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SPB exclusive: Power Take Off and Multicult split

SPB exclusive: Power Take Off and Multicult split

Power Take Off-Multicult split EP

Check out our new featured stream, a split EP from Power Take Off (Concord, MN) and Multicult (Baltimore, MD).

The new 7” includes 3 songs from Power Take Off, a dark and noisy affair that features Adam Marx (Seawhores). On the flip side, Multicult are a tad mathier, delivering “Repeating Decimal Point of Trauma.”

The record releases officially on May 25 via Learning Curve Records.

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Tours Levitation Fest Off!

Posted April 28, 2016, 11:30 p.m.

Levitation Fest Off!

TERRIBAD!

Levitation, the new incarnation of Austin Psych Fest at Carson Creek Ranch, has been cancelled due to severe weather predicted in the already weather-weary state of Texas.  The festival organizers are actively trying to organize alternative venues for the major players, but the festival grounds were considered too sketchy for the event to continue.

As someone who has gone to Levitation at Carson Creek Ranch, I can understand their decision.  That being said, this is most unfortunate, because the lineup this year at Levitation was ridiculous.  I really feel for the people that travelled to Austin only for the event to be cancelled at the last minute.  Hopefully, many of the bands will be able to find alternate venues to play at.

That is all, hopefully Austin Psych Fest continues.  Cancelling any festival is a major financial hardship, and it certainly is a hardship for the folks running this festival.  I consider Levitation to be one of the best events in Austin, and I hope that it will continue going forward.

Shows Analog-A-Go-Go 2016

Posted April 28, 2016, 10:54 p.m.

Analog-A-Go-Go 2016

Stephen Gere

Dogfish Head Brewing has announced Analog-A-Go-Go 2016. Now in its 6th year, the music and beer festival will take place on Sept. 17 near Wilmington, DE with a musical line-up including Built To Spill, Talib Kweli,Beach Slang, and more.

Full line-up: Built To Spill, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Talib Kweli, Ra Ra Riot, Beach Slang, Fiance

Bands Summer Cannibals debut a new song

Posted April 27, 2016, 6:26 p.m.

Currently on tour with The Termals, Summer Cannibals have announced the release of Full Of It coming on May 27 through Kill Rock Stars label.

The band, who have two previous releases--including last year's Show Us Your Mind (New Moss Records)--debuted new track "Simple Life" from the new LP. 

After their tour with The Thermals the band will set out on a headlining tour in June.

Tours Touring Purgatory

Posted April 27, 2016, 4:49 p.m.

Touring Purgatory

photo by Adam DeGross

Purgatory will embark on a two week run this summer with support from Heavens Die (select dates), covering the US southeast, east coast, and Midwest, also hittin gup Gateway to the West Fest in September.

The band last released Gospel of War in 2015 (Escapist Records).

Bands 1QI: Phobia, Moonraker, The Blind Pets, Bad Cop/Bad Cop

Posted April 26, 2016, 2:28 p.m.

1QI: Phobia, Moonraker, The Blind Pets, Bad Cop/Bad Cop
Welcome to our almost daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook & twitter and we'll post an interview four days each week, typically every Monday-Thursday.
 
After our social media followers get the first word, we post a wrap-up here at the site and archive them here. This week check out Q&As with Phobia, Moonraker, The Blind Pets and Bad Cop/Bad Cop

Labels New from Drunken Sailor

Posted April 22, 2016, 10:01 p.m.

New from Drunken Sailor

Nicholas Regan

Drunken Sailor has three new releasees coming out in the near future: a split 7" from No Ditching and Baby Ghosts, new Spokenest LP Gone, Gone, Gone, and a reissue of Downtown Boys, previously released Sister Polygon Records.

Records New Psalm Zero this July

Posted April 20, 2016, 8:10 p.m.

New Psalm Zero this July

photo by Arion Toles

On July 15 Profound Lore will be releasing the second album from New York's Psalm Zero, Stranger to Violence.

The cinematic group last released The Drain in 2014.

Labels Masked Intruder join Pure Noise

Posted April 20, 2016, 6:35 p.m.

Masked Intruder join Pure Noise

Masked Intruder, set to release a new EP this July during their run ont he 2016 Warped Tour, have joined Pure Noise Records.

The masked band has previously released records with Red Scare Industries and Fat Wreck Chords.

We would like to take this opportunity to say that any alleged rumors of us being kicked off Fat cause we “allegedly stole” a “bunch of shit” from the “eccentric proprietors of the historic label” are completely and totally unsubstantiated and stupid. We will always love Fat and everyone there, from a distance consistent with the court’s alleged rulings.

Their last full-length was M.I., released in 2014. SPB spoke with the band around that time.

Labels New Martha (Dirtnap)

Posted April 20, 2016, 4 p.m.

New Martha (Dirtnap)

Dirtnap Records will be releasing the second album from Martha on July 8. Titled Blisters in the Pit of My Heart, the new album releases on July 8 in the US. Fortuna POP! will release the album in the UK.

The band has also released a split EP with Benny the Jet Rodriguez.

Hear "Goldman's Detective Agency" after the jump.

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