Lou Rhodes set to release One Good Thing

Ex-Lamb vocalist Lou Rhodes will release her third solo CD on March 14. It’s not fair to say that Rhodes has matured since her time in Lamb – that duo’s electronic-fused trip-hop was mature sounding – but on One Good Thing she’s traded computer-assisted noise for acoustic guitars and other assorted strings. It’s two-steps beyond coffee shop fare, but imaginably would sound fantastic stripped-down to just Rhodes and a guitar played in an intimate setting.

You can download “There for the Taking” from One Good Thing in exchange for your e-mail address. Pretty fair trade it you ask me.

Free music Friday

Club 8“Western Hospitality”
(blend of melancholic, dreamy and irresistibly catchy style of pop)

Nick Jaina“Sleep Child”
(lush orchestration and amazing melodies)

White Fence“The Love Between”
(Solo project by Tim Presley of Darker My Love)

The Lonely Forest“We Sing in Time”
(first band signed to DCFC Chris Walla’s Trans Records)

Penguin Prison“Something I’m Not”, “Animal Animal”
(intelligent electro-pop dance music)

Erik Hassle“Be Mine (featuring Ellie Goulding)”
(idiosyncratic soul pop)

Eddy Current Suppression Ring“Anxiety”
(stripped-down post-punk)

Casiokids“Finn Bijkken”
(influenced by afro-beat, techno and out-and-out pop)

The Pack A.D.“Crazy”
(hint of Delta blues and healthy dose of garage punk, psychedelics, angular riff-ology)

Josiah Wolf “Master Cleanse (California)”
(WHY? multi-instrumentalist; autumnal mix of warm folk and easy psychedelia)

Titus Andronicus“Four Score and Seven (Part One)”, “Four Score and Seven (Part Two)”
(Springsteen-esque rockers from Jersey)

Nada Surf“Electrocution” (Bill Fox cover)
(from NS’s upcoming covers album)

Electric President“Safe and Sound”
(sigh-inducing gem  mixing folk and indie pop with electronic elements)

Year Long Disaster“Show Me Your Teeth”
(swampy stoner blues)

Serena-Maneesh“Reprobate”
(wall of sound influenced by bands ranging from My Bloody Valentine to The Stooges)

Metal news: Megadeth shakeup, new High on Fire song, Rock on the Range lineup coming

File this under “never thought this would happen”: Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine announced the return of bassist Dave Ellefson to the band, just in time for the 20th anniversary Rust in Peace tour (with Testament and Exodus). Let’s not forget, it was just 5 years ago that Ellefson sued Mustaine for $18.5 million (the lawsuit was dismissed). Ellefson replaces James LoMenzo who has been in Megadeth since early 2006. I certainly hope this has nothing to do with the interview I did with LoMenzo last year when I asked if, under the right circumstances, he’d reunite with White Lion.

New High on Fire song, new tour: High on Fire debuted a new song (“Snakes for the Divine”) on Spin.com today (damn, this thing SMOKES) and announced a pretty major headlining tour with support from Priestess, Black Cobra and Bison BC. The band’s new album comes out Feb.23.

Soundgarden? Creed? Limp Bizkit? Rock on the Range announces lineup at 10am, February 9: The rumors are running rampant about who will be playing the fourth annual Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, Ohio May 22 and 23. The festival has had some huge mainstage talent in the past and there is no reason to think this year won’t offer a plethora of big name hard rock bands. Personally, I’d love to see Soundgarden and/or Faith No More. We’ll all find out tomorrow morning who will be performing. Check out RockOnTheRange.com at 10am for all the information.

“Lover You Should’ve Come Over”: Jeff Buckley vs. Holly Miranda

Jeff Buckley

Holly Miranda

Holly Miranda is currently touring with Tegan and Sara. Here’s where you can catch her:

Feb 10 Joe’s Pub (Happy Ending Music & Reading Series) NY, NY
Feb 12 Calvin Theatre w/ Tegan & Sara Northampton, Massachusetts
Feb 13 The Orpheum w/ Tegan & Sara Boston, Massachusetts
Feb 16 Tower Theatre w/ Tegan & Sara Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Feb 17 Warner Theatre w/ Tegan & Sara D.C., Washington DC
Feb 18 The National w/ Tegan & Sara Richmond, Virginia
Feb 20 Tampa Theatre w/ Tegan & Sara Tampa, Florida
Feb 21 Sunset Cove w/ Tegan & Sara Miami (Boca Raton), Florida
Feb 23 Variety Playhouse w/ Tegan & Sara Atlanta, Georgia
Feb 24 Tipitina’s w/ Tegan & Sara New Orleans, Louisiana
Feb 25 Palladium w/ Tegan & Sara Dallas, Texas
Feb 26 Bass Concert Hall w/ Tegan & Sara Austin, Texas
Feb 27 The Warehouse w/ Tegan & Sara Houston, Texas
Mar 2 House of Blues w/ Tegan & Sara Las Vegas, Nevada
Mar 3 Copley Symphony Hall w/ Tegan & Sara San Diego, California
Mar 5 Fox Theatre w/ Tegan & Sara Oakland, California
Mar 24 The Orpheum w/ Tegan & Sara Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mar 25 The Riverside w/ Tegan & Sara Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Mar 26 The Aragon w/ Tegan & Sara Chicago, Illinois
Mar 27 Royal Oak Theatre w/ Tegan & Sara Detroit, Michigan
Mar 28 Lakewood Civic w/ Tegan & Sara Cleveland, Ohio
Mar 30 Promo West Pavilion w/ Tegan & Sara Columbus, Ohio
Mar 31 Ryman Theatre w/ Tegan & Sara Nashville, Tennessee
Apr 2 The Pageant w/ Tegan & Sara St. Louis, Missouri
Apr 3 Uptown Theatre w/ Tegan & Sara Kansas City, Missouri
Apr 4 The Ogden w/ Tegan & Sara Denver, Colorado
Apr 6 In The Venue w/ Tegan & Sara Salt Lake City, Utah
Apr 8 Keller Auditorium w/ Tegan & Sara Portland, Oregon

Free music Friday

Young Sinclairs“Tribe”
(electronically ampli?ed pop-art)

1986“Undertow”
(featuring members who have played with Bishop Allen, The Rosebuds, The Gutter Twins, Cursive, or Okkervil River)

The Heligoats“Fish Sticks”
(delirious art craft and song wit by ex-Troubled Hubble member)

King of Prussia“Waitin’ for Something”
(country-western indie rock)

Sideways Reign“Oxygen”
(part Citizen Cope and part Ray LaMontagne with a hint of Neil Young’s soulfulness, and electric driven, blues influenced groove evoking thoughts of Blind Melon)

Bluebrain“Ten by Ten”
(electro-pop)