There’s something vaguely Neil Young-ish about all of this. It might be the scraggly hair that doffs each dude’s head in the Shaky Hands. But regardless of what all involved appear outwardly, this tightly wound track – “Allison and the Ancient Eyes” – from the upcoming Let It Die, makes good on the vague promises that last year’s Lunglight presented. This isn’t gonna get these guys opening for Bad Religion who opens for Pearl Jam (?!?), but there’s unquestionably still places for this Portland band to take its music.
Angelinos rejoice! The full (and ever-changing) roster for the sixth annual F-Yeah Fest is out now. This year’s ticket includes the return Italo-Disco darlings Glass Candy, plenty of local favorites like Mika Miko, No Age, DJ Peanut Butter Wolf, and a headlining slot for psychedelic-rock heroes The Black Lips. The fest hits Los Angeles State Historic Park Sep fifth.
Set to embark on a UK tour in May with the Black Lips and Gringo Star, Mika Miko should fit in perfectly with the energy and debauched antics of the two other acts. Their newest album We Be Xuxa is an energetic and chaotic punk frenzy, harkening to the Black Lips' previous album 200 Million Thousand. However this punk madness eventually forces listeners into a distorted stupor. At just over 22 minutes in length, each track eventually loses its identity among the repetitive, overdriven, four-bar guitar riffs and scratchy, ...
I get to NYC after not being here since the year 2000. And here it is dirty, in your face, a bikini bar and two guys from Austin, TX. 2 beers=good. 7 beers=bad. Especially when you have a job interview the next day.
I know exactly where to pick up my CMJ badge, as I soon as I see a flood of hipsters crossing the street. Perhaps I should note that 'hipsters' is a very serious word here, browsing Craigslist NYC recently I saw a rental ad that made a point to say “We're not hipsters but it's OK if you are.” Ha!