12/29/2015

R.I.P. Lemmy Kilmister 1945-2015



Photo by BEV DAVIES


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Shows at the Echo


JUST ANNOUNCED
1/4 Elvis Presley Tribute Show w/ The Abigails, Summer Twins - Echoplex
1/9 Good Heroin 1 Year Anniversary w/ Maria Bamford, Eric Andre - The Echo  
2/11-2/13 Built To Spill (3 Nights) - The Echo  
2/20 Dilla Day 2 - The Regent
2/25 Kneebody + Daedelus - The Echoplex
3/10 Audio Social Dissent with Wolf Eyes and Timmy's Organism - The Echo
3/13 Pouya, The Buffet Boys & Suicide Boys - The Regent
4/2 Deru presents '1979' w/ EFFIXX & Telefon Tel Aviv - The Regent


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ELVIS PRESLEY tribute show at Echoplex presented by L.A. RECORD & FEVER


ELVIS PRESLEY Tribute Show
January 4 at Echoplex
ONE WEEK away! RSVP for discount list

Each band will perform two or three songs total.
Arrive on time so you don't miss any hound-dogging.  
 
Tickets: $5 with rsvp to karaokefever@gmail.com
(write ELVIS RSVP in subject line)
or $10 without RSVP
 
Doors at 830pm. Music starts at 9pm.
Echoplex
1154 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
 
Facebook event page: LINK

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12/28/2015

Some more best records of 2015



Best of 2015 list

Adele "25"

Arca "Mutant"
Beach House "Thank Your Lucky Stars"
Brian Jonestown Massacre "Mini Album Thingy Wingy

Björk "Vulnicura"


Bully "Feels Like"


The Chills "Silver Bullets"

Destroyer "Poison Season"


Drinks "Hermits on Holdays"


Dungen "Allas Sack"


Eagles of Death Metal "Zipper Down"


Erykah Badu "You Caint Use My Phone"


The Fall "Sub-Lingual Tablet"


FFS "FFS"


FKA Twigs "M3LL155X"


Fuzz "II"


Gliss "Pale Reflections"


Godspeed You! Black Emperor "Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress"


Health "Death Magic"

Hinds "Burger"


Jacco Gardner "Hypnophobia"


JennyLee "Right On"


Kurt Vile "Believe I'm Going Down"


La Luz "Weirdo Shrine"


Lilies on Mars "AGO"


LoneLady "Hinterland"


Loop "Array EP"


Miya Folick "Strange Darling"


No Joy "More Faithful"


Ought "Sun Coming Down"


The Pop Group "Citizen Zombie"


Protomartyr "The Agent Intellect"


Ringo Deathstarr "Pure Mood"


Sexwitch "Sexwitch"


Sharkmuffin "Chartreuse"


Shopping "Why Choose"

Sufjan Stevens "Carrie & Lowell"
Sunflower Bean "I Hear Voices"
Sun Kil Moon "Universal Themes"
Tess Parks and Anton Newcombe "I Declare Nothing"
Ty Segall "Ty Rex"
Ultimate Paintings "Green Lane"
Thayer Sarrano "Shaky"
Wand "1000 Days"
Wand "Golem"
Wilco "Star Wars"
William Basinski "Cascade"




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12/25/2015

SHOWS 2015

SHOWS 2015

Jan 3rd: Foxygen @ Roxy
Jan 7th: The Dictators @ Alex’s Bar
Jan 21st: Blonde Redhead + Warlocks @ Indigo Music

Feb 8th: Zola Jesus @ Constellation Room
Feb 11th: Warlocks @ Bootleg
Feb 13th: Jessica Pratt @ Origami
Feb 13th: Springtime Carnivore @ Roxy
Feb 13th: Lily and Madeleine @ Troubadour
Feb 13th: 100 Waters @ El Rey
Feb 14th: Sparks @ ACE Theater
Feb 24th: Black Ryder + Hype Williams @ Rickshaw
Feb 25th: Jessica Pratt @ Chapel
Feb 26th: Church @ Chapel
Feb 26th: Eleanor Friedburger @ Brick Mortar
Feb 27th: No Joy + Vanish @ Bottom of the Hill

Mar 3rd: Dante Elephante @ Continental
Mar 5th: Swervedriver @ Roxy
Mar 7th: Dead Meadow + Warlocks @ Bootleg
Mar 12th: 254 + Honeyblood @ Echo
Mar 20th: Trampled By Turtles @ Observatory (20)
Mar 21st: Lovely Bad Things @ LAB
Mar 22nd: Moon Duo @ Observatory
Mar 24th: Gang of Four @ El Rey
Mar 27th: Hinds + Colleen Green @ Echo
Mar 28th: Black Angels + Gang of Four @ Burgerama
Mar 29th: Ty Segall + Ariel Pink @ Burgerama

April 1st: IBEYI @ Hollywood Forever
April 1st: David Lynch @ ACE
April 2nd: Mourn @ Echo
April 3rd: Kitten + Mirror Talk @ Troubadour (30)
April 7th: Nick Cave + Beth Orton @ Ace Theater
April 9th: Warlocks @ Los Globos
April 10th: White Fence @ Natural History Museum
April 14th: RIDE @ Fox Pomona
April 14th: RAC @ Glasshouse
April 15th: The Cribs @ Constellation Room
April 15th: Squarepusher @ Observatory
April 16th: Swans @ Constellation Room
April 24th: Rain Parade @ Echoplex
April 24th: Fuzz @ El Rey (40)
April 25th: Faith No More @ Observatory
April 26th: Colleen Green + La Sera @ KXLU Fest
April 26th: Nikki Lane @ Roxy
April 29th: The Soft Moon @ Constellation Room
April 30th: Sleater Kinney @ Palladium

May 1st: Tennis @ Troubadour
May 3rd: Lightning Bolt @ Echoplex
May 4th: Lightning Bolt @ Constellation Room
May 6th: JSBX @ Observatory
May 8th: Purity Ring @ Fonda (50)
May 9th: Melted + Aquadolls @ Constellation Room
May 13th: Joel Gion + Levitation Room @ Observatory
May 15th: Fat White Family @ Troubadour
May 16th: Dead Meadow @ Psycho California
May 16th: Fat White Family @ Wayfarer
May 18th: Wolf Alice + Gateway Drugs @ Roxy
May 21st: Hiatus Kayote @ Constellation Room
May 22nd: Bryan Adams @ Verizon
May 29th: Neutral Milk Hotel @ Observatory
May 30th: Wire @ Echoplex (60)

June 5th: Palma Violets @ Teragram
June 6th: Abigails + Levitation Room @ East End Block Party
June 7th: Todd Rundgren @ House of Blues anaheim
June 10th: Warlocks + Blood Candy @ Wayfarer
June 13th: Warlocks + Magic Wands @ Bootleg
June 15th: Blood Candy @ Echoplex
June 15th: Pins + Queen Kwong @ Echo
June 20th: Brian Wilson @ Greek
June 29th: Jacco Gardner + Calvin Love @ Wayfarer

July 9th: Smashing Pumpkins + Marilyn Manson @ Irvine Meadows (70)
July 10th: X + The Blasters @ Observatory
July 15th: The Garden + The Rooms @ Wayfarer
July 29th: Spandau Balllet @ OC Fair

Aug 7th: Echo and The Bunnymen @ OC Fair
Aug 13th: JAMC + Cold Cave @ Glasshouse
Aug 19th: JAMC + APTBS @ Fonda
Aug 21st: Black Ryder @ Independent
Aug 28th: Black Ryder + Vacant Lots @ Roxy

Sept 5th: Cat Power + Julie Ruin @ Burger-A-Go-Go

Oct 24th: Grimes @ Beach Goth (80)
Oct 25th: Die Antwoord @ Beach Goth 4

Nov 4th: Of Montreal + Diane Coffee @ Regent
Nov 29th: PIL @ Fonda

Dec 1st: Dandy Warhols + Miranda Richards @ Great American
Dec 2nd: Dandy Warhols + Miranda Richards @ Great American
Dec 7th: Beach House @ Observatory
Dec 11th: Thayer Serrano @ Analog Café PDX
Dec 12th: Dandy Warhols + Miranda Richards @ Crystal Ballroom
Dec 18th: Shuggie Otis + Gary Wilson @ Dirty Laundry
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12/24/2015

Brian Jonestown Massacre announce US tour dates 2016




Brian Jonestown Massacre announce US tour dates 2016

APRIL
Fri 29 Levitation Festival Austin TX


May

Sun 1 One Eye Jack's New Orleans LA
Mon 2 Mercy Lounge Nashville TN
Tue 3 Newport Music Hall Columbus OH
Wed 4 Beachland Ballroom Cleveland OH
Thu 5 9.30 Club Washington DC
Fri 6 Union Transfer Philadelphia PA
Sat 7 Paradise Rock Club Boston MA
Mon 9 Webster Hall New York NY
Tue 10 Le Tulipe Montreal Canada
Thu 12 Danforth Music Hall Toronto Canada
Fri 13 Metro Chicago IL
Sat 14 First Avenue Minneapolis MN
Sun 15 The Waiting Room Omaha NE
Tue 17 Bluebird Theatre Denver CO
Wed 18 The Depot SLC UT
Thu 19 Top Hat Lounge Missoula MT
Fri 20 Starlight Ballroom Edmonton Canada
Sat 21 Republik Niteclub Calgary Canada
Mon 23 Commodore Ballroom Vancouver Canada
Tue 24 Neumo's Seattle WA
Wed 25 Wonder Ballroom Portland OR
Fri 27 The Independent San Francisco CA
Sat 28 The Independent San Francisco CA
Sun 29 Teragram Ballroom Los Angeles CA
Mon 30 Teragram Ballroom Los Angeles CA



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12/22/2015

GANG OF FOUR LIVE ALBUM - Pre-order now and claim exclusive memorabilia

GANG OF FOUR
+ NEW LIVE ALBUM


Greetings,
 
So we're not quite done with you all yet. We're pleased to surprise you with the launch of a brand new LIVE ALBUM.

During a year spent touring the world, we've captured the experience of two of the greatest of our shows and created this release available to pre-order now from HERE.

We filmed the sold-out show at New York’s Irving Plaza which will be available as a DVD or download. We also recorded the penultimate show of 2015, at London’s Islington Assembly Hall. This will be available as an audio CD, vinyl and download.

The set list of each show brings together our catalogue spanning more than 30 years, from Entertainment!’s “Damaged Goods” to "Where The Nightingale Sings” from the 2015 studio album, What Happens Next.

Take a look HERE. We are also offering VIP experiences and memorabilia from shows including guitars torn up during "Anthrax" and even the original and indestructible microwave we've tried to destroy every night during "He’d Send In The Army". 

We hope to see you all soon! Gang of 4

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Matt Costa to release 'Live in London' on January 15, 2016

MATT COSTA ANNOUNCES JANUARY 15, 2016 RELEASE FOR
LIVE IN LONDON THREE SONG SINGLE

 

4th Release in Year Long Series +
January Live Dates +
Colored Glass Radio Show Debuts +
New Christmas Song “Many Memories Ago
Available as a Free Download


December 22, 2015 – Today MATT COSTA announces a January 15, 2016 release date forLIVE IN LONDON. The three-song single is the fourth release in a series of five different EP’s that Costa is writing, recording, and self-releasing, each unique in style, approach, and concept.

"I love the idea of releasing new songs for the first time with a live recording,” commented Costa.  “As a music fan, some of my favorite recordings have been live; no studio trickery, no time to over-evaluate, just get up and sing your song and when the result has a little magic in it then you've got it.  Often times I sit at home or in some god forsaken bar or wherever and write a song and then suddenly what’s special is lost, the idea remains, but the spontaneity disappears in the vastness of time and space. These three songs were recorded the first night they were ever sung on stage, this is how I remember them and this is how they will stay, Live at the Hammersmith Apollo in London.”

Live in London was recorded on July 20th, 2014 at the Hammersmith Apollo while Costa was in the UK supporting Jack Johnson and features three previously unreleased songs.

 

LIVE IN LONDON track listing:
  1. The Pasteurs Bridge
  2. Michael Roberts.
  3. Walter

The five song Eucalyptus EP kicked off the series last February and showcases intricate fingerpicking on the mostly acoustic tunes. The garage-rock bedroom recordings on the Cat Mosta EP came next in July, while the more sophisticated compositions on November’s Neon Brain were the first to be recorded in a studio instead of Costa’s Laguna Beach, California home.

Costa has recently begun hosting his own radio show on Tuesday nights on KX 93.5, a non-profit, non-commercial station in Laguna Beach. The show, Colored Glass Radio, can be heard online here: (http://www.kx935.com/player/).

Fans can see Matt Costa live in January when he plays Portland, Oregon on Friday, January 8th at the Alberta Rose Theater and then on Saturday, January 9th in Seattle, Washington at All Pilgrims Church.

Last but not least, “Many Memories Ago” is a brand new song and video that Costa recorded for the holidays which is currently available as a free download from his website:http://mattcosta.com.

 

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12/21/2015

SURFBORT BAND- FOUND FOOTAGE SXSW 2015




SURFBORT BAND- FOUND FOOTAGE SXSW 2015

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Puscifer Announces Money $hot - Round 2 Tour; Dates Begin March 17

PUSCIFER ANNOUNCES MONEY $HOT – ROUND 2 TOUR; DATES BEGINS MARCH 17
 
 
Photo credit: Robin Laananen
 
Jerome, Ariz., Dec. 21, 2015 – Puscifer return to the ring on March 17 as the band launches the Money $hot – Round 2 tour, kicking off at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, Calif.  Additional dates will be announced in early January.

Maynard James Keenan said of the live performance, “This show is so much more than just a band regurgitating songs. This is a multi-media performance unlike anything you’ve ever witnessed. There are those who know, and there are those who will know soon enough.” Guitar player/producer Mat Mitchell added, “Round 1 was a blast for us, looking forward to more bone breaking fun in Round 2!”

Puscifer kicked off the Money $hot – Round 1 tour the day after the release ofMoney $hot, playing the Monster Mash Festival on Nov. 1 with the next six weeks spent trekking from coast-to-coast presenting sold out performances that marry the concept of concert and theater. The Kansas City Star, in a live review, said “not much emerges from the music world these days that feels genuinely unique, but Puscifer’s Money $hot tour qualifies. Each component of the show was first-rate: the sound mix, the videos, the musical performance and the theatrics. It all added up to a show that was as memorable as it was unique.”
 
 
Video for “The Remedy;” The song is trending at #33 Active Rock and Top 50 Alternative
 
 
Money $hot was released on Oct. 30 via Keenan’s Puscifer Entertainment. The album landed at #1 on Billboard’s Independent Music chart, #2 on the Alternative Albums chart and #30 on the Top 200. In a four star review, Revolver Magazinedescribed the album as “a meditative and hypnotic – not to mention wholly engaging – offering” and both Crave and Kerrang placed the release on their year end, best of lists, with Crave saying, “The yin and yang of masculine and feminine energy interweave a pulsing eroticism that curls itself around the mind like one of Keenan’s many grapevines.”

Tour dates:

March 17  Riverside, CA  Fox Performing Arts Center
March 18  Phoenix, AZ  Comerica Theatre
March 20  Colorado Springs, CO  Pikes Peak Center
March 22  Omaha, NE  Orpheum Theatre
March 23  Minneapolis, MN  Northrop Auditorium
March 25  Milwaukee, WI  Riverside Theater
March 26  Grand Rapids, MI  Devos Performance Hall
March 28  Rockford, IL  Coronado Theatre
March 29  Indianapolis, IN  Old National Centre – Murat Theatre
March 30  Columbus, OH  The LC Indoor Pavilion
April 1  Pittsburgh, PA  Stage AE
April 2  Detroit, MI  The Fillmore
April 4  Akron, OH  Akron Civic Theatre
April 5  Buffalo, NY  Center for the Arts
April 6  Toronto, ON  Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
April 8  Portland, ME  Merrill Auditorium
April 9  Huntington, NY  The Paramount
April 10  Reading, PA  Santander Performing Arts Center
April 12  Englewood, NJ  Bergen Performing Arts Center
April 13  Red Bank, NJ  Count Basie Theatre
April 16  Providence, RI  Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium

Luchafer open on all dates.

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New Video - Blue House 'Hot Air Balloons'

LONDON DUO BLUE HOUSE DROP PSYCHEDELIC VIDEO FOR DEBUT SINGLE ‘HOT AIR BALLOONS’

‘A gorgeous debut’ The Line of Best Fit

‘Wonderful’ NME

‘A dreamily whooshing, nostalgically jangling indie pop debut’ Metro

Beguiling pop music……the understated delivery only enhances the power of the songwriting’ Clash


‘Hot Air Balloons’ Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84gcRjWLQKc


Comprised of James Howard and Ursula Russell, formerly of Fiction and Drop Out Venus, Blue House’s forthcoming album was written with little regard for what was going on in the world, musically speaking. “My listening habits became quite strange over the summer, I was just listening to a handful of songs over and over again, probably into the thousands of plays.” Howard explains. “Why, and what effect that had, I’m not sure, but I think it did something.”

The first thing to emerge from the band’s first foray into the studio with Capitol K, who has previously worked with Patrick Wolf and Atlas Sound, was ‘Hot Air Balloons’. The single demonstrated just one facet of the band’s far-reaching sound, showcasing their ability to craft a deft, hazy indiepop gem; an unexpected mix of expansive M83 nostalgia and the winsome sound of Sarah Records acts like The Field Mice, the track is carried along by an almost Krautrock beat, which keeps Howard’s gentle vocals airborne. Here, hushed acoustic b-side ‘Confessional’ recalls Elliott Smith at his most insular, before gradually becoming more ornate, decorated by Ursula’s voice and a slowly-rising synth line.

If neither track could be called typical of the Blue House sound, that’s only because they leave no stone unturned in their quest for pop perfection. ‘Hot Air Balloons’ is simply the first piece in the puzzle for one of the most intriguing new bands of the year.


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FRØKEDAL: Reveals New Video 'Kid' (Dir. Vibeke Heide)

 FRØKEDAL REVEALS PARTNERING VIDEO FOR SINGLE ‘KID’
TAKEN FROM DEBUT LP ‘HOLD ON DREAMER’  –  RELEASED FEBRUARY 26

“There's a tranquillity to Frøkedal's latest offering that belies the lyrical gravitas, and the result is a track that's haunting and beautiful in equal measure.” – The Line Of Best Fit

"A thoughtful and hypnotic track with a meditative melody that quickly
draws in and doesn’t let you go." – 1883 Magazine

_ _
 
Teaming up once again with director Vibeke Heide, Frøkedal reveals new video for single‘Kid’. There’s an eerie, almost unnerving, quality to the pair’s collective output and the latest instalment proves no exception. Watch/embed Kid’ below...


The video follows news of Frøkedal’s upcoming European tour in support of debut LP‘Hold On Dreamer’ – released February 26, 2016. Joined by her band Familien (or ‘The Family’), Frøkedal kicks off proceedings at London’s The Islington on February 25 before embarking a string of live dates through greater UK and Germany; also joining the bill at Norway’s renowned Øya Festival.

Kid opens with a depiction of a young child who falls asleep under the table during a family party,” explains singer/songwriter Anne Lise Frøkedal. It all seems conventional enough, before the track takes a somewhat poignant turn: “It turns out that this is only a made-up memory because all the photos of the child have disappeared along with the family's recollection of him”.

“I remember you, kid” forms a fitting refrain, and a comforting assurance that resonates throughout new album ‘Hold On Dreamer’. Lyrically, a theme runs across its ten tracks: “They deal with people whose lives are about to take a turn – for better or worse,”Frøkedal says. “For me, writing about change is much more interesting than exploring situations that already work. Most are real stories, about real people, some influenced by my own life more than others.” 

 

‘Kid’ is out now – taken from Frøkedal’s forthcoming debut LP ‘Hold On Dreamer’, released February 26 2016 via Propeller Recordings.

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PRAISE FOR FRØKEDAL:

“…think Fleetwood Mac getting on pretty well with Joni Mitchell.” 
– BBC Radio 6music, Lauren Laverne

“Frøkedal’s vocals are mournful but not desolate, wistful but never twee.
Most importantly, her melody is crafted with meditative warmth - its gentleness
makes it endlessly listenable.”
– The Line Of Best Fit, Song of the Day

 “The carefully picked out melodies of the Norwegian songstress are
matched to an icy cool touch, a sense of glamorous introversion...
a potent introduction to something quite special.”  
– CLASH

"Its meditative melody will have you hooked from the
off... we can’t get enough." 
– Notion Magazine

“Frøkedal's rich, breathy voice demands every drop of
your attention." 
– Indie Shuffle

“…kinetic, off-kilter pop” – The 405

“The latest musical incarnation of Oslo performer Anne Lise Frøkedal is one which
embraces space and simplicity, a project which creates a welcoming setting where collaboration and glistening folk-pop are the name of the game." 
– Ja Ja Ja

“It’s like Joni Mitchell and the Mamas and the Papas had a love
child and named it Frøkedal.” 
– Vulture Magazine

 

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Gem Club shares wintry new "Speech of Foxes" video

WATCH AN ELEGIAC NEW VIDEO FOR GEM CLUB'S "SPEECH OF FOXES"



VIDEO - "Speech of Foxes[dir. Ben Phillippo]
VIDEO - "Braid" [dir. Christian Palmer]

Happy Holidays from Hardly Art! We're closing out a banner year with a stunning new music video from Boston-based artist Gem Club. "Speech of Foxes," as brought to life by director Ben Phillippo, is a gorgeous, snowbound meditation on memory, loss, and impermanence. Magnet Magazine premiered the video, with you can watch here or by clicking the .gif above. 

About the record:

There are times when beauty and sadness are inextricably linked.  Massachusetts-based Gem Club understands this fragile symmetry.  The band—singer/pianist Christopher Barnes and his collaborators, cellist Kristen Drymala and vocalist Ieva Berberian—create music that is intimate, graceful, and filled with melancholy.

Breakers, their 2011 debut, paired plaintive piano melodies with impressionistic lyrics. Made primarily in Barnes’s bedroom, the album displayed how music, even at its most minimal and hushed, could be cathartic, even transcendent.

For the new In Roses,  arriving January 2014 from Hardly Art, Gem Club have ventured beyond the isolation of the bedroom to record in San Francisco at John Vanderslice’s analog studio Tiny Telephone, choosing to record entirely to tape. Barnes worked closely with arranger and conductor Minna Choi of The Magik*Magik Orchestra, who, Barnes says, “helped reshape the new songs in fresh and unimagined ways,”  The resulting album is more expansive, more majestic, than prior Gem Club releases.  There are spacious, grand flourishes—the church-choir voices on “Idea for Strings”; the reverberating drumbeats that propel the melody of “Braid”—yet the music retains the intimacy of previous works.

Barnes is quick to note that In Roses takes a different approach to the landscapes of his world than before. “Whereas Breakers was more about the body and inward-gazing, the new album is about me looking out, relationships I’ve had or wish I've had.”  Many lyrics address “the crashing realization that lives are no longer happening the way we want.”  Other songs are elegies for those Barnes has idolized or loved, but has lost: “Soft Season” is inspired by the life and death of early-'90s gay adult film actor Joey Stefano (“I’m a boy on my back,” Barnes sings, “and I’m more of a man”); the harrowing closer “Polly” is a song he wrote about his relationship with his late aunt.

Beauty and Sadness is the title of a 1964 novel by the late Japanese writer Yasunari Kawabata, but the name could also serve to describe the music of Gem Club.  During one scene of the book, Kawabata writes, “He heard a sound that only a magnificent old bell could produce, a sound that seemed to roar forth with all the latent power of a distant world.”  With In Roses, the beautiful and sad sounds of Gem Club come roaring forth with increasing power.

-Scott Heim

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