John Doe of X: "You Feel As Though You Haven't Wasted Your Life"

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"We thought, 'why don't we do something that involves the most work possible?' And the most rehearsal, trying to figure out how to do these damn songs that we kinda gave up on a long time ago," says X singer/guitarist John Doe with a laugh.

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Bob Log III: "The Cramps Would Be So Proud of Me"

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Bob Log III
"I realized a long time ago that drunk people and 4-year-olds are really the same thing," says Bob Log III, taking a break from playing dolls with his niece in his sister's Los Angeles backyard. "And that's how I approach my show."

Leader of the one-man-band that bears his name, Log assures that his gigs are perfectly appropriate for the younger set, despite the fact that one of his most popular ditties is "Boob Scotch," a song that's about, you guessed it, drinking Scotch off boobs and is often acted out by bare-breasted attendees of both sexes at shows. Kids, like boozers, "drool, fall over, and are mostly just having a good time, but there's always the surly one in the corner."

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Fill in the Blanks With the Tontons

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The Tontons
The Tontons may be from Houston, but we hear a bit of New York's Blonde Redhead in their music, albeit with a lot more melody, a touch more straightforward rawk (and a lot less hunky Italian twins). Lead singer Asli Omar has severe Solange vibes (a soaring voice, style for days), and when we premiered the band's track "Pony" off their latest album Make Out King and Other Stories of Love back in January, it wormed its way into our heads to such a degree that we legit lost a lot of friends over the fact that we wouldn't stop singing it out loud. It's fine, though.

The Tontons play Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 2) tonight, and so we asked them to play a little game of "Fill in the Blanks" with us, wherein we start a sentence and ask them to finish it. Take a look and check them out tonight. They're only Bun B of UGK's favorite Houston band. You don't need those friends anyway.

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Mastodon's New Album Is "Very Death-Oriented" and Thus Perfect for Summer

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Mastodon drummer/lyricist Brann Dailor believes his band's new record, Once More 'Round the Sun, is an "awesome summertime fun-time record. It's seasonal." Because? "All the song titles are very death-oriented." Hmmmm. Surely summer usually means light tunes like Weezer's "Islands in the Sun," "Saturday in the Park" by Chicago or maybe "Summertime Girls" by Y&T? Not in this case. "Not that it couldn't be enjoyed in the winter," he furthers. "But I remember records coming out in the summertime and it's on at every party you go to--we had that mindset when we were putting it all together and deciding which songs were going to sit this one out."

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Kyng Are Happy to Outwork You

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Eddie Veliz was "born in East LA," the area infamously name checked by Cheech & Chong in song. As Veliz explains in his SoCal vernacular, in his 'hood, kids "were either in a thrash metal band, a super scum punk band, or listening to regional mariachi music. Or maybe a hip-hop kid. We only had (alt radio giant) KROQ, or KLOS, where you'd constantly be listening to 'Jungle Love' by Steve Miller Band." Eddie's inspiration came from further East--Birmingham, England, birthplace of Black Sabbath. So it makes perfect sense that Kyng's musical mantra is "What would Tony Iommi do?" in homage to Sabbath's legendary axeman.

Still, growing up in the musical mecca of Los Angeles provided ample fodder, and actually imbued Veliz with an "I can do better than that" intent once he started hitting the Whisky, Roxy, and Viper Room as a teen in the mid '90s. "I was super-stoked to be there," he remembers, "but I'd see the bands who were playing and they were fucking shitty. They sucked."

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Moon Hooch Offer More Sax Than You Can Handle

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Wenzl McGowen, a man without a country--but with a saxophone and surfeit of creative musical and ecological ideas--heads up Moon Hooch, a two-sax-and-drum trio who initially came to prominence underground ... as in New York subways. Born in Spain, and living in Austria, Germany, and Portugal, McGowen grew up on a tiny, isolated farm, home-schooled, initially finding his passion as a painter, then playing saxophone (the instrument a legacy from his grandfather) and reading all day. But his band isn't as insular or precious as that early existence might indicate.

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"John Sharkey III Is a Poser and a Skinhead" - You in the Comments, Probably

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The first music I became heavily obsessed with as a young man was first and second wave British punk rock and Oi! In the mid-90's, It was the en vogue punk of the day and I immersed myself in the world of boots, bondage pants, painted and studded leather jackets, and knox gelatin'd spiked hair with little resistance. Every weekend our mob would cram into West Philadelphia venues to see bands ape this style with excellent-to-poor execution. Groups like Blanks '77, Wretched Ones, Violent Society, Showcase Showdown etc. Like I said; some good, some shit. Going to see these bands really exposed me to the greater, older bands that they were completely ripping off.

I feel now that I'm a bit older and have gained a bit of perspective that it was time to start ripping these bands off, as well. That's basically what I'm trying to do with my new project Dark Blue. Here I've listed some of my favorite songs of the period. It basically reads like any number of compilations that I overpaid for as a child. Not digging too deep here but that's really not the point. Enjoy.

John Sharkey III's Dark Blue perform tonight at St. Vitus.

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Band of Skulls: "You're Not Selling Out ... It's a Way to Survive"

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Cool enough for hipsters, heavy enough for metal heads, smart enough for muso snobs, Band of Skulls succeed in striking that oft-elusive aural sweet spot for fans of all stripes....including the folks at the mayonnaise-alternative Miracle Whip, who use a crunchy riff from the band's 2012 song "The Devil Takes Care Of His Own" to push their creamy concoction.

Bassist/singer Emma Richardson laughs. "Soundtracks, commercials... it helps fund the band to do what we need to do, and sometimes it's the best way to get your music heard by loads of people," she observes. "Times have changed. Adverts aren't sneered at anymore. You're not selling out--it's a way to survive, as people aren't buying records anymore."

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Deafheaven: "Genre-Mixing Was Definitely a Goal"

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Some names tell you all you need to know about a band: Slayer. Dee-Lite. Metallica. Pearl Jam, eh, not so much. But Deafheaven? Definitely. Black metal (Deaf) + heaven (shoe gaze) = a slew of critical acclaim and year-end "best of" nods for the band's 2013 Sunbather, their second LP since forming in 2010.

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North Mississippi Allstars' "A-Ha" Moment

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The 11.4 square miles of Hernando, Mississippi has seen its fair share of talented musicians, including Jerry Lee Lewis, and guitar pioneer Paul Burlison. In more recent years, though, a younger, but no less prolific musician calls the town home: Drummer and renaissance man Cody Dickinson, who along with his singer-guitarist brother Luther, is two-thirds of the revved-up blues band that's the North Mississippi Allstars (rounded out by bassist Chris Chew).

In the last 13 years they've put out nine albums, including the just-released World Boogie is Coming. Like the band themselves, it's a record that boasts an impressive legacy. The title comes from the brothers' late father, Jim Dickinson, whose credits include producing Big Star and the Replacements, among many others, as well as playing piano on the Stones' "Wild Horses."

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