Posted March 23, 2004, 4 p.m.
Minimalist tendencies. Math-rock. Post-rock. All good things in proper doses. But can they be mixed to produce something great? Ah, well, there's the real question. ... read more
Posted March 23, 2004, 4 p.m.
Weird, artsy, dark hardcore was nothing new to San Diego in 1994 when Antioch Arrow released their seminal masterwork, Gems of Masochism. The presses had ... read more
Posted March 16, 2004, 1:27 a.m.
Many people consider Dear You to be a perfect record. I'm not one of them, and I'm a Jawbreaker fan, too. Nope, I'm one of ... read more
Posted March 4, 2004, 12:18 a.m.
There're plenty of bands in the world, but the ones that really stick out are the ones that leave you scratching your head, unsure of ... read more
Posted March 2, 2004, 12:06 a.m.
There's an alternate universe somewhere out there, one in which Steve Albini moved to Guelph, Ontario, hooked up with members of the Rapture and Hot ... read more
Posted Feb. 29, 2004, 6:43 a.m.
I'm from California. I live near the ocean. I like driving. I like watching baseball. I'm the outside world's perception of a fairly typical American ... read more
Posted Feb. 29, 2004, 6:36 a.m.
The members of Death Cab For Cutie equal far more than the sum of their parts; this much has been evident since a small, unknown ... read more
Posted Feb. 29, 2004, 5:58 a.m.
The first words to leap out at you on the sophomore LP by the Strokes are "I want to be forgotten." How literally this can ... read more
Posted Feb. 29, 2004, 5:54 a.m.
If Explosions in the Sky's previous LP, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever, could be called ... read more
Posted Feb. 29, 2004, 5:47 a.m.
I'll keep this short so you kids will understand me. I want the time back I spent listening to this. I feel cheated, robbed, and ... read more
Posted Feb. 29, 2004, 5:31 a.m.
Of all these "emo" bands around right now, Thursday is the one that continually disappoints me. I see in Thursday the potential to do something ... read more
Posted Feb. 28, 2004, 9:39 p.m.
First off, the Dismemberment Plan gets props just for the fact that this record came out. Consistently innovative while they were active, the band is ... read more
Posted Feb. 28, 2004, 9:31 p.m.
Hella is less a band that be thought of in terms of "good" and "bad" as they are a band that you either like, or ... read more
Posted Feb. 28, 2004, 9:21 p.m.
Sunny Day Real Estate was a great band. No one contends with this or argues with this. They fell into that elite category of bands ... read more
Posted Feb. 28, 2004, 5:34 p.m.
J Spaceman's life seems to be a never-ending spiral of hard drugs and failed romances, if his records are to be believed. From his early ... read more
Posted Feb. 28, 2004, 5:31 p.m.
It was bound to happen sooner or later. I've come across a band that doesn't really sway me one way or the other, and that ... read more
Posted Feb. 28, 2004, 5:29 p.m.
Consistency is a hard thing to perfect. Too many bands aim too high and pollute their great ideas with sub-par songs, whereas an equal amount ... read more
Posted Feb. 28, 2004, 9:05 a.m.
It had been a long time since I'd heard an absolutely perfect pop record, until a few days back when I finally gave in to ... read more
Posted Feb. 28, 2004, 8:58 a.m.
Thanks to Cursive, every band on the planet has to try to out-honest each other in their lyrics. Call it the fallout of their neutron ... read more
Posted Feb. 28, 2004, 8:56 a.m.
The indie nation are a bunch of whiners. Not only that, but they're pretentious, snobbish, and apparently humorless. Probably why Mogwai has always stuck out ... read more
Posted Feb. 28, 2004, 8:54 a.m.
Radiohead are one of those bands that people go out of their way to like because there's quite a bit to like about them. Some ... read more
Posted Feb. 28, 2004, 8:38 a.m.
You've heard this record before. Honestly, you have. The last time that band you know jumped ship from their indie and put out a big ... read more
Posted Feb. 28, 2004, 8:25 a.m.
As one of the few music geeks on the planet who wasn't infatuated with At the Drive-In, I approached this record with very few expectations. ... read more
Posted Feb. 28, 2004, 8:11 a.m.
It's a rare thing when the title of a band's record suits that record perfectly, but Every Time I Die has managed to do this. ... read more
Posted Feb. 27, 2004, 11:52 a.m.
The only thing that kept repeating in my head the entire time I listened to this record was "Wow, the Locust certainly do this whole ... read more
Posted Feb. 27, 2004, 11:46 a.m.
Part of me says it's not Brandtson's fault. They formed way back in 1996, and as such, are quite possibly the last of these so-called ... read more
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