Top Ten Of Twenty Fourteen: Gates

New Jersey’s post-rock newcomers Gates’ released Bloom & Breathe in October 2014. The album is a memorable and compelling record that covers expected bouts of relationship trauma, self-forgiveness and responsibility. They craft twinkling post-rock foundations that lead to big and emotionally strained, dynamic, melodic choruses. In short, it’s everything a good rock record should be. Ghettoblaster recently caught up with … More »

Blue and Gold

Top Ten of Twenty Fourteen: Blue and Gold

Picture a crowded party. It’s sweaty, rowdy, and most of all, it’s raucously loud. That’s the experience of a Blue and Gold show, and it’s the atmosphere they’ve captured on their debut album, In My Head. The band developed their chemistry on stage first, playing high-octane shows around New York City. Now with In My Head, Blue and Gold have created a … More »

DieAlps! (photo by Kimberly Yau.)

Video Premiere: DieAlps!, “Rules of Discipline”

In a small town in Austria, nine-year-old Cornelia picks up her first guitar, immersing herself into a classically trained world amid the home of the Viennese Waltz. Years later, under the guise of a working au pair, Cornelia (“Connie”) comes to America to fully realize her dreams of starting a band. Wielding waltzes and singing songs of hope and struggle, … More »

Craft Spells announces tour dates (2015)

This past summer, Seattle-based artist Craft Spells, i.e. musician and songwriter Justin Vallesteros, released his sophomore album Nausea, the long awaited follow up to his 2011 critically acclaimed debut Idle Labor.  He announced today, that he will be embarking on a North American tour at the end of February, his second in support of this album. Beginning at San Francisco’s … More »

Koji readies 7″, tours (2014, 2015)

Revered indie singer-songwriter, artist and activist Koji has announced plans to reissue his beloved Matters EP on limited edition vinyl 7” via Scottish label Struggletown Records. Pre-orders are available now at Additionally, Koji will be headed to the UK and Ireland in February for a two-week tour with The City On Film (Bob Nanna). The dates will kick off … More »

Doomtree release video for “Gray Duck,” tour (2015)

Minneapolis hip-hop collective Doomtree has revealed the video for “Gray Duck” off their upcoming full-length All Hands, due January 27, 2015 on their own Doomtree Records. The Andrew Melby-directed video features the group’s members donning rubber duck masks and evading a Segway-bound security guard. The video premiered via The Fader, who noted that the video is “a fun, stylized clip for the … More »

Have Mercy team with Somos for split, tour (2014, 2015)

Baltimore indie rock band Have Mercy is hooking up with Boston rock band Somos to release a split 7” record on February 24 via No Sleep Records. In anticipation, the bands have partnered with today to reveal Have Mercy’s unique cover of the iconic singer-songwriter Jackson Browne’s classic song “Somebody’s Baby.” Pre-orders for the split are available now at … More »

The Juliana Hatfield Three announce tour dates (2015)

The Juliana Hatfield Three – with the original lineup of Todd Philips (drums), Dean Fisher (bass) and Juliana Hatfield (guitar, vocals, keyboards, percussion) – announce a U.S. tour beginning February 26 in Portland, ME. The tour comes on the heels of their much anticipated sophomore album Whatever, My Love available February 17 on American Laundromat Records.   Whatever, My Love … More »

Aquabear Legion to release double LP Ohio compilation

Athens-based Ohio music and art collective Aquabear Legion will be releasing a double LP, vinyl compilation featuring 24 Ohio bands in spring 2015. The group just launched an Indiegogo page to fund the project through a pre-order, featuring not only the record release but also limited edition posters, colored vinyl, and more. Aquabear 2015 will include music from 24 Ohio … More »

Tim Krug (photo by Lisa Thompson)

Top Ten of Twenty Fourteen: Tim Krug of Oh Condor, Swim Diver, Hexadiode

Tim Krug is perhaps one of the most focused, prolific, and frankly, busy, multi-instrumentalists in Dayton, Ohio. In addition to playing with rock quartet Oh Condor, he debuted his band Swim Diver (with members of Brainiac, Captain of Industry and Me and Mountains) late in 2013, and plays with the decidedly more experimental Hexadiode (formerly Dementia Precox). He was also … More »