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.

Black Lips Voice a Rebellion

“I like the media because it’s a game,” says Cole Alexander, singer-guitarist of the Black Lips. The Atlanta garage-punk rockers are no stranger to the spotlight, and often make headlines for their out-of-control, onstage theatrics. “When we do certain things, journalists will write about it,” he says. “And then the crowds will assume it will happen every night.

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