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On November 8, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and co-headliners Death From Above 1979, provided us with a great night of rock and roll that served as a well needed distraction from the stress of the election, as the eventual surprising results trickled in.

Both Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and DFA1979 aren’t touring new albums, but the tour was still plenty welcome. I’ve seen DFA1979 a few times now, but somehow, this was my first time seeing Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. They didn’t disappoint, giving us a confident 16-song set of all the best that they had to offer, with a few comments about the live election results.

It was a strange atmosphere at the show, as there was an unspoken tension felt throughout Terminal 5, as people were there to enjoy a great triple bill also featuring garage rock duo Deap Vally, but people were constantly checking their results to view the results. Even so, all three acts did their job and pulled us away form reality and destroyed our ears, leaving us with one blissful moment before walking out to the uncertain reality that unkindly awaited most of us after the show.

Find Black Rebel Motorcycle Club + DFA1979’s setlist posted below, along with a gallery of photos of all three bands.
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[new]: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Let The Day Begin

By Will Oliver, January 22nd 2013 — with 1 comment


Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have returned with a new single titled “Let The Day Begin.” It’s slated to appear on new album Specter At The Feast. It’s their first record in

“Let The Day Begin” is a cover of The Call’s song released in 1989. BRMC deliver a cover that sounds very much like it belongs to them, as well as hints of U2.

Stream it below, and then grab a free mp3 at their site.

[new] Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Aya

By Will Oliver, March 2nd 2010

Here is one of my favorite songs from BRBC’s new album Beat The Devil’s Tattoo. It has a sinister mood due to the brooding guitars and garage-sound. The song takes some time build, eventually exploding into a great refrain at about the two minute mark. The song stood out from the rest of the pack due to its brooding nature with a deep pit of emotio. BRBC really put a lot of themselves into the song and the listeer gets a lot out of it as a result.

Aya doesn’t explode and impress right away but once it does, it reveals itself to you in a glorious fashion. This is simply smart rock and roll done right.

[stream] : Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Aya

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[New] Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Beat The Devil’s Tattoo

By Will Oliver, January 30th 2010 — with 5 comments

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club are back with a brand new single titled “Beat The Devil’s Tattoo”, off of their new album, sharing the same title. The song is strong offering from the band who are back with new drummer Leah Shapiro, who fits in perfectly.

The song is romping garage rocker filled with a hint of southern flair. You can always count on BRMC to bring on real rock. They always know how to bring rock and roll back from it’s roots, with style!

Beat The Devil’s Tatoo is due on March 9th,

[mp3] : Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Beat The Devil’s Tattoo

January 2013 Mix

By Will Oliver, February 3rd 2013 — with 3 comments

January 2013

Here’s a little mix for you to kick off the week, or to end the weekend. Although it’s Super Bowl Sunday, so who knows if any of you will even see this. Still, I’m putting it out there. Hope you enjoy. As usual, thanks to Cam for the art.

Stream the January mix on spotify, or check out individual track below. There’s also a ZIP download at the very end of the post.
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[Premiere]: Highlands – Railroad

By Will Oliver, May 22nd 2012 — with 2 comments

Honored to co-premiere Highland’s “Railroad” with some other great music sites: Beats Per Minute, Rawkblog, Listen Before You Buy and The Blue Indian. Highlands, a band from Long Beach, is releasing their debut album Singularity on June 23. “Railroad” is the albums first single.

The thunderous guitars create fuzz that could have been a soundtrack for a bad dream gone good. There’s a element of shoe-gaze that helps create a dreamy sensation picked up perfectly by the vocals. Reminds me a bit of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, which is a good thing from where I’m standing.

Take a listen below and let us know what you think.

[mp3]: Highlands – Railroad

Band To Watch: The Federals

By Will Oliver, February 8th 2010 — with 6 comments

I have not experienced the feelings of truly being wowed by a band for a while. It’s nearly 5 AM but I have not gone to bed because I have spent the last hour digging up all the information that I can on The Federals. They are one of the best young bands that I have heard so far this year, and I am blown away. I noticed them thanks to Tim from The Blue Walrus. They are the British band that the NME should be pushing. These guys are miles better than most of the rubbish that publication seems to be pushing these days anyway.

The band hails from York and met while attending York’s Millthorpe Secondary School not too many years ago. They shared a love for bands like The Stooges, The White Stripes, and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Then, The Federals were born. They have released two EP’s so far, and are working on their debut album for a hopeful release later this year.Their songs feature an assault of guitars, singing from a Jack White raspy blues voice, and tight drumming. I can only imagine a club featuring The Federals and how nuts the crowd would go for them, moshing, screaming, pushing, and shoving. These guys are really exciting to listen to. Something about them is genuine and fresh. They are making real garage rock and roll come to life. With so much bullshit indie music out there, it is really refreshing to see a band go back to the roots and just rock the fuck out.

They are giving away their latest EP, Transistor, for free right here. All you gotta do is give them your email. Trust me, it is worth it. All three songs are strong garage stompers with an attitude. If you like garage rock done right, you can’t go wrong with this EP. “Transistor 1969” is the standout song, with plenty of attitude “Automatic Breakdown” is a tight song with slick riffs from every guitar and bass. Throw in some harmonica and you got a winner. “What’s Goin’ Around” reminded me of The Hives, which is a pretty good compliment!

I am completely sold on The Federals. They are one of my new favorite bands right now. I hope they get the attention of the big boys, because they certainly deserve it. I posted the 3 songs from their EP below, because I couldn’t pick just one:

[mp3] : The Federals – Transistor 1969
[mp3] : The Federals – Automatic Breakdown
[mp3] : The Federals – What’s Goin’ Around

Visit the band at myspace | facebook and purchase goodies at their merch store

Great Northern – Houses

By Will Oliver, February 11th 2009

Great Northern has a new album coming out on April 28th called “Remind Me Where The Light Is”. The first taste of the album is with “Houses, the first single. I liked it. See what you think as well, mp3 is below. Here is a bit off the press release that was sent to me:

Great Northern released their atmospheric and melodic debut album, Trading Twilight For Daylight in 2007. With its catchy hooks, lush keys and breathy vocals, it was received warmly and created a solid buzz. Their new album, Remind Me Where the Light Is (in stores April 28, 2009), is the work of a more seasoned group, one that has been on the road for months, missed home, seen the world, and returned, not entirely prepared to sit still and write. It became very clear to them that they were going to do things a little differently this time. Great Northern take bigger chances on Remind Me Where The Light Is. Wishing to expand their sound, Bixler and Stolte began working with producer Michael Patterson (Beck, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Beck, Puff Daddy, She Wants Revenge, amongst others) and Nic Jodoin. The results being upbeat, guitar-driven songs, yet with the familiar layered vocals and sweeping, panoramic sound.

[mp3] : Great Northern – Houses

Great Northern – In Studio For 2nd Album

By Will Oliver, November 6th 2008

Right now the sonic powerhouse of a band Great Northern are working hard on their follow-up to the 2007 critically adored album “Trading Twilight For Daylight”. The album is produced by Michael Patterson who has worked with artists from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Beck, and even Puff Daddy. Recording is going to wrap up sometime in the next month and will hopefully see an April 2009 release.

Singer-keyobardist Rachel Stolte said “For this record we’ve felt a bit like a changed band. Theres more darkness, and more urgency. On this record we try to express everything that’s been accumulating through our time on tour and through our life experiences since the first one came out.”

Co-founder Solon Bixler warns that the new album will not lack intensity, and will most decidedly differ from the band’s first. “And,” he says, “We hope the next will be different from this. We are constantly inspired by the evolution of the world and the art that surrounds it. It would be impossible to stay the same.”

Home was one of the highlights of last year for me, I am interested to see what the album turns out like. Check out some MP3’s below:

[MP3] : Great Northern – Home
[MP3] : Great Northern – Low Is A Height
[MP3] : Great Northern – This Is A Problem

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