Posts Tagged Glam rock

new music: Sheer Mag

“The Killer” is the audacious new glam rock single with tons of cool guitar riffs from Sheer Mag. The Philadelphia punk band’s upcoming album, A Distant Hour, will be released on September 23, 2019. Singer Tina Halladay said: “There are many killers out there. The Killer is a liar with a strangle hold on the world. The Killer is a war criminal the corrupt of society have produced and protected. The Killer spends his life covering up atrocities and defending right-wing dictatorships. The Killer stifles accountability and truth. We want to know, when does The Killer die?”

Sheer Mag is:

Tina Halladay (vocals)
Matt Palmer (guitar/lyrics)
Kyle Seely (guitar)
Hart Seely (bass)

Sheer Mag is on tour later this month with a stop in Cambridge, Mass. at The Sinclair on October 11, 2019. See tour dates below.

08/30: Kingston, NY – BSP Kingston
08/31: Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
09/01: Montreal, QC – La Sala Rossa
09/03: Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
09/04: Detroit, MI – Deluxx Fluxx
09/05: Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
09/06: Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
09/07: Madison, WI – The Terrace at UW-Madison
09/08: Minneapolis, MN – Turf Club
09/09: Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
09/10: Omaha, NE – The Slowdown
09/12: Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
09/13: Salt Lake City, UT – Diabolical Records
09/14: Boise, ID – The Olympic
09/16: Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore
09/17: Seattle, WA – Chop Suey
09/18: Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
09/20: Oakland, CA – The New Parish
09/21: San Jose, CA – The Ritz
09/22: Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
09/24: Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
09/26: Austin, TX – Barracuda
09/27: San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
09/28: Houston, TX – The Satellite
09/29: New Orleans, LA – Santo’s
10/01: Birmingham, AL – Saturn
10/02: Atlanta, GA – 529 Club
10/03: Asheville, NC – The Mothlight
10/04: Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall
10/05: Washington, DC – The Black Cat
10/09: Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere
10/10: Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
10/11: Boston, MA – The Sinclair
10/25: Amsterdam, NL – London Calling Festival
10/26: Aarhus, DEN – Tape
10/27: Copenhagen, DEN – Loppen
10/29: Hamburg, DE – Molotow
10/30: Berlin, DE – Zukunft am Ostkreuz
11/02: London, UK – Mirrors Festival
11/04: Manchester, UK – Yes
11/05: Dublin, IR – Grand Social
11/06: Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
11/08: Kortrijk, BE – Sonic City 2019
11/09: Benidorm, ESP – Primavera 20th Aniv, Weekender

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new music: Sparks

sparks album cover

Sparks, Hippopatamus [BMG] out September 8, 2017

–art-pop, glam rock. Cinematic, international, avant-garde, cabaret style art pop/ glam rock from California brothers Ron Mael and Russell Mael. They’ve been around since the 70s. I’d not heard of them. The music reminds me of Wonderstuff and Dresden Dolls. Lots of piano. Varied instrumentation. It’s super creative, fun, daring, edgy.

‘Hippopotamus’ tracklisting:

01. Probably Nothing
02. Missionary Position
03. Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me)
04. Scandinavian Design
05. Giddy Giddy
06. What The Hell Is It This Time?
07. Unaware
08. Hippopotamus
09. Bummer
10. I Wish You Were Fun
11. So Tell Me Mrs. Lincoln Aside From That How Was The Play?
12. When You’re A French Director
13. Amazing Mr. Repeat
14. A Little Bit Like Fun
15. Life With The Bacbeths

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book review: Rock Stars

Title: Rock Stars
Author: David Grant
ISBN: 978-0-557-18240-4
Paperback: 204 pages
Publisher: (December 10, 2009)
Category: non-fiction/ pop culture
Review source: author
Rating: 3.5/5

The purpose of this book is not to promote any one or group of individuals, but rather look at their unique skill sets and how they have been applied to either today’s popular culture or have distinctly influenced the resurgence in heavy metal glam acts we see today. It’s hard to flip on the television and not see one of the eighties front men starring in a reality show, commercial, or making a cameo appearance on network TV. Who would have guessed that Motley Crue would be the special guests on a season finale of a network drama titled Bones, that Ozzy Osbourne would change reality television as a whole, or that Bret Michaels would star in three seasons of a reality show where he bangs as many girls as possible (that was the purpose of Rock of Love correct?)? For many, the comeback of sorts has become their legacy, bigger and more lasting than the millions of records sold in the eighties.

During the 80s I mainly listened to alternative music like Depeche Mode, The Cure and The Smiths. But I also liked dancing to Madonna, Culture Club and Duran Duran. Then there were the people totally into glam rock [some called it Heavy Metal—anyone remember Headbanger’s Ball on MTV?]. If I’m going to read a book about music in the 80s, I must reflect on my own experiences. I could [and did] rock it out to Def Leppard, Guns and Roses and Poison. My friend Gary Kane re-wrote the words to Poison’s “Talk Dirty to Me” to make it “Talk Physics to Me.” And “Pour Some Sugar on Me” will always remind me of Carolyn and trips to her parent’s house on the Cape. We cranked that song over and over again. I never had crushes on any of these guys. I liked the Johns: John Taylor, John Stamos and Johnny Depp. My senior year in high school [1987], I went to see Aerosmith and GNR as well as Poison and Whitesnake. I’m positive I looked out of place.

In Rock Stars, writing in a nicely laidback, friendly style, author David Grant has put together 28 mini-profiles of hair band lead singers such as Joe Elliot [Def Leppard], Jani Lane [Warrant], Kevin DuBrow [Quiet Riot], Kip Winger [Winger], Lita Ford, Sebastian Bach [Skid Row], David Coverdale [Whitesnake], Jon Bon Jovi [Bon Jovi], Axl Rose [Guns N’ Roses], Bret Michaels [Poison] and Steven Tyler [Aerosmith]. Album names were most often based on sex [Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet and Poison’s Open Up and Say Aah!], heavy metal itself [AC/DC’s Back in Black and Guns N’ Roses Appetite for Destruction] and being evil [Motley Crue’s Shout at the Devil and Ozzy Osbourne’s Shout at the Devil]. Whitesnake’s responsible for Tawny Kitaen’s rise to fame/ notoriety. More people probably think of the sexy redheaded Tawny shimmying across the hood of a car when they hear the song” Here I Go Again” and not Coverdale. Rock Stars allows readers a little trip down memory lane or an introduction to the highs and lows of hair/glam rock singers in a straight-forward simple manner.

Bret Michaels in the 80s

As Bret Michaels remains in the hospital after suffering from a brain hemorrhage [the latest prognosis sounds positive], I asked author DAVID GRANT if he would write a bit about Bret.

Bret Michaels- today

Over the past few years I have written tens of thousands of words (a conservative estimate) on Bret and his reality shows. I get great enjoyment writing about Rock of Love, Celebrity Apprentice, and the Poison reunion tours, and of course none of this would be possible without the entertainment Michaels brings. One thing I have learned from watching a lot of Bret is that he is the genuine article. Is he a rock n’ roll clown? Maybe, but he has approached his television career in the same way his music career and that is what you see is what you get. Whether it be lipstick, spandex, and cheesy eighties hooks, or trying to nail all of the girls in the Rock of Love shows, it is clear he isn’t changing for anyone. If you don’t like him, no problem, Bret is still going to be Bret which means: have fun, play his music, and have fun. In Celebrity Apprentice we are even more exposed to Michaels blue collar get-it-done attitude. This isn’t too much of a surprise given he’s from Mechanisburg, PA (you just can’t get more blue collar). Bret may not be a trailblazer or musically, the missing Beatle (nor has he ever claimed these areas), but he has found success on his own terms, fighting for what is his. I personally hope he has enough fight to pull through and continue entertaining us for many years to come.
–David Grant

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