The Cult has finally released their shelved Peace record as part of a double-disc called Electric Peace — the first disc features the unreleased Peace; the second disc features a reissue of Electric. The release is also being supported by the band's tour dubbed “Electric 13,” which finds the band playing Electric in its entirety, followed by a set of career-spanning material.
Charlie Parr makes the old new. He has recorded 11 studio albums that treat traditional American music as a living, evolving musical form. On his most recent record, this year’s Barnswallow, he sings gruffly and plays banjo and two National steel guitars along with accompanists on washboard, thumb piano, harmonica, jaw-harp and stomping feet.
The Koffin Kats have self-described their
musical vision as Gothabilly, and it’s difficult to argue with that
effective compound word assessment. A few discerning listens reveal the
Detroit trio also exhibits the tattoos of Punk, Metal, Surf, Garage and
Psych, and while that could be considered Rock critic nitpicking,
there’s no arguing the fact that the Koffin Kats are the raucous and
visceral sum of a whole lot of frenetically moving parts.
Former Ponys frontman Jered Gummere took
an extended hiatus after the demise of his previous noisemaking unit,
even going as far as to get a day job at a friend’s woodshop. When he finally felt the twitch to make music again, forming
Bare Mutants with four other Windy City buddies, it was no surprise that The Velvet Underground would be at the forefront of his mind.
Coalescing in Sacramento, Calif., more
than a dozen years ago, !!! (pronounced "Chk Chk Chk") is one of the prime
members of the Dance Punk movement it helped usher in with such
like-minded new-millennium acts as LCD Soundsystem, The Juan Maclean and