Saturday, February 29, 2020

Enchanters single launch w/ Do Nothings, Cherry Hooker, Dangereens @ The Bovine, Saturday

Enchanters are launching their rippin' new "High Heel Roller Skates" b/w "Fire Truck" single on Trophy Records. Get it!       Photo: Chris Trowbridge

Enchanters single release party set times
Do Nothings – 10:00 pm
Cherry Hooker – 11:00 pm
Dangereens – 12:00 midnight
Enchanters – 1:00 am
with DJ Neil Rantala spinning vinyl between sets. 

Watch Iggy Pop & Bettye LaVette join Patti Smith for "People Have The Power"

Patti Smith brought Bettye LaVette and Iggy Pop on stage to close the Tibet House Benefit at Carnegie Hall in rousing fashion on Wednesday night.  

One For The Weekend: Kutiman

Ophir "Kutiman" Kutiel's new North African-inspired Saluf 7" vinyl single for Siyal Music is available via Mr. Bongo. Get it right here

Friday, February 28, 2020

Lost Weekend: Partying with Van Halen

In 1984, two pals from Pennsylvania won an MTV contest to party with Van Halen... here's what happened. 

Gloria Scott vs Leroy Hutson

Gloria Scott does a superb job with Leroy Hutson's club cooker "Lucky Fellow"  

Happy Birthday Brian Jones!

Remembering Brian Jones on his birthday with the Rice Krispies jingle he wrote for the Rolling Stones back in 1964. 

Thursday, February 27, 2020

The Dream Syndicate previews The Universe Inside with trippy videos

"The Regulator" (shot by David Dalglish) is off Dream Syndicate's new album, The Universe Inside – out April 10th – see all the clips below.

Here's the scoop...
The Dream Syndicate - The Universe Inside 
When The Dream Syndicate emerged in the early 80s, frontman Steve Wynn declared that “we’re playing music we want to hear because nobody else is doing it” – he added, “I’ll comprise on what I eat or where I sleep, but I won’t compromise on what music I play.”

Both were true, and although their template of Velvet Underground meets Crazy Horse may seem commonplace today (and let’s not forget, the Syndicate spawned many imitators), their raw twin guitar, bass and drums approach was not common during an era when slick polished MTV bands ruled. The band were uncompromising. But before MTV switched to reality shows, they were no more.

After 23 years, they reemerged in 2012 with a slight change in lineup - guitarist Jason Victor replaced Paul B. Cutler - and after a blaze of touring, they recorded their first album in decades, How Did I Find Myself Here? The album was surprisingly fresh. The addition of former Green on Red keyboardist Chris Cacavas provided lush textures previously unknown in their guitar-based music but maybe even more surprising was a vocal cameo from co-founding member, Kendra Smith.

More touring (joined by now official member Cacavas) followed quickly by another album These Times – which refined the sonic landscapes explored on How Did I Find Myself Here?
This band is not regurgitating old albums and previous glories, but developing with the same urgency that a pack of youngsters would.

Which brings us to the band's 7th album, The Universe Inside, slated for release via ANTI- on April 10th. Every press release ever written will claim “this is new and different” – well, damn it, it is! Just look at the song lengths: 20:27, 7:36, 8:56, 9:55 and 10:53. Ok, sure – the Syndicate have occasionally committed a long song to vinyl, “John Coltrane Stereo Blues” was 9 minutes with live versions over the ten-minute mark.

However, when one thinks of the Dream Syndicate, it’s not just the wild abandon with which singer/guitarist Wynn, drummer Dennis Duck, bassist Mark Walton, and lead guitarist Jason Victor perform – it’s the carefully constructed songwriting of Wynn that comes to mind. By now every rock critic in the country has predetermined who he or she feels Wynn reminds them of and what they think of that style of songs. This time, don’t!

For the first time, every song is a group songwriting effort. What seeps in are Dennis Duck’s knowledge of European avantgarde music, Jason Victor’s passion for 70s prog, Mark Walton’s experience in Southern-fried music collectives and Wynn’s love of vintage electric jazz. The dazzling display of album cover artwork alone should clue you into the changes.

Watch the suitably trippy David Dalglish videos for "The Regulator," "The Longing," "Apropos Of Nothing" and "Dusting Off The Rust" right after an onscreen discussion between Steve Wynn and the other people involved in making The Universe Inside.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Mattson 2, Boogaloo Boys, Mother Tongues @ Monarch Tavern, Thursday

Don't miss the dynamic guitar-drum duo of Jared and Jonathan Mattson with Toronto's own Boogaloo Boys feat. Sean Dean opening. 

R.I.P. David Roback of The Rain Parade, Opal, Mazzy Star

Guitarist/songwriter David Roback – leading light of the Paisley Underground – passed away yesterday at the age of 61. He'll be greatly missed.

Norwegian spiritual jazz gem from Jan Simonsen Quintet due in March

Jazzagression is putting out an unreleased 70s set by the Jan Simonsen Quintet – feat. members of That's Why, En Tiempo & Ruphus –  on March 2. 

Here's the scoop...
Jan Simonsen Quintet was an active mid-seventies, norwegian jazz group, drawing up influences from Herbie Hancock to McCoy Tyner the group's very rhythmical approach fell positive with the crowd and landed them regular gigs at the famous Club7 venue in Oslo, the group also performed at Molde Jazz 1976. In Winter that same year the group recorded these four tracks to reel using Asker Church for maximum reverb effect and broaden the acoustics. Jazzaggression is pleased to present these 4 tracks on vinyl for the first time, with one bonus track (digital). Vinyl comes in a special heavy paste-on sleeve with printed inner sleeve containing full story and photos. Limited to 500 copies – out March 2. Pre-order it right here. Listen to clips below.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Rev Run joins Jimmy Fallon for Freestylin' With The Roots

During last night's special "Subway Edition" of Freestylin' With The Roots,  Jimmy Fallon encountered a Queens resident decked out in Adidas.  

Happy Birthday George Harrison!

Remembering George Harrison on his day with his "Sour Milk Sea," a White Album outtake subsequently recorded by Jackie Lomax.

Watch Jenny Lewis play a Tiny Desk Concert and a new tune

Jenny Lewis, Anna Butterss & Emily Elbert perform "Rabbit Hole," "Do Si Do" and "Just One Of The Guys" followed by "Under The Supermoon" 

Monday, February 24, 2020

Durand Jones & The Indications, KAINA @ The Horseshoe, Monday

Don't miss Bloomington's Durand Jones and the Indications when they cruise into Toronto for a show with KAINA at The Horseshoe Tavern on Monday. 

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Durand Jones & The Indications vs. David Bowie & Cher

Durand Jones and crew do a fine job with "Young Americans" but it would be tough for anyone to top a David Bowie and Cher medley. 

Daptone reissues 60s teen rocker "Please Say" by Johnny's Uncalled Four

Johnny Golden and his Ohio crew the Uncalled Four originally released "Please Say" on Magic Records in 1965.
Here's the scoop...
For the first time on vinyl in 55 years, two sought after sides from legendary Ohio teen combo, Johnny's Uncalled Four are being issued by Daptone on their subsidiary label Wick Records. The A side, "Please Say", was originally released via a scarce pressing on the groups' own Magic Records label and has since been reissued on several CD compilations (Psychedelic States, Teenage Rebellion to name a few). The track was recorded at the infamous Gateway Recordings in Pittsburgh, and penned by singer, Johnny Golden - and if the name sounds familiar that's because it is thee John Golden of Golden Mastering fame.

The track is a moody, angst ridden slice of teen rock that was ahead of the curve with regards to the proverbial garage rock explosion of 1966. The B side, "Daydream", originally released as the B-Side to their insanely rare debut single on the obscure WAM Records label (Youngstown, OH), is a sublime instrumental ballad whose breezy feel and gorgeous guitar melody will take your mind back to the carefree summers of adolescence. In a time when every garage in the country had some kind of racket blaring out of it, Johnny's Uncalled Four were one of the few groups whose undeniable craft elevated them beyond the cement confines of their suburban home, and into the year 2020 for a whole new generation of rabid rock n roll fans to devour. A must for fans of Nuggets, Back From the Grave, Pebbles, Teenage Shutdown, et al.

Get a copy of the Johnny's Uncalled Four single on limited-edition coloured vinyl directly from Daptone right here after hearing both sides of the record below.

R.I.P. Elyse Weinberg, 1945-2020

Sadly, Chatham-born singer/songwriter Elyse Weinberg passed away Thursday after a battle with lung cancer. She was 74.

That time Lazy Lester rocked Antone's Record Shop in Austin

Louisiana blues great Lazy Lester was backed on "Sugar-Coated Love" by Eve Monsses (left), Mike Buck and Grady Pinkerton back in 2011. 

Friday, February 21, 2020

New Pulsallama archival collection due in May

Modern Harmonic is releasing the debut album from groundbreaking 80s post-punk ensemble Pulsallama on May 15th. 

Here's the scoop...
Seven woman post-punk percussion ensemble! Twenty minutes of ‘80s post-punk pleasure that marks Pulsallama’s first full length recording! Known for their bombastic, ritualistic shows at Studio 57 on NYC’s Lower East Side featuring jungle style rhythms, dual basses, and an all out assault of percussive perfection, this album captures that energy in what’s oddly a 1983 French radio broadcast recorded live in a studio in NYC!?! Featuring three supercharged versions of their most adored tracks that rival the originals, plus four more that are largely unheard.

Pre-order a copy of the Pulsallama album right here. Listen to "Ungawa, Part II" following the vintage clips for "The Devil Lives In My Husband's Body" directed by Paul Dougherty and a 1981 performance.  

Happy Birthday Steve Wynn!

Celebrating Steve Wynn's 60th birthday with a selection of Dream Syndicate performances over the years.

Baaba Maal @ Aga Khan Museum, Friday & Saturday

Senegalese star Baaba Maal returns to Toronto for a two-night stand at the Aga Khan Museum in North York. 

One For The Weekend: Young Generation

The big surprise of Numero's Downriver Revival comp is the 1967 gararge punk ripper "Running Mod" by Mikado, Michigan's Young Generation. 

Watch the Downriver Revival documentary featuring Double U Sound's Felton Williams 

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Guided By Voices release Surrender Your Poppy Field today – 20/02/2020!

Listen to four new songs off GBV's first album of the decade, Surrender Your Poppy Field available via Rockathon.

Guided By Voices on tour
Fri 4/3 Ottobar Baltimore, MD
Sat 4/4 Mr. Smalls Pittsburgh, PA
Fri 4/24 Musikfest Cafe Bethlehem, PA
Sat 4/25 College Street Music Hall New Haven, CT
Fri 5/1 Shaky Knees Festival Atlanta, GA
Sat 5/2 Cat’s Cradle Carrboro, NC
Fri 5/8 Fremont Theater San Luis Obispo, CA
Sat 5/9 The Regency San Francisco, CA
Fri 7/10 Fine Line Music Hall Minneapolis, MN

Happy Birthday Charles Kynard

Remembering funky keyboardist Charles Kynard on his birthday with a couple of classics cut in 1970 during his prolific stint with Prestige. 

That time Alejandro Escovedo & David Hidalgo jammed on "Like A Hurricane"

Back in 2013, David Hidalgo joined Alejando Escovedo on stage in Kansas City. Los Lobos hit Toronto's Koerner Hall on February 22.  

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Red Mass assemble all-star cast for A Hopeless Noise

Montreal's Red Mass are joined by Mike Watt, King Khan, Mac DeMarco, etc for their new concept album A Hopeless Noise, in the works since at least 2014.
Here's the scoop...
"The album tells the story of the Diamond Girl. You follow her as she falls from grace and loses touch with reality. It is The Mass’ modern day retelling of Don Quixote. As the Diamond Girl develops a psychological disorder and suffers delusions of grandeur. She still believes that she is living in the utmost luxury when in reality, her world crumbles around her. Amidst her trauma, she wanders aimlessly through the city and falls prey to the most decadent of low lives. She wallows in vice as the wings of temptation carry her from one nightclub to the next. When she finally breaks she goes on a violent rampage.

"In order to mirror the Diamond Girl’s multiple personalities, the group worked in numerous punk sub genres and picked different artists to bring each song to life. Musicians from all over the world joined in, including members of The Black Lips, Duchess Says, Human Eye, Fly Pan Am & Godspeedyoublackemperor as well as Mac DeMarco, Rick Froberg (Hot Snakes, Drive Like Jehu), John Kastner (Doughboys, Asexuals), Evan Dando, Hugo Mudie (The Sainte Catherines), producer/musician Martin Bisi, Jered Gummere (The Ponys), King Khan and Mike Watt. We ended up with collaborations with some of our favourite musicians, our friends and even our dad's added to the mix. Love is supreme."  – Roy Vucino, Red Mass

Watch the new Red Mass video for "To Fall From Grace" featuring King Khan followed by a live clip of Red Mass developing material for A Hopeless Noise at Portland's Star Theatre back in 2014. Check out A Hopeless Noise on the group's Bandcamp page or stream the album here

Don Thompson honoured with Canadian Jazz Master Award

Congratulations to Toronto multi-instrumentalist Don Thompson who received this year's CJMA. Here's a 1966 clip with John Handy in Vancouver. 

Happy Birthday David Murray!

Celebrating David Murray's birthday with a Gwo-Ka Masters performance and a swing through "The Opening" with Kahil El'Zabar. 

Evangeline Gentle, Gillian Nicola @ The Dakota Tavern, Saturday

Peterborough's Evangeline Gentle plays an early show at The Dakota on Saturday with Hamilton's Gillian Nicola opening at 7pm. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Paul Burch's new album Light Sensitive due in April

Nashville's Paul Burch and his WPA Ballclub will be joined by Robyn Hitchcock for Light Sensitive out April 17th. Hear "Fool About Me" below.

Paul Burch site
Plowboy Records page

Paul Burch's upcoming shows
May 29   Roots Hoots, Peace Dale, Rhode Island
May 31   Atwoods Tavern, Cambridge, MA

R.I.P. Charles Portis, 1933-2020

Sadly, Arkansas-born author Charles Portis who wrote True Grit, The Dog Of The South, Norwood and other classics has passed away.  

Oxford American The Man With The Keys

Happy Birthday Irma Thomas!

Cheers to Irma Thomas – the Soul Queen of New Orleans – on her birthday! Here are a couple of early gems. 

Watch Renaldo Domino on stage at The Hideout in Chicago

Before the crowd filled The Hideout in January, Renaldo Domino worked out some moves during his soundcheck with The Heavy Sounds. 

Monday, February 17, 2020

R.I.P. Andrew Weatherall, 1963-2020

Sadly, UK DJ/producer and remixer deluxe Andrew Weatherall passed away this morning from a pulmonary embolism. He'll be greatly missed. 

2 Barettas, Brick Moons, Figure 8 @ The Horseshoe, Tuesday

Katie Bulley is reuniting with drummer Laura Small as 2 Barettas for a free gig at The Horseshoe Tuesday at 8:30 pm. 

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Happy Birthday Machito!

Remembering the great bandleader Francisco Grillo aka Machito with some rare 1960 footage of performance in Japan. 

Mudhoney vs. The Leather Nun

Mudhoney rip through an English language version of the early Leather Nun gem "Ensam I Natt" in fine style. 

Here's the scoop on Mudhoney's cover of The Leather Nun's "Ensam I Natt"
"I’d never given it a thought. Honestly. One of the very first Leather Nun-songs I wrote was ’Ensam i natt’, recorded and always performed in swedish. From the very start, Leather Nun was an international adventure, because it was an adventure rather than a career. But it never ever crossed our minds to do ’Ensam i natt’ in english. Untill a few weeks ago…
"A few weeks ago there is an e-mail from Mark Arm of Sub Pop/grunge pioneers Mudhoney. They intend to cover ’Ensam i natt’, but for obvious reasons in english as Mark is not very good with lyrics in swedish. Can't blame him. And not only that – Mudhoney had already translated the lyrics. A very straight and stiff translation but still a translation.
"Mark wants me to supervise the translation. Not only check the translation but also assist him in reworking the translation from a singing point of view. Translating can be quite tricky. Straight translations may be correct as for content, but translated lyrics also needs to work vocally as for meter and syllables. And quite often, you’ve to rework and mould the translation to find a working balance between translation and meter. That’s where it’s at, right now. This weekend, I emailed a reworked translation of ’Ensam i natt’ to Mark Arm. We’ll continue to bounce the translation back and forth.
"If it will finally end up in the Mudhoney Live-repertoire or on record, only future will tell. But considering Mudhoney going to lenghts to translate the song and then incoporate Leather Nun in the translating process, accounts for it being more than just a whim. Like, there are more simple ways to cover a fellow artist, right? My hunch is that Mudhoney intends to record the cover version if they can pull off a decent version in english.
"’Ensam i natt’ is probably the Leather Nun song that suits the furious grunge almost pop sound of Mudhoney, the best. It’s punk-pop rather than punk-rock. And it’s a song that lyricwise is even more current in the US and the western world today, than 35 years ago. Nevertheless, we’re all truly flattered and will curiously and supportive follow the whereabouts of the Mudhoney/’Ensam i natt’-project." – Jonas Almquist @theleathernun November 13,  2016

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Zion I, Mathematik, Elaquent @ The Garrison, Saturday

Don't miss this rare Toronto appearance by Zion I with local legend Mathematik and Elaquent at The Garrison. Check the clips below. 

U.S. Girls preview Heavy Light @ The Paradise Theatre, Saturday

Meg Remy and her U.S. Girls unveil their new "Heavy Light" album (out March 6) with a sold out show at Toronto's Paradise Theatre tonight. 

U.S. Girls on tour
Feb 15 Toronto, Ontario - Paradise Theatre
Feb 16 Montreal, Quebec - Le Ministère
Feb 18 New York, NY - The Dance
Apr 4 Detroit, MI - MOCAC
Apr 5 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
Apr 6 Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
Apr 7 Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
Apr 9 Omaha, NE - Slowdown
Apr 10 Kansas City, MO - Record Bar
Apr 12 Denver, CO - Bluebird Theatre
Apr 13 Salt Lake City, UT - Metro Music Hall
Apr 16 Vancouver, British Columbia - Imperial
Apr 17 Seattle, WA - Crocodile
Apr 18 Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
Apr 20 San Francisco, CA - The Independent
Apr 21 San Jose, CA - The Ritz
Apr 22 Los Angeles, CA - Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
Apr 24 Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar
Apr 25 Tucson, AZ - 191 Toole
Apr 27 Austin, TX - Antone’s
Apr 28 Dallas, TX - Club Dada
Apr 29 Houston, TX - Continental Club
May 1 Memphis, TN - The Greenroom at Crosstown Arts
May 2 Nashville, TN - Exit/In
May 3 Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle
May 5 Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
May 6 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
May 7 Boston, MA - Sinclair
May 8 Philadelphia, PA - World Café Live

Friday, February 14, 2020

Ethnic Heritage Ensemble @ 918 Bathurst, Friday

Ethnic Heritage Ensemble  “Raise The Spirit Tour 2020” 

Chicago's legendary Ethnic Heritage Ensemble has toured internationally, as well as recorded numerable celebrated projects over the last 45 years leading up to their recent album, Be Known released in June. The current line up – featuring Corey Wilkes (trumpet), Alex Harding (baritone sax) and the band’s founder, Dr. Kahil El’Zabar (multi-percussion/composition) – will be playing a special Valentine's Day show in Toronto at 918 Bathurst on Friday, February 14th. Doors at 7:30 pm, show at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $40 via Caliban Arts.

Dr. Kahil El’Zabar is considered by his peers to be one of the most prolific innovators of his generation. He has recorded more than sixty well–received projects, and won numerous international awards as a musician and composer. In 2014, Mr. El’Zabar was knighted by the Counsel General of France, and christened as a “Chevalier Medal of Letters”. In 2012, President Barack Obama’s administration awarded him the International Ambassador’s Award in the Arts. In 2006, The Chicago Tribune named Kahil El’Zabar Chicagoan of the Year. In 1994, President Bill Clinton appointed El’Zabar to the National Task Force on Arts in Education.  Mr. El’Zabar has worked with such luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Cannonball Adderley, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Pharoah Sanders, Neneh Cherry, Nina Simone, David Murray, Lester Bowie, and the extensive list goes on and on. Dr. El’Zabar holds a PHD in Inter–Disciplinary Arts from Lake Forest College (2006), and is Executive Creative Director and Director of Curriculum Planning/Teaching and Music Strategies at the new Chicago Academy of Music. He has also taught and held the position of Associate Professor at the University of Nebraska (Lincoln) and at the University of Illinois (Chicago), and served on several prestigious panels such as the National Endowment of the Arts, the NPN (National Performance Network) and the Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Fund. El’Zabar is a former Chairman of internationally acclaimed, AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians).

Corey Wilkes has established himself as one of the best improvising trumpeters in the modern era. Having the skill to approach mainstream repertoire of jazz standards with his own unique sensibilities, he combines them with his deep appreciation of hip–hop.  Mr. Wilkes continues to bring his brand of musicianship and talent to the forefront of the genre. He has also shared the stage with numerous jazz masters including but not limited to; Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, James Moody, Kurt Elling, Von Freeman, Greg Osby, Roscoe Mitchell, Marcus Belgrave, Clark Terry, Harry “Sweets” Edison and Mulgrew Miller. His soulful notes can be heard gracing a variety of contemporary projects including sets by DJ Logic and Osunlade; tracks on Hidden Beach Recordings Presents: Unwrapped Vol. 4, Kahil El Zabar’s Ascension Loft Series as well as Nona Hendryx, Soulive, Meshell Ndegocello and Ledisi.

Alex Harding is considered one of the top baritone players in New York City. He has been a fixture on the New York jazz seen since 1993 performing touring and recording with the Julius Hemphill Saxophone Sextet, Hamiett Bluiett Baritone Nation, David Murray Big Band, Oliver Lake Big Band, Craig Harris, Joseph Bowie’s Defunkt, Aretha Franklin, Lester Bowie, Andy Gonzalez, Muhal Richard Abrams, Jayne Cortez and the Fire Spitters, Abdullah Ibrahim and the Tony award–winning Broadway show Fela! Alex Harding has several recordings of his own as a leader as well as sideman with other artists.

Reckless Drifters cover "Love Will Tear Us Apart" country-style

The Reckless Drifters, feat. Blondie's Clem Burke & Frank Infante, are releasing their two-steppin' Joy Division cover digitally today via iTunes. 
Here's the scoop...
Just in time for Valentine's Day, The Reckless Drifters are back with their second release, "Love Will Tear Us Apart" backed with "Drivin' Nails in My Coffin," arriving today, February 14th, via iTunes. You can get it right here after listening to their cover of the Joy Division classic below.

The Reckless Drifters features a rotating mix of experienced musical talents from acts like Blondie, The Bangles, Dramarama and Miss Derringer in an ongoing country/punk covers project with a twist - classic country songs get punked up while punk and alternative classics get the country treatment.

This latest pair of genre-bending tracks, a revved-up version of Ernest Tubb's "Drivin' Nails in My Coffin" and a country-tinged version of Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart," features a trio of returning Reckless Drifters from the group's debut release - singer John Easdale and guitarist Mark Englert, both from Dramarama, along with bassist Sylvain de Muizon from Miss Derringer. And this time around, the gang is joined by drummer Clem Burke and guitarist Frank Infante of Blondie fame, Annette Zilinskas from The Bangles and Blood On The Saddle, and popular L.A. songstress Beck Black to form a truly impressive array of talents.

Though many folks may already be familiar with Ernest Tubb's original version of "Drivin' Nails in My Coffin" and Joy Division's original version of "Love Will Tear Us Apart," it's safe to assume that no one's ever heard them quite like this before. And both songs take on a surprisingly fresh life when presented in a whole new context!

On "Drivin' Nails in My Coffin," Easdale's and Zilinskas's lively, dueling vocals make for a desperate and delirious duet, while Infante's and Englert's propulsive guitar-playing fuels the turbo-charged track to a frantic finish. On "Love Will Tear Us Apart," Easdale's and Black's regret-drenched vocals offer a perfect counterpoint to each other, while Infante's moody guitars really set the tone, and Englert's slide guitar, lap steel, banjo and mandolin provide the perfect accompaniment. Meanwhile, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame drummer Burke and bassist de Muizon combine to provide the driving rhythm for "Drivin' Nails in My Coffin" while delivering a suitable shuffle to "Love Will Tear Us Apart."  A music video for "Drivin' Nails in My Coffin," which offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the making of the song, is on the way.

One For The Weekend: Pokey LaFarge

Listen to "End Of My Rope" off the new Pokey LaFarge album Rock Bottom Rhapsody out April 10.  Pokey plays the Horseshoe June 26 & 27.

Pokey LaFarge On Tour
April 24th Rotterdam, Netherlands - Maasilo
April 25th Amsterdam, Netherlands -  Paradiso
April 26th  Berlin, Germany - Roadrunners Paradise
April 29th Paris, France - La Maroquinerie
April 30th Antwerp, Belgium - De Roma
May 1st Lessines, Belgium - Roots & Roses Festival
May 2nd London, UK - Islington Assembly Hall
May 8th Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle
May 9th Mt. Airy, NC - The Earle
May 10th - Charleston, WV NPR’s Mountain Stage
May 13th - Lexington, KY The Burl
May 15th St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway
May 16th St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway
May 17th Nashville, TN 3rd & Lindsley (Lightning 100)
June 2nd Maquoqueta, IA - Codfish Hollow
June 3rd Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line
June 4th Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
June 5th Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme
June 6th Indianapolis, IN - HiFi
June 9th Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
June 10th Pittsburgh, PA - Thunderbird
June 11th Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live
June 12th Annapolis, MD - Rams Head Live
June 13th Jersey City, NJ - White Eagle Hall
June 16th Fairfield, CT - The Warehouse
June 17th New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
June 18th Boston, MA - Sinclair
June 19th Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
June 20th Albany, NY - The Egg
June 23rd Rockport, MA - Shalin Liu
June 24th Portsmouth, NH - Prescott Park
June 26th Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern 
June 27th Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern

Happy Birthday Wally Tax!

Remembering Nederbeat great Wally Tax on his birthday with a couple of his Outsiders classics.