Interference Remembers The White Stripes

February 5, 2011

I can vividly recall the first time I heard The White Stripes.  It was in San Francisco, driving down Howard Street on my way home from a movie.  On the radio was the local alternative station, Live 105.  They were airing an interview with some guy talking about how San Francisco was the first city outside of Detroit that had ever liked his band.

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Cigarettes, Leather, & Dead Weather

May 11, 2010

Last summer, the release of The Dead Weather’s debut album Horehound caused a stir. Bringing the same ballsy in-your-face rock, sophomore album Sea of Cowards doesn’t disappoint.

The sexual energy and primal urgency The Dead Weather throws in the face of anyone who happens to listen, track after track, startles and exalts.

Sea of Cowards ignites all the senses with sleazy, bluesy bar rock reminiscent of the 1970’s but remains unmistakably modern.

Lead singer Allison Mosshart drifts from her electro-pop roots as she belts out smoldering vocals with primal intensity over Led Zeppelin-esque guitar, psychedelic bass, and White’s wailing drums.

The hype surrounding the album’s release comes after the success of the band’s initial album and the collaboration of such musical talents as Jack White and Allison Mosshart, Dean Fertita of Queens of the Stone Age, and Jack Lawrence of The Raconteurs.

For the album, an ominous piece of promotional art work features a dark, demonic cemetery scene. The singles are “Die by the Drop,” a sexually infused Mosshart and White duet, and “Gasoline,” which features Mosshart’s grimy vocals over White’s intense drums.

The album listens like a movie unfolding, each song a new scene as the intensity ebbs and flows, trashy and raw—all the while, eliciting the feeling of a 35 minute post-bank robbery ride through the grimy desert, sun beating down and hair blowing in the wind, smelling of cigarettes and leather. –Angie Roach

Sea of Cowards was released on May 11, 2010. Dead Weather will tour this summer including a stop at Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tn. http://thedeadweather.com/

The Dead Weather Get Heavy with Horehound

July 14, 2009

Four talented musicians walk into a studio . . . Featuring Jack Lawerence (The Raconteurs, The Greenhornes) on bass, Alison Mosshart (The Kills) on vocals, Dean Fertita (Queens of the Stone Age) on guitar, synthesizer, and organ, and the former Detroiter of White Stripes and Raconteurs fame on the drums and some vocals, The Dead Weather was unveiled at a secret show during the opening of White’s Third Man Studios in downtown Nashville back in March of 2009. Jack White clearly has the Midas touch. Terms like “side project” or “supergroup” cannot do justice to the genius of the highly anticipated, full length LP Horehound.

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Treasure Island Festival – Day Two

September 30, 2008

Words and Photographs* by Luke Pimentel, Editor

September 30, 2008

*except where noted

I arrive at the island Sunday, feet and back still sore from the epic marathon of the night before.

My mood is bright, though, because today’s schedule boasts one of the better single-day lineups of any festival this year.  Plus – now that I know my credentials work – I have my full cache of lenses available to capture the action.

Take it away, journal…

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Rocking in the Free World of America’s Amsterdam: Bonnaroo Recap, 2008

June 28, 2008

By Andrew William Smith, Editor

June 28, 2008

Many who attend Bonnaroo remark on the sheer sensual overload and unique cultural experience—a phenomenon Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder described between songs on the What Stage as America’s Amsterdam. Whether it’s the heat, hippies, and hacky sack or the mud, sweat, and beers, the sheer volume and variety of human expression satisfies most participants and provides plenty of topical fodder for every latter-day Lester Bangs who attends the event under the semi-respectable guise of “working” the weekend as a journalist.

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