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VIDEO: Arliss Nancy – “Both Got Old”

Without doubt, one of my favorite records this year was Arliss Nancy’s Wild American Runners, a record I said “put the American in American Rock Music“. It’s the truth, and in support of the record the band have just unveiled the video for the track “Both Got Old”.

Simple, straight forward, a little rustic, but as American as can be without it becoming a John Mellencamp video. There’s a lot of beard action going in the video but don’t let that be a deterrent of any kind.

The song is from Wild American Runners but is also a cut from a split 7″ the band released with Those Crosstown Rivals which features a track from the band each, but if you purchase the record digitally, you get two bonus tracks to go along with it. The 7″ is available physically and digitally via Shit Starter Records.

Check out the video below:


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Listen: Bruce Springsteen – “High Hopes”

One of the most memorable things about seeing Bruce Springsteen live this past March was his incredible energy through the near 4-hour show. Springsteen shows no signs of slowing down either as a new album, his eighteenth, is due out January 2014. The new material will be followed by another trek across the globe (including Australia) next February.

The album, titled High Hopes, features the reworked title track originally recorded back in 1995 as part of the Greatest Hits sessions. The song has been re-recorded and will be the lead off single from the album, and the new version can be heard below. The new version of the song came from the suggestion of touring member and Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, who had convinced Springsteen to add the song to their recent set list.

Springsteen recalls the events leading up the song’s reworked Morellosization;

[quote]”I was working on a record of some of our best unreleased material from the past decade when Tom Morello (sitting in for Steve during the Australian leg of our tour) suggested we ought to add “High Hopes” to our live set.  I had cut “High Hopes,” a song by Tim Scott McConnell of the LA based Havalinas, in the 90?s.  We worked it up in our Aussie rehearsals and Tom then proceeded to burn the house down with it.  We re-cut it mid tour at Studios 301 in Sydney along with “Just Like Fire Would,” a song from one of my favorite early Australian punk bands, The Saints (check out “I’m Stranded”).  Tom and his guitar became my muse, pushing the rest of this project to another level.  Thanks for the inspiration Tom.”[/quote]


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Watch: NOFX fan video for “Stoke Extinguisher”

Not too long ago San Francisco punks NOFX put out a call to their fans to create a video for their upcoming single “Stoke Extinguisher” as part of a contest. The caveat being that contestants would have no idea what the song sounded like when they made the video outside of a few clues (good ones like “fast part”, “slow part”).

The contest is now over and NOFX have posted the first finalist of the contest; a rather great Lego stop-motion video. The official word from Fat Mike and company reads;

[quote]”After countless submissions, and hours of watching ALL the vids in their entirety, and yes, we even watched the full THREE minutes of a slug crawling up a wall (thanks for that), we’ve narrowed it down to three winners. We’ll be rolling all three out over the next couple weeks and we’re starting off with a pretty fuckin’ cool display of lego wizardry.”[/quote]

You’ll be able to vote for the winner once all three finalists are up.

The song “Stoke Extinguisher” is the first taste of new material since 2012’s full length album Self-Entitled and will be available for purchase starting today.


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Video: RDGLDGRN – “Power Ups”

Here is the new video from Washington, DC trio RDGLDGRN, who manage to do what so few can; successfully blend hip hop with rock and indie. It’s refreshing, decidedly contemporary, but also pushing forward in directions new to the ear.

Not bad for material on a debut album, which is out now and simply titled RDGLDGRN (which, for those who haven’t quite picked up yet, is Red Gold Green).

They’re touring too, all over the world and will be Australia in a few weeks before heading back to the US for a lengthy tour. Details are below.

Tour Dates:
11/22 – London, UK @ Underworld#
11/23 – Bern, Switzerland @ Festhalle*
11/24 – Vienna, Austria @ Wiener Stadthalle*
11/29 – Brisbane, Australia @ RNA Showgrounds **
11/30 – Coffs Harbour, Australia @ Coffs Harbour Showground **
12/1 – Sydney, Australia @ Barangaroo **
12/6 – Canberra, Australia @ Exhibition Park **
12/7 – Melbourne, Australia @ Birrarug Marr **
12/8 – Adelaide, Australia @ Ellis Park **
12/27 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live ^^^
12/29 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
1/31 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues ^^
2/7 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza ^^
2/8 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza ^^
2/13 – South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground ^^
2/14 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa ^^
2/15 – Toronto, ON @ the Annex Wreckroom ^^
2/16 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar ^^
2/18 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom ^^
2/19 – Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall ^^
2/20 – Chicago, IL @ Metro ^^
2/21 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre ^^
2/22 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line ^^
2/23 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room ^^
2/25 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre ^^
2/26 – Salt Lake City, UT @ the Complex ^^
2/28 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Cafe ^^
3/1 – Portland, OR @ Peter’s Room at Roseland ^^
3/2 – Eugene, OR @ Wow Hall ^^
3/5 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst Atrium ^^
3/6 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s ^^
3/7 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey ^^
3/8 – San Diego, CA @ Soma ^^
3/9 – Tempe, AZ @ Club Red ^^
3/10 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad ^^
3/14 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s ^^
3/15 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues ^^
3/16 – Oklahoma City, OK @ the Conservatory ^^
3/18 – Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco ^^
3/19 – Atlanta, GA @ Centerstage at Midtown Complex ^^
3/20 – Charlotte, NC @ Visulite Theatre ^^
3/21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts ^^

* Vans Warped Tour Europe
** Vans Warped Tour Australia
# The Kevin Says Tour w/ Itch, Hype Theory, Ghost Town
^^ w/ Aer
^^^ w/ Soja


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Immigrant Union unveil video for “I Can’t Return”

Melbourne rock band Immigrant Union have released the saucy new video for the track “I Can’t Return”. Directed by Mike Bruce (Noel Gallagher, Black Mountain) and staring Omar Doom (Inglorious Basterds), the video is from their upcoming album Anyway.

Immigrant Union features, weirdly, Dandy Warhols’ Brent De Boer amongst its members. Courtney Barnett is also a member of the band and we spoke to her not too long ago.

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Watch Harmony’s creepy video for “Diminishing Returns”

Melbourne down tempo heroes Harmony have unveiled their video for the track “Diminishing Returns”. The eerie new track is being released this Friday as a 7″ via Poison City and has been described by vocalist Tom Lyngcoln as;

“weird, it’s non-linear but it’s still a losing cycle, it’s eerily soft then primitively loud and will do nothing to help us fit in with any kind of crowd.”

The band will play a handful of shows starting next week in support of the 7″ and tour dates can be found below.

Tue 19 Nov – The Residence, Melbourne Music Week
Fri 22 Nov – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle w/ The Drones
Sat 23 Nov – Polariods of Androids Backyard Show, Sydney
Sat 23 Nov – The Farmer & The Owl Festival, Wollongong Town Hall
Thu 19 Dec – The Curtin Hotel, Melbourne