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27 Sep

Bloc Party, who released their highly-anticipated fourth album FOUR via Frenchkiss Records this summer and are currently wrapping up their U.S. tour alongside Ceremony, have announced additional fall dates with the Dum Dum Girls. See full list below! Fans will be able to purchase pre-sale tickets now with general on-sale starting on Friday, September 28th.

The four-piece, which delivered thrilling performances at this year’s HARD Music Festival, Lollapalooza and Outside Lands, will be giving fans in Arizona and Texas the chance to catch them live for the first time this year – in addition to making a few more California stops!

FOUR marks the end of a four year hiatus for the band who has released three full length albums, including their Mercury Prize-nominated debut, Silent Alarm, which helped shape the sound of modern British guitar music.

Tour Dates:
9/28/12 Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo *
12/6/12 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater %
12/7/12 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium %
12/8/12 Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory %
12/9/12 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre %
12/11/12 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues %
12/14/12 Condesa, Mexico @ Auditorio Blackberry
12/15/12 Guadalajara, Mexico @ Teatro Estudio Cavaret

* w/ Ceremony
% w/ Dum Dum Girls

02 Dec

Dum Dum Girls performed “Bedroom Eyes” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Watch the video below:

03 Oct

Written by Ace Ubas, Photos by Marcello Ambriz

Fresh off the release of their second full-length entitled Only in Dreams, the Dum Dum Girls are looking to make their dreams into a reality – that is if they haven’t already. With the album garnering already garnering positive reviews, the Los Angeles all-female quartet looked to build upon that by embarking on a two-month tour that started in San Diego last Friday night. On Sunday night, I made sure I caught them live as lead vocalist/guitarist Dee Dee, guitarist Jules, bassist Bambi, and drummer Sandy rode their wave of noise-pop tunes to the Detroit Bar in the beach city of Costa Mesa. But they weren’t alone as frequent tour mates Crocodiles and solo artist Colleen Green came along for the ride.

The opener for the night was solo musician Colleen Green. Her setup was minimal, having only a guitar strapped onto her and backed by a drum machine. To say the least, her set wasn’t good. Simplistic, by-the-numbers guitar riffs, Best Coast-quality lyrics, and a boring drum machine programming. I honestly felt that I was watching a high school talent show act.

At least Crocodiles changed my mood. Led by ex-The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower members Brandon Welchez and Charles Rowell, the five-piece brought their psychedelic, blues-infused garage rock. Songs like “Mirrors” and “Stoned to Death” were full of fuzzed-out guitars, while “I Wanna Kill” saw Welchez brought out his wife Dee Dee (yes, of the Dum Dum Girls) on stage to sing with him.

When the Dum Dum Girls stepped onto the stage, they were each clad in all-black that gave off a sense of seriousness. This made for an interesting dichotomy since I’m very familiar with their music but never had seen them live before. But don’t be fooled by that seriousness. All it means is that the femme fatales have extreme focus and a high-level of confidence, which showed immediately on set opener “Always Looking.” And even though they all kept a stone-face most of the time, Dee Dee still shook her head back-and-forth as she sang passionately.

Since their songs average around three minutes in length, they played a good amount of songs from each of their releases. Songs like “I Will Be” and “It Only Takes One Night” showcased their ability add textures to each of their post-punk/noise-pop songs, making them more dynamic. “Heartbeat” was their ‘50s rock-n-roll number that had a Buddy Holly-esque guitar line. And one of the first songs Dee Dee ever wrote, “Catholicked,” even made its way into their set, sounding a lot better live with a full band.

On new songs such as “Bedroom Eyes,” “In My Head,” “Wasted Away,” and “Teardrops on My Pillow,” it was Sandy that caught my eye. It wasn’t only because she was physically attractive (as the rest of the band are as well), but it was her steady, rolling drums that kept the songs pulsating. Her rhythm provided the backbone to the songs, proving that she’s one hell of a punk drummer. Yeah, I’ll admit I may have a crush on Sandy Dum Dum….

“Hold Your Hand” and “Rest of Our Lives” provided a nice contrast to the other songs as they were much slower in pace. The tender touch in Dee Dee’s voice brought out the emotional undertones to the songs that displayed vulnerability and delicateness.

The funniest moment of the night came before the song “He Gets Me High,” as Dee Dee switched guitars, but had trouble tuning it. Once she got it tuned, she told the crowd “this is what happens when you let your husband play your guitar.”

The biggest highlight of their set was their Smiths cover of “There is a Light That Never Goes Out,” which can be heard on the He Gets Me High EP. Bambi brought the thick bass lines while Jules shined the brightest on this song, with blistering guitar riffs that howled through the venue.

For their encore, they played “Jail La La,” which is probably their most popular song to date. Playing only one song for the encore, I was a bit disappointed in the song choice. They would have been better off playing “Coming Down.” It’s the longest (six minutes) and most emotional song that they’ve written. Had they played that song live, it would’ve easily been an experience in itself because of the intimacy of the small venue.

With this lo-fi garage-punk genre being convoluted as it is, Dum Dum Girls easily stand out among the rest. Whether its distorted guitar riffs, adding fuzzy effects to chords, adding a barrage of melodies, or layers-upon-layers of vocal harmonies, the songs all had uniqueness to them.

28 Feb

The 3rd Annual Bring Our Music Back Festival (B.O.M.B. Fest) is back and bigger than ever! Bring Our Music Back, Inc. along with Frank Bombaci, Sr. and Frank Bombaci, Jr. are proud to announce the diverse group of artists that has been assembled for 2011. Watch the lineup announcement HERE. For the first time, this year’s festival, taking place over Memorial Day Weekend (May 28-29), will be at the Festival Grounds of B.O.M.B. Fest’s new site partner, Western Connecticut State University (43 Lake Ave, Danbury, CT 06810) in Danbury, CT — a short train ride from New York City, Boston, Providence and Philadelphia. Tickets go on sale via BombFest.com at 6 a.m. EST on March 4th.

B.O.M.B. Fest 2011 has assembled its most ambitious lineup to date, bringing together some of the best names in hip-hop, alternative and indie rock, giving the East Coast its own premiere music festival. The price for two-day passes will cost $109 go on sale on Friday, March 4th at 6:00 am EST. Official festival website can be found at www.bombfest.com.

All proceeds from the festival will benefit Bring Our Music Back, Inc. which is committed to providing music scholarships, music enrichment and education programs, music and healing initiatives and community support and outreach. In addition, one of this year’s charitable initiativesincludes the creation of an Emerging Artist Scholarship Fund at Western Connecticut State University.

2011 B.O.M.B. Fest Lineup:
Snoop Dogg
Wiz Khalifa
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Coheed And Cambria
Neon Trees
State Radio
George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic
The New Pornographers
Shpongle presents The Shpongletron Experience
Against Me!
Best Coast
Titus Andronicus
The Cool Kids
Portugal. The Man
Man Man
Dum Dum Girls
The Felice Brothers
Freelance Whales
Holy Fuck
Quintron and Miss Pussycat
Dan Deacon
12th Planet
Free Energy
Real Estate
Nosaj Thing
The Hood Internet
Toubab Krewe
Small Black
River City Extension
Big Freedia
David Wax Museum
Roots of Creation
Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez
Walk the Moon
Also featuring more than 25 local artists!

About Bring Our Music Back, Inc.:
BRING OUR MUSIC BACK, INC. is dedicated to the enrichment of life through music. Our mission is to support burgeoning musical talent, programs and services in our communities by fostering the artistic development of youth preserving music as a viable art form. Bring Our Music Back, Inc. is all about MUSIC WITH PURPOSE! Some of the enrichment initiatives championed by Bring Our Music Back, Inc. include artist mentorships and music scholarships, music enrichment and education programs, music and healing initiatives, community support and music awareness and community and cultural outreach. Bring Our Music Back, Inc. is proud to support music therapy programs with the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and Hospice of Connecticut.

03 Sep

Last Thursday night marked the end of this summer’s Twilight Concert Series in Salt Lake City, Utah. What better finale than a show with She & Him and Dum Dum Girls. Our photographer Meredith Newsome was able to grab some cool shots of both performances. Check them out below. Thank you to Casey Jarman and everyone at the Salt Lake City Arts Council and Twilight Concert Series for helping us out.