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Introducing…The Joy Formidable (CD Giveaway!), New “Popinjay” Video

February 26, 2010 drainu182 0

Welsh trio – The Joy Formidable have become a uniquely home-grown affair with the band driving every creative aspect, visually and musically. The band’s bedroom is a chrysalis that mutates daily from sleeping quarters, to studio, to workshop. It was here they recorded the singles “Austere”, “Cradle” and “Whirring” from their 8 track CD A Balloon called Moaning – a defiant release of optimism against their own heavy hearts.

In the Summer of 2009 the band sold out their debut …

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Codeine Velvet Club Announce First US Shows (SXSW), West Coast Metric Tour

February 26, 2010 drainu182 0

Codeine Velvet Club, the new musical project composed of The Fratellis’ Jon Lawler and singer/songwriter Lou Hickey, will play their first-ever US shows this March. They are slated for five performances at this year’s upcoming South By Southwest Music Conference in Austin, TX. Dates are below.

Directly following their appearances at SXSW, the band will embark on a west coast tour in support of Canadian indie-pop band Metric. The tour kicks off March 21st in Seattle, WA and continues through …

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Grace Potter and the Nocturnals Announce New Album (June 8), Debut “White Rabbit” Video, SXSW

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Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, the emerging Vermont-based band’s third album for Hollywood Records, will be released on June 8. Produced by Mark Batson (Dr. Dre, Eminem, Jay-Z, Dave Matthews Band), this captivating new recording showcases the Vermont-based band’s new five-piece configuration, in which singer and Hammond B3 player Potter, lead guitarist Scott Tournet and drummer Matt Burr are joined by bassist Catherine Popper (Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, Hem) and rhythm guitarist Benny Yurco, “This record is the …

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Paul Weller Honored with NME Godlike Genius Award, New Album Out 5/4

February 25, 2010 drainu182 0

Paul Weller was honored with the NME’s highest creative honor, The ‘Godlike Genius Award’ at last night’s Shockwaves NME 2010 Awards event. Past recipients of the award include The Clash, The Cure, New Order, Joy Division and Massive Attack, among others.

During his acceptance speech, with vintage Weller sarcasm, he quipped, “I’m embarrassed because people said so many nice things about me… but they’re all true! God bless you, have a good night!” Later Weller took the stage backed by …

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Massive Attack Announce First North American Tour In Four Years

February 25, 2010 drainu182 0

Legendary Massive Attack will tour North America for the first time since 2006 in support of their newly released 5th studio album ‘Heligoland.’ The North American trek will start May 7th at Sound Academy in Toronto, ON and wrap May 30th at the Sasquatch Festival in George, WA. They will play 2 shows in NYC, Los Angeles and San Francisco with general on sale beginning March 5th (full schedule below).

Massive Attack’s latest album ‘Heligoland’ was released on Feb 9th …

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?uestlove Speaks On Fela And His Music

February 25, 2010 drainu182 0

Here’s a really cool video of ?uestlove discussing the importance and influence of Fela Kuti – on both the personal level as well as Fela’s impact on music and culture.

Over the next several months, Knitting Factory Records will be re-releasing Fela’s entire catalogue. The “Chop ‘N Quench” batch, containing 6 CDs (9 albums total) from 1964-1974, is available digitally and physically now. Buy them from to get a deal better than you’ll find anywhere else!

Purchase the “Chop …

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Rock Is Alive.. in Boston. Shinedown/Puddle Of Mudd/Skillet/Like A Storm HOB 1/26 Review

February 25, 2010 drainu182 1

If you’ve never been to Boston, you should stop on by.. only to visit though, not to live there. Nestled in that whole New England area is a city that sleeps at 12:30am and loves the Red Sox and rock music. We recently had a chance to visit the new House Of Blues on Lansdowne Street (replacing music clubs Avalon and Axis awww). Walking in, you notice something. Boston is only filled with white people, and not the prettiest ones …

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New Nico Vega “Gravity” Video

February 25, 2010 drainu182 0

After touring touring and MORE touring, Nico Vega is back with their brand new single and video for “Gravity”. Shot by Marcus Dunstan who directed such horror favorites as Saw IV, V and VI, and The Collector, the video is an eerie masterpiece that shows the band being chased every which way…with a few surprises in between! Check out the video here. The band is still currently on tour with The Soundtrack Of Our Lives as well…don’t miss them …