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Chris Farren releases music video for “Where U Are”

Florida singer/songwriter and Fake Problems frontman Chris Farren has release music video for his song “Where U Are,” and it’s interesting to say the least. You can check it out below.

The track is taken from Farren’s new EP of the same title, which was released on April 7th. Listen to it here, and read our review here.

Album Review: Darius Koski – “Sisu”

Darius Koski (of Swingin Utters and Filthy Thieving Bastards) follows in a long line of punk rockers turned singer-songwriters.  But where a lot of his contemporaries come out sounding like a punk playing folk songs, Darius fully embraces his folk and country influences.  The end result, Koski’s debut solo effort Sisu, feels like a fully realized folk album with a punk rock edge.

The first song “Fond Of, Lost To,” is a perfect introduction to the album, and to the style of Darius’ solo material.  Acoustic guitar chords truck along with brushed drum beats and standup bass, all behind another guitar playing a riff that you will likely be humming all day.  The vocal style is soft and earnest, with just a hint of grit, and the end result is as catchy as any Swingin Utters song.  This track also introduces a more country tinged sound than what you’ll find on a Filthy Thieving Bastards record, something that is found throughout the whole album.

Koski explores many ideas and experiments with many different sounds throughout the album.  “Listen!” uses slide guitar and harmonic backing vocals to give it a traditional country sound.  “The Sound of Waves” leaves the listener feeling like a trip to the beach is needed, while “Paper Tigers, Plastic Lions” will make you want to find a haunted carnival.  And while every song sounds different, the whole album still flows together.

Sisu has a lot of high points, but not every song really grabs my attention.  Songs like “Empty Thing” and “Contacts and Contracts” seem like filler and I feel like the album would still have been great, maybe even better, if a few songs were cut from the list.  They’re not bad songs, they just don’t seem to really add anything to what is laid out by stronger tracks like the ones mentioned above and “So Help Me.”

Overall, Sisu, is a strong debut album for Darius Koski as a solo act.  It showcases a lot of different styles and influences in the 15 tracks he has put together over the last decade. Fans of the Filthy Thieving Bastards will surely find something to love here, but any fan of country tinged folk punk would likely also enjoy this one.

4/5 Stars

Louise Distras to release “Dreams From The Factory Floor” in US through Pirate Press

London punk singer/songwriter Louise Distras will be releasing her first full-length album “Dreams From The Factory Floor” in the US on May 5th through Pirates Press Records, and you can check out the track list below.

Watch music videos for tracks “Shades Of Hate”, “The Hand You Hold” and “Stand Strong Together” below.

Music Video: Tom Delonge – “Circle-Jerk-Pit”

Tom DeLonge has released a video for his song “Circle-Jerk-Pit,” and you can watch it below.

“Circle-Jerk-Pit” comes from DeLonge’s new album To the Stars, which was released yesterday.  You can order a copy of the album here.

Dustin Kensrue (ex-Thrice) streams new solo album with commentary

Former Thrice frontman Dustin Kensrue is currently streaming his new album Carry The Fire in its entirety with track by track commentary.

Check it out below.

Carry The Fire was released today, April 21st, through Staple Records and Vagrant Records.

Lee Ellis (Lee Corey Oswald) announces debut solo album, streams new song

Lee Corey Oswald guitarist/vocalist Lee Ellis has announced that he will be releasing his debut solo album Me and This Army on June 23rd via No Sleep Records.  You can hear the first single, “Arthur,” right here as you feast your eyes on the album art above, and the track list below.

Tom DeLonge streams solo album with possible Blink-182 demos

Tom DeLonge is streaming his solo album To the Stars, which is expected to contain demos from his former band Blink-182, “along with a few extra tracks.” You can stream the album below.

To the Stars was released today, and you can order a copy of the album here.

EP Review: Chris Farren – “Where U Are”

Chris Farren‘s quite a cult figure. From Fake Problems to Antarctigo Vespucci, Farren’s always been quite a storyteller. His solo work is even more personal and spliced with emotional tones that accentuate just how chill a dude he really is. This earnesty and honesty is what makes his music register so much and Where U Are is no exception.

It’s just three songs but still three of his best gems. The title track and “Evaporate” are quite telling and in the realm of slow tempo/acoustic/indie, Farren winds things down quite smartly. It’s this stripped down format that I appreciate his music the most. He lays it all on the line singing about life, loss and love. Without spoiling too much, “Permanent For Me” is the track I’d elaborate on the most. Its piano keys really blend into a heartbreaking story about being grounded in love and whether moving on (physically and mentally) is the right step.

Farren should have put more on this EP, I’ll admit that much. There’s a lot of warmth amid his torment and hopefully, he expands on this ASAP. I can’t wait to hear more of his vulnerability.

4/5 Stars

New Music: Chris Farren – “All The World” from RSD split with Tim Kasher

Florida singer/songwriter, Fake Problems frontman and all-around punk celebrity Chris Farren is streaming the track “All The World” for your Hump Day listening pleasure. Check it out here.

“All The World” appears on “You Be Me For A While,” Farren’s upcoming split 7-inch with Tim Kasher. Like most everything else, it’s due out this coming Saturday, better known as Record Store Day 2015.

Anthony Raneri to release solo album in June

While I’ve never met or otherwise talked to the man, I feel safe saying that Anthony Raneri seems like one of those guys who can’t sit still very long. A couple weeks ago, we told you about the Bayside frontman’s new ska/reggae outfit, The Young Ones. Today brings word of another Raneri-related project. This time? A solo album.

In an interview with a New Jersey radio station, Raneri disclosed that he wrapped up the recording process on a new solo album just prior to Bayside’s recent tour. The as-yet-untitled album is due out in June, and it will be followed by Raneri embarking on a solo tour. Fret not, Bayside fans; that tour will be followed by Bayside writing a new album this fall. Stay tuned for more info on all accounts!

Raneri’s upcoming solo album will serve as a follow-up to 2012′s “New Cathedrals.”

Joe Sib announces new standup comedy EP “Don’t Call Me Dude, Bro”

Cool news from SideOneDummy Records co-founder Joe Sib. As you may or may not be aware, Sib has also taken to the stand-up comedy circuit over the last handful of years. Today, he announced plans for a brand-new EP of spoken-word material. It’s called “Don’t Call Me Dude, Bro,” and you can see the Nicolas Guenzler-designed cover art up above.

“Don’t Call Me Dude, Bro” is a follow-up to 2012′s “True Stories and Bad Ideas.” Stay tuned for more release information, though we here it’s due out next month.

Karina Deniké (Dance Hall Crashers) streams debut solo album “Under Glass”

San Fransisco songstress Karina Deniké, who is best known as being one of the vocalists of ska-punk legends Dance Hall Crashers, as well as one of the voices on Fat Mike’s Home Street Home musical, has released her debut solo album today. The album is a big departure of her ska/punk days, venturing into indie/jazz/pop noir to the point of being comparable to Eurythmics, Neko Case, and Tom Waits. The 12-track album, Under Glass, is currently streaming in its entirety on her Bandcamp page, but can also be streamed below.

Deniké will also be performing three record release shows this week – details are below as well.

Under Glass, which was successfully funded through Kickstarter, was self-released today, April 14, and can be purchased here

Koji announces new EP “Fury”

Indie singer-songwriter Koji has announced that he will release a new, four song EP titled Fury on June 16th through No Sleep Records. It will be his first release for the label. You can check out the tracklisting, as well as stream the title track (if you haven’t heard it yet) below.

Koji last released his debut full-length album, Crooked In My Mind, in April 2013 via Run For Cover Records. Pre-order Fury here.

DS Photo Gallery: Darius Koski record release show w/Ryan Davidson, Kemo Sabe, and Keyan Keihani Thee Parkside SF

I started my weekend off early last Thursday with the record release show for Darius Koski‘s brand new, debut solo full-length album entitled “Sisu”. Many may be familiar with Koski as longtime guitarist for famed punk band Swingin’ Utters, but what many may not know is that Koski’s musical influences are vast, and that some of the tracks from “Sisu” come from over a decade of songwriting.

Keyan Keihani was first to the stage, and gently prepared the crowd for a night of acoustic and folk. Keihani plays a soft, heartfelt mix of country, folk, and rock and it was a fitting opening act. His 2013 debut release “Eastbound” can be streamed here.

Kemo Sabe was next to warm the crowd – of which they made a quick affair. Stand up bass and ripping strings are the name of the game for this whiskey-filled trio. Fast folk-punk mixed with an energetic performance made for a stark contrast to the opener, and a bit unexpected…in a good way. There’s not much info out there on the band, but believe me I am hard at work scraping the bowels of the internet to get some more details.

I had never heard of Ryan Davidson before, but he’s friends with my friend Eric (of Camputee Press), so he was good in my book. While born and raised in Northern California, his songs definitely have a pronounced Irish/working class feel to them. I truly love the power that one voice and one acoustic guitar can have. Davidson’s emotions ooze out through his chords and his heart can be seen in his bellowing vocals. But it’s not all slow and reflective…just like classic pub-rock, there’s great hooks and tempo changes that propel you off your barstool. You can have a listen to some of Davidson’s tracks here.

The man of the hour, Darius Koski, was in rare form Thursday night. It was true delight to see Koski take the spotlight and shine. This is clearly not ‘punk’, and I’m not sure you can pin just one genre on “Sisu”. While many punk-turned-acoustic musicians may sometimes tend to get locked into the same style, Koski touches on Americana, roots, folk, country, rock, a touch of bluegrass, and more. His performance on Thursday was one man/one guitar, so many of the songs were a little more stripped-down, which was nice to see. “The Sound of Waves” was incredible to see live, to look at the passion in Koski’s eyes, and the awe of fans. But it was not all slow; “Howls from the Gale” and “Show Me The Way” kept the energy level up right til the end.

We are still streaming “Sisu” in its entirety, which you can listen to here.

Have a look at the complete photo gallery of the night’s performances below.

Jeff Rosenstock releases music video for “You, In Weird Cities”

On Sunday March 8 former-Bomb The Music Industry! frontman Jeff Rosenstock  performed five record release shows in one day – one show in each of the five boroughs of New York City. Hundreds of fans flocked to the DIY art spaces, record stores and venues that played host to Jeff’s ALL CITY! ALL AGES! extravaganza. While photos can give us a hint of the madness that went down that day, it was truly one of those “you had to be there” moments in time… until now!

Watch as Jeff and his band trek through Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Manhattan in the brand new video for “You, In Weird Cities” below.

“You, In Weird Cities” appears on Rosenstock’s new LP, We Cool?, which was released March 3, 2015 through Side One Dummy Records.