Sad news as celebrated singer Denise Johnson, who contributed vocals for Primal Scream, New Order, Johnny Marr, and others, died Monday at her home in Manchester, England at the age of 56. Her family released a statement revealing that Johnson “had been ill in the week prior to her death, but told friends she was ‘much better’ on Friday.” The cause of death was not known, but it was reported by her family that she was discovered holding her inhaler.We send our condolences out to her family, fans, and friends at this time.Continue reading
Sad news today as Roky Erickson, who build a career as a psychedelic rock founding father has died. He was 71 years old. No cause of death has been revealed at this time. A beloved artist by popular and underground acts, Roky first came to attention with seminal 1960s rock band 13th Floor Elevators. Erickson and the band coined the phrase psychedelic rock with the group and had a brief but impactful four years as a band. The bands’ trajectory was slowed down by Erickson’s issues with mental illness and depression. While he sought help, he was systematically abused in the system for years, which impeded his career further. But artists ranging from The Flaming Lips, Dave Grohl, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Spiritualized, Primal Scream, ZZ Top, Big Brother and the Holding Company, My Bloody Valentine, Ghost, The Black Angels, Ween, Mazzy Starr, The Verve, and more touted him and 13th Floor Elevators for years in song and in the press as a heavy influence. Ghost’s 2013 cover of ‘If You Have Ghosts’ has almost five million plays on YouTube. The 2007 documentary You’re Going to Miss Me’ led to renewed interest in his career. We send our condolences out to Roky’s family, friends, and fans at this time. Continue reading
Little Barrie is guitarist/vocalist Barrie Cadogan (Primal Scream), bassist Lewis Wharton, and drummer Virgil Howe (son of Yes‘ Steve Howe).
Apr 30: The Black Box/Live Music Venue – Belfast (UK)
May 22: Umeda Club Quattro – Osaka (JP)
May 23-24: Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse (Green Room Festival) – Yokohama (JP)
May 25: Shibuya Duo Music Exchange – Tokyo (JP)
May 27: Cargo Bar – Ho Chi Minh City (VM)
Jul 25: Secret Garden Party – Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire (UK)
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Ecuadorian rockers Prime Ministers are streaming their new album NOW. Check it out here.
NOW was produced and mixed by Max Heyes (Oasis, Paul Weller, Primal Scream). Check out their video for “Take It Back” here.