Posted Feb. 14, 2008, 12:53 a.m.
The Loved Ones entered my radar with their first EP for Jade Tree, which converted me with 100K, a staccato blast that sounded like Hot ... read more
Posted Nov. 22, 2007, 6:07 p.m.
With the passing of Lance Hahn, the fragile punk continuum lost one of its all-time greats. Smart, critical, and relentlessly prolific, Hahns work provided a ... read more
Posted Oct. 11, 2007, 8:34 p.m.
Remember punk rock? Remember when bands wrote songs before coming up with t-shirt designs? Remember when every shitty local band in your town didnt have ... read more
Posted Oct. 1, 2007, 2:27 p.m.
Its crazy how many bands have reunited lately. If youd asked me a few years ago what Id be listening to in 2007, I never ... read more
Posted Sept. 26, 2007, 1:42 p.m.
Our recent Scene Point Blank reader's poll told us at least two things about you, the reader: (1) you want to see less reviews of ... read more
Posted Sept. 3, 2007, 12:37 a.m.
"Peger" is transliterated Hebrew for corpse or carcass, so you know what youre getting into here. But Barbara, a bass/drum duo, compares themselves to everybody ... read more
Posted Sept. 3, 2007, 12:32 a.m.
I got interested in Fast Metabolism after seeing it billed as fast, loud and weird punk rock from Detroit - three adjectives close to my ... read more
Posted Aug. 27, 2007, 2:51 p.m.
Modern Life is War are flirting with a backlash. Plenty of people hated Witness despite the fact that it upped the ante on My Love. ... read more
Posted Aug. 13, 2007, 11:17 p.m.
Fucked Up are on intimate terms with ambiguity. Its a rare virtue, since as a rule rock bands tend to seek the comfort of ham-fisted ... read more
Posted July 26, 2007, 8:21 p.m.
Its impossible for me to give The Narcotic Story a fair review. As the liner notes state: This does not mark the actual conclusion of ... read more
Posted July 12, 2007, 10:58 p.m.
Zeit·geist n. German. The spirit of the time; the taste and outlook characteristic of a period or generation. The Smashing Pumpkins comeback album threatens to ... read more
Posted July 3, 2007, 11:35 p.m.
The music of Pissed Jeans is what The Wonder Years might have been like if Kevin had been born with Thalidomide birth defects, facing the ... read more
Posted June 20, 2007, 11:24 p.m.
Punk has always been international. When public intellectuals like Thomas L. Friedman began to trumpet the interconnectedness of a globalized world, American punks had already ... read more
Posted June 14, 2007, 8:18 p.m.
When I first heard Sonic Youth, I didn't know about their formidable New York hipster cachet: Glenn Branca confederates, initially hated by Village Voice snob ... read more
Posted May 22, 2007, 8:11 p.m.
Hour of the Wolf are one of the best punk bands in America-trust me. It's a familiar story, kind of a Zen thing (like the ... read more
Posted April 17, 2007, 3:23 p.m.
At last. A fairly short-lived, late '90s hardcore band, Talk is Poison seemed to stick in the heads of connoisseurs after disbanding, leaving behind a ... read more
Posted April 11, 2007, 2:35 p.m.
Das Oath - or The Oath as they are often referred - put out records with shemale pornography in the liner notes, prompting record stores ... read more
Posted April 5, 2007, 8:40 p.m.
Let's get the ex-members of comparisons out of the way: I loved Arab on Radar. Their assembly line anti-anthems stimulated the same part of my ... read more
Posted Feb. 18, 2007, 2:39 p.m.
On the song "Can't Think About it Now," Lifetime vocalist Ari Katz notes in passing that "nobody knows if the kids gonna like it." No ... read more
Posted Feb. 4, 2007, 4:08 p.m.
The Chinese Zodiac dictates that the dog will come through for me every time. The dog, I'm told, is reliable, empathetic, and intelligent. The dog ... read more
Posted Jan. 21, 2007, 4:15 p.m.
Noise is a funny term. Not "ha ha" funny, but highly prone to linguistic slippage: its connotations cover everything from the stylized squawk of Lightning ... read more
Posted Nov. 14, 2006, 3:15 p.m.
Torture is on everybody's lips these days. Our Vice President vaguely approves of hydrogen-based interrogation, and our anchormen volunteer to be waterboarded on the air ... read more
Posted Nov. 7, 2006, 9:02 p.m.
Fuck yeah. I live for records like this. The tunes are fast, snotty as hell, impassioned, and stick in your head for days. The lyrics ... read more
Posted Oct. 28, 2006, 10:55 p.m.
After rock and roll's pop ascension in the postwar era, the recording industry adopted the practice of "front-loading" albums, situating the strongest songs at the ... read more
Posted Oct. 26, 2006, 1:30 a.m.
We're in the middle of a pop punk renaissance. New recruits are signing up left and right and firing off catchy odes to the evergreen ... read more
Posted Oct. 19, 2006, 9:04 p.m.
I have a bottomless love for Discount that no one I've ever met has matched. Together with Lifetime, they were the band that defined my ... read more
Posted Sept. 25, 2006, 5:16 p.m.
Anyone who's been paying attention can see the writing on the wall: like Cock Sparrer in 1982, pop punk's coming back. Of course, it never ... read more
Posted Aug. 31, 2006, 1:54 p.m.
I'm from Arizona, so I'm not jumping at the chance to describe Black Hell as "crawling out of the sandblasted wastes" or any such thing; ... read more
Posted Aug. 14, 2006, 12:30 a.m.
Scott Walker - to those who know and love his music - is one of those towering figures of American culture that is as much ... read more
Posted Aug. 9, 2006, 2:08 a.m.
When I reviewed The Very Best of Men's Recovery Project recently, I thought that there couldn't be a band less suited for a "greatest hits" ... read more
Posted Aug. 1, 2006, 1:26 p.m.
During the Cold War, the specter of Mutually Assured Destruction formed the backdrop against which many musical and literary statements were articulated, but in today's ... read more
Posted July 6, 2006, 2:37 p.m.
When no one's chomping at the bit, hardcore can easily turn into comfort food. Sing-alongs, breakdowns and carefully placed "go!"s can become a security blanket. ... read more
Posted June 29, 2006, 1:50 a.m.
The idea of releasing a "Greatest Hits" package for a band like Men's Recovery Project seems laughable on the surface. Emerging out of the scorched ... read more
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