Cracker "Low" Live @ The Independent

Here's a sneak preview of our episode with Cracker Live @ The Independent in San Francisco, CA. Learn more about Cracker at Stay Tuned!




As Cascadian black metal pioneers, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM, prepare to release their latest LP, Celestite, another single from the expansive album has been unleashed exclusively via Vice Magazine's music portal, Noisey.

A synth-driven companion to their lauded 2011-released Southern Lord LP,Celestial Lineage, the Randall Dunn-produced Celestite LP is a far cry from the expected blackened maelstrom WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM fans are used to experiencing. Void of vocals, guitars and percussion, the instrumental passages on Celestite reflect the tracks of its predecessor in a whole new light, with more than forty-five minutes of rich, otherworldly, synthesizer-constructed works which more resemble a sci-fi/horror soundtrack or meditative musical experience than a metal album. The record's second track, "Initiation at Neudeg Alm" -- the parallel to Celestial Lineage's "Subterranean Initiation" -- provides perhaps some of the more sinister, ominous elements of the Celestite experience with a condensed, dirge-driven and yet still pristine six-minute journey into cerebral realms.

"Initiation at Neudeg Alm" is now playing via Noisey.


WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM will systematically release Celestite on their own newly-founded Artemisia Records worldwide on July 8th, on CD, LP and digital formats. Preorders for the record can be found HERE.

Just days subsequent to the album's release, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM will traverse the West Coast on a nine-date tour. However, while Celestite focuses exclusively on layered, droning ambience, this West Coast tour will feature the band in their anticipated, full-backline black metal form.  Their unique and fully devastating delivery will be unleashed onto their fans including older material which they have never performed live.  Opening the tour in their hometown of Olympia on July 11th, WITTR will forage through Bellingham, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Santa Cruz and San Diego before closing down with a final show in Los Angeles on July 20th. Support for WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM on the tour will be provided by Oakland psychedelic noise troupe, Nommo Ogo. Additional support will be provided throughout the tour by D A Terrence, A God Or Another, Druden, Volahn, Lycus and others, including direct support on the San Francisco show by Dispirit.

WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM Celestite Tour 2014:

7/11/2014 Capital Theatre Backstage - Olympia, WA w/ Nommo Ogo, D A Terence [tickets]

7/12/2014 Shakedown - Bellingham, WA w/ Nommo Ogo, A God Or Another [tickets]

7/13/2014 The Venue - Vancouver, BC w/ Nommo Ogo, Neck Of The Woods [tickets]

7/14/2014 Crocodile - Seattle, WA w/ Nommo Ogo, TBA [tickets]

7/15/2014 Star Theatre - Portland, OR w/ Nommo Ogo, Druden [tickets]

7/17/2014 Slim's - San Francisco, CA w/ Dispirit, Nommo Ogo [tickets]

7/18/2014 Catalyst Atrium - Santa Cruz, CA w/ Nommo Ogo, Lycus [tickets]

7/19/2014 Che Café - San Diego, CA w/ Nommo Ogo, TBA [tickets]

7/20/2014 Echoplex - Los Angeles, CA w/ Nommo Ogo, Volahn [tickets]

The New & The Heavy: "King Woman: Dove / Fond Affections"

Kristina Esfandiari is King Woman. Following her debut EP as Miserable, Kristina returns to her original solo-moniker for the Dove / Fond Affectionscassingle/ digital single – her second release as King Woman. Be sure to check this project out June 23rd – San Francisco – Elbo Room

The 2 song single is available today via The Native Sound, or Bandcamp,iTunes or Amazon.

The cassette tape is pressed on three variants (White, Clear, and Purple), each limited to just 50 copies, fit with a three-panel J-card. The cassingle also includes a bonus track – B. Wild’s remix of “Dove”.

Stream Dove / Fond Affections in its entirety on Nothing But Hope and Passion.

“Fond Affections”, a cover of the classic Rema-Rema song, is a powerful and poignant take on the 4AD standard made popular by This Mortal Coil.

"Dove" builds on the haunting folk of King Woman's 2013 Degrida / Sick Bedsingle. “A slow-burning, muscular, and above all, monstrous song clocking in at over 15 minutes. It is by far the most emotive of Kristina’s recent compositions.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

June 19th – Santa Cruz – The Witch House

June 20th – Oakland – LCM

June 21st – Sacramento – The Wich Room

June 22nd – Chico – TBA

June 23rd – San Francisco – Elbo Room

June 24th – La Puente – Bridgetown DIY

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The New And The Heavy: DRCARLSONALBION: Solo LP By Founding Earth Guitarist Dylan Carlson

DRCARLSONALBION: Solo LP By Founding Earth Guitarist Dylan Carlson

Gold, the first soundtrack work under the moniker DRCARLSONALBION by Earth's founding guitarist, DYLAN CARLSON, will officially see independent release tomorrow, June 17th.

You can purchase "Gold" on Amazon or iTunes.

CARLSON began performing under the name DRCARLSONALBION in 2011, primarily as an outlet to explore in greater depth elements he only touched upon with the Earth Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light series through his unique, meditative and personal search for the purity of the riff; an expressive, improvisational approach that serves as a counterbalance to the repetitive force of Earth. Composed for a foreign language western of the same name, Gold instrumentally helps tell the story of German pioneers traversing the Canadian West, CARLSON's score revolving around key guitar motifs and their dialog with drone, repetition and loose improvisation, through twenty-four tracks meant to be played as a whole. It is an inversion of the work of Earth; stripping away where they would layer. It's an immersive experience. For the first time CARLSON's guitar is presented, bare, alone, with only minimal percussion, fore-fronting his evocative, lyrical control of the instrument in a language that transcends tired "cinematic" adjectives and places you directly into the landscape.

Gold will see independent digital and LP release on June 17th, 2014 -- the deluxe vinyl limited to 1000 copies -- while Daymare Records out of Japan will handle the CD pressing worldwide.
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Additionally, Earth is currently on tour, building up to the release of their upcoming LP late this Summer. Having just completed a run through Japan and New Zealand, the troupe has just entered Australia for a five-city tour beginning in Brisbane tomorrow, June 17th. European Festival dates are planned for July and August. Much more on the upcoming LP and further Earth tour plans will be announced in the coming weeks.

EARTH Tour Dates:
6/17/2014 Crowbar - Brisbane, Australia
6/18/2014 Rosemount Hotel - Perth, Australia
6/19/2014 Manning Bar - Sydney, Australia
6/20/2014 Dark Mofo Festival - Hobart, Australia
6/21/2014 Hi-Fi - Melbourne, Australia
7/31/2014 Off Festival - Katowicw, Poland
8/01/2014 UT Connewitz - Leipzig, Germany
8/02/2014 Lido - Berlin, Germany
8/04/2014 Super Uho Festival - Sibenik, Hungary
8/05/2014 Arena - Vienna, Austria
8/07/2014 Schlacthof - Wiesbaden, Germany
8/08/2014 Bogen F - Zurich, Switzerland
8/09/2014 Point Ephemere - Paris, France
8/10/2014 Zuiderpershuis - Antwerp, Belgium
8/11/2014 Tivoli - Utrecht, Netherlands
8/13/2014 Whelans - Dublin, Ireland
8/14/2014 CCA - Glasgow, UK
8/15/2014 Gorilla - Manchester, UK
8/16/2014 Jabberwocky Festival - London, UK

The New And The Heavy: DREADLORDS

Some creepy stuff shows up in one's inbox--in a good way. By way of Baltimore, Maryland, check out the dark evil blues of Dreadlords.

DREADLORDS: Iniquitous Blues Sect Confirms Release Of Debut LP Via Not Just Religious Music

A cult deeply founded in the darker realms of blues rock, the darkness of humanity, and the occult,DREADLORDS, will unveil their ominous debut LP later this year on Not Just Religious Music.

Containing members of Panther Modern and T.O.M.B., and hailing from different areas in the Pennsylvania and Maryland area, the members of DREADLORDS boast a cruel, snarling brew of organic traditional blues and crushingly dark Americana. Banjos, chimes, percussive elements and amplified acoustic instrumentation, intermittently infused with the slight presence of psychedelic black metal and noise experimentation, with a permeating and harrowing low-end vocal crooning congregate in an organic, brutally raw, intoxicating demonic delivery.

Following their cult demo release last year and waves of live performances throughout the eastern half of the US, including an East Coast tour with King Dude, the members of DREADLORDS culminated on the final day of 2013, entering Satan's Palace in rainy Cherry Hill, New Jersey in order to concoct a new musical ritual to take your soul. The band will release the LP this Harvest Season via Not Religious Music, the label forged nearly one year ago by occult rock purveyor, King Dude and home to several releases by King Dude including a split with Chelsea Wolfe.

Further details on this maiden full-length will be proclaimed in the sweltering Summer ahead as it is finalized for public intake. Stay tuned for further propaganda in the dim days ahead. In the meantime, several new live rituals have been confirmed, with more undoubtedly to follow in the coming weeks.

The history of American guitar music is tied to the history of the devil. In the South, it used to be customary to assume that if you played blues on guitar, then you had sold your soul to the devil. The origin of such a myth is hard to determine. It could be coming to us from voodoo dances in Louisiana or haunting ring shout rituals on plantations, but most likely it comes from the fame of one Robert Johnson. Legend has it he sold his soul to the devil at the crossroads in order to learn how to play guitar. He even died young. But the truth of the matter is that he learned to play guitar at night in cemeteries with a friend. He intentionally cultivated a dark persona using pact with the devil myths that other blues artists in his area were already spreading. And it worked. His story lived on to inspire and obsess people like Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, and many others. One could go so far as to say that there would be no metal without him. Anyway, the history lesson ends here.

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The point is that there is something demonic about the music of the blues and this is something that DREADLORDS wishes to explore. All of the songs were written and practiced in graveyards at night. All of the songs have lyrics about murder and insanity. All of the songs were made by individuals involved in or related to the practice of magic. All of the songs were recorded using a banjo with a pickup. All of the songs feature elements against popular culture by using black metal and noise. All of the songs were conceived during periods of extreme personal turmoil, existential angst, and sadness, i.e., the blues.


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Stream the new 2014 Release from Sit Kitty Sit - Everlasting Fire

The San Francisco piano/drum duo, Sit Kitty Sit, has a new album out which you can stream now! The new release - Everlasting Fire is the band's 3rd album and they're currently on tour now, and check them out at the Elbo Room, in SF on May 28th.


May 15, 2014 (Thursday)
Johnny B’s
with: Haywood MacabreSilas R. Shand
$0-$10 / 21+ / 9pm
120 E. 6th St. – Medford, OR

May 16, 2014 (Friday)
Black Forest
with: Mars GrassHaywood Macabre
$0-$10 / 21+ / 9pm
50 East 11th St. – Eugene, OR

May 17, 2014 (Saturday)
Jewelbox Theater @ Rendezvous
with: Safeword SasquatchSouth Jackson
$7 / 21+ / 10pm
2322 2nd Ave. – Seattle, WA

May 18, 2014 (Sunday)
Ash Street Saloon
with: Rabid Wombat, Poe and Monroe
$5 / 21+ / 9pm
225 SW Ash St. - Portland OR

May 20, 2014 (Tuesday)
The Badlander
Free / 21+ / 10pm
208 Rhyman St. – Missoula, MT

May 22, 2014 (Thursday)
The Filling Station
$0-$10 / 21+ / 8pm
2005 N. Rouse Ave. – Bozeman, MT

May 23, 2014 (Friday)
El Roco Lounge
$0-$10 / 21+ / 10pm
1730 13th Ave. – Grand Forks, ND

May 26, 2014 (Monday – Memorial Day)
Triple Rock Social Club
with: The Straight AsShot Memory
$8 / 18+ / 8pm
629 Cedar Ave. – Minneapolis, MN

May 28, 2014 (Wednesday)
Elbo Room
with: Nevada ColorAyOHSkippin’ Rocks
$8 / 21+ / 8pm
2871 N Lincoln Ave. – Chicago, IL

May 29, 2014 (Thursday)
The Frequency
with: The Family BusinessThe Traveling SuitcaseLittle Legend
$5 / 18+ / 9pm
121 W Main St. - Madison, WI

May 30, 2014 (Friday)
Yield Bar
Free / 21+ / 10pm
1932 E Kenilworth Pl - Milwaukee, WI

June 1, 2014 (Sunday)
JD’s Bar
Free / 21+ / 6pm
715 S Broadway - Green Bay, WI

June 3, 2014 (Tuesday)
Duffy’s Tavern
with: Billy Saffyre
Free / 21+ / 9pm
1412 E O St. - Lincoln, NE

June 5, 2014 (Thursday)
Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor
with: Up Is The Down Is TheThe VoleryWheatstone Bridge
$5 / 21+ / 7pm
71 S. Wells - Reno, NV

Minus Head Records Sign Bay Area Trio BLACK MAP

Minus Head Records Sign Bay Area Trio, BLACK MAP

Minus Head Records, home of Death Valley High and Incite, have signed Bay Area trio Black Map.

Black Map, who the San Francisco Bay Guardian described as "epic, guitar-driven, smart-art-rock-meets-anthemic-metal," features guitar player Mark Engles (Dredg), singer/bass player Ben Flanagan (The Trophy Fire) and drummer Chris Robyn (Far/Crosses).

"We are really excited to be working with Black Map," said Brad Hardie, Minus Head Records' label owner. "These vets bring an aggressive edge to their new material."

Black Map is currently at Hellam Sound in Oakland, Calif. recording their full-length debut with producer Aaron Hellam. The album is slated for a fall release. Black Map self-released Driver, a four-song EP, earlier this year. "I'm Just The Driver," a song featured on both the EP and forthcoming full-length, is streaming via YouTube:

Black Map tour dates:

June 15     San Francisco, CA  Slim's (w/Pelican & Tombs)

July 10     Raleigh, NC     Oak City 7 (w/Kings X)

July 11     Philadelphia, PA     The Fire

July 13     Brooklyn, NY     The Knitting Factory

August 16     San Diego, CA     The Casbah (w/Ilya)

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Foxy Shazam - US Tour starts May 27th - New Album Available For Free Download

FOXY SHAZAM Announce Additional Tour Dates - U.S. Tour Kicks Off May 27th
The band's Latest LP “GONZO” Available streaming and FREE download at

Be sure to check them out at Slim's August 1st

Cincinnati, OH rockers Foxy Shazam have announced a second leg to their previously announced summer tour in support of their new LP GONZO

Watch their new video (and new direction) "TRAGIC THRILL"

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The new dates hit the the western half of the U.S. and Canada and run July 26-August 16. Offering support on the first leg (May 27 to June 28) is Larry and His FlaskSee dates below.

Foxy Shazam stunned fans last month when they surprise released their latest album GONZO as a free download via

Recorded with famed engineer Steve Albini (Nirvana, Fugazi, The Pixies, Iggy & The Stooges) over a dreary Halloween holiday in Chicago, IL, GONZO evokes a level of fierce impassioned authenticity previously unheard in Foxy's back catalogue. Recorded entirely live in one room, in running order, vocals and all, the album is a tremendous feat of will, talent, and artistic integrity in an age when delivering anything remotely challenging is oft considered taboo. 

Tour Dates:

May 27 Harrisburg, PA Fed Live

May 29 Boston, MA The Sinclair

May 30 New York, NY The Bowery Ballroom

May 31 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts

Jun 02 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Soundstage

Jun 03 Richmond, VA Canal Club

Jun 05 Nashville, TN Exit/In

Jun 06 Columbia, SC New Brookland Tavern

Jun 07 Charlotte, NC Amos Southend

Jun 09 Ft Lauderdale, FL Culture Room

Jun 10 Tampa, FL Orpheum

Jun 12 Orlando, FL The Social

Jun 13 Jacksonville, FL Freebird

Jun 14 Atlanta, GA Terminal West

Jun 17 St Louis, MO Freebird

Jun 18 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room

Jun 20 Minneapolis, MN Mill City Nights

Jun 21 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall

Jun 22 Detroit, MI Magic Stick

Jun 24 Toronto, ON Lee’s Palace

Jun 25 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom

Jun 27 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop

Jun 28 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall

July 12 Cincinnati, OH Bunbury Music Festival

New Dates Added:

Jul 26 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall

Jul 28 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom

Jul 29 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern

Jul 31 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre

Aug 1 San Francisco, CA Slim’s

Aug 2 Sacramento, CA The Assembly

Aug 5 Spokane, WA The Hop

Aug 7 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre

Aug 8 Seattle, WA Neumos

Aug 9 Vancouver, BC Venue

Aug 11 Boise, ID Neurolux

Aug 12 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue

Aug 14 Sioux Falls, SD Orpheum Theater

Aug 15 Lawrence, KS Granada Theater

Aug 16 Davenport, IA River Roots Live Festival @ LeClaire Park

Learn more about Foxy Shazam on




LISTEN! Lydia Loveless - Song: "Really Wanna See You" - Playing @ Thee Parkside Friday 28th

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Playing Thee Parkside: Friday, March 28. One of the more buzz worthy artists to come out of SXSW this year, and should be a great show.

LYDIA LOVELESS is playing Thee Parkside - this Friday 28th.
Her new fantastic album, "Somewhere Else" is available now.

NPR Music included the new album as First Listen this week, SPIN had her in their 5 Best New Artists of January, on the list of 50 Albums to Hear in 2014, and Rolling Stone called her one of the 10 New Artists You Need To Know.
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New Video From CROSSES ‘The Epilogue’

Deftones singer Chino Moreno, Far guitarist Shaun Lopez and Chuck Doom are Crosses – stylized as †††. Here is their spooky new video for “The Epilogue.”
Electronic-rock trio, † † † (Crosses), featuring Chino Moreno (Deftones, Palms, Team Sleep), Shaun Lopez (Far) and Chuck Doom, have announced that they will be hitting the road this month, San Francisco shows - March 30 + 31 @ The Independent. See full list of dates below!
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