Wolf Alice Band
Wolf Alice Are: Ellie Rowsell, Joff Oddie, Joel Amey, Theo Ellis

Video Clip of The Week: ASG, “Execution Thirst”


Do you like to Rock? I sure do. And while I often try to provide you with a gentler segue into consciousness to make up for all of the intense Saturday night partying that you are (hopefully) doing, this being the Sunday of a leisurely long Holiday weekend, I figured you’ve  slept-in and can handle a little headbanging this morning, or this afternoon, whichever time it is for you. You’re welcome.

This week’s Sunday Jam comes to this space from North Carolina riff-rockers ASG, who share the official video for their song “Execution Thirst.” To me, ASG sound like Perry Farrell fronting Turbo Negro. If that sounds exciting to you, it should. It seems that fans of music that rocks hard enough to crack a skull have been gradually desensitized by longterm exposure to the relentless shitty lameness of some modern music that would attempt to slip in under the Hard Rock mantel, but don’t be fooled: ASG is, as they say, the Real Deal. We’re talking thunderous, propulsive drumming and riffs that would make Lemmy smile down from heaven. Visually, the clip is and artfully-directed black and white montage of tour footage that cuts between the band performing onstage is front a crown that really gets is, and images of a dessert landscape. The entire clip clocks in at just under three minutes. Excellent.

“Execution Thirst” can be found on ASG‘s sixth full-length release (and their first new album in five years!), Survive Sunrise, which is due out on June 8th, 2018 via Relapse Records. You can order it now at This Link! Enjoy!

ASG Album Art

Video Clip of The Week: Arthur Buck, “Are You Electrified?”


Singer / Songwriter and fine artist Joseph Arthur and former REM guitarist Peter Buck are a couple of guys who don’t need a little blog like The ‘Gig to give them press, because they are both hugely successful in their own rights. But this space is never about obligation, but rather it is about what is desired in the moment when I go hunting through my ridiculously clogged in-box to pick out your Sunday Jam. Because I love Jospeh Arthur to pieces, and R.E.M. were a band of  immeasurable importance to me back in my college days, so it is my pleasure to turn you on to their new thing, Arthur Buck, and the paisley-powered-powered video for “Are You Electrified?”, which is all kinds of crazy great. In addition to live-action footage of Joe and Peter, the video also feature Joe’s original artwork!

The Arthur Buck collaboration was established after the pair met up in Mexico near the end of 2017. They wrote eight songs in three days and on the fourth day, performed them for a handful of Baja locals near Buck’s home. Arthur says, “My first thought was, ‘Hey, I’ll get Peter to play acoustic guitar on some of the stuff I’m working on!’ So I started showing him songs. But he was like, ‘That’s cool. Now check this out.’ And he started playing chords and whatnot. So I put my guitar down and began singing over his changes, and it was magical. It was easy. And these great songs just started popping out.”

Since their initial meeting, the pair have been steadily working on their debut with basic tracks being recorded at Type Foundry Studio in Portland, OR with Arthur producing at his studio in Brooklyn, NY. The vibrant collection captures the spontaneity at the heart of the project – right down to the 1-2-3-4 count off from Buck that begins the proceedings – with sounds and styles mashed together in a unique and interesting manner. “It was all new songs, and it was spontaneous,” Buck says. “And the great thing about working that way was that it didn’t have to be anything in particular. It was liberated from any expectation. It was free.”

The two musicians have a history that stretches back decades; among other pairings, Arthur opened many shows for R.E.M. in the early 2000s, while Buck has backed Arthur on numerous occasions. Both Arthur and Buck have said that these songs differ from their other recording projects and while speaking with Rolling Stone last month, Buck said “It was really spontaneous and kind of magical in its own way, as [being in Mexico] we were kind of disconnected from everything.” Arthur added, “All of a sudden it was like I had this musical partner and friend, and that relieved the music of the burden of the self, if that makes sense.” Of his new bandmate, Buck stated, “Joe is going through that searching period we all go through in life. And those experiences he’s having make this a very forward-looking record, lyrically. The music has a questing kind of feel. We were making it up as we went along.”

Arthur Buck will be released  on June 15th, 2018 via New West Records. Enjoy!

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