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November 2013
Wooden Shjips
"Back to Land
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Hailing from San Francisco, psychedelic group Wooden Shjips, has just released their newest album Back to Land. The album brings together a sound crafted from inspirations that range from psychedelic music to classic rock.

The album is an entire trip in itself.  One can hear hints of 80s music, classic rock, and modern garage rock styles in the record, but they always resolve back to their classic psychedelic sound. With tracks like “In The Roses,” which brings a very spacey, low volume vocals, and a lo-fi sound that is not too cheesy or under produced. to “Ghouls,” which is a much faster, much more psychedelic rock sounding song that takes influences from classic rock guitar chords, while still utilizing classic psychedelic synthesizers.

Most songs on the album carry a jam-band sound, without becoming too abstract or getting too carried away. And in some cases, the music is so vast in genre diversity, one is surprised at the resulting sound, such as in the track, “These Shadows”, which starts off with an extremely catchy intro guitar riff and carries a vague David Bowie meets Velvet Underground sound.

“Back to Land” is a great piece of work that utilizes the potential of each member of Wooden Shjips effectively and thoroughly.

Most importantly, “Back to Land” is an experimentation of how far the psychedelic genre can stretch while still successfully staying true to its roots.


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Dropkick Murphys Announce New Album: Signed and Sealed in Blood -- Out January 8

Boston-based band Dropkick Murphys have announced the  release of their forthcoming album, SIGNED and SEALED in BLOOD, due out January 8. The album is their second with producer Ted Hutt (Gaslight Anthem, Old Crow Medicine Show), which was recorded at Boston's Q Division studios and mixed by Joe Chiccarelli (The White Stripes). "We had such a great time writing our last album, Going Out In Style, we were excited to get back into the studio right away," says bassist and co-lead singer Ken Casey. "Where Going Out in Style was a concept album-kind of intricate and difficult-this one is catchy, fun, and as sing-along as can be."

Next week, the band will be kicking off the second leg of their Fall tour. Dates are listed below.

Mon 10/29 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
Wed 10/31 - St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
Thu 11/01 - Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
Fri 11/02 - Des Moines, IA @ Val Air Ballroom
Sat 11/03 - Fargo, ND @ The Venue
Mon 11/05 - Billings, MT @ Shrine Auditorium
Tue 11/06 - Missoula, MT @ The Wilma
Wed 11/07 - Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
Fri 11/09 - Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theatre
Sun 11/11 - Chico, CA @ Theater
Mon 11/12 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
Tue 11/13 - Flagstaff, AZ @ The Orpheum Theater
Thu 11/15 - Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theatre
Fri 11/16 - Urbana, IL @ Canopy Club
Sat 11/17 - Hamilton, ONT @ Wentworth Room at The Hamilton Convention Centre 
Sat 11/18 - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis


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