Jack White Directs New Video for The Black Belles

The Black Belles – “What Can I Do?”

Jack White’s Third Man Records has released the debut single from the new group The Black Belles, whose 7 inch single “What Can I Do?” is out now.  Expect to see more from this group.

The Dead Weather – Live Online Performance June 22

Jack White’s new band, The Dead Weather – featuring Alison Mosshart of The Kills, is ramping up for the launch of their debut album, Horehound, on July 14.  Will the sum be greater than the parts?  We’ll have to wait and see. Luckily not for long. The band has announced a live performance on From the Basement TV this Monday, June 22 at 9PM BST/ 1PM PST. Mark your calendars and tune in.

From The Basement TV

Album of the Week: Band of Skulls

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Artist: Band of Skulls
Album: Baby Darling Doll Face
File Under: Indie Rock
Recommended if You Like: The Kills, anything Jack White influenced – White Stripes, Raconteurs, Dead Weather
Featured Tracks:

“I Know What I Am”:

Boy, catching up on the mountains of email in my mailbox really paid off this weekend.  Namely in the discovery of this hot little London-based three piece calling themselves Band of Skulls and their debut album, Baby Darling Doll Face Honey.  It’s been on heavy rotation ever since.  Their sound smacks heavily of that stripped down garage rock sound, tinged with a little of that 70s inspired rock vibe I love so much.  And the vocal play between Russell Marsden (guitar & vocals), Emma Richardson (bass & vocals) definitely evoke images of not only the White Stripes but also Jack White’s new venture, Dead Weather, featuring The Kills’ vocalist Allison Mosshart.   Especially on tracks like ‘Death by Diamonds and Pearls‘, ‘I Know What I Am’ and ‘Blood’.

Luckily for all of us San Franciscans, Band of Skulls will be performing at this week’s The Rumble on June 3 at Harlot.  Oh, and did I mention it’s free?  Just RSVP here.

Outside Lands Initial Line Up Announced

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Here it is.  The initial line up for Outside Lands.  And all I can say is WTF? Pearl Jam, Black Eyed Peas and The Dave Matthews Band for christ sakes? We’ve gone from Radiohead to Fergie. That’s definitely going to draw the wrong crowd.  Too bad because the ‘opening’ bands look great – Band of Horses, Silversun Pickups, The Dead Weather (definitely interested in Jack White’s latest venture), The National, Deerhunter, The Duke Spirit. 

Ah well, it’s up to you Treasure Island Music Fest.  You haven’t let me down yet.

Jack White’s New Band: The Dead Weather

My man Jack White announced the formation of a new band, The Dead Weather, this week.  The supergroup features Alison Mosshart, of the London-based The Kills as lead singer; Dean Fertita of Queens of the Stone Age on guitar; and Jack Lawrence, from the Raconteurs, on bass. The renowned guitarist, Jack White, plays drums. Go figure.

Their debut album Horehound will be released in June.  The single “Hang You From the Heavens” is available now on iTunes.