Hey, good afternoon! We’ll be returning to our regular schedule of album reviews and snarky remarks shortly. But first I wanted to pass along a couple of tidbits that have hit my in-box courtesy of Earsplit PR. Apparently there will be some new material emerging in the near future from two bands who both happened to be among the most impressive live acts I’ve seen in the past year: Inter Arma and Today is the Day. Also Inter Arma has a shit-ton of tour dates coming up over the next couple of months, including a stop in my nearest metropolis — and perhaps a city near you as well. You’ll find the full list below.
Hey. You should already know this, because you should already be reading the No Clean Singing blog. But in the event that for some reason you missed this, yesterday morning they published a list that I threw together, summing up some of the top new releases of the past year. The list represents my eleven favorite albums that I heard, that were released in 2011 by bands I had never heard prior to last year. I also chose to exclude albums I had already written about here at the Valley blog, because I didn’t want to bore you by just rehashing the same thing over and over again. I hope you enjoy the list, or at least find something there you might not have heard before. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments, either here or there.