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Directed by Directed by Clara Aranovich, “Not in California” is the latest video from K. Flay’s new album No Solutions. It’s part of the Solutions Trilogy and is a prequel to the “Bad Vibes.” The song focuses on climate change. K. Flay said: “We’re looking out at a world that is getting hotter and scarier by the day, and still nothing seems to compel the government to take action. The video imagines a trash universe in which social isolation and littering and bad policing are the status quo — a universe that doesn’t feel so different from ours now.”

K. Flay (Katherine Flaherty) attended Stanford University where she studied sociology and psychology. The singer/songwriter and rapper was nominated for two Grammy Awards last year– for Best Rock Song for “In the Cut” and Best Engineered Album for Every Where is Some Where.

K. Flay continues her U.S. tour with a stop in Boston on Wednesday, September 25, 2019.



9/24 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
9/25 – Boston, MA – Royale
9/26 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA
9/29 – Washington, DC – 930 Club
9/30 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
10/2 – Nashville, TN – Marathon
10/4 – Austin City Limits
10/11 – Austin City Limits
10/12 – Denver, CO – The Fillmore

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new music: Beth Hart; Seratones

“War in My Mind,” Beth Hart

Beth Hart has a powerful voice, writes honest and raw lyrics and possesses a solid bluesy-rock style. The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter will be releasing her new album War In My Mind on September 27, 2019. It was produced by Rob Cavallo (Dave Matthews Band, Goo Goo Dolls, Green Day, My Chemical Romance). Beth said: “More than any record I’ve ever made, I’m more open to being myself on these songs. I’ve come a long way with healing, and I’m comfortable with my darknesses, weirdnesses and things that I’m ashamed of – as well as all the things that make me feel good.”


“Power,” Seratones

The video for the inspirational and soulful song “Power” showcases frontwoman AJ Haynes work as an equality and reproductive rights activist. It’s filmed throughout three women-founded locations in the band’s hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana – the Calanthean Temple, which was a Black cultural hub during the Jim Crow-era; Hope Medical Group abortion clinic, where A.J. is a counselor; and The Confederate monument. Seratones will release its new album Power in August 2019.

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on tour: Chris Robinson Brotherhood

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Chris Robinson Brotherhood will tour in support of new album Barefoot in the Head and will be playing House of Blues Boston on August 19, 2017. Chris Robinson said: “The music that we make, the concerts that we play, it’s this world we’ve created for ourselves and our people. We want everybody to understand that no matter where you are in your life that you can always be barefoot in your head. There’s always this other place you can go. Is that place it real? That’s your decision to make, what you’re going to let be real to you.”

$29.50-$45, Thursday, August 19, House of Blues Boston, 15 Landsdowne Street, Boston, Mass.,


August 5 – Petaluma, CA – Petaluma Music Festival
August 9 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre
August 10 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
August 11 – Virginia Beach, VA – Shakas
August 12 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theatre
August 13 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head On Stage
August 15 – Portsmouth, NH – The Music Hall
August 17 – Manunuck, RI – Ocean Mist
August 18 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summerstage **
August 19 – Boston, MA – House of Blues **
August 20 – Holyoke, MA – Gateway City Arts
August 22 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Small’s Theatre
August 23 – State College, PA – The State Theatre
August 24 – Ithaca, NY – The Haunt
August 25 – Woodstock, NY – Bearsville Theater
August 26 – Washington, DC – The 9:30 Club
September 7 – Pompano Beach, FL – Pompano Beach Amphitheater *
September 8 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheater *
September 9 – St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Landing *
September 10 – Orlando, FL – The Social
September 12 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
September 14 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
September 15 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
September 16 – Macon, GA – Cox Capitol Theatre
September 17 – New Orleans, LA – The Civic Theatre
September 19 – Chattanooga, TN – Revelry Room
September 21 – Oxford, MS – The Lyric Oxford
September 22 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre
September 23 – Louisville, KY – Bourbon & Beyond Festival
September 24 – Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theatre
September 26 – Greensboro, NC – The Blind Tiger
September 28 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall
September 29 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
September 30 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
October 1 – Nashville, TN – Third & Lindsley
October 3 – Augusta, GA – Sky City
October 5 – Norfolk, CT – Infinity Hall
October 6 – Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music Hall
October 7 – Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music Hall
October 27 – Placerville, CA – Hangtown Music Festival
October 29 – Santa Barbara, CA – Lobero Theatre
October 31 – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
November 2 – Westbury, NY – The Space at Westbury
November 3 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre
November 4 – Hartford, CT – Infinity Hall
November 5 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
November 7 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall
November 9 – Providence, RI – Columbus Theatre
November 10 – Niagara, NY – Seneca Niagara Casino & Resort
November 11 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
November 12 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
November 14 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
November 16 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe
November 17 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom
November 18 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
November 19 – Madison, WI – Barrymore Theatre
December 2 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall
December 3 – Seattle, WA – The Neptune Theatre
December 5 – Santa Cruz, CA – Historic Cocoanut Grove Ballroom
December 7 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
December 8 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues San Diego
December 10 – San Luis Obispo, CA – Fremont Theatre
December 12 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades

* w/ Blackberry Smoke
** w/ Donavon Frankenreiter

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on tour: Dorothy

sometimes I only want to post about women on this site–women in music; women in books; women in entertainment. Dorothy is a kick-ass, heel-stomping modern rock band. Fierce, edgy, provocative and surely fantastic live. The Los Angeles-based band’s debut album ROCKISDEAD entered Billboard Top New Artists Heatseekers Chart at #1. Dorothy will head out on tour next week.


07/13 – The Westcott Theater – Syracuse, NY
07/14 – The Stone Pony – Asbury Park, NJ
07/15 – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC*
07/16 – Music Farm – Charleston, SC*
07/21 – Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park. NY
07/23 – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – Cleveland, OH
07/25 – St. Andrew’s Hall – Detroit, MI*
07/26 – Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH*
07/27 – The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
08/01 – Port City Music Hall – Portland, ME*
08/02 – Royale – Boston, MA*
08/04 – Bottle & Cork – Dewey Beach, DE*
08/06 – 9:30 Club – Washington DC*
09/03 – Made In America Festival – Philadelphia, PA
10/06 – Gas Monkey Live – Dallas, TX ^
10/08 – Pikes Peak Center – Colorado Springs, CO
10/09 – The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
10/11 – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
10/12 – House Of Blues – San Diego, CA^
10/14 – Silver Legacy Resort & Casino – Reno, NV^
10/15 – Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA^
10/17 – Knitting Factory Concert House – Spokane, WA^
10/18 – MacEwan Ballroom, University of Calgary – Calgary, Canada^
10/19 – Winspear Center – Edmonton, Canada
10/21 – Shrine Auditorium – Billings, MT^
10/23 – Pioneer Hall – Duluth, MN^
10/25 – State Theater – Kalamazoo, MI^
10/26 – Phoenix Theatre – Toronto, ON, Canada^
10/28 – Metropolis – Montreal, QC, Canada^
10/29 – The Stanley Theater – Utica, NY^
* w/ The Struts
^ w/ Halestorm

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book review: How to Be a Man

how to be a man

How to Be a Man By Duff McKagan.
Da Capo Press| May 2015|304 pages |$25.99| ISBN: 978-0-306-82387-9

Rating: ***/5*

–review by Amy Steele

Easy read that I often found tiresome. I get it. You’re a wealthy rock-star with a model wife and enviable life. I never really liked rock bands in the 80s. Sure I liked some of Guns and Roses hits but I wasn’t all into them. I’m an altgirl. Always was. Always will be. I am not the target audience for this book. I’m a single GenX music critic who likes alternative music. Duff McKagan expresses his disdain for music journalists quite a few times. Don’t expect a tell-all filled with rock and roll debauchery. Duff McKagan is now 50, sober and married with two teenage daughters. McKagan writes: “I don’t remember the 80s. I remember being in a band. I remember my family. I remember the friends I lost to addiction. I am fully aware that I am lucky to have emerged.” Now McKagan writes columns for Seattle Weekly, and

This is the calm family-man rocker advice book. He works out and does yoga. He prefers perusing books stores to heading to a strip club. He likes to take in the culture of a city he’s touring if he’s allowed the time. He uses a Blackberry because he believes in loyalty and probably didn’t want to learn how to use an iPhone because people on iPhones do as much business on their phones as those on Blackberries. It’s true. He provides advice based on his decades of traveling whether in a van and staying in motels or in a streamline tour bus and staying at high-end hotels– don’t roam on your data plan; use conditioner for shaving; be kind.

In a chapter entitled “Don’t Burn Any Bridges,” he writes: “Lazy journalists love to put tags on things to sum up a whole genre or moment with a one- or two-word phrase that will make their job easier. IF the tag can take a little backhanded swipe at a band—even better. We’ve seen this a million times: “stoner rock,” “grunge,” “indie,” “hair metal.” Okay McKagan but when you refer to Death Cab for Cutie’s Benjamin Gibbard you call him “one of Seattle’s illustrious and beloved indie-rock front men” Okay. There goes your great advice/theory. In that chapter he was discussing with Gibbard the Bon Jovi song “Wanted Dead or Alive” with the lyric: “I’ve seen a million faces, and I’ve rocked them all.” McKagan doesn’t think you possibly can “rock” or entertain EVERYONE you play for. Gibbard agrees.

He tells you the 100+ albums you need to hear—including Adam and the Ants, Kings of the Wild Frontier; Aerosmith, Aerosmith (only time I saw GNR was opening for Aerosmith in 1987); Alice in Chains, Dirt; The Beastie Boys, Paul’s Boutique; The Clash, The Clash; Death Cab for Cutie, Something About Airplanes; P.J Harvey, To Bring You My Love; Jimi Hendrix, Axis: Bold as Love; Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, I Love Rock and Roll; Joy Division, Closer; Jack White, Blunderbuss; The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Fever to Tell. He also recommends some favorite books including A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan [fantastic read]; Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson; The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald; Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand; Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro [a favorite of mine]; War by Sebastian Unger and Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer.

McKagan opens up about depression and how he deals with the dark moments. He exercises it out. He pushes it away. “Depression wants you to stay still. It wants you to lie in bed. That’s when you have to get up and run. If I am having black thoughts, I force myself up, and then I go and break a personal best record—or at least try. This has been my secret and savior. I run through it. I hot yoga with weights through it. I jump rope through it and life weights through it. I write when I don’t want to and ask my kids how school was and actually listen back through it. I make love through it and climb steep hills with a pack on my back through it.”

This book isn’t for everyone but many will find something in it that appeals to them.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for review from Da Capo Press.

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The Coathangers: music review

Although it’s 2011, an all-female band still stands out. L7 meets Hole meets The Donnas. The Coathangers growl, grind and sneer through its power rock songs. The clear anti-abortion reference in its names indicates pure brilliance for the Atlanta four-piece. There’s a fun, devil-may-care attitude throughout the album. “Go Away” blends sweet vocals with grungy chords. Snarling vocals herald a truly ass-kicking “Hurricane.”Girl power rules on the witty, lighter“Go Away:”“you keep on hoping / you try to be the one/ you try and you just can’t see/ you try and you just can’t see/ that you’re not the one for me.” The Coathangers show their range from darker to lighter tracks– some more rocking, some more poppy. “Sicker” churns out in a heavier mode. Larceny and Old Lace will charge you up and empower you.

Label: Suicide Squeeze
Release date: June 7, 2011
PR: 230 Publicity

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