Monthly Archives: June 2012


Blurt Magazine is premiering Johnny Hickman‘s new video “Another Road” from his solo LP “Tilting” (out July 3rd).  Check it out here:


Tune into Fearless Radio in Chicago tomorrow (Fri. June 29th) at 5:00pm (cst) to catch Milwaukee rockers The Delta Routine performing an hour-long in-studio session, where they’ll be delivering live takes of songs from last year’s “More About You” album, as well as premiering some brand new tracks from their forthcoming full-length album “Cigarettes (and Caffeine Nightmares).”

You can tune into the live stream here at 5pm (cst) on Friday June 29th: http:/

And if you’re in the Chi-Town area on Friday June 29th drop by Silvie’s (1902 W. Irving Park Rd.) to catch The Delta Routine’s show that night!


The Sights will be in NYC this week for three shows (June 28 & 29 with Tenacious D at Hammerstein Ballroom and then at Union Hall on July 1). In addition the Detroit rockers will also be stopping by the three area radio shows for live in-studio performances (click on the respective links to listen to live)….

Thursday, June 28th at 1:00pm (est)
Tune in live here:

WFMU RADIO / “THREE CHORD MONTE” WITH JOE BELOCK (Jersey City, NJ) Tuesday, July 3rd between noon and 3:00pm (est) 
Tune in live here:

WRAT RADIO / “THE ELECTRIC BALLROOM” WITH KEITH ROTH (Jersey City, NJ) Sunday, July 1st between 10pm and midnight (est) 
Tune in live here:


AOL Music’s Spinner is featuring the world premiere of Buffalo Killers‘ new track “Hey Girl” from Dig. Sow. Love. Grow. Click here to check it out… and to download the song for free!

Here’s what Spinner has to say about it…
Buffalo Killers have long hair, beards and a wonderful new tune “Hey Girl” that harkens back to ’60s psychedelia, CSNY hooks and lava-lamp love.
Even though the song possesses a delightfully flowery vibe, “Hey Girl” packs a delicious punch that’s filled with more than your average acid tablets. The Cincinnati band’s new single has a hell of a lot of heart.

“I wrote ‘Hey Girl’ on my way home from rehearsal one night,” guitarist Andy Gabbard tells Spinner. “In my head it was a Stevie Wonder song. The whole thing just came right out. Words and all. I was heavy into Stevie at the time. Zach and Joey took it to the next level. As did the jangly second guitar.”

The band’s previous records 3 and their 2008 Dan Auerbach-produced Let it Ride seem like rock ‘n’ roll stepping stones compared to what’s next.
Buffalo Killers’ new album Dig. Sow. Love. Grow. is a cool addition to the band’s canon and will hit shelves Aug. 7 via Alive Naturalsound Records.


Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray play American music. They’ve traveled the country following the threads that tie the American narrative together and they’ve woven those threads into a sound all their own. The duo multi-task on guitars, banjo, mandolin, organ, glockenspiel, lap steel and more to bring to life the urgency of Southern Soul, the earthiness of classic country and the pioneering spirit of ’60s and ’70s Blues Rock. Miss Shevaughn has a truly powerful voice that ignites, roars and flickers and Yuma Wray has at his disposal an arsenal of instrumental talents that underscore the duo’s unique, honest and compelling storytelling.Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray spent 2011 on the road, living in their Honda Element, finding their way and finding their sound. The results of this quest can be found in their debut album, We’re From Here, available September 11, 2012.
Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray will also be traversing this fine country this fall as part of their tour in support of We’re From Here. Tour dates will be announced soon.
We’re From Here Tracklisting:
1. Go Hang
2. Mi Burro Esta Enfuego
3. No Surprise
4. Make It Out Alive
5. Pneumonia
6. The River Made Me Do It
7. Lost My Way
8. Martha Ann
9. The Factory Clock
10. Keep On Wailin’
11. Morning Is Breaking
12. Cloin’s Lament
13. No Grave To Brush The Dust From
14. Anniversay Song / Prelude To Go Hang
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Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires will be performing a live in-studio session at 2pm (cst) on Wednesday, June 27th at the great Milwaukee radio station WMSE 91.7. The Birmingham, AL foursome will be tearing through tracks from their debut album “There Is A Bomb In Gilead.”

You can tune into the live stream at 2pm Wed., June 27th here:


THE HUM / By Bob Doran
Summer Music
Radio Moscow
(June 21, 2012)

You may remember the psychedelic blues power trio Radio Moscow from the time they spent living in Humboldt. They relocated here from Iowa, where the band first came together. The fiery center of the band is guitarist Parker Griggs. In fact in the beginning, when he was still a 17-year-old, Radio Moscow was just him. Alive Naturalsound recently released 3 & 3 Quarters, a collection of previously unreleased tracks from his garage rock period, songs he recorded on his own, overdubbing drums, bass and guitar.

“I was into the Nuggets box sets and that mid-‘60s sound,” he said, calling from his new home, a “rancho” in the woods near Red Bluff. “I grew up with the whole grunge rock punk thing, then started getting into ‘60s music and blues, looking into older styles different from the more depressing stuff I was into. The instrumental parts were more complex and more fun to play.”

When he moved from garage rock into wilder blues a la Hendrix and Cream, he started drawing more attention with his wailing guitar sound full of wild abandon. People wanted to hear him play live, so he put together a rhythm section and hit the road, eventually playing all over the United States and in Europe.
At the beginning of 2012, he had a new record, The Great Escape Of Leslie Magnafuzz, and a string of gigs to go with it. But at the start of the tour back home in Iowa, his bandmates rebelled and said they did not want to continue. Tempers flared. On day two of the tour the disagreement erupted onstage. “Some stuff got thrown around on the last song,” said Griggs, who ended up getting his head cut open by a flying guitar. After he got stitched up, he fired his rhythm section, hired a new one and continued the tour.

Now it’s summer and he’s about to hit the road again with his new sidemen, playing in two dozen states and in Canada between now and early August. This time, day two is a Monday show at the Jambalaya with Dirty Streets, a like-minded psyche/soul band out of Memphis. You can expect fireworks, but only in the music, not between the musicians.

TIMES-STANDARD (CA Northcoast daily) – Feature story with photo to preview Arcata show.
Blues-rockers Radio Moscow return to Arcata Frontman describes band’s new re-release “primitive”
Myles Cochrane/Tri-City Weekly

The last time Parker Griggs and his mighty blues-rock trio Radio Moscow made their way into Arcata they shared the stage with Humboldt’s own Ethan Miller and his Rick Rubin-supported psych-rock quintet Howlin Rain in February. Griggs, a friend of and collaborator with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys (who produced ‘Moscow’s 2007 self-titled LP), is no stranger to the North Coast.

”I lived in Eureka for a year so it was kinda like a hometown show,” Griggs said. “Got to see a lot of old friends from the area and that was good. Stuck around and hung out for a few days after also. “I like the Arcata-Eureka area a lot.”

With Jimi Hendrix-esque riffs, psychedelic Cream-ish breakdowns, bluesy and powerful vocals in the same vein as Auerbach’s and a riveting mix of the psychoactive 1960s, the rockin’ and rollin’ 1970s and the thunderous and stadium-ready blues-rock of today, Radio Moscow will take the stage on Monday night at the Jambalaya after a performance by classic rock trio The Dirty Streets out of Memphis.

Influenced heavily by the grungy “Seattle sound” scene made popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Griggs first picked up a guitar at age 10. ”I was into sports like most kids earlier but then got inspired by grunge rock and lost all my interest in being in sports and most other things,” he said. “(I) started a grunge band when I was around 12 but I was on drums and vocals. I did write the guitar parts for the songs though.”

Formerly known under the solo name Garbage Composal, Griggs’ first big break with Radio Moscow was when he was able to get a demo into the hands of Auerbach several years ago. ”I passed along a demo to the Black Keys merch guy at a show and got a call later that night from Dan saying he really liked my music and that he was going to give it to a record label,” Griggs said. “Maybe a year later I got another call saying come to Ohio and lay this stuff down. I added lyrics to the music then went to Ohio, and we recorded it all in two days. Dan was a cool dude and showed me a lot of good bands when I stayed at his place. It was a cool way to start Radio Moscow´s career.”

Radio Moscow currently shares a spot on the Alive Records’ lineup with the likes of The Black Keys, Buffalo Killers and more. After releasing their incredible self-titled, 2010’s “Brain Cycles” and the blues-rock-roller-coaster ride that is 2011’s “The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz,” Griggs just recently released a collection of minimalist White Stripes-esque Radio Moscow tracks that he recorded solo in 2003 called “3 & 3 Quarters.”
”It’s my old garage rock basement recordings from when I was 18,” Griggs said. “The record label dug it so I had it re-released. It’s a different thing than Radio Moscow is now though. Much more primitive.”

While the lineup for Radio Moscow on drums and bass has changed often, the current incarnation features Billy Ellsworth on bass and Lonnie Blanton on drums. ”I hope (they’re here to stay for a while),” Griggs said. “It’s quite bothersome to reteach the songs all the time (laughs).”

Before kicking off this next leg of his tour, Griggs is currently vacationing after a three-month stint in Europe. ”We toured with (Swedish blues-rock quartet) Graveyard and I think they’re great,” Griggs said. “I’m vacationing in Spain right now and I’ve been hanging out and jamming with a brand new band called Prisma Circus from Barcelona. They’re very good.”

While Griggs has lived all over the place in Iowa, Colorado, Utah and California (hence the title of Alive Records’ recent label compilation album “Where Is Parker Griggs?”), the musician says his home is “on the road” for now. ”I have a house in the woods in Northern California about three hours from Humboldt but I think I’m relocating somewhere else when I return from the next tour,” he said. “It was hard to stay on top of things and catch all the opportunities when I was living in the woods.”

The next tour which hits Humboldt on Monday will see the trio travel to 35 cities all over the United States and even to Canada — a first for Parker.

Another exciting possible first would be the formation of a heavy supergroup with Griggs on drums. ”I’ve talked with Dan (from The Black Keys) about starting a heavy psych power trio with me on drums and Dan on guitar and someone else on bass,” Griggs said. “But it’s been awhile since we discussed that.”

Before the show on Monday, Radio Moscow fans in Humboldt might be able to be victorious in playing “Where Is Parker Griggs?” if they look in the woods, the mountains and the local record shops. ”It’s nice to make some time to check out nature and get out of town for awhile,” he said. “I try to go record shopping in town before shows too if there’s time. I’ve got some cool stuff from traveling around.”

Tickets for Monday night’s 21-and-over show at the Jambalaya can be purchased for $8 at the door. ”Should be a good night,” Griggs said. “We have a band called Dirty Streets from Memphis with us and they are rad. Come hang.”

If you go
What: Radio Moscow, The Dirty Streets
When: 9 p.m. Monday
Where: Jambalaya, 915 H St., Arcata
Admission: $8 (door), 21+

HUMCITY (CA Northcoast online blog) – Brief Arcata show preview with band photo and Grimey’s video.


The latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine (with the late, great Adam Yauch on the cover) has Lee Bains & The Glory Fires featured in their best-of column “RS Playlist: Our Favorite Songs, Albums and Videos Right Now,” where they proclaim, “These Alabama Shakes tourmates offer their own loose-limbed take on rootsy Southern rock, with a jam that choogles like the second coming of Creedence.”



Pitchfork just gave a glowing review for Lawrence Ball’s new album “Method Music” as part of their in-depth feature story entitled “Making Overtures: The Emergence of Indie Classical: An examination of the ever-melding worlds of indie and classical music,” proclaiming it to be “wondrous, rippling, and startlingly tactile music.”

Here’s the full “Method Music” album review from the feature…

Lawrence Ball: Method Music

The sexy lede buried beneath the almost comically dry title of this record is twofold. 1) It is a collaboration between the mathematician/composer Lawrence Ball and Pete Townshend, and 2) It represents the at-least-partial realization of one Townshend’s most dearly held fantasies, a rock opera called Lifehouse that was to use synthesizers as a way to to produce music tailor-made to a specific user’s input. The Lifehouse project is one of those Smile-like ideas that tend to strand grand-thinking rock musicians on sharp rocks, but the idea involved creating musical software that would be free to users, who would feed the software specific input and watch as it produced a brand-new piece of music specifically for them.

Because it’s always better to take a person for a ride in a sports car than to spend hours detailing the features of its engine, Ball and Townshend show you exactly how the process feels: the lead-off cut on this monumental two-disc set is “Baba O’Riley”, fed through Ball’s software. What emerges on the other end is wondrous, rippling, and startlingly tactile music. There is no math in the listening: It’s like watching a brightly colored pinwheel turn faster and faster until it appears suddenly to revert in the other direction.



On Buffalo Killers‘ fourth full-length effort Dig. Sow. Love. Grow. the Ohio-based trio have created an album that stampedes with the ferocity of their first two albums (the Dan Auerbach-produced Let It Ride from 2008 and their self-titled debut from two years prior), yet it also incorporates much of the loose, organic nature from last year’s highly-praised album 3.

Dig. Sow. Love. Grow. is a heady synthesis of not only their own previous efforts, but also the many unique styles of music cultivated on American soil over the last five decades. From late ’60s psychedelia, blues, Americana, garage rock and the folk-rock sounds that rolled out of Laurel Canyon in the early ’70s like a sweet cloud of Acapulco Gold, brothers Zachary and Andrew Gabbard along with Joseph Sebaali have brought them all together to create an intoxicating album that sounds as timeless as it does remarkably fresh… and quite unlike anything else being released today.

Buffalo Killers have toured extensively with greats such as The Black Crowes, The Black Keys and, more recently, North Mississippi Allstars, and will be announcing tour dates shortly in support of Dig. Sow. Love. Grow.

Dig. Sow. Love. Grow. is set for release on August 7, 2012 through Alive Naturalsound Records and will be available in CD and Digital formats, as well as 300 Limited Edition Orange Vinyl LPs exclusive to mailorders through Bomp!

Relix is featuring the world premiere of Buffalo Killers’ new track “Get It” from Dig. Sow. Love. Grow. Click here to check it out… and to download the song for free!

06.22 The Union – Athens, OH

06.23 Peach’s Grill – Yellow Springs, OH

06.29 Ace Bar – Chicago. IL

06.30 Deep Blues Festival @ Bayport BBQ. Bayport, MN

07.18 The Basement – Nashville, TN

07.21 Double Door – Chicago, IL

08.16 The Glasslands – Brooklyn, NY

08.18 Happy Dog – Cleveland, OH
(more dates to be announced soon)


“A seductive listen and a real contender for album of the year.” – Alan Brown / SHINDIG!

“Buffalo Killers take aim at garage, swamp blues, ’60s psych, Canyon harmonies and Southern roots and land their prey every time. 3 is the third – and best – album from this beardy Cincinnati trio.” – Nigel Williamson / UNCUT

“Golden nostalgic bliss…Cincinnati’s incredible Buffalo Killers will show you exactly where Kings of Leon went wrong.” – Chris Deville / THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

“Buffalo Killers’ 3 finds this band easing into an comfortable but deep groove, and not many bands have mined a late hippie-era approach with more satisfying results.” – Mark Deming / ALL MUSIC

“Twelve tracks of melancholic psych rock with twists of folk, 3 is perfect summer music.” – VIVE LE ROCK

“Big riffs rule, and at no time more than the ’70s did they dominate the airwaves. Cincinnati’s Buffalo Killers evoke the blurry Polaroid sounds of those years, grooving like Foghat one minute, recalling the melodic gold of Badfinger another, and utterly, unironically rocking like ZZ Top. There’s nothing quite as simple and effective as a “’power trio.’ The three were members of the dearly departed garage rock outfit Thee Shams, but Buffalo Killers isn’t three chord frat rock at all. The songs are thick and greasy, and listening to the trio live, you can see why they’ve made fans of The Black Keys and The Black Crows.” – Jason Woodbury / PHOENIX NEW TIMES

“3 is at times graceful and serene, beautiful and calm, but the obvious power behind this beast is never for a moment forgotten. Truly some of the Buffalo Killers finest work.” – Brian F. Johnson / MARQUEE MAGAZINE

“Buffalo Killers definitely have a cool Joe Walsh/James Gang influence in their sound. I dig ‘em.” – Alice Cooper / NIGHTS WITH ALICE COOPER

“For those expecting another disc’s worth of psychedelic smoke and thunder from the Killers, 3 offers more than a few surprises (including cameo appearances by Brian Olive and the Breeders’ Kelley Deal). This time out, the trio exudes a sweeter Pop vibe, as though they’re channeling their inner Joe Walsh. A world-class album that exudes summer warmth and a sunshine bright charm, while still maintaining the band’s signature sonic presence if at a slightly less dense level. 3 could easily push Buffalo Killers to the next tier of Rock stardom.” – Brian Baker / CINCINNATI CITY BEAT

“Cincinnati trio Buffalo Killers find that drawing from ‘60s and ‘70s rock icons continues to provide fresh ideas filled with a tunefulness and musical vocabulary that is indebted to rock’s golden era with a refreshing vibrancy.” – Kyle Melton / DAYTON CITY PAPER



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Pavement PR
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Wanna hear how radio should sound today? Then tune into WWOZ (one of our fave stations on the planet) in New Orleans anytime (stream here).

Wanna hear one of the Deep South’s most talented bluesmen? One that has one foot firmly planted in the past of the Mississippi Delta region and the other looking to kick the future’s ass? Then tune into WWOZ this Friday, June 15th at 3pm (cst) to catch a live studio session with Cajun-born blues alchemist Brother Dege. Dege will dropping by to play a few live tunes and chat with Valerie “The Problem Child” Kacprzak on her rad show The Blues Breakdown. Check it.


RADIO MOSCOW (Copyright Photo – Robert Matheu)

This summer Radio Moscow will be unleashing their own brand of super-heavy, lysergic-laced rock as part an aggressive tour where the Iowa power trio of Parker Griggs, Billy Ellsworth and Lonnie Blanton will be playing virtually every corner of this fine nation later this month and continuing through August. This tour is in support of their well-received third full-length The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz, an album that Rolling Stone proclaimed is “fifty minutes of psyche-rock fireworks…. like spending an evening with Jimi Hendrix, Cream, ZZ Top, Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy and The Black Keys.

Joining Radio Moscow on this tour is the Memphis-based band Dirty Streets, whose own mix of proto-punk, soul roots and late ’60s psych-rock should make for one helluvan explosive double-bill.

In other Radio Moscow news, Alive Naturalsound has also recently released Parker Griggs’ debut album 3 & 3 Quarters, which up until now has been previously unreleased. Recorded entirely by Parker Griggs (he plays all the instruments) when he was only 17, this is garage music reminiscent of the Nuggets and Pebbles compilations, with a dash of Killed By Death dropped into the mix.

Both The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz and 3 & 3 Quarters are available on CD, Digital and Ltd. Edition Colored Vinyl through Alive here.

* w/ Dirty Streets

Jun 23 @ Whiskey Dick’s,  Lake Tahoe, CA *
Jun 25 @ Jambalaya,  Arcata, CA *
Jun 26 @ Rotture,  Portland, OR *
Jun 27 @ Tractor Tavern,  Seattle, WA *
Jun 29 @ The Aquarium,  Fargo, ND *
Jun 30 @ Bayport Blues Fest,  Bayport, MN
Jul 02 @ Bombay Bicycle Club,  Clive, IA *
Jul 03 @ Yacht Club,  Iowa City, IA *
Jul 05 @ Rock Island Brewing Company   Rock Island, IL *
Jul 06 @ Grand Bar,  Chicago, IL *
Jul 07 @ The Pyramid Scheme,  Grand Rapids, MI *
Jul 08 @ The Brass Rail,  Fort Wayne, IN *
Jul 09 @ Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH *
Jul 10 @ 31st Street Pub,  Pittsburgh, PA *
Jul 11 @ Bug Jar,  Rochester, NY *
Jul 12 @ The Silver Dollar Room,  Toronto, ONT
Jul 15 @ Webster Hall Studio,  New York, NY *
Jul 16 @ Brighton Bar – Long Branch, NJ *
Jul 17 @ Golden West,  Baltimore, MD *
Jul 18 @ Strange Matter,  Richmond, VA *
Jul 20 @ Casbah Durham,  Durham, NC *
Jul 21 @ Asheville Music Hall,  Asheville, NC *
Jul 22 @ The Masquerade,  Atlanta, GA *
Jul 23 @ Caledonia,  Athens, GA *
Jul 24 @ Bottletree Cafe,  Birmingham, AL *
Jul 25 @ Siberia,  New Orleans, LA *
Jul 26 @ Fitzgerald’s,  Houston, TX *
Jul 28 @ 29th Street Ballroom,  Austin, TX *
Jul 30 @ The Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK *
Jul 31 @ The Czar Bar – Kansas City, MO *
Aug 01 @ Marquis Theatre,  Denver, CO *
Aug 02 @ Launchpad,  Albuquerque, NM *
Aug 03 @ Yucca Tap Room,  Tempe, AZ *
Aug 04 @ The Satellite,  Los Angeles, CA *
Aug 05 @ Cafe Du Nord,  San Francisco, CA *
(more dates to be announced soon)


“Californian based band lovingly concoct a Cream/Hendrix inspired album of cosmic blues. Mainman Parker Griggs is a great guitarist and he’s clearly having a ball…. exhilarating stuff.” – THE DAILY TELEGRAPH – UK

“Psychedelic, acid-laced guitar-based rock that will shake you to your soul.” – MUSIC SAVAGE

“A bona fide blues-meets-psych-rock staple.”- SALT LAKE CITY WEEKLY

“Radio Moscow is as close as you can get to the dirty, growling and honest heart of power trio rock without a DeLorean. The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz is a victory for Radio Moscow in general and Parker Griggs in particular. The Story City, IA front man is possibly the most singularly gifted guitarist working today. This is your father’s rock, in all the best ways.” –  CITYVIEW

“Radio Moscow has released three albums blending blues and hard stoner rock on Alive Natural Sound Records, but in contrast with label-mates The Black Keys and Left Lane Cruiser, they add a potent psychedelic sound to the mix, bringing to mind late ‘60s/early ‘70s bands such as Blue Cheer, Hawkwind, Flower Travellin’ Band and Cream.” – SSG MUSIC

“The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz is a piping hot batch of overdriven, wah-wah and THC-soaked jams and is Paker Grigg’s homage to the heavier sounds of the Age of Aquarius. Radio Moscow’s music is a bottom-heavy blues-bomb, with grooves that recall MC 5 and the contemporary Black Mountain, and shredding like a more structurally minded Jack White, with each note bleeding into the next under a sea of overdrive.” – GOOD TIMES WEEKLY

“Parker Griggs and his band take it to the next level of power-trio psychedelic blues-rock with their third album, The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz. The album opens in full hypersonic stride, with the bass and drums threatening to run away from the ear-clearing wails of Parker’s fuzzed guitar, and the bombast doesn’t let up until disc’s end. There are a few production touches – stereo pans, phase effects and feedback – but the bulk of the album is straightforward, take-no-prisoners hard rock.” – HYPERBOLIUM

“A solid collection of blues-metal-psych-boogie for your buck. Not much for pondering their navels or gazing at their shoelaces, Parker Griggs and company pound out rock and roll with chops, foot firmly on the fuzz/wah pedal and stop-on-a-dime dynamics… the results are gratifying.” – LOS GRILLOS

“Radio Moscow bleeds Cream and The Jimi Hendrix Experience. They are not a normal blues group. They are not a normal psychedelic stoner-rock group. They are Radio Moscow, and this album cements their sound and place as an eclectic group in today’s music scene.”  – ALL CAMPUS RADIO NETWORK

“A hard rocking, blues heavy, growling rock masterpiece. This is the third Radio Moscow album and it is easily their most adventurous, most precise and most unique album.  It is also their best.” – DES MOINES IS NOT BORING

“If you’re into blues, classic rock, Led Zeppelin or Jimi Hendrix then this record is about to send you to heaven. The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz is just another gem to add to the amazing collection of this band.” – DR. DOOM’S LAIR

“Radio Moscow are aficionados of the golden age of dusty rock, and clearly proud to admit it. There’s no hint of any of that sad-sack ‘ironic’ nostalgia at work here; this is the real deal, delivered with due reverence and plenty of enthusiasm. The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz starts off with a hiss and a roar and never really lets up. It reverberates with stacks of thunderous fundamental riffs that have been twisted into some hard-rockin’, good-times, prehistoric metal. Do yourself a big favour and seek this one out immediately. I’m off to invest in their first few albums; you best do the same, brother.” – MANUAL MAGAZINE / NEW ZEALAND

“A muscular combination of effects, feedback, and sound-towers that makes for a bracing listen next to Hendrix, Blue Cheer and Robin Trower.” – DAGGERZINE

“The band has a style and rhythm reminiscent of Blue Cheer and MC5, but with—believe it or not—more impressive guitar work. For those desiring music with layers, Radio Moscow is every bit as bluesy as it is early garage.” – SANTA FE REPORTER

“If you’re fond of classic grooves from acts like 10 Years After, Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience, these guys are definitely worth checking out.” – IDAHO STATESMAN

“Radio Moscow have the perfect chemistry between percussion, vocals, and guitar…oh the guitar. It just shreds. I don’t even know how to begin to explain.” – SURROPA

“Do you pine for psychedelic blues rock in the vein of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Blue Cheer, and the MC5? Ames, Iowa’s Radio Moscow possess big, fuzzy riffs, a drummer who makes the full use of his toms, and a vocalist who may or may not have time traveled here from the Summer of Love. This is some sprawling stuff and all expertly executed. A rock blowout.” – THE STRANGER WEEKLY

“This album comes on like an unholy mix of Blue Cheer and The Black Keys.” – ELECTRIC GHOST / UK

“For a band that’s had over three decades worth of sub-genres to get influences from (and lots of drugs too, I’m sure) their sound remains true to their late-‘60s/mid-‘70s core, but Radio Moscow is just so damn good that they manage to sound refreshing.” – FABRIKA

“An eclectic mix of head-banging hard rock and psychedelic soulful vocals that with will creep through your headphones to your earholes’ delight.”  – THE WASTER

“The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz may be the best album released this year.”  – THE SODA SHOP

“If you don’t find yourself banging your head at the 2:00 minute mark into this album, I’m fairly certain you’re clinically dead.” – MUSIC THAT ISN’T BAD

“Filled with delicious, heavy and spacy guitar solos. It rocks, hard, but is plenty psychedelic. These guys are completely and unapologetically committed to a heavy rock sound. I could throw enticing influences (Blue Cheer, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath) at you all day, and continue to play the Black Keys card, if that would induce you to give a listen. If you’re not familiar with their previous records, and you like this sound at all, you’re in for a treat.” – WHEN YOU MOTOR AWAY

“Cream would be proud. And if Hendrix were alive, he’d be honored. This power-trio created by two children of the corn, and a Colorado add-on create some of the most energetic music I’ve heard in a while. With a mix of traditional blues rhythms, upbeat boogie, psychedelic pedal effects, and cataclysmic solos that can peel the paint off the walls, the music that Radio Moscow produces is truly a jaw-dropping experience.” – TYMPANOGRAM

“From note one [at their recent SLC show], Radio Moscow killed. Parker Griggs’ guitar playing was unearthly groovy, his funky flourishes and hoarse, soulful vocals combined to make him a powerful stage presence throughout the show. His body rocked back and forth with the power of his mighty guitar, while Zach Anderson and Cory Berry backed him up with an unflinching, nonstop rhythm. Wild melodies spurred some truly crazy crowd antics as fans pushed eagerly towards the front, turning the stagefront into a wildly waving frenzy of scrambling, dancing fans as they moved to some deeper beat in the music – that classic psychedelic rock vibe that gives Griggs’ music its cycling, hypnotic quality.” – SLUG MAGAZINE

RADIO MOSCOW (Copyright Photo – Robert Matheu)



Tony Bonyata
Pavement PR
p: 262.903.7775





After a year hiatus Chris Johnson’s original Deep Blues Festival will be returning June 29th through July 1st at Bayport BBQ in Bayport, MN. This year’s three-day music fest includes nearly 3-dozen music acts from around the globe, including the U.S. debut of Welsh duo Henry’s Funeral Shoe, as well as the feature film debut of “Put A Stamp On It: The T-Model Ford Story.” Other acts include Alive Naturalsound recording artists Buffalo Killers, Radio Moscow, Brian Olive, James Leg, Left Lane Cruiser, and newcomers John The Conqueror and Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, the latter whose track “Opelika” was recently chosen by Rolling Stone as one of their “favorite songs right now” in their new RS Playlist. Other great acts include one-man band Ben Prestage (all three nights), along with Possessed By Paul James, PurgAtory Hill and many others.

DEEP BLUES FESTIVAL will take place June 29-July 1 at Bayport BBQ, 328 5th Ave. N., Bayport, MN
Tickets are $150 for all 3-days and includes all-you-can-eat BBQ.
For more info call: (651) 955-6337


Fri. June 29th
3pm Tijauna Hercules! (Chicago, IL)
4pm The Speaking Tongues (Toronto, Canada)
5pm Rue Moor Counts (Detroit, MI)
6pm Reverend Deadeye (parts unknown)
7pm Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires (Birmingham, AL)
8pm PurgAtory Hill (Sturgeon Bay, WI)
9pm Henry’s Funeral Shoe (South Wales, UK)
10pm Ben Prestage (Indiantown, FL)
11pm – Special T-Model Ford documentary screening “Put A Stamp On It: The T-Model Ford Story”

Sat. June 30th
noon catl. (Toronto, Canada)
1pm Charlie Patton’s War (Bloomington, IN)
2pm Mark Porkchop Holder (Chattanooga, TN)
3pm Brian Olive (Cincinnati, OH)
4pm James Leg (Chattanooga, TN)
5pm John The Conqueror (Philadelphia, PA)
6pm Left Lane Cruiser (Fort Wayne, IN)
7pm Buffalo Killers (Cincinnati, OH)
8pm Daniel Kroha (Detroit, MI)
9pm Radio Moscow (Story City, IA)
10pm Ben Prestage (Indiantown, FL)

Sun. July 1st
2pm Adam Gussow (Oxford, MS)
3pm Restavrant (Los Angeles, CA)
4pm Molly Gene One Whoaman Band (Warrensburg, MO)
5pm Possessed By Paul James (Boerne, TX)
6pm Delaney Davidson (New Zealand)
7pm Broken Spirits (Denver, CO)
8pm David Kimbrough Jr (Holly Springs, MS)
9pm William Elliott Whitmore (Montrose, IA)
10pm Ben Prestage (Indiantown, FL)


June 5 @ Tres Hombres – Carbondale, IL
June 6 @ ZaZoo’s – Louisville, KY

June 27 @ El Lenador – St. Louis, MO
June 28 @ Ribco – Rock Island, IL
June 29 @ Kruse In – Wausau, WI
June 30 @ Deep Blues Festival – Bayport BBQ, MN
July 1 @ High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI

June 24 @ Bayport BBQ – Bayport, MN
June 25 @ PJ’s Lager House – Detroit, MI
June 26 @ The Brass Rail – Ft Wayne, IN
June 27 @ Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill – Grand Rapids, MI
June 28 @ Grandbar – Chicago, IL
June 29 @ Deep Blues Festival – Bayport, MN

June 29 @ Ace Bar – Chicago, IL
June 30 @ Deep Blues Festival – Bayport, MN
August 16 @ The Glasslands – Williamsburg, NY
August 23 @ Ultra session – Cincinnati, OH

June 24 Daytrotter Session – Rock Island, IL
June 26 @ Mickey’s Tavern – Madison, WI
June 27 @ Quarter’s Rock’n’Roll Palace – Milwaukee, WI
June 28 @ Palmer’s Bar – Minneapolis, MN
June 29 @ Deep Blues Festival Bayport BBQ, MN

June 9 @ Zazoo’s – Louisville, KY
June 30 @Deep Blues Festival – Bayport, MN

June 23 @ Whiskey Dicks – Tahoe, CA
June 25 @ Jambalaya – Arcata, CA
June 26 @ Rotture – Portland, OR
June 27 @ Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA
June 29 @ The Aquarium – Fargo, ND
June 30 @ Deep Blues Fest – Bayport, MN
July 2 @ Bombay’s Bicycle Club – Des Moines, IA
July 3 @ The Yacht Club – Iowa City, IA
July 5 @ Rock Island Brewing Co – Rock Island, IL
July 6 @ Grand Bar – Chicago, IL
July 7 @ The Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI
July 8 @ The Brass Rail – Ft Wayne, IN
July 10 @ 31st St Pub – Pittsburgh, PA
July 11 @ Bug Jar – Rochester, NY
July 12 @ The Silver Dollar Room – Toronto, ONT
July 15 @ Webster Hall Studio – New York, NY
July 17 @ Golden West – Baltimore, MD
July 18 @ Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
July 20 @ Casbah – Durham, NC
July 21 @ Asheville Music Hall – Asheville, NC
July 22 @ Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
July 23 @ Caledonia – Athens, GA
July 24 @ Bottletree Cafe – Birmingham, AL
July 25 @ Siberia – New Orleans, LA
July 26 @ Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX
July 28 @ 29th Street Ballroom – Austin, TX
Aug 1 @ Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO
Aug 2 @ Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
Aug 3 @ Yucca Tap Room – Tempe, AZ
Aug 4 @ The Satellite – Los Angeles, CA
Aug 5 @ Cafe Du Nord – San Francisco, CA



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UNCUT Magazine in the U.K. has a great feature in their recent issue on the making of Lawrence Ball’s new “Method Music” album, with interviews from both Lawrence and the album’s producer Pete Townshend.


THE BURG  (Lynchburg, VA weekly)
Alt rockers Cracker headlining Campout East Music Festival
By: Brent Wells | The Burg

The second annual Campout East music festival, hosted by alt-rockers Cracker, will roll into Buena Vista on Friday for a two-night rock ‘n’ roll show complete with its own pancake breakfast and kickball tournament.

“I grew up with a guy that struck out at kickball,” Southern Culture On The Skids’ guitarist Rick Miller says with a laugh. “That’s pretty tough.”

Southern Culture On The Skids will join Cracker at the all-ages festival, which also features the Dexter Romweber Duo, Carl Anderson, Radiolucent, 7Horse and Joe Fletcher & The Wrong Reasons.

Cracker frontman David Lowery says Campout East gives the band an opportunity to gather friends, family and fans who have stuck with them during their more than 20 years in the music business.

“It’s our Star Trek convention, where people who’ve been fans of the band for a long time sort of reconnect with each other,” he says. “It’s very informal.”

Lowery, along with guitarist Johnny Hickman, drummer Frank Funaro and bassist Sal Maida, have long-standing ties in the Richmond area. After seven successful years of their popular Campout West in California, they decided after that Central Virginia was a perfect place for another festival.

Cracker will headline both nights, and Lowery says putting on their own event means the band can play whatever they want, for as long as they want.

“Sometimes when you’re out touring, you’re limited to the amount of songs you can play,” he says. “But we’re going to do at least an hour and 40 [minutes] each night.”

With nine studio albums under its belt, Cracker is no stranger to mammoth shows and endless amounts of touring. The band’s unique blend of Americana, country and classic rock has helped co-founders Lowery and Hickman continue to grow an already loyal fanbase.

When Cracker hit its stride during the 1990s, songs like “Low” and “Euro Trash Girl” (from the album “Kerosene Hat”) were lighting up rock-radio dials around the country, eventually earning the band platinum record status.

But Lowery says people have yet to stop listening.

“Our best weapon is our fans,” he says. “They’re the ones that keep us popular and keep us relevant and turn new people on to us. That’s what these [festivals] are kind of about.”

And the Campout lineup should be enough to entertain, from Southern Culture On The Skids’ hybrid of surf, R&B and rockabilly to the folk-rock sensibilities of Radiolucent to 7Horse’s mix of cosmic country and dirty blues.

Miller and his bandmates — drummer Dave Hartman and bassist-singer Mary Huff — have been throwing what The Rolling Stone dubbed “a hell-raising rock and roll party” for nearly three decades.

He says the band has survived the changing tides of the music industry by maintaining a certain perspective.

“The key to our success is the lack of it,” he says. “Success to me was the day I quit my day job. I’m having as much fun as I’ve ever had.”
See them live
WHAT: Campout East, featuring Cracker, Southern Culture On The Skids and friends
WHERE: Glen Maury Park; 101 Maury River Dr., Buena Vista
WHEN: Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Friday
TICKETS: $25 per day for adults and free for children 12 and younger (it costs an additional $50 for camping Friday and Saturday night)
INFO: Campout East’s website–ar-1953563/

THE NEWS & ADVANCE (Lynchburg, VA daily) – Camp-Out East show preview with Cracker photo (links to The Burg story above)

C-VILLE (Charlottesville weekly) – Camp-Out East feature with David interview and band photo
Head of the camp: An interview with David Lowery
Cracker front man talks festing, producing and teaching

David Lowery wears many musical hats. He’s best known as the front man of Cracker—the popular alt-rock outfit that hit it big back in the early ‘90s with the platinum-selling album Kerosene Hat. But Lowery’s reach in the business is much greater than Cracker’s ubiquitous radio hits like “Low” and “Get Off This.”
Before Cracker, he founded indie punk pioneers Camper Van Beethoven, and as a producer he’s helmed records by Counting Crows, Sparklehorse and, most recently, local country rock heroes Sons of Bill. He’s also started teaching a music business class at the University of Georgia.
This weekend, though, Lowery will act as festival curator, as he brings Campout East back to the region for two days of music at Glen Maury Park in Buena Vista. The event—an offshoot of Lowery’s long-standing Campout Festival held in California—is relocating from its debut last year at Misty Mountain Camp Resort in Crozet. In addition to two nights of Cracker, the line-up includes Southern Culture on the Skids, the Dexter Romweber Duo, Carl Anderson and Radiolucent.

C-Ville: Everyone has his or her own idea of what makes a good festival. What’s your vision with Campout East?
David Lowery: “For a longtime we’ve done the Campout Festival in California, and we wanted to bring it east since Cracker has a lot of roots in Virginia. This festival is about giving back to our fans. It’s doing something for the core group that has followed our family of bands and given me a 25-year-plus career. We’re getting our community together in one place to hang out. I’m sorry we had to move it a little further away from Charlottesville, but I think people are going to like the new location. It rained a lot last year, so we’ll have a covered stage with a nice little spot next to the river [Maury River].”

Tell me about some of the bands you decided to include this year.
“All of the Campout events are meant to highlight bands that fall into the Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven family. It’s generally groups that are related to my bands or side projects. Southern Culture on the Skids is a band I’ve played many shows with, going back to my dabbling with FSK. Radiolucent is an Athens, Georgia band that I just happen to love. They’re really young kids that grew up on Whiskeytown and the Drive-By Truckers. There’s a soul element to their sound, and it just blew me away the first time I saw them play.”

After the festival, Cracker will spend most of the summer on the road with the Last Summer on Earth Tour, also featuring Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler and Big head Todd and the Monsters. Is this meant to be a ‘90s revival?
“Conceptually I don’t really see it as a ‘90s thing. That seems a little insulting. This tour is the Barenaked Ladies idea, and they’re bigger now than they were back then. I think this tour is going to be really successful, and I’m glad we’re going to be a part of it.”

How would you describe the way Cracker’s sound has evolved through the years?
“We’ve always been a country roots rock band. We’ve always leaned on American roots stuff, whether it’s soul, blues or country. To me—that’s when rock works best—as a mongrel that mixes all that stuff together. That’s what bands like the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and even the Clash did so well—put so many different styles in a blender. Fortunately, our sound somehow fit into modern rock radio back when grunge had taken over the entire world.”

After all these years, what part of the music industry are you enjoying most these days—performing, producing or teaching?
“I’ve decided to stop being a producer. I think it’s the most thankless job in the world. You’re always in a really awkward position of trying to make a record better, but in order to do that, you have to insult everybody by telling them how their songs aren’t good enough. You always have to be the bad cop. Psychologically that’s not a good place to be.
I do enjoy teaching people about the music business. I teach about the finance and economics of the music business, and it’s a pretty hardcore class. Half of my students seem to be artists and musicians and the others are finance and business majors. I’m basically teaching them all how to rip each other off in the future. When it comes to music, being on stage is still the best.”

ROANOKE TIMES  (Roanoke daily) – Camp-Out East feature with David interview and photos of Cracker, Southern Culture on the Skids and Dex Romweber Duo
Campout East to feature Cracker, Southern Culture on the Skids and more
Second annual Cracker-led festival moves to Buena Vista
By Tad Dickens
Apparently, civic leaders in the Buena Vista area include fans of cult-favorite indie rockers Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven.

That interest is part of the reason that Cracker, Southern Culture on the Skids, Dex Romweber Duo and more will be rocking Glen Maury Park on Friday and Saturday.

The event, Campout East, is an offshoot of the Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven Campout, in Pioneertown, Calif. David Lowery, a founding member of both acts, said that Campout started out west eight years ago as a combination birthday party for the several band members born in September and a “Star Trek” convention for bands that emerged from Camper Van Beethoven’s California Inland Empire scene.

But Lowery had lived in Richmond for 23 years, and started Cracker there with childhood friend Johnny Hickman. After the West Coast campout was well established, they started Campout East last year, throwing the bash in Crozet. But they got a lot of rain that weekend, and wanted something more logistically suited to big rock shows.

For this year’s event, they decided to get deeper into the mountains, farther west of Richmond.

“Glen Maury Park has a pavilion, so everybody is covered if it does rain,” Lowery said. “I just like the town. I like that area out there. The people are really nice. And the county has … they were the ones who came to us to see if we wanted to do this out there.”

Camper Van Beethoven, the first of Lowery’s bands to find success, won’t be on the bill this year. But Camper is finishing a new album that should be out soon, Lowery said.

Instead, Cracker will headline both Friday and Saturday on the Devil’s Backbone main stage. Dex Romweber Duo – Romweber led the two-piece White Stripes and Black Keys precursor, Flat Duo Jets – is second on the bill on Friday. Southern Culture on the Skids, featuring former Roanokers Mary Huff and Dave Hartman, is second on the bill on Saturday.

Acts from Roanoke and Blacksburg are on the bill, too.

Levi’s Gene Pool, which also plays Kirk Fest on Saturday in Roanoke, is scheduled for Campout East’s Strange Stage at 7:45 p.m. Friday. Roanoke-based Deral Fenderson is set for a 5:30 p.m. set at the Strange Stage.

Campout East 2012

Friday and Saturday, Glen Maury Park, Buena Vista

With Cracker (both nights), Southern Culture on the Skids, Dex Romweber Duo, Carl Anderson, Joe Fletcher and the Wrong Reasons, Radiolucent, 7 Horse

When: Friday and Saturday, Glen Maury Park, Buena Vista

How much: $50 general admission weekend pass; $25 general admission single-day pass; $50 weekend camp site (does not include tickets; six campers per site)


ROANOKE TIMES  (Roanoke daily) – Camp-Out East podcast feature with David interview and Cracker photo
Podcast with David Lowery of Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven; Cracker headlines Campout East, in Buena Vista, this weekend
Cracker, from left: Frank Funaro, Johnny Hickman, David Lowery and Sal Maida | Photo by Jason Thrasher

Cracker, from left: Frank Funaro, Johnny Hickman, David Lowery and Sal Maida | Photo by Jason Thrasher

David Lowery, who was on the ground floor for the formation of two bands with substantial cult followings — Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven — brings Cracker to Buena Vista for the second annual Campout East Festival. Last year, the fest was in Crozet, but the band wanted to get the festival under a big roof and get deeper into the mountains. Missions accomplished. Also on the bill are Southern Culture on the Skids and Dex Romweber Duo, among others. Read more and get festival details in Inside Out.

On this podcast, we talk with Lowery about the festival, about the  music business (he spent his days between college and the breakout of Camper Van Beethoven as the “math ninja” and computer guy for a small, private hedge fund, which made him “accidentally” qualified to deal with the bid’ness.) and about what’s next for Camper Van. We stream music from Cracker’s 2009 disc, “Sunrise In The Land of Milk And Honey” — “Turn On Tune In Drop Out With Me,” “Hand Me My Inhaler” and “Yalla Yalla (Let’s Go).”

Note: My ignorance of recent Lowery events shone through when he mentioned a recent solo album about which I had never heard. That album is called “The Palace Guards”  and was released last year on Savoy/429 Records. Check his website for more info about that disc.

THE NEWS-GAZETTE (Lexington, VA weekly) – Camp-Out East feature with Cracker photo and related link.
Campout East Coming To Buena Vista
Glen Maury Park in Buena Vista will be jam-packed with campers and music Friday and Saturday at the second annual Campout East Festival.

This all-ages fest offers fans two days of alternative and classic rock, featuring some prominent names in the music industry. Cracker will be headlining both nights, and will be joined by Southern Culture On The Skids, the Dexter Romweber Duo, Carl Anderson, Radiolucent, 7Horse, and Joe Fletcher and The Wrong Reasons.

These bands will be appearing on the stage of the multi-purpose pavilion. A second stage will be set up nearby for primarily Virginia bands who will perform in between the other bands’ sets.

The gates open Friday at 6 p.m., with the music commencing at 7 p.m., and continuing until late in the night. The music resumes Saturday at 2:15 p.m., and goes on throughout the day and into the night.

Devils Backbone Brewing Company is presenting this year’s edition of Campout East, which is being held in Buena Vista for the first time. Last year’s inaugural event took place in Crozet and drew approximately 1,000 spectators.

Admission is $25 for a one-day pass, or $50 for the weekend. Children under 12 are admitted free. Weekend camping is $50 per site for Friday and Saturday nights.

For more information, contact

RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH (Richmond daily) – Camp-Out East mention in “Out of town arts and entertainment events” column.
Campout East Music Festival: Cracker, Southern Culture on the Skids, Dexter Romweber Duo and lots more indie and alt-rockers, 6 p.m.-midnight Friday and 4 p.m.-midnight Saturday at Glen Maury Park, Buena Vista. $25 per day; younger than 12 free; $50 weekend camping.

LYNCHBURG EXAMINER (Lynchburg, VA online music site) – Camp-Out East news blub with related link.
Some locals will be camping out this weekend at Glen Maury Park in Buena Vista for Campout East, a weekend concert featuring alternative rock bands Cracker, Southern Culture On The Skids, and friends.  Gates open at 5 p.m. on Friday.

JAMBANDS (popular online music site) – Camp-Out East news feature (from press release) with band photo and news on Johnny’s new album.

THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY (VA & WV online A&E site) – Camp-Out East listing
Things to see and do…
Jun. 1, 2012 at 9:00 AM : Campout East Music Festival at Glen Maury Park in Buena Vista, Va.

Cracker, Southern Culture on the Skids, Dex Romweber Duo, Carl Anderson, Joe Fletcher and the Wrong Reasons, Radiolucent.

EXAMINER (online music site) – Camp-Out East news feature (from press release) with photo and related links.

JAMBASE (online music site) – Camp-Out East news feature (from press release) with related links.

INNOCENT WORDS (online music site) – Camp-Out East news feature (from press release) with band photo and related links.

EXPLODING IN SOUND (online music site) – Camp-Out East news feature (from press release) with band photo and related links.

GLIDE MAGAZINE (online music site) – Camp-Out East news feature (from press release) with stock band photo and related links.

CW’S PLACE (online music site) – Camp-Out East news feature (from press release) with stock band photo and related links.

REBEL ROD’S FROM UNDER THE BASEMENT (syndicated radio show and online music site) – Camp-Out East news feature (from press release) with stock band photo and related links.

HELLHOUND MUSIC (online music site) – Camp-Out East news feature (from press release) with stock band photo and related links.

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