J.Tex & The Volunteers new album out Jan 30 2015

posted Jan 27, 2015, 8:04 AM by Vu Nguyen

With his trusty banjo and guitar in hand J.Tex often makes the journey across the sea between Denmark and Sweden, bringing with him his crafted americana sounds of blues and country music.

This is the fifth album from one of Denmark’s most interesting and coolest artists, the album takes the listener on a heart felt and charming journey through a ever changing soundscape of violins, bass clarinet, vocals and of course his brilliant guitar and banjo work.

The album focuses on J.Tex's vast experiences, but at the same time opening up his curiosity to new musical ideas, this is the main theme to 'Old Ways vs New Days'.


It has taken many trips across the sea to record the album, from his home in Copenhagen to the Heptown family studio in Lund, Sweden. Here J Tex and his fellow musicians The Volunteers recorded the new album, together with the very skillful sound engineer Carl Granberg. Experimenting with new sound ideas and new instrumentation techniques, often creating an almost cinematic sound score.


The final result is ten finely crafted songs, recorded together with guest musician Bebe Risenfors (who played with Tom Waits), and of course the Volunteers, Tue Lund Christensen on bass and Jason Bedard on drums.

J.Tex was born in Detroit and raised in Denmark, he feels quite at home in both in the United States, where he has many musical collaborators, and in Copenhagen, where he lives today.

He is very much part of the Southern Swedish rock'n'roll scene, where a love of music, vintage American cars, old motorcycles, vintage clothing and the shine of well greased hair is very much a way of life.

The best of USA, Denmark and Sweden come together on this, the coolest album release this winter!



J.Tex: Banjo, Guitar, Violin, Lead Vocal

Tue Lund Christensen:  Bass, Vocal

Jason Bedard: Drums, Vocal



01. This Old Banjo

02. Chocolate Jesus

03. As Wide As The Moon

04. Treading Water

05. This Old Blues

06. Night Train

07. Ship Coming In

08. April Fools Day

09. Clear Sky
10. Swedish Winter

Divers Share New Music and Tour Dates

posted Jan 26, 2015, 2:36 PM by Vu Nguyen

 is a band from Portland, OR. They are Harrison Rapp (guitar and vocals), Seth Rapp (guitar), James Deegan (bass), and Colby Hulsey (drums). The band describes themselves like so: "We play dynamic, sweaty music. The indie rockers say we are a punk band. The punk rockers are suspicious that we might be an indie band. The bands that have inspired us fall on both sides of the fence, but they all share the same kind of energy. If we have any clear idea about what we are doing, it has something to do with that energy."

Hello Hello is about a couple of bank robbers driving across North America, doing what they do.  Divers will be driving across North America doing what they do as well...

Divers on tour

Feb 15 Portland, OR - Highwater Mark (release show)
Feb 21 Seattle, WA - Black Lodge*
Feb 22 Vancouver. BC - Alf House*
Feb 23 Olympia, WA - Obsidian*
Feb 24 Portland, OR - The Know*
Mar 25 Boise, ID - Treefort Music Fest
Mar 26 Missoula, MT - VFW Hall
Mar 27 Fargo, ND - the Aquarium
Mar 28 Minneapolis, MN - the Hexagon
Apr 08 Brooklyn, NY - Palisades (w/ Friend)
Apr 15 Chattanooga, TN - Sluggo's
Apr 22 Salt Lake City, UT - Diabolical Records
More Dates TBA!

* - w/ Nude Beach

Jesus and Mary Chain Announces North American Tour Dates celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Psychocandy

posted Jan 26, 2015, 2:32 PM by Vu Nguyen

30 years on the band return - regularly cited by the media as one of the great rock'n'roll bands and by a raft of new groups as a major influence.


THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN is now pleased to announce its first full US run of Psychocandy US tour dates, hitting new cities in May 2015. This will be the continuation of a year of activity not only celebrating the 30th anniversary of Psychocandy but also looking firmly ahead to the future.   


Tickets on sale Fri. Jan. 30th at 10am PST   




05/01 Toronto, ON - Canadian Music Week 
05/03 Detroit, MI - St Andrew's Hall

05/05 Chicago, IL - Riviera

05/07 Dallas, TX - The Bomb Factory 

05/09 Austin, TX - Levitation / Austin Psych Fest
05/11 Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
05/13 Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
05/14 Seattle, WA - Showbox
05/16 San Francisco, CA - Warfield

Flo Morrissey on tour with the Staves

posted Jan 23, 2015, 8:42 AM by Vu Nguyen



(Hackney Empire Show - 12th February)



Flo Morrissey will precede the 7” release of her debut single, Pages of Gold, on 31st March, with tour dates with The Staves this February. 

The 20 year old Londoner is preparing for the release her debut album on Glassnote Records later this year, having spent time recording with Noah Georgeson (Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom, Cate Le Bon) in Los Angeles. While recording, Flo has been impressing audiences far and wide with select performances at SXSW in Austin, TX, the Green Man Festival and Wilderness Festival in the UK, and opening for Damon Albarn at Les InRocks festival at Casino De Paris.

See Flo Morrissey opening for The Staves at the following shows:

Weds  4th NOTTINGHAM, Rescue Rooms 

Thurs 5th LEEDS, City Varieties

Fri 6th GATESHEAD, Sage 2

Sat 7th EDINBURGH, Queens Hall 

Mon 9th YORK, Pocklington Arts Centre

Tues 10th LIVERPOOL, Arts Club

Thurs 12th LONDON, Hackney Empire

Fri 13th OXFORD, O2 Academy

Sat 14th EXETER, Phoenix

Mon 16th CARDIFF, Glee Club

Tues 17th CAMBRIDGE, Junction

Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate USA/Canada Winter 2015 Tour begins this month!

posted Jan 21, 2015, 5:39 PM by Vu Nguyen

Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate
return to North America on the heels of a triumphant debut in 2014. After the release of their acclaimed album Faya by Cumbancha Discovery and a successful tour in the summer of 2014, Driscoll and Kouyate, backed by bassist John Railton and drummer James Breen, bring their electrifying collaboration to venues across the US and Canada starting January 29th.

The well-worn and often overblown expression "music is a common language" has never been more apropos in the case of Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate. Driscoll contributes the rapping, looping, beatboxing and songwriting talents he developed growing up in Syracuse, New York and during his own successful recording career. Kouyate, already a phenomenon in African music circles, has blown minds and ears with his hypersonic electrified riffs on the kora, bringing the exalted West African harp into the 21st Century with use of distortion peddles, effects and previously-unimagined technical prowess.

"A gloriously accessible collision of styles. It's an unlikely collaboration that works, magnificently.” - The Guardian

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29 Boston, MA Johnny D's 
30 Burlington, VT Arts Riot 
01 New York, NY Joe's Pub
05 Montreal, QC Le Ballatou
06 Ithaca, NY The Haunt
07 Syracuse, NY The Lost Horizon
08 Toronto, ON Lula Lounge
12 Dayton, OH University of Dayton
13 Bowling Green, OH Grounds for Thought
14 Cedar Rapids, IA Legion Arts
15 Minneapolis, MN The Cedar Cultural Center
16 Chicago, IL Mayne Stage
23 - 27 Lafayette, LA Festival International
28 Brooklyn, NY BRIC House Stoop Series
17 Joshua Tree, CA Joshua Tree Music Festival
31 Redway, CA Summer Arts and Music Festival

His Name Is Alive announces 25th anniversary tour supporting new Tecuciztecatl LP

posted Jan 21, 2015, 2:47 PM by Vu Nguyen

His Name Is Alive's stunning new offering is a psychedelic rock opera with heavy fuzz guitar depicting an epic struggle between identical twins, reflective in nature, and mirrored in twin science, secret language and mythology Tecuciztecatl's plot pivots on mellotron melodies copied, recopied, repeated, twisted and inverted and a horror movie soundtrack vibe straight out of a bubble gum prog machine.

Described variously by the press as "absolutely beautiful” (CMJ), "a silver thread out of the labyrinth" (NME), "moody, ethereal" (Trouser Press), "lofi freakouts” (XL8R) and "haunted, wholly out of time or context" (PLAN B), the Detroit band continues to mystify with Tecuciztecatl and its longstanding tradition of bedroom dream pop experimentation that began with self-released cassettes in the late 1980s and continued for over 13 years with the 4AD label. 

Since parting ways with 4AD in 2002, Warren Defever has worked full-time as a record producer, mastering engineer and remixer for artists including Yoko Ono, Thurston Moore, Michael Hurley, Iggy and the Stooges, The Gories, Destroy All Monsters, John Sinclair, Piranhas, Timmy’s Organism, Windy and Carl, Saturday Looks Good To Me, Low, Ida, Bill Dixon, Califone, Anonymous and Dark. As a study guide before attempting the harmony guitar solos on Tecuciztecatl, Warren and Dusty practiced along with an edit Warren made of every Thin Lizzy guitar solo from 1973 to 1983.

25th Anniversary Tour: 

Feb 06 - Cleveland OH @ Grog Shop

Feb 07 - Philadelphia PA @ Johnny Brenda's

Feb 09 - Boston MA @ Great Scott

Feb 10 - Brooklyn NY @ Rough Trade

Feb 12 - Washington DC @ Black Cat Backstage

Feb 14 - Detroit MI @ Magic Stick

Mar 29 - New Orleans LA @ Circle Bar

Mar 31 - Denton TX @ Dan's Silverleaf

Apr 01 - Austin TX @ The Mohawk

Apr 03 - Phoenix AZ @ Valley Bar

Apr 04 - San Diego CA @ Casbah

Apr 05 - Los Angeles CA @ The Echo

Apr 07 - San Francisco CA @ Rickshaw Stop

Apr 10 - Portland OR @ Doug Fir

Apr 11 - Seattle WA @ Barboza

Apr 15 - Minneapolis MN @ 7th Street Entry

Apr 16 - Chicago IL @ Schubas


Monophonics tour starts today

posted Jan 21, 2015, 1:20 PM by Vu Nguyen

Raised amid the Bay Area's rich musical culture, Monophonics have proudly carried on the tradition of the psychedelic soul music native to their hometown. Monophonics was formed in 2005, and since then have created a signature psychedelic soul sound, impressing audiences with their energetic live show. Originally an instrumental ensemble, the last two years have shown the band expanding their instrumental sound into vocals for the first time. The foundation of the band is the blistering funky drums of Austin Bohlman and soulful bass playing of Myles O’Mahony, fuzzy echo guitars by Ian McDonald, a powerhouse horn section made featuring Ryan Scott and the swirling organ & dynamic vocals of Kelly Finnigan. The result is a psychedelic soul & heavy funk sound, which harks back to the styling of the 60s and 70s soul music the band is inspired by, all while keeping its feet planted firmly in the present.

2015 is shaping up to be a huge year for Monophonics, with the announcement of their newest record, title TBA,  recorded at Transistor Sound in San Rafael, CA slated for release spring 2015. Today, the band has premiered a track from the upcoming record titled "Promises" via PureVolume, a cinematic, retro track that features the band's prominent horn section. In addition, the band has announced a series of late January/early February dates with New Orleans' Galactic starting 1/21/15 in Pensacola, FL at Vinyl Music Hall. All dates are below. 

"Promises" is out tomorrow 1/13/15 on a special 7" vinyl release along with upcoming album track "Strange Love" via Ohio soul label Colemine Records. 


Upcoming Monophonics Tour Dates:

1/21 @ Vinyl Music Hall, Pensacola, FL

1/28 @ The Plaza, Orlando, FL

1/29 @ Freebird, Jacksonville, FL

1/30 @ Arts Park, Hollywood, FL

1/31 @ State Theater, St. Petersburg, FL

2/5 @ First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

2/6 @ Concord Music Hall, Chicago, IL

2/7 @ Turner Hall, Milwaukee, WI

*all dates with Galactic

Periphery to release Juggernaut next week, 27 January 2015

posted Jan 19, 2015, 9:39 AM by Vu Nguyen

The legendary traditions of progressive rock are not without critics. Detractors say the otherwise celebrated style lacks spirit. It lacks emotion. But Periphery smashed this misconception to bits across two full-length albums and a handful of unconventional releases. The band’s mind-bending instrumentation and diverse vocalizations are delivered with vibrant urgency and inescapable hooks that act as an inviting tip to the sonic iceberg lurking beneath. Periphery’s appropriately titled third full-length collection,Juggernaut, lays waste to all expectations within and without the genre.
The meticulously crafted, thematically driven, two-album masterpiece is the end result of focus, determination and unrelenting ambition from the creatively obsessive and boundlessly skilled heavy music alchemists. Artists as diverse as Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Green Day, The Who and similarly minded Periphery forefathers like Rush, Genesis and Voivod have tackled the concept album before, with earthmoving and genre-shifting results. Juggernaut finds the band creating something engagingly familiar yet altogether unique, resulting in a forward thinking and modernized take on the concept album for a new generation fans.  The Juggernaut narrative tells of the birth and re-birth of a main character as he volleys between right and wrong, good and evil.
"Given the nature and complexity of theJuggernaut story, we've actually done something different and exciting in regards to the release,” explains drummer Matt Halpern.  “Juggernaut is a story that is told through our music, and we want our audience to fully digest the whole experience. Because Juggernaut is very detailed and dense in terms of character development, peaks and valleys, climaxes and resolutions we've divided the story and music in two, in the form of two separate albums. Juggernaut: Alpha, the first part of the story, focuses on the back story and character development, while part two/album two, Juggernaut: Omega, focuses on some pretty serious and gut-wrenching events, taking you for a thrill ride along the main character's complex journey.  Although the albums are split in two physically, the story is only complete when the albums are digested consecutively, allowing the listener to recognize and hear the lyrical and musical overlapping themes, foreshadowing, and connected ideas.”
Periphery’s Juggernaut was a long time in the making, with demos and conceptual ideas gestating long before the bulk of the work began. Perhaps Periphery’s first truly collaborative release, Juggernaut saw all six members of the band work collectively toward a single-minded goal: to fully expand their sound and faithfully render the story.
“This is new ground and it’s exciting,” band founder and guitarist Misha Mansoor says of the decision to embark on such an ambitious undertaking. “It's a way to shake things up. Everyone was allowed to contribute to everything, even if it wasn't his instrument. It wasn’t about confrontation. Everyone was focused on creating a really cool album.”
“That’s not to say it was smooth sailing the whole time,” offers longtime vocalist Spencer Sotelo. “But I think the problems we did face brought us closer and made us better at working together. In the end we ended up with something really, really cool. I can speak for everyone when I say Juggernaut is a huge accomplishment for all of us.”
The conceptual nature of the albums also lends itself to new soundscapes and an overall more adventurous feeling, broadening the dynamic range of the music as dictated by the emotional highs and lows of the story Juggernaut tells. The band brings together all of their experience in Periphery, as well as with outside endeavors (members have contributed to Halo 2 and Grand Theft Auto, for example) into their third full-length.
Mansoor’s justifiably acclaimed performances, onstage and in the studio, serve as unassailable testaments as to why Guitar World put him on their cover and why players across the globe track his every move. Rounding out the Maryland based band’s Iron Maiden-like three-guitar approach, are fellow spider-fingered shredders Jake Bowen and Mark Holcomb.
Periphery’s rhythm section is no less impressive, with drummer Matt Halpern appearing on the cover of Modern Drummer and winning multiple fan-voted drummer awards. Bass player Adam “Nolly” Getgood, another cover star, having been featured on Bass Player’s September 2013 cover, lends a thrilling but tasteful bottom end to Periphery compositions.
A handful of vocalists participated in the band’s early days before Sotelo put a definitive stamp to the front man position in the late stages of the first album’s recording. His guttural growl and high-soaring melodic side are almost completely without parallel among singers who employ the style, drawing from the naked emotion of Trent Reznor, the diverse experimentation of Mike Patton and the croon of Incubus’ Brandon Boyd.
Periphery II: This Time Its Personal was hailed as The Best Metal Album of 2012 in the MetalSucks year-end reader’s poll and Juggernaut is sure to be even better received. Periphery is accumulating a body of work full of different colors and shades. While they enjoy making a living from music and want as many people as possible to have a chance to connect with their creative output, they work in opposition to the idea that music should be created only as a byproduct of completely careerist objectives.
“By doing a record like this, in attitude even more than in music, we want to encourage people to do what feels right to them, to truly express yourself rather than compromising what you want,” says Mansoor. “We are very involved with the business side, but the music is the one thing that is always sacred, no matter what. It has to be self-expression, which is important to all of us. If it wasn’t we wouldn’t be putting out an eighty minute concept album. We write the music we think is cool and enjoy creating.” 
The end result is a record that will sound at once familiar to the band’s fans and yet invitingly new. Mansoor says the process led them into new territory, but all through their established lens. Like the rest of his band, the thoughtful Sotelo is enthusiastic about the Periphery audience’s willingness to come along for the creative ride.
“There’s a signature heavy-groove throughout all of our records, including the newest one,” the singer observes. “But we always introduce new elements, the type of thing where people hear it and go, ‘Wow, this is definitely Periphery, but with a new twist.’”
The guys in Periphery similarly enjoy bringing that music to the masses. The band has built a burgeoning fan base through hard touring, teaming up with the likes of Deftones, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Dream Theater, Fear Factory and Between The Buried And Me, going out as part of the Summer Slaughter Tour and on their own headlining treks. The collaborations, the albums, visual content, touring – it’s all a journey where the trip itself is just as exciting as the destination, wherever Periphery’s trek should lead.
Spencer Sotelo – Vocals
Misha Mansoor – Guitars
Jake Bowen – Guitars
Mark Holcomb – Guitars
Adam Getgood – Bass
Matt Halpern – Drums

Multi-Platinum Artist Extreme Celebrates 25th Anniversary Of Extreme II: Pornograffitti with Deluxe Edition and Tour

posted Jan 18, 2015, 10:23 AM by Vu Nguyen

II: Pornograffitti (A Funked Up Fairy Tale)
first came out on A&M Records in August 1990, the follow-up to the band’s 1989 debut. The album is considered, according to the newly penned liner notes by Metal Hammer’s Malcolm Dome contained in the accompanying booklet, as the “definitive album” of the band’s career.

“This was the album where we found ourselves,” says vocalist Gary Cherone. “Our first album showed us to be the bastard sons of Queen, Aerosmith and Van Halen. But on the second record, we discovered our style and sound.”

The deluxe edition reissue includes a full second album of rare mixes and B-sides re-mastered from the original tapes, and is scheduled for release on January 20, 2015. The original album, which went double platinum in the U.S. with more than two million sold, cracking the Billboard 200 Top 10, featured the chart-topping single “More Than Words,” the Top 5 “Hole Hearted” and the rock radio standout “Get the Funk Out,” which included vocals by Pat Travers. Dweezil Zappa, (whose solo album guitarist Nuno Bettencourt was about to produce) added some guitar riffs to “He-Man Woman Hater” when the band recorded some of the album at Scream Studios in Studio City, CA.

Bettencourt was instrumental in initially composing the original songs, leaving Cherone alone to write the lyrics, which Cherone describes as “a coming of age tale… about an innocent boy who is growing up and exposed to sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.”

Bettencourt himself doesn’t see the disc as “a concept album,” but admits in the liner notes, “I suppose what happened was a little like writing a play, and then trying to make sure the songs fit into the plot.”

Among the collectibles on the second disc of the package are a B-side a cappella version of “More Than Words,” rare B-sides “Nice Place to Visit” and “Sex N’ Love” and 7” and 12” remixes of “Get The Funk Out.”

The album has come to define the band’s career.

“I still constantly have musicians say to me that the album meant so much to them, and that proves what an impact it had. Its success established us as a major band,” recalls “decadent drummer” Paul Geary.

“We came into our own on this album,” admits bassist/vocalist Pat Badger. “We honed in on our hard rock sound. The songs were riff-driven yet also had a little funk groove. But we were still diverse, which has always been one of our trademarks.”

“It seems like another lifetime to me,” says Bettencourt, “I listen to it, and I can criticize some things. But I am still proud of it. And so many fans do still say it’s their favorite album.”

Extreme will support the release of the reissued Extreme II: Pornograffitti (A Funked Up Fairy Tale) on their ‘Pornograffitti Live – 25th Anniversary Tour, with a series of concerts in the new year where they will play the entire album front to back, including the following January dates:

January 18: The Chance, Poughkeepsie, NY
January 20: Bergen P.A.C, Englewood, NJ
January 21: House of Blues, Boston, MA
January 22: Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe, PA
January 24: The Space at Westbury, Westbury, NY
January 25: Baltimore Soundstage, Baltimore, MD
January 27: Bogart's, Cincinnati, OH
January 28: House of Blues, Chicago, IL
January 29: Mill City Nights, Minneapolis, MN
January 31: FireKeepers Casino, Battle Creek, MI

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Destructo Reveals the Sunrise Sermon Captured on Holy Ship!

posted Jan 13, 2015, 11:53 AM by Vu Nguyen

From January 3-6, the first leg of electronic music cruise HOLY SHIP! set sail on the high seas from Miami to Bermuda, While aboard, HOLY SHIP!'s founder and musical captain DESTRUCTO (HARD Events' Gary Richards) performed a morning set created specially for late night revelers as the sun rose.  The magic was captured in this two-and-a-half- hour mix titled "The Sunrise Sermon." It is available now at:


Before HARD founder Gary Richards became the captain of one of dance music's most credible event brands, he was a priest robe-donning DJ whose marathon "The Sermon" sunrise sets were a thing of Los Angeles rave scene legend. Since the ship made just one island stop this year, Richards decided to resurrect the concept by playing from 5:30 to 8:00 a.m. on Saturday night,” wrote BILLBOARD’s Matt Medved (1/9/14).  “…those who could defy sleep long enough to find their way there were treated to a nuanced throwback set featuring plenty of classic piano house and groovy cuts as the sun took the sky.”


Meanwhile, the Los Angeles producer and DJ DESTRUCTO is gearing up for his Ship2Ship national tour tomorrow (January 14) in New York City where he will be supporting his WEST COAST EP out now on InsomniacRecords/Interscope.  It is a selection of g-house tracks that merge the after-hours energy of dance music with the streetwise wordplay of top west coast hip-hop hit-makers like Too $hort, Kurupt and YG.  The EP features DESTRUCTO’s current single “Dare You 2 Move” featuring LA rapper Problem.  Now, Beatport is offering a special remix package of the track including remixes by some of the edgiest names in dance--Shiba San, Jack Beats and Djemba Djemba.  Also making its way into DJ sets is the DESTRUCTO & Wax Motif official remix of the Warren G classic “Regulate.”  (Warren G along with Ty Dolla $ign also appear on “Nobody Else” from the WEST COAST EP).  The “Regulate” remix is already impacting Hype Machine, peaked at #3 on the remix chart and #3 on the overall chart.


Catch DESTRUCTO on the Ship2Ship tour this January with Motez, Anna Lunoe and T. Williams, prior to the second leg of HOLY SHIP! February 18-21.


Details available at  




Brooklyn, NY




Washington, DC

U Street Music Hall



Toronto, ON

The Hoxton



 London, ON

London Music Hall



Boston, MA

Whisky Saigon



Charlotte, NC




Vancouver, BC

Fortune Sound Club



Calgary, AB




Denver, CO

Beta Nightclub



Seattle, WA

Foundation Nightclub



Portland, OR

Whiskey Bar



Phoenix, AZ

Monarch Theatre*



San Francisco, CA




Chicago, IL

The Mid*



Los Angeles, CA




Miami, FL


*indicates no Motez.

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