It’s no secret that I love OG earth rockers Clutch, dad band extraordinaire. They just dropped a new video from their upcoming album “Book of Bad Decisions” called In Walks Barbarella and it’s chock full of self-referential comic book greatness. Clutch’s signature heavy blues rock is filled out with tasteful horns on this catchy tune, check it out!
Fantastic Negrito is the stage name of Xavier Amin Dphrepaulezz, an Oakland-based singer songwriter who just dropped a new album Please Don’t Be Dead in June 2018. From his Facebook page, and I couldn’t have said it better than this, “Fantastic Negrito is black roots music for everyone, Blues with a punk attitude from Oakland”.
It is the best kind of dirty, soulful blues rock and man, if I hadn’t just missed seeing him on tour here, I wouldn’t have even heard of this cat. And now I’m kicking myself for missing out. Don’t make the same mistake, catch him on tour and pick up Please Don’t Be Dead, it will reinvigorate your soul.
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Witch Mountain has been around since 1997 with a few lineup changes. New vocalist Kayla Dixon is a revelation, her vocals alternately soaring, growling, and hitting you with the heavy feels.
I had the pleasure of seeing them live in San Francisco last week, and they brought arena level energy to the small club I saw them in. These guys are the real deal. Catch them if you can!
Witch Mountain is currently on tour playing with local openers across the US, July 11 to August 12. Their latest effort is available on Bandcamp.
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