Monthly Archives: March 2018

Exclusive: Watch Blurt’s SXSW 2018 Fragile Rock Video Interview

Guarantee: no Muppets were harmed during the filming of this interview.

By Robin E. Cook

Jim Henson, in his wildest fever dreams, could never have imagined the intra-band dramas of Austin’s Fragile Rock Band. Then again, he wasn’t around to witness the rise of emo. For their SXSW show, the band wore their hearts on their felt sleeves while singing songs about Ms. Pac-Man and frontman Milo S.’s new crush, the actress Fairuza Balk. Milo was conspicuously absent for the interview the afternoon before the show, but the rest of the band proved quite lively.

An Open Letter to Josh Homme

Requesting the rocker (pictured above, in the rear) to finally step up and do the right thing regarding Eagles of Death Metal bandmate Jesse Hughes’ cruelty this week towards the Parkland massacre survivors.

By Fred Mills

Dear Josh Homme, of Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures, and in particular Eagles of Death Metal:

Your silence thus far (as of this writing, at 7:25PM, 3/28/18) regarding your Eagles of Death Metal bandmate Jesse Hughes’ recent, reprehensible stroke of cruelty inflicted upon the survivors of the Parkland massacre – literally, younger, smaller, weaker humans than Hughes – has been deafening. As a fan and supporter of yours going way back to dusty desert rock days (I was living in Arizona and circulating around the Southwest during the same time you were getting your own career off the ground in the region), I can understand the urge to steer clear of socially- and politically-charged areas, as it’s the music that is both our focus.

But sometimes you have to step up (I started to say “man up,” but I’ve decided that’s no longer an appropriate epithet; Parkland survivor Emma González is braver and has a bigger heart than I’ll ever be able to lay claim to) and do the right thing. Loyalty to a band member is understandable, but common human decency and a willingness to call out affronts to that decency has to trump mere “loyalty.” (It was heartening to see your friend Mark Lanegan stepping up to condemn Hughes earlier today. Perhaps he’ll inspire you to do likewise? I noticed that both Piers Morgan and Danko Jones weighed in recently as well. And my journalistic peers at Britain’s NME had a few choice words about Jesse.)

With that noted, a friend of mine and I are offering this open letter to you in the spirit of combating the aforementioned cruelty. We propose that you publicly issue the statement, below, regarding Hughes’ recent actions, or at very least, a statement containing similar sentiments. I think it speaks for itself.

I hope your fellow band members in the Eagles of Death Metal, in Queens of the Stone Age, and in Them Crooked Vultures, along with your management, booking, and promotional teams (Silva Artist Management, the Richard De La Font Agency, Inc., Nasty Little Man, WME Entertainment, The MGMT Company, etc…. probably several I’ve missed here), will applaud your response as regards Hughes. Put in less emotional and more prosaic, commercial terms: the longer you or any of your business partners are associated with Hughes, the more it will hurt everyone’s brand. And that’s something that, judging by the thousands of comments I’ve read on social media this week, isn’t to be taken lightly. If you’re uncertain about that, or think I’m bluffing/exaggerating, I suggest you go check out the thousand-plus comments that have been logged at the most recent posting at the Eagles of Death Metal Facebook page (the one dated March 24, from your recent concert in Tempe, Arizona). That’s more than a thousand comments at one single FB post. Check out some of the comments at your QOTSA page while you’re online, as well.

Below is a draft statement for you to issue through the appropriate channels. I sincerely hope you will consider issuing such a statement.

All regards,

Fred Mills/ human/ editor, Blurt Magazine


From Josh Homme, Eagles of Death Metal, Queens of the Stone Age, & Those Crooked Vultures:

As you know, I have defended my former bandmate in the past and even called him my friend. But his statements this week involving the Parkland kids and their supporters has crossed a line and our friendship will not continue nor will our musical collaboration.

As a human, I am torn and still will support any effort to see that Jesse gets the mental and physical care he needs to re-enter society. With that noted, I will only do so by having no direct contact with him.

As a show of good faith, I will donate 10% of all my future shares in any of my upcoming musical projects to fight the sale of assault rifles, to promote the imposition of gun sale background checks, and to declare the National Rifle Association an illegal terrorist organization.

And I would like to personally extend an apology to the Parkland survivors for the emotional pain they have experienced at the hands of Jesse Hughes.

Thank you,

Josh Homme

Triangle Psych Fest Set for June in Raleigh

23 bands across three days, June 7-9.

By Blurt Staff

Organizers are touting it as a gathering of “bold, mind-bending and manic” music for three “unhinged, unforgettable nights”: Raleigh, NC, Thursday, June 7 at Kings, Friday, June 8 at the Wicked Witch and Saturday, June 9 at the Pour House. That would be the Triangle Psych Fest, and it’s shaping up to be one of the most eclectic music fests all year.

As co-organized by Daniel Chavis, of Carolina psych/shoegaze legends The Veldt, the event will feature his band, the Floating Children, Dead Leaf Echo, Timothy Eerie, Giant Red Panda, Heaven, Dex Romweber and plenty more. Both veterans and newcomers will be showcased over the course of the three days. (Full schedule below.) Chavis, commenting on the music scene, noted, “For a long time there’s been a steady stream of left field pop and rock pioneers in North Carolina who haven’t been recognized and celebrated as a closely knit community and a vital part of our state’s musical legacy. People easily associate Athens with ‘jangle pop’ or Germany with ‘krautrock’ or San Francisco with ‘Summer of Love rock.’ We’re shining a long overdue spotlight on North Carolina’s ‘psych rock’ scene.”

Explained co-organizer Mike Allen, the event aims to “build cross-generational collaborations and reinforce the comradery between purveyors and fans of experimentation and discovery.” And fellow co-organizer Pierce Clawson added, succinctly, “We’re the festival that’ll free, blow and expand your mind — and do it year after year.”

Ticketing details are below as well.

Pre-Psych Party, Kings, 6/7

Doors 6:00 / Show 7:00 p.m.

Curtains 1:00 a.m.


Midnight – Politburo

11pm – Your 33 Black Angels

10pm – Night Battles

9pm – Micah Gaugh

8pm – Charlie Horse

7pm – Stray Owls


Wicked Witch, 6/8

Doors 8:00 p.m. / Show 9:00 p.m.

Curtains 2:00 a.m.


1:00am – Timothy Eerie

Midnight – Giant Red Panda

11:15pm – Lazaris Pit

10:30pm – Tide Eyes

9:45pm – Laser Witch Queens

9pm – Andie L

DJ Pangean


The Pour House, 6/9

Doors 1:00 p.m. / Show 2:00 p.m.

Curtains 1:15 a.m.


Midnight – The Veldt

11pm – Dead Leaf Echo

10pm – Heaven

9pm – Lacy Jags

8pm – Eyeball

7pm – Pretty Odd

6pm – Floating Children

5pm – Morning Bells

4pm – Dex Romweber

3 pm – The Quarter Roys

2 pm – Double Quarter Panda




Two-day passes

Special Pre-Party at Kings

Night One – Wicked Witch

Night Two – The Pour House




Eagles of Death Metal’s Jesse Hughes Can Go Fuck Himself

Perhaps it’s also time for Josh Homme (above, in the rear) to walk away from the douchebag.

By Fred Mills

You’ve already heard the news: Yesterday Jesse Hughes from Eagles of Death Metal decided for some reason to go off on the March For Our Lives kids via five scathing, sarcastic, and overtly cruel Instagram posts. (His Instagram handle is @fatherbadass.) No explanation was given, and unlike another incident that occurred over the weekend (in which Run the Jewels’ Killer Mike also appeared to take the marchers to task via a video that NRA TV put into the spin cycle, necessitating a clarification and an apology from Mike), it doesn’t appear very likely that anyone will be particularly “understanding” of Hughes if and when he does offer an explanation.

Put another way: Go fuck yourself, Jesse Hughes. I don’t care if you were drunk, high, off your depression meds, or pulling some kind of perverse publicity stunt or performance art piece. You’re an asshole, and I take back any sympathetic or empathetic comments I might have made about you and your band in 2015 following the Bataclan tragedy in Paris.

Do I have a problem with someone who deliberately picks on and acts cruelly towards someone who’s smaller, younger, and weaker? Particularly without prior provocation? You’re goddamn right, I do.

Over at The Guardian there’s a pretty good breakdown of the social media posts and a timeline of Hughes’ actions. To summarize, though: Hughes posted images along with commentary, including a “joke” equating turning in guns to stop violence to chopping off penises to stop rape; an already-discredited hoax-Photoshopped image of Parkland survivor Emma Gonzalez ripping up a copy of the US Constitution; a taunt that “our guns aren’t going anywhere”; a pro-Second Amendment patch; and a ceramic eagle. Three of the offending posts have already been deleted, but not before plenty of Instagrammers grabbed screenshots. The Guardian was able to preserve the images and text for posterity as well.

Among Hughes’ choicest comments was one in which he chastised the Parkland kids for  “exploiting the death of 16 of our fellow students for a few Facebook likes and some media attention”, along with “Long Live Rock’n’Roll….. and may everyone of these disgusting vile abusers of the dead live as long as possible so they can have the maximum amount of time to endure their shame….and be Cursed….”

Hughes also, bizarrely, played the victim card — for himself, referring to the Bataclan massacre: “As the survivor of a mass shooting I can tell you from first-hand experience that all of you protesting and taking days off from school insult the memory of those who were killed and abuse and insult me and every other lover of liberty by your every action.”

It takes a major douchebag to try to pull off a cruel crack like that. But then, Hughes is no stranger to douchery, having mocked France’s stringent gun control regulations after the Bataclan tragedy shortly after it happened, and then a few months later claimed that the Bataclan security team was complicit.

Hughes eventually apologized for the latter comments. But in light of his latest rant, that apology now seems pretty insincere, the sound of someone who was told by management he needed to do some damage control, and fast. I don’t think he’ll be able to apologize his way out of this one.

Appropriately enough, at the most recent post to the Eagles of Death Metal Facebook page, dated March 24 about the band’s recent show in Tempe, Arizona, the comments section, as of this writing, had hit 257 individual comments and 38 shares, nearly all of them negative. “Kiss your careers goodbye, schmucks” is one of the top comments, and I’ll just close here by saying, “Amen.”

After Josh Homme comes out of his daze and realizes it’s time to walk away from this clown, maybe Hughes can form a band with Ted Nugent and Kid Rock. They could call themselves The Douches of Death Metal, or Eagles of Douche Metal, or even, I dunno, The Amboy Douches…

Here’s some contact info that perhaps we can all put to good use:

Official site:
Twitter: @EODMofficial | @jesseEODM
Instagram: @EODMofficial | @fatherbadass
General Manager
Marc Pollack & Brian Tomasini | The MGMT Company:
Booking agent
U.S.: WME/Robby Fraser: | INTERNATIONAL: X-Ray Touring/Steve Strange:

Killer Mike Apologizes for NRA Flap; El-P Issues Statements

By Barbi Martinez

We’re huge fans of Run the Jewels here at Blurt, so it was troubling, to say the least, when the NRA posted an interview video Saturday – coinciding with the March For Our Lives rally in Washington and at smaller rallies across the US – that made it appear as if Mike was taking the marchers to task. You can watch the clip below.

As it turns out, though, the NRA was putting their own spin job on the interview with Mike, subtly removing the specific context within which he was framing his remarks – he was talking about gunowners and gunowners’ rights in the African-American community and some of the realities of living in that community. Inevitably, a significant backlash ensued, so on Sunday he issued a clarification and an apology.

Explained Mike in a pair of  social media videos, “I did an interview about black gun ownership in this era. That interview was used a week later by NRA TV to disparage a very noble campaign which I actually support.” And to the marchers, he noted, “I wanna say first, I’m sorry guys. I’m sorry that an interview I did about a minority — black people in this country — and gun rights was used as a weapon against you guys. That was unfair to you and it was wrong… “Keep organizing. Lead the way. I do support the march, and I support black people owning guns. It’s possible to do both.”

Not long afterwards, his partner in Run The Jewels, El-P, also issued a statement via Twitter, stating that while the pair often have differences (“he stumbles and he makes bad decisions sometimes,” he said, of Mike), he “can not and will not ever turn my back on this man. He wouldn’t turn his on me.” El-P then expressed intense praise for the March For Our Lives marchers and the Parkland survivors, saying he was “incredibly inspired and blown away by the bravery and emotion of an entire generation of young people standing up and trying to change the world.” You can read the twofold statement at the above link. (More coverage here.)

Arcade Fire Takes Album of the Year at Junos, Performs Live

By Barbi Martinez

Arcade Fire was up for four Everything Now-related Juno awards this year: Album of the Year, Alternative Album of the Year, Group of the Year, and Single of the Year (for “Everything Now”). They took home the Album of the Year trophy and also performed at the ceremony. Below, watch a clip of that performance.

Some of the others also getting awards: Michael Bublé, Diana Krall, Shawn Mendes (Fan Choice and Single of the Year), late Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie (Artist of the Year),  and Jessie Reyez (Breakthrough Artist).

Belle & Sebastian for Summer North American Tour

By Barbi Martinez

This is no BS – Belle & Sebastian arrive in America on June 5 for a monthlong North Amerian tour that will include 17 shows in the US, Canada, and Mexico, ultimately finishing off in Portland, OR, on June 30. It follows a May tour of Australia plus the Primavera Sound Festival in Spain and is in support of the new How To Solve Our Human Problems set of 3 EPs. Below, check out the tour itinerary as well as brand new video for Problems track “Poor Boy.”

June 5 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre
June 6 – New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall
June 8 – Queens, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium
June 9 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem
June 10 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
June 11 – New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theatre
June 14 – Mexico City, Mexico @ Venue TBA
June 16 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater
June 17 – Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory
June 19 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
June 20 – Sundance, UT @ Sundance Amphitheater
June 22 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
June 23 – Pasadena, CA @ Arroyo Seco Weekend
June 25 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
June 28 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
June 29 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
June 30 – Portland, OR @ Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre



Watch Trippy Trailer for New Oneohtrix Point Never Show

By Barbi Martinez

Daniel Lopatin, aka Oneohtrix Point Never, is plotting a unique show for the Red Bull Music Festival in NYC on May 22 and 24. He calls it MYRIAD and describes it as “a medium-spanning installation and four-part epochal song cycle.” Whatever that means. Below you can watch a trailer for the live show, which will feature a live band, special guests, and more. No word yet whether it will feature all-new music or include earlier material, such as Garden of Delete (his 2015 album for Warp) or his soundtrack for the film Good Time.

Full details are here.

Devo Unmasks Its Brand Via Official Book(s)

By Barbi Martinez

iconic, er, iconoclasts DEVO are publishing a book to chronicle their 4-decade-long career. Make that BOOKS – there’s to be Unmasked, chock-full of rare photos and bandmember accounts, plus The Brand, a more straightforward rendering of the group’s history. Taken together, the two volumes, which founding members Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale are overseeing, are intended to paint a complete portrait of the group over the years via member commentary, press coverage, discussions about the records and tours, and of course visuals that will include classic and unpublished videos and artwork. You’ll be able to snag the set as a regular book, aka the “Classic Edition” 320-page book (cost: $65); and the limited-to-500-copies (and expensive, at $330) “Signature Edition” featuring deluxe clamshell packaging autographed by the band.


Shaky Knees Fest 2018 Daily & Late Show Lineups

Jack White, The National, and THE DISTILLERS, oh my!

By Jeff Clegg

Also, in case you missed it, Atlanta’s sixth annual Shaky Knees Music Festival takes place May 4-6 with headliners Jack White, Queens of the Stone Age, and The National. Other notable acts of this year’s lineup include David Byrne of the Talking Heads, Courtney Barnett, Cake, The War on Drugs, Manchester Orchestra, and the first The Distillers performance in 12 years, among many others. Due to Atlanta’s plan to renovate and expand Centennial Olympic Park, this year’s festival will move back to Atlanta’s Central Park, where Shaky Knees called home in 2015. Information on hotels close to the event can be found on the Shaky Knees website.

Check out the full 2018 lineup below and be sure to grab your tickets! And the late-night shows for Shaky Knees 2018 have just been announced as well, which notably includes sets by artists not on the main festival bill such as The Whigs and The Melvins, as well as additional sets by The War on Drugs, Circa Survive, The Distillers, Fleet Foxes, and Japandroids. Tickets for the festival can be purchased here and tickets for the late-night shows can be purchased here.

Check out the full list and schedule below: