A Brief History of Sun Valley Gun Club
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A Brief History of Sun Valley Gun Club

Sacramento has long been home to a wide variety of talented bands and artists. One group that’s been making music together for nearly a decade is Sun Valley Gun Club, a self-described “Punk-Influenced Alt/Country Band” that has been growing in popularity over the last few years, including opening for The Front Bottoms at Cornerstone in … Continue reading

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Anime Aliens New Album: Sucker Punch

TUBE. caught up with Sacramento prog-punk band, Anime Aliens, to talk about their new album, Sucker Punch. The album features 15 “quick hits” that sure does pack a punch. You’d be a sucker not to check it out.   Check out their album and others at animealiens.bandcamp.com Video by: Heather Uroff, Melissa Uroff, and Cam … Continue reading

A Trip to San Kazakgascar
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A Trip to San Kazakgascar

San Kazakgascar describes itself as “quasi-Middle Eastern/Indian psychedelia.” The description is a fitting one as the Sacramento band takes Middle Eastern and Indian sounds, which are already often associated with hippy mind-altering experiences, and weaves them in hypnotic patterns. Their sound is somewhat reminiscent of Dead Can Dance and the sitar music of Ravi Shankar that inspired … Continue reading

Duke Chevalier Plays the Ace of Swords.
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Duke Chevalier Plays the Ace of Swords.

Duke Chevalier is an enigmatic California music project melding esoteric, spiritual influences with odd notes of funk, folk, hip-hop, and catchy riffs. The group, whose members do not broadcast their identities, is finally ready to debut their first release since ‘Hangin’ onto the Vision’ in March 2014. The five track EP, Ace of Swords is an alternately mellow … Continue reading

Listen: Mother Mother’s Very Good Bad Thing
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Listen: Mother Mother’s Very Good Bad Thing

This month, Canadian rockers Mother Mother released their new album Very Good Bad Thing.  Much like the band members themselves, each song has a distinct personality. The lead single “Monkey Tree” is a brightly feral song, urging listeners leave the rat race and run away to the jungle.“Modern Love” offers a chorus shimmering with anticipation. The simple but pervasive touches of “Reaper Man” … Continue reading

Music We Believe In and a Solid Performance: The Enlows Turn 15!
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Music We Believe In and a Solid Performance: The Enlows Turn 15!

Do you remember turning fifteen years old? Being pissed off at your folks? Having baked, greasy skin like last night’s pizza, perhaps? Losing control while making a valiant effort at conversation with a crush? ¿La quinceañera, puede ser? Rock bands have an advantage over us as individuals – those embarrassing things do not happen to … Continue reading

Cohesion and Clash: A Look at So Much Yes by Eli and the Sound Cult
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Cohesion and Clash: A Look at So Much Yes by Eli and the Sound Cult

Sacramento band Eli and the Sound Cult, composed of Elijah Jenkins (guitar, vocals, key, and samples) and Jason Bove (bass), describe themselves as an “indie-neo-electro-pseudo-soul duo.” The five songs on the band’s newest EP, So Much Yes, do not suggest quite this level of genre crossing, though they do rise and fall with sublimated anguish. … Continue reading

Hear: Screaming Females’ New Album Rose Mountain
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Hear: Screaming Females’ New Album Rose Mountain

New Jersey DIY-punk trio Screaming Females is gearing up to drop their sixth LP Rose Mountain . In it the band hopes to explore a more streamlined sound, pushing vocals and lyrical themes to the forefront but without losing their signature raw intensity. In 2013 frontwoman Marissa Paternoter wrestled with chronic mononucleosis, which put the band’s creative process … Continue reading

Hear: Iron & Wine’s Archive Series Volume No. 1
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Hear: Iron & Wine’s Archive Series Volume No. 1

Iron & Wine’s Archive Series Volume No. 1 is the first in a series of releases of previously put aside and unreleased tracks. Sam Beam has been creating music for more than a decade under the name Iron & Wine, and with this new release, he put together unreleased home recordings, covers, and live sets from to be released on … Continue reading

Manipulating Success
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Manipulating Success

Ty Segall’s new album Manipulator, harkens back to the bygone days of the sixties and seventies, calling up visions of mad dancing and drugged out psychedelic swirls of colors. Manipulator’s sound is reminiscent of early David Bowie and Pink Floyd with dashes of Cheap Trick, Moody Blues, Bachman Turner Overdrive and Wolfmother for flavor. The … Continue reading