Saturday, May 24, 2008

Old Crow Medicine Show on Tour

One of TGB's favorites, The Old Crow Medicine Show, are hitting the road this summer. Among the highlights are Marty Stuart's Late Night Jam in Nashville, TN, on June 4th (along with Gretchen Wilson, Charlie Daniels Band, and Kathy Mattea), Webster Hall in NYC on September 12th, and two night at Ryman Auditorium, a/k/a The Grand Ole Opry, in Nashville, TN, in October, and two nights at the Fillmore in San Francisco, CA.

For a complete list of tour dates, CLICK HERE.

In other Crow news, the band's 2001 release, EUTAW, is being made available to Indie Record stores across the country.

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Friday, May 23, 2008

GDP vs Dirty Money

There is no doubt that in order for music to survive, genres are going to have cross paths and link together. GDP and Dirty Money are doing just that. First, they are releasing a four song split 7inch on Division East/Thunderstruck Records. To promote their vinyl, both acts have hit the road.

First, the vinyl. You can stream the entire four song effort by logging on to Pure Volume. Each act has contributed two songs. Florida punk rockers Dirty Money have thrown down "Not Alone" and "Weary Nights" while GDP, along with DJ Prime, have contributed "Succumb" and "Decades."

Check out GDP's "Succumb" video:

The tour will focus mainly on the eastern half of the US with the lone exception being shops in Santa Fe, NM, and Oklahoma City.

For more information, click on the name of the band below:
Dirty Money

or log on to Division East Records' website.

Thursday, May 22, 2008


For those uninformed, that stands for Sound Tribe Sector 9. Remember that name because I can almost guarantee that you will hear it frequently over this coming summer.

XLR8R Magazine have dubbed STS9 "...unique collection of artists and musicians" while proclaiming the band " of the country's most intriguing, innovative outfits around." To say that STS9 are hard working would actually be a gross understatement. To start, the band has digitally released "Shock Doctrine," the first single off their forthcoming Peaceblaster release. You can download the single by going over the band's website, which happen to be their own label, 1320 Records.

Beginning in July, following the release of Peaceblaster, STS9 will take to the road with Chicago's Umphrey's McGee for a US tour which will take them from coast to coast. Both bands have also slotted after party shows along the way. The tour is scheduled to end with two shows at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado.

Check out the band's website,, and go to their COMMUNITY PAGE, where you will find organizations that the band is either personally involved in and/or supports.

Clouds New Album Out June 17

Hydrahead Records will be releasing the new album, We Are Above You, by Clouds on June 17. The band will then hit the road with Torche and Boris beginning June 24th in San Diego, CA.

"We Are Above You" is the follow-up to the acclaimed Legendary Demo release.

Clouds includes Adam McGrath, Q, Jimmy, and Johnny.

For further information, CLICK HERE.

Or log-on to Hydrahead Records.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

John Vanderslice

The name of his latest release is Emerald City, and while you may not find any men behind curtains, John Vanderslice does once again perform musical wizardry. Paste Magazine proclaims, "Emerald City is vividly imagined yet subtle in tone, with conflicted character sketches unfolding around somber synth melodies, creaky electronic effects, and fuzzy acoustic guitar strums. Vanderslice is a master storyteller."

Barsuk Records is also releasing a vinyl version of Emerald City. In the meantime, Vanderslice is hitting the road from August to October. Check out the Barsuk website for his "time To Go" video.

mp3: White Dove

Barsuk Records
myspace page

Photo by Autumn DeWilde

Rocky Votolato

The fifth release from Rocky Votolato, the brag and cuss, is out now on Barsuk Records. this time, Votolato comes with a full band that features James McAllister (Sufjan Stevens) on drums, Bill Herzog (Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter) on bass, Casey Foubert (Pedro the Lion) on electric guitar, banjo, mandolin and percussion, and Rick Steff (Catpower, Hank Williams, Jr.) on Hammond b3, piano, and accordion.

Magnet Magazines writes, "Votolato has a gift for making the bleakest misery sound inviting, with just enough sweetness to go down smooth and melodies so pretty they can almost make the pain go away."

A vinyl version is also available.

Barsuk Records

mp3: Postcard From Kentucky

photo by Alicia J. Rose

Saturday, July 28, 2007

The Cult

Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy will be releasing their first full length disc in more than six years. The release, titled Born Into This, will be unleashed by their new label, Roadrunner Records. The Cult recently completed a series of arena rock dates, opening for The Who. A US tour will follow in the fall.

Finally, Canada's Fontana North will release the HD DVD The Cult New York City on August 28th. According to the band's website,, "The performance was recorded at The Filmore in New York City at the end of the band's 2006 US tour, and includes the following tracklisting: 'Lil' Devil', 'Sweet Soul Sister', 'Electric Ocean', 'The Witch', 'Spiritwalker', 'Revolution', 'Rain', 'The Phoenix', 'Edie (Ciao Baby)', 'Fire Woman', 'Wonderland', 'Peace Dog', 'Rise', 'Wildflower', 'Love Removal Machine', 'Nirvana', 'She Sells Sanctuary'.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Gaudi & Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

London based producer and artist, Gaudi, has reinterpreted the music of Pakistan's Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan in a new CD entitled Dub Qawwali. The title comes from the style of music Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan performed, Qawwali, and the dub style Gaudi used to reinterpret his music.

Here's how the Six Degrees Records website describes this unique collaboration:

"Gaudi has taken an entirely new approach to re-interpreting the work of this great artist. He has created a collection of new compositions in which the original vocals are seamlessly fused with a full spectrum of dub & reggae styles and musical themes & flavors from other cultures, genres and environments. A universal theme of peace and love, very much evident in both Khan's work and at the heart of reggae music, is the unifying element."

The CD is slated for release this coming Tuesday, July 31st, on Six Degrees Records. Gaudi is also working on a solo release for 2008.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Parts & Labor Seek New Drummer

After dazzling fans and critics with their latest full length, Mapmaker (Jagjaguwar, May 2007), and slaying audiences across the U.S. on their recent headlining tour, Parts & Labor bid a fond farewell to Chris Weingarten and issued an open letter to the world in search of a new drummer:

"After nearly three years of bashing, we're sad to report that our drummer, Christopher Weingarten, is leaving Parts & Labor. Chris is moving on to more rigorously pursue his work as a music editor and writer. He's the editor in chief at, and will soon be penning a book about Public Enemy's "It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back" for the esteemed Thirty Three And A Third book series."

The band is currently searching for a new drummer. They must be able to tour a minimum of four months out of the year, starting this fall with trips in the UK/Europe as well as the U.S.

For further information, email Parts & Labor at