Yeah, you read the headline correctly. Oscar-nominated actress Juliette Lewis, who was incredible in both Hellion and Kelly & Cal last year, has been announced as the vocalist for Giraffe Tongue Orchestra. GTO is the supergroup consisting of members of Mastodon, The Dillinger Escape Plan and The Mars Volta and now, Juliette Lewis. This isn’t the actresses first foray into music, as she has been the vocalist of a few projects in the past including Juliette & The Licks, a solo career and standing in with the New Romantiques. Check out Juliette & The Licks after the jump with a blurb from Ben Weinman of Dillinger.      Continue reading

ANTEMASQUE Streaming Debut, Self-Titled Album

antemasqueThe supergroup featuring members of The Mars Volta, Red Hot Chili Peppers and At The Drive-In will release their debut album next week, but if you can’t wait to hear it (*cough*Lane*cough*) then now is the time for you to get a face full of these jammin’ tunes. The band has teamed up with Noisey to present a full album stream of the bands debut, self-titled record. Check it out after the jump. I’m really digging this, especially the track “I Got No Remorse.”      Continue reading

ANTEMASQUE Announce First US Tour

antemasqueAntemasque (The Mars Volta, Red Hot Chili Peppers), whom Lane has posted about a few times, will soon embark upon their first tour of the US alongside Le Butcherettes. This is very exciting news for anyone who has found themselves a fan of this band and although it is only a Southwestern tour, I’m sure it will be extremely memorable. Check out the dates after the jump to see if Antemasque are coming near you.      Continue reading

KILLER BE KILLED Streaming New Track “I.E.D.”

Killer-Be-Killed-Killer-Be-KilledKiller Be Killed, the supergroup founded by members of Soulfly, The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Mars Volta and Mastodon are currently streaming a new track off of their forthcoming, self-titled debut. I have only listened to one other song off of this album and I gotta say that I’m digging what’s going on here. It’s interesting and I dig it. You can check out the track “I.E.D.” after the jump. What do you think?     Continue reading

ANTEMASQUE Preview New Track “Drown All Your Witches”, Announce Album Release

As if three songs wasn’t enough, Antemasque (Mars Volta, RHCP) are teasing yet another number from their forthcoming self titled album. The track is entitled “Drown All Your Witches” and can be previewed, in the form of studio footage, over at Spin. Head over there to check it out.

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ANTEMASQUE Streaming Two New Singles


The new collaboration between former Mars Volta members and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea, Antemasque, have released two new singles for your streaming enjoyment. The new tracks are entitled “People Forget” and “Hangin’ in the Lurch” and they call to mind a mix of the later Mars Volta material with At the Drive-In. You can stream the tracks after the break, as well as the previously released single “4AM”.

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The Mars Volta may be no more, but founding members Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala still appear to be making tunes together. The duo have joined forces with previous Volta drummer Dave Elitch, and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, to form a new project entitled Antemasque. The group have premiered their first single “4AM”, which can be streamed after the break along with a behind-the-scenes video of the recording. You can currently purchase the track on iTunes. The track is slated to appear on the group’s debut full length, whose official details are still pending.

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KILLER BE KILLED Streaming Two New Tracks From Self-Titled Debut

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The supergroup featuring members of Soulfly, Mastodon, The Mars Volta, and The Dillinger Escape Plan, Killer Be Killed, have debuted two new songs from their forthcoming full length debut. The band’s lineup consists of Troy Sanders (Mastodon), Max Cavalera (Soulfly), Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan), and Dave Elitch (Ex Mars Volta). The two tracks are entitled “Wings of Feather and Wax” and “Face Down” and are chock full of groove metal riffs, which is not surprising considering Cavalera’s input. I am curious as to what you all think of this highly anticipated project. You can stream the tracks after the break.

Killer Be Killed will be released on May 13th via Nuclear Blast. You can pre-order your copy here.

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Various MARS VOLTA Demos Surface Online

A collection of 15 unreleased demos from the recently disbanded Mars Volta have surfaced online via and can be downloaded here. These tracks sound like extra cuts from The Mars Volta’s final record, Noctourniquet. This is the closest we’ll ever get to new Mars Volta for the foreseeable future so I’d suggest you’d download these tracks right meow!

ZAVALAZ Preview New Music

Zavalaz, the newest musical outlet for ex Mars Volta frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala, has released a short forty second snippet of a new song entitled “Blue Rose of Grand Street”. The music Zavalaz seems to be working with is very chill, a little psychedelic and reminds me of some of the rock from the 70’s. A full length from the group is scheduled to be released sometime this year. Zavalaz will also be playing in California and Nevada later this month. You can stream the song clip and view the tour dates below.

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AT THE DRIVE-IN Plan Two New Reissues

Following the rather depressing news of The Mars Volta calling it quits, is some joyous news from At the Drive-In headquarters! The group plans on reissuing their 1996 effort Acrobatic Tenement (March 5th, March 25th UK) as well as their 2000, critically acclaimed Relationship of Command (April 22nd) Both will be released through the band’s label Twenty-First Chapter Records in the US, Transgressive in the Europe and UK, Dine Alone in Canada, Stop/Start in Australia and New Zealand, and Daymare Recordings/Disk Union in Japan. The reissues will be available in CD, digital and vinyl formats while Relationship of Command in particular will see a special limited color vinyl release for Record Store Day, April 20th. In a press release guitarist Jim Ward had the following to say about revisiting these recordings:

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Cedric Bixler Zavala Quits THE MARS VOLTA

Prepare for the ultimate bummer Mars Volta fans because according to a plethora of recent tweets, it seems as if the frontman Cedric Bixler Zavala has quit The Mars Volta. In these tweets Cedric cites creative differences with Omar Rodriguez Lopez, stating that Omar’s involvement in his new group, Bosnian Rainbows, was over shadowing his involvement in The Mars Volta. According to Cedric’s words, he had tried to put a North American tour together in support of Noctourniquet but Omar was not on board with the idea. Apparently The Mars Volta is no more by what Cedric says:

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The Mars Volta/At the Drive-In frontman, Cedric Bixler-Zavala is apparently working on a solo album of his own. Move over Omar! A series of special guests are set to help the Volta crooner flesh out his album according to photos the vocalist has uploaded to his Instagram account. The photo alludes that he will receive help from Gregory Rogove (Unknown Mortal Orchestra), David Hidalgo (Los Lobos), Johnny Polonski (Puscifer) and Juan Alderete (Mars Volta). Oh and Money Mark (Beastie Boys, etc) as well! Hmmm, we’ll see how this turns out. More details to come.

-Lane Oliver

American Aftermath Exclusive: Watch Pretty Much All Of T.R.A.M’s Only Performance


Instrumental jazzy prog band T.R.A.M originally seemed like they were going to make big waves in the undergound music pool, but  now are slowly fading into another forgotten studio project. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this group, the band consists of Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders), Javier Reyes (Animals As Leaders), Eric Moore (Suicidal Tendencies)and Adrian Terrazas-Gonzalez (The Mars Volta). To date, T.R.A.M have only played one show.

The only show the group ever played, they headlined and it was a free event during SXSW 2011′ that featured The Faceless and Meek Is Murder. I was lucky enough to attend this show and bootlegged 3 out of the four songs they played. Continue after the jump to watch almost the entire set from the progressive super group (it includes some Eric Moore drum cam style footage).

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