The Split Seconds share video for “How Was I to Know”

DC-based pop-punk band, The Split Seconds, drop their new track/video, “How Was I to Know,” from their forthcoming, self-titled album. Since their first show only a year ago, The Split Seconds have showcased their “top-notch punk rock” (The Deli Magazine) at a multitude of well-known DC music venues, including DC9, The Treehouse Lounge and The Wonderland Ballroom, among others, and received airplay on WMUC Radio.

Founded by former Coastals and Boardroom Heroes guitarist Drew Champion in 2015, The Split Seconds were rounded out by Sean Peterson (drums/vocals), Alex Massi (guitar/vocals) and Tristan Sahwell (bass).  The foursome bring a “revival of 1970s era punk with a sound that’s fast, simple, catchy and bold,” (The Writers Bloc). Much like the sound of their influences, the band’s name is a reference to the stripped down, fast-paced stylings of their idols, such as The Buzzcocks, The Clash, Generation X and The Damned.

Glory in Sound raves, “The Split Seconds stand out as a band ready to take the world by storm.” Keep your eyes peeled for more to follow up “Cutting Out.”

Artie Tea to release debut via Topshelf Records

Artie Tea is the Boston based project of longtime friends Josh Croteau (Cough Cough and The Clippers) and Derek Desharnais (Sneeze, Fucko).  Writing and recording in the winter of 2015, Croteau began working on a new selection of his pop-centric, and guitar driven samples. Pulling inspiration from late seaside nights and the hum-drum of days spent around the house, he emerged with eight sample tracks.

With encouraging words from friends, he decided to fully flesh out the songs with the help of Desharnais in a shared practice space.

With Croteau on guitar/vocals and Desharnais on drums and bass, the two recorded their debut Out of a Seaweed Dream in early 2016, with the help of their friend Dan Coulson.

Their manic hooks, chord-filled bridges and refreshing vocal melodies have been well received by friends and family and is available digitally, on cassette, and part of Topshelf Records’ 2016 Cassette Subscription Series now.

Attention Dayton: Omega Music celebrates 33 1/3 birthday

Omega Music is celebrating their 33 1/3 revolution around the sun on Friday, August 5 with a special party for Dayton.

“It’s a remarkable landmark for any independent business and a meaningful number in music with 33 1/3rd RPM on LPs,” Alex Staiger, Omega Music owner said. “So we wanted to put together something special to mark the occasion, for us and for our customers.”

Originally founded on North Main Street by Alex’s father, Gary Staiger, Omega Music relocated to its current location in the Oregon District in late 2010.

“There was a lot of nostalgia tied to the old store but when ​Gem City Records​ closed and that building opened up it was too great of an opportunity to pass up,” Staiger said. “It’s been amazing. People are excited to have a music shop downtown. A place to checkout new music and have chance conversations with likeminded folks.”

To commemorate the occasion on Friday there will be food trucks behind the shop, live music inside, the kickoff to the new limited edition sticker program and three and a third exclusive t­shirts for sale.

“We’re really having fun with the concept,” Staiger said. “So at this event, we’ll have three exclusive t­shirts for sale and then a special ‘third’ of a shirt in the form of a crop top, onesie or handkerchief, available only with the other shirts as a $33.33 bundle.”

For those interested Omega Music’s 33 1/3 Birthday, the event takes place on Friday, August 5 at Omega Music. More details can be found at

Owen readies The King of the Whys, tours (2016)

Owen – the acclaimed solo musical guise of singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Mike Kinsella – has made an astonishing leap forward with The King of Whys, the first work in his two-decade-plus career to be made entirely outside of the greater Chicagoland area. Produced by S. Carey over 18 days last winter at April Base Studios in Eau Claire, WI, the album is Owen’s most inspired and evocative thus far, interpolating a group dynamic into what has long been an intensely intimate sound.

Still eager to push Owen’s hermetic parameters, Kinsella enlisted producer S. Carey – frequent collaborator of Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens, Mason Jennings and acclaimed solo artist in his own right – to helm his next album, the two like-minded artists having first met as Carey supported a handful of dates on American Football’s 2014 reunion tour.

Where Owen’s prior outings were almost entirely performed by Kinsella on his own, Carey brought in some of the Badger State’s finest players to add new flesh to his bare-boned songcraft. Kinsella, as usual, is up front on guitar, vocals, bass, drums, and bells, accompanied by Carey (keyboards, vocals, drums, bells) and such WI musicians as Zach Hanson, who also served as engineer on the record, violist Michael Noyce, pedal steel guitarist/keyboard player Ben Lester, horns player Andy Hofer, and bassist Jeremy Botcher, all of whom share credits including Bon Iver, S. Carey, and The Tallest Man On Earth. Together the combo crafts an expansive but still grounded backdrop for Kinsella’s candid confessionals.

Polyvinyl will release the record on July 29, right before Owen begins a tour in support of it. Dates below:

08/01 – Toronto, ON, Canada @ Great Hall

08/02 – Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch

08/18-08/20 – Bristol, UK @ ArcTanGent 2016

09/15 – Somerville, MA @ Center for Arts at the Armory

09/16 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade NYC

09/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA

11/21 – London, UK @ St Pancras Old Church

11/23 – Camden, UK @ The Forge

11/24 – Camden, UK @ The Forge

11/25 – London, UK @ St Pancras Old Church

Pixies announce Head Carrier, tour (2016)

Pixies announce that their sophomore “post-reunion” album, Head Carrier, will be released on September 30 (Pixiesmusic/Play It Again Sam). The 12-track collection of the band’s unique aural mix of surrealism, psychedelia, dissonance and surf rock was produced by Tom Dalgety (Killing Joke, Royal Blood) and recorded at London’s Rak Studios from mid-February through to mid-March this year.  Fans can get a taste of the new music by going to and checking out the first single, “Um Chagga Lagga.”  

A special limited edition deluxe box set of Head Carrier will be available exclusively through, and will include the CD, the album on heavy-weight/180 gram black vinyl, and a 24-page, oversized booklet with the song’s lyrics and Oliver’s evocative, original artwork.  Also available only through the band’s website is a special bundle that includes the deluxe box set, special t-shirt, and a special screen printed 12 “x 12″ record sleeve-sized poster of Oliver’s album artwork.

To support Head Carrier, Pixies will launch the first leg of their 2016 – 2017 global tour with a European run that begins November 15 in Vienna.  Tickets go on sale Friday, July 8.  Confirmed dates are below; go to for ticketing info.


15        Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria

16        HWS Arena, Poznan, Poland

17        Forum Karlin Hall, Prague, Czech Republic

18        Auditorium Stravinski, Montreux, Switzerland

20        Sant Jordi Club, Barcelona, Spain

21        Coliseum, Porto, Portugal

23        Zenith, Paris, France

25        Lotto, Antwerp, Belgium

27        HMH, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Russian Circles share “Mota,” tour (2016)

As they prepare for the release of their highly-anticipated sixth studio album, celebrated Chicago post-metal/rock trio Russian Circles have premiered the album’s second single, “Mota.”  Listen to the song today on Stereogum and look for their new album, Guidance, to be released August 5 on Sargent House.


Aug 26 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon *

Aug 27 Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center *

Aug 29 Missoula, MT – Palace Lounge *

Aug 30 Seattle, WA – Neumos *

Aug 31 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge *

Sep 2 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall *

Sep 3 Los Angeles, CA – The Teragram Ballroom *

Sep 5 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom *

Sep 6 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad *

Sep 7 Englewood, CO – The Gothic Theatre *

Sep 8 Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room *

Sep 9 Chicago, IL – Metro *

Sep 23-25 Cincinnati, OH @ Midpoint Music Festival ^

Sep 25 Detroit, MI – El Club ^

Sep 26 Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace ^

Sep 28 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair ^

Sep 29 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer ^

Sep 30 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw ^

Oct 1 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel ^

Oct 2 Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall ^

Oct 4 Atlanta, GA – Aisle 5 ^

Oct 5 Birmingham, AL – Saturn ^

Oct 6 Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon ^

Oct 7 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live Studio ^

Oct 8 Austin, TX – Barracuda ^

Oct 9 Dallas, TX – RBC ^

* w/ Cloakroom

^ w/ Helms Alee

Descendents share “Without Love,” tour (2016)

Descendents have shared a new track “Without Love” off their new album Hypercaffium Spazzinate. This is the band’s first new album since 2004 and it will be released July 29 via Epitaph. Listen to “Without Love” at Spotify.

Descendents’ first Epitaph release since Everything Sucks in 1996, Hypercaffium Spazzinate, began taking shape after the band ended an extended hiatus to play live in 2010. Though still tight, they lived apart: singer Milo Aukerman — whose cartoon rendering famously serves as the band’s logo — was now living in Delaware, bassist Karl Alvarez and founder and drummer Bill Stevenson were in Colorado, and guitarist Stephen Egerton had settled in Oklahoma. So the album came to life over three years as the band sent tracks back and forth, occasionally meeting up in Karl and Bill’s adopted hometown of Fort Collins. Adopting such a protracted process meant not having to rush things, allowing for some of their sharpest songwriting yet.

Every Descendents album is an event. Formed in 1978, the band’s first releases have proven historic, and all the ones since have only further refined the Descendents concept. Punk, pop, buzzing, summery, heartfelt, defiant, adolescent, and wise all at once — the Descendents. Twelve years have passed since there’s been new Descendents music.

Descendents have also announced a fall tour, kicking off September 25 in Minneapolis at First Avenue before capping off November 12 in Portland at Roseland Theater. Additionally the band will perform at the Riot Fest Denver, Riot Fest Chicago, and Picnic in Pozo on September 24. Pre-orders for Hypercaffium Spazzinate are available at


Sept 2-5 Denver, CO – Riot Fest
Sept 15 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Sept 16-18 Chicago, IL – Riot Fest
Sept 22 San Diego, CA – SOMA
Sept 24 Pozo, CA – Pozo Saloon
Sept 29 San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre
Oct 01 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
Oct 06 Boston, MA – The Royale
Oct 08 New York, NY – PlayStation Theater
Oct 13 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
Oct 15 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
Nov 09 Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
Nov 10 Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
Nov 12 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater

Something Is Waiting share “Cult House”

Newest Chicago supergroup Something Is Waiting – ex-Jar’d Loose frontman Eddie Gobbo, ex-(Lone) Wolf and Cub drummer Idin Alexzander, Bricktop Recording owner/engineer Pete Grossman, and Barren Heir bassist Eddie Limperis – has revealed new song “Cult House” via Decibel Magazine.

Listen to “Cult House,” here:

The song appears on debut album The Something Is Waiting Band, coming July 22nd on The Path Less Traveled Records.

“Our goal with this band was to write the most aggressive, paranoid music that we could, rooted in garage rock and ’70s rock. Today Is The Day meets ZZ Top, if you will,” states frontman Gobbo. In his harsh, Axl Rose snarl, Gobbo spits poetic yet brutal lyrics, while his band rides deep, raw, garage-rockin’ grooves. It is a fresh sound, brimming with realness and wit, existing purely outside of today’s trends.

The Something Is Waiting Band was recorded and mixed by Pete Grossman at Bricktop, and mastered by Carl Saff (Red Fang, Coliseum).

Something Is Waiting, live:
Aug 12 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club w/ Mouth of the Architect

Hockey Dad share “Jump The Gun,” tour (2016)

Hockey Dad has shared a brand new song, the sunny summer anthem “Jump The Gun.”

“Jump The Gun” will appear on the Wollongong, Australia duo’s debut album Boronia, due out August 12 on Kanine Records. Hockey Dad will embark on their first ever North American headlining tour in August in support of Boronia.

Hockey Dad 2016 North American Headlining Tour

8/08: Bardot – Los Angeles, CA

8/10: Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco, CA

8/11: Casbah – San Diego, CA

8/12: The Echo – Los Angeles, CA

8/15: Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR

8/16: Cobalt – Vancouver, BC

8/18: Barboza – Seattle, WA

8/19: Neurolux – Boise, ID

8/20: Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT

8/21: Hi Dive – Denver, CO

8/22: Slowdown – Omaha, NE

8/23: Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL

8/25: Ace of Cups – Columbus, OH

8/26: Drake Hotel – Toronto, ON

8/27: 3S Artspace – Portsmouth, NH

8/28: Great Scott – Allston, MA

8/29: DC9 – Washington, DC

8/30: Boot & Saddle – Philadelphia, PA

9/01: Rough Trade – Brooklyn, NY

Thee Oh Sees stream live LP, tour (2016)

Thee Oh Sees have shared the full stream of their Live in San Francisco double LP at Stereogum,. Recorded over three nights at SF’s The Chapel and presented on a double gatefold LP, the record is composed of live video shot by Brian Lee Hughes, photographs and recording.

Live in San Francisco is out via Castle Face July 1, preorder available here.

Upcoming Thee Oh Sees Live Dates:
07-02 Reykjavik, Iceland – Hurra w/ Angel Olsen,
07-30 Denver, CO – Underground Music Showcase
08-05-08-07 Happy Valley, OR – Pickathon Festival
08-14 Helsinki, Finland – Flow Festival
08-16 Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser
08-18 Paredes, Portugal – Paredes de Coura Festival
08-19 Hasselt, Belgium – Pukkelpop
08-20 Berlin, Germany – Columbia Theatre
08-21 Biddinghuizen, Netherlands – Low Land Festival
08-23 Praha, Czech Republic – Futurum Music Bar
08-24 Zurich, Switzerland- Mascotte*
08-25 Geneva, Switzerland – Palp Festival *
08-26 Asolo, Italy – Amo Festival
08-27 Ravenna, Italy – Hana-Bi
08-31 Tel Aviv, Israel – Arena
09-02 London, United Kingdom – Coronet !*
09-3 Leeds, United Kingdom – University Stylus !*
09-04 Dorset, United Kingdom – End of the Road Festival
09-06 Biarritz, France – Atabal *
09-08 Valada, Portugal – Reverence Festival
09-09 Granada, Spain – Planta Benja
09-10 Benidorm, Spain – Fuzzville
09-12 Barcelona, Spain – Apolo *
09-13 Toulouse, France – Bikini *
09-14 Paris, France – La Cigale *
09-15 Lille, France – Aeronef *
10-08 Miami, FL – III Points Festival
10-14- 10-16 Joshua Tree, CA – Desert Daze 2016
11-01 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
11-02 El Paso, TX – Lowbrow Palace
11-05 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jack’s #
11-06 Memphis, TN – The Hi Tone Cafe #
11-07 Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge #
11-09 Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall #
11-10 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts ^
11-11 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
11-13 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw ^
11-15 Providence, RI – Aurora ^
11-16 Montreal, Quebec – La Tulipe
11-17 Toronto, Ontario – Danforth Theater
11-18 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
11-19 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
11-23 Missoula, MT – Stage 112
11-25 Seattle, WA – Neumos %
11-26 Vancouver, BC- Rickshaw Theatre %

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