Shining – “The One Inside”

Shining tour dates – as the support act on Dillinger Escape Plan’s spring tour – were just announced and as part of the digital press release was a link to the Norwegian’s “shot in one take in the Mojave desert” video. Now, with a pretty serene setting and a shoot during the bright daylight, you might not expect this metal-meets-weirdo-jazz band to make anything that captures your attention but you’d be wrong. About a minute in, I thought, “Okay, I get it … guys playing insane and artsy-noise-metal in the desert. Is this going to go on for another three and a half minutes?” And then comes the sax. And I couldn’t turn away, couldn’t give up on the song (and, frankly, didn’t want to).

This is good stuff. No Ohio dates which is too bad as I’d like to see these guys live.

Here are the dates:

4/3       New York, NY – Webster Hall #
4/4       Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer #
4/5       Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage #
4/6       Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall #
4/7       Montreal, QC – Le National #
4/9       Toronto, ON – Opera  House #
4/10     Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot Ballroom #
4/11     Chicago, IL – Metro #
4/12     Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue #
4/13     Winnipeg, MB – West End Cultural Centre #
4/15     Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room #
4/16     Calgary, AB – The Republik #
4/18     Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre #
4/19     Seattle, WA – El Corazon #
4/20      Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre #
4/22      Chico, CA – Senator Theater #
4/23     San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge #
4/24      Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex #
4/25      Pomona, CA – The Glass House #
4/26      La Jolla, CA – Porter’s Pub #
# with Dillinger Escape Plan, Trash Talk, Retox

Scott Lucas & The Married Men – new video, new tour dates

Low budget? Looks like no budget but still an entertaining “life in the van” video.

March tour dates for Local H, April and May tour dates for Scott Lucas & The Married Men. It’s just the cost of doing business these days. The Married Men dates are with Empty Mansions, a new group featuring Sam Fogarino (Interpol), Duane Denison (Jesus Lizard), and Brandon Curtis (Secret Machines).

4/24 Washington, DC- DC9 *
4/25 Philadelphia, PA – The Barbary *
4/26 Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory *
4/27 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge *
4/28 Allston, MA – Great Scott *
4/29 Buffalo, NY – Tralf Studio Stage
5/1 Detroit, MI – Garden Bowl *
5/2 Grand Rapids, MI – Founders Brewery, Co
5/3 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle *

* dates with EmptyMansions

Happy Birthday, Veruca Salt’s ‘Eight Arms to Hold You’

The fine fellas over at the Dig Me Out podcast noted in a Facebook post that Veruca Salt’s second album – and the last featuring Nina Gordon – ‘Eight Arms to Hold You’ was released on this day in 1997.

After releasing the Brad Wood-produced ‘American Thighs’ in 1994, Veruca Salt embraced its inner arena rock dreams and hired Bob Rock (Metallica, AC/DC) to produce their sophomore album. The money was well spent as ‘Eight Arms to Hold You’ is a glossy, sparkly, blistering rock album with songs like “Straight”, “Volcano Girls”, “Shutterbug”, and “Venus Man Trap” that were played in arenas (the band spent time on the road following the release playing hockey and basketball arenas opening for Bush).

It stands in stark contrast to the (intentionally?) lo-fi debut but it’s more of the sound Veruca Salt really wanted to make and it still stands out as one of my favorite fist-pumping rockers.

Happy 16th birthday, ‘Eight Arms to Hold You’.

New Local H video, “Another February”, arrives just in time

Consequence of Sound premiered the new Local H video, “Another February”, today.

As someone who hates winter too, (I know, Fyffo, you don’t hate it) this video hits home.

According to the CoS feature:

“Another February” is the centerpiece of a forthcoming EP. It also includes covers of Rush and The National, as well two alternative versions of cuts from ‘Hallelujah, I’m A Bum.’

Can’t wait.

Everything Everything’s “Cough Cough”

Damn you, crazy Brits for this infuriatingly awesome earworm – it’s like tUnEyArDs-meets-Gotye-covering-Peter-Gabriel. That combination makes my head spin!

Everything Everything’s U.S. debut EP, Cough Cough, is out on Feb.5.

Dates in the U.S. are starting to take shape – LA (3/19) and NYC (3/25) are confirmed as is a SXSW appearance. No word on whether or not there will be more dates but the betting man says there will be.