Friday, May 26, 2017

Quick News

In September, The Movielife will release their first album in 14 years called Cities in Search of a Heart. Take a look at the cover, above.

SZA will finally release her long-awaited debut, CTRL, next month. Take a look at the cover, below:

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After 40 years, iconic LA DJ Rodney Bingenheimer aka Rodney on the ROQ will retire. The man helped usher in British music in the United States and has been credited for the success of artists like Coldplay, Sex Pistols, Ramones, Blondie, Duran Duran, Nirvana, No Doubt. He posted on his Facebook page Thursday: "It has been an amazing run, and I will be thanking all of you when I say goodbye to KROQ next week,” he wrote on his Facebook. “I am planning on some special callers and special music as I say a proper goodbye. As this chapter closes, I will be opening another chapter of my rock life soon. I may be done with KROQ, but I am not retiring. I hope you continue to join me on that journey. I have the greatest fans of all time and you’ve made my time at KROQ a fantastic one.”

Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood is recovery after having lung surgery. He is expected to make a full recovery and will be able to tour with the Stones in September.

Speaking to New Zealand radio station Rock FM, Josh Homme discussed the forthcoming Queens of the Stone Age album. “I feel like we’re just leaning on the gate waiting for someone to open that sucker up so we can move,” Homme said. “I think the record feels that way too — it feels uptempo.” He added: “At the end of the day, this is just a musical way to explain a lifetime. So the most important record I’m making is the one I’m working on. For the lack of a better term, I bet my life on it. If you don’t risk anything, you’re not gonna get anything. I don’t want to copy myself, I just want to take another chance at it. It keeps it always exciting that way.” A full release date has not been set.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Live Review: The Afghan Whigs at The Apollo

"Good evening, Apollo! This is a dream come true!," Afghan Whigs singer Greg Dulli roared a few songs into their brilliant set Tuesday night at the iconic New York City venue.

The Ohio band played the special show as a warmup before they head to Manchester, England, Friday to kick off their European tour in support of their fantastic new album, In Spades. It was a one-off gig for the Whigs before they return to the States in the fall for a proper tour and if the warmup show was any indication, fans around the world are in for a treat.

Opening with "Birdland" and "Arabian Nights" off their latest, they dove right into "Matamoros" from 2014's comeback reunion record, Do to the Beast. Dulli, who reformed the band in 2012, and have constantly toured since, has never looked as happy as he did playing inside the famous room. It was as if the ghost of James Brown haunted the singer as he and his band put on a gig for the ages.

Combining new tunes and classics like "Gentleman," "John the Baptist," "Somethin' Hot," and "Summer's Kiss," the fans were going crazy after each song.

The most poignant moment of the night came when Dulli introduced a cover of Pleasure Company's "You Want Love." Dulli spoke about cancer-stricken Whigs guitarist, Dave Rosser, who is fighting the disease and is not on tour with the band. He talked about how he and Rosser would always see Pleasure Company in New Orleans and one day wanted to cover their tune, "You Want Love." Dulli dedicated the song to his sick friend and said: "I hope you feel this," as the band played it for the first time.

Listen To Our Essential Afghan Whigs Playlist on Spotify!

Soon after, Dulli introduced world renowned soul singer Lee Fields on stage as they did a cover of JJ Cale's "Magnolia." Fields wasn't the only guest to join the stage as opener Joseph Arthur, a close friend of Dulli's would sing backup on a few songs as well as Mighty Fine singer Steven Myers, would dance on stage and add an entertainment value that no one but he could bring.

For the 90-minutes the band was on stage, they plowed through 22 songs including covers of The Beatles "Penny Lane," and Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me," as well as Dulli's other band, The Twilight Singers' "Teenage Wristband."

The unstoppable power this band possesses mixed with their perfect rock and soul hybrid not only makes them one of the best bands around, but America's most criminally underrated and underappreciated act around. When the Afghan Whigs come to down, you must do yourself a favor and see what they offer. From the musicianship to showstopping qualities, this isn't just a rock and roll show, it is an experience.

Comorra Detail Debut EP

Comorra, which is the new band featuring Far's Jonah Matranga, Jawbox's J Robbins and Zach Barocas, will release their debut EP, Mourning, Resistance, Celebration, later this year.

Read Our 2014 Interview with Jonah Matranga 

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and hear the first single, "Roosevelt Champion III."

Between the World and Me
Roosevelt Champion III
Parting Friends
Black White Girl Boy
Love and Economics

Quick News

Vince Staples has announced that his new album, Big Fish Theory, will be out next month. Take a look at the cover, above.

Color Film, which features Daryl Palumbo of Glassjaw / Head Automatica, have announced the tracklisting to their debut, Living Arraignments, which arrives next month. Take a look at the tracklisting, below:
1.      We'd Kill Each Other - 1:31 
2.      Small Town - 3:31
3.      Crawling in Circles - 5:00
4.      Restless Summer - 3:46
5.      I Need A Parasite - 2:54
6.      Ambush Bug - 1:52
7.      Bass In 7- 3:25
8.      52 Minds - 3:44
9.      Even If It Did Exist - 4:09
10.  Springtime Of Our Love - 4:11
11.  Bad Saint - 3:40
12.  Day After Day - 5:09

Speaking to NME, Deftones' Chino Moreno has said that the band are already thinking about the followup to last year's, Gore. "We know each other oh so well and for so many years that it's comforting. We grew up in the same neighborhood, spending every day in the garage together, at school, after school. Then, ten, fifteen, twenty years later, we're all grown adults with children living in different cities — so when we go back on tour it's like we get to go back to clubhouse," he said. "When we make records, we don't really talk about what we're trying to do or what our ideas are for it — we kind of just go in and make music. That's what keeps it fresh for us. We don't try to box ourselves in to these pre-conceived ideas, but we have talked about getting together sooner rather than later to start making noise together — just out of pure excitement of creating music."

U2 on 'Kimmel'

U2 were the only guests on a special Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday night and the iconic Irish band performed "I Still Haven't Found What I Am Looking For" as well as their new song, "The Little Things that Give You Away."

Listen to Our Essential U2 Playlist on Spotify!

The band also sat down for a full interview where they discussed the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree, the possibility of their new album coming soon, advice they got from Springsteen, their thoughts on Donald Trump, and the terror attack in Manchester, England.

Take a look!

Dawes on 'Conan'

Watch Dawes perform "One of Us" on Conan!

The Weeknd Enlists Kanye, Nas, Ghostface For 12-Minute 'Tell Your Friends' Remix

The Weeknd took to Soundcloud Tuesday and uploaded a 12 minute remix of his song "Tell Your Friends" which features Nas, Ghostface Killah, Kanye West, Drake, Belly, Young Braised. Take a listen!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Live Pix: 2017 BNB Bowl at Webster Hall

The annual BNB Bowl took place at Webster Hall Sunday and it featured a bevy of hardcore bands including Gorilla Biscuits, Rest in Pieces, Token Entry, Terror, Indecision, among others.

Our very own RICH D SMOOV was on hand to capture the action. 

Take a look!

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 Gorilla Biscuits

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VINTAGE CLIP: Audioslave on 'Letterman' in 2002

We are still coming to terms with Chris Cornell's passing and the best way to do so is by honoring his legacy through his music. Take a look at this VINTAGE CLIP of Audioslave performing on the marquee of The Ed Sullivan Theater in 2002 as they performed "Cochise" for The Late Show with David Letterman. 

Read: Artists Pay Tribute to Chris Cornell

Sunday, May 21, 2017


Here is May's playlist of 27 random musical musings. Take a listen!