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The Dollyrots announce summer tour

The Dollyrots release their new album Daydream Explosion on July 12th, which includes recent single “Everything“. They’ve now announced a tour to promote the album, with live dates running from June until August. Most dates are with power-pop trio The Pink Spiders.

Check the dates below.



New Music: The Bad Signs cover Laura Jane Grace’s “The Airplane Song”

Well here’s a fun story to close out your work week!

Nashville “goth-country” trio The Bad Signs (featuring singer/songwriter Samantha Harlow and Nat and Rob Rufus from Blacklist Royals) have been hard at work on pre-production for their debut full-length album for a little while now. They’ve been soliciting fan requests in the process, and have posted a pretty cool one today. It’s for “The Airplane Song,” which appears in its original form on Laura Jane Grace and the Devouring Mothers‘s 2018 debut full-length, Bought To Rot. Check out their unique rendition of it below!

The Bad Signs’ forthcoming full-length album will serve as the follow up to their 2017 Record Store Day EP, Black Magic Moments.



Mercy Union (members Gaslight Anthem, Scandals, Let Me Run) begin UK/EU tour next week

Mercy Union, which features members of The Gaslight Anthem, The Scandals & Let Me Run, will be heading to the UK and Europe next week. Benny Horowitz, the Gaslight drummer spoke recently about forming this band on the This Was The Scene Podcast. If you haven’t checked out the album they released last year ‘The Quarry’, it’s well worth a listen.

The tour dates along with ticket links and a stream of the album can be found below.



Cheap Gunslingers (Garage Punk, FLA) Announce Self-Titled Album on Rum Bar Records

Florida rockers Cheap Gunslingers have just announced that they will release their self-titled debut album on June 21. Helping the band with the release will be Boston-based  Rum Bar Records. 

To get you lot in the mood for the release, the band have been good enough to put out a track early. You can listen to “Good Time” by Cheap Gunslingers below.



Lucero announce October/December US tour dates

Good news, Lucero fans. The Memphis five-piece are heading back out on the road for a pretty lengthy run in October, plus a couple three-night East Coast and West Coast stints to bookend Christmas week.

The bulk of the touring festivities kick off with two night stay in St. Louis on October 2nd and 3rd, and runs through October 27th in Pensacola. Support comes from such varied acts as Vandoliers, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, and Rhode Island’s The Huntress And Holder Of Hands, the spell-binding band that joined Lucero on the road on their recent run of shows opening for Flogging Molly. All of that is followed by a long weekend in Boston from 12/19 to 12/21, and a long weekend in Mill Valley, CA, that runs 12/27 to 12/29. Check out the full rundown below.

Lucero are still touring in support of their stellar 2018 album, Among The Ghosts (Thirty Tigers).



The Vansaders (punk) announce spring tour dates

Asbury Park rockers The Vansaders have announced some upcoming spring tour dates.

You can check out all those dates and locations below.

The Vansaders last released Standstill on January 15th, 2019.



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.

Check out our full photo rundown below!

 



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.

Head below to check out our full photo rundown.



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!