GØGGS debut album is out and it’s going to blow you away


It takes a minute and a half for the first song, Falling In, to kick in on GØGGSself-titled debut album. But when it does, the payoff is phenomenal. This is the type of song that works people into a frenzy at live shows. It’s quiet, then it builds and boom! The pit explodes.

Ty Segall, his longtime collaborator Charles Moothart (Fuzz) and Ex-Cult frontman Chris Shaw make up the band, which plays primarily vintage hard-core punk married with classic rock elements. It’s also very melodic.

I’ve listened to a lot of great albums this year but this is, hands down, the most exciting.

Shaw’s severe singing, Moothart’s guitars and Segall’s brutal drums (that’s right — Ty drums on this album) add up to a great release that clocks in just under 26 minutes.

If you like hard rock, if you love punk and if you like rock, period, this album is worth a listen.

Also, check out the band for two nights at Empty Bottle July 19 and 20.

Hear a new song from Nots


Entertain Me is a new song from the great Memphis band Nots.

The track appears on the upcoming album Cosmetic, which is expected out in September.

The album is the follow-up to the band’s debut We Are Nots. The 2014 album was re-released last year. It’s also very highly recommended.

The Nots also play Riot Fest Chicago in September.

GØGGS shares song, adds another Chicago date


GØGGS is Ty Segall, his Fuzz collaborator Charles Moothart and Chris Shaw of Ex-Cult.

The band’s self-titled debut is out July 1, and, like everything Segall, Moothart and Ex-Cult put out, this promises to be a scorcher.

These guys just added a second night in Chicago next month. The band plays Empty Bottle July 19 and 20.

Check out album track, Needle Trade Off.

Band spotlight: Mourn

Mourn Ha, Ha, He

Mourn is a band from Spain that provides a nice twist on alternative and garage-inspired rock from the U.S.

As a fan of Mourn’s self-titled debut, I can recommend the follow-up, sophomore release Ha, Ha, He, which was just released this past week.

The production is very slick on this new album but don’t let that scare you off. This is music that will appeal to fans of Speedy Ortiz and like-minded artists.

Check out Mourn below:

Best new music: Whitney and Mourn

The best albums released this past week that I’ve heard: Whitney’s debut, Light Upon the Lake and Mourn’s Ha, Ha, He.

Whitney’s first album is a pop dream.

Mourn’s sophomore effort recalls ’90s alternative but sounds very modern.