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Back in 2011, I had an opportunity to see the X documentary film, X: THE UNHEARD MUSIC at Chicago's Bottom Lounge as part of RIOT FEST. Of course, the highlight was X themselves, performing their first album in it's entirety, and I was right there on the side of the stage seeing the action from a nearly JOHN DOE point-of-view. Now, X will do some special Four-Night Stands in Los Angeles, Chicago, Cleveland and New York - with select dates in-between. This is a fantastic opportunity for fans to see X - John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, and D.J. Bonebrake - doing what they do best. Dates below.

I've featured Nashville's THE NEARLY DEADS here on THE ROCK FATHER before (my friend Rob manages the band), and on June 24, the band will release their new album, INVISIBLE TONIGHT (pre-order: Amazon | iTunes). The band has been growing an audience - snagging $13,000 in support for the album and tour via Kickstarter, and their recent WAYNE'S WORLD-inspired video is nearing 16K plays on YouTube in just two weeks. As of tonight, the new album is streaming in it's entirety over at IDOBI radio. Learn more about the band, watch and listen below - then sound off in the comments. Dig 'em? Don't dig 'em? I want to know!

Tuesday, June 17 2014 22:19

Indie: Check out "Edges of the World" by AFTER

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AfterFrom North Hollywood, CA comes AFTER with their new music video, "Edges of the World." The single was released earlier this Spring (get it on iTunes), and is set to appear on their forthcoming full-length, LIFE.

Check out the new single and video below, along with the full rundown on the band. Dig it? Don't dig it? Sound off in the comments and let me know...

I've always been fond of Dan "The Automator" Nakamura. particularly from his work on projects such as LOVAGE, HANDSOME BOY MODELING SCHOOL and HEAD AUTOMATICA. Now, the DELTRON 3030 and GORILLAZ collaborator has announced a new pairing, GOT A GIRL - in which he pairs with actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead (DEATH PROOF, KILL THE MESSENGER). While Bulk Recordings won't be releasing their debut album, I LOVE YOU BUT I MOST DRIVE OFF THIS CLIFF NOW until July 22, check out their new single, "Did We Live Too Fast?" below...

Saturday, May 24 2014 23:45

Watch: THE CRAZY CARLS - "Let Me"

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A friend of mine sent me a link to this video yesterday, and without even reading the whole message, I just clicked the link and let YouTube roll in another tab without really watching. Call it "multi-tasking," but I was really just getting a feel for THE CRAZY CARLS while trying to get through the endless stream of emails in my inbox. For a moment, I forgot what I was listening to and thought I had some FALL OUT BOY going somewhere... a vibe that forced me to pay attention and go back to the start on "Let Me" (Amazon | iTunes), a track that does have some of the FoB groove, but almost with a bit of that "Get Lucky" thing happening. Check THE CRAZY CARLS' latest single for yourself below...

Thursday, May 22 2014 23:18

MUSHROOMHEAD rock, but LORDE is confused?

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I really need to share some formal thoughts on it soon, but I've been spinning THE RIGHTEOUS & THE BUTTERFLY, the latest effort from MUSHROOMHEAD, quite a bit here at Rock Father HQ these past few weeks. The album, released to the public last week, landed at #20 on the Billboard Top 200 (the band's highest debut), along with securing the #1 spot on the Hard Rock Chart. The oddball of the bunch is the #5 debut on the Billboard Rock Album chart, where TORI AMOS and LORDE landed ahead of MRH... along with actual "rock artists," THE BLACK KEYS and SANTANA.

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