Dead Meadow

Dead Meadow

Dead Meadow's unique marriage of Sabbath riffs, dreamy layers of guitars fuzz bliss, and singer Jason Simon's high-pitched melodic croon have won over both psychedelic pop/rock and stoner-rock fans alike. Although the band's members met while attending all-ages punk shows in and around Washington D.C.'s punk/indie scene, the trio's sound draws more of their sound from such classic rock legends as Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath. The trio formed in the fall of 1998 out the ashes of local indie rock bands The Impossible Five and Coulour by singer-guitarist Jason Simon, bassist Steve Kille, and drummer Mark Laughlin. The three members set out to fuse their love of early 70's hard rock and 60's psychedelia with their love of fantasy and horror writers J.R.R. Tolkien and H.P. Lovecraft.

Their first album, Dead Meadow, was released in 2000 on Tolotta Records, a label run by Fugazi bassist Joe Lally. This was quickly followed by 2001's Howls from the Hills, also released on Tolotta Records. At the completion of Howls from the Hills John Peel asked Dead Meadow to record a Peel Session which was recorded in Fugazi's home studio, the first time a Peel Session was recorded outside the BBC studios. In 2002, Stephen McCarty replaced Mark Laughlin on the drums and the band signed with Matador Records. They released Shivering King And Others and began to tour extensively, often sharing the stage with Brian Jonestown Massacre, Super Furry Animals, and Dinosaur Jr. The subsequent releases on Matador wereFeathers (2005) and Old Growth (2008). In 2007 the band moved its base to Los Angeles. In April 2010 they released Three Kings, an epic feature film and soundtrack album including material spanning their entire career. In July 2010, McCarty ended an eight year run with the band to pursue other life goals and musical opportunities. In August 2010 Mark rejoined the band, a reunion tour was planned and Deadie was born.

Disappearing People DJ Sets

Disappearing People are a new two-piece lo-fi group out of Oakland comprised of drummer Landon Monroe Bates and vocalist/guitarist Scott Travis Johnston (Moccretro). The duo have just put out their first cassette release Dissolve which was self-recorded and then mastered by Greg Ashley (of Gris Gris).

Electric Shepherd

"The Seventies are back with a vengeance. And jam-rock trio Electric Shepherd is perhaps the most staggeringly talented outfit in the local revivalist scene. Its members are innovators, rather than mere imitators, and their work vacillates from gnarly art-rock to loping, minimalist blues. "Mildred Harris" could hold its own against any Zeppelin tune."-East Bay Express

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