Bay Area shredder Ty Segall (click that if you're the type that likes reading six-year-old band profiles) is mixing it up for this gig tonight. He's going solo and acoustic. Will he also wear a Kurt Cobain sweater, sing through his unkempt mop of blonde, and rub his chin a lot? Better get to The Satellite and see for yourself. IT'S TY SEGALL: UNPLUGGED.
Gainesville's Frameworks are a noisy punk band with plenty of pretty melodies floating above the fray and they're really good. Go see them at The Echo if you like seeing loud bands that will inch you closer to some type of transcendence. But listen to their solid album “Loom" first. I just copied and pasted it for you below these words because it's super #good and I'm always doing sweet things like that.
The legendary indescribable band (so who am I to try?) Faith No More play three shows at The Wiltern (and another one at The Observatory on Saturday) and they will undoubtedly shred many songs off their new album “Sol Invictus" - their first new album in 18 (!) years. But in my mind the following song is the jam that made them legendary - it's so good it's indescribable…. so who am I to try?
Melodic Boston punks Somos put out what I thought was one of the very best albums of 2014. Without a doubt. It's called “Temple of Plenty" and you can listen to the whole thing right below these words. Everybody I have ever played it for has loved it. Don't ruin my streak. And after you love it consider going to see them open the action at The Glass House. Listen first and you can sing along to every song by then, easy.
New Jersey's Delicate Steve (led by uber-talented multi-instrumental Steve Marion) play Bootleg and the following song contains all of life's hidden meanings and complicated-not-complicated secrets I'm sure of it. Please note: “Butterfly" works best if you blaze and blast it.
Somerset Thrower are a solid band of four dudes (Frank + Conor + John + Tim) from Long Island who make tenacious punk that's tough, gravelly and gritty. But good news, this grunge also comes with pretty melodies floating above all the noise and that pretty shit gets me every time because I like to sing along, goddamn it.
I know how much everybody around here loves the band comparison game so I figured I'd play that again with you today. When I first started listening to Somerset Thrower I was reminded why I loved Garden Variety (another solid Long Island punk band) all those many years ago. If that name means nothing to you, well, it's never too late to get into something good. And sometimes Somerset Thrower reminds me of Rocket From the Crypt. Those good gravelly John Reis-ian vocals over those crunchy riffs, you know? I hope so. And I hope these two randomly connected band names help you decide to give these guys a goddamn chance.
The band recently released a five song EP “Falling Swingers" on Dead Broke Rekerds (home to Beach Slang + Iron Chic + well, lots) and I have taken the liberty of copy/pasting the embed code directly below these dynamic words. Please blast it at your leisure. And by your leisure I mean right now. You'll find a positive listening experience in your (very) immediate future and you'll also notice the EP ends with a Smashing Pumpkins cover from back when they were the best band in the world…. and now we have tours with Marilyn Manson…. Sic Transit Gloria.
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