Tab The Band- The Throwback Jersey of Rock and Roll


In an age of throwback jerseys and old school references, Tab the Band knows how to represent. Perrys Tony and Adrian get their style from daddy Joe–a little known fella from this band called Aerosmith. Maybe you’ve heard of them? When mixed with drummer Ben Tileston’s back to basic beats, out comes a sound so gritty there is no other way to describe it other than the epitome of classic rock and roll.

They’ve only been together since early 2007, but that seems to be an obstacle they’ve easily overcome; Tab the Band’s music has already been featured on CSI NY and The Riches, and they earned a warm welcome from Rolling Stone. Their new single “Where She Was On Monday” is set to drop on July 1st, with a full-length album right on its coattails in the fall. Its been a long time since the days of the Stones, Deep Purple, and Aerosmith, but worry no more. These guys are reinventing what it means to rock, and are doing it with their own style. Check out the new single and keep your eyes open for more to come!

88 Keys Gives Away New Mixtape in Anticipation of Death of Adam


It’s no secret that Harlem based rapper 88 Keys has been holed up in the studio with Kanye West cooking up his new album, Death of Adam, for Decon Records. But that’s not all he’s been cooking up. It just so happened that Keys’ creative streak yielded enough material for two albums – which is why he’s offering up a new 12 track mixtape for free download. Dubbed Adam’s Casefiles, the mixtape is a “pre-curser to Death of Adam.” Download it here while you can, and don’t forget to cop your tix to the Fresh Rhymes and Videotapes tour where Keys will take the stage with Dilated Peoples, and fellow Decon artists Alchemist and Aceyalone. Tracklist after the jump.

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The Budos Band Shines Through Rough Waters


Just after sunset on another sweltering night in NYC a boat containing The Budos Band and about 200 fans motored out of a harbor on the East River. As soon as that breeze really started to move through the decks, music started trickling out from the back of the boat (for you nautical types, that would be the stern). It was perfect, really: the boat was rocking – which made it way more fun to dance – the crowd was happy, the many men in the band were smiling and the bar line wasn’t annoyingly long. And slowly we saw some lightning, heard some thunder, and then bang, the rain came down. Hard. We were smack dab in the middle of intense thunderstorms. [Insert joke about Budos putting on an electrifying show here.] Normally this would put a damper on a boat cruise; instead, jokes of our “3 hour tour” abounded and everyone’s smiles just got bigger.

But seriously, the storms were no match for this band. They played through the sideways rain, rocky water and leaks in the cloth ceiling until the weather ended and the cool air came through. And then they played on and on and on and we returned to the dock and the lovely booze cruise became a distant memory. Oh, I suppose I should mention they debuted a new song, played lots from their last album and even had a couple of b-boys on board. Pictures to prove it after the jump.

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I Will Rock As Long As I Don’t Have To Go To School – The Many Incarnations Of John Dwyer


There are some people who you meet at one point or another in your life that you immediately recognize are not meant to lead, what most would consider, a normal life. Whether an athlete, designer, or in this case, musician, some people are born with a natural drive and almost inexplicable talent for doing things by their own accord, at times obnoxiously unapologetic. John Dwyer is one of those guys (but don’t feel bad if you’ve never heard the name).

Never one for the spotlight, Dwyer has started (and has been associated with) more bands, ranging in more styles, than most musicians even write songs. Getting his chops up around the infamous Fort Thunder scene of RISD in the mid-late ‘90s, he quickly became a leading figure in the movement, even if it did only last a few raucous years. During that time, Dwyer was in four bands (OCS – pronounced Thee Oh Sees, Pink & Brown, The Netmen and Landed) all with different members and different sounds. OCS being primarily for solo/instrumental/experimental home recordings, Landed being a noise rock/punk outfit known for their intense and physical live shows, The Netmen being an outlet for his more improvised stuff (along with the current bassist for Lightning Bolt, Brian Gibson) and Pink & Brown being a follow up noise rock/punk band formed when groups of people associated with Fort Thunder made their way westward to San Francisco. Even in those few years, he’d been part of at least a dozen recordings while garnering the attention of indie tastemaker labels such as Load Records, Narnack Records and even Deitch Projects.

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