King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard Predict the End of Days

Add four parts Can, three parts OCS, two parts Sabbath, and (if you must) one part Rush to your biggest, blackest cauldron, and boil over volcanic rock from Mount Doom. Stir slowly with a broken broomstick and simmer on low heat. Set aside to cool in John Dwyer’s shadow for seven albums, then flash fry, and you’ve got King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.

Who's Who at the Ponderosa Stomp 2017

For years, Bruce Springsteen raved up Gary “U.S.” Bonds’ “Quarter to Three” like a rock ’n’ roll national anthem. Even when his Jersey Shore tall tales were taking a turn toward the Steinbeck, Springsteen used Bonds’ pop R&B hit from 1961 to remind people he was still a guy who just wanted to dance all night with his favorite girl.

The Ponderosa Stomp Returns with a Focus on Garage Bands in October

The Ponderosa Stomp will return October 6 and 7, this year to The Orpheum, where headliners will include Archie Bell (“Tighten Up”) , Gary U.S. Bonds (“Quarter to Three”), and Roky Erickson, who’ll play songs by the garage band that launched his legend, Thirteenth Floor Elevators.

The Mystery Lights Go for Raw Energy

Mike Brandon and Luis “L.A.” Solano are pretty unassuming for two guys who just signed a record deal.  Two weeks ago, their band The Mystery Lights released a self-titled LP, their first under celebrated independent Brooklyn soul label Daptone’s new rock imprint, Wick.  Led by Brandon’s powerful, raw vocals and backed by his and Solano’s crunchy, interweaving guitars, the album is one of the best pieces of blues-

The Standells Haven't Strayed Far from the Sunset Strip

The Standells typify one of the many cool things about The Ponderosa Stomp, which takes place this weekend. Yes, there's the yearly thrill of discovery that comes with hearing someone kill that you didn't know existed, and yes, there's the drama that comes with seeing people who've been on the margins of the music business for decades get a great moment with a good band and an enthusiastic audience.

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