The Whiffs return with a fresh bouquet of basement power-pop

The Whiffs return with a fresh bouquet of basement power-pop

The Whiffs return with a fresh bouquet of basement power-pop

Photo by Jake Cardwell A passing glance at the members of the Whiffs gives little in the way of context clues about what style of music they might play. Oi!? Slade covers? Ramones-core? “This guy bought a record at one of our shows recently and was like, ‘Do you all plan this?’ says bassist and vocalist Zach Campbell, sitting at...

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The Get Up Kids, Giants Chair, Flare Tha Rebel, and more of this month’s finest local music videos

The Get Up Kids, Giants Chair, Flare Tha Rebel, and more of this month's finest local music videos

The Get Up Kids, Giants Chair, Flare Tha Rebel, and more of this month's finest local music videos

This month’s set of visually enticing local music videos features Flare Tha Rebel tackles code-switching, the Get Up Kids meeting up with Lou Barlow, Giants Chair diving into the past (and returning with a new record), and MB58 kicking it on an airplane wing—among other stunners. Flare Tha Rebel, “Fuh Wit’ Me” As a member of hip-hop collective Anti-Crew, Flare...

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The unlikely resurrection of “The Darkness,” an obscure ’60s heavy-psych single from Clinton, Missouri

The unlikely resurrection of “The Darkness,” an obscure '60s heavy-psych single from Clinton, Missouri

The unlikely resurrection of “The Darkness,” an obscure '60s heavy-psych single from Clinton, Missouri

Almost 50 years ago, a quartet of teenagers walked into Kansas City's Damon Record Studios on 14th Street to make a record they hoped might be the start of...

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A chat with Dan Auerbach ahead of Wednesday’s Easy Eye Sound Revue stop at the Truman

A chat with Dan Auerbach ahead of Wednesday's Easy Eye Sound Revue stop at the Truman

A chat with Dan Auerbach ahead of Wednesday's Easy Eye Sound Revue stop at the Truman

Dan Auerbach & the Easy Eye Sound RevuePooneh GhanaWhen does Dan Auerbach find time to sleep? Even though the Black Keys have been on hiatus for a while...

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Exclusive Spin: Prom Queen’s ‘Blonde’ & interview with Leeni Ramadan

Exclusive Spin: Prom Queen’s ‘Blonde’ & interview with Leeni Ramadan

Prom Queen’s upcoming album, Doom-Wop, is a continuation of the sound the Seattle group has honed on their previous two releases. However, per the band, it’s different, and more of an album that “celebrates the ensemble that we’ve built over the last few years.” That camaraderie has been “built from the ground up,” they state, and it really shows. If you’ve enjoyed the darkly mysterious versions of the girl-group sound Prom Queen has explored on Night Sound and Midnight Veil, then you’ll likely adore Doom-Wop, an album to which I’ve returned again and again since it showed up in my inbox a couple of weeks ago.

Source: modern-vinyl.com/2017/08/31/exclusive-spin-prom-queens-blonde-interview-with-leeni-ramadan/

Interview: A Giant Dog

Interview: A Giant Dog

It seems like many articles on Austin’s A Giant Dog tend to focus on the band’s stage shows and the things which happen when vocalist Sabrina Ellis performs. What seems to get shunted to the side is the actual studio music, the band having released three very excellent albums – Fight, Bone, and Pile — with a fourth, Toy, out today on Merge Records. The music of A Giant Dog is driving, pulsating stuff, and it’s never been more apparent than on Toy‘s first single, “Bendover.” It’s a big — nay, huge — blast of punk rock with the power of a ’70s arena band. We’re so besotted with it that this where we started our phone conversation with Ellis and guitarist Andrew Cashen as they drove from Austin to Portland to play a show with their other band, Sweet Spirit.

Source: modern-vinyl.com/2017/08/25/interview-a-giant-dog/

Review of the Conquerors’ ‘Wyld Time’ at Modern Vinyl

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Every single song The Conquerors have turned out on their debut LP, Wyld Time, is a catchy, toe-tapping, hip-shaking bit of wonderful. After a year and a half of singles, we finally get a full-length from the rock ‘n’ roll sextet and it’s worth the wait, too — on Wyld Time, the band’s turned out a 10-song romp through the garage, but also through the decades.
Read the full review at Modern Vinyl. Published 9/30/16

Interview with Death Valley Girls’ Bonnie Bloomgarden at the Pitch

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Calling Death Valley Girls a garage-rock act undersells it. While the music on the Los Angeles quartet’s second full-length, Glow in the Dark, has a lo-fi aspect to it, there's definitely a whole lotta death rock goin' on. The band's video for “Disco” is a freaky pagan affair, featuring legendary L.A. DJ Rodney Bingenheimer, and directed by Troma ingenue Kansas Bowling, and will instantly drag you into Death Valley Girls' aesthetic. The Pitch spoke with the band's frontwoman, Bonnie Bloomgarden, by phone from L.A. about Death Valley Girls' cult appeal and the appeal of cults.
Read the full interview at the Pitch. Published 9/19/16

Review of ‘Start Your Own Fucking Show Space’ compilation at Modern Vinyl

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The idea of putting out a triple LP of bands playing live at Brooklyn’s Death By Audio is a pretty great one. But the truly historic thing about Start Your Own Fucking Show Space is it’s filled with performances recorded only during November of last year, their last month of existence. 1 Thankfully, the venue packed that last month with some astonishing performances. While definitely heavy on the lo-fi, fuzzy garage end of the rock ‘n’ roll spectrum — with the likes of Parquet Courts, Ty Segall, and Metz, there’s also furious avant-punk from Downtown Boys, Shellshag and Screaming Females, along with electronic experimentation from Dan Deacon.
Read the complete review at Modern Vinyl. Published 8/19/16

Review of Thee Oh Sees’ “Live In San Francisco” at Modern Vinyl

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"Okay, okay — I get it. I’ve been listening to the music of Thee Oh Sees, off and on, for six or seven years now, and every album has been hailed by friends as being the next best thing since their last. I’m always fairly ambivalent and don’t get the appeal. 'See them live,' say my friends. 'That’s the real deal.' I’ve been mostly disinclined, because if I don’t like an album I streamed for free, why in God’s name would I pay $15 and stand on a concrete floor to hear them play those same songs? Again, I get it now. Thee Oh Sees’ Live In San Francisco had me pretty much convinced as to the band’s live effectiveness with its four sides of intense rock ‘n’ roll, but then there’s a DVD which comes with the set, and you watch the band, and it’s another level of intensity."
Read the complete review at Modern Vinyl. Published 7/1/16