VOLCANO MUSIC: Second Family, Third Eye Theory, Strange Vine, Red Elvises and more …

By Matt Driscoll on August 18, 2011

MUSICAL GOODNESS IN STORE IN PRINT & ONLINE >>>

There are just some things in life you can count on. Taxes. Dimwitted Tea Baggers decrying taxes. Starbucks trying to force that damn "treat receipt" on you. It all just comes with the territory of living.

On the positive front, an awesomely-packed music section every week from the Weekly Volcano is one more thing you can count on from life.

Here's a look at the musical goodness in store this week in print and online ...

INDIE: STRANGE VINE

At first glance, Strange Vine is a typical rock 'n' roll two-piece. Consisting of Ian Blesse on drums and Toby Cordova on guitar, the really intriguing aspect of the band comes when Blesse-while still manning the percussion with his right hand-begins playing organ with his left hand. It's a really neat trick that ends up resembling something like a tightrope act. That Blesse is able to create strong and inventive beats with his right hand while providing mostly rumbling bass notes with his left on the Rhodes is both impressive and, ultimately, beneficial to the sound of the band. - Rev. Adam McKinney  

HIP-HOP: SECOND FAMILY

"Whatever form you need, you know we has it," Element spits on "Intro (Welcome to the Gateway)," the first track off Second Family's latest album, Gateway Drug. El and partner in rhyme NoQuezt, together Second Family, are local street hip-hop heavyweights, a rep earned by their debut album Caskets & Funeral Homes and furthered by Sleep Deprivation - a  2011 Super Best of Tacoma Editor's Pick for "Best Mixtape." But July's freely downloadable Gateway Drug is a conscious effort to temper the gangsta-ness and reach more listeners. ... - Joe Gustav

HIP-HOP: THIRD EYE THEORY

This week we review Third Eye Theory's new compilation release, Sorry For the Weight, which is available for free download on the Internet. The album has a dirty, underground, humorous vibe throughout, evident in the album cover artwork and in Abadawn's funny, weird, nasty and humorous intro to the effort. Once the music starts, though, it's well done, moody, underground, lyrical hip-hop. ... - Josh Rizeberg

PUNK & METAL: THE DAMAGE REPORT with JASON MCKIBBIN

I'm back! Sorry I missed you all last week. The Slayer/Rob Zombie/Exodus show took a lot out of me. (Or was it partying with Chris Cricket Johnson and the ladies after?) Besides seeing Exodus pull off the "Wall of Death" with Kerry King, and witnessing Rob Zombie with most of Marilyn Manson's band use more fire than KISS, and standing in awe of Slayer with Gary Holt of Exodus playing leads on a rippin' set of old classics and new gems, I had the pleasure of meeting metal comedian Brian Posehn as he was headed backstage! A great night of metal with great friends! - Jason McKibbin

JUST PLAIN FUN: THE RED ELVISES

Led by a fearless leader known as Igor Yuzov, Red Elvises is a trashy, kitchy, lurid ball of energy that tears through towns and venues with reckless abandon, and no small amount of winking ridiculousness. - Rev. AM

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