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The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion- "Black Mold"

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In a year when newcomers like Ty Segall and The Men are making cutting, aggressive garage rock records, it can be easy to forget about the band who led that revivalist charge in the first place. As if acutely aware of the current garage rock trends, the legendary Jon Spencer Blues Explosion have returned with their first new material in eight years, spearheaded by a gritty new single called "Black Mold."

Like all the best Jon Spencer tracks, "Black Mold" has a timeless, familiar quality that also feels thoroughly unique. Spencer's distorted vocals are as engaging and emotive as ever, while the backing band provides some throbbing bluesy grooves and eerie reverb-laden backing vocals. Although this band is clearly tight and obviously experienced, this track maintains a feeling of uneasy steadiness, as if it could fall apart at any moment. Of course it doesn't, and by the time the disorienting sample kicks in at the end, the listener realizes what a cathartic ordeal he or she has just been through -- A blues explosion indeed.

Stream "Black Mold" above, and pick up the new record Meat And Bone from Mom + Pop on September 18th.

Rival Sons- "All Over the Road"

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Classic rock revivalists Rival Sons have dropped a new video for the track "All Over the Road." I reviewed the album this song comes from, Pressure & Time, a while back. Check it out here. If this track hooks you, check out the rest of the album. Believe me when I say it's pretty solid.

Find the latest Rival Sons release on Earache.

The Black Keys- "Lonely Boy"

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A new video from the Black Keys in promotion for the duo's new single, "Lonely Boy." The track comes from the forthcoming album El Camino, which is set to drop December 6th via Nonesuch. These guys are pairing up with Danger Mouse again production-wise, and it's turning out some good results so far, obviously.

And, uh, this video. Yeah, it's awesome.

Rival Sons- Pressure & Time

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On Rival Sons' sophomore album, the California quartet makes the classic sounds of hard rock and blues rock kind of exciting again. While these dudes are nowhere near as flashy as some of the bands that influence them, they do pull together some really great sounds on this LP. Pressure & Time is an album that drowns in its influences a bit, though. There is a modern sound to this record, but it's not exactly like these guys are reinventing the wheel.

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