PODCAST: Episode 390: John Gist of Vegas Rock Revolution Talks Planet Desert Rock Fest IV


Keefy caught up with John Gist of Vegas Rock Revolution Presents to discuss the upcoming Planet Desert Rock Fest IV! The fest features ⁠Brant Bjork⁠, ⁠Spaceslug⁠, ⁠FATSO JETSON⁠, ⁠Freedom Hawk⁠, ⁠Spiralarms⁠, ⁠Scorpion Child⁠, ⁠Borracho⁠, ⁠Beastmaker⁠, ⁠Sandveiss⁠, ⁠Black Elephant⁠, ⁠WARLUNG⁠, ⁠Sun Crow⁠, ⁠Mezzoa⁠, ⁠Flames Of Durga⁠ and ⁠Sonolith⁠. Planet Desert Rock Weekend returns for its 4th installment on January 25-26-27, 2024 in Las Vegas! John discussed how he got into booking shows, and what it takes to book a fest like this, he shared his thoughts on other festivals like Psycho Las Vegas, things to do and enjoy in Vegas, and more! Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Mutoid Man – Mutants 


 

Mutants (Sargent House) is album number three from Stephen Brodsky’s heavy, quirky and often colourful side-project Mutoid Man. And much like his work in Cave In, the music Brodsky creates with Mutoid Man encompasses a whole host of influences, to create a myriad of sounds. 

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ALBUM REVIEW: Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats – Slaughter on First Avenue


It seems live albums are making a comeback. A slew of metal bands are releasing live albums in the coming months,  perhaps in response to the ever-rising price of concerts these days. Add Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats to the list of live albums dropping this summer, though their release takes you back in time.  Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Yawning Balch – Volume One 


 

Consisting of desert rock pioneers from the legendary acts Yawning Man and Fu Manchu, supergroup Yawning Balch releases an ever-prolific debut entitled Volume One via Heavy Psych Sounds. Just like the album title, Yawning Balch embarks the first volume of their musical career’s trajectory through this debut. 

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Stoner Rock Legends Fatso Jetson Join Ripple Music for Upcoming New Release


Ripple Music has announced that Stoner Rock/Desert Scene innovators Fatso Jetson are joining the their roster! Their new album is a split release with fellow Californians All Souls (also ex-Totimoshi), with both bands recording their contributions live in the studio during the pandemic lockdown. The release is due this August. More details are soon to follow. 

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ALBUM REVIEW: Witchcryer – When Their Gods Come For You


Witchcryer’s second full-length album comes with a noticeably broader scope in comparison to their 2018 debut. In contrast to the more groove-friendly approach to Doom Metal seen on Cry Witch, the song lengths on When Their Gods Come For You (Ripple Music) run longer with a greater emphasis on atmosphere and methodical structuring. The lyrics also work to give the album a more palpable sense of purpose, running the gamut of underworld and death figures from various world mythologies.

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Acid Magus Releases New Album – “Wyrd Syster”  – Out Now


South Africa Stoner Doom band Acid Magus has shared their new album, Wryd Sister today, July 30th, 2021 via Mongrel Records. Channelling their classic rock and Desert scene influences, the let’s it all hang out musically keep their throwback DIY ethos.  Purchase and stream the album now at the link below. 

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https://orcd.co/acidmagus_wyrdsyster

https://acidmagus.bandcamp.com/album/wyrd-syster

 

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Gramma Vedetta – “Hangup My Boots” 


The badasses in Gramma Vedetta are back with a new video for their song “Hangup My Boots”! They might be putting their boots away but they brought the riffs and swagger they have become known for as one of the up and coming bands in the UK right now! The video is a spazzed out acid-trip on a daydream that definitely sells the rocking song. Gramma has found fast fans in the desert scene, but also if you dig Monster Magnet, QOTSA, Cutch, COC, and the like – this band is in your wheelhouse. “Hangup My Boots” comes from their recent EP, A.C.I.D. COMPLIANT, which is available today for Bandcamp Friday in a “pay what you want” option at the link below! Check out the clip and support these guys! 

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GIVEAWAY: Win A Stoner Doom Cassette Bundle from Unknown Controller Records


Time to win some free shit! Oakland, California’s awesome Unknown Controller Records has relaunched and Ghost Cult is helping them celebrate! The indie label is headed by musician Paul Kott (Kalas, High Tone Son of a Bitch) and they are kicking things off with a cool, cassette-only series featuring releases from HTSoB, Ails (ex-Ludicra, Abrupt), Keverra (current and ex-Goatsnake, -(16)-) and Worshipper. You can win the entire cassette series right here, right now!  Enter at the links below, but before you do, jam out to this awesome new HTSOB track “Tribute’, featuring High on Fire / Sleep guitarist Matt Pike!Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Old Blood – Acid Doom


It’s oddly satisfying when an album’s title is also an accurate descriptor for the music it contains. This is more or less the case with Old Blood’s second full-length album, Acid Doom (DHU Records/Metal Assault Records). While the group’s style may not be crushing in the traditional sense, their brand of Heavy Psych has a dark sultriness that should sit well with fans of groups like Uncle Acid and Blood Ceremony. And considering the four-year gap since their self-titled debut, it’s fair to say that things have only gotten more off-the-wall in that time.

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