Mojo’s Pick of the Week – Vista Chino

vistachinoYou only think you don’t know who Vista Chino is. After the legendary stoner rock band Kyuss reformed as Kyuss Lives! in 2010 with Belgian guitarist Bruno Fevery filling Josh Homme’s shoes, they ended up having to drop the name Kyuss for legal reasons and became Vista Chino. Bassist Nick Oliveri has now returned to his own group Mondo Generator (named after a Kyuss song), while the absolutely amazing Mike Dean from Corrosion of Conformity has stepped in for their current tour in support of their debut album “Peace”, out now.

If you are or ever were a Kyuss fan, absolutely, positively, do not miss a chance to see Vista Chino, and revel in the reborn glory of desert rock legends playing their heavy, groovy classics with love. They play tonight at the Echoplex in LA with Portland’s Black Pussy, seriously, catch them if you can!

Stream “Peace” and read John Garcia’s thoughts on each track on Spin.

In the meantime, enjoy this Kyuss classic from Welcome to Sky Valley, well represented in their setlist:

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Mojo’s Pick of the Week – Scorpion Child

scorpionchildFans of Black Sabbath, Dio, Mountain, and any number of 70’s heavy fuzz rock bands will find that Austin’s Scorpion Child feels like your comfortable old Converse kicks and equally makes you want to jump around and dance and maybe break shit. These guys are solid as hell, and bring their unashamed retro style right in your face like a fisted glove. They’ve played with the mighty Clutch, among others, and are on tour right now to promote their just-released self titled debut album. Catch them at Slim’s SF on September 23!

SCORPION CHILD – Polygon Of Eyes

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Mojo’s Pick of the Week: Red 9


I love rock trios. I really love good rock trios. There’s nowhere to hide in a trio, everyone contributes. From Cream to Rush to Primus to ZZTop, a three-piece can blow your mind with how much you can do with less.

Red 9 is a really good rock trio from Los Angeles that plays some serious balls-out rock. Versatile, modern, heavy, rock. Check out their excellent over of one of my favorite tunes, Nine Inch Nails‘ Head Like a Hole and see if you agree:

They rip it up tonight at the Troubadour LA – if you’re in the area, check them out!

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