Saturday, August 19, 2017

Blue Rodeo w/ The Sadies, Skydiggers, Oh Susanna @ Budweiser Stage, Saturday

Bassist/vocalist Bazil Donovan will be performing double duty with Blue Rodeo and Oh Susanna tonight. 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Reed Turchi @ The Dakota Tavern, Friday

One For The Weekend: The Dramatics

Here's a rare Dramatics track off the Detroit OST penned by Sidney Barnes & Andre Williams.  

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Zeshan B @ Adelaide Hall, Saturday

Chicago's Zeshan Bagewadi does a decent job of updating George Perkins' deep soul gem Cryin' In The Streets.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Whaddya mean you don't know Keith Kessler

Keith cut "Don't Crowd Me" with members of The Impulses at Kearney Barton's studio in Seattle back in 1966.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Biblical releases The City That Always Sleeps on September 15

The whumpin' "Mature Themes" is off Biblical's much anticipated second album which you can pre-order here.

Margo Price opening for Chris Stapleton @ Budweiser Stage, Thursday

Check out Margo's performance of her new single "Paper Cowboy" at SXSW followed by a list of tour dates.

Margo Price on Tour
Aug 17 – Budweiser Stage – Toronto, ON^
Aug 18 – Blossom Music Center – Cuyahoga Falls, OH^
Aug 19 – DTE Energy Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI^
Aug 24 – LOCKN’ Festival – Arrington, VA
Aug 25 – Bank of NH Pavilion @ Meadowbrook – Gilford, NH^
Aug 26 – Bank of NH Pavilion @ Meadowbrook – Gilford, NH^
Sept 2 – Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena – Zephyr Cove, NV+
Sept 3 – Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena – Zephyr Cove, NV+
Sept 7 – Hopscotch Music Festival – Raleigh, NC
Sept 8 – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ**
Sept 9 – Jones Beach Theater – Jones Beach, NY
Sept 17 – CityFolk Festival – Ottowa, CA
Oct 1 – Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival – Columbia, MO
Oct 5 – iWireless Center – Moline, IL^
Oct 6 – Wells Fargo Arena – Des Moines, IA^
Oct 7 – Xcel Energy Center – St. Paul, MN^
Oct 26 – KeyBank Center – Buffalo, NY^^
Oct 27 – Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY^^

^ = w/ Chris Stapleton and Brent Cobb 
+ = w/ Eric Church  
** = Outlaw Music Festival Tour w/ Willie Nelson & Family 
^^ = w/ Tim McGraw & Faith Hill Soul2Soul Tour

tickets and additional information right here.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Honky tonk legend Johnny Bush sticks with classic country on new album

Listen to "I Gotta Get Drunk" (with Dale Watson) off The Absolute Johnny Bush available here

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Mali Blues screens @ Harbourfront's Studio Theatre, Sunday

Don't miss this rare opportunity to see the beautifully shot documentary Mali Blues at 4:30pm for free.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Rare early ska footage from Jamaica uncovered

Check out the amazing vintage clips featuring the Blues Busters, Byron Lee & The Dragonaires and others.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Happy Birthday Jeff McDonald!

Watch Jeff and crew reprise a Redd Kross classic off Born Innocent from 1982.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

RIP Glen Campbell, 1936-2017

Remembering Glen with a Brian Wilson-produced gem from 1965 and a rippin' instrumental as The Gee Cees from 1961 

JD McPherson previews forthcoming album with "Lucky Penny" video

On October 6th, JD McPherson returns with his first new album in three years, Undivided Heart & Soul on New West Records. The 11-song set was produced by McPherson and Dan Molad (Lucius, Tweedy), and was recorded at the Historic RCA Studio B in Nashville, TN. The new album features collaborations with Parker Millsap, Butch Walker, and Aaron Lee Tasjan. In addition to his longtime band members (Doug Corcoran on guitar, Raynier Jacob Jacildo on keys, Jimmy Sutton on bass, and Jason Smay on drums), the album also features guest appearances by Jack Lawrence (Raconteurs, Greenhornes), Jess Wolfe & Holly Laessig of Lucius, and Nicole Atkins.  The video for "Lucky Penny" depicts McPherson and his band performing the song at RCA Studio B and was directed by George Salisbury (Flaming Lips, Nathaniel Rateliff) can be seen below.  Undivided Heart & Soul will be available digitally, as well as on compact disc and vinyl which you can now pre-order right here.

Prior to writing and recording the new album, McPherson moved his family from their longtime home of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma to the burgeoning artist community of East Nashville, TN. His decision was based on opportunity and one he was reluctant to make, but notes the profound influence the city has had on his new work. “Up to this point, I thought I knew what I was doing with songwriting, that I don’t do this or that,” says McPherson. After collaborating with multiple artists in the scene, he began to experiment, exploring personal themes and injecting more of himself into his work (including a co-write on the album with his wife Mandy). Opening up his process was no easy task. “I was having nightmares every night, thinking, ‘Wow, they’re going to hate this.”

With a group of songs taking shape, McPherson and crew scheduled studio time to begin work on the album. After initial tracking began, it quickly became apparent that the sessions were not going to work, bringing his momentum to a halt. At the invitation of his friend and longtime supporter Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, who was also recording at the time, McPherson, Homme, and his Queens bandmate Dean Fertita jammed together over a weekend in Los Angeles. They played around with some songs, with Homme pushing McPherson outside of his comfort zone in a no-stakes environment. McPherson calls the getaway “the most fun I’ve had since I was 15 years old” and returned to Nashville with a clear head, internal filters successfully stifled, and ready to move forward with a new co-producer in Dan Molad (also the drummer for the band Lucius). “There’s a pretty broad gap in our tastes, what we do and what we’re into,” McPherson says of Molad. Where McPherson is as likely to lean on The Cramps as he is Irma Thomas for inspiration, Molad’s left-field production suggestions influenced a new perspective on his sound. “We ended up learning a lot from each other, and he did a lot of stuff I’d have never thought to do.”

JD McPherson has also just announced his initial North American tour dates in support of Undivided Heart & Soul, launching in Wichita, Kansas and continuing throughout the fall with a Toronto show at Lee's Palace on November 10th. Check the complete list of dates after the "Lucky Penny" clip.

AUG 8 • Barleycorn's • WICHITA, KS
AUG 11 • Okoboji Blue Water Festival • ARNOLDS PARK, IA
AUG 19 • Wildwood Revival • ATHENS, GA
AUG 25 • Wolf Trap • VIENNA, VA
AUG 31 • The Back Room at Colectivo Coffee • MILWAUKEE, WI
SEP 1 & 2 • Minnesota State Fair • ST. PAUL, MN
SEP 3 • The Villages at Copper Mountain • COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO
SEP 7 • Central Park Sessions • MADISON, WI
SEP 8 • Bell's Eccentric Cafe • KALAMAZOO, MI
SEP 22 • Medicine Stone • TAHLEQUAH, OK
SEP 23 • John T. Floore Country Store • HELOTES, TX
SEP 28 • Knuckleheads • KANSAS CITY, MO
SEP 30 • Gothic Theatre • ENGLEWOOD, CO
OCT 1 • Mesa Theater • GRAND JUNCTION, CO
OCT 2 • The State Room • SALT LAKE CITY, UT
OCT 4 • Neumos • SEATTLE, WA*
OCT 5 • Crystal Ballroom • PORTLAND, OR*
OCT 7 • The Mountain Winery • SARATOGA, CA
OCT 8 • The Independent • SAN FRANCISCO, CA*
OCT 11 • Belly Up • SOLANA BEACH, CA*
OCT 12 • Pappy & Harriet's • PIONEERTOWN, CA*
OCT 13 • The Observatory • SANTA ANA, CA*
OCT 14 • The Regent • LOS ANGELES, CA*
OCT 15 • Crescent Ballroom • PHOENIX, AZ*
OCT 18 • The Kessler • DALLAS, TX*
OCT 19 • Scoot Inn • AUSTIN, TX*
OCT 20 • Gruene Hall • NEW BRAUNFELS, TX*
OCT 21 • Continental Club • HOUSTON, TX*
OCT 22 • One Eyed Jacks • NEW ORLEANS, LA
NOV 2 • The Grey Eagle • ASHEVILLE, NC
NOV 3 • Cat's Cradle • CARRBORO, NC
NOV 5 • World Cafe Live • PHILADELPHIA, PA
NOV 7 • Music Hall of Williamsburg • BROOKLYN, NY
NOV 8 • The Hangar • TROY, NY
NOV 9 • The Haunt • ITHACA, NY
NOV 10 • Lee's Palace • TORONTO, ONTARIO
NOV 11 • Tralf Music Hall • BUFFALO, NY
NOV 14 • Magic Bag • DETROIT, MI
NOV 15 • Skully's • COLUMBUS, OH
NOV 16 • Thalia Hall • CHICAGO, IL
NOV 17 • Headliner's Music Hall • LOUISVILLE, KY
NOV 18 • The Basement East • NASHVILLE, TN
*with Nikki Lane

Monday, August 7, 2017

Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires @ The Garrison, Tuesday

Watch Lee Bains III take on the Trump administration with "Good Old Boy" off the new Youth Detention album.

Happy 75th birthday Caetano Veloso!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

One for the Caribana weekend: Katzenjammers Steel Orchestra

Here are Tobago's celebrated Katzenjammers putting their steel pan stamp on a Gary Numan new wave classic. 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Johnny Osbourne & Sister Nancy @ Harbourfront Centre, Saturday

Here are two of Johnny Osbourne's stellar early recordings you won't likely hear him reprise on Saturday night.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

METZ issues rippin' Drained Lake ahead of new album Strange Peace

METZ's forthcoming Steve Albini-recorded Strange Peace album is out Sept. 22. They're at Lee's Sept 29 and 30.

METZ on tour
09/05 Atlanta, GA - 529
09/07 Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Festival
09/25 Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
09/29 Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace *
09/30 Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace *
10/02 Boston, MA - Sinclair #
10/03 Philadelphia, PA - The First Unitarian Church #
10/04 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg #
10/05 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom #
10/06 Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel #
10/08 Montreal, QC - La Sala Rosa

* with SUUNS
# with Uniform

RIP D.L. Menard, 1932-2017

Sadly, D.L. Menard, the Cajun Hank Williams, has passed away. Here's The Back Door performed with L'Angelus. 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Dean Wareham covers Ceremony in San Francisco

Here's Dean and company reprising a Joy Division classic at The Chapel in San Francisco the other night. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Long-awaited new Antibalas album Where The Gods Are In Peace out September 15 on Daptone

Check out a live performance of"Gold Rush" below. Antibalas return to T.O. to play the Mod Club Sept 8.  
"The world we live in is built on stolen land, stolen resources, and borrowed time. This song is an acknowledgement of that history as well as a conversation with the present moment we live in and the new types of gold rushes that create their booms and inevitable busts. The song asks the question, "Where did we go wrong?" Perhaps we can, together, come up with a good answer."

Monday, July 31, 2017

Hurray For The Riff Raff @ The Great Hall, Tuesday

Check out Alynda Segarra and her New Orleans-based crew gettin' down at Stubbs BBQ during SXSW in March. 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Celebrate 40 years of X with U.I.C. and Pow Wows @ Danforth Music Hall, Sunday

Here are a couple of rippin' early X performances and X – The Unheard Music documentary.

Happy 80th Birthday James Spaulding!

Here's Give It Up, the flipside of James Spaulding's Uhuru Sasa single released on his own East label in 1970. 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

U.I.C. with Pow Wows opening for X @ Danforth Music Hall, Sunday

Exeter's finest will be kicking out the jams at the Danforth Music Hall in celebration of 40 years of X.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Flamin' Groovies' new album Fantastic Plastic due September 22

Check out Cyril Jordan and Chris Wilson's new tune "Cryin' Shame" off the forthcoming Groovies album right here.  

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Belle and Sebastian w/ Julien Baker @ Sony Centre, Thursday

Watch Stuart Murdoch and crew perform "I Didn't See It Coming" at Iveagh Gardens in Dublin last week.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Whaddya mean you don't know Dorothy Carter

Dorothy passed away in 2003 but she left us this entrancing music on her Waillee Waillee album from 1978.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Anton Newcombe joins The Limiñanas onstage at Ostara Festival

Here's Anton and crew performing "Istanbul is Sleepy" in Saint-Pierre-en-Faucigny back in May.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Timmy's Organism unleash Eating Colors in September

The brutally boss new Timmy's Organism album Eating Colors will be released by Lo & Behold on September 1.
Since setting the scuzz-punk gutter a blaze with the first 1997 release of the EPILEPTIX, Detroit's Timmy Vulgar has continued to release mind-melting music over the last twenty years with his groups CLONE DEFECTS, HUMAN EYE, and his scuz-roq-power-trio TIMMY'S ORGANISM. Backed up by two mental ward escapees (Jeff Giant and Blake "Bovver" Hill) TIMMY'S ORGANISM have just finished their fourth studio album titled "Eating Colors." Check out the video for "Lick Up Your Town" and a live performance of "Monster Walk" below.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Nick Flanagan's Wiped Privilege album release @ Double Double Land, Friday

Check out the wit and wisdom of the Flanster who'll also be performing with Wrong Hole at Double Double Land.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Graham Parker & Brinsley Schwarz @ The Horseshoe, Wednesday

Graham & Brinsley may go deep into the catalogue at the 'Shoe with Bazil Donovan & Justin Rutledge opening.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Cut Chemist went to Colombia and all we got was this wicked mix

Upon return from a recent trip to the deepest of crates in Colombia, Cut Chemist and company sought out to remix a unique set of dusty records, each different from the last, with an equally diverse list of producers. As the title suggests, Going Back to Cali: Cut Chemist’s Colombian Crates Remixed is more than cumbia, its a reflection on a tropical culture rich in spirit, creativity and passion strung together with field recordings found along the way. These records were bought in Cali, Colombia during Patronio Alvarez Festival last year, hence the name.

Our trip begins with folklore Colombiano favorites Los Corraleros de Majagual over a crunchy boom-bap by Co. Fee from Los Angeles’ beat collective, My Hollow Drum. Dance Kill Move (Stockholm, Sweden) adds some serious low end to Los Jovenes de Hierro’s classic charanga, “Ritmo Sabroso.” Ubiquity recording artist, currently residing in Colobmia, Bosq and Yukicito of La Junta (Los Angeles) contribute absolute party starters, while El Dusty’s “Mi Chola” give Los Teen Agers a taste Corpus Christi, TX. Atropolis (Queens) pays homage with a heavy stripped down edit of Julio y su Combo’s “Lamento Cumbiambero” and Los Chicos Altos (Barcelona) add in some rub-a-dub flavor on Los Hermanos Tuiran’s “Lluvia.” In addition we explore national treasures and the lesser known, new styles of chirimía, porro, pachanga, salsa and cumbia as interpreted by Sumohair (Los Angeles), Gabe Real (Pomona CA) and Greece duo SUPERSAN (aka Panama Cardoon & Mister Kentro).

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Whaddya mean you don't know Pye Corner Audio

Martin Jenkins' creepy Carpenter-esque "Do You Hear Them" is off PCA's The Spiral EP for Death Waltz. 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

One For The Weekend: Stompin' Tom Connors

It doesn't get much more Canuck than Stompin' Tom Connors singing about driving a Red Rocket.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Les Filles de Illighadad @ Hugh's Room, Friday

Don't miss Niger's Les Filles de Illighadad playing their own entrancing style of Sahel soul starting at 8:30pm.  

RIP Kelan Phil Cohran, 1927-2017

Remembering multi-instrumentalist, Sun Ra sideman & AACM founder who died at the age of 90 on Wednesday.

Happy Birthday Walter Daniels!

Here's Walter's cover of Daniel Johnston's "Almost Got Hit By A Truck" off his Spacecase single followed by the original.

Kingston All-Stars meet & greet @ Invisible City, Sunday

Meet some of the reggae legends behind the Kingston All-Stars project at 165 Geary - Unit 2 from 3:30 pm to 6 pm. 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Jim Thirlwell gets busy with some robots at The Whitney

Jim Thirlwell's new musical project Xordox debuts with the Neospection album on Editions Mego June 30th.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Kardinal Offishall @ Harbourfront Centre, Tuesday

Celebrate Multiculuralism Day with Kardinal and Ruth B. at Harbourfront from 7:30 pm. Here's a 2003 freestyle.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Hear Steven McDonald's new tune with The Melvins

Check out Steven's new song "What's Wrong With You" off The Melvins' A Walk With Love & Death album out July 7. 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

P.E.I.'s Catherine MacLellan honours her legendary father Gene MacLellan on new album

If It's Alright With You: The Songs Of Gene MacLellan is out June 30th. Listen to the title track and Snowbird.

Friday, June 23, 2017

One For The Weekend: Roy Richards

Can't think of a better way to kick off the first weekend of summer than with this Roy Richards gem from 1968.