The Jackyl Legacy: Jesse James and Nigel Dupree

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It's been twenty years since the release of Jackyl's self-titled debut album; an album that would unexpectedly go platinum. Now two decades later, with their current line up of Jesse James Dupree on vocals and guitar, guitarist Jeff Worley, Roman Glick on bass, and Chris Worley on drums, this group shows no signs of slowing down. In the past five years I have seen the band in concert twice and it's clear that they still have what it takes to captivate the crowd with their music and their wild, dirty, fun-loving stage performances.

Sep
14
2012
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The Golden Ghosts Take Advantage of Their 15 Minutes of Fame

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Do you remember the recently aired car commercial with Peter Frampton in it? The one where a band is getting ready to go on at some dive bar and the singer informs the small crowd that, since their guitarist is sick, Peter Frampton will have to fill in on guitar. Frampton plays the first few chords of “Do You Feel Like We Do” and then the commercial tries to sell us a Buick. If you watched much of the greatest sporting event on the planet earlier this year (NCAA college basketball March Madness), then you (like myself) have probably seen this commercial 250 times. What you may not know about the ad is that the long haired singer who kicks off the commercial is Riley Bray, and the rest of the band behind him is his real band, The Golden Ghosts.

Sep
04
2012
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Dead Sara Comes Alive on Tour with The Offspring & Neon Trees

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If you're going to open for a rowdy rock act, The Offspring is a helluva way to go, and that's exactly what Dead Sara and Neon Trees have going for them. Their tour kicks off today in Rockford, Illinois and will keep them busy through all of September with a few sporadic dates in October and November, where they'll have parted ways with The Offspring and Neon Trees as they finish off with the Vans Warped Tour in the UK and, of all things, a cruise. As tour lineups go, this is a pretty fantastic trio. Check out the tour dates below to see when and if they'll be coming to your city, and also we've thrown in some music videos of Neon Trees and Dead Sara just in case you want to understand how they complement The Offspring. My personal envy goes out to whoever catches them at DC101 or in Irvine alongside the likes of Foxy Shazam, Bush, and Stone Temple Pilots.

Aug
30
2012
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MiMOSA, Rodriguez, and Paloma Faith Announce Fall Tour Dates

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Three different artists and three different tours. If you can't find something you like in one of these three artists I don't know how to help you. First off you have MiMOSA, an innovative name in the land of electronica whose tour kicks off in September and will take him all the way through November on a genuinely haphazard route through the US and Canada. Next up is Paloma Faith, whose tour this fall is her first in the US and will only last for about a week. Blink and you'll miss her and her strong vocals reminiscent of Adele's. Finally, you have Rodriguez, who's become something of a cultural phenomenon in the last few weeks thanks to the documentary Searching for Sugar Man which documents his music and travels. His journey kicks off at the end of August and ends mid-November.

All three artists play have some fantastic music and we've included the tour dates and a video sample of their songs to help you find a concert that'll blow you away.

Aug
24
2012
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Music Video Spotlight: Blind Benny

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Whether up tempo or a bit slower, there's no better way to describe Blind Benny's music than as a musical cloud that just moves through you. The New York duo takes the light and airy vocals of Jade and combines them with the soulful guitar of Jonathan Carmelli and lets them mix together in a sound that's impassioned and deep. Listen close enough and you hear hints of similarly strong female vocalists like Jenny Lewis, Neko Case, or Kate Bush. Their first two official music videos are both for singles off their EP No Honor that play Jade's voice to its strengths, and at the same time they're both very different. "Chewjitsu" has a slightly faster beat but the kind of pop sensibility that'll keep it playing in your head for days, whereas "No Honor" is less about having a hook and more about working as something of a musical fugue state, you slip into it, let it carry you slowly and sadly before waking you on the other side.

We've included the videos for both below.

Aug
24
2012
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JPP Live: Slightly Stoopid & 311 Keep it Crazy in Chicago

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Slightly Stoopid and 311 have both been touring for over 20 years, but with the energy from the crowd Friday night at the Charter One Pavilion on Northerly Island in Chicago, you would have no idea. The 2012 Unity Tour brought a fantastic vibe to the lakefront under a cloudless sky. If you are wondering if bands who have been performing so long have trouble keeping it fresh, the answer is - it depends. According to Miles Doughty of Slightly Stoopid, "When you do show up at each town, the vibe from the crowd is what creates your energy. The crazier the crowd, the crazier the band is. It’s still when you look out from the stage and you see everyone going nuts, whether they’re dancing, pitting, singing along, it’s like that’s what fuels the band’s fire." Chicago kept it crazy.

Aug
23
2012
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Alanis Morissette Announces "Guardian Angel" 2012 Tour Dates

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After her album Jagged Little Pill catapulted her to superstar status in the mid-90s, Alanis Morissette went on to a variety of impressive things, and even made the occasional venture into acting (starting off with a role as God). Since then, she's released four albums, with a fifth debuting a week from today: Havoc and Bright Lights. In celebration of the new album release, Alanis is setting out on her Guardian Angel tour that kicks off at Humphrey's in San Diego on September 24th and (so far) will last through October.

For a full list of tour dates, as well as a statement from Alanis herself on her career thus far and the tour's importance, just keep reading.

Aug
21
2012
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Electronic Duo Orbital Begin 2012 US Trajectory in September

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Kicking off their first US tour since 2001, popular electronic duo Orbital will be launching their 2012 circuit from San Bernadino on September 22nd and continuing on a course through the West Coast before expanding to include the Midwest and East Coast. Even having appeared at Coachella, Ultra, and the San Francisco Warfield in 2010, there's no doubt that the reception for electronic music in the United States has changed dramatically in their 11 year absence. Heck, in 2001 you'd have been hard pressed to find someone who even knew who Daft Punk was. Orbital's entering a very different United States than the one they left in 2001, and it'll be great to see them getting the appreciation they deserve from American audiences.

Check out the list of West Coast tour dates announced so far in the list below, and stay tuned for announcements about Midwest and East Coast dates.

Aug
20
2012
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Catch Citizen Cope on His 2012 Fall Tour

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Since 2010 Citizen Cope has been releasing music under his own music label, essentially achieving the kind of artistic freedom every musician wishes they had. And so, the release of his new album One Lovely Day back in July was a fantastic occasion to kick off his 2012 tour which started in New York at Lewiston's Art Park before heading up to Canada. His tour returned to the US last night and now those of you stateside can join him for the rest of his impressively long tour through the end of November. We've posted the remaining dates below, and we'd encourage you to check out One Lovely Day as it's pretty damned great.

Aug
13
2012
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Foreign Home's New Identity

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After all these years, it’s hard to listen to the talents of Deric Williams, Daniel Clark, Tobie Munroe and Chris Davis and not refer to them by the collective moniker they’ve gone by for over half a decade. I guess I understand why the band now known as Foreign Home needed to distance themselves from their previous handle, Motive for Movement. When the band first started out they performed mostly at churches and all-ages venues. Their lyrics, much like their band name, were spiritual in nature. As the band seemed to evolve into a new area, both creatively and very likely personally, a fresh start was needed. That fresh start came in the way of Foreign Home, a name ripped from a Minus the Bear song. After watching the band perform at the FreeTulsa music festival in July, it was clear that the band has indeed turned over a new leaf. While the jaunty shoegaze-lite sound of the band has remained intact, the dancing girls and shirtless bassists were a new touch.

Aug
10
2012
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