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Dom – ‘Family of Love’ EP

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“I smell youth culture,” exclaimed a twenty-something friend, surprised at herself for enjoying last Sunday’s mosh-em-up Death Set show at Jelly NYC’s Rock Yard so much. The same can be said for this EP, though it slides in with a louche kind of bratty playfulness rather than any aggro skater nose-thumbing.

9 Aug 2011 | More

The Kooks Return for Full U.S. Tour this November

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The Kooks captivated us once again at their NYC sold-out date this June, one of a few played here and L.A. as a special fan preview to their upcoming Junk of the Heart release, coming out via Astralworks/Capitol Records on September 13. They’ll return for their first full U.S. tour in three years this November.

9 Aug 2011 | More

Lollapalooza Day 3: Foo Fighters Play to Mud People; Best Coast, The Cars and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Evade the Rain

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Dripping from the torrential rain that plagued Sunday in Chicago, a white-eyed Dave Grohl confided to a sea of mud people, “You know what I like? A rock and roll band that actually gets up on stage and plays their fucking instruments,” before cuing a machine-gun “Monkey Wrench” march from Taylor Hawkins and throating that line about innocence, permanently etched into our early 90s conscious.

9 Aug 2011 | More

Lollapalooza 2011 Day 2: Kids Crashed Fences, Chain Gang of 1974, Ween, DOM and Eminem Played On

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The kids were not alright yesterday, as hundreds of them evaded the new airport scanners and crashed a Western, 15-foot fence, booking into the concrete jungle for a taste of Day Two. At the time, Ween was at the tail-end of “Bananas and Blow.” But it wouldn’t be a bad typecast to say Southern headliner Slim Shady had some influence.

8 Aug 2011 | More

Man Man, Glass Candy and Crystal Antlers Raver at Vans Party House, 8.4.11

I haven’t seen a Man Man crowd gathered during daylight hours since their hot and heavy Siren Festival set a …Read the Rest

7 Aug 2011 | More

Lollapalooza 2011: Day 1 Heats Up with Coldplay, Cults, the Mountain Goats and Le Butcherettes

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With sold-out, record-breaking ticket sales – 90,000/day – and a big proverbial 20th anniversary gold ring for Perry Farrell, the pops of touring festivals took its first breath of three on Friday in its adopted Chicago Grant Park home, humming a far different tune than its Alternative Nation meets circus shit show of yore. Once a breeding ground of Jane’s Addiction’s circle of grunge, I’m not sure anyone would have predicted Coldplay, one of rock’s most chastised mopesters, would be headlining some day.

6 Aug 2011 | 4 comments | More

Gardens & Villa’s ‘Space Time’ Brings the Funky Space Camp to You

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Gardens & Villa’s latest video for “Space Time”, directed by David South brings their psychedelic, funky space synth pop to new heights in a sci-fi thriller blasting with orange-violet hues and trippy Indian, inter-planetary themes.

4 Aug 2011 | 1 comment | More

Queens of the Stone Age: Priests in the Temple, 7.26.11, Catalyst, Santa Cruz, CA

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And to the temple came the holiest of our faith. They arrived with relics of unimaginable power, slung over their shoulders and held close like Tommy guns. Their very presence dimmed the lights and drew out of the air a hazy, shifting hue, as if casting their magic upon the incandescence. With a collective countenance bold and ready for the task, in a sonically powerful number of five, the priests began their cant led by the one known often as the Ginger Elvis…

2 Aug 2011 | More

The Black Angels to Tour the U.S. This Fall

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Besides the Black Angels’ recent shattering appearance at the first Village Voice 4 Knots Festival this month, they made history at Bonnaroo and Fuji Rock in Japan, set out on an Australian tour, hosted the Austin Psych Fest, and appeared on MTV’s 120 Minutes and NPR’s World Cafe. A new U.S. tour gets underway in August.

2 Aug 2011 | More

Pete Doherty Plans a Possible Duet with Carla Bruni

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According to the UK’s Sunday Mirror and NME, Pete Doherty and the lovely first lady of France Carla Bruni, (just seen in Woody Allen’s film Midnight in Paris), are becoming such close friends that naturally, they are planning to work on writing music together.

1 Aug 2011 | 1 comment | More