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Bloody Your Hands is Jameson Edwards (vocals, guitar), Henry Joseph (guitar, bass, vocals) and Mike Horaz (drums, vocals). They bang out a damn fun brand of pop-punk, but with a bit of a bite. Their debut comes out on 7/7. Here’s how they’re described on their site.

Described as “a rattling frenzy of irresistible power” and “a multi-faceted canvas of all that is likable about twenty-first century indie rock”, NYC-based Bloody Your Hands combines solid pop hooks, 90′s alt rock instrumentation and driving garage rock.

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OHMME is the combined talents of Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart. While I’m not familiar with Cunningham’s work, Stewart was with Kids These Days and more recently released the debut LP for Marrow, a band that I quickly became enamored with.

The debut EP came out last year but is being re-released digitally and also on vinyl. I’ve heard it is all over the place. Best way, I could describe is that it sounds like a Jack White side project that he’d do with Angel Olsen and Lady Lamb. They can do a better job of explaining it than I can.

Ohm is an electrical resistance between two points of a conductor; OHMME lives in that resistance creating electric chaos between the two points of Chicago’s Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart. The energy from their musical upbringings enabled the two to create a vocal project that combines flawless harmonies with a gnarled guitar backbone. They veer towards experimentation while keeping tune in mind, choosing to push each other when they clash and following the sound rather than holding themselves to a rigid set of standards on how chords should be performed and arranged. Their resulting sound is at once familiar yet beautifully unconventional. OHMME’s self-titled, debut EP will be released on vinyl for the first time with two exclusive songs and digitally reissued with new artwork on June 30th via their own label, Fox Hall Records.

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Pickwick announces Lovejoys – 7/7/17

by Woody on May 24, 2017

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Back a few SXSWs ago when Antone’s was still on 5th, we caught a set by Seattle’s Pickwick and had our doors blown off. I think it was 2012 and it was the last year of Oz. Anywho, Pickwick are back with a new album called Lovejoys that will see the lights of day on July 7th.

LoveJoys was recorded at “Chemical X” and “Black Space” (February – May 2016), Blood’s studios in the basement of the old Rainier Brewery building in Seattle. It features performances from: Tendai Maraire (Shabazz Palaces), Sean T. Lane, Marquetta Miller (Breaks and Swells), Taryn Rene Dorsey, and the Black Space’s in-house horns and strings – Alina To (Passenger String Quartet) and Jeremy Shaskus (Breaks and Swells).

Written in the midst of personal and political turmoil, lyrically and sonically LoveJoys became an escape somehow, a place for the band to purge all their deepest concerns while somehow also being relieved of them. LoveJoys embodies the relationship between inspired creativity and the use of escapism as a way of getting there.

Here’s a live session we did with the band back in 2013

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A couple weeks ago I tweeted that Death Song had slid in behind Phosphene Dream as my second favorite Black Angels album. Well, I’ve been playing the crap out of Death Song for these past two weeks and I have to say, it is the pinnacle of their career. It is a massive album with big themes that swallows you whole leaving you a bit worn out by its completion.

Death Song is a raw, uncompromising look at our current state, and this was recorded before that turd became president. The albums is shot out of a cannon with Currency, a scathing look at our monetary system. Lead singer Alex Maas starts off sounding broken by the system before angrily chanting “Print and print the money that you spend / Spend and spend the money that you print,” all the while Stephanie Bailey is pounding the drums, while Christian Bland, Jake Garcia, and Kyle Hunt unleash mind-numbing riffs. It is a fucking brilliant rock song on so many levels.

Grab as Much (as you can), aided by a pounding backbeat, tackles the evils of greed. A tune that sound particularly timely with the release of the new budget. And while Medicine’s main message is about the prescription pill issue, in reality that circles back to greed as well.

If there is a glimpse of light on the album, it comes with I Dreamt. “You can use art to show people how you think the world should be,” Maas explains. “You can encourage them to dream what you dream and feel what you feel. If people act on those dreams and give them meaning, artists have the power to change the way the world thinks.” Let’s hope so.

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Justin Townes Earle – Kids In The Street (album review)

May 22, 2017

Photo Credit: Joshua Black Wilkens Justin is an interesting guy to follow on social media. I’ve witnessed him fall off the wagon, bemoan the over-building in Nashville and celebrate the World Series title of his beloved Cubbies. Over the last year, it has been nice to hear him embracing married life, await the birth of [...]

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The Builders and the Butchers – The Spark (album review)

May 19, 2017

Photo by Cameron Browne With the constant flood of new music coming my way, I sometimes lose track of a band or artist that I really enjoy. If I don’t hear anything for awhile, I just assume they’ve broken up or moved on. I had assumed the worst since the Portland 5-piece hadn’t released an [...]

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Major and the Monbacks announce Moonlight Anthems 6/16/17

May 18, 2017

Major & the Monbacks are the latest RVA based Mattew E. White machine that blend soul, blues, americana, psych into a tasty little package. The tune gives off the vibe of a real loose jam by The Band. Yep Roc will be putting out their debut on June 16th. Here’s some more info on the [...]

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Jamila Woods signs with Jagjaguwar, set to re-release HEAVN

May 17, 2017

We stumbled into a set by Jamila Woods this past SXSW and we were all the better for it. After giving up on trying to get into the Pandora party, we made our way across the street to catch The New Pornos. Being an hour early, we decided to sit tight for Jamila’s set, as [...]

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Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires announce Youth Detention on 6/30/17

May 17, 2017

Photo by Wes Frazier Lee Bains is not a man who shies away from expressing his feelings. That might turn off some people, especially in his native Alabama, where Bains squares right up to many issues that he feels has been plaguing the region for years. Bains’ music has a passion that many acts would [...]

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Alyeska – Crush EP (album review)

May 15, 2017

Alyeska is a trio out of LA, fronted by Alaska Reid who’s joined by Ben Spear on drums and Enzo Scardapane on bass. Crush is the band’s debut EP and grows on the soft/loud dynamic that their first single promised. Whether the music is subdued or blaring out of the speakers, Reid’s vocals dreamily float [...]

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