Video: Helms Alee – “8/16”

Another tip from a friend (this time, Metal Rob). Helms Alee put together a pretty rad ’90s MTV-influenced video for the track “8/16”. All sorts of references in this NOISY (think Melvins meets Sonic Youth meets Torche) video – see if you can spot ’em all. There are a few that I think I need help with but my favorite takes place at the very end (Ozzy & Lita from “Close My Eyes Forever”).

Free download: George Barnett – Sierra Planes EP

The fine folks over at Bobby-Best Creative turned me onto George Barnett, a 17-year-old kid from the UK who sings songs about college (“If you want to waste 5 years, baby you can do it with me”), not wanting an ID (“I don’t want my iris scanned so I can walk through my yard”), and dancing the night away on his debut EP, Sierra Planes.

George is a wise kid, he knows the way of the music world even as a teenager, and he’s offering up the EP for free. If ya dig it, maybe you can support George in his future endeavors in March when he releases his full-length debut, 17 Days.

If you want an idea of what you’re getting into before taking a chance on a free download, give the EP a listen.

Video: Cloud Nothings – “No Future / No Past”

I’m late to the Cloud Nothings bandwagon though I probably should have jumped aboard when I learned that Dylan Baldi grew up in the same Cleveland suburb that I did. I bet Dylan and I had some of the same high school teachers though I graduated, I’m guessing, at least 15 years before he did.

This video doesn’t do a whole lot for me but it got over 11,000 views the day it was posted on Vimeo. And while the video is worth maybe a watch or two, the song is pretty cool – sort of what early Nirvana might have sounded like if they were influenced by Radiohead. Or something like that.

Attack on Memory comes out this week both physically and digitally.

Tour: Snow Patrol

Snow Patrol’s latest, Fallen Empires, is released in the U.S. tomorrow. With the release comes a U.S. tour slated to kick off at the end of March. Tickets go on sale for many of these dates starting 1/13.

March 29 | Orlando, FL | Hard Rock Live | On sale 1/13
March 30 | Miami Beach, FL | Fillmore Miami Beach | On sale 1/13
March 31 | St. Petersburg, FL | Jannus Live | On sale 1/14
April 2 | Atlanta, GA | The Tabernacle | On sale 1/13
April 3 | Nashville, TN | Ryman Auditorium | On sale 1/13
April 4 | Cincinnati, OH | Bogart’s | On sale 1/13
April 6 | Washington, DC | 9:30 Club | On sale 1/13
April 10 | Philadelphia, PA | Electric Factory | On sale 1/14
April 12 | Boston, MA | Orpheum Theatre | On sale 1/14
April 13 | New York, NY | Terminal 5 | On sale 1/13
April 16 | Montreal, QC | Metropolis | On sale 1/14
April 17 | Toronto, ON | Massey Hall | On sale 1/13
April 20 | Pontiac, MI | Clutch Cargo’s | On sale 1/13
April 21 | Chicago, IL | Aragon Ballroom | On sale 1/14
April 22 | Indianapolis, IN | Egyptian Room | On sale 1/13
April 24 | Kansas City, MO | The Beaumont Club | On sale 1/14
April 25 | Minneapolis, MN | First Avenue | On sale 1/14
April 27 | Denver, CO | Fillmore Auditorium | On sale 1/14
April 28 | Salt Lake City, UT | The Depot | On sale 1/14
April 30 | Vancouver, BC | Orpheum | On sale 1/13
May 1 | Seattle, WA | Paramount Ballroom | On sale 1/13
May 2 | Portland, OR | Crystal Ballroom | On sale 1/13
May 4 | Oakland, CA | Fox Theater | On sale 1/15
May 8 | Los Angeles, CA | Hollywood Palladium | On sale 1/14
May 10 | Pomona, CA | Fox Theatre | On sale 1/13
May 11 | Temecula, CA | Pechanga Theater | On sale 1/13
May 12 | Las Vegas, NV | The Pool @ The Cosmopolitan | On sale 1/13
May 16 | Dallas, TX | South Side Music Hall | On sale 1/13
May 17 | Austin, TX | Stubb’s | On sale 1/14
May 18 | Houston, TX | Verizon Wireless Theater | On sale 1/13