rock and roll


Boston, MA-based rock band, Crash Midnight, are hard at work prepping to release their debut album, Lost in the City, on October 20th, 2014. The band play lean and mean punk-infused rock and roll, and they’re no strangers to humour! Recently, we sat down with Shaun Soho (lead vocals), Bo (bass), and Alex Donaldson (lead/rhythm guitar) to get their take on some of our Purely Provocative interview questions. Here’s whet they had to say….

It was just what the doctor ordered when Ted Nugent and his band of Nigerian Rebels (Derek St. Holmes, guitar and vocals; “Wild” Mick Brown, drums; Greg Smith, bass) played the City National Grove of Anaheim. Supporting the recently released album Shutup & Jam, Nuge’s setlist included a few new songs and several of his smash hits. The guitar god, as usual, showed no restraint of tongue between songs, expressing contempt for U.S. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and big government. Some of us don’t give a shit about Ted’s political views or what he shoots with his crossbow or sidearm. We just want to hear that Gibson Byrdland sing. Shut up and jam, Ted!

When he’s not busy writing a sick track (“Meth Lab Zoso Sticker”) for a Martin Scorsese blockbuster like The Wolf of Wall Street, guitar virtuoso Joie Calio is tearing up stages with his musical partner Phil Leavitt in the rock band 7Horse. While Calio also provides backing vocals to Leavitt, it’s his fret work that truly allows him to shine. Just how does he get those crazy tones and bad-ass rhythms you ask? Dude, he has SO much gear that he’ll have to tell you himself!

The Raskins is an alternative rock band composed of twins Logan and Roger Raskin. Born and raised in New York City, the brothers began playing music at a very young age and now, on May 13th, 2014, are set to release their debut self-titled album via MIRAL Records/BDG/RED, LLC division of Sony Music Entertainment. We grabbed some time with guitarist Roger Raskin and asked some gear-related questions in order to learn more about his Custom GMP guitars and Marshall 900 Dual Channel amplifiers.

With the debut of their new single “Nightwalker”, Brown Shoe deliver an emotionally heady taste of Lonely Beast Part I today via SoundCloud. The earlier announcement of their multi-part release Lonely Beast, Brown Shoe are subtly challenging the fundamentals of releasing a record in today’s swiftly moving environment and our ever-shrinking attention spans. By separating the LP into three parts – Lonely Beast Part I (out April 8th) and Parts II and III (out later this year), the band is circumventing the pressure to release ten or twelve songs all at once simply because that’s the format an album is supposed to follow.

Black Soul Choir is the sophomore release from the Norwegian metal act Wolves Like Us and I must admit, I was slightly surprised by what heard when I sat down to listen to this record. Judging by the band name and title alone I was expecting an extreme metal onslaught, but I could not have been more wrong. Black Soul Choir is a surprising mix of fuzzy hard rock and metal with tons of melodic overtones.

The Hold Steady has released the first song, “I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You,” from their new album Teeth Dreams, out March 25. Teeth Dreams is the New York band’s sixth album and first on its own Positive Jams imprint via new label Washington Square, itself a newly established imprint formed by Razor & Tie. The album was produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Alice in Chains, Rush, Evanescence) at Rock Falcon Studios in Franklin, TN, making it the first time the band recorded outside of New York. This is The Hold Steady’s first new music since last year’s Record Store Day 7″ featuring “The Bear and the Maiden Fair” from HBO’s Game of Thrones.

“No beatdowns just beat-ups” promises the bumph that accompanies Screamer, the new EP from Brighton scum punks Whitemare. Thirteen minutes of scuzzy, scummy, bloody-knuckled punk rock and name-dropped in the same breath as bands like Kvelertak and Every Time I Die, Whitemare certainly get straight in your face with opener “Elm Grave”. Sure, for good measure, there is a hint of old-time rock n’ roll in there but, on the whole, Screamer is just a frenzied punk rock ride that isn’t for the faint hearted or those who like something lyrically that is a little less abrasive.

Whitemare is an incredibly rambunctious, dirty rock band from the UK who’s new video for the song “Elm Grave” we have the pleasure of premiering to the world. Here’s a description of the video from the band: “The video for ‘Elm Grave’ was shot in one evening in Brighton with our mate Guy Pearce. As it was our first attempt at a promo, we tried to make it raw, fun and trashy, the perfect aesthetic to compliment our primitive approach to making music. Enjoy!”

Brooklyn’s lo-fi rock visionary SWF released his debut album Let It Be Told last month to critical acclaim worldwide, and now he’s premiered “Warrior,” a stand-out track from the album, via SoundCloud. In addition, SWF has lined up a handful of East Coast tour dates in November and early December, which includes a hometown show in Boston, and a show at Shea Stadium in Brooklyn w/ Unicycle Loves You and Deleted Scenes.