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Hunter Burgan teases new AFI music

AFI bassist Hunter Burgan posted a picture of a handwritten music sheet on his Instagram account, which indicates that the band is now working on new material for their next album, which will be their first since 2013′s Burials.

We’ll keep you posted as more details on new music from AFI come to light. The band went on hiatus last summer, but the band members have since discussed their plans to return with a new album this year.

Western Daughter stream new acoustic EP ‘Wild at Heart’

Boise’s Western Daughter have released an acoustic EP titled Wild at Heart. You can stream it below. It’s also available to purchase as a Name-Your-Price download here.

Western Daughter last released  As the Sun Went Down in December 2015.

Asian Man Records announces ‘Asian Man Music for Asian Man People Vol. 2′

Asian Man Records have announced a new compilation album titled Asian Man Music for Asian Man People Vol. 2. The collection is a sequel to the 2013 compilation Asian Man Music for Asian Man People, which saw 14 Asian Man-signed bands covering other bands also signed to Asian Man. This new album, due out on June 8, 2016, will follow the same format.

You can check out the album’s tracklist below.

Look Mexico premiere new track “Well, Kansas Ain’t What it Used to Be”

Tallahasee rockers Look Mexico are streaming a new song from their upcoming album Uniola. Check out “Well, Kansas Ain’t What it Used to Be” below.

Uniola is due out June 24th through Tiny Engines. It will be the band’s first album in 5 years, serving as a follow-up to 2011′s Real Americans Spear It.

Video Premier: Continental – “Home On The Range”

Brand new video from Boston-are rockers Continental to kick off your work week. The video from the Rick Barton (ex-Dropkick Murphys) and son fronted four-piece is for the track “Home On The Range,” the  title track from their upcoming full-length release. Check out the debut of the video below.

“Home On The Range” is due out next month on the band’s new label home, Rusty Knuckles Records. Four songs will be available tomorrow (May 24th) on iTunes. Check out the band’s upcoming concert schedule down below the video, and stay tuned for “Home On The Range” pre-order info!

Arliss Nancy streams new album, “Greater Divide”

Colorado rockers Arliss Nancy are streaming their new album, Greater Divides, and you can check it out below.

The 10-song album was released on May 10th, and you can pick up your own copy here.

Saosin streaming new album “Along The Shadow”

Southern California’s Saosin have released their first new album in nearly seven years, titled Along The Shadow. It is the band’s second release to feature original frontman Anthony Green.

You can give it a listen below.

The album was released today, May 20th on Epitaph Records. Saosin last released In Search Of Solid Ground in 2009.

Forgive To Forget release music video for “Burn”

Spaniard alternative act Forgive to Forget have released a music video for their new single “Burn.” You can watch the video below.

“Burn” is possibly taken from an upcoming album that Forgive to Forget have been working on. We’ll keep you posted as more details on the record come to light.

Iggy Pop releases music video for “Sunday”

Iggy Pop has released a music video for his song “Sunday.” The tune comes off of Pop’s latest endeavor, Post Pop Depression (a collaboration album with Queens of the Stone Age mainstay Josh Homme) and you can watch the video below.

Iggy Pop released Post Pop Depression on March 18, 2016.

EXPOSÉ: Road to Pouzza Fest VI series Part 5 featuring: Barrasso

We are down to the last couple of episodes of the Exposé series as part of this year’s Pouzza Fest. Episode 5 features Montreal rockers Barrasso. These heavy hitters are one of my personal favourites for this series, check out their interview and studio session and see for yourself. In the video, the band performs “Aroenterie”, a track off of their album Des X, des, Croix, des Pointillé. 

You can see the full thing below.

Des X, des, Croix, des Pointillé was released on June 16th, 2015 through Music Mansion Records.

Album Review: Snake! Snake! Snakes! – “Tranquillo”

It’s been nearly six years since Phoenix Arizona based Snake! Snake! Snakes! Has released new music and while the band has obviously made significant changes in that time they are still a band that is more than willing to fall back into their wheelhouse to entertain their loyal, and growing, fan base.

One of the biggest changes Tres Snakes has made in the better part of a decade since they last released a record is replacing keys players Georgie Rodriguez with lead guitarist Dan Tripp. The shift changed Snakes! Entire musical aesthetic, but just to keep things consistent for the first track on their new record Tranquillo the four piece rock ‘n roll outfit turned too Rodriguez to provide just a little more sonic variety on the tune.

“Mantra” is the first song off of the musical masterpiece and while the dual guitar approach of Tripp and lead singer Jonathon Messenger is more than enough to fill in the track along with bass player Chris Sanchez and drummer David Cooper. Rodriguez’s keys paying not only brings the sound back to that of their debut self titled E.P. But it also adds a certain light heartedness to the opening track that much of the rest of the record lacks. While Rodriguez may not be on stage with the Snakers every night he did make a special appearance at the record release party at Phoenix’s premier venue Crescent Ballroom, and I think any member of the group would admit he will always be at least an honorary Snake.

Track two, “In My Head,” is in the proto-punk style that has become extremely popular over the last five years or so. It has a very old school feel too it with guitar riffs that feel like they could be coming straight from the late 1950′s and drum raps to match it. But then goes straight into harder edged punk rock break down’s mid song. It’s the kind of tune that Snakes! Fans have come to expect because while it all falls under the umbrella of rock ‘n roll it still brings a variety of genre’s into one very well written track about that ex – partner you just can’t get out of your thoughts.

On the album’s third tune “O’Death” Messenger starts it out with an opening that sounds just a bit like folk music, which is very likely an influence from Tripp whoseother project Field Tripp melds folk with alt rock to create their signature sound. The Tripper is actually such a folk fan that he once released an entire Woody Guthrie cover album entitled Would He. Past the opening the song goes in a distinctly surf rock direction including a retro sounding electric organ which gives the whole track a really dreaming sounding effect that compliments the Coopers drum rhythms extremely well during the guitar solos.

“War Song” is the first cut on the record that really jumps right in with loud, fast, and heavy guitars and really gives Tripp a chance to open up and show off some of his chops on the six string. It’s also the first track on the record where Cooper, affectionately known as “Coop,” by his bandmates is able to bring some of his heavy handedness onto the drum track. His rhythm’s along with Tripp’s leads on “War Song” are seamless and even though Tripp is the shortest tenured Snake he obviously has a particular chemistry with Cooper.

While the lyrical content may not seem consistent with most punk as Messenger sings over and over “I believe in the war,” it’s not the Middle East that the often shy rocker is signing about. The track is about fighting for the things you think are worth fight for.

n Phoenix Tres Snake has become fairly well known for their The Strokes cover sets and of all the tracks on the album it’s “Travelin” that shows off Messengers Julian Casablancaness more than any other. With plenty of reverb on the mic and a proto-punk backing track from the fellas Messenger sings out an old story about that girl you just can’t get away from even if you try because you’re meant to wind up with her.

Next up is “Washed Out,” a song that’s working title was “Fuzz Song” and for obvious reasons. The guitars were quite liberal with their use of the fuzz pedal on this one and it’s also the first one with noticeable vocal harmonies provided by Tripp, Sanchez, and Cooper. It’s just the three musicians adding so high pitched “woo’s” but for an album that until that point was all Messenger it really helps to add some different vocal tones.

“I Want Your Blood” is the track to me that sounds the most like a hit on Snakes! New record, it has a simple and easy to sing along too chorus and of all the track’s which are all fairly personal stories from Messenger’s life it is probably the most relateable. It’s a story about Messenger’s time being homeless in his late teens and early 20′s and how he felt outcasted by his high school friends who all moved on to ordinary college lifestyles. While everyone may not know exactly what being homeless feels like, I feel safe in saying just about everyone knows how it feels to feel as though you don’t belong, and be angry about it.

“Sentimental Life” is another track where Coop is able to fully articulate his heavy handedness on the drums and the rest of the players are able to add a few “ooooh’s” to the mix. It’s got a really heavy rock ‘n roll tone too it and like all Snakes! Tracks a copious amount of reverb. It may be the slowest song on the album and the vibe of it lands somewhere between slow dancing at the prom and a slow head bang.

Messenger keeps a pretty even keel vocally throughout the recording until it gets to “Dead N Dumb.” For the album’s ninth track the reserved 31 – year – old finally breaks out vocally and stretches those voice muscles. For much of the track he does maintain his signature drone, but toward the middle he changes things up with a big rebel howl. The song, like “War Song” jumps right into a rousing upbeat punk tune. “I wish I wasn’t a loser now, bored man, make your mother proud” another easiy relatable feeling from Messenger whose own bandmate Tripp, an accomplished songwriter himself, called one of the best songwriters he knows.

Another slow number “I Know You Best” is a song that Messenger really wails his way through both on guitar and vocals. This is a performer who used to play out at shows in a hood and sunglasses, and he really shows some emotion on the albums tenth track.

“Wasted Time” is another one that starts off with a feel that is almost folk, but then rockets into a fast paced rock ‘n roll tune with heavy breakdowns and heavier guitars. Messenger’s fuzzed out voice really stands out on the track and guitarist Dan Tripp takes the song as opportunity to really show some energy in his guitar performance. It’s a loud and raucous track and really breaths life into the end of the record.

The album closes on a down tempo with “Hanging on a Wall” and goes in a more blues direction the entire rest of the record. It’s a solid way to close out a very good piece of music. A soft and quiet guitar solo, Messenger’s droning voice, and an ever so subtle raps on the tambourine bring “Tranquillo” to a very chill close.

4/5 Stars

Album Review: The Mad Doctors / Sun Voyager – Split 7 “

Brooklyn based cassette tape magnate King Pizza Records are cruising into the summer with a luscious sampling of new music including the two year old label’s first vinyl ever, the Mad Doctors / Sun Voyager Split 7”.

It’s obviously not a long listen but there is a whole lot going on in the six minute and 34 second run time of Mad Doctor’s drummer, Greg Hanson’s, pet project’s first offering of tracks on wax. Each band selected one of their heavier tunes for their vinyl debut, and the two tracks fit together quite smoothly to make A coherent EP, exhibiting the intended direction of boutique label.

The record’s side one is The Mad Doctor’s side and their track “Rusty Knife,” dives right in with pounding drums and shrieking guitars, joined shortly by lead singer Dr. Seth Applebaum’ fuzzed out vocals, the track is a fuzzed out mix of punk and hard rock. The band has a tongue and cheek medical theme around their music and live shows, and during their live performances, the band makes a habit of dressing in lab coats, rubber gloves, and surgical masks. The medical theme also bleeds into the recorded tracks, a la lyrics about a surgeon cutting into patients with the titualr rusty knife.

Side two belongs to Sun Voyager, named after A Winnebago model. Their side of the record falls into the vein of psyche rock, with more droning and reverb laden vocals and heavier break downs than side one. Their sound is somewhat reminiscent Phoenix based psyche rock gods DESTRUCTION UNIT, minus two guitars and about three layers of distortion. Sun Voyager’s sound isn’t quite as punk as their label mate The Mad Doctors, they certainly match them blow for blow in heavyness.

The recordings were done with a little more attitude than expertise, but that’s exactly what King Pizza Records is going for. The Split 7” may not be the most technically proficient rock ‘n roll tracks ever recorded, but they are some of the fuzziest and funnest.

3.5/5 Stars

AM Taxi stream two new songs off upcoming mixtape “Semi – Confessional”

Chicago rockers AM Taxi are streaming two new songs over on their bandcamp off of their newest release Semi – Confessional. Formally a mixtape, this release is a collection of unreleased and remastered material. The 10 track album is currently available to purchase, you can listen to the new music and consider grabbing the rest below.

The band last released Bastard of the Deep Blue Sea, their second EP, in December 2014. It followed the King of the Pond EP, which was released on May 24, 2014.

Good Charlotte stream new song “Life Changes”

Recently reunited pop punk legends Good Charlotte are streaming their new song “Life Changes”, taken from their highly-anticipated upcoming album Youth Authority. You can check it out below.

Due for release on July 15th via MMDN Records, Youth Authority will be Good Charlotte’s first studio album since 2010′s Cardiology.

White Zombie stream unreleased track from 1986

Defunct New York legends White Zombie — who were a punk/noise rock band way before they became metal and famous for hits like “Thunder Kiss ’65” and “More Human Than Human“ — are streaming an unreleased track from 1986 called “Scarecrow #2″. It is taken from their upcoming vinyl box set It Came From N.Y.C., which is due for release on June 3rd, and you can check it out below.

White Zombie called it quits in 1998, when their frontman Rob Zombie went on to pursue a successful career as a solo artist, film director, screenwriter and film producer.