Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Whaddya mean you don't know Keith Kessler

Keith cut "Don't Crowd Me" with members of The Impulses at Kearney Barton's studio in Seattle back in 1966.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Biblical releases The City That Always Sleeps on September 15

The whumpin' "Mature Themes" is off Biblical's much anticipated second album which you can pre-order here.

Margo Price opening for Chris Stapleton @ Budweiser Stage, Thursday

Check out Margo's performance of her new single "Paper Cowboy" at SXSW followed by a list of tour dates.

Margo Price on Tour
Aug 17 – Budweiser Stage – Toronto, ON^
Aug 18 – Blossom Music Center – Cuyahoga Falls, OH^
Aug 19 – DTE Energy Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI^
Aug 24 – LOCKN’ Festival – Arrington, VA
Aug 25 – Bank of NH Pavilion @ Meadowbrook – Gilford, NH^
Aug 26 – Bank of NH Pavilion @ Meadowbrook – Gilford, NH^
Sept 2 – Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena – Zephyr Cove, NV+
Sept 3 – Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena – Zephyr Cove, NV+
Sept 7 – Hopscotch Music Festival – Raleigh, NC
Sept 8 – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ**
Sept 9 – Jones Beach Theater – Jones Beach, NY
Sept 17 – CityFolk Festival – Ottowa, CA
Oct 1 – Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival – Columbia, MO
Oct 5 – iWireless Center – Moline, IL^
Oct 6 – Wells Fargo Arena – Des Moines, IA^
Oct 7 – Xcel Energy Center – St. Paul, MN^
Oct 26 – KeyBank Center – Buffalo, NY^^
Oct 27 – Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY^^

^ = w/ Chris Stapleton and Brent Cobb 
+ = w/ Eric Church  
** = Outlaw Music Festival Tour w/ Willie Nelson & Family 
^^ = w/ Tim McGraw & Faith Hill Soul2Soul Tour

tickets and additional information right here.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Honky tonk legend Johnny Bush sticks with classic country on new album

Listen to "I Gotta Get Drunk" (with Dale Watson) off The Absolute Johnny Bush available here

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Mali Blues screens @ Harbourfront's Studio Theatre, Sunday

Don't miss this rare opportunity to see the beautifully shot documentary Mali Blues at 4:30pm for free.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Rare early ska footage from Jamaica uncovered

Check out the amazing vintage clips featuring the Blues Busters, Byron Lee & The Dragonaires and others.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Happy Birthday Jeff McDonald!

Watch Jeff and crew reprise a Redd Kross classic off Born Innocent from 1982.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

RIP Glen Campbell, 1936-2017

Remembering Glen with a Brian Wilson-produced gem from 1965 and a rippin' instrumental as The Gee Cees from 1961 

JD McPherson previews forthcoming album with "Lucky Penny" video

On October 6th, JD McPherson returns with his first new album in three years, Undivided Heart & Soul on New West Records. The 11-song set was produced by McPherson and Dan Molad (Lucius, Tweedy), and was recorded at the Historic RCA Studio B in Nashville, TN. The new album features collaborations with Parker Millsap, Butch Walker, and Aaron Lee Tasjan. In addition to his longtime band members (Doug Corcoran on guitar, Raynier Jacob Jacildo on keys, Jimmy Sutton on bass, and Jason Smay on drums), the album also features guest appearances by Jack Lawrence (Raconteurs, Greenhornes), Jess Wolfe & Holly Laessig of Lucius, and Nicole Atkins.  The video for "Lucky Penny" depicts McPherson and his band performing the song at RCA Studio B and was directed by George Salisbury (Flaming Lips, Nathaniel Rateliff) can be seen below.  Undivided Heart & Soul will be available digitally, as well as on compact disc and vinyl which you can now pre-order right here.

Prior to writing and recording the new album, McPherson moved his family from their longtime home of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma to the burgeoning artist community of East Nashville, TN. His decision was based on opportunity and one he was reluctant to make, but notes the profound influence the city has had on his new work. “Up to this point, I thought I knew what I was doing with songwriting, that I don’t do this or that,” says McPherson. After collaborating with multiple artists in the scene, he began to experiment, exploring personal themes and injecting more of himself into his work (including a co-write on the album with his wife Mandy). Opening up his process was no easy task. “I was having nightmares every night, thinking, ‘Wow, they’re going to hate this.”

With a group of songs taking shape, McPherson and crew scheduled studio time to begin work on the album. After initial tracking began, it quickly became apparent that the sessions were not going to work, bringing his momentum to a halt. At the invitation of his friend and longtime supporter Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, who was also recording at the time, McPherson, Homme, and his Queens bandmate Dean Fertita jammed together over a weekend in Los Angeles. They played around with some songs, with Homme pushing McPherson outside of his comfort zone in a no-stakes environment. McPherson calls the getaway “the most fun I’ve had since I was 15 years old” and returned to Nashville with a clear head, internal filters successfully stifled, and ready to move forward with a new co-producer in Dan Molad (also the drummer for the band Lucius). “There’s a pretty broad gap in our tastes, what we do and what we’re into,” McPherson says of Molad. Where McPherson is as likely to lean on The Cramps as he is Irma Thomas for inspiration, Molad’s left-field production suggestions influenced a new perspective on his sound. “We ended up learning a lot from each other, and he did a lot of stuff I’d have never thought to do.”

JD McPherson has also just announced his initial North American tour dates in support of Undivided Heart & Soul, launching in Wichita, Kansas and continuing throughout the fall with a Toronto show at Lee's Palace on November 10th. Check the complete list of dates after the "Lucky Penny" clip.

AUG 8 • Barleycorn's • WICHITA, KS
AUG 11 • Okoboji Blue Water Festival • ARNOLDS PARK, IA
AUG 19 • Wildwood Revival • ATHENS, GA
AUG 25 • Wolf Trap • VIENNA, VA
AUG 31 • The Back Room at Colectivo Coffee • MILWAUKEE, WI
SEP 1 & 2 • Minnesota State Fair • ST. PAUL, MN
SEP 3 • The Villages at Copper Mountain • COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO
SEP 7 • Central Park Sessions • MADISON, WI
SEP 8 • Bell's Eccentric Cafe • KALAMAZOO, MI
SEP 22 • Medicine Stone • TAHLEQUAH, OK
SEP 23 • John T. Floore Country Store • HELOTES, TX
SEP 28 • Knuckleheads • KANSAS CITY, MO
SEP 30 • Gothic Theatre • ENGLEWOOD, CO
OCT 1 • Mesa Theater • GRAND JUNCTION, CO
OCT 2 • The State Room • SALT LAKE CITY, UT
OCT 4 • Neumos • SEATTLE, WA*
OCT 5 • Crystal Ballroom • PORTLAND, OR*
OCT 7 • The Mountain Winery • SARATOGA, CA
OCT 8 • The Independent • SAN FRANCISCO, CA*
OCT 11 • Belly Up • SOLANA BEACH, CA*
OCT 12 • Pappy & Harriet's • PIONEERTOWN, CA*
OCT 13 • The Observatory • SANTA ANA, CA*
OCT 14 • The Regent • LOS ANGELES, CA*
OCT 15 • Crescent Ballroom • PHOENIX, AZ*
OCT 18 • The Kessler • DALLAS, TX*
OCT 19 • Scoot Inn • AUSTIN, TX*
OCT 20 • Gruene Hall • NEW BRAUNFELS, TX*
OCT 21 • Continental Club • HOUSTON, TX*
OCT 22 • One Eyed Jacks • NEW ORLEANS, LA
NOV 2 • The Grey Eagle • ASHEVILLE, NC
NOV 3 • Cat's Cradle • CARRBORO, NC
NOV 5 • World Cafe Live • PHILADELPHIA, PA
NOV 7 • Music Hall of Williamsburg • BROOKLYN, NY
NOV 8 • The Hangar • TROY, NY
NOV 9 • The Haunt • ITHACA, NY
NOV 10 • Lee's Palace • TORONTO, ONTARIO
NOV 11 • Tralf Music Hall • BUFFALO, NY
NOV 14 • Magic Bag • DETROIT, MI
NOV 15 • Skully's • COLUMBUS, OH
NOV 16 • Thalia Hall • CHICAGO, IL
NOV 17 • Headliner's Music Hall • LOUISVILLE, KY
NOV 18 • The Basement East • NASHVILLE, TN
*with Nikki Lane

Monday, August 7, 2017

Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires @ The Garrison, Tuesday

Watch Lee Bains III take on the Trump administration with "Good Old Boy" off the new Youth Detention album.

Happy 75th birthday Caetano Veloso!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

One for the Caribana weekend: Katzenjammers Steel Orchestra

Here are Tobago's celebrated Katzenjammers putting their steel pan stamp on a Gary Numan new wave classic. 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Johnny Osbourne & Sister Nancy @ Harbourfront Centre, Saturday

Here are two of Johnny Osbourne's stellar early recordings you won't likely hear him reprise on Saturday night.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

METZ issues rippin' Drained Lake ahead of new album Strange Peace

METZ's forthcoming Steve Albini-recorded Strange Peace album is out Sept. 22. They're at Lee's Sept 29 and 30.

METZ on tour
09/05 Atlanta, GA - 529
09/07 Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Festival
09/25 Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
09/29 Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace *
09/30 Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace *
10/02 Boston, MA - Sinclair #
10/03 Philadelphia, PA - The First Unitarian Church #
10/04 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg #
10/05 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom #
10/06 Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel #
10/08 Montreal, QC - La Sala Rosa

* with SUUNS
# with Uniform

RIP D.L. Menard, 1932-2017

Sadly, D.L. Menard, the Cajun Hank Williams, has passed away. Here's The Back Door performed with L'Angelus. 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Dean Wareham covers Ceremony in San Francisco

Here's Dean and company reprising a Joy Division classic at The Chapel in San Francisco the other night. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Long-awaited new Antibalas album Where The Gods Are In Peace out September 15 on Daptone

Check out a live performance of"Gold Rush" below. Antibalas return to T.O. to play the Mod Club Sept 8.  
"The world we live in is built on stolen land, stolen resources, and borrowed time. This song is an acknowledgement of that history as well as a conversation with the present moment we live in and the new types of gold rushes that create their booms and inevitable busts. The song asks the question, "Where did we go wrong?" Perhaps we can, together, come up with a good answer."