Brooklyn's Falcon released their debut album, Disappeared, on May 17th, and you can preview a free track of "Say Goodbye" at bandcamp.com (or you can also check out the Star Wars video on youtube). As you can hear, it's a pretty rock-out-loud song.
I should also mention the name 'falcon' might be kind of hard for people to find them. Just so we're clear, the name is a tribute to band members, Neil Rosen and Shannon Ferguson, school classmate, Jared Falcon. He is currently institutionalized and left music writing behind, but Rosen and Ferguson worked on Falcon's cassette demos, found in a storage locker in 1988.
It's not clear if their debut album features all or some of Jared Falcon's songs, I know it does feature original songs by Neil Rosen, who said had this to say about Disappeared:
PS, be on the lookout for Falcon to compose the soundtrack to Daniel Wallace's book O' Great Rosenfeld.
Red Sparowes took their name from the old Middle English spelling of sparrow. Red Sparowes are rockish band from Los Angeles, and have been around since the early 2000's. Their last album, released last year, is called The Fear Is Excruciating, But Therein Lies the Answer, and they are heading out on tour:
06/29 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah **
07/12 Cologne, Germany @ Gebaude 9
07/13 Hamburg, Germany @ Hafenklang
07/14 Hultsfred, Sweden @ Hultsfredsfestivalen
07/15 Joensuu, Finland @ Ilosaarirock Festival
07/19 Dresden, Germany @ Beatpol ^
07/20 Vienna, Austria @ Szene ^
** with Coliseum, Aeges
^ with Mono
Can't believe they are sharing the stage with Morrissey, Primal Scream, and Suede in Hultsfredsfestivalen, Sweden! That's a ticket worth selling your kidney for.
Self-described as "make-out music", this 7-piece ensemble from Omaha, Nebraska, is hitting the road after their Kickstarter Project got funded. They exceeded their goal of $1,200 to rent a van and for gasoline/food/shelter. It's actually a pretty humbling amount, so if you can make it to a show, these are the dates I'm given:
6/26 Big V's, St Paul MN
6/27 Elbo Room, Chicago IL
6/28 Wilbert's, Cleveland OH
6/29 Labyrinth, Jamestown NY
6/30 Hennessey's Hooley House, Boston MA
7/1 Pianos, New York NY
7/2 National Underground, New York NY
7/3 TBA, Philadelphia PA
7/5 TBA, Washington DC
7/6 Elliott's Revue, Winston-Salem NC
7/7 Rye Bar, Athens GA
7/8 TBA, Nashville TN
7/9 TBA, St. Louis MO
I live in Minneapolis, but I've never heard of "Big V's", so I had to look it up. As it turns out, the official name is quite confusing, it's listed as "Christensen's Big V Saloon Bar" and it's actually in St Paul (I have changed the city information above), it's right next to the Turf Club. I'm sure St Paul's locals are well aware of the name.
As a cover lover myself, I'm happy to see that Brooklyn's Chiara Angelicola, aka Bird Call, have just released her covers EP, Other Creatures, out now on FHC Records.
I don't have the EP, but she covers some established acts like Nick Cave, Kate Bush, Beck, and Fleetwood Mac, but interestingly enough, also Man Man made it onto her seven-track EP. But that's not to say all she does are covers, in fact, she recently won a Performance category on the International Songwriters Competition with her original song, "Waltz In The Snow".
Other Creatures was recently featured on iTunes' Home Page, and also, you can grab "Doo Right" as a free download on her website.
Hear Kate Bush's "The Man With The Child In His Eyes" on Soundcloud.
KID CONGO POWERS & THE PINK MONKEY BIRDSmyspace.com
Just quickly that Kid Congo Powers & The Pinky Monkey Birds are on tour:
06/17 - Bellingham, WA, Shakedown
06/18 - Seattle, WA, Crocodile Cafe*
06/19 - Portland, OR, East End^
06/21 - Santa Cruz, CA, Crepe Place!
06/22 - San Francisco, CA, Rickshaw!
06/23 - Anaheim, CA, Juke Joint
06/24 - Los Angeles, CA, Echoplex $
06/25 - San Diego, CA, Casbah %
* = w/ The Intelligence
^ = w/ Cat Fancy, ! = w/ NON!
$ = w/ The Middle Class
% = w/ Holly Golightly
THE WOODEN BIRDS
I've previously reviewed their Two Matchsticks album, but I wanted to pass along that you can listen to the whole album on hypem.com. Also, download a special three songs Two Matchsticks Pre-Release EP at consequenceofsound.net (which includes covers of Hall & Oates' "Maneater" and Kenny Rogers' "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town.").
They are doing tour dates, see the official website for more details.
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