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Beachwood Sparks flies again

Thursday, April 12, 2012 – Beachwood Sparks are back.

The Los Angeles based alt.-country band is releasing "The Tarnished Gold" on June 26 on SubPop, the group's first new album in 11 years. Available digitally and on such popular formats as CD and LP (double-LP at 45 rpm), the album features the singles Forget the Song and Sparks Fly Again.

"The Tarnished Gold" is the work of the classic Beachwood Sparks lineup: singer/guitarist Chris Gunst, singer/bassist Rademaker, singer/multi-instrumentalist Farmer Dave Scher and singer/drummer Aaron Sperske, with support from guitarist and longtime friend Ben Knight (The Tyde).

For the sessions, the band expanded to seven members, with guitarists Knight and Neal Casal (solo artist and former member of Ryan Adams and the Cardinals), with Dan Horne on pedal steel in place of Scher, who opted to play organ, key, flying V guitar and electrified melodica. Also lending a hand were Gunst's wife Jen Cohen (from The Aislers Set and, more recently, Mystic Chords of Memory), Sparks' very first drummer Jimi Hey, Brent's brother Darren (leader of The Tyde), and L.A. indie-rock maestro Ariel Pink. Producer Thom Monahan returned to his familiar spot behind the console (read more @ Sub Pop).

Beachwood Sparks currently have two scheduled live appearances: on June 2, the band will precede the album's release with a headlining appearance at the Huichica Music Festival in Sonoma, Cal.; and on July 21 at Pappy's & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace in Pioneertown, Cal. Additional shows will be announced soon.

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Once We Were Trees
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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: There's a lot to be said about The Felice Brothers – The Felice Brothers have soldiered on, occupying the fringes of the musical world with ups and downs. After not knowing whether the group would even continue following the departure of half of the band a few years ago, The Felice Brothers continued with a new rhythm section and a new album, "Undressed," that is heavily political.... »»»
Concert Review: Turner bring it on (to his second) home – Frank Turner opined during the first of four sold-out nights of the Lost Evenings Festival that Boston was his home away from his British home. The likable, accessible singer hit the sweet spot not only with his perspective, but his performance as well demonstrated why. Turner made a major change in this year's festival. For the first time, he... »»»
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