!!! (Chk Chk Chk) have always had the great knack of getting people up on the dance floor. Their new track "Slyd" is no different. The Sacramento natives will return with the new album Thr!!!er on April 30th on Warp Records. They also announced a tour, which will drop by San Francisco's Rickshaw Stop May 30th.
Here it comes! The new Postal Service track, "A Tattered Line of String," is an upbeat techno bounce that's fantastic. It's great to hear Ben Gibbard stretch again, beyond the usual dark pop/rock stylings. Plus, a Jenny Lewis appearance! She will also tour with the band. See them in April at the Mondavi Center in Davis. This will be on the Give Up reissue to hit stores April 9th.
The word on the street is that we are getting the old Thermals sound back. The sound that was less polished and more dirty, which is where some of their best material lies. The new track "Born to Kill" demonstrates that unapologetically.
By the way, they will be playing a couple of dates in the Bay Area soon. 03/01 in San Francisco at Noise Pop at the Rickshaw Stop and the next day, 03/02 in Cupertino at the Homestead Lanes Bowling Alley. Sounds like a sweet venue to me.
The other night I was checking out this band that I heard on KEXP called Bellamaine. I had to look up where they are from. Anacortes, Washington-almost directly a couple of hours north of Seattle. Some really cool dreamy rock here, and the mix of male/female vocals from the married Nick and Julianne Thompson is a nice touch. The new EP “An Anxious Mind”was produced by John Goodmanson who has worked with Nada Surf, Blonde Redhead, and Death Cab For Cutie. Check these guys out. KEXP doesn't have them #2 on their chart this week for nothing.
Here comes a CBS Golf Promo during the commercial break. "Whoa, what was that?" I bust out the Soundcloud app. It couldn't find the name of the artist or song. This is why I have Shazam too by the way. When one doesn't know, certainly the other app will. Shazam got the band and the song. Bronze Radio Return and this song called "Further On." What a great track! While we are loving Mumford, The Lumineers and the like, this six piece out of Hartford Connecticut could fit right in. A great acoustic hand clapper. Check it out.
you didn’t know, The Nickel Slots have been a treasure in Sacramento
for years. Here’s their new video for “The Devil’s Chain Gang” which
captures them in fine form.
A midtempo country rocker, with a fine piece of storytelling to boot.
It’s the opening track from their latest release, which you can hear on
By the way, they have a show next month at the Powerhouse Pub in Folsom, February 27th
if you want to check these guys out. Do it!
A piano romp from Cold War Kids…I’ll take it! It’s the lead
single called “Miracle Mile,” which takes it up another couple of notches with
a killer hook, and cool riff to fit oh so snug against the piano. Look for the
track on their fourth studio album, Dear Miss Lonely Hearts,
on April 2nd on Downtown Records. The band also announced dates to go with it,
including a 5/23 date at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco.