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Le Butcherettes and At The Drive-In recently paid a visit to Atlanta, Georgia’s The Tabernacle. Photographer David Altherr was there to capture the action. This is what he said about it.

It’s been about 17 years since I last saw At the Drive-In. The show was at the cramped student union at Oberlin College in Ohio. Relationship of Command was less than a year old and my first introduction to the band. This time it was at a crowded Atlanta Tabernacle; originally a church, and also a former House of Blues. After 17 years of listening to ATDI and the various projects that were born following their 2001 breakup, I could appreciate fully what I watched this night. As the house lights went down, I knew that they would not disappoint.

The opening chords “Arcarsenal” started the evening which included 10 songs from Relationship of Command, including “Catacombs,” a bonus track from one of the reissues. The only new song to make the set was “Governed by Contagions,” from their forthcoming full-length, their first in 16 years, which fit seamlessly into the setlist. The stage banter was short and sparse but vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala did let Atlanta know that ATDI would return.

A two-song encore had the crowd in full sing-a-long, including the finale cut, “One Armed Scissor.”

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(Catch the band live here:
03/29 – Toronto, ON @ Rebel
08/25-27 – Reading, UK @ Reading Festival
08/25-27 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival

Visit At The Drive-In here: http://www.atthedriveinmusic.com/.)

 

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Part alternative rock band, part grand social experiment, Cinema Century (stylized as “C/\C”) hails from Dayton, Ohio, and Los Angeles, California. Formed in 2017, C/\C released their debut single (and companion video) for “Adrenaline,” with all proceeds from the sale of the song benefiting To Write Love On Her Arms.

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C/\C isn’t content with just shaping the current musical landscape, they seek to bring genuine hope, illuminate social and justice issues, and better yet, change the world.

Purchase the song here: www.cinemacentury.bandcamp.com

Watch the video below:

Follow the band here: https://www.facebook.com/cinemacentury/

Savannah Stopover Music Festival this year played host to 87 bands for the festival’s seventh anniversary, taking place March 9-11 in Savannah, GA’s beautiful and historic downtown district. Ghettoblaster’s David Altherr was there to capture some of the action.

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Chain Of Flowers at The Jinx:

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Christopher Paul Stelling at Trinity United Church:

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Julien Baker at Trinity United Church:

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Kishi Bashi at Ships Of The Sea, North Garden:

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Hailing from the working class town of Dayton, Ohio, New Regrets has been banging out old-school punk since 2013. Featuring the original Toxic Reasons frontman Ed Pittman on vocals, and supported by guitarist Matt Clark, drummer Elliott Harrell, and bassist Cody Clark. New Regrets previously released a five-song 7-inch on Clearview Records and a limited cassingle, titled American Dream.

The band has spent the last couple years crafting its first full-length release, CONFRONTATION, which is due out on April 8 via FFF Records. Ghettoblaster has the pleasure of premiering “Militants,” which Pittman explains:

“‘Militants’ was just something I wrote about ‘us’ being called the ‘militants’ when it’s the people in power doing all the unlawful bullshit. They are the militant ones…Not us.”

(Visit the band here:

Bandcamp: https://newregrets.bandcamp.com/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NewRegretsBand)

Friends and contemporaries in the Americana music world, McDougall and Harmed Brothers, who have played numerous shows together, have teamed up to re-imagine and re-record each other’s songs.  Spending a day in the studio together, each outfit chose a song by the other, and got to work on re-imagining it in their style.

McDougall chose his favorite Harmed Brothers tune to cover, “Quick, Quick,” while Harmed Brothers chose one of McDougall’s oldest songs, a live favorite titled “Travelin’ Shoes.”  Handling lead vocals on the song they chose by the other, they then got to work on the song, with everyone playing on both songs.

Of the sessions, McDougall states, “We had such a great time in the studio working on these.  It felt great to be collaborating with friends.  We both thought it would be fun for each of us to choose one of the other’s old songs and kind of make it our own, then come together to flesh them out in the studio.  I chose ‘Quick, Quick,’ because that song has struck a chord with me since the first time I heard it.  It really gets to me.  The Harmed Brothers were originally thinking of doing a tune of mine called ‘Ones And Twos,’ but then heard ‘Travelin’ Shoes’ when I recently played a show with them and decided it was a better fit for their style.  I love what they did with it.”

The Harmed Brothers are currently on tour and have a new album coming out next month on Portland, Oregon indie label Fluff & Gravy Records.

McDougall is currently gigging throughout the Northwest, supporting his latest release, Reaching For Some Light, while also working on a series of singles, which will eventually become his next release.

Catch McDougall live here:

3/24/17 – Pickled Fish @ Adrift Hotel – Long Beach, WA

3/25/17 – Pickled Fish @ Adrift Hotel – Long Beach, WA

3/29/17 – Wild Hare Saloon – Oregon City, OR

3/31/17 – Anderson School – Bothell, WA

4/01/17 – Rock Creek Tavern – Hillsboro, OR

4/07/17 – Bitter Monk – McMinnville, OR

4/08/17 – Loowit Brewing – Vancouver, WA

4/14/17 – Lagunitas Brewing Co. – Seattle, WA

4/15/17 – Bindlestick – Snoqualmie, WA

4/21/17 – Vagabond Brewing – Salem, OR

4/22/17 – Grand Lodge – Forest Grove, OR

4/26/17 – Wild Hare – Oregon City, OR

4/28/17 – Rivertap – The Dalles, OR

4/29/17 – Hotel Oregon – McMinnville, OR

5/04/17 – The Riverside – Maupin, OR

5/05/17 – Volcanic Theater – Bend, OR

5/06/17 – Rivertap – The Dalles, OR

5/12/17 – Victory Club – Salem, OR

5/13/17 – Edgefield – Troutdale, OR

5/19/17  – Everybody’s Brewing – White Salmon, WA

5/26/17 – Vagabond Brewing – Salem, OR

6/10/17 – Grand Lodge – Forest Grove, OR

6/22/17 – The Riverside – Maupin, OR

6/24/17 – Rivertap – The Dalles, OR

6/30/17 – Sand Trap – Gearhart, OR

7/06/17 – Anderson School – Bothell, WA

7/27/17 – Kennedy School – Portland, OR

7/30/17 – Al’s Den – Portland, OR

7/31/17 – Al’s Den – Portland, OR

8/01/17 – Al’s Den – Portland, OR

8/02/17 – Al’s Den – Portland, OR

8/03/17 – Al’s Den – Portland, OR

8/04/17 – Al’s Den – Portland, OR

8/05/17 – Al’s Den – Portland, OR

8/11/17 – Anderson School – Bothell, WA

(Visit McDougall here: http://www.mcdougallmusic.com or https://www.facebook.com/McDougallMusic/

Visit Harmed Brothers here: https://www.theharmedbrothers.com or http://www.faceboook.com/theharmedbrothers)

On Sunday March 19, Matt Pryor (of the Get Up Kids) and Dan Andriano (of Alkaline Trio) visited Woodlands Tavern in Columbus, Ohio. Matt Pryor’s daughter, Lily Pryor, and Columbus’ How To Survive In The Woods supported the show. Photographer Jeremy Ward was there to capture the action.

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(Photo by Cory Piehowicz)

From day one, the narrative of Little Hurricane has echoed the tale of a momentous journey: Their story began in San Diego, where Little Hurricane formed. Having recently resumed playing drums after an eight-year hiatus, Celeste “CC” Spina placed a musicians-wanted ad on Craigslist. Among the myriad of respondents was Anthony “Tone” Catalano, a studio engineer who’d worked with artists ranging from John Paul Jones to Gwen Stefani. The two musicians were neighbors who had never met, and bonded over mutual interests including the blues, unusual and vintage gear, and their individual experiences playing in high school jazz bands.

A year later, Little Hurricane won three San Diego Music Awards, including Album of the Year for 2011 debut Homewrecker. Little Hurricane’s explosive live show soon landed them slots at major festivals including Austin City Limits and Lollapalooza, and garnered media attention from outlets including Rolling Stone, which profiled them in an extensive behind-the-scenes piece at SXSW 2012.

Little Hurricane has toured throughout North America, Europe, and Australia, both as a headliner and main support for artists including The Specials, Manchester Orchestra, and John Butler Trio. Television music supervisors also took a shine to Little Hurricane, featuring the duo’s songs on shows including Gossip Girl, Revenge, Mistresses, and ESPNs First Take. In addition, a quartet of Taco Bell TV commercials has showcased three Little Hurricane originals, as well as the pairs spirited cover of Starland Vocal Band’s 1976 U.S. chart-topper “Afternoon Delight.”

With so much history behind the band, their new record, Same Sun Same Moon (out April 14 via Mascot Label Group) is a nod to its predecessors Homewrecker (2011) and Gold Fever (2014) while taking a resolute turn with its intention. These twelve new songs retain the honesty and immediacy of Little Hurricane’s earlier work, yet they also incorporate new timbres and a broader emotional scope, changes that underscore the band’s desire to transcend its dirty blues roots and connect with a wider range of music lovers.

The band will support the record via tour dates (http://www.littlehurricanemusic.com/tour-dates) that begin in April and Ghettoblaster caught up with the duo to discuss marriage, writing the record, and having unique experiences. This is what they told us.

How has being in a marriage influenced being in a band together and vice versa?

The band brought us together so its really developed side-by-side.. I can’t imagine one without the other.

When did you begin to write Same Sun Same Moon? 

We started writing songs three years ago, right when our last record was released.

What catalysts were influencing you as you wrote the album?

We always challenge ourselves to push the boundary of what sounds two people can produce. This album is no exception. The best part is it will always sound like Little Hurricane since its just us two.

You had an interesting experience while you were recording SSSM.  Can you tell us about that?  What happened during those 17 hours, and what impact did that experience have on the record?

Yeah, well it is hard to explain in words, but the experience helped me see things in a different way and I tried to explain it with music. The track “Moon’s gone cold” is about that experience.

What are your proudest moments on the record?

The track “Mt. Senorita” was a fun track to bring together. Also, learning to play the trumpet for a few songs felt like an accomplishment!

Will you be touring in support of SSSM?

Yes! A full North American tour plus Europe is currently on the books.

Has it been legitimizing to get attention from mainstream press?  How about to have your music licensed for television?

Not for me, I’m my toughest critic and the biggest hurdle is making music that I like. So it’s nice but not legitimizing. TV placements are great, I think music can be discovered in so many ways now and that is a good thing for both those who make music and those who listen to music.

What is the ultimate impact you are hoping the record has on your fans?

This album I really thought about what my place in the world is as a “musician.” Am I just an entertainer? No! I think music has such a deeper purpose in society and worldwide as a human language. When you really think about it music can’t be explained- why it causes certain emotions, causes people to move and dance. Anyways, I think besides being fun to listen to this album should inspire unity and remind us that we are all in this together and under the same sun and the same moon.

What are your loftiest goals for Little Hurricane?

Hmm, sounds silly but we’ve always dreamed of being able to play a show where we just walk on stage and play music. No sound check our setting up gear. So I guess to have more roadies etc. Haha!

(Visit Little Hurricane here:

www.littlehurricanemusic.com

www.facebook.com/little.hurricane.music

www.twitter.com/littlehurricane

www.instagram.com/littlehurricane)

 

(Photo by Bryan Taylor)

From Austin, Texas, Drip-Fed whips up a tension that just devastates: diamond-bright punk twang and heavy low-end clash with frontman Jeffrey Blum’s severely depressed vocals. This is anthemic and desperate music, for fans of Black Flag, Fucked Up, Culture Abuse, Ghostlimb, and the like. Under the Wave Blanket was recorded and mixed by Keith Hernandez, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Nails, Full of Hell).

Drip-Fed’s new seven-inch, Under the Wave Blanket, is out on Red Flag Records amd Ghettoblaster caught up with Blum to discuss the effort, depression and abusers. This is what he told us.

What is it about Drip-Fed that makes it a rewarding endeavor for you?

I think we’re doing something unique and genuine. That is more rewarding on a personal level than any kind of other success. Sure, I want a lot of people to hear our music, but the reward for me is creating art that I know is coming from an honest place. Everything else is background noise.

Were there themes that you were specifically hoping to tackle with Under The Wave Blanket?

Depression, drugs, chronic pain and health problems can be found in almost any Drip-Fed song whether it’s conscious or not. That’s what a lot of my life revolved around so that’s what ends up in the lyrics. Under the Wave Blanket sways more positive because it focuses on overcoming those situations.

What are your proudest moments on Under the Wave Blanket?

“The Shivers” is the best song we’ve ever written and a good indication of the direction our sound is moving towards. I’m very proud of that song.  I’ve always played in hardcore and metal type bands where I just stacked riffs on top of each other. I’m finally trying to write some fucking songs. I’m proud of James and John for recording with the band for the first time. I’m proud of Nathan for continuing to be the second best bass player of all time (RIP Lemmy).

What are you hoping that people take away from listening to the release?

I hope people find it refreshing and hear something different than your standard punk band. I hope someone listens to it in their car with the windows down and feels okay for a few minutes. I hope a kid finds it in the used bin at End of an Ear in 20 years and is pumped about it.

You have both suffered from depression and witnessed the impact it has on lives during your day job. How do you stay balanced?

I don’t. I’ve accepted that I’ll never be fully balanced, but music keeps me from falling over.

What kind of toll does the job take on your condition?

Probably more of a toll than I’m aware of. Dealing with such heavy subject matter 40 hours a week will weigh on anyone, but the reward is definitely strong.  I’ll remove a child from an abusive environment, help a disabled person pay their electric bill or talk to someone who is suicidal and it reminds me that it’s a job that needs to be done.

What is your best advice for someone who is also suffering from or living with depression?

Don’t be ashamed to seek help if you need it. Depression can be just as serious as any other mental illness and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Find some means of expression that gets those feelings out instead of suppressing them. If you don’t have mental illness then stop questioning if someone else’s is real or not.

How do you feel about people that abuse children?

Anyone who abuses someone in a vulnerable position is scum of the earth.

Milo Yiannopoulos was recently in the news for some comments he made about pedophilia and sexual abuse? Do you have a strong opinion about that controversy?

I try not to give too much time or energy to people like that. They’re mostly relevant because of shock value. If he truly believes the horrible shit he says then he deserves the worst. Also, fuck Breitbart.

Will you be touring anytime soon?

We’re playing some Texas dates and hopefully a tour up the west coast this summer. We will definitely be playing outside of Austin more frequently.

What is SXSW week like for those of you that live in Austin?

This is the first time in a while that I’m not playing a single SXSW show. Honestly, I’m extremely relieved. Over the past couple of years it has become more of a burden to play than a pleasure. The shows can be worth it, but as a small band you often end up playing at 2PM in some weird venue to a handful of uninterested people. Plus like 70 thousand extra people come into my city for a week and make it hard to just live my normal life. I’m sure there’s still great shows to see and free drinks to be found, but the whole thing doesn’t feel the same to me anymore. I’m probably just bitter though.

(Listen to Drip-Fed here: http://drip-fed.bandcamp.com/
Buy the cassette and vinyl, here: http://shop.redflagdiy.com)

(Photo by Connor Beitel)

The story of TOMA is one of self-discovery, with four men from Austin, Texas joining forces in search of their own unique place in the musical firmament. Keyboard/vocalist Waldo Wittenmyer, drummer Jake Hiebert, bassist Neil Byers, and guitarist/vocalist Willy Jay are a true collective, with each gentleman playing an integral role in every musical decision they make.

With that unified front in place, TOMA was free to explore a sound that combines the best elements of some of the best music of the last 40 years. Their debut full-length, Aroma (out March 31, 2017), is a tuneful, spirited record that marries the complexity of ‘70s idols like Todd Rundgren and Squeeze with the neo-psychedelia of the Elephant 6 movement. It’s loose-limbed power pop of the highest order. When it came to recording this debut, the members of TOMA approached it in the spirit of pure collaboration, with the added voice and instrumentation of James Petralli of fellow Austin band White Denim, whom the band counts as a fifth member.

Having already staked their claim in the music world of Texas, next up for TOMA is a full court press on the rest of the U.S. with plans to tour through much of 2017

Today, Ghettoblaster has the pleasure of premiering “Lights On In The Kitchen,” which you can enjoy below.

(Catch the band live:

Tues. 4/18 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle

Wed. 4/19 Asheville, NC – The Compound

Thurs. 4/20 – Salem VA – Parkway Brewing Company

Fri. 4/21 Washington, DC – The Velvet Lounge Sat.

4/22 – New York City – Rockwood Music Hall Sun.

4/23 – Philadelphia, PA – Pentajawn

Visit them here:

http://www.thebandtoma.com https://www.facebook.com/thebandtoma/ https://www.instagram.com/thebandtoma/)

 

 

 

TASTY (Ian Graham, Jay Sparrow) is a young two piece trash pop outfit from Columbus, Ohio, taking cues from the whole of traditional rock and roll. Traces of almost every modern era from mid ’50s teen rockers, ’60s girl group chants and ’70s three chord punk purity can be found imprinted on short bursts of concentrated energy being ricochet off of dingy midwestern basement walls that would make Phil Specter spectate how two people can possibly fill so much sonic space.

If you’re sick of watching statues on stage, TASTY is not to be missed live-causing havoc, giddy angst and anxiety for the future everywhere they play. In fact, the band has a couple of forthcoming dates on the books (below) and are booking a tour for late spring/early summer.

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Their first s/t tape is to be released on Superdreamer Records on March 24 and today Ghettoblaster has the pleasure of premiering the band’s video for “Witching Hour,” which you can enjoy below.

TASTY- Witching Hour *Official Video* from Superdreamer Records on Vimeo.

(Catch the band live here:

 3/25- *Tape Release Show* Sick Weekend @Ace of Cups Columbus OH w/ The Gories, Dirty Fences, Liquor Store

3/27- @Urban Artifact Cincinnati OH
Late Spring/ Early Summer Tour TBA

Visit them here:

ttaassttyy.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/ttaassttyy

Superdreamerrecords.com)