April 23, 2014

Stardeath and White Dwarfs: "BNTYK", new album "Birds of War"

Freak rock band Stardeath and White Dwarfs have put up a live video of their song BNTYK (Be Nice To Your Kids). It's a track from their forthcoming new album Birds of War.

Live dates:
  • 04/25 Norman Music Fest @ Opolis Outdoors, Norman, OK
  • 04/29 Double Happiness, Columbus, OH
  • 05/01 Terrace Club, Princeton, NJ
  • 05/02 Mercury Lounge, New York, NY
  • 05/03 Bennington College, Bennington, VT
  • 05/06 Springwater, Nashville, TN
  • 05/07 JR's Lightbulb Club, Fayetteville, AR

» stardeathandwhitedwarfs.com

(thanks RJ).

Gov't Mule: two shows in London added to European Summer tour

blues rockers Gov't Mule have added two shows at the Brooklyn Bowl in London to their European Summer tour.

Live dates:
  • 07/01 Brooklyn Bowl, London, UK
  • 07/02 Brooklyn Bowl, London, UK
  • 07/04 Skaanevik Blues, Skaanevik, Norway
  • 07/06 Fabrik, Hamburg, Germany
  • 07/07 Capitol, Hannover, Germany
  • 07/08 Melkweg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 07/10 Monfortinjazz Festival, Monforte d'Alba, Italy

» mule.net

April 22, 2014

Triggerfinger: "Game" and "By Absence of the Sun" live on Dutch TV

Watch power rock trio Triggerfinger perform Game and By Absence of the Sun. Recorded live for Dutch TV show De Wereld Draait Door - 2014/04/22.

Live dates:
  • 04/24 't Paard van Troje, The Hague, The Netherlands (Sold Out)
  • 04/25 't Beest, Goes, The Netherlands (Sold Out)
  • 04/26 Jimmies Award Show, Gent, Belgium
  • 04/27 Groove Station, Dresden, Germany
  • 04/28 Kulturladen, Konstanz, Germany
  • 04/29 Garage, Saarbrücken, Germany
  • 05/02 Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium (Sold Out)
  • 05/03 Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Sold Out)
  • 05/10 Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 05/11 Heimathafen Neukoelln, Berlin, Germany
  • 05/12 Übel & Gefährlich, Hamburg, Germany
  • 05/13 Strom, Munich, Germany
  • 05/14 Szene, Vienna, Austria
  • 05/15 Komplex Klub, Zürich, Switzerland
  • 05/29 Dauwpop, Hellendoorn, The Netherlands
  • 06/08 Rock Am Ring, Müllenbach, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
  • 06/09 Rock im Park, Nuremberg, Germany
  • 06/28 Rock A Field, Herschesfeld, Germany
  • 06/28 TW Classic, Werchter, Belgium
  • 07/04 Main Square Festival, Arras, France
  • 07/05 Rock Werchter, Werchter, Belgium
  • 07/13 Bospop, Weert, The Netherlands
  • 07/20 Deichbrand-Festival, Nordholz, Germany
  • 08/09 Picture on Festival, Bildein, Austria

» triggerfinger.net

Bart van der Lee: "Majesty" & "Lament" on Rockstone Sessions

Dutch singer-songwriter Bart van der Lee played Majesty and Lament for Rockstone Sessions.

» bartvanderlee.com

HCTF review of Ballads for the Heathens or Dying.

April 21, 2014

MK Groove Orchestra: Live at Studio BPM, Vol 2

It was only a matter of time before another batch of songs from the MK Groove Orchestra show at Studio BPM would see the light of day. Live at Studio BPM, Vol 2 will be released on May 20, exactly two years after they performed at the loft space in Williamsburg, shortly before the venue closed its doors. Band leader and sax player Michael Kammers led his 15-piece band through,funk, jazz, soul and decontructed classic rock that night.

Vol 2. hits the ground running with the funky soul Junto, with singer Lisa Mcquade sharing the spotlight with three trumpet players. The orchestras starts firing on all cylinders during Jamband Sweet Pt1 - why settle for a couple of choruses when you can have plenty. After the lull of the rather boring reggae tune Bad Brains, the album ends with the double whammy Prelude (rock guitar and brass) and the lengthy Zappa meets King Crimson workout Afro-Cuban Americana AKA.

The overall vibe of Live at Studio BPM, Vol 2 is a bit darker than Vol. 1. Why they didn't release it as a full concert - and using the actual running order of the show while they where at it - is something of a mystery.

MK Groove Orchestra:
Alex Bender: trumpet
Joe Beaty: rombone
Mark Broschinsky: bass trombone
Nicolas Cowles: flute
Thomas Cumming: guitar
Bryan Davis: trumpet
Jenny Hill: alto sax
Michael Kammers: bari sax
Tomoaki Kanno: drums
Chris Kuklis: guitar
Lisa Mcquade: vocals
Aaron Shafer-Haiss: percussion
Mathew Silberman: tenor sax
Kevin Smith: bass
Clynton Wayne Yerkes: trumpet

Live at Studio BPM, Vol 2 is released on Ropeadope. Release date: May 20.

  1. Juntos
  2. Jamband Sweet Pt1
  3. Bad Brains
  4. Prelude
  5. Afro-Cuban Americana AKA
Live dates:
  • 04/22 Manderley Bar @ The McKittrick Hotel, New York, NY
  • 05/27 Manderley Bar @ The McKittrick Hotel, New York, NY

» mkmkmk.com

HCTF review of Live at Studio BPM, Vol 1.

Words about music (337): Charlie Parker

You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.

Charlie Parker

April 20, 2014

The Alpine Camp: sixpack

Chris Bell (vocals, guitar) and Charles Etienne (vocals, keyboards) are The Alpine Camp, a roots rock duo from Los Angeles, CA. Their EP sixpack is about halfway country and bluegrass, with just a few rook licks thrown in. The duo's forte is their harmonizing, but check out the slide guitar too.

With the toe-tapping $400 Millionaire and the sad story of the protagonist in Noose they have come with two serious contenders for Americana song of the year. Lead single Parents, a mid-tempo song with a tugging bass line, should be able to pick up considerable airplay on the country circuit. The accompanying video shows their love for the great outdoors.

sixpack is a self-released EP. It will be released in the summer.

» thealpinecamp.com

Gov't Mule: European Summer tour

After announcing a show in Amsterdam blues rockers Gov't Mule have confirmed dates in Norway, Germany and Italy.

Live dates:
  • 07/04 Skaanevik Blues, Skaanevik, Norway
  • 07/06 Fabrik, Hamburg, Germany
  • 07/07 Capitol, Hannover, Germany
  • 07/08 Melkweg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 07/10 Monfortinjazz Festival, Monforte d'Alba, Italy

» mule.net