Tag: newalbum

Trampled by Turtles "Alone" Live at KDHX 12/17/11

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Pretty sure I’m just now hearing about these guys (I dunno — a lot of microbrewed beers have been consumed between 2004 and the present). Trampled by Turtles, however, has put out SIX albums since their debut. First of all, I would voluntarily trample actual turtles to have that band name. Second — I’m still... Read more »

Dandy Warhols, This Machine Album Review - Pt. 2: The song remains groovy

Dandy Warhols, This Machine Album Review - Pt. 2: The song remains groovy
If you’ve payed any attention to the Dandy Warhols over the years, you know that not only do they jump and combine genres with ease, but each album is wildly its own entity – Come Down is a psychedelic rave, 13 Tales From Urban Bohemia a mystical grunge storybook and Welcome to the Monkey House... Read more »

Beach Boys' new single "That's Why God Made the Radio" not good enough for radio

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Here they go. After more than 20 years apart, the Beach Boys are definitely reuniting, releasing another album, touring… surfing?… Have to admit — I really thought this reunion would eventually go the way of a Van Halen “They’re gonna… No they’re not.. But they might (but actually never were)”-type flirtation. It’s not going to... Read more »
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New Music Monday (Tues edition): Good Old War, Come Back as Rain album review

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This band has actually been around since 2008, but… that’s still pretty new. If you’d had a kid then, you wouldn’t be tired of it yet, would you? A cat, maybe. Regardless. The cool thing about Good Old War (besides the music and rockin hair) is that the band name comes from the members’ surnames:... Read more »

Jack White, Japandroids and Dave Grohl Speaks Truths

In a January issue of Rolling Stone, Dave Grohl was asked about ’90s nostalgia and tough times for rock radio. His response was freaking excellent: I don’t really see anything that I consider ’90s nostalgia. Loud-ass guitars and drummers who trash their kits — when did that ever go away? I love that a band... Read more »

New Music Monday: |M|O|O|N|

New Music Monday: |M|O|O|N|
Looks like James Murphy — of the recently-retired LCD Soundsystem — has a nephew who is also an electronic musician. (I went with the cold-open to spare us all an obvious torch metaphor. ) Nephew’s band is called |M|O|O|N| (or M.O.O.N. in some places like Facebook). He released a four-song EP last November, a five-song EP... Read more »
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Eve 6 new single "Victoria" leads another '90s boom

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We are all suddenly Billy Pilgrim in Slaughterhouse-Five — unstuck in time — waking up never knowing what decade we’re in. What wars are we fighting? Which bands are we poking fun at now? Beauty and the Beast and Titanic are the big draws in theaters. Some stiff guy in a suit is running for... Read more »

New Music Monday: Alabama Shakes and Sons of the West

New Music Monday: Alabama Shakes and Sons of the West
I came across a couple of really exciting young bands this weekend. One from the deep south and one that’s sure to rock Chicago (and beyond..). Both are taking old rock ‘n’ roll in a cool new direction… Alabama Shakes They’re from where they say they are. And these cats sound like Creedence Clearwater Revival... Read more »

Billy Corgan may tumble into the diminishing vortex of his own album concept

The Smashing Pumpkins. Back. Still weird. Since the insane success of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (’95) Billy Corgan has been firing, ranting, wrestling, hiding, re-hiring and making lots of oddly non-rocking music. I know a lot of people whose youthful obsession with this band (and online handle) has lasted into adulthood, but even if... Read more »
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Sharon Van Etten jams "Serpents" from new album Tramp

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Are you ever watching something and you get the feeling that, at that exact moment, a person’s career is stepping to the next level (or at least was five hours ago when they pre-recorded it)? Like Steve Carell as The Office hit, The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show or velociraptors finally making a name for themselves... Read more »