Garage rock trio Le Butcherettes (starring lead singer/guitarist/keyboardist Teri Gender Bender) are set to start recording material for a second full-length album. Last night, a message was posted to the band's twitter account stating the news. They will once again be recording with producer/musician Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (known for his work with The Mars Volta as well as his solo project), who produced last year's debut Sin Sin Sin. Le Butcherettes' current lineup also includes Rodriguez-Lopez on bass as well as Lia Braswell on drums. The group just announced that they would be playing Coachella on both of the Sundays in April. In the meantime, you can watch a short set that the band recorded for MTV's Iggy sessions here. Below is the stunning performance for single "Henry Don't Got Love."
Pictured above: Chino Moreno (Vocalist of Deftones) and Shaun Lopez (Producer/guitarist of Far) of Crosses
Electronic rock band Crosses (†††) are set to release their second EP (simply titled ††) on January 24th. They have started to leak stems of the song "Prurien†," which currently includes keyboards and vocals. They also offered stems of their first warmly received EP, †. I find this to be an insanely awesome idea because for one, it teases you while building anticipation. Two, people can get creative and make their own remixes out of the stems, even before the full song is released. And three, it really gets your music out there. This is all pretty impressively orchestrated since Crosses are an independent project free of record labels. Soon after the second EP drops, Crosses will begin touring in support of it. They will embark on a short California club tour before playing on festivals such as Lollapalooza Chile and Argentina's Quilmes Rock.
January 31st: Pomona, CA – The Glasshouse
February 1st: San Diego, CA – The Casbah
February 3rd: Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
February 4th: San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
Note: I know I never got my review up for Crosses' first EP, but definitely expect a review from the new one.