PREVIEW: THE GLORIOUS SONS at EXIT/IN on 10/10/18

”It’s good and it’s bad. It’s hard when you are best friends with someone and you start a business together. That’s a lot to add to a relationship,” says Brett Emmons of Juno Award-winning Kingston, Ontario-based rock outfit The Glorious Sons of being in a band with his brother, guitarist Jay Emmons. “That has the ability…

5 LOS ANGELES BANDS THAT CHANGED MUSIC FOREVER

Los Angeles is considered one of the most important and influential music cities in the world. Some of the music industry’s biggest names started in LA before achieving global success. In this post we look at five bands that came from the City of Angels and changed music forever. METALLICA https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/55/Metallica_London_2008-09-15_Kirk_and_James.jpg/1024px-Metallica_London_2008-09-15_Kirk_and_James.jpg (By Kreepin Deth –…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: THE MELVINS

It was obvious that this was no regular night of the same old same old at 3rd and Lindsley.  With ladies wearing everything from combat boots to clothes suited for a job interview, guys in skinny jeans pressed in with guys dressed to tear shit up, and ages ranging from 21 to ???, the sold…

ALBUM REVIEW: “DEADBEAT GRAFFITI” by BLACK PISTOL FIRE

If you haven’t yet heard of Black Pistol Fire, you should—but even if you haven’t, that probably won’t be true for very much longer. From their energetic festival appearances to the unexpected artistry that you hear on each new release, this Canada-bred Austin, Texas-based duo, composed of guitarist/vocalist Kevin McKeown and drummer Eric Owen, will…

PREMIERE: “SLAVE” by PUPPET REBELLION

It’s no secret that the Brits know how to rock, and Puppet Rebellion knows how it’s done. The Manchester-based outfit, who has shared stages with the likes of Catfish and the Bottlemen and the Slow Readers Club, is gearing up to release its debut full-length album in November via Scruff of the Neck. To give…

PREMIERE: “HEY ZELIENOPLE!” by BRIAN LISIK and THE UNFORTUNATES

Ohio-based rock outfit Brian Lisik and The Unfortunates will release their new album, We’re Sorry, on September 15th. Recorded in a whirlwind six days inside the former Gardner Pie Company factory (a space that also doubles as a scuba diving training facility and occasional rehearsal space for Black Keys’ guitarist, Dan Auerbach) the album’s spontaneity…

PREVIEW: SWEET SPIRIT at THE EAST ROOM on 4/20/17

David Bowie. Gary Glitter. Iggy Pop. These are prominent names associated with 1970s-era glam rock, a hard-hitting collision of art and sound; the glam rock glory days didn’t last a long time, but its influence still rings throughout the modern musical landscape. Meet Sweet Spirit, the Austin-based collective whose raucous energy and all-around badassery could…

PREMIERE: “SHOELACES” by LYING BSTRDS

Light fixtures crashing from the ceiling. Walls forcibly rattled to dust. Windows shattering into splintery slivers. The ground quaking under your feet. Permanently affixed stankface-y snarl. Y’all, meet the music of LYING BSTRDS. Hailed as “Liverpool’s most dangerous band,” LYING BSTRDS, who, in their first year of existence, already have world travel, high-end supporting slots, and festival appearances…

ALBUM REVIEW: “THE BOY WHO DIED WOLF” by HIGHLY SUSPECT

Their name is Highly Suspect, but their work is anything but. The band has followed up their first major release, the critically-acclaimed and Grammy-nominated Mister Asylum, with an exceptional, genre-bending, right hook to the ears—The Boy Who Died Wolf. Recorded outside the confines of their New York comfort zone in Bogotá, Colombia, the audacious and…

8 QUESTIONS with DARK COUNTY

Meet London-based Dark County, makers of “night time driving rock” who emerged from the garage and have recently unleashed upon us a an album of fuzzed-out, rock-hard, grunge-y tunes.  I had to find out more about this elusive group, and of course, share it with you, beloved readers: East of 8th:  Give us a brief history…