This Tuesday brings the new album, Hyacinths and Thistles, from The 6ths - the new project of Stephen Merritt of The Magnetic Fields. The Merge Records release is an unusual collaborative effort with different guest vocalists on each track performing in the European "chanson" cabaret style.

The Nixons sound needy.
I don't want to make too much of it, but if you go to see them at the Pig Pen in Clinton on August 24, please give the guys a hug and tell 'em you love 'em.
Listen to Scott Bush, the brand spanking new guitarist for the Dallas-based band, after fumbling around looking for a description of his band's sound: "They can call it whatever they want, as long as they like it.

Say this for Veruca Salt: Static it ain’t.
The Chicago-based band, which makes good on a canceled show at RIBCO this Thursday at 10 p.m. with Ophur, is hardly the same outfit that made a minor splash in 1994 with American Thighs and the single “Seether.

Ya Maka My Weekend has built quite a reputation since its inception in 1992 as the inaugural festival of Rock Island's The District.
Not only has it grown from a festival for residents of the Quad Cities to a regional destination, but reggae bands fight for a place on the two stages.

I first heard these guys last summer at the Prairie Dog Blues Fest in Wisconsin. I wanted to see if they lived up to their name, and they do. I saw them again last year at the Rocking Rib Fest in Davenport, but last Friday I only had to roll down the hill to The District to catch my fellow man of the cloth, the Rev.

Michael "Hawkeye" Herman studied theatre in college, and last week he won his first theatre award. There was just a long time in between. The 55-year-old Herman, a Quad Cities native, was a theatre and communications major in college.

Circle 7 Hits a New High - with a Little Help

The unexpected inclusion of Circle 7’s stage girls added some flare and sex appeal to the rank Clinton air and the crowd’s already metal-drained ears on the Fourth of July at Pig Stock V in Clinton, Iowa.
The band’s set opened with "Cock Block," which entered the crowds veins quicker than alcohol enters the blood stream, and ended the set leaving the metal heads "Tortured.

Vinyl purists who dig the deep glossy black pizza can salivate in the news that MCA and the Hendrix Experience imprint have announced that in mid-September they'll release an 8-LP box set of Jimi Hendrix rarities.

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