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Deer Park Avenue to Release New Album

We´re excited to learn that the San Francisco Bay natives, Deer Park Avenue are gearing up to release a new album on June 17th! Make sure you keep your eyes open and ears ready for their new release!!

Deer Park Avenue founded by sisters Sarah (guitar, vox) and Stephanie (drums, vox) come from a multicultural background and their music is often compared to early Paramore or the Foo Fighters. DPA worked with renowned producer and bassist Matt Bissonette on this release - Bissonette is known for his work with Elton John, Brian Wilson, Rick Springfield, Don Henley, and many others. Their track “Countdown” features Grammy Award-winning drummer Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth, Santana, Ringo Starr), playing double drums with Stephanie. For this album, they live tracked the rhythm section and produced the album without any autotune or other digital manipulation.

 

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BANDICOOTS - EP RELEASE PARTY FRIDAY!

The Bandicoots are a talented young group comin' out of Hamilton. They started playing together in high school (which wasn't too long ago for them) and have carried their high school parties into the local bars and venues today. They have just released a new EP titled "Quarters At The Penny Arcade". This 4 track set is available on CD or iTunes. They made a video for the tune "Overnight Innovator" which has some serious Brit Rock influence goin' on. If you're into Kasabian or Arctic Monkeys then you'll dig this track and probably most of their tunes. The Bandicoots will be doing an EP Release Party this Friday June 3rd at This Ain't Hollywood in Hamilton. Jaunt and the White Crowleys are also on the bill. - Kris Gies

 





Honey Radar Record Release Show at KFN May 31

Philly garage-psych rockers Honey Radar have a new LP out via What's Your Rupture?, entitled Blank Cartoon. The lo-fi experimentalists obviously enjoy playing around with noise, before eventually locking into grooves that are made for lounging in the sun with a beer in one hand and a "J" in the other. It's good ole summertime fun, and you can soak in the vibes this evening at Kung Fu Necktie, where Jason Henn and company will be kickin' it live with Telepathic, People Skills, and Life Stinks. It's ok. You can let work know that I gave you permission to extend your Memorial Day weekend. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 9pm, $6, 21+ - Alexis V.





A Giant Dog Keeps Making the Best Music Videos About the Nature of Rock & Roll

A Giant Dog is a white hot indie rock and roll band right now. That, if you hadn't noticed, is pretty rare these days, when subgenre is king, and when just so much has already been done in the genre that "authentic" and "unique" are terms that instantly raise hackles. But, with new video "Sleep When Dead," which follows right on the heels of their deeply good video for "Sex & Drugs," A Giant Dog have obviously plugged right into that elusive current of pure rock and roll electricity that has always powered the real, true good stuff.

Filmed in the iconic Old Austin venue Carousel Lounge, "Sleep When Dead," like "Sex & Drugs" before it, is a sonic blast of the band's gleefully, irreverently mature take on rock and roll, depicting a troupe of veteran rock weirdos getting down like only those kind of people can, with a bit of an Ugly Duckling, the Punk Version plot thrown in.

What A Giant Dog is doing with this recent music, being rock vets themselves, is pretty awesome, and difficult. They're writing manic, thundering rock songs that are thoroughly self-conscious and make the culture and performance of the very thing they're doing in the song the subject of the song. Doing that without getting cliché, pretentious or losing the feeling of being an actually good song outside of its subject is incredibly hard.

To maintain that kind of balance, you have to be living on that edge between the wisdom and refinement of maturity and the youthful freneticism that is the spirit that rock was born of, and considering their recent output both aesthetically and in regards to subject, that sweet spot of rock is right where A Giant Dog is living, and thriving, right now. They can do that, because, as a band that's been active for 8+ years, they've seen it all, and now they're pumping that back out to you in a head-bangingly enjoyable package.

Check out the new video before, and see "Sex & Drugs" here. They're both well worth it, and will undoubtedly be stuck in your head for a good long while.





PREMIERE: WE THE WILD - "Exodus and Decay"

Portland isnt' exactly known for it's hardcore scene. As a town that's had indie music on lock for years, the underlying scene doesn't get nearly the credit it should, especially when compared to how thriving it is elsewhere. 

Aside from the genre's suppression, the obvious slow death of the music community as a whole has left many somewhat at a loss. Locals We the Wild found inspiration out of this, using the current state as fuel for writing their upcoming debut full length From the Cities We Fled, to be released in August.

Today we're premiering "Exodus and Decay," which pulls direct influence from what's happening all around us. Speaking of the track, the band says: 

"'Exodus and Decay' was written about the alarming state of portland's local hardcore scene, and the attitude of apathy that locals have taken to our passion for the music we create. Our city is letting what we've put all our heart and soul into simply rot away in the streets. And bands are finding themselves seeking opportunities in other cities with audiences that provide the support and attentiveness that we need to sustain ourselves.”

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