Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats 2019 Co-Headlining Tour

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats and Graveyard "Peace Across the Wasteland" tour poster

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats and Graveyard “Peace Across the Wasteland” tour poster

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats and Graveyard are teaming up next March for the “Peace Across the Wasteland” co-headlining North American Tour. The tour kicks off Mar. 6 in Philadelphia and runs through Mar. 30 in Toronto. Twin Temple will provide support through the Mar. 16 date in San Francisco, including The Wiltern on Mar. 15.

Revered Swedish heavy rock band Graveyard is touring in support of their critically heralded 5th album,Peace (read the Concert Guide Live review), which is available now from Nuclear Blast. The band’s latest chapter in a celebrated catalog, guides the listener through an ever-changing musical landscape filled with their trademark take on classic rock. From the opening track’s blistering declaration that ‘It Ain’t Over Yet’ to the final note of heart beating bass on the epic and moody rocker ‘Low (I Wouldn’t Mind)’ the band manages to squeeze out every last creative drop of what there is to know, hear and love about the band.

“It’s time to let Peace roll out across the Wasteland. This will be the first time the two bands will tour together and we’re both bringing tons of new music. This tour is going to leave no mind unblown,” says Graveyard of the upcoming run.

The brainchild of singer and guitarist Kevin Starrs, Uncle Acid &The Deadbeats have been making extraordinary music since 2009. After the successful reissue of Vol 1 in 2017, they have now returned in support of their widely acclaimed fifth album Wasteland. The record is 47 minutes of vital, audacious and frequently bewildering heavy psychedelia, and is instantly recognizable as Starrs’ most immersive and evocative body of work yet.

“We’re looking forward to travelling across the wasteland and destroying minds with Graveyard in 2019. This will be our first North American tour in three years, so it feels long overdue. See you down the front!” says Starrs.

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Orange County’s Newest Music Venue Unveils Upcoming Concert Calendar

X; photo Frank Gargani

X; photo Frank Gargani

Reverend Horton Heat, X, The Buttertones, GZA, Wanda Jackson, Pinback, Brenton Wood, The Adicts, WAR, DJ Quik, Allah-Las and more are set to perform at Marty’s Bar and Grill in Tustin located at 14401 Newport Ave.

Under new ownership, the venue will re-launch as Marty’s On Newport with the official grand opening scheduled for May 29th. Co-owner and industry veteran Mike Rouse says, “We’re excited to bring an intimate, entertainment venue to Orange County”. The renovated room is 21+ and open daily for food & drinks.

Tickets for all shows go on sale Friday, April 20 at martysonnewport.com.

marty's calendar5/26 – INSPECTOR
5/29 – WAR (Grand Opening Show!)
5/30, 5/31 – FORTUNATE YOUTH
6/4 – GZA
6/14 – ALLAH-LAS
6/15, 6/16 – PINBACK
6/22, 6/23 – BRENTON WOOD
6/25, 6/26 – KATCHAFIRE
6/29, 6/30 – BERLIN
7/1 – THA LIKS
7/5, 7/6 – CELSO PINA
7/7, 7/8 – WANDA JACKSON
7/11 – JOAN OF ARC
7/13 – JMSN
7/17, 7/18, 7/19 – THE ADICTS
7/26, 7/27 – DJ QUIK
8/10, 8/11 – NEKROMANTIX
8/21, 8/22 – X
8/28, 8/29 – T.S.O.L.
10/18 – D.R.I.

Alice Bag Steps Up Her Game

ALICE BAG plays The Echo Apr. 7; photo Greg Velasquez

ALICE BAG plays The Echo Apr. 7; photo Greg Velasquez

Alice Bag heads over to The Echo Apr. 7 in support of her latest solo album Blueprint. Based in Los Angeles, Bag is a punk rock singer, musician, author, educator and feminist archivist.

She was lead singer and co-founder of The Bags-who were among the first wave of punk bands to emerge from that city during in the mid-1970’s-and also performed in Castration Squad, Cholita, and Las Tres. In 2016, she released her self-titled debut solo album on Don Giovanni Records.

Recorded at Echo Park’s Station House Studios, Blueprint collects 11 songs that Bag wrote and arranged over the last year. They are performed by members of her current backing band, as well as long-time collaborators like drummers Rikki Watson (The Two Tens) Joe Berardi (Deadbeats), Eva Gardner (Pink, Mars Volta, Cher), Kristian Hoffman (The Mumps) and Danny McGough (Social Distortion).

The album also features an all-star roster of guest vocalists, including Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, The Julie Ruin), Allison Wolfe (Bratmobile, Sex Stains), Francisca Valenzuela, Teri Gender Bender, and Martin Sorrondeguy (Los Crudos, Limp Wrist).

You can hear them on the record, but also feel their presence in Bag’s vocals. For example, listening to Wolfe and Hanna’s vocal takes for the song “77” inspired the singer to take another, more savage crack at her own performance.

“For me it’s really good to surround myself with singers that I admire,” Bag explains. “It forces me to step up my game and not just sing the song like I’m singing in my living room.”

The title Blueprint is a nod to the process of construction – of a home, a life, the world – and the problems that pop up mid-build.

“I was having work done on my house and I was thinking about all the things that come up when you’re looking at a blueprint,” says Bag. “Maybe they say, ‘We can’t do that because your plumbing is rotting.’

“Things come up as you’re building a structure and force you in different directions, but you still have to make sure that it turns out the way you envisioned – you have to allow for setbacks and obstacles.”

The songs often find their inspiration in real-life moments that caused Bag to take stock and assess her own blueprint- to take a stand or fix a problem- personal, political, or both.

“We’re all constantly building structures of many different kinds,” explains Bag. “So, it’s up to us to keep things on track and moving in the direction we want to see them go. Otherwise, we end up with an idiot in charge.”

MGT Keep Goth-Rock Alive

MGT play Slidebar Mar. 10 and Whisky A Go Go Mar. 21; press photo

MGT play Slidebar Mar. 10 and Whisky A Go Go Mar. 21; press photo

Goth-rock duo MGT, a collaboration between former The Mission/Peter Murphy guitarist Mark Gemini Thwaite and vocalist Ashton Nyte of The Awakening, head out on a string of live dates in support of their sophomore album Gemini Nyte available on Cleopatra Records.

The band’s touring lineup will feature Thwaite and Nyte, along with bassist Richard Vernon (The Mission) and drummer Nick Mason (Living Dead).

Thwaite has a long-storied career as an in-demand guitarist. He has written, recorded and toured with The Mission, Peter Murphy and Tricky and has lent his guitar skills to a wide range of artists, including Gary Numan, Al Jourgensen of Ministry and Ricky Warwick of Thin Lizzy/Black Star Riders. While Nyte has released 7 stylistically diverse solo albums, as well as 8 albums as gothic rock outfit The Awakening, and recently completed a European tour with The Mission.

MGT "Gemini Nyte" CD cover; press photo

MGT “Gemini Nyte” CD cover; press photo

Gemini Nyte, features 13 new songs written and recorded by Thwaite and Nyte, plus drummer Paul Ferguson (Killing Joke) with a guest appearance by Burton C Bell (Fear Factory). Additionally, Lol Tolhurst & Pearl Thompson (The Cure) contribute remixes for a standalone single, dubbed “The Assembly Line (Cured Mix).” The new single is accompanied by a b-side track, also reworked by the goth legend Tolhurst, “All The Broken Things (Lol Tolhurst Remix).” The original versions of the tracks are featured on Gemini Nyte.

“We enjoyed adding our light and shade to MGT’s new album with our contributions to the “Assembly Line” – Lol Tolhurst and Pearl Thompson

“So pleased to have collaborated with these legends… a huge influence on our music… the moment we heard Lol’s and Pearl’s instrumentation on the song I was amazed how Curesque it sounded! You’ve got 50% of the original and classic Cure lineup right there… sounds brilliant” – Mark Gemini Thwaite

“As a long time fan of The Cure it is a true blessing to have Lol and Pearl add their magic to my favourite song on this album. Most grateful indeed!” – Ashton Nyte

Catch MGT at Slidebar Mar. 10 and the Whisky A Go Go Mar. 21 with Jyrki 69 (69 Eyes).

3rd Annual One Love Cali Reggae Fest

ONE LOVE REGGAE FEST 2018 Feb 10 & 11 Queen Mary

ONE LOVE REGGAE FEST 2018 Feb 10 & 11 Queen Mary

The 2018 One Love Cali Reggae Fest at the Queen Mary in Long Beach Feb. 10 and 11, will be featuring some of the biggest reggae acts in the world, including Grammy-nominated artist Matisyahu, Grammy-nominated artist Common Kings, Landon Mcnamara, Long Beach Dub All-Stars, Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds, and more!

– (Sunday 4:30pm)

Isle Empire/Mensch House Records is thrilled to announce that Common Kings has been nominated for their acclaimed debut album Lost In Paradise in the “Best Reggae Album” category at the 60th GRAMMYS®. The band continues to receive press accolades and win over fans nationwide with the San Antonio Current hailing “I can say confidently that Common Kings might be in my top five performances.”

– (Sunday 5:15pm)

Born and raised on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. Landon’s cutting out his own path outside of surfing and cultivating his love of music: singing, songwriting and playing guitar. Landon’s music is inspired by reggae, alternative and acoustic music. In 2016, Landon teamed up with Sea Major Seven Studio & Producer Noah Cronin (Sammy J, The Late Ones and Hirie) on a debut album titled A Dollar Short & A Minute Late which reached #1 on the iTunes and Billboard Reggae Album charts. Landon is one that will always be making waves – in and out of the water.

MATISYAHU – (Saturday 2:30pm and Sunday 12:50pm)


MATISYAHU; photo Reuben Martinez

The GRAMMY-nominated, King without a Crown Matisyahu has announced his 2018 Forest of Faith Tour. Matisyahu has created his own space in reggae music, developing a loyal following that has driven singles such as “One Day” and “King Without a Crown” to international recognition. His newest album, Undercurrent, embodies a collaborative and freeform spirit as Matisyahu and his band seamlessly merge instrumental improvisation sessions with lyrics and vocals.

– (Sunday 8:00pm)

Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh met in childhood (in 1979) and later started their first garage punk band, consisting of drums, bass and vocals. They later formed Sublime with Bradley Nowell. The Long Beach Dub Allstars (LBDAS for short) were founded after Nowell died in 1996 of a heroin overdose (frequent contributors to Sublime including Michael “Miguel” Happoldt, Todd Forman, and “Field” Marshall Goodman are also members of the band).

Eric Wilson says, “We will never replace the greatness that Sublime did or what Bradley has done.” The band was originally a 10-piece and they recorded their debut recording called Right Back, which shortly after completion in 1999 saw the departure of three members. Their second album, Wonders of the World was recorded and released in 2001. It featured “Sunny Hours” featuring will.i.am from The Black Eyed Peas. “Sunny Hours” was also used as the theme song for the Friends spin-off Joey.

– (Saturday 4:30pm)

Tomorrows Bad Seeds, “leaders of the new school” is a five piece American band from The South Bay of Los Angeles California, formed in 2004. Their Southern California influences helped yield their unparalleled sound; A perfect mix of reggae, rock & pop. From Hood B-Boy Street to Surf/Skate Beach Culture these boys emerged into a multi-cultural musical phenomenon with a cause. Meet The Seeds: Moises Juarez (lead-vocals), Sean Chapman(vocals/guitar), Matthew McEwan (vocals/guitar), Patrick Salmon (drums), and Andre Davis (bass).

Fu Manchu Kickoff World Tour


FU MANCHU play Troubadour Feb. 9 and The Casbah Feb. 10; photo James Christopher

Clone Of The Universe marks a new chapter for the “fuzz rock” pioneers as they mix the straight ahead blistering rock with unexpected time shifts, featuring tracks like the roaring cuts “Don’t Panic” and “(I’ve Been) Hexed” and the dynamically complex “Clone of the Universe” and “Slower Than Light.” The centerpiece of the album is “IL Mostro Atomico,” an 18 minute 8 second, side long epic featuring a special guest performance by Alex Lifeson, guitarist and songwriter of the legendary band RUSH. Heavier than anything they’ve ever done and broken into 4 distinct sections, it’s new ground for a band that’s been pushing the boundaries of “fuzz and wah” since its formation in 1990.

FU MANCHU; photo James Christopher

FU MANCHU; photo James Christopher

The album was recorded and produced by FU MANCHU and Jim Monroe at The Racket Room in Santa Ana, CA, as well as additional recording with Andrew Giacumakis at SUSSTUDIO in Simi Valley, CA, and will be released worldwide for streaming and on vinyl and CD on the band’s own AT THE DOJO label via Cargo Distribution. FU MANCHU is Scott Hill (vocals, guitar), Bob Balch (Guitars), Brad Davis (Bass) and Scott Reeder (Drums and Percussion).

FU MANCHU; photo James Christopher

FU MANCHU; photo James Christopher

Speaking with Billboard.com, founding guitarist Scott Hill says, “Our song ‘Clone Of The Universe’ was the last song written for the new record. We had about 13 songs ready to choose from, and about 3 weeks before we were to go into the studio we wrote that song.

“We record all of our songs on cassette 4-track and we had the first part of the song arranged/recorded but we still needed an ending to the song. On one of the final days of practice before going into the studio at the end of practice as we were packing up our gear, our drummer, Scott Reeder, was doing these fast drum beats/rolls and I thought it sounded great and as soon as I got home I still had his drumming in my head and I wrote the ending riffs to his drum beat.”

FU MANCHU will kick off their world tour in support of Clone of the Universe with two album release shows next month at Troubadour in Los Angeles Feb 9 and at The Casbah in San Diego Feb 10, which will be followed by a European and U.S. headline tour.

A Lot Can Happen In Twenty Years, Especially When It Comes To Music


THE CRYSTAL METHOD play The Glass House Feb. 2; photo James Christopher

Throughout the past two decades, the musical landscape has continually merged, morphed, and matrixed, fractured in countless directions while intersecting at the most unexpected points. Electronic music underwent a renaissance in the aughts, rising out of the warehouses and blank spaces and overtaking the biggest festival fields in the world. The Crystal Method followed a similar trajectory since their formation in 1993. The Grammy Award®-nominated, platinum-certified trailblazing duo—Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland—set the stage for the genre-mashing electronic sounds that fuel the current zeitgeist.

Now, their exclusive, limited edition 20th Anniversary Signature Box Set houses this sonic story. Including vinyl of their five full-length studio albums—Vegas [1997], Tweekend [2001], Legion of Boom [2004], Divided By Night [2009], and The Crystal Method [2014]—and an unreleased Rarities collection, it provides a comprehensive glance at their legacy thus far. Most importantly, the process nodded to the group’s diehard audience from the beginning.

“Our fans couldn’t get a lot of our old vinyl,” Jordan explains. “We would see copies of Vegas going for hundreds of dollars because they were out-of-print. In the last year, we thought, ‘Why don’t we do a complete box set of all our studio albums?’ Up until Tweekend, we did all of our mixes on digital audio tapes or DATs. We have a big collection of these that are numbered chronologically. While searching for the final “Rarities,” we combed through all of our old DATs. We had forgotten about so many cool tracks and alternate mixes, it was really cool to go back in time.”

“People kept asking us for that early vinyl,” adds Kirkland. “There’s something romantic about taking a record out of a sleeve, putting the needle down, walking away, and listening to an album. We love the process of writing an entire album. That’s something we want to preserve.”

The Crystal Method limited the box set to just 1,000 copies in order to provide an unrivaled experience for listeners. They remastered each album and printed on high quality vinyl. Vegas and Tweekend boast their iconic and original out-of-production cover design while the album art for Legion of Boom, Divided By Night, and The Crystal Method are limited editions exclusive to this box set. Each box is numbered and autographed and includes original tour stickers and laminated, autographed All Access passes from the Vegas tour.

“Anytime we did a new record, we didn’t want to repeat ourselves,” says Kirkland. “We wanted to shift things up a little bit. The goal was to sound like us but try different things. We weren’t afraid of working with people who were out of our comfort zone and in other genres. We loved the idea of evolving.”

That shared vision of evolution hatched in the most unlikely of places. Kirkland and Jordan had independently started making music on their own during the early nineties. However, a chance encounter in the break room of a supermarket where they both worked would set them on this course.

“I have no idea why, but Scott brought his drum machine to work,” laughs Jordan. “Who does that?”

“There was nothing else to do,” answers Kirkland. “Ken happened to walk into the room that day, and it was the strangest thing. Neither of us knew we were working on music. By chance, this fortuitous occasion changed everything.”

Ultimately, The Crystal Method stand as strong as ever after 20 years.

“Well, we like it when people get goosebumps listening to our records,” Jordan leaves off. “We try to make music that invokes not just feelings, but gives you a physical reaction. It’s like a good workout. It can be serious, and it can be uplifting. It’s the whole spectrum.”

“If our music helps listeners get through something, that’s the best thing,” concludes Kirkland. “Hopefully, this vinyl collection will bring some smiles, memories, and good times back to those who have found something in our music over the years.”

Catch The Crystal Method at The Glass House Feb. 2.



LODGE ROOM opening in Highland Park

Los Angeles’ Highland Park neighborhood will welcome its newest live music venue Lodge Room in November of this year. Located along the historic Figueroa Street corridor in the former Highland Park Masonic Temple, Lodge Room has been tastefully preserved and polished to host nearly 500 guests. Included in the opening is Lodge Room’s sister concept Checker Hall, a New American restaurant overlooking Figueroa Street from its balcony.

Lodge Room is pleased to announce a handful of bookings with rising LA folk artist Bedouine Dec. 9, San Diego post-rock outfit The Album Leaf Dec. 15, and post-punk artist Black Marble Jan. 12. More shows will be announced soon.

The Lodge Room is owned by a local independent hospitality group, and booking and marketing will be handled by Brandon Gonzalez and Kyle Wilkerson of the local concert presenters Sid The Cat. Sid The Cat has made a name for itself presenting sold-out shows at venues throughout LA with Ty Segall, Cate Le Bon, Big Thief, Mild High Club, and many more. Wilkerson is also the talent buyer at Silverlake’s Bootleg Theater and has spent the last two years revitalizing that club, booking big names like Jackson Browne, Conor Oberst, Gillian Welch, Jim James, Jenny Lewis, and John Carpenter, as well as bringing up-and-comers like Car Seat Headrest and Margaret Glaspy for their first ever LA shows and hosting names like Kevin Morby, Beach Slang, Sinkane, Reggie Watts, Alice Cooper & Shep Gordon, Hannibal Buress and many more. Wilkerson is also the co-producer of LA’s Girlschool Festival, which spotlights female performers and in past years has featured appearances from Shirley Manson of Garbage, Chelsea Wolfe, and Phoebe Bridgers.

Monogem Explodes For Two In SoCal


MONOGEM play the Wayfarer Sep. 28 and Soda Bar Sep. 29; photo Jenna Johns

MONOGEM is the moniker under which singer and songwriter Jen Hirsh creates sleek, glittering melodies, suffused with the sweet aftertaste of soul and a slow-mo sex appeal. She will be performing at The Wayfarer Sep. 28 and Soda Bar Sep. 29.

MONOGEM’s highly anticipated sophomore EP 100% blends her own new wave of sultry with ethereal alt-pop. Heightened vocal effects and a whirlwind of modular and analog synths contributed by producer and sound designer Peter Dyer amplify MONOGEM’s astral sound in this new EP.

Her newest music video for “Wild” starring Coco Arquette (daughter of Courteney Cox & David Arquette) has been featured internationally by Good Morning America, E!, Daily Mail UK, Alternative Press, NYLON, Perez Hilton and more.

The narrative unfolds as two young best friends enjoy a night at home—but, with raging popcorn fights, fierce cross-dressing, night swimming, and a climactic surprise ending, this isn’t your run of the mill Netflix and Chill. MONOGEM, who makes a cameo delivering pizza to the teens, explains: “Life’s too short to not live wild.”

MONOGEM has been playing Los Angeles at Soho House Hollywood & Malibu, as well as a sold-out EP release show at the Bootleg Theater and a genre-bending event with Red Bull Sound Select at The Echo with LPX. She recently DJ’d the 2017 Billboard Music Awards & Elle Present Women in Music at YouTube Space LA, It’s A School Night Los Angeles curated by Chris Douridas of KCRW, and more. Refinery 29 has called MONOGEM “a trailblazer of gender fluidity in the entertainment industry.”

MONOGEM’s self-titled 2015 debut EP was exclusively premiered by Interview Magazine with insightful commentary: “The California native’s sound is heavy in electro-pop, yet her voice resonates with the richness of classic soul and jazz.”

In the cosmos, a Monogem Ring is a supernova remnant, the leftover glow from an exploded star. One of the largest monogem rings in the universe is located near the Gemini and Cancer constellations. Born in late June, Jen is on the cusp of Gemini-Cancer, and thus, Monogem rang true and stuck.

Don’t miss a chance at catching this ascending star!

Moroccan Lounge New L.A. Venue

moroccan loungeThe principal owners of Downtown-LA’s acclaimed music venue, the Teragram Ballroom, announce their latest addition to the LA live-music scene, The Moroccan Lounge. The new venue will open its doors in the LA Downtown Arts District in the fall of 2017.

The Moroccan Lounge is located at one of the oldest liquor-licensed sites in LA, which has housed many businesses over the years-including a well-known diner, Little Pedro’s, and according to popular rumor, a brothel. Now the storied location has been transformed into The Moroccan Lounge, an intimate live-music venue with unimpeded sight lines, exceptional acoustics and an environment that caters to both artists and audiences.

“It was important for me to open a little brother to the Teragram Ballroom – a fresh, sound-strong venue that supports bands, giving them that first step up to performing in a first rate, state-of-the-art venue,” says co-founder Michael Swier, likening this venue’s raison d’etre to that of his revered New York venue, the Mercury Lounge. “A venue the size and quality of The Moroccan Lounge develops bands with the kind of professional attention and treatment they will come to expect as their careers gain speed and they play the larger, more venerable venues.”

The Moroccan Lounge accommodates approximately 275 people, and offers a large, static stage in an acoustically conditioned music room with adjacent green room, a comfortable lounge with a large bar and a restaurant.

“I feel very fortunate to have found this gem, with its perfect bones for music, in the Arts District,” says Swier. “It’s a vibrant neighborhood, new and familiar at the same time, acreative sense of place.”

Co-founder Joe Baxley, who scouted the location, agrees. “The Downtown Arts District has become a real center of culture and entertainment, a place with a lot of activity. I can’t think of a better location for The Moroccan Lounge,” he says.
Located at 901 East 1th Street, The Moroccan Lounge is just off the 101. It is on the gold line near the Little Tokyo/Arts District Station.

“We were inspired by the building’s existing Moorish style, which kindled memories of Tangier, and the iconic Café Baba, notorious haunt of rock legends,” says project architect and co-founder, Brian Swier, who also designed the Teragram Ballroom, the Bowery Ballroom, the Mercury Lounge, among others. “While rock n’ roll was my primary design mode, visitors can expect unusual details here — some new, some vintage — like unique wall coverings, exposed masonry, and salvaged ephemera.”

Industry-veteran and LA resident, Duncan Smith, is The Moroccan Lounge’s talent buyer. Smith was most recently a talent buyer at LA’s The Resident and prior to that he worked at LA’s Spaceland Presents. Both Scott Simoneaux, talent buyer for the Teragram Ballroom, and Johnny Beach, long time talent buyer for the Bowery Ballroom and partner in the Teragram Ballroom, will assist in the launch and oversight of The Moroccan Lounge’s talent-buying department.

Acoustical Consultant: Jim Falconer
Sound System Designer: Jeff DelBello of db Sound Design
Lighting System Designer: Luciano Savedra