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Stream The Dirty Nil “You’re Welcome 1” EP

The Dirty Nil will be spending the summer releasing digital singles of cover songs, in a series titled, “You’re Welcome”. The first volume is out now, featuring covers of “So Busted” by Culture Abuse and “Head On” by the Jesus And Mary Chain.

The single is now available and streaming on Apple Music and Spotify.



DS Photo Gallery: Lucero Family Block Party 2019 (w/Austin Lucas, Will Hoge, Ben Abney and Blackberry Smoke)

If you’re a fan and follower of Lucero, you’re no doubt aware that the chance for inclement weather surrounding the band’s Family Block Party, an annual day-long outdoor festival held at Minglewood Hall in their hometown of Memphis, Tennesee, is generally somewhere in the neighborhood of 100%. In fact, the trend dates back to pre-Block Party years, when they held a similarly themed Family Picnic in frontman Ben Nichols’ birthplace of Little Rock, Arkansas. And so it was no surprise when a daily check of the weather forecast last week devolved from “hey, this doesn’t look too bad,” to “oh well, bring a poncho” to “oh my god, we might get a tornado” in the lead-up to Saturday’s festivities. And while no tornadoes touched down in Memphis (the closest did, however, make a deadly appearance a couple hour drive down the road into Mississippi), Saturday did bring with it a deluge and thunderstorm of nearly Biblical proportions, causing more than a few game-time decisions, a bunch of mad merch-table dashes, and an altered venue and lineup that made for perhaps the most unique – and most classically-Lucero – Block Party to date.

Local musician Ben Abney and his band, The Hurts, were due to kick off festivities in the mid-afternoon on the stage set up in Minglewood Hall’s adjacent parking lot amidst the myriad merch tents and craft beer and food vendors, and they did just that to a crowd that was admittedly thin as a result of weather-phobic late arrivers that may or may not have included yours truly. It was from here that all hell proceeded to break proverbially loose, as the rain continued to fall harder and harder and was accompanied by frequent local thunder and lightning. There are rules surrounding lightning strikes and electrical equipment, and I’m not going to pretend to be enough of an electrical engineer to understand them. What I do know is that there was a stage full of instruments and backline equipment and the venue’s main PA and soundboard equipment were sitting in the middle of a parking lot that was rapidly turning into a pond. All of it, due to the severity of the storm, was untouchable. So as the vendors and merch crews broke down their displays and lugged everything inside at breakneck speed, the actual “show” people came to see had stalled out; more tickets had been sold than the 1600 capacity indoor venue could accommodate, and there was no real sound equipment from which to hear anybody anyway, so the next ninety-or-so minutes consisted of a club’s worth of people wondering what, exactly, would happen next.

What happened next could have been…well…ugly. The bars were open and the food was located outside and across the parking lot from the venue. Couple that with a lack of discernible information about how things were going to proceed and you had an equation that could have gone rather poorly. Slowly but surely, however, the night turned pretty special. The Mighty Souls Brass Band, who’d been slated to make a few between-set appearances strolling through the outdoor grounds, brought their New Orleans-via-Memphis brass sound indoors to help keep the crowd fired up on the music at hand. Finally, Austin Lucas, who’d been slated to play the outdoor stage next up, accompanied by a full band, grabbed an acoustic guitar, made his way to the front of the stage area in the main concert hall at Minglewood, and belted out a handful of tunes not only unplugged but un-mic’d, accompanied by only the crowd that had started to gather once they realized something was happening. It’s worth mentioning that Lucas had played a full-band show in the UK the night before, hopped a flight back to the States, and made it to Memphis about an hour before he was supposed to play. Had the show gone as planned, his performance would have been impressive; as it turned out given the circumstances, it was downright Herculean.

While Lucas was playing on the floor, the venue’s staff was plugging in mics and lights on the stage in an effort to make the best with what they had around them. Lucero’s lead guitar player Brian Venable took the stage and filled in the faithful that, while they still couldn’t access the sound equipment that was still outside the venue, there’d be stripped down sets from the shows performers on the big stage for the rest of the night. What would have been an outdoor Family Block Party was now going to be, essentially, an indoor Family Lock In. Lucero frontman Ben Nichols kicked things off by running through a few tracks on his own before calling Lucas back out where they shared vocal duties on the Lucas-requested Lucero track “Slow Dancing.” Lucas then played another of his own songs, the title track from his latest album Immortal Americans.

Will Hoge followed with his unique brand of rabble-rousing, country-tinged songwriter fair. Hoge is a Tennessee native who’s made a living challenging not only the status quo in Nashville, but challenging a series of long-held cultural beliefs about just what it means to be a white man living in the Bible Belt. Hoge has been called the “Tennessee Troublemaker” for good reason, making a career out of asking difficult and sometimes uncomfortable questions of his listeners. While he was also supposed to play with a full band on the big outdoor stage, getting the chance to see him on just acoustic guitar gave his handful of songs a little extra poignancy. Charlie Starr of Georgia rock band Blackberry Smoke followed. His band were due to be main support for this episode of the Lucero Family Block Party, but the above-mentioned circumstances found Starr also playing solo acoustic style on the indoor stage. While Blackberry Smoke’s normal sound is steeped in modern Allman Brothers/Skynyrd Southern grooves, hearing Starr play solo and unaccompanied gave more of a Laurel Canyon/Neil Young vibe to the festivities. Ben Abney also returned for a bit of an encore, getting the opportunity to play on a stage that was A) dry and B) in front of hundreds of people unlike his full-band, rain-soaked set earlier in the day. Abney has a punk rocker’s past, and as a solo artist has got a penchant for writing tear-jerking soul-filled folk songs, all of which were perfect for a Lucero crowd.

Introduced by Lucero bass player/”spirit animal” John C. Stubblefield, Ben Nichols took the stage again for what would be the event’s headline set, a bit of a seat-of-your-pants ninety-ish minute set that included both Nichols’ solo work and a bunch of Lucero staples. The set kicked off with Nichols accompanied by his trusty sidekick Rick Steff on accordion for songs like “Nights Like These,” “Davy Brown,” and the gut-wrenching “Darby’s Song,” the latter of which I don’t think I’d heard live before. Nichols brought out Mighty Souls’ Jason Yasinsky (trombone) and Jim Spake (saxophone) – the latter of who appeared as the centerpiece of Lucero’s horn section for a number of years – for a handful of tracks that included “Sixes & Sevens,” “On My Way Downtown” and “Can’t You Hear Them Howl.” Nichols leaned heavily on audience requests as the night progressed, and frequently made mention of his respect for the audience for hanging in there in spite of the less-than-ideal circumstances that the weather created. And so while those in attendance didn’t have the opportunity to catch some of their favorite full bands outside under the Memphis sky, those that stuck it out were eventual witness to an event that was uniquely special in its own right.

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DS Photo Gallery: Dave Hause and the Mermaid with Weakened Friends – Boston, MA

In the days leading up to last Friday’s release of his latest solo album, Kick, Dave Hause and his stellar backing band, The Mermaid, played a small series of sold-out club shows scattered around the country. The shows seemed to serve a dual role involving equal parts getting people fired up for the pending release, and testing the touring waters as a parent for the first time (Hause’s wife recently gave birth to twin boys). If Boston show #2 back on Saturday, April 6th, was any indication, both of those roles seemed to result in overwhelming success.

Hause and the Mermaid, with a lineup on this run consisting of Hause’s younger brother/writing partner Tim on guitar, the immensely talented Kayleigh Goldsworthy on a keys and violin and guitar and I might be missing one, Kevin Conroy on drums and Frank Iero/Brian Fallon drummer Matt Olsson on bass) took the stage at Great Scott by storm on this night, kicking their set off with “Autism Vaccine Blues” from his stellar 2013 release Devour. Hause and I have spoken at length about the importance of that album generally and that song specifically to yours truly over the last handful of years, so for selfish reasons, I’d like to think the set started that way on purpose, though in the larger sense, it did seem to set an uptempo tone for the evening that never really wavered from that point on. The set featured a serviceable number of tracks from each of Hause’s three prior solo releases; it’s worth mentioning that his 2011 debut Resolutions sometimes gets overlooked in the wake of the releases of Devour and Bury Me In Philly in the years that followed, but this night’s full-band workups of “C’Mon Kid” and the title track are just as poignant and cathartic as ever. As you might imagine, the set also consisted of a healthy dose of Kick, an album that the vast majority of the audience had yet to hear in its entirety, though tracks like “The Ditch” and “Saboteurs” have already become seeming crowd favorites. A particularly meaningful moment in the evening came when the Kick track “Bearing Down,” inspired by the death of Hause friend and Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison, was followed immediately by the singalong-heavy “The Shine,” a song that Hutchison shared vocal duties for on Devour.

Opening duties for the back-to-back Boston shows were perfectly executed by Portland, Maine’s Weakened Friends. The trio channel everything that was right about 90s alternative music and its more recent stylistic revival. The guitar-heavy buzzsaw attack and guttural vocals evoke Dinosaur Jr. or Sleater-Kinney but with catchy, pop-driven hooks that would make Veruca Salt or early Smashing Pumpkins fans wistfully nostalgic. If you haven’t checked out their 2018 full-length debut, Common Blah, yet, you should really do yourself the favor.

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The Dangerous Summer release video for new song ‘Way Down’

The Dangerous Summer have released another song from their new album ‘Mother Nature’ which is coming out summer 2019 on Hopeless Records. The band will be on tour in the US throughout May and June with Have Mercy and Modern Chemistry.

You can check out their website for tour dates and see the new video for ‘Way Down’ below.



The Dangerous Summer to release new album ‘Mother Nature’ this summer

The Dangerous Summer have announced that their new album ‘Mother Nature’ will be coming out summer 2019 on Hopeless Records. They spent two months recording the new songs with producer Sam Pura at The Panda Studios in Northern California. The band’s last release was their self-titled full length in 2018, also on Hopeless.

In February they released a video for a new song ‘Where Were You When The Sky Opened Up’. If this is an indicator of how the new album will sound, consider me interested! Check out the video below.



Racquet Club announce their break-up

So long, Racquet Club; we hardly knew ye!

The LA-based quartet that featured members of myriad other highly-respected bands like The Jealous Sound, Samiam, and Knapsack, announced via their various social media accounts that they’ve decided to call it quits by simply stating: “Still friends forever, thanks for everything.”

In lieu of further parting words, the band left behind three live videos, filmed during their last run through Brooklyn. You can check them out here.

Racquet Club’s debut – and as it turns out final – album was their self-titled 2017 full length, released on Rise Records.



The Dirty Nil release two Led Zeppelin Covers

Ontario-based outfit The Dirty Nil are streaming two Led Zeppelin covers, which comes from their recent Live From Saturday Night Livestream.

You can check out their versions of “Good Times Bad Times” and “Communication Breakdown” below.

The Dirty Nil last released Master Volume on September 14th, 2018 via Dine Alone Records.



Oilmen release video for “Bossgirl”

London, UK based garage (with a saxophone) trio Oilmen have released a video for their track “Bossgirl”. The song is taken from the band’s debut EP, Expect Excellence, which is up for free download from Bandcamp now.

Have a watch below.



New Video: Mercy Union – “Chips And Vics”

Jersey rockers (and personal faves) Mercy Union have got a brand new video for your viewing pleasure. It’s for the track “Chips And Vics,” and it was shot by David Patino and Greg Pallante, the latter of whom also gets photo credit for the image you see above. You can check out the video below.

“Chips And Vics” appears on the band’s debut full length, The Quarry, which was released back on October 19th via the band’s own Mt. Crushmore Records. They’re in the very early stages of a lengthy US tour in direct support of Laura Jane Grace and the Devouring Mothers; get dates here!



DS Exclusive: Strange 90’s – A Benefit for Jerry Bryant of JBTV

Friday, March 8th, on the North side of Chicago, almost but not quite directly across the street from Wrigley Field saw a night all about love. Love for Jerry Bryant, love for his creation, JBTV, which ranks the longest running music television program in the US. And by extension love for all those fighting or have fought cancer. Love this night was expressed by two words, “Fuck Cancer.” A chant repeated multiple times throughout one of the city’s most famous music venues, Metro.

Jerry Bryant founded JBTV in 1984 and since that time has been awarded Billboard Music Awards for “Best Local/Regional Alternative Modern Rock Show,” as well as numerous Emmy Awards. Performances are taped in front of a live audience and then broadcast. Green Day and Chicago’s own Smashing Pumpkins were among the countless acts who gained some initial exposure on JBTV. In fact, the latter band made its very first television appearance on JBTV.

On August 20, 2018, JBTV announced that its founder, Bryant, had been diagnosed with Stage 4 Colorectal Cancer. The diagnosis was followed by six months of chemotherapy. And so there was never any doubt that there soon would be a benefit for Jerry Bryant and this one was a joyous celebration of the man who has done so much for music. The MC for the night was Lauren O’Neil, Q101 personality. It was a night to give him thanks. Another chant heard throughout the night was “Jerry, Jerry.” And when the guest of honor took to the stage, he spent the majority off his time urging everyone to take care of their health, get their tests done and most importantly stay positive in the face of a cancer diagnosis.

Bryant urged everyone in attendance to make sure that last action was taken. He did spent his entire time on stage with a huge smile and as JBTV President Michael Harnett told me by email a few days after the show, “Jerry was thrilled by the turnout and the support of the Chicago Music community.” Harnett added his own take on the night, “It was a great evening and event, very pleased.” JBTV’s partner in making this night such a success was the event, Charity Bomb. Harnett of JBTV credited Charity Bomb with having “…produced the great event.”

A few days after the show I spoke with Charity Bomb founder Matthew Leone by email. In 2010, Leone, bass player for Madina Lake, was brutally assaulted in Chicago near his bandmate/twin brother Nathan’s apartment while attempting to help a woman being beaten by her husband. He suffered brain swelling, a broken jaw, a broken nose and a fractured skull, and was in and out of consciousness for several days. His attacker was later acquitted of the resulting attempted murder charge in a bench trial. Leone described the founding of Charity Bomb. “We launched Charity Bomb because I was severely injured a few years back was the recipient of the same magnitude of love and that we were able to procure for Jerry. In my case, the Smashing Pumpkins stepped up and did a benefit show at the Metro for me.”

The brothers Leone and their Madina Lake bandmates also performed at the benefit, and he also related to me the genesis of this particular event. “Greg from Kill Hannah contacted me and asked for help. This occasion exemplifies our purpose for existing, so it was in immediate yes. It should also be stated that Chicago is a very supportive scene. Everyone in the room was either friends or fondly aware of each other.”

After the benefit for Matthew Leone’s recovery, he was inspired to keep it going. “Subsequently we devoted our lives to giving back for that wonderful experience. We have done several shows in Los Angeles and have five in the calendar for a variety of causes and constituents. Namely our Strange 80s annual benefit for mental health sufferers in the music realm.”

Head below to check out our photos and rundown of the truly memorable night.



Simple Creatures (blink-182/All Time Low members) announce first tour dates

Simple Creatures, the new project from Mark Hoppus of blink-182 and Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low have announced their first live dates. The pair will be playing four dates in the US and one in the UK (which can be found above).

Their debut EP ‘Strange Love’ was produced by Zakk Cervini who came up working with John Feldmann and is now in high demand. In case you have not heard either of the singles released so far, the video for the title track (arguably more ‘punk’ sounding than the first single) is streaming below.



Rarity release music video for “Shawinigan”

Toronto-based five-piece Rarity have released a music video for their song “Shawinigan.”  The track from the bands’ upcoming album, The Longest Lonesome, which is set to be released on March 29th.

You can check out the video below.

Rarity last released I Couldn’t Be Weaker on April 15, 2016 via Rise Records.



Stream new The Hold Steady song ‘The Last Time That She Talked To Me’

Veteran rock band The Hold Steady have released another song ‘The Last Time That She Talked To Me’ which is the ninth in a series of single releases from the band over the past 15 months. The song can be downloaded by donating to The K + L Guardian Foundation, a fund set up to benefit the children of Unified Scene founder Mike Van Jura, who died in November 2012.

You can listen to/buy the single below.



FM359 (Mike McColgan, Rick Barton and friends) are back in the studio!

We’ve been sitting on information about this announcement for a little while now, but since it’s Facebook official, we’ll go ahead and spill a few of the beans. FM359 are back!

The band’s frontman Mike McColgan (above, right) has posted a few pictures of he and guitar player Rick Barton (above, left, most recently better known from Continental) holed up with producer Andrew Dickson (above, center) at the latter’s studio in Nashville, Tennessee, where they’re hard at work on a follow-up to their 2014 debut, Truth, Love & Liberty. Yes, that’s right, it’s somehow been more than five years since the duo teamed up with McColgan’s fellow Street Dog Johnny Rioux (who’s currently out on the road as part of another fellow Street Dog’s band, Lenny Lashley’s Gang of One) and a few friends for the release of that album, which mixed folk rock, classic rock, and very traditional (read as: Revolutionary War-era) Americana sounds for one of the most unique albums of that particular year.

A little bird told us that McColgan and Barton and their eventual filled-out lineup are hoping to put out their new album later this year, and to play a handful of shows, probably on the East Coast, when the time comes. Stay tuned, boys and girls!

Truth, Love & Liberty was released on Pirates Press Records in January 2014.

 



Mannequin Pussy (Philadelphia, PA) sign to Epitaph Records

Philadelphia, PA based Mannequin Pussy has signed to Epitaph Records.

The has released two full-length albums so far – 2014’s GP and 2016’s Romantic on Tiny Engines – and has new music “coming soon” via Epitaph. Check out their recent AudioTree session over this way.

Mannequin Pussy will also join Hot Snakes on the road next month through May on the following dates:

Fri/Apr 26- Dallas @ Curtain Club
Sat/Apr 27- Austin TX @ Barracuda
Sun/Apr 28- Houston TX @ Secret Group
Tue/Apr 30- Orlando FL @ The Abby
Wed/May 1- Atlanta GA @ Masquerade – Hell
Thu/May 2- Durham NC @ Motorco
Fri/May 3- Washington DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
Sat/May 4- Jersey City NJ @ White Eagle