Say Anything’s Max Bemis Stops By MTV’s Buzzworthy Live

Say Anything frontman Max Bemis stopped by the MTV studio to perform a track off the band’s Anarchy, My Dear album, which came out in March.

The song, “Say Anything,” is an ode to love that sounds even more tender on an acoustic guitar.

For more information, visit Say Anything’s official website, but in the meantime, watch Bemis perform in the video below:

Download New Soundgarden Song

For a limited time, a new Soundgarden song from Marvel’s upcoming soundtrack for The Avengers is available for download.

“Live to Rise” marks the first new bit of music from Soundgarden in 15 years, but it is a classic call-back to their legendary grundge sound.

Soundgarden is currently working on a reunion album with an anticipated fall release.

But for now, you can download the song for free here and take a peek inside the studio in the video below:

 

 

Wild Flag Tames Coachella Crowd

When Wild Flag took the Outdoor Stage at Coachella Sunday afternoon, it was the hottest hour of the festival and the hard-partying fans seemed to be in need of a kick in the tail.

Credit the all-female quartet for awakening the masses.

Clad in no other colors aside from black and red, delivered in spades, Carrie Brownstein and Mary Timony’s shredding guitars, Janet Weiss’ annihilation of her drum kit and Rebecca Cole’s keys kept the party going.

Brownstein – formerly of Sleater-Kinney – made a point to thank the audience at the for watching her hit IFC series Portlandia, but this show was about punk and rock music.

Fans ate up every one of Brownstein’s high kicks as they blazed through a set rife with post-punky Wild Flag cuts, including “Glass Tambourine,” “Racehorse” and “Romance.”

For more information, visit Wild Flag’s official website.

The Black Keys Rock Capacity Coachella Crowd

The Black Keys played Coachella’s main stage  at the Indio, Calif., fairgrounds a year ago, but not as headliners. Judging from Friday night’s bombastic performance, they’re very comfortable with that top billing.

Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney unleashed the lightning on a massive crowd that was threatened with rain all day. The Ohio-bred duo filled the skies with their gritty blues rock, using touring musicians Gus Seyffert and John Wood to add keyboard, bass and guitars to some of the material off their latest, El Camino.

Auerbach and Carney did perform a few early songs as they were originally seen, just the two of them.

This group included “Thickfreakness,” “I’ll Be Your Man” and “Your Touch.”

But oooooh, did those El Camino tracks smoke. Auerbach is a wizard on the guitar, making it wail, howl, scream, or growl – and those are different sounds.

Carney looms over the drums like a giant spider, pounding away so much that he had to remove his glasses during a particularly rambunctious “Gold on the Ceiling.”

The Black Keys closed with somewhat of a surprise.

With “Lonely Boy” and “Everlasting Light” from El Camino nearing the end of the proceedings, Auerbach said he had one more left.

It was a particularly dirty “I Got Mine,” the second single from their 2008 record, Attack % Release.

Building to a glorious crescendo, the Black Keys certainly did get theirs, and the audience did too.

Scars On 45 Release Debut Self-Titled Album

Scars on 45 has been touring incessantly over the past two years leading up to this week’s release of their self-titled debut album.

The British group has had a big 2012, as songs like “Heart on Fire” and “Give Me Something” have made it on several TV shows, and Scars on 45 even made their television debut in early March on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

“It’s a stamp of approval,” frontman Danny Bemrose told Billboard of the record’s release. “I don’t want to say it proves that we were right, but it certainly gives us a pat on the back and a ‘well done for sticking with it.’”

To pick up a copy, visit Scars on 45′s official website, and catch a live performance of “Promises and Empty Words,” a track off their 2011 EP Heart on Fire in the video below:

John Davis Performs Two Superdrag Tunes

John Davis of Epic Ditch and Superdrag recently took his Guild D-125 out for a spin, posting performances of two Superdrag songs.

First up is “True Believer” from Superdrag’s 2000 album, In the Valley of Dying Stars, followed by “I Only Want a Place I Can Stay” off 2009′s Industry Giants.

Watch Davis in action in the videos below:

As for Davis, he’s been working on material for Epic Ditch lately.

There is a video for the song “Unexploded Ordinance” on the band’s YouTube channel, and a five-song EP, 36 Hours, is streaming on its bandcamp page.

Joe Pug Readies New Album

Joe Pug to release The Great Despiser on April 24 - Preorder now here

The Great Despiser, the new album from celebrated singer-songwriter Joe Pug, will be released April 24 on Lightning Rod Records. This is the follow-up to Pug’s critically acclaimed 2010 full-length debut, Messenger, and his wildly popular word-of-mouth EP, Nation of Heat (2008). Of the music, NPR Music praises, “Not only does Chicago-based singer have a beautifully mature voice, but the lyrics on Pug’s debut EP, Nation of Heat, possess wisdom seemingly beyond his age. Pair that with his powerful songwriting and it’s nearly impossible to avoid drawing comparisons between Pug and folk legends like Bob Dylan or contemporaries like Josh Ritter.”

Guild recently caught up with Pug down in Austin during the 2012 South by Southwest music fest, where the musician and former playwright student talked a bit about his songwriting process.

“I’ve always had a hard time with the really, really fictional stuff,” said Pug. “I’m better at taking it from my own experience and sort of fictionalizing it from there. Taking out all of the boring parts and maybe heightening the better parts.”

The 11-track album was recorded in Chicago with producer Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Iron & Wine, Califone, etc). In addition to Pug, the album features various acclaimed musicians, including Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Langhorne Slim) on piano, organ and marimba as well as backing vocals from The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn on the album’s title track.
Pug said he’s greatly looking forward to hitting the road with his band in support of the new album.

“It’s very exciting for me because when you go on the road you play the same songs every night for a couple of years, which is awesome, especially when people are at clubs digging them and connecting with them,” said Pug. “But obviously, it’s also fun to work on new material and learn how to play that and so the band and I are about to embark on a tour where a good amount of the material is going to be new. It’s going to be really fun, and invigorating for us to play the new songs.”

Tour dates available here.

Enjoy a five-song sampler from Pug below.

Dealer Spotlight: Rocktown Music, St. Cloud, Minn.

No other music store will rock your world like Rocktown Music in St. Cloud, Minn.

Founded in 2009, the 2,400-square-foot guitar haven carries more than 400 acoustic and electric guitars, making it the perfect destination for rockers and acoustic players alike.

Owner Joel Knutson says he’s proud of what his shop offers.

“We have a great, serious guitar selection,” he said. “Although we carry drums, pianos and band instruments, we decided to specialize in guitars.”

A full-fledged guitar player and collector, Knutson has a strong penchant for the instrument that’s especially noticeable when he’s talking about Guild.

“I love Guild guitars; they’re the best thing for the buck,” he said. “They’re lifelong instruments, and some of the oldest models around out-perform new guitars from other brands.”

Knutson boasts a personal Guild collection of more than 15 distinctive models, including a 1969 F-212, a 1972 D-25 and a rare four-string CE-100. His collection is so fine, in fact, that Mark Dronge, son of Guild founder Al Dronge, personally inquired about a few of the models.

“I’ve got so many Guilds that Mark called me to ask about a specific model in my collection,” Knutson said. “I have so many that it’s hard for me to even remember what I have.”

Knutson’s preference for Guild is apparent on entering Rocktown. He has devoted an entire wall to the brand and made it his store’s main acoustic guitar line.

So if you’re a Guild fanatic looking for Guild guitars sold by a true Guild connoisseur, your best bet in the upper Midwest is Rocktown Music.

Rocktown Music
305 3rd St. N.E.
Waite Park, Minn. 56387
www.rocktownmusic.net