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Owen: new video series and a Mike Kinsella Patreon

Posted Nov. 19, 2020, 8:11 p.m.
Owen: new video series and a Mike Kinsella Patreon

Shervin Lainez

Owen has kept busy this year despite the quarantine. The solo effort of Mike Kinsella, of American Football and Cap’n Jazz fame, Owen released his heartbreaking tenth album The Avalanche in July, one that “takes on a new refinement, with spacious musical landscapes making room for devastating lyrics that return to themes of an unravelling marriage and big endings.”

He recently released his first set of videos from “The Avalanche Live” series, shot/filmed with the help of director Craig Shimala at various unique and famous locations in his home city of Chicago. Six videos include “Dead For Days” filmed in front of the iconic Wrigley Building, “A New Muse” performed from the harrowing heights of the Chicago Skydeck, and a gorgeous version of “Mom and Dead” performed in the empty venue Rainbo Club. Additional sets of videos from the series will be released on November 17th and 24th.

Watch Owen’s “The Avalanche Live” video series here.

Mike Kinsella has also recently launched the Mike Army Patreon, where fans can sign up to receive exclusive access to song tutorials, unreleased recordings, and covers of some of his favorite songs, including the full version of Phoebe Bridgers’ “Motion Sickness” which he recently teased on Instagram. More details at

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System Of A Down resurface

Posted Nov. 8, 2020, 10:55 a.m.
System Of A Down resurface

photo by Armen Keleshian

It had been 15 years since System Of A Down had released new music -- until the group dropped two new songs, "Protect The Land" and "Genocidal Humanoidz," this week in response to conflict in their ancentral homeland of Armenia.

Motivated by escalating conflict between Artsakh and Azerbaijan, guitarist Daron Malakian wrote, composed, and produced the two new singles which are currently available through digital platforms. Band royalties for the two singles are marked to benefit the Armenia Fund.

"The aggression and injustice being perpetrated against the Armenian people in Artsakh and Armenia by Azerbaijan and Turkey is a human rights violation and a war crime," vocalist Serj Tankian says in a statement. "All of us in System realize this is an existential battle for our people, so this is very personal for us. What we need right now is for the world to put politics aside and support Armenia by sanctioning Turkey and Azerbaijan and recognizing Artsakh."

The video to "Protect The Land," features recent footage of the conflict and protest in Artsakh.

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Bands What's new with The Wonder Years?

Posted Oct. 24, 2020, 9:15 a.m.

What's new with The Wonder Years?

photo by Kelly Mason

The Wonder Years have both a new song and a new Halloween set coming up. Working with, the band issued itself the challenge of registering 1,000 new voters, promising a new song ...

Bands Dark Mark vs. Skeleton Joe project

Posted Oct. 20, 2020, 9:06 p.m.

Dark Mark vs. Skeleton Joe project

photo by Scott Wilkinson

A new project called Dark Mark vs. Skeleton Joe (DMvsSJ) has come to light, featuring Joe Cardamone (The Icarus Line) and Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees). The name is a reference to alter egos that each ...

Bands News outta Kississippi

Posted Oct. 8, 2020, 8:09 p.m.

News outta Kississippi

photo by Kaytlin Dargen

Kississippi shared a new single, "Around Your Room," today in advance of a new full-length to come in 2021 on Triple Crown Records. The newvideo (watch it below) was directed by Josh Coll and showcases ...

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Bands Big Joanie joins Kill Rock Stars

Posted Oct. 3, 2020, 12:02 p.m. in Bands by Loren

Big Joanie joins Kill Rock Stars

photo by Loren Green

On November 27, Big Joanie and Charmpit will release a 2-song split EP on Kill Rock Stars, kicking off the relationship between Big Joanie and ...

Bands Get ready for Slacktoberfest

Posted Sept. 26, 2020, 10:37 a.m. in Bands by Loren

Get ready for Slacktoberfest

The Slackers have a new 7" and an upcoming livestream festival. First, the band is releasing a 7" single called "Blue," with a dub version ...

Bands Stephen Malkmus: new single, tour plans

Posted Sept. 20, 2020, 11:06 a.m. in Bands by Loren

Stephen Malkmus: new single, tour plans

photo by Samuel Gehrke and Chris Schonting

Former Pavement frontmant has a new single available, Juliefuckingette, a b-side from the March release of Traditional Techniques earlier this year (Matador).  The new single ...

Stephen Malkmus Tour Dates:
Tue. March 2 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music CafeWed. March 3 - Milwaukee, WI @ Turner HallThu. March 4 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia HallFri. March 5 - Louisville, KY @ HeadlinersSat. March 6 - Nashville, TN @ Cannery BallroomSun. March 7 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal WestTue. March 9 - Asheville, NC @ Orange PeelWed. March 10 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s CradleThu. March 11 - Richmond, VA @ The NationalFri. March 12 - Washington, DC @ Black CatSat. March 13 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union TransferSun. March 14 - New York, NY @ Webster HallTue. March 16 - Boston, MA @ RoyaleWed. March 17 - Burlington, VT @ Higher GroundThu. March 18 - Montreal, QC @ L’AstralFri. March 19 - Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music HallSat. March 20 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland BallroomSun. March 21 - Detroit, MI @ Majestic TheatreFri. April 9 - Denver, CO @ Gothic TheatreSat. April 10 - Omaha, NE @ The Waiting RoomSun. April 11 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada TheaterMon. April 12 - Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s BallroomTue. April 13 - Dallas, TX @ Granada TheaterWed. April 14 - Austin, TX @ The MohawkFri. April 16 - El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow PalaceSat. April 17 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent BallroomSun. April 18 - San Diego, CA @ Belly UpMon. April 19 - Los Angeles, CA @ El ReyTue. April 20 - San Francisco, CA @ The FIllmoreThu. April 22 - Portland, OR @ Wonder BallroomFri. April 23 - Vancouver, BC @ ImperialSat. April 24 - Seattle, WA @ The Showbox

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Bands Niner Niner's Destructo

Posted Sept. 16, 2020, 6:06 p.m. in Bands by Loren

Niner Niner's Destructo

Niner Niner - Destructo

Bakersfield, CA noisy rockers Niner Niner have announced a livestream "album release" for their debut, Destructo, which came out earlier this summer but without the ...


Physical copies are limited to 250.

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Bands Rise Against lead Dark Nights: Death Metal soundtrack

Posted Sept. 12, 2020, 2:58 p.m. in Bands by Loren

Rise Against lead Dark Nights: Death Metal soundtrack

photo by Jason Siegel

Rise Against are teasing the track "Broken Dreams, Inc." today in a trailer for Dark Nights: Death Metal, a new 7-issue comic book series from ...

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Bands 2-Piece Brave The Cold

Posted Sept. 9, 2020, 9:05 p.m. in Bands by Loren

2-Piece Brave The Cold

photo by Loren Green

Brave The Cold, a duo featuring Mitch Harris (Napalm Death) and Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth) will release the 11-song Scarcity on Oct. 2 on Mission Two ...

Bands Hanalei comes back

Posted Sept. 6, 2020, 11:08 a.m. in Bands by Loren

Hanalei comes back

photo by Laura Lee Mattingly

Hanalei, a Brian Moss  project (The Ghost, Great Apes, Olehole, Wunder Years), has signed with A-F Records with promises of a follow-up to One Big ...

I keep pinching myself to make sure I’m alive. Have we all been unknowingly transported into some cruel alternate universe where what was once confined to imagination has become reality? As I write this, California is burning and a pandemic is ravaging the globe. Police are murdering innocent people of color at-will, domestic terrorism is being thinly veiled as patriotism, facts and logic are ignored, a cartoonish, malevolent blob is nearing totalitarian control, and love is lost. This can’t be real.
I began writing Black Snow roughly two years ago after finding out my wife was pregnant. The process served as a means of coping with the relentless anxiety and bouts of depression that polluted my expected joy. How could I bring a child into a world on the verge of collapse?
The record is a non-linear, fictional collage, set in the not-so-distant future, following the destruction of our climate and the subsequent disintegration of modern society. The songs are primarily narrated from varying first person perspectives: the last standing bristlecone pine, a virus unearthed by fracking (this one was written a year before Covid hit and obviously feels eerily relevant now), the collective voice of animals subjected to human wrath, an estranged lover in a drought-parched Northern Californian landscape, a post-apocalyptic traveler who unearths a working smartphone, the self-serving climate change denier, a father and son choosing optimism and action over apathy and surrender. Other songs are merely descriptive paintings: the Bund neighborhood of Shanghai completely submerged and reclaimed by nature on account of rising sea levels. Consider this a warning. Fiction is finding its way from far-flung to here and now.

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