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Long Ryders Announce U.S. Tour for November


Real native sons at that, folks.

By Blurt Staff

They enjoyed an extremely well-received European tour this spring and also notched rave reviews for their 4-CD, 76-song career retrospective box set, Final Wild Songs that Cherry Red issued in January. Now The Long Ryders have announced their first full-fledged U.S. tour dates in 29 years, for November. It’s a relatively brief jaunt, as the members all have their own full-time jobs, but unlike the one-off guerilla shows they’ve had on occasion during the past 5 years or so, it definitely qualifies as a tour.

Fans of the band’s pioneering proto-Americana won’t need any coaxing. The Long Ryders last toured the States way back in 1987 in support of Two Fisted Tales, their final album before disbanding later that year. So here comes the classic line-up that recorded three highly acclaimed studio albums and toured extensively, including the recent dates in Spain, Ireland and England: co-founders Sid Griffin (guitar, vocals), Greg Sowders (drums) and Stephen McCarthy (guitar, vocals), and Tom Stevens (bass, vocals). Reviews were, in a word, rave:

“Another spine-tingling moment in a gig that had so many” –Craig Chaligne, Louder Than War(UK)

“The band have lost nothing in terms of musical ability and passion, and if anything they’re playing better than ever” –Jonathon Kardash, Bristol 24/7 (UK)

“They are able to produce the whole tradition of American roots rock that flows from the wide rivers of Dylan and Roger McGuinn into the fast flowing tributaries of Buffalo Springfield and Gram Parsons in front of our dumbstruck faces without batting an eyelash.” –Fernando Neira, El País (Spain)

Check out some tunes following the dates, below.

November 2016 Tour Dates:

11/10 Bowery Ballroom – New York City, NY

11/11 ONCE Ballroom – Somerville, MA

11/12 Cafe Nine – New Haven, CT

Louder Than Life Announces Bands for Oct. Festival


Surrender…. Or die!

By Blurt Staff

Following a 2015 sellout with 50,000 in attendance, the third annual LOUDER THAN LIFE festival returns to Champions Park near downtown Louisville on October 1 and 2. There are 35 bands slated to perform on three stages, including The Cult, Cheap Trick (recently profiled at BLURT), Slayer, Ghost, Disturbed and Korn. The festival will also feature plenty of bourbons and spirits, Gourmet Man Food and craft beer. The festival, produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, aims to celebrate the bourbon culture and culinary heritage of the city. Wimmer commented, “Louisville: The home of bourbon. Great people. Great food. How can those ingredients not make a perfect place to have a festival? This is a place you have to visit if you’re a lover of bourbon, a lover of food…a lover of life. I asked my team how we could top last year’s LOUDER THAN LIFE sellout. The easy answer? Slipknot and Avenged Sevenfold.”

Tickets: (limited quantities available at early bird discounted prices).

The daily music lineup:

Saturday, October 1: Avenged Sevenfold, Slayer, The Cult, The Pretty Reckless, Pierce The Veil, Cheap Trick, Chevy Metal, Anthrax, Motionless In White, Hellyeah, Sick Puppies, The Amity Affliction, Avatar, Neck Deep, Young Guns, Being As An Ocean, ’68, Twelve Foot Ninja, Dinosaur Pile Up

Sunday, October 2: Slipknot, Disturbed, Korn, Ghost, Alter Bridge, Clutch, Biffy Clyro, Pop Evil, Skillet, Sevendust, Zakk Sabbath, Parkway Drive, Trivium, KYNG, Skindred, Adelitas Way, Crobot, Smashing Satellites, Sabaton

Video Premiere: The Scenics “O Boy” (live)

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From Canadian band’s archival recordings dating back to the late ‘70s.

By Blurt Staff

They were called the Scenics, and they got their start in Toronto in mid-’76, going on to become an extremely popular band on the Canadian Punk and New Wave scene. Formed by songwriters Ken Badger and Andy Meyers, the band had Horses, Television’s Little Johnny Jewel, and the first few Pere Ubu singles, but the idea of “Punk” was still to come. And they would indeed be compared favorably to Ubu and TV, along with Big Star and the Ramones. The Scenics would split up in 1982, however.

Then they got back together in 2008, and began releasing recordings old and new. Now their early recordings are being released in the USA for the first time as Light in the Attic releases In The Summer: Studio Recordings 1977/78 on June 17. BLURT is extremely proud to premiere a video from the band, a clip of them performing Badger’s “O Boy” in 1978. Check it out:

The live video footage is synced to the studio recording from October 1977. Says Scenics co-founder Meyers about his partner Badger: “If I had to pick one studio recording as quintessentially “Scenic” … I’d pick O Boy. On one hand it’s catchy, simple, rhythmically tight… you can pick up on what’s happening pretty quickly. On the other hand, it’s not exactly like anything you’ve heard before…  there is something surprising about it. That mixture of being unexpectedly and idiosyncratically us while still loving understandable, catchy songs… that’s basically what the Scenics are about.”


But wait, there’s more: the Scenics will be doing a couple of mini tours this summer, thru the Toronto/ Cleveland/ Chicago and Detroit area in July, and thru the eastern seaboard and up into Montreal in September. It’s the vintage Scenic line-up of Ken and Andy joined by Mark Perkell on drums. They’ll be playing much of In The Summer this summer, incidentally – and wax fans, it is available on sweet black vinyl, too. As the band puts things, “It’s going to be catchy, compelling, and just a bit surprising.”


Scenics Tour Dates

July 6     Hamilton, On   This Ain’t Hollywood

July 7    Toronto, On   Rivoli

July 8    Buffalo NY   Mohawk Place

July 9    Cleveland OH   Beachland Tavern

July 10  Chicago IL   Empty Bottle

July 11  Detroit MI   UFO Factory


Coming in September- Philadelphia, NYC, Jersey, Boston, Montreal. Find out more about the band – as well as what a punk haiku is – at their official website.


Sturgill Simpson Extends World Tour Through Nov.


Like a true sailor!

By Barbi Martinez

You can definitely call this tour a world tour: Between now and the end of the year, troubadour du jour Sturgill Simpson, will be playing enough markets to ensure that only a handful of people on the entire planet will not have heard of him.

This week he’s in Kentucky and Tennessee, later heading up to the Midwest then to Europe, the UK and Canada. After that it’s back to the States, where he’ll be criss-crossing the country from early September through November. He’s supporting the new, acclaimed, best-selling album A Sailor’s Guide to Earth. Talk about an apropos title.

Full details and date are HERE. Below is, well, you know… Oh, and go HERE if you wanna download a positively killer live recording from last year.

Kraftwerk Announce U.S. Tour – in 3D


Er, yes, but… when a band is onstage, isn’t it already in all three dimensions?

By Barbi Martinez

Get ready to hit the North American autoban starting in September: that’s when Kraftwerk will bring their 3D Tour to the U.S. for nine choice dates. There will also a show in Detroit on May 28 for the Movement Detroit festival. Full dates are listed below.

5-28 Detroit, MI – Movement Detroit
7-25 Verona, Italy – Arena Di Verona
7-29 Sopot, Poland – Opera Lesna
7-31 Stockholm, Sweden – Stockholm Music and Arts
8-04-07 Oslo, Norway – Den Norske Opera (The Catalogue 12345678 performance)
9-03 Bethesda, MD – The Music Center at Strathmore
9-06 Atlanta, GA – Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
9-07 Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
9-09 New Orleans, LA – The Orpheum
9-10 Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory
9-12 San Antonio, TX – Tobin Center
9-15 Phoenix, AZ – Orpheum Theater
9-16 San Diego, CA – Balboa Theatre
9-18 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
10-07-14 Bilbao, Spain – Museo Guggenheim (The Catalogue 12345678 performance)

Posies Announce New Album


First full length in six years; major tour of “unconventional spaces” also announced.

By Blurt Staff

Solid States is the name, and the Posies are in the game – for the first time in six years, it turns out, as Solid States is the long-overdue followup to the power pop icons’ 2010 album Blood/Candy. It’s due out May 20 on the MyMusicEmpire label.

In a statement, co-founder Ken Stringfellow noted, “So many things have changed, either by choice or by circumstance, in the six years between this album and the one before it. We’ve had two bandmates die, a divorce and remarriage, a transoceanic move … There’s been good things and difficult things, but nothing is in the same place for us.  So it makes sense that this record would sound different from its predecessors.”

His bandmate and co-founder Jon Auer agreed, adding, “I think it’s our most adventurous record to date. There was the conscious idea to strive for something different from the Posies of past, to use different colors and flavors. That was the plan, but then life had its way with our concepts and schedules, and threw many profound, out-of-the-park curveballs in our direction. By this point, we’d already painted ourselves into a musical corner, which ultimately left us no other option but to figure our way out, bit by bit, wave form by wave form.”

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Also in the mix this time around: drummer Frankie Siragusa, who’s also currently touring with the band, along with ex-Flaming Lips drummer Kliph Scurlock and singer Gizelle Smith, as well as Auer’s wife Tiz Aramini and Stringfellow’s daughter Aden.

There is to be a Solid States Secret Shows tour of the U.S., launching in scenic Van Nuys, Calif. on April 28 and wrapping in Oakland on May 29 (dates below). The actual venues, however, will only be revealed to ticketholders! Meanwhile, let’s traipse back to the past for just a few moments….

Thurs., April 28 – VAN NUYS, CA

Sat., April 30 – LOS ANGELES, CA

Sun, May 1 PHOENIX, AZ

Wed., May 4 – AUSTIN, TX

Thurs., May 5 – DENTON, TX

Fri., May 6 – MEMPHIS, TN


Sun., May 8 – CHAPEL HILL, NC

Tues., May 10 – WASHINGTON, DC


Thus., May 12 – NEW YORK, NY


Sat., May 14 – NEW CANAAN, CT

Sun., May 15 – PITTSBURGH, PA

Tues., May 17 CHARLESTON, WV

Wed., May 18 – NASHVILLE, TN

Thurs., May 19 – CHICAGO, IL


Sat., May 21 – MINNEAPOLIS, MN

Sun., May 22 – RAPID CITY, SD

Tues., May 24 – BOISE, ID

Wed., May 25 WALLA WALLA, WA

Thurs., May 26 – SEATTLE, WA



Radiohead to Tour Intermittently This Year


Nice work if you can get it dept.

By Uncle Blurt

It’s probably rocks least-taxing “world tour” ever mounted: that would be the just-announced Radiohead international tour, which admittedly supplements existing summer festival commitments, but still… just a quick glance at the itinerary show the group reaaallllly stretching out with 3, 4 and sometimes even 5 (!) shows each month from now through September.

Maybe there will be a new album by then, however, to make all that standing in line for tickets tolerable. The above artwork was just leaked by the band…

05-20-21 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Heineken Music Hall
05-23-24 Paris, France – Le Zénith
05-26-28 London, England – Roundhouse
06-01 Lyon, France – Les Nuits Des Fourvieres
06-03 Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound Festival
06-17 Reyjkavik, Iceland – Secret Solstice
07-02 St. Gallen, Switzerland – Openair St. Gallen
07-08 Lisbon, Portugal – Nos Alive Festival
07-26-27 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
07-29-31 Montreal, Québec – Osheaga Music and Arts Festival
08-04 Los Angeles, LA – Shrine Auditorium
08-08 Los Angeles, LA – Shrine Auditorium
08-20 Osaka, Japan – Summersonic Festival
08-21 Tokyo, Japan – Summersonic Festival
09-11 Berlin, Germany – Lollapalooza
10-03-04 Mexico City, Mexico – Palacio de los Deportes

Miracle Legion Reunite; Reissues, Tour in the Works


Plans include to see the entire catalog newly available on digital.

By Fred Mills

Miracle Legion: that name strikes a particular chord among a subset of indie music aficionados, both of the ‘80s college rock stripe the ‘90s alternative era. A few years ago BLURT paid tribute to the band, in fact, along with frontman and cofounder Mark Mulcahy. But the band split up in ’96 in the face of a frustrating affair with their record label, with Mulcahy moving on to acclaim as a solo artist and with Polaris (of Pete and Pete TV show fame). Meanwhile, his guitar-slinging foil and cofounder Mr. Ray (Ray Neal) also went solo but eventually seemed to dip off the radar.

Against all odds, the band is getting back together to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the M.L. swansong, 1996’s Portrait of a Damaged Family. They plan to reissue the album on vinyl on April 16 for Record Store Day and then will tour the U.S. and the U.K. in July and Auigust. In addition to Mulcahy and Neal, bassist Dave McCaffrey and drummer Scott Boutier will be on hand to help resurrect the group’s classic part-jangly/part-revved-up sound. Below, list to a live acoustic version of the track “Homer” from the Portrait album.

They also plan to reissue the entire back catalog digitally as well via Mulcahy’s label Mezzotint.

 “Getting back with Miracle Legion was something I never thought about,” Mulcahy said, in a statement. “We always lived by ‘never say never,’ and so this is some perversion of that shitty motto. Even when we were together, there were many, many times I hated it so much I couldn’t think it would last another day.

“We finally drove ourselves off a cliff, and I thought that was it. However, you didn’t see us die, and now we have crawled back up the mountain towards insanity once again. Damaged but operating. I give us a 50/50 chance. Thank you all for watching.”

“I’ve always had a feeling of unfinished business,” Neal added. “The wrong business won the first time around. There is still more to do. I’m excited for Portrait to have a proper release. I don’t think many people knew it came out the first time. I’m not sure I did! Unfortunately we never toured or did anything with it. We were all lost.”

Lost, but found once again, Mr. Ray. Speaking as a veteran of numerous M.L. shows back in the day (I have the bootleg tapes to prove it), I cannot wait.


Portrait Tracklisting:

Side A:

You’re My Blessing



Say I Had a Lovely Time

I Wish I Was Danny Kaye

The Depot

Side B:

Madison Park

Accidentally on Purpose


Good for Her


Gone to Bed at 21


Tour Dates

July (US)

7.13 – Columbus Theatre, Providence RI

7.14 – The Linda, Albany NY

7.15 – Bell House, Brooklyn NY

7.16 – The Ballroom at The Outer Space, Hamden CT

7.17 – The Sinclair, Boston MA

7.21 – Iron Horse, Northampton MA

7.22 – Lincoln Hall, Chicago IL

7.23 – Codfish Hollow, Maquoketa, IA

August (UK)

8.16 – The Hope and Ruin, Brighton

8.17 – Òran Mór, Glasgow

8.18 – The Deaf Institute, Manchester

8.19 – Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons, Wales

8.20 – Oslo, London


Flight Of the Conchords Reunite for Huge Tour


Getting the old band back together….

By Barbi Martinez

New Zealand’s Flight Of the Conchords, known to their parents as Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie, are not only set to be playing the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island on July 22, as previously announced, they are now planning the smartly-named “Flight of the Conchords sing Flight of the Conchords Tour.” It will include North America, fans.

Noted McKenzie, “I’m thrilled to get back on the road with over half the original band.”

It’s been nearly seven years since the band split, following 2009’s I Told You I Was Freaky, although they did release a single charity in 2012 and toured Down Under.  The new tour teams the duo with nonprofit poverty fighers Global Citizen.

Tour Dates:

06-11 Cleveland, OH – State Theatre
06-12 Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center for Performing Arts
06-13 Washington, DC – Wolf Trap Filene Center
06-14 Columbus, OH – Palace Theatre
06-16 Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre
06-17 Minneapolis, MN – Orpheum
06-18 Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theatre
06-19 Chicago, IL – Pritzker Pavilion
06-22 Redmond, WA – Marymoor Park
06-23 Vancouver, British Columbia – Orpheum
06-24 Portland, OR – Keller Auditorium
06-27 San Francisco, CA – The Masonic
07-01 Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl
07-02 San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
07-03 Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
07-05 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
07-07 Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre
07-09 Austin, TX – Bass Hall
07-11 New Orleans, LA – Saenger Theatre
07-12 Atlanta, GA – Chastain Park Amphitheatre
07-14 Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater
07-16 Boca Raton, FL – Mizner Park Amphitheatre
07-17 St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre
07-18 Cary, NC – Koka Booth Amphitheatre
07-22 Newport, RI – Newport Folk Festival 2016
07-23 Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
07-24 New York, NY – Central Park Summerstage
07-27 Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre


Howe Gelb Announces Impending Breakup of Giant Sand


By Uncle Blurt

Giant Sand, we love you and have loved you ever since your early Giant Sandworms days. And we will miss you terribly. Yesterday GS mainman Howe Gelb announced he was putting the beast to rest after three brilliant decades of fronting Arizona’s most eclectic, unpredictable and engaging band – and they may be one of America’s most enduring and beloved outfits, in fact.

Below, read his farewell announcement.

There will be a final European tour along with a 3LP box, The Sun Set (listen to a sample of it, below), and then finis. Go HERE and HERE to read some of our notable GS coverage of the past.


30 years of giant sand

way back when it seemed like a long spans. but no. just a blink of the eye.

the flutter of the lid seems like it’s in a slow-motion wow, but any motion is in fast-forward compared to still life.

albums live on a shelf like a still life collection collecting decades and dust.
what do we have here, collectively speaking ? musings set to motion. here in rewind and some in fast forward.

we know there’s no comfortable category to place it all. perhaps because there is no categorical comfort.

the forefathers of this output have been set in rock: david bowie, john lennon, jimi hendrix, bob dylan and neil young.

the forefathers set in ivory are probably responsible for what’s coming next.
but as far as rock erosion is concerned, with this collection of mega dust, this giant sand, it’s high time to call it a day.

30 years seems an adequate number to aptly utter “I kinda quit”. there’s plenty enough here. more than imaginable.

i’m very eager to see what the next blink will bring. piano for now. songs forever.
so here’s to the next 30 years of plunk rock. a circle of fifths in black and white blur. getting on a plane with no guitar bag slung. maybe a hat. .. bolo tie too.

thank you so very much for your participation in all of this. I will never thank you enough because I can’t.

we are a fabric. a stitch in time. sonic threads woven by our space age muses.

Tour Dates:

04-06 Ljubljana, Slovenia – Kino Siska ^
04-07 St.Pölten, Austria – Cinema Paradiso ^
04-08 Geislingen, Germany – Rätschenmühle ^
04-09 Brussels, Belgium – Le Botanique *
04-10 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso-Noord Tolhuistuin *
04-11 London, England – Village Underground *
04-12 Gateshead, England – Sage Gateshead *
04-13 Dublin, Ireland – Whelanslive *
04-14 Cork, Ireland – Cyprus Avenue *
04-15 Galway, Ireland – Roisin Dubh *
04-17 Brighton, England – All Saints Hove *
04-18 Bristol, England – The Lantern / Colston Hall *
04-19 Paris, France – Le Trabendo *

^ Brian Lopez and Gabriel Sullivan
* with Jason Lytle