Monthly Archives: March 2015

St. Etienne’s Sarah Cracknell Announces Album, Tour

Sarah C

First solo release in 12 years…

St. Etienne’s Sarah Cracknell is releasing a brand new solo album – her first since Lipslide in 1997 – this June. Full details are said to be forthcoming from the group, which notes, “All we can say right now is that Sarah has made something very special indeed.”

Well, alright then! To co-inside with the release she plans to set out on the road to play 5 “intimate shows” (venues of 250-350 capacity) around the UK. Tickets for London, Manchester and Leeds can be bought here, Glasgow here and Brighton here . Below, check out one of the finer tracks from that ’97 album.

Here’s That Awesome Prefab Messiahs Video


Which one of those guys in the picture above is the REAL weirdo, hmm?

By Uncle Blurt

Hands down our fave video around the Blurt hobbit hutch of late is “Weirdoz Everywhere” by Boston psychedelicists the Prefab Messiahs. It’s got a kick akin to 50 microdots of caffeine, and it’s non-fattening to boot. In our recent review of the band’s new Keep Your Stupid Dreams Alive we enthused over the band thusly:

“It’s every bit as unintentionally brilliant as [their previous album]. A bit of fuzz here, a dollop of jangle there, a smidgen of ’60s damage over there, and no shortage of hemp stains all across the board—that’s the Prefab Messiahs.”

Okay, here’s the new Prefab Four to rearrange your mind.

Incidentally, the album’s available on sweet 10″ vinyl from the Burger label and on 10″ and CD on the KLYAM label.

Track Premiere: Two Thirds Goat

2 3 Goat

Choice tuneage from just-released album.

By Blurt Staff

With their new Let It Rise album out on March 3, Kentucky-Jersey band Two Thirds Goat – that’s 2/3 Goat for all you numerically-inclined folks – are prepping to take their patented “melding of alt-country, bluesy bluegrass and classic rock” out on the road and to the masses. So in an exclusive for Blurt readers the five-piece has offered an unveiling of new track “Heading Down the Road.” Check it out:

Co-founder and co-lead vocalist Ryan Dunn comments, saying, “’Heading Down the Road’ is a song we wrote about never settling or looking in the rearview mirror at life. People spend so much time worrying about what happened in there past and letting it effect there future. ‘Heading Down the Road’ is a rocking reminder that it’s never to late to pick up the pieces and head towards your dreams.”

Dunn, born and raised in New Jersey, is joined at the mic by singer/multiinstrumentalist Annalyse McCoy (yes, one of those infamous McCoys of Eastern Kentucky… please, no comments from the Hatfields in the peanut gallery… and the band has already made waves with 2011’s Stream of Conscience. They teamed up with producers Charles Martinez (Keith Richards, Willie Nelson) and Scott Sharrad (Gregg Allman) to cut the Let It Rise album. Currently available digitally, the plans are to release a couple of songs every two months then put the entire album out in physical form at the end of the year.

Tour dates tba – keep track of the band at Facebook.

Brian Wilson to Tour With Rodriguez; Wilson Biopic Due


Here’s one vote for a medley of “Sugar Man” and “Surf’s Up”…

By Blurt Staff

For some, it might be a dream double bill: this summer erstwhile Beach Boys mainman Brian Wilson will be touring the U.S., bringing along opening act Rodriguez (of Searching for Sugarman fame). Wilson’s supporting a new solo album, No Pier Pressure, and will be joined by former Beach Boy Al Jardine and late ’70s touring member Blondie Chaplin. The album hits April 7 via Capitol – here’s a trailer and video (“The Right Time”). Tour dates listed at the bottom.

Meanwhile, in June a Wilson biopic hits theaters, Love and Mercy, directed by Bill Pohlad and starring John Cusack, Paul Dano (as Wilson), Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti.  Here’s the trailer:

Tour Dates:

18 Saratoga, CA The Mountain Winery
19 San Diego, CA Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay
20 Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theatre
23 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
24 Dallas, TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
26 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre
27 Nashville, TN Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater
29 Philadelphia, PA The Mann Center for the Performing Arts
30 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

1 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
2 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
4 Toronto, ON Sony Center (Brian Wilson and band only / Rodriguez will not appear)
5 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre
6 Chicago, IL Ravinia Festival
8 Denver, CO 1STBANK Center
10 Las Vegas, NV Chelsea Theater at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
12 Seattle, WA Benaroya Hall – S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium

Listen to Mike Rimbaud’s Clash Cover

Mike Rimbaud

Joe S would be proud!

By Uncle Blurt

Best cover song I’ve heard this new year? Thanks for askin’! That would be by NYC-based rocker Mike Rimbaud, the poetically named and politically charged roots/rock/punk/powerpop cat with a just-released album Put That In Your Pipe and Smoke It. The track, well, you might’ve heard it at some point in your music-consuming life, a little ditty called “Rock the Casbah.

By order of the Prophet – in 2015, now more than ever – you can hear it streaming over at his ReverbNation page….

Track Premiere: Drivin’ N Cryin’ Preps Vinyl Reissue


Band will also be jamming at our annual Austin party during SXSW. Tour dates listed below.

By Blurt Staff

Due on May 12 via the esteemed Plowboy label is Best Of Songs from Blurt heroes Drivin’ N Cryin’, a ten-song vinyl-only LP that collects the band’s favorite tracks from their 2012-2014 EP series, Songs From the Laundromat; Songs About Cars, Space and the Ramones; Songs From the Psychedelic Time Clock; and Songs for the Turntable. So as the saying goes, we are positively stoked to be able to showcase a track from the forthcoming set exclusively for Blurt readers. It’s the riffily infections “Hot Wheels” so check it out:

“We do what we do because we’re still just kids in the treehouse having fun,” frontman and founder Kevn Kinney says of the band that he’s led for 30 years. “I’m a Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ fan, and I make these records to give myself something to listen to, in the same way that people who make moonshine make it because they like to drink it.”

We’ll drink to that, Kevn. And looking forward to seeing y’all in Austin again this year during SXSW—DNC will be performing on Friday, March 20, at the Blurt/Dogfish Head party, taking the stage at 7pm before heading over to Javelina’s for a 10:50 set at the Atomic Music Group Party. Then they do it all over again the next day, Saturday March 21, first at the Yard Dog party (5:45pm) then at The Saxon for the Plowboy Recs party (11:30pm).

Meanwhile, Kinney himself will be doing a string of solo sets earlier in the week—the full SXSW itinerary, along with the band’s complete list of tour dates, is below.

Of the Best of Songs LP, the impetus to compile highlights from the EPs into album form arrived when Plowboy’s Cheetah Chrome, an old pal, approached Kinney about recording for the label. “Cheetah asked me if I wanted to make a Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ album,” Kinney recalls, “and I said that I didn’t think I had it in me to make another album at that moment.  But I’d always wanted to make a greatest-hits album from the EPs. I had originally hoped that people would make their own albums out of their favorite songs on the EPs, and this is my version of that.”



Thurs., March 12   Chattanooga, TN   Rhythm & Brews

Fri., March 13   Greenville, SC   Gottrocks

Wed., March 18  (Kevn Kinney) Austin, TX (SXSW)  Conqueroo Kickoff Party @ The Dogwood

Thurs., March 19 (Kevn Kinney) Austin, TX (SXSW)  Freebirds @ St. Vincent de Paul’s

Thurs., March 19 (Kevn Kinney) Austin, TX (SXSW)  Atomic Music Group Party @ Holy Mountain

Fri., March 20  (Kevn Kinney) Austin, TX (SXSW) Atomic Music Group Party @ C-Boys Heart & Soul

Fri., March 20   Austin, TX (SXSW)  Blurt Magazine/Dogfish Head Brewing Co. Part @ The Ginger Man

Fri., March 20   Austin, TX (SXSW)  Atomic Music Group Party @ Javelina’s

Sat., March 21   Austin, TX (SXSW)  Yard Dog Art Party @ Yard Dog

Sat., March 21   Austin, TX (SXSW)  Plowboy Records Party @ The Saxon

Wed., March 25   Franklin, TN  Music City Roots

Thurs., March 26   Birmingham, AL   Zydeco

Fri., March 27   Memphis, TN   1884 Lounge @ Minglewood Hall

Sat., March 28   Meridian, MS   59Twenty Music Festival

Tues., April 21   Sheffield, UK   Greystones

Wed., April 22   London, UK   Boston Music Room

Thurs., April 23   Newcastle, UK   The Cluny

Sat., April 25   Hengelo, Netherlands   Heartland Festival @ Metropool Poppodium

Sun., April 26   The Hague, NL   Life I Live Music Festival

Mon., April 27   Bergen Op Zoom, NL   Gebouw-T

Tues., April 28  Amsterdam, NL   Instore TBD

Wed., April 29   Tilburg, NL  Paradox

Thurs., April 30   Nijmegen, NL  Merleyn

Fri., May 1   Hoorn, NL   Peticantus

Sat., May 2   Gronigen, NL   R&B Night

Wed., May 6   PonteVedra, FL   Live at the Lot @ Players Gold Championship

Thurs., May 7   Orlando, FL   The Abbey

Fri., May 8   Savannah, GA   Coach’s Corner

Fri., May 9   Isle Of Palms, SC   Windjammer

Sat., May 10   MyrtleBeach, SC   The Boathouse

Sat., June 13   Atlanta, GA   Oakland Cemetery Benefit Concert

Sat., July 4   Tuckasegee, NC   Bear Lake Reserve

Blurt & Dogfish Head Announce Bands Playing Party In Austin

Ginger Man

We plan to do it up right again at the Ginger Man Pub, natch. Waco Brothers, Everymen, Rev. Peyton, Drivin’ N Cryin’, Chuck Prophet and loads more slated to perform.

By Blurt Staff

Once again we are headed to Austin for our annual March getaway—it occurs, coincidentally, during the annual SXSW bacchanal that music fans flock to every year. This year it’s March 18-21, as you have probably heard, and for most of those days we plan to celebrate with our annual Music Of Industry day and night parties and will be hunkered down on the legendary outdoor patio of the Ginger Man pub, located at 301 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701.

We’ll have the full feature and details soon, but meanwhile here’s the schedule of acts that’ll be rockin’ with us, so check it out.

 Dogfish Head logo

17th Annual Industry of Music Showcase / Austin 2015 – March 18-21

Proudly presented by; Dogfish Head and Blurt Magazine.


~Wednesday, March 18th
1pm – Bobby Bare Jr.
2pm – Whiskey Shivers
3pm – Banditos
4pm – Lee Bains III & Glory Fires
5pm – Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers

6pm – The Everymen


~Thursday, March 19th (Jon Langford from The Mekons and Waco Bros will host the day’s event!)

1pm – Walter Salas-Humara (of The Silos)

2pm – American Aquarium
3pm – Churchwood
4pm – Jon Langford & The Far Forlorn
5pm – Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds
6pm – Waco Brothers
7pm – Jane Lee Hooker
8pm – The Bluebonnets

9pm – Ice Cold Singles
10pm – Yoko Darling


~Friday, March 20th

1pm – Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
2pm – Lily Meola & Insects vs Robots
3pm – Waylon Speed
4pm – New Madrid
5pm – Mandolin Orange
6pm – LITE
7pm – Drivin’ N Cryin’
8pm – Girls Guns and Glory
9pm – The Sidewinders
10pm – Enemy Planes
11pm –So Long, Problems

~Saturday, March 21st

1pm – Low Cut Connie
2pm – Della Mae
3pm – Stone Foxes
4pm – Mastersons
5pm – Black Linen
6pm – Chuck Prophet
7pm – City of the Sun

8pm – Special Guest
9pm – The Boxers
10pm – Teen Men
11pm – Great Peacock

Here’s That Replacements Memo + LP Box Details + Tour Dates


‘mats. Just ‘mats, miss.

By Uncle Blurt

It’s the 2015 press release heard ‘round the world: the corrected/amended/otherwise tinkered-with announcement from earlier today about the Replacements’ back catalog reissued as an 8-LP boxed set, due April 14 (the same week as Record Store Day, ironically—or tellingly—enough; these guys ain’t dummies, no matter their haphazard rep). See above, and then see below… your vinyl-inclined uncle here is all beside himself even if does already own all that swag. How about an LP of rarities guys, hmmm?


Album Listing
Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash (1981)
Stink (1982)
Hootenanny (1983)
Let It Be (1984)
Tim (1985)
Pleased to Meet Me (1987)
Don’t Tell a Soul (1989)
All Shook Down (1990)

“Back By Unpopular Demand” Tour Dates

9     Seattle, WA
10     Portland, OR
13     San Francisco, CA
15     Los Angeles, CA
16     Los Angeles, CA
19     Denver, CO
29     Chicago, IL
30     Chicago, IL
Paramount Theatre – SOLD OUT
Crystal Ballroom – SOLD OUT
The Masonic – SOLD OUT
Hollywood Palladium
Hollywood Palladium – SOLD OUT
The Fillmore
The Riviera Theatre – SOLD OUT
The Riviera Theatre – SOLD OUT
2     Milwaukee, WI
3    Detroit, MI
5    Pittsburgh, PA
6    Columbus, OH
8     Washington, DC
9     Philadelphia, PA
28     Barcelona, Spain
30     Amsterdam, Netherlands
Eagles Ballroom- SOLD OUT
The Fillmore- SOLD OUT
LC Pavilion – SOLD OUT
Echostage – SOLD OUT
Festival Pier
Primavera Sound Festival
2    London, UK
3     London, UK
5    Porto, Portugal
Roundhouse- SOLD OUT
Primavera Sound Festival


Video Premiere: Nick Lutsko


Dude got hisself all shaken up somewhere along the line, in between scarfing 20 bucks worth of hot dogs!

By Blurt Staff

Chattanooga-based songwriter Nick Lutsko comes off of his decidedly folk debut album with a new record that is decidedly not. He’s embarked upon a notable shift in sonic style on his upcoming Etc. (due March 17) that thoroughly belies his initial singer/songwriter reputation. In fact, he’s managed to capture a sound that qualifies him as one of the few musicians on Facebook listing their genre as “Folk/Funk/Blues.”

So we shall offer the latest single from the upcoming Etc. album, “All Shook Up,” which is a sendup of the proverbial sex/drugs/rock ‘n’ roll scene that accompanies live music. Check it out:

“There’s a quote from Gustave Flaubert that I saw in Zappa’s autobiography,” Lutsko explains. “It reads, ‘Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.’

“I come across a lot of folks that use the music as a means to get the sex and drugs. A lot of guys who are trying to complete their rock n’ roll checklist and lose sight of the music. Some people lose themselves entirely.”

Of course, Lutsko points out that his video for the song isn’t quite so serious.

“We tried to think of something simple that we could shoot in one take,” he explains. “My mind went straight to hotdogs. We bought as many hotdogs as $20 could buy, which happened to be about 200 hot dogs.” Lutsko’s father, girlfriend, and friends joined in on throwing the hot dogs at him as he attempted to perform the song.

“It was a genuinely irritating five minutes,” Lutsko says.


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Photo credit: Harris Oates