On a whim, Zach Rogue of local favorite Rogue Wave bought a ticket to Bloomington and booked time at a friend's recording studio. After years of being on the road with his band, he felt the urge to try something new. And that's when his latest project, Release the Sunbird, was born. The result of his time in the Bloomington studio is Come Back to Us, which makes its debut on July 26. New faces and voices are behind this album, and the project's members—Pete Shreiner on drums, Kenny Childers on bass and vocals, and Kate Long on vocals—brought out a side of Zach Rogue as a singer and songwriter that we haven't seen in a long time. Have a listen and decide for yourself—Release the Sunbird is playing the Swedish American Hall on Thursday, 7/28, and we're giving away 2 pairs of tickets to the show. Check out our Q&A with Zach Rogue and leave a question for him about this new project in the comments section below. We'll pick 2 winners at random on Monday, 7/25.
In true Noise Pop fashion, the first couple nights are always a bit hectic, and you never know what you're going to get. Unfortunately, due to communication problems, we were forced to enjoy our two favorite openers (Two Sheds and Man/Miracle) from the cold cement outside. Capacity issues aside, we were front and center for Princeton, the up-and-coming LA indie group that most recently has supported the likes of Ra Ra Riot, Vampire Weekend, and now Rogue Wave. Definitely not a bad resume.
The last thing you'd expect from local indie rockers Rogue Wave is a dance record. But then again with all they've been through over the past few years (a kidney transplant, the death of a bandmate, bedridden with back problems, lineup changes) maybe a brighter sound is exactly what they need to bring in a more uplifting 2010. The recent premiere of the single "Good Morning" (download via Stereogum) is a shockingly different sound at first: a pulsing synth-beat smacks you upside the head. But as Zach Rogue chants "the FUTURE, the FUTURE" we sense some well-deserved optimism for Permalight (out 3/2 via Brushfire).
Making as many stops on their summer tours as possible, indie bands from all over the map are stopping at one, or multiple venues in the city. There’s a wide range of artists to choose from this week, so to avoid complete and total exhaustion, choose wisely, my friend.
Leopold and His Fiction opens for Little Joy, Independent, 6/3: Where big city meets country, that’s where you’ll find these grunge-folk musicians. They’ve been reviewed as “angsty blues-flavored rock ‘n’ roll,” by Relix and we couldn’t agree more.
Chances are you've seen one of Oakland designer Jason Munn's music posters, especially if you went to the Treasure Island Music Festival (the whole ship/island concept was his idea). Or , perhaps, you've spun a CD with his art on it. Munn's SF-based design studio, The Small Stakes, has created posters, magazine graphics, CD art and book covers for bands like, Beck, Modest Mouse, The Decemberists, Death Cab for Cutie, and locals Rogue Wave.