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Anything and everything can happen in a Voidz song. Acoustic blues, heavy metal, deep prog, funk, pop, the 8-bit Freon-chill a bank of synthesizers creates — sometimes individually, sometimes en masse. This three-guitar sextet firmed and led by Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas pursue this alchemy with true heart and enthusiasm, a go-for-broke gusto that makes 2014’s Tyranny, 2018’s Virtue, and a handful of 2019 one-off cuts a stoner’s sonic amusement park. Here, Casablancas has free rein to indulge his whims beyond the sleek, robotic rock-populism the Strokes are constitutionally mandated to champion. His accompanying sentiments — a mélange of Trustafarian contrarianism, personal philosophy, and passive-aggressive winks allegedly targeting different Strokes — complement a musical aesthetic inclined to melodic overload. This excess sidles to tender, epic life on the 11-minute “Human Sadness” and informs “Wink,” a roiling, cutting synth-pop bop that threatens to transform into reggae or an alternate 90210 theme. Theirs are consummate “older brother” records, arriving a couple of decades too late.

The syncopated, Pacific Coast haze of 2018’s “Permanent High School,” complete with plastic falsetto.

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Spanish Love Songs, are a band much too sad to actually be from Los Angeles., has taken the Springsteemo cocktail mastered by Philly stalwarts the Wonder Years and the Menzingers and spiked it with more concentrated Hollywood angst, courtesy of tormented frontman Dylan Slocum. Ravaging tracks like “Routine Pain” and “Loser,” highlights from the band’s killer February LP “Brave Faces Everyone”, smack you square in the sternum — hurtling pop-punk riffs and tales of depression, addiction and existential crises, born from the band’s rigorous pre-pandemic touring schedule. But as with all good emo-punk, it’s only fun if there’s some catharsis tucked away, too. And deep within the bleak, there are glimmers of redemption. Maybe we’ll all be okay. Probably not.

The too-real opening verse of “Generation Loss,” where Slocum wails: “You 29-year-old panic attack / And not the fashionable kind / The kind where you wake up and say ‘Man, I just wanna survive.’” 

 

Band Members
Dylan Slocum – Guitar and Vocals
Kyle McAulay – Guitar
Trevor Dietrich – Bass
Ruben Duarte – Drums
Meredith Van Woert – Keys
Originally released February 7th, 2020

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The winds have picked up. The asphalt below you is starting to shake. The skies are opening up. It could only mean one thing…The Heavy Rollers have returned. Frankie and the Witch Fingers are back with more West Coast witchcraft, more head-splitting psych garage sorcery, more solid jams for your temporal lobes. What we have here are two tracks, a-side Cavehead and b-side Mind’s Eye. It’s deranged, it’s delirious, it’s dangerously delicious. Plus, it rocks.

Brand new Frankie & The Witch Fingers 7” & video for new single “Cavehead”! The new 7″ vinyl is a joint release between The Reverberation Appreciation Society and Greenway Records. The 7″ sold out before we could get this information out today, but there’s much more to come! You can still grab a t-shirt featuring art from the “Mind’s Eye” visualizer video, and check out the “Cavehead” video below.

Frankie product tends to sell out quick these days, so don’t dilly dally. Greenway Records has 100 copies of the 7″ on green wax that you can grab after the ‘buy’ link. Levitation Records has 100 copies on orange vinyl . Get one, get two or get crazy and pair it with a t-shirt. Keep your eyes peeled for a BRAND NEW ALBUM coming soon, y’all. It’s gonna slap your third eye right in the balls.

Frankie and the Witch Fingers, have been mutating and perfecting their high-powered rock n’ roll sound. After savagely touring the USA and Europe, this four-headed beast has shown no signs of relenting—appearing like summoned daemons and dosing crowds with
cerebral party fuel.
The main attraction of Frankie and the Witch Fingers is their explosive performance. With their rowdy and visceral approach to live shows, each member brings their own devilry to induce an experience of bacchanal proportions.
Band Members
Dylan Sizemore,
Shaughnessy Starr,
Josh Menashe,

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He never received the due he deserved, but blues guitarist Rory Gallagher was Ireland’s answer to Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Emerging in 1969 as the leader of a blues/rock power trio Taste (they were signed by Ahmet Ertegun to Atco Records in 1968, but were overshadowed at the label by acts like Cream, Blind Faith and Led Zeppelin), the group made three albums before disbanding in 1970, in order for Gallagher to go solo.

By the time he embarked on the ’76 tour Gallagher had expanded his power trio to a four-piece band with the addition of Lou Martin on piano, organ and synths. They blast off with “Moonchild,” which borrows heavily from the riff The Moody Blues used in their hit, “The Story In Your Eyes.” Next up is “Secret Agent” (a different song than the one made famous by Johnny Rivers with the same name). The show moves forward with “Calling Card,” which was Gallagher’s new LP at the time. The rest of the show is a mix of tracks from Calling Card and staples that had long been part of his set list, including “Souped-Up Ford,” “Western Plain,”(featuring Gallagher on acoustic guitar), and the balls-out rocker, “I Take What I Want,” (which nicks The Beatles’ riff from “I Feel Fine” during Gallagher’s solo).

By the late 1970s, Gallagher’s brand of blues rock fell out of favor with radio programmers, and like artists such as Robin Trower and Steve Marriott, he had to focus on a smaller, but fiercely loyal, following. Although he never received the worldwide recognition of Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, and Jimmy Page, he certainly deserves to be remembered for the many excellent albums and tours he had during his career. Sadly, he died after receiving a liver transplant in 1995 at the age of 47.

Rory Gallagher – vocals, guitars, harmonica; Gerry McAvoy – bass; Rod De’ath – drums, percussion; Lou Martin – keyboards

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A month after announcing her debut album, the release date for Joy Downer’s “Paper Moon” is nearly here. After breaking the news with a funky first single, Downer is following that up with the considerably dreamier title track, pairing a slow, thumping beat with reverb-heavy guitar on the heavenly choruses, “Paper Moon” is another promising look at what the record has in store.

The song also arrives with a video, introducing Downer’s live show—which we hope to experience some time in the not-too-distant future—as the angelic counterpart to the more rock-and-roll impishness of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, with the singer donning a white, glittering onesie that recalls the outfits of Karen O. It’s a moody clip almost entirely composed of crossfades, featuring footage from onstage and off.

Watch the clip below. Joy Downer is donating 100 percent of her Bandcamp proceeds this Friday to Black Lives Matter.

The title track for Joy Downer’s album “Paper Moon”, out everywhere 6/5/2020
Written, Recorded and Produced by Joy Downer and Jeff Downer

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This is another great hit from one of my favorite groups on the planet at the moment…The Death Valley Girls. Just listen to “Electric High”and you’ll know why I rant on about them so much, the vocals!!, the guitars!!, the drums!! they got it all going on, scorching rock ‘n’ roll that demands to be on every playlist you need….Death Valley Girls feels less like a band and more like a travelling caravan. At their core, vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Bonnie Bloomgarden and guitarist Larry Schemel channel Death Valley Girls’ modern spin on Fun House’s sonic exorcisms, early ZZ Top’s desert-blasted riffage, and Sabbath’s occult menace.

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The 1st time I listened to The Death Valley Girls, I was hooked. Driving and pounding blues spilling all over the place and that voice is killer . Rock n Roll at its primeval explosion. This debut is mandatory listening to anyone who digs music. Simply superb. and…they got into answering the questions so there are a few videos for you to watch but don’t forget to listen to this excellent debut album for fans of Bo Diddley, Iggy/Stooges, Black Sabbath, MC5, Velvets, Little Eva, Godzilla, Alice Cooper, Mississippi Fred McDowell, 1977, 1966 , Roky Erickson, Seeds, Electric Eels, Lester Bangs…

Their record is out now! on Lolipop Records,
Death Valley Girls – “Electric High” (7″) Only 50 Pressed on Cherry Red wax !!!.
www.lolipoprecords.com

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Two veterans of those only-slightly-demeaning Best Albums of the year You May Have Missed lists, Field Medic and Great Grandpa vocalist Al Menne teamed up this month for a Run for Cover–released single that feels like a victory lap in the wake of their pair of Generally Best Albums released in 2019. The underproduced track is reduced to Kevin Patrick’s ramshackle guitar and distinct vocals, occasionally harmonizing with those of Menne.

“talkin johnny & june (your arms around me)” by Field Medic featuring Al from Great Grandpa out now via Run For Cover Records

The brand new studio album from L.A.’s premiere psych band, The Warlocks! ,The Warlocks started because of the their mutual love of all things Rock and Roll. We love a lot of the 60s, 70s and some 80s inspired music. We are not a retro band though. We all always try new stuff and from time to time hit something great.

This ambitious album tells a single story, of two star-crossed lovers who commit a bank heist together, over the course of 10 gorgeous, dense layered guitar tracks spiced with keyboards and reinforced with powerful bass and percussion grooves!, Holy shit, I have a few versions of we don’t need money on demo and unreleased recordings, but how cool to hear it fully formed! love that heavy fuzz bass and beat. amazing! Love the whole thing.

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The Rough Justice of The Warlocks’ The Chain, The longtime L.A. psych-rockers’ tenth studio album is released on April 3rd, 2020
“Creamy, dreamy, glass breaking-style storytelling” is how Bobby Hecksher describes the psychedelic-rock sound of The Warlocks’ tenth full-length studio album, The Chain, on Cleopatra Records.
“We’re telling a story this time,” Hecksher says about the album’s ripped-from-the-headlines concept, which he says had been percolating for a few years before it suddenly came to him with the delirious intensity of a fever-soaked dream, like that “out-of-body experience you get at a show when you’re drenched in sweat and suddenly feel so alive.”
That concept, Hecksher says, is based around “a Bonnie & Clyde-ish twenty-something couple who rob a bank but get caught and then are cast down the bottomless pit of our justice system. The main characters, Rocky and Diamond, come from different means and thus have very different outcomes. It’s a loose collection of ‘you got fucked and swept under the rug’-type feelings revealed amid happy songs about their relationship, provided as a kind of relief
Band Members
Bobby Hecksher,
JC Rees,
Jason “Plucky” Anchondo,
Earl V. Miller,
Chris DiPino,

Will be available on both CD and limited edition colored vinyl in your choice of PURPLE or SILVER! vinyl
released April 3rd, 2020

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There’s a no-wave anxiety pulsing through French Vanilla’s sound — through the punchy saxophone and bass, and singer Sally Spritz’s vocal delivery — but also California sunshine.

Their second album playfully asks cutting questions about identity, society and power dynamics on songs like “Lost Power” and “Bromosapien”, taking a sense of humor to the struggle. The songs have a punk sense of rebelliousness but also come off like the start of an eternal dance party.

Music video by French Vanilla performing Suddenly.  Danger Collective from the album How Am I Not Myself?

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The debut EP from Los Angeles-based rockers finds the perfect balance between a blissful retreat and a fury-filled indictment of society’s ills. While “Lullaby No. 13” and “Headstones” opt for the former, “Generation Sick” and “Decoration/Currency” carry the pitchfork and torch for the latter. “Generation Sick” is a seething punk-pop tirade about men who abuse their power (“I had a dream where I screamed / I don’t wanna see another man in my life / What do you think that means”), and “Decoration/Currency” denounces the superficiality of the entertainment industry.

On the softer side, “Headstones” opens with candy-coated indie-pop, but that sugar is quickly melted by their dogged, collective punk chant. Its crisp melodies and agile motor offer just as much therapeutic refuge as their beatific lyrics of escapism

Band Members
Vera Ellen: Lead Guitar & Vocal
Libby Hsieh: Bass & Vocal
Sierra Scott: Guitar & Vocal
Virginia Pettis: Drums & Vocal