Thursday, May 28, 2009 Book Club w/ Clues' Alden Penner

huge thanks to the Spin Magazine staff for their support!

Book Club
Alden Penner of Clues Loves 'Tao of Pooh'
Find out why the ex-Unicorns singer-guitarist recommends the book, which he received as a gift from actor Michael Cera.

Clues frontman Alden Penner reads a lot of books. And though he doesn't necessarily finish them all, the ex-Unicorns man says a wide variety of writing influenced the songs on Clues' self-titled debut. "[A] book I read recently was a history of the Mennonites in the Ukraine, because part of my background is Mennonite," Penner tells "One of the Clues songs, 'A Perfect Fit,' throws a line around about the two hundred year history of the Mennonites in the Ukraine who are known as a migratory people who were always displaced."

(((Read the full interview here!)))

Noisecreep Talks to Maylene and The Sons Of Disaster!

huge thanks to the entire Noisecreep staff for their support!

Southern Goodness With Maylene and the Sons of Disaster

There's an old saying that one is American by birth, but Southern by the grace of God. In 2009, the South remains in vogue, musically-speaking. Maylene and the Sons of Disaster vocalist Dallas Taylor, who has the distinction of being the original singer of a little band you may have heard of called Underoath. The Birmingham, Alabama band is about unleash "III" via Ferret Music this summer and when prodded, Taylor told Noisecreep his top three things about being Southern. He said, "The hospitality is one. Being able to feel at home talking to a stranger and growing up saying 'Ma'am' and 'Sir.'" Taylor also stated that the "laid back life and letting the stress of daily life take a back seat while just enjoying life" is another of the things he likes about being from the South. Last, but certainly not least, the food is another reason Southern-ness reigns supreme. "Southern cooking and soul food is where it's at," Taylor said.

(((Click to read the full interview here!)))

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Paper Chase Premieres Video off New Album out Today on Kill Rock Stars!

click here to watch the first video off the band's new album, "Someday This Could All Be Yours" out today on Kill Rock Stars!

Magnet Premieres New Music from David Moore!

huge thanks to the entire Magnet staff for their support!

MP3 At 3PM: David Moore

Back in the ’90s, David Moore used to front Midwestern hardcore band Split Lip and, later, the more melodic, emo-by-way-of-Americana outfit Chamberlain, an underrated endeavor (1995’s Fate’s Got A Driver could’ve easily made our Lost Classics list) that lasted until 2000. Moore’s solo debut, My Lover, My Stranger (due June 23 on Doghouse), is so far from hardcore shores that you can’t even see Vic Bondi and Kevin Seconds playing beach volleyball. Moore is an amalgam of rough-hewn voices you’ve heard before—a little Springsteen, maybe some Joe Cocker or Ian McLagan and even a little Neil Diamond now and then—and he positively lives inside the songs. MAGNET presents the premiere of “Corners” below.

(((Click to listen to "Corners" here!)))

Clutch Announce US Tour w/ Baroness!

Clutch Live!

UK Tour
Jun 13 2009 Corporation Sheffield
Jun 14 2009 Download Festival Donington
Jun 15 2009 HMS Hammer Gig Boat to Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards London
Jun 16 2009 Wedgewood Rooms Portsmouth
Jun 17 2009 TJ’s Newport
Jun 18 2009 Cockpit Leeds
Jun 19 2009 King Tut’s Glasgow
Jun 21 2009 De Helling Utrecht
Jun 22 2009 Kulturfabrik Esch-sur-Alzette
Jun 23 2009 Underground Koln
Jun 24 2009 Molotow Hamburg
Jun 25 2009 Knaak Berlin

US w/ Baroness and Lionize!
July 3rd Atlantic City, NJ @ House of Blues w/ Monster Magnet and Wino (* no Baroness or Lionize)
July 9 Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's
July 10 Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
July 11 Chicago, IL @ Kuma's
July 12 Sauget, IL @ Pop's
July 14 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
July 15 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
July 17 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
July 18 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theater
July 19 Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues Las Vegas
July 20 San Diego, CA @ Cane's Bar & Grill
July 21 Los Angeles, CA @ House Of Blues
July 22 San Francisco, CA @ Regency Center
July 23 Seattle, WA @ King Cat Theater
July 25 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
July 26 Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theater
July 27 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
July 28 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
July 29 Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
July 31 Calgary, AB @ Flames Center
August 1 Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Events Center
August 2 Saskatoon, SK @ Odeon Event Center
August 3 Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick Center
August 5 Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave
August 6 Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
August 7 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
August 8 Baltimore, MD @ Sonar

Nylon Magazine Spotlights Clues!

huge thanks to the entire Nylon staff for their support!

This band is from Montreal, but their favorite music is anything but.

Clues is like a good mystery: Straightforward, yet beguiling at the same time.

It might have something to do with the fact that the band’s members hail from some of the more influential—and diverse—Montreal bands in the last few years; Alden Penner founded art pop buzz band The Unicorns, which fizzled out before they could even release a second album, and Brendan Reed was behind the drum kit for Arcade Fire back when they were recording their debut EP.

Clue’s first album just came out this week, but to get even more clues about the band, we had Penner and Reed’s bandmate, Lisa Gamble, put together a mixtape for us. As she explains, “In true Canadian tradition, I thought to put together a mix tape that least exemplifies my culture. You will find that none of these songs allude to either our terrible climate or the game of hockey.” So what do they have in common? “Joyfulness—even if they seem angsty.”

(((Click to read the full story here!)))

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Time Out NY Previews Loud Fast Jews!

huge thanks to the entire Time Out Staff for their support!

Ticket Alert: Loud Fast Jews!

Early punk rock was an overwhelmingly Jewish phenomenon, both in its location (New York City), participants (Joey Ramone, Richard Hell, Malcolm McLaren), forefathers (Lou Reed, Jonathan Richman, Bob Dylan) and attitude (wordy, media-savvy, anxiety-ridden). From an admittedly myopic perspective, the genre completed rock & roll’s natural curve—what began with Elvis culminated in the Ramones—while providing a loud, early finale to the rambunctious Jewish-American art experience of the 20th century.

On Thursday, June 11, four Jewish punks—Tommy Ramone, Lenny Kaye, Handsome Dick Manitoba and Blondie’s Chris Stein—will address these issues at “Loud Fast Jews!” The panel, arranged by Guitar World editor Richard Bienstock, takes place at Chelsea’s YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. (Apparently, CBGB was unavailable.) Tickets, which cost $18 ($12 if you can successfully impersonate a student), are available at Older punks still grappling with the Internet, call 212-868-4444.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

AOL Noisecreep Interviews Goes Cube About Debut Album!

Goes Cube Keep It Heavy With 'Another Day Has Passed'

Is it possible to be a "heavy" band without being a "metal" band? One needs to look no further than New York City for the answer, where bands such as Quicksand, Helmet and Unsane have for the most part avoided the metal tag, despite being unquestionably heavy. Brooklyn's Goes Cube are poised to pick up where those bands left off with their forthcoming release 'Another Day Has Passed.' A record of considerable heft, but not really metal in the classic sense.

(((Click to read the full interview here!)))

BrooklynVegan and Others Talk New Big Business Album!

Big Business (new album out now & streaming) & Tweak Bird @ Union Pool in Brooklyn - pics (and tour dates)

photos by Justina Villanueva, words by Black Bubblegum

"After much anticipation, Los Angeles based rock heroes BIG BUSINESS have just released their latest and most epic album to date. Entitled "Mind The Drift," the album is available courtesy of the renowned Hydra Head Records, and was produced by Phil Ek (Built To Spill, Fleet Foxes, The Shins) in his Seattle studio.

Featuring the ferocious vocals and bass duties of Jared Warren (ex-Karp, Tight Bros From Way Back When), dominating drumming abilities of Coady Willis (also of the newly revived Murder City Devils), and for the first time, guitar madman Toshi Kasai (also a respected producer in his own right), "Mind the Drift"... [PR] streaming in its entirety @

(((Check out the photo gallery here!)))

* Other folks have been praising "Mind The Drift" this week as well. Click below to read some other rave reviews:


Monday, May 11, 2009

The NY Times Reviews Cryptomnesia!

Critics' Choice
New CDs

(Rodriguez Lopez Productions)

So many jumpy, frenetic, whipsawing guitar lines go zooming through Omar Rodriguez Lopez’s head that his main band, the Mars Volta, can’t hold them all. That’s why he has his own extensive catalog of solo albums and collaborations, largely (but not entirely) instrumental works like “Old Money” (Stone’s Throw), which was released earlier this year. (The next Mars Volta album is due in June.)

(((Click to read the full review here!)))

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Decibel Talks Snack Food w/ Big Business!

huge thanks to Jeanne Fury and the entire Decibel staff for the awesome piece:

Big Business Lay the Snackdown

Behold: nachos. They were the only snack food that Beavis and Butthead ever left the couch for. And clearly, nachos have the power to mesmerize metal dudes. Just take a look at those Big Business bastards up there. Toshi Kasai, Coady Willis, and Jared Warren are half a second away from unleashing their O-faces and getting macho with that nacho.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Big Business go buck wild over a hot ‘n’ tasty mound (exhibit A after the jump), so the Deciblog decided to investigate. Though it took some significant effort (read: crowbar, motor oil, loss of dignity), we pried Warren from the love-pile and got the inside info on the snacking habits of these stoner boogie behemoths.

(((Read the full interview here!)))

Stream "Mind The Drift" here!

Big Business Live w/ Tweakbird!
May 7 2009 Rock & Roll Hotel Washington DC, Washington DC
May 8 2009 The Note Westchester, Pennsylvania
May 9 2009 Union Pool Brooklyn, New York
May 10 2009 Mercury Lounge New York, New York
May 12 2009 Middle East Downstairs Boston, Massachusetts
May 13 2009 Grog Shop Cleaveland, Ohio
May 14 2009 The Basement Columbus, Ohio
May 15 2009 Headliners Music Hall Louisville, Kentucky
May 16 2009 Small’s Detroit, Michigan
May 17 2009 The Bottom Lounge Chicago, Illinois
May 18 2009 Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, Minnesota
May 20 2009 Larimer Lounge Denver, Colorado
May 21 2009 Bar Deluxe Salt Lake City, Utah
May 22 2009 Neurolux Boise, Idaho
May 23 2009 Dante’s Portland, Oregon
May 24 2009 Neumo’s Crystal Ball Reading Room Seattle, Washington
May 25 2009 The Big Room Olympia, Washington
May 27 2009 Bottom of the Hill San Francisco, California
May 28 2009 Detroit Bar Costa Mesa, California
Jun 1 2009 Troubadour Los Angeles, California
Jun 2 2009 Casbah San Diego

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Goes Cube Premieres Song 30 Video on Metal Injection!

Goes Cube "Goes Cube Song 30"

Clutch Announces New Album "Strange Cousins From The West!"

Announces New Album, Strange Cousins From The West, Out July 7th on Weathermaker Music!

Veteran Maryland rock quartet CLUTCH are putting the finishing touches on their ninth studio album, titled Strange Cousins From the West. Produced by Clutch and J. Robbins at Magpie Cage Studios in Baltimore, the effort is the first Clutch original to be released on the band's own Weathermaker Music, through RED Distribution. Label manager Jon Nardachone reports "Strange Cousins..." will be available both digitally and through retail on July 7th. He also reports the first single and video, "50,000 Unstoppable Watts" will be officially released prior to Memorial Day weekend."

Also of note is the Poppo's Blues Band cover song "Algo Ha Cambiado," which vocalist Neil Fallon sings in Spanish. Poppo was a legendary Argentinian hard rock singer/guitarist throughout the 70's and 80's. The title Strange Cousins From the West was taken from a line in the song "Minotaur." Although the band has toured the world extensively over the past 2 years, and released multiple Clutch oriented projects, Strange Cousins... is the band's first original studio work since March of 2007's "From Beale Street to Oblivion" which featured the hit "Electric Worry."

* Clutch is planning a seven month worldwide headlining tour which takes flight in the US on May 6th with support acts Wino and Maylene & the Sons of Disaster, followed by a July US tour with Baroness as main support. Look for the band to appear on some popular music & art festivals including Austin City Limits later this Fall, UK's mammoth Download Festival on June 14th and more to be announced.

The official track listing for "Strange Cousins From the West" is:
Motherless Child
Struck Down
50,000 Unstoppable Watts
Abraham Lincoln
The Amazing Kreskin
Let a Poor Man Be
Algo Ha Cambiado
Sleestak Lightning

Clutch Live!

* July, September, and December North American tour dates will be added to the following confirmed dates:

w/ Wino and Maylene and the Sons of Disaster
May 6 2009 Lost Horizon Syracuse, New York
May 7 2009 The Cellar Struthers, Ohio
May 8 2009 Headliner’s Toledo, Ohio
May 9 2009 Otto’s Nightclub DeKalb, Illinois
May 10 2009 Riverside Ballroom Green Bay, Wisconsin
May 12 2009 Canaries Stadium KRRO Fest Sioux Falls, South Dakota with Slipknot and Korn * Clutch only
May 13 2009 People’s Court Des Moines, Iowa
May 14 2009 The Cotillion Wichita, Kansas
May 15 2009 The Blue Note Columbia, Missouri
May 16 2009 Jake’s Nightclub Bloomington, Indiana
May 17 2009 Columbus Crew Stadium "Rock on the Range" Festival Columbus, Ohio
May 19 2009 The Music Farm Charleston, South Carolina
May 20 2009 Cat’s Cradle Carrboro, North Carolina
May 21 2009 The Norva Norfolk, Virginia
May 22 2009 The Note West Chester, Pennsylvania
May 23 2009 The Bakerton Group @ 930 Club Washington, DC, Washington DC

UK Tour
Jun 13 2009 Corporation Sheffield
Jun 14 2009 Download Festival Donington
Jun 15 2009 HMS Hammer Gig Boat to Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards London
Jun 16 2009 Wedgewood Rooms Portsmouth
Jun 17 2009 TJ’s Newport
Jun 18 2009 Cockpit Leeds
Jun 19 2009 King Tut’s Glasgow
Jun 21 2009 De Helling Utrecht
Jun 22 2009 Kulturfabrik Esch-sur-Alzette
Jun 23 2009 Underground Koln
Jun 24 2009 Molotow Hamburg
Jun 25 2009 Knaak Berlin

July 3rd House of Blues Atlantic City, NJ w/ Monster Magnet and Wino

For more information, visit:

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

El Grupo Nuevo Releases Cryptomnesia Today!

El Grupo Nuevo De Omar Rodriguez Lopez
(Rodriguez Lopez Productions)

The Press responds!
Metal Sucks
Alarm Press
Tiny Mix Tapes

Monday, May 4, 2009

Torche Premieres Video for "Across The Shields!"

Across The Shields

Torche Live!

w/ Dredg
May 4 2009 Launchpad Albuquerque, New Mexico
May 5 2009 Martini Ranch Scottsdale, Arizona
May 6 2009 Club Congress Tucson, Arizona
May 8 2009 Glasshouse Pomona, California
May 9 2009 Velvet Jones Santa Barbara, California
May 10 2009 House of Blues San Diego, California
May 12 2009 Starline Fresno, California
May 13 2009 Downtown Brew San Luis Obispo, California
May 15 2009 The Underground Reno, Nevada
May 16 2009 Senator Theater Chico, California
May 19 2009 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, California
May 20 2009 Bimbo’s 365 Club San Francisco, California
May 21 2009 The Catalyst Santa Cruz, California
May 22 2009 Troubadour West Hollywood, California
May 23 2009 Troubadour (2nd night) West Hollywood, California
May 27 2009 The Bar New Orleans, Louisiana *
* no Dredge

Europe w/ Kylesa
Jun 19 2009 Hellfest Clisson *
Jun 20 2009 Trix Antwerp **
Jun 21 2009 Trashfest Steenwijk
Jun 22 2009 Feierwerk Munich
Jun 23 2009 Sottotetto Bologna **
Jun 24 2009 Arena Vienna **
Jun 25 2009 Futurum Prague **
Jun 26 2009 Fusion Festival Larz
Jun 27 2009 Garage Saarbrucken
Jun 28 2009 Dudefest Karlsruhe **
Jun 29 2009 Workstatt Koln **
Jun 30 2009 Rockwave Fest ***
Jul 1 2009 Cassiopeia Berlin
Jul 2 2009 Hafenklang Hamburg
Jul 3 2009 Muk Giessen
Jul 4 2009 Eurockeennes Fest Belfort
Jul 5 2009 Furiasound Fest Cergy-Pontoise
* w/ Kylesa, Jarboe, Pig Destroyer
** w/ Kylesa, Coalesce
*** w/ Kylesa, Mastodon, Slipknot

US w/ Harvey Milk!
Jul 11 2009 Churchills Miami, Florida
Jul 12 2009 Common Grounds Gainesville, Florida
Jul 13 2009 Bottletree Birmingham, Alabama
Jul 14 2009 Hi Tone Memphis, Tennessee
Jul 16 2009 Exit/In Nashville, Tennessee
Jul 17 2009 Emerson Theater Indianapolis, Indiana
Jul 18 2009 Subterranean Chicago, Illinois
Jul 19 2009 Ravari Room Columbus
Jul 20 2009 Grog Shop Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Jul 21 2009 Tralf Music Hall Buffalo, New York
Jul 23 2009 Lee’s Palace Toronto, Ontario
Jul 24 2009 La Sala Rossa Montreal, Quebec
Jul 25 2009 Middle East Downstairs Cambridge, Massachusetts
Jul 26 2009 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, New York
Jul 28 2009 First Unitarian Church Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jul 29 2009 Rock n Roll Hotel Washington DC, Washington DC
Jul 30 2009 Milestone Charlotte, North Carolina
Jul 31 2009 The Earl Atlanta, Georgia
Aug 1 2009 40 Watt Club Athens, Georgia
Aug 2 2009 Czar Tampa, Florida *
Aug 22 2009 Haydads Lake (Best Friends Day Fest) Henrico, Virginia *
* no Harvey Milk

Stereogum Premieres Fang Island's "The Absolute Place!"

huge thanks to the entire Stereogum staff for their support!

Yeasayer's Chris Keating Remixes Fang Island

While Yeasayer is slowly progressing on their followup to All Hour Cymbals, the band's stayed in sight with one of the many standouts on the Dark Was The Night comp, and via some noteworthy extracurricular activity: guitarist Anand Wilder produced the debut EP for the BTW'd (and ACL-bound) Brooklyn project Suckers, and bassist Ira Wolf Tuton guested on Natasha Khan's stunner Two Suns. Now the band's lead vocalist and primary hands-raiser Chris Keating has a Wiki-page footnote his own, remixing "The Absolute Place" by Brooklyn outfit Fang Island. Fang Island's original is a triumphant, heavily riffed, primarily instrumental epic, whiplashing through six minutes of smiling prog jams, and as many tempos as passages, before settling into one last minute of uplifting chants. Keating's take is great, a ground-up reworking rooted in that last minute of vocals, cutting and looping them over some tropical bounce via various bits of syncopated percussion and snippets of guitars. Try 'em both back to back:

(((Click to listen to the remix and original versions of "The Absolute Place" here!)))

The Chariot Stream New Album * Kickoff US Tour

Stream The Chariot's brutal new album, "Wars and Rumors of Wars" here

The Chariot w/ Gojira and Car Bomb
May 1, 2009 Springfield, VA Jaxx
May 2, 2009 Worcester, MA Palladium
May 3, 2009 Philadelphia, PA The TLA
May 4, 2009 Cleveland, OH Peabody's
May 6, 2009 New York, NY Blender Theatre
May 7, 2009 Montreal, QC Club Soda
May 8, 2009 Toronto, ON Mod Club
May 9, 2009 Detroit, MI Harpo's
May 10, 2009 Chicago, IL Logan Square
May 11, 2009 St. Paul, MN Station 4
May 13, 2009 Denver, CO Marquis
May 14, 2009 Murray, UT Murray Theater
May 17, 2009 Vancouver, BC Richards On Richards
May 18, 2009 Seattle, WA El Corazon
May 19, 2009 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
May 21, 2009 San Francisco, CA Slims
May 22, 2009 Pomona, CA Glasshouse
May 24, 2009 Hollywood, CA The Key Club

Cave In Ends Hiatus!

last week Solid PR and Cave In leaked news of Cave In's new 12" "Planets of Old" (Hydra Head) and upcoming show taking place this summer. Below is an official word from the band themselves!

Dear friends,

After 3 1/2 long years, Cave In has decided to end its hiatus. Please join us for an EP release show at Great Scott's (1222 Commonwealth Ave., Allston MA) on Sunday, July 19th @ 9PM. Also playing will be our friends Disappearer and Phantom Glue. Copies of the "Planets Of Old" limited 12" (recorded by Adam Taylor, Alex Hartman & Johnny Northrup @ Camp St. Studio) from Hydra Head Records will be available that night.

We hope to see your lovely selves.

Steve, Adam, J.R., Caleb

Below are some stories posted around the web, looks like people are as excited as we are!

AOL Noisecreep
The Tripwire
Alternative Press