Jesse Malin

Stayin’ Alive For Jesse Malin, It’s All for the Love of Rock ‘n’ Roll Acclaimed singer-songwriter Jesse Malin stands in the back room at Niagara, the bar in New York City’s East Village neighborhood that he has co-owned since 1997 – but he first started coming here in the 1980s, when it was named the… Continue reading Jesse Malin

Ready Steady Go!

Ready Steady Go! The Weekend Starts Here By Andy Neill [BMG Books] The household name typically attached to British music television is Top of the Pops. While that long-running BBC program certainly cast a long shadow, it was actually predated by a scrappy upstart that set the tone and remains a pop culture touchstone for… Continue reading Ready Steady Go!

The Nude Party – Midnight Manor

Upstate New York’s The Nude Party will freely admit they’ve been inspired mostly by the classic rock ‘n’ roll of the 1960s and ’70s. With hearty tips of the frosty beer bottle to such giants as The Rolling Stones, The Doors and Lou Reed, their first album was a delightful detour that acknowledged and celebrated… Continue reading The Nude Party – Midnight Manor

The Lemon Twigs – Songs for the General Public

The Lemon Twigs give us their tired, their poor, Their huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of their teeming shore. Let me start off by saying I love The Lemon Twigs, which is why I hold them to a higher standard than most other bands. I saw them play with a five-piece… Continue reading The Lemon Twigs – Songs for the General Public

What’s the Frequency, NRBQ?

Sixteen live recordings, radio tracks, single sides, alternate takes and other rarities from NRBQ are being compiled and released by Omnivore on Oct. 2 under the title In * Frequencies, the first such outtakes assemblage for the group that’s existed for the better part of 55 years in assorted configurations. The hodgepodge dates backwards to… Continue reading What’s the Frequency, NRBQ?

Pretenders – Hate for Sale

Pretenders’ frontwoman Chrissie Hynde helped start the band back in 1978 and has remained the band’s only original and consistent member throughout, even though most of the later catalog plays more like a Hynde solo project and less like a band. The latest record, Hate for Sale (which sounds uber-political) (it’s actually not), marks Hynde’s first… Continue reading Pretenders – Hate for Sale

Nude Party at Midnight Manor, and You’re Invited!

Cheer up, young buckaroo, things aren’t all bad – New West Records is putting out The Nude Party’s sophomore album on October 2nd! The 12-song Midnight Manor was recorded live-to-tape by the band in upstate New York, and will be available on digital, CD and an assortment of vinyl varieties, including a signed orange marble… Continue reading Nude Party at Midnight Manor, and You’re Invited!

Rookie – Rookie

Good guy rock and rollers Rookie release a long-awaited debut in unsure times, more treaded waters of brackish stature for a group who just jumped the gun. Is this the true death of a salesman? Lawdy I hope not. Rookie was just getting started. The Chicago outfit rides the same tides as greats like Twin… Continue reading Rookie – Rookie

Little Richard, Giant of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Dead at 87

Little Richard’s impact on rock ‘n’ roll music cannot be overstated. This is not to downplay or diminish the significant contributions of any of the other founding fathers of the musical form. But no one else so fully embodied the far-flung jumble of primitivism, absurdity, unruliness, flamboyance, sensitivity and gall that is at the heart… Continue reading Little Richard, Giant of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Dead at 87

Nikki & the Phantom Callers

The Beauty in the Dirt: Nikki & the Phantom Callers Walk Through the Shadows A common mistake made by many unseasoned independent/local bands is booking a release show for an album or single based on the estimated time of delivery from the pressing plant. It’s always a guessing game whether they’ll actually show up on… Continue reading Nikki & the Phantom Callers

Iggy Deluxe: All Aboard for Funtime

Two of Iggy Pop’s earliest, best and most enduring solo albums are being reissued in deluxe CD editions on May 29, in addition to being included as part of a more extensive box set. Although the term “solo” is a bit misleading with these as they were both written and recorded in major collaboration with… Continue reading Iggy Deluxe: All Aboard for Funtime

The Pretenders Offer Hate for Sale

Originally set for a May 1 release, like a lot of albums The Pretenders’ new one Hate for Sale has been pushed to a later on-sale date, in this case July 17 (for now). As she had done several times in the past, Chrissie Hynde recorded the previous Pretenders album, 2016’s Alone essentially as a… Continue reading The Pretenders Offer Hate for Sale

Peter Laughner – Peter Laughner

Ain’t it fun when you’re gonna die young? Tragedy has always been an integral component of the rock ‘n’ roll equation, having experienced its share of unsavory ODs and twisted collisions and hapless chaps simply boarding the wrong charter flight. It’s a magnet for gifted fuckups, and its history is littered with them. Peter Laughner,… Continue reading Peter Laughner – Peter Laughner

Put Your Flaming Lips in my Deap Vally

Blistering California rock ‘n’ roll duo Deap Vally (Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards) have trickled out a couple of new songs since 2016’s Nick Zinner-produced LP Femejism, but their next album is a collaboration with Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd of Oklahoma psych-rockers The Flaming Lips under the banner Deap Lips. Their self-titled album is… Continue reading Put Your Flaming Lips in my Deap Vally

A Sad, Fond Farewell to Evan Lee Frayer

Atlanta musician Evan Lee Frayer, who for many years served as Daniel Dudeck’s original percussive partner in Mudcat, died on Saturday, Feb. 29 of heart failure. The 52-year-old had an existing heart condition that was diagnosed a dozen or so years ago, according to his friend, musician David Evans, himself a first edition Mudcat member.… Continue reading A Sad, Fond Farewell to Evan Lee Frayer

Supersuckers Still Playin’ That Rock ‘n’ Roll

Recorded in four days at Willie Nelson’s Austin studio, the Supersuckers’ 13th studio album Play That Rock ‘n’ Roll is plopping its rowdy ass down in a record emporium near you on Feb. 7. The platter plows through nine ass-whuppin’ original rockers before signing off with a couple of covers: Michael Monroe’s “Dead, Jail or Rock… Continue reading Supersuckers Still Playin’ That Rock ‘n’ Roll

Sadler Vaden Wants to Get Next to You

Sadler Vaden first came to our attention with his Charleston, South Carolina power trio Leslie. Later on, his guitar prowess played a big role in revitalizing Drivin’ N Cryin’ in the first few years of this decade. Since then he’s been a key member of Jason Isbell’s 400 Unit. He also released a damn good… Continue reading Sadler Vaden Wants to Get Next to You

The Replacements Box Their Dead Man’s Pop

Unlike some of their fans at the time (and the band itself), I thoroughly loved The Replacements’ 1989 album Don’t Tell a Soul from the get-go. Their first album with guitarist Slim Dunlap, it may have toned down the band’s blaring raggedness in favor of maturity (gasp!) and a smooth pop sheen (double gasp!), but… Continue reading The Replacements Box Their Dead Man’s Pop

The Raconteurs

Lotta Things Happening: The Raconteurs Continue to Make Their Contrasts Work for Them Jack White is in very high spirits. Gregarious and engaging, he seems far removed from his intense, sometimes intimidating onstage persona. But there’s good reason for his enthusiasm: Help Us Stranger, the just-released third album by The Raconteurs, the band he co-leads… Continue reading The Raconteurs

Jeff Walls, Part 1

Sayonara Blues Jeff Walls, the multifaceted Marietta-born musician best known as the lead guitarist for eclectic 1980s band Guadalcanal Diary, campy ‘90s concern Hillbilly Frankenstein and, most recently, garage rock combo The Woggles, died on May 29 surrounded by family members at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina, following a two-month medical merry-go-round marked… Continue reading Jeff Walls, Part 1

Jeff Walls, Part 2

Attaway: “When we were young teenagers, Jeff was one of those guys that already had a rep. Because he had been playing guitar since he was a kid. He was one of the cool guys. So like, if you were me, coming from a different part of town, he was one of the guys you… Continue reading Jeff Walls, Part 2

Jeff Walls, Part 3

Jones: “I felt like he never got enough credit for his producing work. He produced the first [Woggles] EP, which was 1990. Then [our] second album, which was a collection of singles – he produced all the individual singles. And then there was Get Tough and Fractured, and this 10-inch, Wailin’ With the Woggles. And… Continue reading Jeff Walls, Part 3

Jeff Walls, Part 4

Valentine: “When it came time for me to record a new CD I asked Jeff if he would play on it and co-produce it. By this point I had seen Jeff play many times, knew that he had a rockabilly-influenced band, and knew that he’d fit perfectly. He made all the arrangements down in Georgia… Continue reading Jeff Walls, Part 4

The Mekons – Deserted

The Mekons mean business this time. You’ll need to rewind to the mid ’90s and I (Heart) Mekons for the last case of this motley crew extending such an olive branch to those outside their circle of devoted fans. That’s not to say The Mekons have phoned it in the past 20 years – far… Continue reading The Mekons – Deserted

The Woolly Bushmen Shamble On

Fancy-schmancy Winter Park is more than just Orlando’s sinkhole suburb. It’s also the home of The Woolly Bushmen, a boisterous bunch of scruffy rock ‘n’ rollers who’ve been bringing their rambunctious brand of howling ’50s/’60s-inspired rave-ups to dirtyass dive bars around the Southeast and beyond since 2011. If that sounds like your bag, then plan… Continue reading The Woolly Bushmen Shamble On

Mudcat – Castaway

Capping a year marked by noteworthy ambition and dispiriting, if necessary, transitions, the day after their full-cast release performance of this album at the since-shuttered Avondale Towne Cinema on December 1st Danny Dudeck announced that “thus ends the Mudcat band,” further clarifying in a comment that he’s “going acoustic.” If that surprise disclosure holds true,… Continue reading Mudcat – Castaway

Compilation Album Accompanies Down South Showdown

For several years now, Chase Tail (DINOS Boys, RMBLR) has rounded up bands from near and far for a weekend that keeps Atlanta on the rock ‘n’ roll map. This year’s cavalcade of punk rockers and show-stoppers – billed as the Down South Showdown – comes to the Star Bar on Jan. 17-20. The local… Continue reading Compilation Album Accompanies Down South Showdown