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February 16, 2015

We have nothing to hide hear at SS. We love all sorts of music; from metal to folk. But we also love a good pop rock band. Last year we had Bleachers, now this year we have Cheerleader. We have a feeling this band are going to get lots of air time, and we are looking forward to seeing them on their upcoming tour opening for The Wombats.

Cheerleader is Joe Haller, Chris Duran, Josh Pannepacker, Carl Bahner and Paul Impellizeri. Haller and Duran’s musical partnership was born in Duran’s parents’ basement, sparking a connection that survived the 2000s and colleges in separate states. After garnering critical attention from the likes of NME for their self-produced and recorded three-song demo, the duo grew and began performing live. Now a five-piece based in Philadelphia, Cheerleader is a bigger version of its original incarnation. “Thanks to our touring and recording, we have a lot of confidence now,” says Haller. “I really can’t imagine Cheerleader without Josh, Paul, and Carl. They’ve had a huge impact.”
March 13-15 Denton, TX 35 Denton
March 17-22 Austin, TX SXSW
April 23 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
April 24 Burlington, VT Higher Ground
April 25 Providence, RI The Met
April 27 New York, NY Webster Hall
April 28 Boston, MA Paradise
April 30 Washington, D.C. 9:30 Club
May 1 Albany, NY The Hollow
May 2 Rochester, NY Montage
May 4 Columbus, OH A & R Room
May 5 Indianapolis, IN Deluxe
May 6 Minneapolis, MN Varsity
May 8 Kansas City, MO Granada Theatre
May 12 Los Angeles, CA Fonda
May 13 San Diego, CA House of Blues Voodoo
May 15 Santa Ana, CA The Constellation Room
May 16 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
May 18 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
May 19 Seattle, WA Crocodile


February 10, 2015


Makthaverskan layer aspects of noise, jangle and dream pop on a foundation of rambling, garage-punk energy. Distorted, uptempo riffs ebb and flow with laid back, atmospheric post-punk throughout the tracks that make up the band’s sophomore LP II. Sonic bursts of anthemic pop are accentuated and brought to life by front-woman Maja Milner’s sharp and soaring delivery, cutting through layers of reverb to air out her dirty laundry.

The band’s name, while not an actual Swedish word, derives its meaning from “Makthavaren” meaning “the man in the position of power”. Makthaverskan, then, is the feminine conjugation of this concept meaning in its definite form “the female with the power” – a sentiment that seems to double back and truly power the music.

Makthaverskan + Self Defense Family

3/4 – Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY *
3/5 – Boot and Saddle – Philadelphia, PA *
3/6 – Great Scott – Boston, MA *
3/7 – Congregational Church – Storrs, CT *
3/8 – Studio at Webster Hall – New York, NY *
3/9 – DC9 – Washington, DC *
3/11 – Strange Matter – Richmond, VA *
3/12 – Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC *
3/13 – Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
3/14 – The Atlantic – Gainsville, FL
3/16 – Galax Z Fair – Cine El Rey – McAllen, TX
3/24 – The Works – Albuquerque, NM **
3/25 – Yucca Tap Room – Tempe, AZ **
3/26 – The Hideout – San Diego, C A**
3/27 – Jewel’s Catch One – Los Angeles, CA **
3/28 – Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco, CA **
3/30 – Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT **
3/31 – Marquis Theatre – Omaha, NE **
4/1 – Slowdown – Omaha, NE **
4/3 – Fubar – St. Louis, MO **
4/4 – The Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL **

* w/ Creative Adult
** w/ Solids


February 9, 2015


They say “there must be something in the water!…”. There’s definitely something more to Gothenburg’s waters then bearded fishermen, cargo ships and disused shipyards. A diverse and fertile scene for independent music. As a proof of which, Gothenburg’s latest musical offering, Navelin – who have been drinking from the same local reservoir as acts like Soundtrack Of Our Lives, Little Dragon, Broder Daniel, Union Carbide Productions, Jens Lekman, The Knife, Jose Gonzales, Silverbullit, El Perro Del Mar and Fibes, oh Fibes! – are releasing their new single ”Shake it Off”. But with members from Gothenburg as well as Dublin (IRL) Navelin is ready to throw something new into the game.

Navelin spent most of 2014 bouncing between stage and studio. Pre-producing and honing their live show, writing new material and putting the finishing touches to their upcoming self titled EP. An EP due for release at the end of February. On January 26th, Navelin will release their new single “Shake It Off” (once again mixed by Filip Leyman – Anna Von Hausswolff, Skansros, Det Stora Monstret, School ’94). Since the release of “Ofelia” and their launch into the live arena, Navelin have been steadily building a solid international fanbase of curious, hungry Navelites. Through gigs around Scandinavia and recognition across the blogosphere in countries such as Sweden, Germany, USA, Denmark, Great Britain and Spain, Navelin’s been garnering some well earned support and encouraging reviews, being compared to the likes of Slowdive, Joy Division, The Cocteau Twins, Dubstar amongst others…

2015 holds Navelin’s focus firmly on the live scene. Working around touring plans – plans that take into their stride Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Germany and Ireland – Navelin will start to record their new material whenever the opportunity arises… New single “Shake It Off” – taken from the forthcoming self titled EP – will be available digitally from the usual outlets, January 26th.


January 30, 2015

Prom Queen has been on my radar for a couple years now, and until this past Friday at Doug Fir Lounge, I was unable to ever catch them live. Not for the sake of not liking their sound, cause frankly I loved it. It was a bit different than what was trending at the time (folk), so I was captivated.
The bands sound translated beautifully at The Doug Fir and they almost stole the show. It was their first Portland performance, and I have no doubt that they will be coming back to play a very excited and enthusiastic crowd.





I haven’t seen La Luz play since SXSW last year, and you can tell these ladies have been hitting the pavement hard. Sound is incredibly tight, and rolling through their set effortlessly. Even a misstep they play off without 98% of the crowd realizing. They have certainly found a groove. And after hearing a a new track or two, I can’t wait for whats next.




I missed most if IS/IS’s set, but they sounded incredible as well.


NEW BAND/NEW ALBUM- COTILLON (Self Titled Album) Out Jan.26th

January 29, 2015


Cotillon is the moniker of Los Angeles based singer/songwriter Jordan Corso. Originally a bedroom recording project intended to illustrate the difficulty of maintaining relationships in LA in the spirit of the french new wave, Cotillon took band form in 2013 playing 50 plus shows supporting a steady stream of songs and EPs that were self-released to bandcamp.

Addicted to writing by that point, Corso took a brief hiatus from performing to record in the winter of 2014 with producer Chet “JR” White formerly of San Francisco’s GIRLS. After spending the Summer and Fall developing demos by sending tracks back and forth via email, JR went to LA to begin tracking the album at historic East West Studio 3 (Pet Sounds Studio) with Corso and the rest of the band. They laid down most of the framework in LA before Corso found himself holed up on JR’s mission district couch. Recording between his home studio and Hyde Street’s Studio A, JR dipped into his rolodex calling on friends for polishing, including past members of GIRLS and The Modern Lovers, and current drummer for King Tuff, Garrett Goddard.


January 26, 2015


New Orleans’ Pope are getting ready to release their upcoming full length debut Fiction, on March 10th via Community Records (Caddywhompus, Sun Hotel, All People). The band, comprised of Matthew Seferian (guitar/vocals), Alex Skalany (guitar/vocals), and Atticus Lopez (drums), premiered the album’s first single “Let Down” on Stereogum, who noted:

“Pope have been playing together since high school, and that tight chemistry comes across strongly on their forthcoming debut album, Fiction. Every progression feels effortless, and the three members of the band — Alex Skalany, Donovan Wolfington’s Matthew Seferian, and Atticus Lopez — play off of each other in the near-telepathic way that only good friends can. “Let Down” roars to life with a sarcastic bite, the vocals sounding jaded and as bitter as a lemon. It’s noisy and dense, slathered with layers of distortion and fuzz, yet it also feels oddly welcoming. ”

Fiction is the band’s long awaited full length debut, following a trail of EPs and singles and finds the band expanding with a newfound sense of maturity to their songwriting. Fuzzy melodies and hook filled riffs offer a lush sonic landscape for the duel vocals of Skalany and Seferian. The band’s sound swirls between noise-pop and 90’s influenced indie rock in the vein of Superchunk, Guided By Voices, and Pavement, but like those bands and their drive to create timelessly infectious rock, there’s nothing “slacker” about it. Pope’s album is filled with overdriven guitar pop that moves between crushing distortion and introspective lyricism about life’s finer things… making bad decisions, friends and relationships, anxiety, the joys of social interactions, and the inevitable self depreciation, all delivered with an unwavering sense of awareness and biting sarcasm. There’s a radiant energy to Pope’s fuzzy indie noise and it shines throughout the record in massive enveloping guitar tones and warm power pop vocal melodies.


January 5, 2015


New York City based blues-rockers, The Dough Rollers, announce the release of their EP Gone Baby Gone on vinyl via Third Man Records. Most recently the rockers have been featured on Late Night with David Letterman, Inked, Rolling Stone, KEXP, The AV CLUB and more. The EP possesses an infectious, stripped-down sound combining elements of blues-rock and garage rock, that aligns the foursome with rising artists like J Roddy Walston And The Business and The Alabama Shakes.

The Dough Rollers began in 2008 as a two-piece collaboration born out of a mutual love of blues music, between Jack Bryne (lead guitar) and Malcolm Ford (vocals/guitar). After experimenting with different band members and various influential sounds, Bryne and Ford were joined by Graham Norwood (bass) and their distinct southern blues-infused rock sound was solidified. The band has toured with Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp, and Queens of the Stone Age. They are currently on a European tour with Billy Idol.



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