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Gardener

It’s getting harder and harder find someone who hasn’t at least heard about noise-rock band Gardener. From house shows to dive bars to PDX Pop Now, the band has found themselves on more than a few lineups. Most recently, they joined Nick Normal for a fall tour of the (mostly) West Coast. While their Bandcamp only has one song, “Self Rapture,” it’s uniquely polished and layered. The vocals are surprisingly gentle, even for a psychedelic song. They float smoothly over the high-wired electronic chords. Hints of gospel inspirations dance in and out of the song. The guitar solos are phenomenal, wonderful explosions reminiscent of rock legends such as Queen. The song pays homage to early psychedelic-rock acts while also showing us who Gardener is as a band. Make sure you give it a listen below.

-By Avril Carrillo, photo by Derek Wohlsein

 

   

Lost Boy ? Releases New Album 'Paranoid Fiction'

Behind the Lost Boy ? moniker, Brooklyn-based rocker/guitarist Davey Jones draws a character from tales of the late ‘60s through the early ‘90s in Lower Manhattan and Downtown LA. Inspired by memoirs, literature, and music from this era, Lost Boy ? tells the story from this retro vantage point exploring the trials, tribulations, and sounds of the Sex, Drugs, & Rock N Roll era. Today, he’s back with a new record titled Paranoid Fiction.

Jones’ grizzled vocals, paired with rattling guitar licks, make for a truly vintage sound beholden to '70s garage rock. Each track plays like it’s been dipped in whiskey. On Paranoid Fiction, Lost Boy ? hones the ability to write sticky melodies that are equal parts aggressive and fun; Jones rips through 13 tracks and keeps you in the palm of his hand the whole time. Listen below. 

   

New Track: "Center City Blues" - Kelsey Cork and the Swigs

Kelsey Cork and the Swigs just released their debut single, “Center City Blues,” via Good How Are You Records. The song gradually revs up on a blues-rock path, while contextually delving into the hierarchal power structure and where we, as individuals, all fall or fit in. Hopefully the recent election results will mark a step toward improvement, and as the song suggest, no matter what your standing is, it's important to truly enjoy yourself. You can get down with Kelsey Cork and the Swigs this Friday, November 16 at The Bottom, with Slomo Sapiens and Trash Boy. (Photo by Alyssa Resh)

   

Rotten Mouth @ Subt (11/11)

Rotten Mouth has released a new single called “Steady Hand”. This is the “Dirty” Rock band’s first new released since their 2016 album A Brave Refrain.

Rotten Mouth is the work of Josh Guelzow (Guitar and Vocals), Ryan Wade (Guitar), Clay Mutert (Bass and Vocals), and Chris Mutert (Drums).

You can catch Rotten Mouth at Subterranean on November 11th with Laurel & The Love-In, The Footlight District, and Myrcenes.

   

Dirty Work - Classic Street Punk, Coalition 11.16

Dirty Work is a 3 piece straight up street punk band. They scream Oi! and don’t care about you. They have the energy of all the old school punk bands from the 70s and 80s. Their new record “In The West End” was released earlier this month and consists of 12 ripper punk tunes. Get in, get dirty, get out. Crank up the opening track “Ready To Go” and enjoy the cameo appearance from two legends at the very beginning. Dirty Work plays Coalition on Friday November 16 with Dayglo Abortions and The Nasties. – Kris Gies