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Visionary director Guillermo Del Toro Returns with a new, non-traditional, love story with The Shape Of Water. This trailer is odd but compelling.

The film stars Sally Hawkins who plays a cleaning woman at a government facility and she happens to be deaf. She somewhat befriends a creature that seems to draw similarities to the 1954 character, the Creature From The Black Lagoon. The similarity can also be drawn to Abe Sapien, a character from Hellboy. Considering Del Toro worked on Hellboy, it’s not a stretch.  Del Toro was originally scheduled to work on the Pacific Rim sequel but dropped out in order to work on The Shape Of Water. The movie was written in collaboration with Vanessa Taylor and also stars Doug Jones, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins and Michael Shannon. The movie is slated for a December 8, 2017 opening.

 

924 Gilman Street’s name has surpassed even its own notoriety. For decades it’s been known as the DIY, nonprofit, all-ages venue for music art and community events in Berkeley, CA. Both Green Day and Rancid began performing at venues like 924 Gilman, “Anything that has to do with working with Gilman and Tim and Joey Armstrong, consider me in,” says Billie Joe. “This is about our home and family.”

 

 

After announcing the release of the NIN new EP Add Violence, releasing July 21, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross share the new lyric video for “Less Than.” The track is signature Nine Inch Nails while remaining relevant. The sonic palette expands significantly from Not The Actual Events, incorporating elements of beauty into the dark dissonance.

TRACK LISTING – ADD VIOLENCE
1.  LESS THAN
2.  THE LOVERS
3.  THIS ISN’T THE PLACE
4.  NOT ANYMORE
5.  THE BACKGROUND WORLD
Nine Inch Nails – 2017 Festival Dates
7/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest
7/30 – New York, NY @ Panorama Festival
9/15 – Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest
10/21 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Fest

 

It’s been 7 years since the release of Ted Leo’s last album The Brutalist Bricks (Matador) but things have finally come to fruition. It was announce earlier this year his new album is called The Hanged Man, would be released on September 8. Not an easy task to self-release but with his Kickstarter campaign Leo’ found fans hungry for more of his signature music. And “You’re Like Me” sounds like signature Ted Leo, although you get hints of his early solo release here, with a rough lo-fi aesthetic before changing the dynamics with an entire band behind him.

 

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The Hanged Man 
01 Moon Out of Phase
02 Used to Believe
03 Can’t Go Back
04 The Future
05 William Weld in the 21st Century
06 The Nazarene
07 Run to the City
08 Gray Havens
09 Make Me Feel Loved
10 The Little Smug Supper Club
11 Anthems of None
12 You’re Like Me
13 Lonsdale Avenue
14 Let’s Stay on the Moon

Ted Leo — 2017 Tour Dates
07-13 Napa, CA – Uptown Theatre *
07-14 Berkeley, CA – The UC Theatre *
09-14 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
09-15 Washington, DC – Black Cat
09-16 Washington, DC – Black Cat
09-17 Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
09-19 Toronto, Ontario – Lee’s Palace
09-20 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
09-23 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
09-24 Pittsburgh, PA – Spirit Hall
10-23 Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
10-24 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
10-25 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
10-27 Dallas, TX – Club Dada
10-28 Austin, TX – Mohawk
10-31 Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
11-01 San Diego, CA – Casbah
11-03 Los Angeles, CA – The Teragram Ballroom
11-04 San Francisco, CA – Bimbo’s 365 Club
11-06 Portland, OR – Revolution Hall
11-08 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
11-11 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club

*Performing with Aimee Mann

 

The Chicago-raised Nigerian Born rapper/producer Tobi Lou drops his new video “Game Ova.” Saying Tobi Lou is cut from a different cloth would be an understatement.  His laid-back flow sounds effortless on the track, and the dreamy visuals blends well with the music here.

 

 

Anything worth discussing today? Well, Cars 3 was just as good as I thought it was going to be, with new characters making their way into the trilogy of films but other lovable ones like Mater didn’t have enough screen time I thought. Eh, it was what it is, it is what it was. But moving on…! It’s a long weekend for some, a bit of a hurdle for most so this week’s Rollout(!) we’re keeping short and sweet.

Fruit & Flowers is from, of all places, Brooklyn N.Y. Now while I’m usually hesitant to believe anymore that anyone from N.Y. is actually originally from N.Y. aside from my friends and family, it doesn’t matter. I’m always open to look past that as the years go by. But I digress. The Brooklyn-based band classifies itself as a “surf noir” garage psych band but what I can tell from its latest E.P. Drug Tax (Little Dickman), there’s more going on here than they might give themselves credit for. Don’t get me wrong, they do have elements within their music but they’re wrapped around these pop/punk jams.  “Out Of Time” is catchy as fuck where you have vocalist Caroline Yoder’s voice holding things down but the musical backbone doesn’t play second fiddle. They’re equally intriguing but that rhythm will have listens swaying back & forth while the quick pace of “Subway Surfer” will drag you through tracks and feed your sense at the same time. But it’s the band’s thoughtful cooing on “Down Down Down” on this unrelenting track full of layered vocals that’ll have you swimming in the lush wall of sound they create. They end things here with the haunting title track which offers up a little bit more of everything that they do well, showcasing the guitar chops and so much more. At just a mere 6 tracks Drug Tax has a lot to offer. Brooklyn in the house.

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Now here I am wondering WTF is this Holy Wars. Is this the year of discontent? Of a coming reckoning? I’m not sure but the new self-released E.P. Mother is explosive! Sure there’s been the synth-goth comparisons to other groups that came before Holy Wars but this 3-song release is rife with power and more than what the sub-genre holds tightly to. From the start, opening number “I Can’t Feel A Thing” sounds like a rallying emotive cry where front woman Kat Leon imagery of solitude yearns for more while the driving musical force behind her captures the sadness with anger and power. “Warrior” is a mid-tempo’d number with Leon’s sexy caterwauling that’s just easy to fall in love with.  But it’s “Orphan” that challenges, changing the vibe slightly with sultry vocals and odd sounds emanating from those synths. That rhythm though is like the syringe in your veins that makes your head nod.  At only 3 songs Mother is a powerful release. I can’t wait to hear what’s next with the follow-up release, the Father E.P.

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Arcade Fire has released a third track from its forthcoming fifth album, Everything Now, dropping July 28 on Sony.

Everything Now was produced by Arcade Fire, Thomas Bangalter and Steve Mackey, with co-production by Markus Dravs; and was recorded at Boombox Studios in New Orleans, Sonovox Studios in Montreal, and Gang Recording Studio in Paris.

1. Everything_Now (continued)
2. Everything Now
3. Signs of Life
4. Creature Comfort
5. Peter Pan
6. Chemistry
7. Infinite Content
8. Infinite_Content
9. Electric Blue
10. Good God Damn
11. Put Your Money on Me
12. We Don’t Deserve Love
13. Everything Now (continued)

ARCADE FIRE
INFINITE CONTENT
North American Tour 2017

8/06/17 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza Music Festival
9/05/17 – Quebec City, QC – Centre Videotron
9/06/17 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
9/09/17 – Ottawa, ON – Canadian Tire Centre
9/12/17 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
9/15/17 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
9/16/17 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center
9/17/17– Philadelphia, PA  – Wells Fargo Center
9/21/17 – Atlanta, GA – Infinite Energy Arena
9/22/17 – Tampa, FL – USF Sun Dome
9/23/17 – Miami, FL – Watsco Center at the University of Miami
9/26/17 – New Orleans, LA – UNO Lakefront Arena
9/27/17– Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center
9/28/17 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
10/11/17 – Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place
10/12/17– Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
10/14/17 – Vancouver, BC – Pacific Coliseum
10/15/17 – Seattle, WA – Key Arena
10/17/17 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
10/18/17– San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena
10/20/17 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
10/22/17 – Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay Events Center
10/25/17 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
10/27/17– Kansas City, MO – Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
10/29/17 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
11/01/17 – Windsor, ON – Windsor Credit Family Union Centre
11/03/17 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
11/04/17 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre

Texas’ Super Thief premieres the video for its single “Liberosis.” The track is off the group’s Stuck album which was released earlier this month. According to the group’s own bio they’re “A would-be Touch and Go/AmRep band formed years after the glory days of noise catharsis rock when Jesus Lizard, Cows, Arcwelders and Amphetamine Reptiles roamed the fruited Midwest plains” which isn’t far from the truth. But it just seems the group has much more to offer than just that. With “Liberosis” the band showcases the bludgeoning force they can put to tape in just under 2 minutes along with shifting dynamics.

TOUR DATES
6/28 Austin, TX
6/29 Denton, TX
6/30 Little Rock, AR
7/1 Columbia, MO
7/2 Evansville, IN
7/3 St. Louis, MO
7/4 Madison, WI
7/5 Milwaukee, WI
7/6 Minneapolis, MN
7/7 Chicago, IL
7/8 Kansas City, MO
7/9 Tulsa, OK
8/8 San Antonio, TX*
8/9 Austin, TX*
8/10 Dallas, TX*
8/11 Lafayette, LA
8/12 Beaumont, TX
*w/ Tunic (Winnipeg)