Mangrenade vocalist/guitarist Nick Thieme
has just driven a sparkling new (to him, at least) van off the lot. But this new van (nicknamed “Vangrenade
2.0” or “The Deuce”) isn’t just a new touring vehicle, it is also a
symbol of Mangrenade’s determination to make it, car payments be damned.
The flamboyant frontman’s current tour is in support of his first new album in 18 years, the verbosely titled Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter, an often unexpectedly lo-fi effort that nonetheless features plenty of Ant’s carnally charged, fetish-indulging lyrics.
The members of Psych/Soul/Rock trio Heavy
Glow may be getting their mail at a Californian address these days, but
guitarist/vocalist Jared Mullins hails from the North Coast and his
trippy Hard Rock/Blues/Memphis Soul sensibilities are filtered through
his Cleveland, Ohio, roots and experiences.
Sure, it’s the punchline of the epic
as-dirty-and-shaggy-as-you-want-to-make-it joke, but it’s also the name
of one of the most frenetically entertaining instrumental Rock/Fusion
power trios in recent memory.
If you listen to any of the Rock stations in town, you
know Theory of a Deadman. They're the guys behind "Bad Girlfriend" (the
video for which is great … and NSFW). They also did the oh-so-catchy
Crimmins and The Hookers' well considered balance between
authenticity and originality has translated to capacity club audiences
and sweaty dance floors all over Atlanta (and every point on the compass
beyond) and they're always looking for fresh converts.
The Texas-based band’s self-titled debut, which was
released independently in late June, features 11 atmospheric songs
marked by dreamy keyboards and Park’s sturdy rhythmic thrust. Suarez is a
riveting frontlady, her expressive vocals conjuring Polly Jean Harvey
and Siouxsie Sioux.
Heart has had huge
success, selling more than 35 million albums and notching 21 Top 40 hit
singles, headlining the biggest arenas along the way. The Wilson sisters
in particular have had a major impact on music as well, helping open
doors for several generations of female artists.