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Pete Van Dyk & The Second Hand Band @ Homegrown Hamilton

This 4 piece blues rock group hails from Burlington/Hamilton, Pete Van Dyk & The Second Hand Band are known for throwing down a nice boogie indie rock combo around town. They have just released a new self-titled album (engineered and mixed by bass player JD Norwood) with a music video for the lead single "Talk of the Town". This track has a bluesy banger of a verse that settles into a laid-back stoner groove chorus "Bad Scene" from this record is pure story-telling blues delight with the swaying rhythm being held down smoothly by JD and drummer Scott Carruthers. Pete leads the group with his howlin' vocals and sweet rhythm guitar. Meanwhle his younger brother (Shr)Ed.is lighting his Strat on fire shredding the blues away...literally. These guys play @Homegrown Hamilton 07/31 -Kris Gies

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Lipstick Junkies @ The Cavern Bar

Besides being an excellent name for a roller derby team, Toronto’s Lipstick Junkies exist solely to blend the yesteryear sound of funk with modern indie rock, all the while soaking it that neon-district downtown vibe. The rhythms are an appealing combination of bouncy, smooth and grooving. As evident in tracks such as Desire and Lighthouse, the melodies are infectious, and the sexual spirit of funk is effectively captured and expressed through the music and lyrics. In an age where traditional genres are becoming more manufactured, The Lipstick Junkies have retained the essence of funk-rock, and have achieved their own genuine sound. In a nutshell, The Lipstick Junkies are a band perfectly suited to the small-club-in-a- big-city environment. If you feel like getting your groove on, you can satisfy those urges by taking in The Lipstick Junkies @ The Cavern Bar on July 30th. - Chris PJ D

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The She's Embark on West Coast Tour + Local Show at The Chapel - 8/14

The popular San Francisco based beach rock band, The She's have announced the dates for their summer west coast tour. The string of shows does, of course include a local San Francisco gig at The Chapel on August 14th. If you're new to town or have just never had the chance to check out a live performance from The She's, we whole-heartedly recommend that you take the chance to see their upcoming show!

If you've got friends from out of town or are enjoying a vacation somewhere on the coast, you'll have the chance to see a great Bay Area band right in your vacation destination!

 
7.28 - Redwood Bar, Downtown LA, CA $
7.29 - Burger Records Hump Night, Grand Air, Fullerton, CA @
7.30 - Pappy and Harriet's, Pioneertown, CA
7.31 - Duffy's, Chico, CA %
8.01 - Corner Haus (House), Portland, OR **
8.02 - The Future (House), Seattle, WA $$
8.03 - The Hindenburg, Vancouver, BC Canada ##
8.05 - The National Hotel, Nevada City, CA ***
8.14 - The Chapel, San Francisco, CA *&


* w/ Pyromids, Emotional
^ w/ The Memories, The Lentils, & Grape Room
# w/ Growwing Pains
$ w/ Dripmen, Ugly Kids, deadpanzies
@ w/ June Holiday, Grand Air
% w/ The She Things + TBA
** w/ Ladywolf, Makeout
$$ w/ Mope Grooves + TBA
## w/ Jody Glenham + TBA
*** w/ Dazeys
*& w/ Swiftumz, Smiles, Air Surgeon

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Luke Sweeney's 'Strung Together' Residency Finale – 7/26

The San Francisco based singer/songwriter, indie pop musician Luke Sweeney will be completing his residency with Miller Carr at the Make Out Room in San Francisco on Sunday, July 26th.

For the final event, Tim Cohen of Magic Trick and The Fresh & Onlys will be performing a solo set. The Chico, California based soul singer/songwriter Pat Hull will be playing the line up with musician Nicholas Campbell. This is going to be a very intimate event, showcasing some of the Bay Area's best male vocalists and guitar players.

In this rocky time in the San Francisco's arts and music scene, we should certainly pull together and support our hard working local musicians! Artists like Luke Sweeney and Tim Cohen have had staying power in the Bay Area over the years, surviving venues getting shut down, neighborhoods morphing and the depletion of resources for independent local musicians.

The best we can do for our community is show up, have fun, encourage our local artists and buy drinks and merch!

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Album Premiere: Sun Songs, by The Foresters

Last month, I had the pleasure of reviewing The Foresters' latest single, "Machines." This month, I have the greater pleasure of premiering their album, Sun Songs. The record, released through Dord Music Group, reveals a wide array of 90s rock influences - Built to Spill being the strongest comparison that comes to mind. Energetic guitar riffs run rampant through these tracks, my favorite being those on "How the World." The lone opening riff immediately caught my attention, before hitting a feedback swell and launching into raucous guitar revelry. Summer is the perfect time to open up your windows and blow out your speakers, and Sun Songs is the perfect soundtrack to help you achieve maximum aural satisfaction. 

In addition to the record release this week, Mother Brother Studios will be posting a Salon Sessions video of The Foresters this Friday, July 24. For more info about the band, check out their Facebook page.

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn) 
 

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