Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Warlocks Announce New Album on Tee Pee Records * SXSW Shows and More!

Today we announced the new Warlocks record and the response was awesome.

Look out for the new album "The Mirror Explodes" out May 19th on Tee Pee Records:

The Mirror Explodes Tracklist:
1. Red Camera
2. The Midnight Sun
3. Slowly Disappearing
4. There Is A Formula To Your Despair
5. Standing Between The Lovers Of Hell
6. You Make Me Wait
7. Frequency Meltdown
8. Static Eyes

The Warlocks Live!

03.15.09 Vulcan Gas Co. 2 / Psych Fest Austin, TX w/ Black Angels, Dead Meadow, A Place To Bury Strangers and more!
03.19.09 Roky Erickson Psychedelic Ice Cream Social Austin, TX w/ Roky Erickson
03.19.09 The Compound Austin, TX
03.21.09 Club 1808 2-7PM Tee Pee Records / LA Record SXSW Day Party Austin, TX w/ Annihilation Time, Year Long Disaster, Night Horse
03.21.09 Viva Radio/American Apparel official showcase Time TBA Austin, TX

Alarm Press Interviews Clutch's Jean Paul Gaster!

huge thanks to Kim Manning and the entire Alarm staff for their support!

Q&A: The Bakerton Group and Clutch Drummer on Musical Duality

In the 1990s, eccentric heavy-rock four-piece Clutch created a side project and “alter-ego” blues/jam band called The Bakerton Group. On February 17, The Bakerton Group released El Rojo, produced by J. Robbins and released on the band’s own label, Weathermaker Music.

Drummer Jean-Paul Gaster talks with Kim Manning
about the recording industry, performing in both configurations, and what’s in store for each.

[Click for full interview]

Impose Magazine Calls Red Fang the New Balls Deep!

huge thanks to Jay Diamond for the support and best headline ever!

Red Fang are the new balls deep

I don’t really know if it’s acceptable to say Red Fang are “balls deep,” but I’m just gonna go ahead and try it.

Seriously, I mean check the photo. They’re all just hanging out in a pile of beer, drinking beer, thrashing out stuff that sounds like The Melvins and Black Flag, and they”ll soon be embarking on a tour with Early Man.

(((Read the full article here!)))

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Torche Announce New 12" / DVD * US Tour with From Monument To Masses and Dredg!

Announce New 12" / DVD * US Tour with From Monument to Masses and Dredg!

We've been waiting a long time for this moment and now we finally get NEW MUSIC from Florida's sweetest export TORCHE!

Only moments ago, TORCHE announced information on their upcoming 12" + DVD for Hydra Head, (available in stores on March 10th) featuring two tracks off Meanderthal ("Healer" and "Across the Shields"), TWO BRAND NEW SONGS ("Mash it Up" and "Sugar Glider") and to top it all off, a DVD of music videos for "Healer" and "Across the Shields!" More on the videos next week, but we can confirm the 12" album cover is from behind the scenes on the bands video shoot for "Across The Shields." You can check out the links to the release at and pre-order your copies on purple, orange, and black vinyl now!

In addition and in support of their latest slab o'wax, TORCHE has announced US tourdates w/ From Monument to Masses and Dredg! See the full tracklist for the 12" and complete tourdates below!

Tracklist for Healer / Across The Shields 12" + DVD!
Side A: Healer / Across The Shields
Side B: Mash It Up / Sugar Glider
DVD: Healer (Music Video) / Across The Shields (Music Video)

Torche Live!
2/28 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade / Scion Rock Fest with Mastodon, Neurosis, Harvey Milk, Boris, Converge, Coalesce, High On Fire, Trash Talk, Pig Destroyer, and many more.

w/ From Monument to Masses and Dredg!
4/3 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
4/4 Bellingham, WA @ Nightlight
4/5 Seattle WA @ Neumo's
4/7 Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon Theater
4/8 Denver, CO @ The Marquis Theater
4/10 Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
4/11 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudville Mews
4/12 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
4/13 Pontiac, MI @ Eagle Theater
4/15 Boston, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
4/16 Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of Living Arts
4/17 Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
4/18 Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
4/19 New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
4/21 Raleigh, NC @ The Brewery

For more information, visit:

Monday, February 23, 2009

These Arms Are Snakes Talk to Decider!

huge thanks to Matt Schild and the entire Decider staff!

Interview: These Arms Are Snakes

The fashionista posing that’s taken hold of the punk scene over the past few years probably isn’t going anywhere. But the shape of punk to come hasn’t been entirely forgotten. Seattle’s These Arms Are Snakes is among the handful of acts putting a true progressive slant on heavy sounds. The band’s latest full-length, 2008’s Tail Swallower And Dove, sneaks a covert appreciation of pop into sleazy, bong-hit jams that writhe around the touchstones of hardcore, metal, and progressive rock.

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

Red Fang Announce US Tour w/ Early Man!


Red Fang Live:

w/ Clutch and The Bakerton Group:

Feb 24 2009 Montage Music Hall Rochester, New York
Feb 25 2009 Higher Ground Burlington, Vermont
Feb 26 2009 Asylum Portland, Maine
Feb 27 2009 Chance Poughkeepsie, New York
Feb 28 2009 Crazy Donkey Farmingdale, New York
Mar 1 2009 Chameleon Club Lancaster, Pennsylvania

w/ Early Man:
Mar 2 2009 Maxwell’s Hoboken, New Jersey
Mar 3 2009 Khyber Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mar 4 2009 The Studio at Webster Hall New York, New York
Mar 5 2009 DC9 Washington DC, Washington DC
Mar 6 2009 Ravari Room Columbus, Ohio w/ Skeleton Witch
Mar 7 2009 The Grog Shop Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Mar 8 2009 Nara Sushi Richmond, Virginia
Mar 10 2009 Stella Blue Asheville, North Carolina
Mar 11 2009 The Pour House Music Hall Raleigh, North Carolina
Mar 12 2009 Drunken Unicorn Atlanta, Georgia
Mar 13 2009 Backbooth Orlando, Florida
Mar 14 2009 The Crowbar Tampa, Florida
Mar 16 2009 Cave 9 Birmingham, Alabama
Mar 18 2009 Rubber Gloves Denton, Texas
Mar 19 2009 Spiro’s - SXSW Austin, Texas
Mar 20 2009 SXSW - TBA Austin, Texas
Mar 24 2009 Plush Tucson, Arizona

Red Fang on Myspace

Magnet Talks New Stinking Lizaveta Album!

huge thanks to Matthew Fritch for the support!

Free MP3 From Stinking Lizaveta

A collective slap to the forehead occurred at MAGNET HQ when we realized our recent 15 In Philly coverage (a 15th-anniversary look at hometown bands) neglected even to mention Stinking Lizaveta. The West Philly trio has been playing instrumental prog/metal since 1996, and hardly a week goes by that the group—brothers Yanni (guitar) and Alexi Papdopoulos (upright bass) and Cheshire Agusta (drums)—doesn’t appear onstage at some local divehole. (In Philly, you don’t go see Stinking Lizaveta; they see you.)

Steve Albini
put them on the bill for All Tomorrow’s Parties in 2004, and Fugazi’s Joe Lally issued one of SL’s records on his label. So what’s MAGNET’s excuse for the glaring omission? We’re kind of scared of these people. They are technically superior musicians and they look like they have ties to the Russian mob. Besides, we’re sure our neighbors over at Decibel have it covered.

Download the title track from the upcoming Sacrifice And Bliss (At A Loss, due March 31) here or stream audio below. Warning: The riffage will dislodge your Thor/Viking helmet beginning around the 2:00 mark.

(((Click to download "Sacrifice and Bliss" here!)))

Artist Direct Talks to Clutch and Bakerton Group's Neil Fallon!

huge thanks to Rick Florino for the support!

Interview: Neil Fallon of Clutch and The Bakerton Group

Clutch is one of those bands that all of your favorite bands listen to, love and copy, but still have never gotten the mainstream recognition they deserve. Perhaps it's because they have remained one step ahead of the public consciousness throughout their entire career. By the time the world catches up, they're listening to some carbon copy of what Clutch did two or three albums before. No Clutch album sounds the same. On each album, they're landing on a different musical planet.

With The Bakerton Group though, they've ventured into a whole new galaxy. The Bakerton Group is Clutch's vocal-less alter-ego. Their latest offering, El Rojo, is a progressive fusion of jazz, rock and southern blues that's quite a head trip. In this exclusive interview, Clutch vocalist and Bakerton Group axeman Neil Fallon spoke to about dropping the mic for El Rojo, sick new horror movies and the next Clutch album.

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

Friday, February 20, 2009

The Chariot Announces New Album "Wars, and Rumors of Wars" Out May 5th

One of punk and hardcore's most brutal acts, Atlanta GA's THE CHARIOT, have just announced plans for their brand new full length, entitled "Wars, and Rumors of Wars," out May 5th on Solid State Records. Serving as the followup to 2007's The Fiancée, the band's new album is their hardest, dirtiest, and most prolific to date.

In addition to the new album, the band plans to hit the road next week, touring Europe with friends Protest The Hero and The Human Abstract, but before they leave, have decided to sit down and hand package 25,000 copies of their new album to be sold in retail outlets nationwide, serving as something completely unique and original for their fans around the country (you can watch the band assemble their new record here).

* More information including tracklist, cover art, new songs, and US tourdates coming soon!

The Chariot Live!

Europe w/ Protest The Hero and The Human Abstract!
Feb 27 2009 Stadtmitte Karlsruhe, Germany
Feb 28 2009 Underground Köln, Germany
Mar 1 2009 Hafenklang Hamburg, Germany
Mar 2 2009 Muziekodroom Hasselt, Belgium
Mar 3 2009 White Rabbit Plymouth, UK
Mar 4 2009 Rios Leeds, UK
Mar 5 2009 Ivory Blacks Glasgow, UK
Mar 6 2009 Corporation Sheffield, UK
Mar 7 2009 Rock City Nottingham, UK
Mar 8 2009 The Pitz Club Milton Keynes, UK
Mar 9 2009 Underworld London, UK
Mar 10 2009 Doornroosje Nijmegen, Holland
Mar 11 2009 Batofar Paris, France
Mar 12 2009 Duoble Six Lyon, France
Mar 13 2009 Rocksound Barcelona, Spain
Mar 14 2009 Ritmo Y Compas Madrid, Spain
Mar 15 2009 Music Box Lisboa, Portugal
Mar 16 2009 TBA Basque, Spain
Mar 17 2009 Le Grillen Colmar, France
Mar 18 2009 KiFF Aarau, Switzerland
Mar 19 2009 Init Rome, Italy
Mar 20 2009 Estragon Bologna, Italy
Mar 21 2009 Wallerseehalle, Spring Metal Fest Henndorf bei Salzburg, Austria
Mar 22 2009 Futurm Prague, Czech Republic
Mar 23 2009 Feierwerk München, Germany
Mar 24 2009 Magnet Berlin, Germany
Mar 26 2009 Melna Piektdiena Riga, Latvia
Mar 27 2009 Tapper Tallinn, Estonia
Mar 29 2009 Semifinal Helsinki, Finland
Mar 30 2009 Orlandina St. Petersburg
Apr 1 2009 Tabula Rasa Moscow

For more information, visit:

Thursday, February 19, 2009

MTV Subterranean Adds Good Old War's "Weak Man" Video to Rotation!


Headbangers Ball Blog Leaks Stinking Lizaveta's "Sacrifice and Bliss!"

huge thanks to Jon Weiderhorn and the entire HBB staff for the support!

Exclusive MP3: Stinking Lizaveta’s Instrumetal Madness ‘Sacrifice and Bliss’

The most improvisational, progressive and musically mindblowing instrumental metal band to surface from the detritus of Philadelphia, Stinking Lizaveta, will release their sixth full album, Sacrifice and Bliss, on March 31 on At a Loss Recordings.

(((Click to download "Sacrifice and Bliss!")))

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Decibel Interviews Clutch and Bakerton Group Guitarist Tim Sult!

huge thanks to Chris Dick, Nick Green and the entire Decibel staff!

The Bakerton Group and Clutch's Tim Sult Interviewed

dB caught The Bakerton Group and Clutch's Tim Sult by surprise. Actually, we didn't. We just played phone tag for a few hours and dB ended up winning the game. Poor Tim.

What’s the Weathermaker about?
Tim Sult: It’s basically an extension of the River Road Records that we did in the early 2000’s. We have proper distribution now, so we’ll be able to release The Bakerton Group and Clutch material with real distribution finally. That’s really what it’s about.

DRT is allegedly on-hold now. It’s public you were dissatisfied with DRT. Does Weathermaker give you the chance to bring it all in-house?
Tim Sult: Yeah, it was time to bring it all in-house for sure. With DRT, everything sounded like it would be a good deal, but everything went sour. Always does with any record deal.

The Bakerton Group’s El Rojo album just came out?
Tim Sult: The Bakerton Group originally started when Neil, our singer, moved out to Denver in the early ‘90s. We basically had nothing better to do, so we start writing instrumental songs in-between tours. Just to practice, really. That was the reason, actually. So, I would say New Year’s Eve 1997, going into 1998, The Bakerton Group played its first show. It took us a few years to finally get The Bakerton Group going. Now, we have Neil on guitar so it all works out.

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

Monday, February 16, 2009

Spinner Calls Mouthpiece's "Column" MP3 of The Day!

click to download Mouthpiece's "Column" below!

Mouthpiece, 'Column' -- Free MP3 of the Day

Clues Announce Album Details and US Tourdates!

Announce Details of Debut, Self-Titled Album out May 19th on Constellation Records * Noise Pop Appearance and US Tourdates Begin This Month!

Devoted chroniclers of the Canadian music scene may already be hip to Clues, the musical project of Alden Penner and Brendan Reed, but now, after building a small cult following on their instrument-packed live shows and online music store, the supergroup is ready for the next step. -

This is the wondrous debut record from Clues. Co-founders Alden Penner and Brendan Reed have been quietly nurturing this project in Montreal since the demise of their respective bands, Unicorns and Les Angles Morts. As a member of the short-lived Unicorns, Penner's songwriting prowess was unveiled in a bright burst of mysterious and kaleidoscopic energy, in the form of a single full-length album (released in 2003) and countless live shows, both of which rallied passionate responses from audiences and critics alike.

Penner's voice, guitar and unique lyrical vision now guide Clues, with humble authority, originality and intent. Wedded to Reed's own superlative compositional and arranging acumen (and awesome drumming, among other instrumental skills) and abetted by multi-instrumentalists Ben Borden (Les Automates de Maxime de la Rochefoucauld), Lisa Gamble (Gambletron, Evangelista, Hrsta) and Nick Scribner (Chaotic Insurrection Ensemble), the band delivered sporadic and fantastic local performances through 2008. They then entered the Hotel2Tango studio to lay down eleven songs in a feverish session during a Montréal winter deep freeze. The resulting album radiates a very special warmth and urgency, full of secrets, smiles, snarls and sing-a-longs.

This debut record yields one undeniable tune after another. It is one of those albums that coheres effortlessly in spite of the restless energy and distinct identity of each song – nothing ever really sounds or stays the same, but neither are there any forced spastics or facile schizophrenics. Forged from postpunk, no-wave and psych influences, Clues compose a rare breed of complex pop anthems that consistently inscribe their own perfect limits, without overreaching and without pandering. The overriding aesthetic avoids ornate decadence and stringent economy in equal measure. An authentic, unfussy and stirringly epic little sonic world unfolds: idiosyncratic and enigmatic, but exuberantly infectious and approachable.

Clues offer up a highly original, intensely committed and hugely satisfying definition of indie rock; we are thrilled to be shepherding it into the fractured world of popular music and we believe it is deserving of your attention and engagement.

* Clues is available on CD in a custom gatefold cardstock package printed with metallic and full colour inks. The record is also available on 180 gram virgin vinyl LP and as a digital release.

Clues Tracklist:
01 Haarp
02 Remember Severed Head
03 Approach The Throne
04 In The Dream
05 You Have My Eyes Now
06 Perfect Fit
07 Elope
08 Cave Mouth
09 Crows
10 Ledmonton
11 Lets Get Strong

Clues Live!
February 26 - Spaceland in Los Angeles, CA
February 27 - Howle and Sons Pizza and Beer Visalla, CA
February 28 - Rickshaw Shop San Francisco, CA (Noise Pop Festival)
March 1 - Sam Bonds Garage Eugene, OR
March 2 - Backspace Portland OR
March 3 - The Big Room Olympia, WA
March 4 - The Vera Project Seattle WA
March 5 – The Bitmore Cabaret Vancouver BC Canada

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Jambase Reviews The Bakerton Group's "El Rojo!"

huge thanks to Jake Krolick and the entire Jambase staff!

The Bakerton Group: El Rojo

The Bakerton Group, aka "the psychedelic instrumental jazz-laden alter ego" of Maryland's Clutch, has tossed their tradition aside again to record something new entitled El Rojo (arriving February 17 on Weathermaker Music). This third time around, Clutch's original four have recruited Opeth's keyboardist Per Wiberg. All five members absolutely shine on this record, which comes off as a vivacious instrumental rock album with grooves that are deeper than many jazz offerings today. What The Bakerton Group has created on El Rojo sounds like something torn from an older page in the Gov't Mule catalog, mixed with a healthy dash of Soulive.

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

Metal Injection Leaks New Red Fang Track!

huge thanks to Metal Injection for the support!

RED FANG gets the week started right

I know what you're thinking: "Rob, a wake up call at 1:30 pm?" Well, it's Presidents Day and I have the day off from work, so yes, this is MY Wake Up Call. Red Fang is an awesome up and coming band from Portland, OR that brings the rock. The band can be compared to the sound of Big Business, the Sword, and even show some signs of Clutch rocking out. So, check out the free download of Prehistoric Dog below and don't forget to watch the equally awesome music video they shot for the song as well.

(((Click to download "Prehistoric Dog" here!)))

Gaper's Block Talks To Extra Life's Charlie Looker!

huge thanks to the Gaper's Block staff for their support!

A Quick Chat with Charlie Looker

Hailed by Tyondai Braxton of Battles and Stereogum, Brooklyn's Extra Life have made a name for themselves with their hypnotic combination of math rock and chamber pop. Extra Life hits up the Empty Bottle tonight in support of their album, Secular Works, released last year through Planaria Recordings.

Gapers Block had the chance for a quick chat with lead singer and guitarist Charlie Looker before the show.

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

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Pastepunk and The Tripwire Talk Mouthpiece Discography!

huge thanks to the Pastepunk and Tripwire staff for their support!

* Read Pastepunk's interview w/ Mouthpiece frontman Tim McMahon here!

* Read The Tripwire's review of Mouthpiece's Can't Kill What's Inside: The Complete Discography here!

Thursday, February 5, 2009 Leaks Big Business "Gold and Final" mp3!

huge thanks to the staff for their support!

Exclusive MP3: Big Business' Aural Assault
Download some righteous riffage from the band that play with legendary punk rockers the Melvins!

Whether you rock old school metal (Iron Maiden) or new (Queens of the Stone Age) you need to hear the first cut from Big Business' upcoming third album, Mind the Drift (due in April).

Read the full story here!

Red Fang Announces Debut Full Length on Sargent House!

Threatening to rupture eardrums with unyielding, angular guitars, Red Fang nevertheless wields the multi-ton low end that seduced fans of Big Business. - The Stranger

Red Fang push SST sludge and Thor's hammer riffage through big filthy Sunn amps, and slay Sabbath's rhythm section using the jawbone of Greg Ginn. - The Portland Mercury

These guys are raw, occasionally distorted, and loud as fuck; they've opened for the Sword, the Saviours, the Fucking Champs, and the Melvins, and they've got a distinct brand of metal — shreddin', but with a groove — that's formidable on disc but absolutely kills live. - San Francisco Bay Guardian

Red Fang is the formation of long time friends and collaborators Bryan Giles (Last of the Juanitas, Party Time), Aaron Beam (Dark Forces, Lachrymator), David Sullivan (Party Time, facedowninshit, Shiny Beast) and John Sherman (Party Time, Bad Wizard, Trumans Water, All Night).

Unleashed on New Year's Eve of 2006 in Portland, Oregon, Red Fang stormed out of the gates, introducing a sweaty, seething basement to a new kind of unforgettable fist-pumping, beer-chugging rock music. Since that night, the band has continued with the same intensity, energy, and intimacy to quickly become a touring juggernaut, playing shows all over the US with bands like The Melvins, Big Business, and The Sword, to name just a few.

Residing somewhere between Black Flag and Black Sabbath, Red Fang recall a time when rock was more urgent and horrifying. Synthesizing a variety of heavy music influences into their own distinct musical identity, the band easily shifts from barn-burning punk to mid-tempo, hyper-distorted bass destruction all while maintaining a cohesive sound. Red Fang create gigantic rock songs that are easy to listen to (not easy listening, mind you) and qualify the simultaneous usage of both the thinking and the banging head, which are usually mutually exclusive. Their instrumentation is fluid and effortless, and the vocals are delivered melodically and forcefully. Paired with elemental imagery, the lyrics too are absolutely immense and satisfying without any pretense.

* Red Fang's debut, self-titled full length, is a collection of the band's first two EP's which saw a limited release on Wantage Records. The band will spend the next two months touring the US w/ Clutch before heading out on some headlining dates of their own. More information including tourdates and their video for "Prehistoric Dog" below!

Red Fang Tracklist:
1. Prehistoric Dog
2. Reverse Thunder

3. Night Destroyer
4. Humans Remain Human Remains
5. Good To Die
6. Bird on Fire

7. Wings of Fang
8. Sharks
9. Whales and Leeches
10. Witness

Red Fang Live:
Feb 1 2009 Rontoms Portland, Oregon w/ Black Elk & Black Eyes & Neckties
Feb 6 2009 Neurolux Boise, Idaho
Feb 7 2009 Bar Deluxe Salt Lake City, Utah
Feb 8 2009 3 Kings Tavern Denver, Colorado w/ Kingdom of Magic & Tauntaun
Feb 10 2009 Mad Hatter Club Covington, Kentucky

w/ Clutch and The Bakerton Group:
Feb 11 2009 V Club Huntington, West Virginia
Feb 12 2009 Headliners Music Hall Louisville, Kentucky
Feb 13 2009 The Village Little Rock, Arkansas
Feb 14 2009 Lindbergs Springfield, Missouri * w/ Willem Maker (no Clutch)
Feb 15 2009 The Canopy Club Urbana, Illinois
Feb 17 2009 Club Majestic Madison, Wisconsin
Feb 18 2009 Double Door Chicago, Illinois
Feb 19 2009 The Vogue Indianapolis, Indiana
Feb 20 2009 The Terminal (formerly Streeters) Traverse City, Michigan
Feb 21 2009 The Shelter Detroit, Michigan
Feb 22 2009 Machine Shop Flint, Michigan
Feb 24 2009 Montage Music Hall Rochester, New York
Feb 25 2009 Higher Ground Burlington, Vermont
Feb 26 2009 Asylum Portland, Maine
Feb 27 2009 Chance Poughkeepsie, New York
Feb 28 2009 Crazy Donkey Farmingdale, New York
Mar 1 2009 Chameleon Club Lancaster, Pennsylvania

* Headlining US dates and SXSW appearances to be announced soon!

* Watch the video for "Prehistoric Dog" here!

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