On Friday February 2nd the Rock ’n’ Roll world was saddened the passing of “Brother” Wayne Kramer, founding member and guitarist of the legendary, influential Detroit band the MC5. Issued on Black Friday, 2023 via Saustex Records Call Me Animal: A Tribute to the MC5 was never intended as a send-off for Brother Wayne, but his untimely passing makes its recent release feel even more serendipitous. Conceived by Joey “Joecephus” Killingsworth, the album was several years in the making with his band/collective Joecephus and the George Jonestown Massacre and his production partner Dik LeDoux. Kramer himself participated in the project, laying down a smoking version of “Human Being Lawnmower” with Jello Biafra.
Monster Magnet probably needs no introduction to anyone who has paid any degree of attention to the alternative rock scene over the last 25 years or more. The band has always been unashamedly and unapologetically rockist in their approach. Largely ignoring scenes such as grunge as they have come and gone, Monster Magnet have managed to pump out album after album of classic heavy rock, and they continue to play to huge audiences. Somehow they have always stood out from the crowd of rock revivalists and “stoner” bands. Whilst the music of many of these retro bands so often feels tired and trite when compared to the 60s or 70s bands they try to copy, they always exuded a special kind of conviction, authenticity and raw power that sets them apart. Maybe this has something to do with (singer, guitar player and only original member) Dave Wyndorf having been born in 1956 and so having actually lived through the 60s and 70s. Either way, the music has always felt just as legitimate and classy as records by Motörhead or Deep Purple.
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During this time of self-isolation and quarantine, we are all just looking to keep entertained and our minds busy. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame thankfully is answering the call, sharing their treasure trove of content from their history. They have shared their Punk and New Wave Collection to watch their YouTube playlist and archival stories from Ramones, Talking Heads, Blondie, Patti Smith Group, The Clash, The Stooges, The Sex Pistols, Lou Reed, and Green Day. The Rock Hall also has history lessons on the genre for rockers of any age!Continue reading
Sweden’s soulful throwback rockers Dictator Ship are releasing their new album, Your Favorites, tomorrow, April 17th via The Sign Records. Your Favorites was recorded in a small cabin in Värmland, Sweden, engineered by band member John Sijbren Leonard using only lo-fi aesthetics and gear to achieve that old-school sound. If you love the primal scent of raw rock with no B.S. Like classic proto-punk rock bands such as MC5, The Saints, The Stooges, The Sonics and more, you will love Dictator Ship! Jam out to all of Your Favorites right now and pre-order it too! Continue reading
Who would think that a thirtieth-anniversary gig would lead to a band reunion for a new generation of fans? It probably wasn’t the first thing on the minds of Belgian cult legends La Muerte, who have been revered and reviled in equal measure during their long history. The tricksy genre mash of their past continues into the present with new full-length La Muerte (Mottow Soundz), which should pique the curiosity of all manner of Metal fans.Continue reading
Terminal (Southern Lord) is Circle’s thirty-second album, not counting sixteen live albums and three soundtracks (!). To say they are constantly putting out new material is an understatement.Continue reading
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Metallica just wrapped up three sold out shows at Foro Sol in Mexico City, Mexico, and they did not disappoint the 200,000 fans that came to see them over the weekend. The first two nights includes new and old hits that had the crowd in an absolute frenzy, and the final show included two surprises for those in attendance. Continue reading
Former White Zombie co-founder Sean Yseault is curating a photography exhibit featuring other prominent musicians as well as her own work. Presented by Heron Arts, B-Sides: Nine Crossover Hits is a group show exhibiting artists including Moby, Dave Catching (Eagles of Death Metal), Mike Watt (Minutemen & The Stooges), Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs), Pat Sansone (Wilco), Henry Butler, and Louviere+Vanessa (The Quaalords) and Yseult herself. B-Sides opens on September 10, 2016 with a reception from 6:30-9:30 PM and runs through October 1, 2016.