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1. Social Concern
Social Concern are a three-piece punk rock band based in Sacramento, California. The band has released three albums (California Angel, Exodus, and Cut and Dry) since their formation. Their last show happened more than a year ago and since then, have been less active. The singer and guitarist, Sarah Shintaku, has released some acoustic material which can be heard on facebook or reverbnation. The songs vary from track to track, but are mostly folk with some of a rock edge to it. Pretty cool stuff. Other tracks from Social Concern's albums have appeared on a few episodes including the Top 25 of 2010 episode and more recently, Episode 17. The song on this episode is titled, The Kids are Bleeding, off of, California Angel.
2. Oh No Joe
Oh No Joe are a three-piece rock band of sorts from the East Bay of San Francisco, California. They play a mix of rock and punk delivered with a kind of indie attitude. You can definitely hear the variety on their 20 song self-titled album, especially on the tracks, Blondie and 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon. The band also has another album, the 10-song release, I'm Just Sayin' (2009). Oh No Joe has a couple shows coming up. They have one on Saturday, November 12 in Livermore, California, and a hometown show the next day on Sunday, November 13. Check out details for both shows on their facebook here. The song on this episode is titled, Little Brother, off of their self-titled album.
3. Las Robertas
Las Robertas are currently a three-piece from San Jose, Costa Rica. They are a fairly new band, having recently formed back in 2009 and since then released one LP titled, Cry Out Loud (2010), through Art Fag Recordings. The album features 10 songs of some raw indie pop-rock in under 30 minutes. The band had also participated in this years SXSW and played a couple shows on the East-Coast in New York and Philadelphia. Their sound is comprised of fuzzy guitars and distorted harmonies with a sort of garage-pop-partnership-with-punk attitude spread throughout. Check out more of their tunes on their myspace here. The song on this episode is titled, Ghost Lover, off of, Cry Out Loud.
4. The Beat Dolls
The Beat Dolls are a punk rock band based in Austin, Texas. They play a mix of ska, punk, and rock n'roll in their music. Their sound varies from song to song, but they definitely deliver it with sweet harmonies and tight melodies. The Beat Dolls have been keeping really busy, playing tons of shows throughout the year, including one with Girl in a Coma (just last night!). Check out their facebook here for upcoming show details. The band also has a bunch of free music on their reverbnation page here. The track, You Were Right, appeared on Episode 29. The song on this episode is titled, Walking Dead. A music video was also produced for this song. Check it out here.
5. Fools Rush
Fools are currently a three-piece based in Portland, Oregon. They originally formed in the Florida Keys in 2005, and having since then relocated to the Pacific Northwest. Since their early beginnings, the band has released two albums (It's Been a Long Week and it's Only Monday and Turns All Bad Feelings into Good Ones) and one demo (Just the Tip). The band's most recently release, Turns All Bad Feelings into Good Ones, is currently available on their bandcamp for download (name your price!).The song on this episode is titled, Without You, off of, Turns All Bad Feelings into Good Ones.