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New Music From Camper Van Beethoven

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Listen (via Consequence of Sound): Camper Van Beethoven – “It Was Like That When We Got Here”

May 29 – Chop Suey – Seattle, WA
May 30 – The Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
Jun 1 – Bottle Rock Festival – Napa, CA
Jun 3 – The Casbah – San Diego, CA
Jun 4 – Sainte Rocke – Hermosa Beach, CA

May 23 – Friday LIVE! @ The Factory – Charlotte, NC
May 31 – Bottle Rock Festival – Napa, CA
Jun 6 – Circus Mexicus – JJ’s Cantina – Sonora, Mexico
Jun 28 – Red, White & Brews @ Nottingham Park – Avon, CO
Jul 8 – Neptune’s Park @ 31st Street – Virginia Beach, VA
Jul 10 – Brew Thru Summer @ Roanoke Island Festival Park – Manteo, NC
Aug 2 – Kokomo Summer Series @ Foster Park – Kokomo, IN
Aug 3 – Down By The Riverside @ Mayo Park – Rochester, MN
Aug 23 – Silver Cross Field – Joliet, IL

Indie rock stalwarts Camper Van Beethoven are back with El Camino Real, the companion studio album and follow up to their highly lauded La Costa Perdida. Whereas La Costa reflected the northern California “back to the country” side of the band with lush and trippy references to Jack Kerouac, Richard Brautigan, The Beach Boys and “Big Sur,” the songs on El Camino Real are firmly rooted in a grittier earth – one that lies beneath the southern half of the state and stretches all the way down to Baja California. Produced by the band and recorded in various studios and living rooms, El Camino Real’s harder sonic edges capture the sounds of an entirely different road trip from Bakersfield through the Inland Empire and beyond the border to Mexico. The lineup remains Victor Krummenacher, Greg Lisher, David Lowery, Jonathan Segel and Michael Urbano.

Music historians will note that despite the band’s extended residency in Santa Cruz and parts north, Camper Van Beethoven actually formed in Redlands, California—a semi-urban, multi-cultural polyglot landscape populated by a host of characters brought to life by the angular notes and dry observations of El Camino Real. Similarly, the songs “Camp Pendleton,” “Dockweiler Beach,” “I Live in LA” and “Sugartown” evoke a particular view of life in said regions.

Camper Van Beethoven’s El Camino Real will be released on June 3rd via 429 Records.

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1) The Ultimate Solution
2) It Was Like That When We Got Here
3) Classy Dames and Able Gents
4) Camp Pendleton
5) Dockweiler Beach
6) Sugartown
7) I Live in LA
8) Out Like a Lion
9) Goldbase
10) Darken Your Door
11) Grasshopper

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Check ‘Em Out: Black Taxi


“Blending 80′s art-rock, synth-pop, and a straight up indie rock chug, the band pours these genres together into a giant boiling cauldron of influences and come away with something that takes the best of each and leaves the rest to die by the wayside…” – Beats Per Minute


Click to check out the EP

Click to check out the EP


1. The Runner
2. Gone
3. Can’t Stop Shaking
4. House On Fire [Bonus Track]
5. House On Fire (SoundSAM Remix)
6. Can’t Stop Shaking (Soul Puncherz Remix)


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Check ‘Em Out: The Rebel Light


Check out this video for a song called “Goodbye Serenade” from LA band The Rebel Light.

You can also check out their EP and get download it for free here. Listen to “My Heroes Are Dead”, that’s my jam.

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Listen: Them Swoops – “Work Around It”

Click image to go have a listen to “Work Around It”

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Free Download: The Royal Concepts – “Naked & Dumb”

Swedish band The Royal Concept, released their self-titled EP in June via Lava/Universal Republic (the full-length album due out in October). The band’s video for their breakout hit “Gimme Twice” has come out recently. With shimmering guitars and keyboards, and an immediately memorable hooks, the band swells with indie rock attitude and dance floor energy.  They’ll also be touring extensively throughout the fall, first with The Wombats, then another leg with Wolf Gang.

Free download: The Royal Concepts – “Naked & Dumb”

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Bear Hands – “Songs From Utopia Volume One”

Formed at Wesleyan College and now based in Brooklyn, the genre-melding indie quartet, Bear Hands, is gearing up to tour across the East Coast and Midwest this summer. The group will be performing tracks off of their Songs From Utopia Volume One EP, released digitally on July 4th through Greedhead, the record label from Heems of Das Racist. Bear Hand’s new material is tinged with political sentiment and infuses indie rock with such wide-reaching influences as folk, synth pop, psych and surf. This multifaceted approach follows suit for their live performances, which are sure to not only be unboundedly energetic, but also all encompassing.


  • 7.26.12 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
  • 7.27.12 Indianapolis, IN @ White Rabbit Cabaret
  • 7.28.12 Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
  • 7.30.12 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
  • 7.31.12 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
  • 8.01.12 Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
  • 8.02.12 Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
  • 8.03.12 Cincinnati, OH @ Fountain Square
  • 8.04.12 Pittsburgh, PA @ The Brillobox
  • 8.05.12 Washington, DC @ The Red Palace
  • 8.24.12 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

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Check ‘Em Out: Cusses

Check out this incredible up-and-coming indie rock band from Savannah, GA called Cusses. The female fronted, firecracker three-piece recently debuted a new video for their single “Worst Enemy” and will be releasing a full-length album later this year. Give them a chance before you think, “Eww, all girl rock? Like a more rebellious sort of Cheetah Girls?” Nope. Don’t worry.

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Stream: The Rocketboys – Build Anyway

Austin, TX based indie-rock group The Rocketboys have released their long-awaited sophomore full-length album, Build Anyway. The album is currently streaming at AOL Spinner and PasteMagazine.com and is available for purchase on iTunes.

Recorded in their home studio and mixed by CJ Eiriksson (U2, Live, Phish), Build Anyway chronicles the emotions that surface through the brokenness in abandonment to the search for peace and closure, both personally and musically.  Frontman Brandon Kinder conveys the feelings perfectly as he paints a haunting, yet heartfelt picture with his rich crooning vocals on the album’s ten beautifully cathartic tracks.

The Rocketboys will be touring throughout the summer in support of Build Anyway.

 The Rocketboys Tour Dates:
June 7 – San Antonio, TX – Sam’s Burger Joint
June 8 – Austin, TX – ND
June 9 – Wichita Falls, KS – The Iron Horse
June 10 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada
June 13 – Tempe, AZ – The Sail Inn
June 14 – Redlands, CA – Hangar 24 Brewery
June 15 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
June 16 – Santa Barbara, CA – Velvet Jones
June 17 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
June 18 – Los Angeles, CA – Hotel Cafe
June 19 – San Francisco, CA – Hotel Utah
June 20 – Fresno, CA – Fulton 55
June 21 – Walnut Creek, CA – Red House
June 22 – Stockton, CA – Plea For Peace Center
June 23 – Centralia, WA – Quesadilla Factory
June 24 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
June 25 – Boise, ID – The Venue
June 26 – Salt Lake City, UT – Burt’s Tiki Lounge
June 27 – Denver, CO – Hi-Dive
June 28 – Omaha, NE – Barley St. Tavern
June 29 – Joplin, MO – TBC
June 30 – Kansas City, MO – Czar
July 1 – St. Louis, MO – Cicero’s
July 2 – Memphis, TN – Hi-Tone
July 3 – Little Rock, AR – Stickyz
July 5 – Dallas, TX – The Prophet Bar
July 7 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s

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Newest Love: Holy Esque

Scottish Indie rock band Holy Esque has announced plans to release their self-titled debut EP on April 23.  The EP will be available digitally on iTunes and on CD at upcoming shows.

Listen to the new track “Rose” streaming now here.

The young Holy Esque, whose members range from 19 to 20 years old, formed in early 2011 in Glasgow and consists of Pat Hynes (vocals/guitar), Keir Reid (keys), Hugo McGinley (guitar) and Ralph McClure (drums).   The band began playing shows throughout the UK in less than six months of their inception.  After posting a few demos online, word spread rapidly about the enigmatic band’s intense sonic morass of distortion and atmospheric soundscapes, landing them coverage on numerous blogs and NME’s prestigious “Radar,” who said “HE really benefit from that everything up to ten factor, but also know their way around a riff that kinda sounds like classic Bunnymen played by James Dean Bradfield….you’ll be needing to play this loud.”
In early 2012, Holy Esque entered the DIY Pink Megic Studios built in a flat in the Southside of Glasgow with producer Kevin Burleigh (Glasvegas, Simple Minds, Supernaturals) to record their debut self-titled debut.  Armed with big riffs, thick crunchy bass lines and perhaps one of the most unique, yearning vocals heard in years, Holy Esque meld post-punk and 90’s alternative rock influences with skillful ability on their debut.  Featuring driving indie rock anthems like “Rose” and “Ladybird Love,” the EP is an incredible introduction to Glasgow’s most promising new band.

Holy Esque EP Track Listing:
1.    Ladybird Love
2.    Rose
3.    Loneliest Loneliness
4.    Prophet of Privilege

Holy Esque Tour Dates:
April 20 – Glenrothes, UK – The Greenside
April 25 – Leeds, UK – Nation of Shopkeepers
April 26 – Stoke, UK – Fat Cats
April 27 – London, UK – Camden Barfly
April 28 – London, UK – Old Blue Last
May 4 – Dundee, UK – The Doghouse
May 5 – Glasgow, UK – Stereo

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The Rocketboys – “Bloodless”

In anticipation of their upcoming performances at SXSW, Austin based indie rock trio The Rocketboys have debuted a brand new song, “Bloodless,” from their long-awaited new full-length album, Build Anyway, which is scheduled for release on June 5.

Recorded in their home studio and mixed by CK Eiriksson (U2, Live, Phish), Build Anyway chronicles the emotions that surface through the brokenness in abandonment to the search for peace and closure, both personally and musically.  Frontman Brandon Kinder conveys the feelings dreamily as he paints a haunting, yet heartfelt picture with his rich crooning vocals on the album’s debut track, “Bloodless,” giving fans a preview of what’s to come on Build Anyway.

On their previous recordings, 20,000 Ghosts and Wellwisher, The Rocketboys perfectly married themes of unity and brotherhood with rich, soaring rock, lifting the band to national critical acclaim.  The band supported its releases with lengthy tours and multiple festival appearances but inevitably the rigors of the road took their toll, eventually rupturing the band’s momentum in the winter of 2010-11. Three members of the sextet of college friends from Abilene, Texas left to focus on other endeavors, and the split nearly ended the band.

The resulting hiatus did have its upside, allowing Kinder a window both to release a solo EP (under the name “The Wealthy West”) and to pen the theme song for The Discovery Channel’s new hit show “Bering Sea Gold.”  However, in the end, the three remaining members (Kinder, keyboardist Justin Wiseman, and bassist Josh Campbell) agreed they weren’t at peace letting The Rocketboys cease to exist.

The initial hurdles of rebuilding, though difficult and disheartening, began to give way to new-found inspiration. Though the song-writing process drastically changed as a result of the reduced lineup, with less cooks in the kitchen, a broader, dynamic range of ideas and visions fermented and flourished.  The end result and forthcoming album is Build Anyway.

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