Posted Feb. 12, 2018, 6:03 p.m.
While I’ve always enjoyed Mind Spiders, they’ve kind of felt like a side project, an idea that hadn’t really grown into a full-fledged band yet. ... read more
Posted Jan. 29, 2018, 6:06 p.m.
Take Back The Night isn’t one of those experiment Dwarves records, like the industrio-tinge of Come Clean. On their latest offering, the long-running band alternates styles consistently ... read more
Posted Jan. 22, 2018, 5:40 p.m.
The Fest is a pretty cool event. The first time or two I went, I went to see the headliners on the big stages, packing ... read more
Posted Jan. 15, 2018, 5:48 p.m.
There’s a lot of analysis when listening to Old Scars, New Blood. When singer Rob Huddleston sings, “Nothing ever changes/ Nothing ever stays the same” in ... read more
Posted Jan. 8, 2018, 5:46 p.m.
Kid You Not has some pretty clear influences behind their melodic pop-punk sound. With semi-coarse vocals that lead to big sing-along choruses, Iron Chic and Red City Radio shine ... read more
Posted Dec. 4, 2017, 5:51 p.m.
Nobody can doubt Tim Barry’s heart. He’s worn it on his sleeve since he began his solo career with a 2005 demo. Depending how you ... read more
Posted Nov. 27, 2017, 7:38 p.m.
Hard Girls are a complex band – or maybe they’re not. They sing about hard life choices, serious moments, and buying candy and cigarettes. A ... read more
Posted Nov. 6, 2017, 10:41 p.m.
Sciatic Nerve is a band that doesn’t care what you think. They don’t have “band sound,” or so the press release claims. To get all ... read more
Posted Oct. 31, 2017, 8:45 a.m.
Even with a name like Capitalist Kids, the Austin band has always been more about love songs in the vein of Mr. T Experience and Lookout Records ... read more
Posted Oct. 16, 2017, 6:07 p.m.
It seems like Worriers nailed down their sound on day one, when they rose from the ashes of The Measure S.A.. The Lauren Denitzio-fronted group plays ... read more
Posted Sept. 25, 2017, 6:05 p.m.
Punishers is the third LP from The Slow Death, fronted by ex-Pretty Boy Thorson & the Falling Angels mouthpiece Jesse Swan Thorson and backed by a rotating ... read more
Posted Sept. 4, 2017, 5:19 p.m.
By now it feels like hitting repeat, but for the uninitiated, Lost Balloons has to be introduced through the Marked Men timeline. The beloved Texas garage-punk band ... read more
Posted Aug. 21, 2017, 5:32 p.m.
It’s strange to me to realize that Rancid just released their ninth album. It’s a mark of age, not to mention that they haven’t been ... read more
Posted Aug. 7, 2017, 5:47 p.m.
Whiskey & Co. are something of an outlier on the No Idea Records roster, but it’s still a cultural fit. Their boozy, swaying country may ... read more
Posted July 24, 2017, 9:17 p.m.
A new kidney hasn’t made P.O.S soft and introspective. On his return to action album Chill, Dummy, he’s as angry and pointed as ever. The album ... read more
Posted July 10, 2017, 5:08 p.m.
Normally when I hear obvious shades of the 1990s, my first thought is straight from an ad campaign of the era: been there, done that. ... read more
Posted July 4, 2017, 10:16 a.m.
Few things are stable in this topsy-turvy world. One constant has been Nothington. With the release of In the End, the San Francisco band’s fifth ... read more
Posted June 19, 2017, 10:42 p.m.
“If I am unable to transform you into a Naïve Sense fan, then I have not done my job.”So begins “Win a Trip to Vegas: ... read more
Posted June 12, 2017, 6:31 p.m.
Generally speaking, I’ve spent a lot of time the past half-decade (or maybe decade) listening to two subsets of DIY punk: gruff melodic three-chord arrangements, ... read more
Posted June 5, 2017, 7:23 p.m.
One of the reasons I gravitate toward the pop-end of the punk spectrum is because it lacks pretention. The structures are straightforward and honest, often ... read more
Posted May 22, 2017, 6:26 p.m.
STNNNG have slowed down their output but it doesn’t seem that age is catching up to them. If anything, their anger seems more pronounced than ... read more
Posted May 15, 2017, 6:17 p.m.
Calling their fourth record Posi is an interesting statement about Great Cynic’s vibe across the 11-song, half-hour record. From lyrics about being the clouds and ... read more
Posted May 8, 2017, 7:38 p.m.
Has it really been 12 years since Cognicide? Well, Western Addiction are back with another single word, make-you-think album title in Tremulous. They may have ... read more
Posted May 1, 2017, 5:25 p.m.
Jim and the French Vanilla is the solo moniker for Jim Blaha, guitarist in The Blind Shake, a band with have several of their own ... read more
Posted April 24, 2017, 7:11 p.m.
The term “Irish punk” sprung up in the late ‘90s around the time Flogging Molly jumped into the spotlight and in the waning days of ... read more
Posted April 10, 2017, 6:14 p.m.
Mystery Date fit that classic mod-power pop sound, with an ear for well-tuned guitars, a hint of fuzz, and more focus on melody than “lead” ... read more
Posted April 3, 2017, 7:17 p.m.
When I heard my first Hellmouth record—which I’ve since learned was their second release (Gravestone Skylines, 2010)—it was more of a curiosity than something that ... read more
Posted March 13, 2017, 7:32 p.m.
Reading that Dead Bars never meant to be a band explains a lot of things. They started as a one-off project to go on a ... read more
Posted March 6, 2017, 6:12 p.m.
Admittedly, I’m a little leery of a press kit that features more band photos than songs. Then again, this is an EP, so it’s probably ... read more
Posted Feb. 20, 2017, 5:24 p.m.
Sometimes I love the predictable unpredictability of punk. You hear the name Career Suicide and think a certain sound and, well, they’re right in line ... read more
Posted Feb. 6, 2017, 9:36 p.m.
With Help Wanted, California’s Civil War Rust aren’t inventing any new sounds but they’re delivering heartfelt, direct punk rock in a familiar and comforting tone. ... read more
Posted Jan. 30, 2017, 5:12 p.m.
This split 7” from a US band and a UK band carries a surprisingly unified sound over its four songs, two from each band. The ... read more
Posted Jan. 23, 2017, 7:09 p.m.
It’s been a while since I thought about the Fat Wreck effect, where a band signs to the San Francisco label and then releases a ... read more
Posted Jan. 16, 2017, 6 p.m.
Bad Sports are coming into their own. They’ve always been a solid Denton, TX hyphen-rock band but on their new EP, Dirtnap’s Living With Secrets, ... read more
Posted Jan. 9, 2017, 5:49 p.m.
It’s probably been a decade (maybe two) since anyone reviewed a NOFX record without starting out by talking about “knowing what to expect.” The band ... read more
Posted Jan. 2, 2017, 5:39 p.m.
If you asked me how I feel about two-piece bands, I’d say I’m not really a fan. But there’s some disconnect as I find myself ... read more
Posted Dec. 26, 2016, 8:29 p.m.
Hakan is an Italian garage-punk band in the vein of The Marked Men. Like, really in the vein of The Marked Men—MM’s Jeff Burke (also ... read more
Posted Dec. 26, 2016, 8:17 p.m.
There are a lot of traps in music journalism. Some, like genre, are the same traps that artists fall into. Because of the constrained vocabulary ... read more
Posted Dec. 19, 2016, 5:14 p.m.
Sex Stains put it all out front on the opening “Countdown to…” which is as much a confrontational statement of purpose as it is a ... read more
Posted Dec. 12, 2016, 7:10 p.m.
At this point Riverboat Gamblers have enough side projects that there’s almost an expectation of sound before listening, that unifying factor between all the different ... read more
Posted Dec. 5, 2016, 6:07 p.m.
I discovered This Is My Fist at the tail end of the band’s run, which was unfortunate in that I didn’t get to experience new ... read more
Posted Dec. 5, 2016, 5:58 p.m.
Sometimes I want to add a lot of back story, my own perspective coming into a record. While that certainly shapes the experience, sometimes you ... read more
Posted Nov. 28, 2016, 11:17 p.m.
A lot of the bands I listen to have gotten older and slowed their productivity so it’s nice to realize that The Coathangers are already ... read more
Posted Nov. 21, 2016, 7:22 p.m.
Midtempo punk sounds like such a boring idea.And sometimes it really is.But when it works, it’s hard to top. The chords are still powerful and ... read more
Posted Nov. 14, 2016, 8 p.m.
I’ve covered The Blind Shake for most of their career so far. Over that time it’s been a steady growth often focused on syncopated and ... read more
Posted Nov. 7, 2016, 6:12 p.m.
One (of many) differences between indie rock and punk is generally the sense of humor as it relates to self-awareness. Considering that other reviews namedrop ... read more
Posted Nov. 7, 2016, 6:02 p.m.
It’s nice when your favorite bands surprise you. It took six years for Fambly 42), so I wasn’t ready for Sentimental Ward yet (though apparently ... read more
Posted Oct. 31, 2016, 5:23 p.m.
Sims is something of a firebrand on his early work, spitting political vitriol and pointing fingers outward and in on records like Lights Out Paris ... read more
Posted Oct. 24, 2016, 8:36 p.m.
I’ve never met Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo, the two-headed songwriting duo of Ween, but I have my own speculation about who contributes what based ... read more
Posted Oct. 17, 2016, 5:45 p.m.
A limited edition split of two not-super-active bands that are Fest staples for this writer, this EP from No Idea Records combines Seattle’s Dead Bars ... read more
Posted Oct. 3, 2016, 7:43 p.m.
The Hussy keeps changing on me. That’s cool, though. Bands are like babies: they grow and change and…eventually abandon you in the old folks’ home. ... read more
Posted Sept. 26, 2016, 5 p.m.
I have a type, and it’s short and fast. I’m partial to it and probably less picky. It fills a need that my constantly fidgeting ... read more
Posted Sept. 12, 2016, 5:07 p.m.
It took all of three seconds into Tentative Decisions, about 10 seconds before his unmistakable voice, to ID the record as being made by Mikey ... read more
Posted Aug. 15, 2016, 9:17 p.m.
Crybaby are one of those punk bands where you could fill a review with subgenre tags and namedrops and every review would pick a different ... read more
Posted April 26, 2016, 8:24 a.m.
The Falcon are a curious band: a collection of rogue Chicagoans (now with Dave Hause as well), lead vocalist Brendan Kelly (The Lawrence Arms) seems ... read more
Posted March 28, 2016, 9:52 p.m.
Spanning the country’s geography north and south, this split from Fargo, ND’s Crab Legs and Fort Worth, TX’s Not Half Bad is a snippet of ... read more
Posted March 14, 2016, 8:29 a.m.
Radon has never really done a lot for me. The melodies are nice but it really never strikes a chord one way or the other. ... read more
Posted Feb. 29, 2016, 5:39 p.m.
What does it mean when a three-piece band has a spin-off two-piece? While the premonition is that drama is afoot for member number three, that’s ... read more
Posted Feb. 1, 2016, 8:26 a.m.
Why have children when I can just listen to my music and watch the bands change and grow instead? First they learned to stumble, then ... read more
Posted Jan. 4, 2016, 10:48 p.m.
Sometimes you follow a musician for years, only to learn something that should have stood out at the start. Today’s lesson is Tymon Dogg, related ... read more
Posted Dec. 22, 2015, 8:47 a.m.
Before I get started I’m going to dish out a rare complement. Loud Boyz have a good, fitting name. Even the record title, Tough Love, ... read more
Posted Nov. 23, 2015, 8:08 a.m.
It’s getting tough to find new things to say about Night Birds. They’re as great as ever with third LP Mutiny at Muscle Beach, it’s ... read more
Posted Nov. 2, 2015, 8:19 a.m.
The Blind Shake have honed their sound over the years, always identifiable yet always moving it forward and with a keen difference between records. It’s ... read more
Posted Oct. 19, 2015, 5:59 p.m.
I’ve reviewed a lot of records now from Lauren Denitzio’s bands. First, The Measure [SA], and then Cruel Optimist, her current band’s first release. Over ... read more
Posted Oct. 5, 2015, 11:44 p.m.
Bird is the Bangers record I wanted in 2013. Crazy Fucking Dreams is a good record, it was just a little less direct than I ... read more
Posted Sept. 28, 2015, 8:30 a.m.
So I’m a fan of The Hussy. People who read this site have (hopefully) picked up on that. Well, TIT is a two piece with ... read more
Posted Aug. 17, 2015, 11:01 p.m.
It took me 8 minutes to listen, so it should 8 minutes to write it too. Or, something. Really that’s just a bad Futurama reference ... read more
Posted July 27, 2015, 7:46 p.m.
Naming a record I Feel Weird is a statement about the psyche of Great Cynics, and an applicable one at that (for the band, not ... read more
Posted July 13, 2015, 8:01 p.m.
I really like Dirtnap Records, but they can’t all be winners. The Splits start off II with a really positive vibe in “Rotten Me,” with ... read more
Posted June 22, 2015, 6:48 p.m.
I wasn’t sure what to make of Underground Railroad to Candyland when I first saw them. They were a very new band, but the style ... read more
Posted June 15, 2015, 10:22 p.m.
Red Dons are a band I’ve meant to check out for some time. As a reviewer, perhaps I’m supposed to go check out the whole ... read more
Posted June 1, 2015, 9:32 p.m.
Calling it folk-punk isn’t right, but I’m not sure I agree with the post-punk tag slapped on their onesheet either. Hannahband, from Sydney, Australia, have ... read more
Posted May 25, 2015, 5:39 p.m.
This isn’t what I expected—there’s way more country punk twang than when I caught a short pre-Fest show from Timeshares last year. On Already Dead, ... read more
Posted May 18, 2015, 8:07 a.m.
Oreosmith, whatever the hell that title means, is the first release from Powernap and it’s familiar and powerful, leaving curious signs of where the band ... read more
Posted May 4, 2015, 8:08 a.m.
I was apprehensive about reviewing this record. When hear “music by teenagers,” it tends to mean preachy and rather one-sided political rants that are well ... read more
Posted April 27, 2015, 8:27 a.m.
Calling Untethered Moon guitar rock is somewhere to start. While the band takes their chops from the 1990s alternative boom, the defining moments of their ... read more
Posted April 13, 2015, 8:14 a.m.
When listening to a band you’ve never heard of, it’s a lot easier to make all those “sounds like” comments. Whether that’s why I think ... read more
Posted April 6, 2015, 5:50 p.m.
Naming an album is something of a branding concept. Yes, it’s also artistic, but occasionally those two worlds collide, even if we don’t want to ... read more
Posted April 6, 2015, 5:47 p.m.
If Fistful of Hollow seemed fast, well it is. Swingin’ Utters released Poorly Formed in 2013 and Here, Under Protest in 2011. With another one ... read more
Posted March 30, 2015, 8:11 p.m.
When it was announced that John Reis (Night Marchers, Rocket From the Crypt, Hot Snakes) was collaborating with The Blind Shake, it was expected that ... read more
Posted March 23, 2015, 10:20 p.m.
Expect adjectives. Adjectives and hyphens. For, you see, Chokecherry are a punk band that doesn’t play punk songs. I guess folk-punk is the subgenre tag ... read more
Posted March 9, 2015, 9:15 p.m.
The sound comparisons are undeniable when it comes to talking about The Capitalist Kids and their affinity for 1980s-era Lookout Records pop-punk. But the Austin, ... read more
Posted March 2, 2015, 10:59 p.m.
GC Records 15 Year Anniversary Comp: A Snapshot of the 2014 Las Vegas Music Scene is two things: it’s homage to 15 years of success ... read more
Posted Feb. 23, 2015, 6:52 p.m.
I haven’t listened to Gang of Four in a long time, and I tend to stick to the classic Entertainment!, released in 1979, when I ... read more
Posted Feb. 16, 2015, 8:36 a.m.
Sergio Mendes is a Brazilian legend. His name might not be a big draw here at Scene Point Blank, where the focus is on punk, ... read more
Posted Feb. 9, 2015, 8:33 a.m.
You can’t have your middle finger in the air all the time. As such, Isaac Thotz (The Arrivals) has stepped away from his punk-leaning project ... read more
Posted Jan. 26, 2015, 11:26 p.m.
For years I was the biggest Rancid fan. The first record I didn’t buy on its release date was B-Sides & C-Sides, and that’s because ... read more
Posted Jan. 19, 2015, 5:42 p.m.
The Brokedowns have come a long way. That’s not to say they were torchbearers of suckitude earlier, but early reviews of the band were festivals ... read more
Posted Jan. 12, 2015, 9:50 p.m.
The Dead Milkmen were always an idea band. A band who sparkled or fizzled depending on that idea, with some songs brilliant and others that ... read more
Posted Jan. 6, 2015, 12:25 a.m.
When I hear the phrase “indie rock,” I think of about 4-5 things: Pavement, The Pixies, maybe Weezer, glasses, skinny guys, and bizarre instrumentation or ... read more
Posted Dec. 31, 2014, 9:52 a.m.
Reunited bands have a tendency to disappoint. Maybe their hearts aren’t in it the second time around, maybe they’ve changed as artists and individuals, or ... read more
Posted Dec. 8, 2014, 8:29 p.m.
Summarizing The Smith Street Band is a bit difficult. While I want to lump them in with folk-punk, that’s only true in song structure. There’s ... read more
Posted Nov. 24, 2014, 6:54 p.m.
The Tim Version’s set at Fest 12 was slower. The songs were drawn out—still loud, and angry—but they were a notch slower, going for expansive ... read more
Posted Nov. 18, 2014, 1:53 a.m.
I like most of my music to have a pop bent. Yes, I like it rough around the edges and only mildly repetitive, which often ... read more
Posted Nov. 10, 2014, 9:18 p.m.
Reading Scene Point Blank can pay off. A year or so ago we streamed No Sun No Tan, which was the first I’d heard of ... read more
Posted Nov. 3, 2014, 9:16 p.m.
Shallow Cuts are a group of friends. Oh, they’re a group of musicians too. Some people call that a band. They’re a three piece, with ... read more
Posted Nov. 3, 2014, 9:08 p.m.
I’ve probably said this before for those 3 people who read all of my reviews, but I feel that the 7” is one of the ... read more
Posted Oct. 27, 2014, 10:38 p.m.
Quintron and Miss Pussycat have never been known as a vocal group, but Spellcaster II: Death in Space takes that to a new level, waiting ... read more
Posted Oct. 27, 2014, 10:27 p.m.
Sometimes you get stuck on a review. Sure, I meant to delve outside my comfort zone a bit in grabbing this record, but I’ve been ... read more
Posted Oct. 20, 2014, 8:03 p.m.
This thing is all over the map, from freak-out jazz-punk one minute (“Geneva”) to a track of haunting old man ghost noises laid atop a ... read more
Posted Oct. 13, 2014, 8:59 p.m.
Needles//Pins are something different in the punk rock realm. Well, that’s not true. They’re entirely familiar and warm, yet they have that pizzazz—that’s what the ... read more
Posted Oct. 6, 2014, 8:52 p.m.
I’ve long felt there are fewer lesser art forms than the music video. It turns out I was wrong—or, at least pre-1990 it was another ... read more
Posted Sept. 22, 2014, 2:56 p.m.
Sometimes the RIYL doesn’t lie. When Vancouver punks Flagpolers list Tiltwheel as an influence, it comes across clearly on the four song EP Arse Ways. ... read more
Posted Sept. 15, 2014, 11:49 a.m.
I won’t say anything as hyperbolic as that the Dwarves invented rock ‘n’ roll, but I’ll still give them another borderline statement that fits on ... read more
Posted Sept. 8, 2014, 11:20 p.m.
This one took a while to stand out, which I didn’t expect given the accolades Joyce Manor has been ringing up with their three releases. ... read more
Posted Sept. 1, 2014, 10:54 p.m.
Ex Friends are a group of Philly area punks, recognized from their work in other bands. The band features Joel Tannenbaum (Plow United), JP Flexner ... read more
Posted Aug. 25, 2014, 9:44 p.m.
The Hold Steady has been on quite a ride. They went from “New York bar band” to critical and indie darlings to, now, wavering somewhere ... read more
Posted Aug. 11, 2014, 7:32 p.m.
Say what you will about the old “don’t judge a book by its cover” metaphor, but it’s got some credence in the music world too. ... read more
Posted July 28, 2014, 7:35 p.m.
Low Forms self-titled 7” is a six minute blast of power-pop defined by clean guitars, rhythmic chops, and traditional format rock ’n’ roll. While it’s ... read more
Posted July 22, 2014, 1:04 a.m.
Despite a confrontational name, Versus You are every bit positive punx with songs praising friendship, relationships, and the like. It’s not that they play bubbly ... read more
Posted July 15, 2014, 12:11 a.m.
Daniel Pujol is prolific and ever changing. The leader of Pujol continues to release records at a rapid pace, successfully switching up his backing sounds ... read more
Posted July 8, 2014, 12:55 a.m.
Indie Cindy is the first new Pixies full-length since 1991 (Trompe le Monde). After the band reunited a few years back for the tour circuit the ... read more
Posted June 23, 2014, 10:44 p.m.
Bands are seemingly judged differently on their sophomore outings: where does it change, does it meet expectation, does it show growth, and the like. Well, ... read more
Posted June 16, 2014, 10:10 p.m.
Deep Fantasy is pissed off, but it could still use a good angry howl every so often.The record, the third from Vancouver’s White Lung, is their ... read more
Posted June 9, 2014, 8:33 p.m.
I generally hate punctuation in a band name, but it’s uncommonly fitting with Off!. Sure, they only included it to keep the pesticide theme going, ... read more
Posted June 2, 2014, 6:46 p.m.
It’s almost at the point where Chuck Ragan has reinvented himself. Sure, he’s always had the voice and he’s done the countrified thing in the ... read more
Posted May 26, 2014, 6:07 p.m.
A post-rock review is always a challenge. If you think it’s tough to capture the attention of an audience and carry them on your journey, ... read more
Posted May 12, 2014, 8:24 p.m.
Often when a critic writes of a band not changing its sound it’s meant in the negative light: art should be about exploring new boundaries ... read more
Posted May 5, 2014, 10:11 p.m.
I hate to simplify the role of the split 7”—they’re about way more than this, in truth—but one of the greatest purposes the split 7” ... read more
Posted April 28, 2014, 9:39 p.m.
I’ve sat on this review for a while, waiting for that easy-to-describe-it moment to hit me. With Signals Midwest, I don’t know if that’s going ... read more
Posted April 21, 2014, 11 p.m.
Tiny Empires seek to build something new; something powerful, significant, and memorable, just as the name suggests. With their debut record Weird Headspace they’re doing just that. ... read more
Posted April 14, 2014, 8:49 p.m.
If sweet and easy pop punk is your thing, this is the split for you. Capitalist Kids take Side A, fresh after releasing Lessons on Love, ... read more
Posted March 31, 2014, 7:58 p.m.
You’ve heard it before a hundred times. You’ve thought it yourself.Punk rock is a safe genre.While I generally hate on talk like this, promoting genre ... read more
Posted March 24, 2014, 11:19 p.m.
This Atlanta trio caught my attention with Larceny & Old Lace a couple of years ago, and Suck My Shirt is a continuation of that sound. It shifts into ... read more
Posted March 18, 2014, 12:44 a.m.
Bad Sports want you to turn it up. They play loud rock, rooted in the elements, but not tied to rollicking times or anti-authority volume, ... read more
Posted March 10, 2014, 7:55 p.m.
Tim Armstrong (Rancid) has spent over a year releasing a song a day on YouTube under the moniker Tim Timebomb. While astute fans can pull his work ... read more
Posted March 3, 2014, 10:06 p.m.
Dead Mechanical is one of those mid-tempo punk bands, built on life’s grimy surfaces and reflecting that tone of rough-and-tumble, down-and-out luck. The music fits ... read more
Posted Feb. 24, 2014, 8:24 p.m.
Obits don’t offer many surprises on Bed & Bugs, but that’s never really been the expectation. In a long lineage of bands, Rick Froberg has defined ... read more
Posted Feb. 17, 2014, 8:45 p.m.
Have things finally turned around for Jesse Thorson, making the country-punk band sing a new song of joy and celebration? Of course not.Previously, the band didn’t ... read more
Posted Feb. 10, 2014, 8:17 p.m.
It didn’t take long for Mellow Cruisers to appeal. Butter Knives, the follow-up from California’s Audacity, though, seems to be more of a grower.A band quick-summed-up as power-pop ... read more
Posted Feb. 3, 2014, 9:16 p.m.
Moistboyz aren’t a particularly active group. The band, based around the duo of vocalist Guy Heller and multi-instrumentalist Mickey Melchiondo (aka Dean Ween), has only released ... read more
Posted Jan. 28, 2014, 12:31 a.m.
Age makes fools of us all. First it was In Utero releasing all of my hard-found rarities on a single disc, and now comes The Dwarves Are Younger ... read more
Posted Jan. 13, 2014, 8:51 p.m.
Maybe Minnesota is just a long way from Texas, but it seems that Mind Spiders are more of a studio band, releasing a record a ... read more
Posted Jan. 6, 2014, 7:03 p.m.
Direct Hit! get filed in the Midwest pop-punk scene and, while they deviate throughout the course of Brainless God, that’s definitely a fair starting point. While ... read more
Posted Dec. 30, 2013, 6:52 p.m.
Taking Side A on the Elgin, IL focused 7” are The Brokedowns, who last released Species Bender in 2010. After a slew of splits in their career ... read more
Posted Dec. 24, 2013, 1:17 a.m.
If ever a band was created for an epic singalong, it was Iron Chic. There’s that big feeling at the core of their soaring melodies ... read more
Posted Dec. 16, 2013, 10:19 p.m.
The onesheet drops the term “subversive pop.” While the term may apply lyrically, musically The Julie Ruin is more ‘80s pop in sound. Keyboards lead ... read more
Posted Dec. 2, 2013, 10:35 p.m.
I’d call Caves frantic punk rock, if not for the title track on Betterment actually being a casual acoustic affair. Other than that song, though, the eleven ... read more
Posted Nov. 26, 2013, 12:14 a.m.
After how hard Western Problems hit, it would be hard for Future Virgins to deliver another punch-out of similar quality. Or would it? With a new record, Late ... read more
Posted Nov. 25, 2013, 11:56 p.m.
Worriers are yet another Brooklyn band to note, made up of former members of some higher profile DIY punk bands from the area. Most noteworthy ... read more
Posted Nov. 20, 2013, 8:08 a.m.
Each time I write the phrase “garage-punk” I like it less and less. Still, how else to describe a band that blends pop-punk and garage ... read more
Posted Nov. 19, 2013, 10:59 p.m.
Sometimes calling something the “[insert record label]” sound is meant in a derisive way. Before the clichés came home, however, it was also used to ... read more
Posted Oct. 29, 2013, 2:16 a.m.
It’s easy to read a posthumous reissue as a mining of a band’s demos and outtakes. Nirvana saw the deluxe treatment of Nevermind a few years back ... read more
Posted Oct. 21, 2013, 6:32 p.m.
Released on 86’d Records, I came to Rations with a blank slate. Thirty seconds of research tells me the band is a four-piece from Long ... read more
Posted Oct. 15, 2013, 12:44 a.m.
Goddamn, these are some brutally hoarse vocals. Like the kind that makes my voice hurt just thinking about singing along, and I mean that in ... read more
Posted Sept. 16, 2013, 11:20 p.m.
When did the Octopus Project add vocals? Well, it’s not exactly a lead singer—think more along the lines of Black Moth Super Rainbow (with whom they released ... read more
Posted Sept. 16, 2013, 11:12 p.m.
Maybe Defiance, Ohio are the height I hold the folk-punk genre to, maybe it’s just that they’re the first such band to really click with me. Regardless, ... read more
Posted Sept. 2, 2013, 11:22 p.m.
For Eddie Spaghetti’s third solo LP, he’s taken a moment to quiet it down and get introspective while seeking answers to life’s big questions: meaty ... read more
Posted Aug. 26, 2013, 11:30 p.m.
Every so often bands live up to their buzz. Rumspringer popped onto my radar through the defunct Dangerous Intersections series of 4-way splits from Traffic Street Records. I ... read more
Posted Aug. 26, 2013, 11:11 p.m.
I grew up on Rancid and they introduced me, eventually, to a much wider world of punk rock than what I caught on late night Headbangers Ball and 120 Minutes episodes. ... read more
Posted Aug. 26, 2013, 10:45 p.m.
What-A-Nights are a Japanese four-piece punk group, mostly falling on the pop-punk side of the spectrum, with some tight Buzzcocks sensibility seeping in. Their self-titled full-length, first ... read more
Posted Aug. 19, 2013, 10:56 p.m.
Here at Scene Point Blank we don’t give titles to our work. If I titled my Vacation review, though, it would be named after track ... read more
Posted Aug. 5, 2013, 9:24 p.m.
It’s still a bit hard to grasp what grabs me about Even on the Worst Nights. It finally clicked, though, as I drove through rural Minnesota ... read more
Posted Aug. 5, 2013, 9:18 p.m.
It’s been a couple years of seeing Sundowners’ name pop up on show listings around town. Still, I’ve missed them every time. Well, the band ... read more
Posted July 29, 2013, 11:09 p.m.
I enjoyed King of Jeans. It wasn’t great and it didn’t break much ground, but it was a solid play that I still throw on from ... read more
Posted July 29, 2013, 11:06 p.m.
In case you’re missing the old Alkaline Trio, the East Bay’s Civil War Rust is calling your name. Not to say the band is strictly derivative ... read more
Posted July 23, 2013, 12:24 a.m.
I wasn’t expecting this one to hit like it does. It’s raw, forceful, and honest; personal but socially conscious, and it blends street punk energy ... read more
Posted July 15, 2013, 8:53 p.m.
For how active a band Night Birds is, they still only have one studio full-length to their name. Instead of releasing the long-players, the band ... read more
Posted July 15, 2013, 8:51 p.m.
Listening to Elway’s debut Delusions there was a lot of promise. It’s a solid record, nice songwriting, big hooks and memorable choruses. It’s modern Midwestern punk but ... read more
Posted July 1, 2013, 9:18 p.m.
Pairing Toys That Kill and Future Virgins in a single record, this Drunker Sailor 7” teams up bands that have released some of my favorite ... read more
Posted June 24, 2013, 10:51 p.m.
After a run from 1992-1998, Plow United reformed in 2011 and they return with new material in the form of Marching Band (Jump Start Records). Plow United ... read more
Posted June 24, 2013, 10:31 p.m.
Shell Shag put it all on the line in opener “Face to Face.” It’s an autobiographical song, about the two-piece band, their y-shaped microphone, and ... read more
Posted June 17, 2013, 7:19 p.m.
There are really only a couple of formulas that music documentaries take: the overdone Behind the Music drama style and the self-serving rehashing-our-glory-days/let’s-sell-some-soundtracks docs. Director/producer Gorman Bechard ... read more
Posted June 11, 2013, 1:13 a.m.
Two piece bands seem to be gaining in popularity again, and it’s easy to see why from a musician’s perspective. The fewer people involved, the ... read more
Posted June 4, 2013, 12:39 a.m.
“We’re going to break you down this Saturday night,” sings The Gateway District in “Break You Down,” off their new LP, Old Wild Hearts. It’s as ... read more
Posted May 28, 2013, 5:36 p.m.
There are a few formats I almost go out of my way to avoid, namely cassettes and digital EPs. However, I’ll make an exception for ... read more
Posted May 27, 2013, 11:01 p.m.
For a band whose onesheet opens with the pointed “[includes former] member of …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead during that band’s peak,” ... read more
Posted May 20, 2013, 9:52 p.m.
Seattle is made out to be such a dreary place. Big Eyes released a largely positive-sounding debut in Hard Life and the reviews basically talked about the ... read more
Posted May 14, 2013, 12:59 a.m.
Worthwhile Way play positive punk. No bones about it, the title Love Is All isn’t some ironic statement, the band brings an upbeat, happy sound that’s typically ... read more
Posted May 6, 2013, 11:47 p.m.
When I first heard these guys in the late ‘80s or early ‘90s, there wasn’t really a name for this. Now, I guess it would ... read more
Posted April 30, 2013, 12:46 a.m.
The Tossers top out my list of Celtic punk bands. Dropkick Murphys turned into cartoons long ago and I’ve just never been that big a fan of ... read more
Posted April 22, 2013, 10:43 p.m.
Dirty, spacey punk rawk—in a nutshell, that’s what The Spits are bringing. We could talk costumes, we could talks subgenres, and we could talk recording quality (and ... read more
Posted April 15, 2013, 11:56 p.m.
As a critic there are certain things I’m supposed to keep up with. Fact of the matter is that’s not always possible and, once you ... read more
Posted April 9, 2013, 12:37 a.m.
This EP runs all of 4:59, featuring two new cuts from Low Culture. The band just released a full-length earlier this year on Dirtnap Records, Screens, ... read more
Posted April 1, 2013, 11:43 p.m.
First things first, Poorly Formed packs some nice verbiage. With word drops like “crumb bums” and “rigmarole” the Swingin’ Utters have incorporated some lively language into their ... read more
Posted March 25, 2013, 11:28 p.m.
Out of Season is a two-band split 12” from Inflated Records that presents two Irish Groups, So Cow on Side A and Squarehead on Side B. ... read more
Posted March 25, 2013, 11:19 p.m.
Holy Lookout Records! The Capitalist Kids’ Lessons on Love, Sharing, and Hygiene bears some stark similarities to the output of seminal 1980s-1990s East Bay pop-punk label. With ... read more
Posted March 12, 2013, 1:45 a.m.
Low Culture packs a punch. Not an angry punch, but one that, upon hearing it, your foot taps and your head bobs. The band, bringing ... read more
Posted Feb. 26, 2013, 12:31 a.m.
When frontman Chris Besinger laments, “I’m howling/ Can you hear me?” at the start of “Ballad of the Drunken Word,” it all comes home. Empire Inward is ... read more
Posted Feb. 4, 2013, 11:44 p.m.
Sophomore records tend to bring a unique level of apprehension: has the artist changed; can s/he maintain the momentum from the first release; etc. Night ... read more
Posted Jan. 21, 2013, 3:43 p.m.
Anchors are a five piece from Melbourne, Australia who play melodic hardcore in the vein of Strike Anywhere. While a few more comparisons might pop ... read more
Posted Jan. 21, 2013, 3:36 p.m.
Even on the Worst Nights beams with positivity. Sure, a closer listen will reveal a lot of sarcasm in the sugar-pop sound, but the first ... read more
Posted Jan. 14, 2013, 9:37 p.m.
The past decade has been an artistic whirlwind for the Austin, TX …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead. After hitting a ... read more
Posted Jan. 7, 2013, 3:20 p.m.
Brother Ali is one of RhymeSayers’ and Minneapolis’ premiere rappers, and his career trajectory has been on the up-and-up with each release. Still, for whatever ... read more
Posted Dec. 10, 2012, 3:25 p.m.
Ty Segall is in constant motion. This year alone, he’s released a collection LP, a collaboration with White Fence, and now a solo record—all while ... read more
Posted Dec. 10, 2012, 3:21 p.m.
Considering the amount of time it took for Dan Padilla to drop their second full-length, last year’s As the Ox Plows, it’s surprising they’re back ... read more
Posted Dec. 3, 2012, 6:47 p.m.
When I speak of a “Kiss of Death” sound, I don’t mean it derisively. What I do mean is poppy song structures with powerfully belted ... read more
Posted Nov. 26, 2012, 3:40 p.m.
It’s not very often I’ll say a song belongs on the radio and mean that in a good way. With the whispered beginnings to “Garza” ... read more
Posted Nov. 5, 2012, 12:47 p.m.
The Future of the Left may have released their third full-length in The Plot Against Common Sense but little has changed in terms of band ... read more
Posted Oct. 29, 2012, 2:02 p.m.
Dirtnap Records picked up Kalamazoo, MI’s Legendary Wings based on an unsolicited demo. Seeing that the label gave them a blind shot, why not try ... read more
Posted Oct. 29, 2012, 1:45 p.m.
NOFX haven’t mixed it up a whole lot over the years. In twelve albums they’ve remained consistently inconsistent, with a few records that have risen ... read more
Posted Oct. 22, 2012, 11:45 a.m.
I’ve listened to a pretty solid variety of new records this year, but it’s always nice to come back to something from the DIY punk ... read more
Posted Oct. 22, 2012, 11:39 a.m.
Philadelphia’s Luther have been quick to grab attention. The band, formed just two years ago, has played on some high profile tours and just signed ... read more
Posted Sept. 24, 2012, 3:20 p.m.
With a name like Ace High Cutthroats, it doesn’t take a lot of imagination to determine what the band is about. On their debut Black ... read more
Posted Sept. 16, 2012, 9:48 p.m.
Hub City Hardcore may not be on par with Greek mythology in terms of their incestuous relations, but with the debut of Plastic Cross, the ... read more
Posted Sept. 10, 2012, 2:44 p.m.
2012 sees Two Gallants coming back from a 5-year hiatus with their new release The Bloom and the Blight. How have the ensuing years treated ... read more
Posted Sept. 3, 2012, 1:05 p.m.
Young Guv, aka Ben Cook, has been keeping himself busy. Besides his full-time gig with the mammoth hardcore band Fucked Up, he’s released 11 singles ... read more
Posted Sept. 3, 2012, 1:04 p.m.
The Riverboat Gamblers are an established band. So much so that it surprised me to see that The Wolf You Feed is just their fifth ... read more
Posted Aug. 27, 2012, 1:16 p.m.
Chock Full of Misery as a title sets a bleak tone for a group best labeled as pop-punk. Yet, New Bruises don’t let the downer ... read more
Posted Aug. 20, 2012, 1:07 p.m.
I’ve been hearing about the new wave of pop-punk for a while—how bands like Menzingers and Teenage Bottlerocket are reshaping the genre, building off predecessors ... read more
Posted Aug. 17, 2012, 12:12 a.m.
There are a few red flags that make me avoid records or, if you will, to judge a book by its cover. First, solo records ... read more
Posted Aug. 6, 2012, 1:38 p.m.
Rolling Stone didn’t do Aaron Freeman any favors in running their interview that announces the end of Ween before I got my hands on this ... read more
Posted July 30, 2012, 3:54 p.m.
It’s always curious to see a veteran musician team up with their junior. Last year Jimmy Cliff joined with producer Tim Armstrong (Rancid) for the ... read more
Posted July 23, 2012, 1:49 p.m.
Royal Headache has been gathering some hype lately. Their self-titled record is a twelve track piece of high energy garage-punk, blazing past in twenty-six minutes. ... read more
Posted July 19, 2012, 9:06 a.m.
This is the first physical release from Bird Sounds and the four years it took them to put together a 7” has given them time ... read more
Posted July 2, 2012, 4:19 p.m.
A lot of bands are waving their 90s flags these days. And I don’t blame them. A) they grew up with the stuff and, B) ... read more
Posted June 18, 2012, 3:12 p.m.
Pujol seemed like an odd pairing with Saddle Creek when I first heard of the signing last year. In 2011, the band released X File ... read more
Posted June 11, 2012, 2:39 p.m.
Clear Heart Full Eyes starts off curiously. Sure, “Apollo Bay” establishes that Finn’s solo debut is a separate project compared with The Hold Steady, but ... read more
Posted May 21, 2012, noon
I’m not going to lie. I’m reaching a bit out of my comfort zone on reviewing this one. And, yes, the rating system is a ... read more
Posted May 17, 2012, 9:45 a.m.
This record is way too long. Nah, with 16 songs in 17 minutes, it’s shorter than a heart attack. And, hopefully, that will be my ... read more
Posted May 14, 2012, 2:31 p.m.
First off, forgive me if at some point I wander off and say something about Summer Vacation or Vacation Bible School, and I keep mixing ... read more
Posted April 30, 2012, 12:22 p.m.
I’ve never thought of Brendan Kelly as much of a singer. Sure, I’ve followed his career—hell, Slapstick played at the first real DIY show I ... read more
Posted April 23, 2012, 9:48 a.m.
Big Action Records’ latest release, 7pm Go!!! from L’Assassins is definitely in line with their recent catalog. Instead of throwback garage, however, L’Assassins have a ... read more
Posted April 9, 2012, 2:12 p.m.
Just a year ago I was writing about Cement Tomb Mind Control. Here we are in 2012, and the Madison, WI two-piece is already dropping ... read more
Posted April 2, 2012, 10:33 a.m.
It’s already been four plus years since the last Weakerthans record. If I weren’t aging quickly myself, that would feel like a long time. While ... read more
Posted March 19, 2012, 1:48 p.m.
Aaron Cometbus, Rymodee of This Bike Is a Pipe Bomb, bikes, guitars…that seems a fitting intro for the reissue of The Blank Fight’s one and ... read more
Posted March 12, 2012, 1:28 p.m.
From the getgo, the transitions on My Heart and the Real World could be smoother—but that’s no surprise on a collections record. The Measure [SA] ... read more
Posted March 12, 2012, 1:08 p.m.
From what I gather, I’m supposed to love Andy Falkous and his body of work. For a man who talks so much shit, he sure ... read more
Posted Feb. 27, 2012, 9:36 p.m.
What if you could have all the great hits of the early 90s on one record: Liz Phair, INXS, Archers of Loaf all on one ... read more
Posted Feb. 27, 2012, 11:12 a.m.
Hardcore really isn’t my thing. Still, every once and a while I like to break out of my comfort zone with something different. Lasting Impression, ... read more
Posted Feb. 20, 2012, 11:30 a.m.
Mark Ryan may not tour all that often, but you can’t fault the man’s productivity. Meltdown marks the second release from solo project Mind Spiders ... read more
Posted Feb. 13, 2012, 11:45 a.m.
Classics of Love have a hill to climb. Considering that leader Jesse Michaels has been in bands like Common Rider, Big Rig and, oh, let’s ... read more
Posted Jan. 31, 2012, 12:35 p.m.
Buildings. Two syllables. Direct and immovable. It seems a fitting name for this Minneapolis three-piece and their second album Melt, Cry, Sleep. Their sound is ... read more
Posted Dec. 26, 2011, 1:07 p.m.
When The Soviettes’ Annie Sparrows voice starts Born Ugly, Got Worse devoid of instrumentation, it’s a crisp and honest delivery that complements leader Jesse Thorson’s ... read more
Posted Dec. 26, 2011, 1:04 p.m.
Michael Yonkers has a fascinating story: getting dropped by the majors, personal injury, and being rediscovered a generation later. That story has already been told ... read more
Posted Dec. 26, 2011, 12:08 a.m.
The Gateway District’s debut, Some Days You Get the Thunder hooked me immediately yet, to this day, I can’t single out a standout track or ... read more
Posted Dec. 19, 2011, 2:26 p.m.
It’s not hard to find something to say about Doomtree. The 7-headed monster has enough disparate characters that I could fill the proverbial pages here ... read more
Posted Dec. 19, 2011, 2:19 p.m.
Jimmy Cliff sounds pretty spry for a 63 year-old. The reggae legend is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer (whatever that means) and holds ... read more
Posted Dec. 5, 2011, 7:48 a.m.
I’ll be honest. I was kind of hoping somebody else would review this record. I like Banner Pilot. A lot. The reason I didn’t want ... read more
Posted Nov. 22, 2011, 10:47 a.m.
There’s a level of familiarity in Street Eaters that I can’t put my finger on. That said, I’ll do my best to in reviewing their ... read more
Posted Nov. 21, 2011, 9:13 a.m.
I’ll be honest, I missed Roads Bridges & Ruins, even after guitarist Chris Matulich said it would be quite a transition from All In. While ... read more
Posted Nov. 14, 2011, 2:48 p.m.
Andrew Jackson Jihad runs the folk-punk gamut—they’ve put out a split with Ghost Mice, play The Fest more or less annually, and they’re a two-piece ... read more
Posted Nov. 14, 2011, 2:42 p.m.
There’s no wasting time on X File on Main St. Within the first few lines, singer Daniel Pujol has taken his stance on careers, art, ... read more
Posted Oct. 24, 2011, 12:35 p.m.
Noise By Numbers are a group of Chicago punk veterans, and Over Leavitt gives a nice first impression. The sepia-tinged sunset photo of an industrial ... read more
Posted Oct. 24, 2011, 12:14 p.m.
Clash Battle Guilt Pride is Polar Bear Club’s third release and second on Bridge Nine. The veteran band sets their tone early with “Pawner,” a ... read more
Posted Oct. 19, 2011, 9:39 p.m.
On the Stormy Petrel World Tour in 2010 bassist Graeme Philliskirk made an arrangement with The Arthouse in Melbourne, Australia to record Leatherface’s set, unbeknownst ... read more
Posted Oct. 17, 2011, 9:24 a.m.
It’s Seriousness indeed for The Blind Shake. The Minneapolis three-piece plays concise, to the point garage rock. From their matching trek suits to drummer Dave ... read more
Posted Oct. 10, 2011, 7:31 a.m.
Wow, this isn’t at all what I was expecting. With a one word name and the title Napalm Dream, I had images of guttural-voice hardcore ... read more
Posted Sept. 26, 2011, 10:36 a.m.
Bad Sports made a smart sequencing decision by opening Kings of the Weekend with “Off Switch.” The punk burner has a lot of garage noise ... read more
Posted Sept. 19, 2011, 5:52 a.m.
Small Pleasures is the first proper full-length from Cornwall, England trio Bangers. To shortcut straight to the point, it’s fitting that this record is released ... read more
Posted Sept. 12, 2011, 4:35 a.m.
The hype had been building for Night Birds’ debut. They’ve released three 7”s and the band, feature ex-members of The Ergs!, Hunchback, and Psyched to ... read more
Posted Sept. 5, 2011, 3 a.m.
Voytek are a Minneapolis punk band currently taking things to the next level. Whether that level is up or down is in the eye of ... read more
Posted Sept. 5, 2011, 2:50 a.m.
William Elliott Whitmore’s Anti debut, Animals in the Dark, was something of an outlier in his discography—the bigger label release introduced more instrumentation and a ... read more
Posted Aug. 22, 2011, 6:12 a.m.
For a city its size, I know next to nothing about the Atlanta, GA scene. For some reason I think of Nashville Pussy-styled sleaze rock, ... read more
Posted Aug. 15, 2011, 9:26 a.m.
It would be hard for Emily’s Army to disassociate from their bloodlines: Don’t Be a Dick is produced by Billie Joe Armstrong, shares a similarity ... read more
Posted Aug. 8, 2011, 9:42 p.m.
Flippant is a word that popped up on the of Bandname's press sheet. Take their moniker into account and add the heavy slackerism that permeates ... read more
Posted July 25, 2011, 9:55 a.m.
Chalk up another one for the misleading band name file—Something Fierce makes me think violent and brutal, which definitely isn’t what this Houston group is ... read more
Posted July 17, 2011, 4:05 p.m.
Spraynard hail from Pennsylvania and they play a style of punk that blends the varied melodic subgenres of punk rock (East Bay, beard punk, pop ... read more
Posted July 4, 2011, 7:19 a.m.
There are a lot of names that could be dropped when talking about Amateur Party—in fact, I did so when I reviewed their EP back ... read more
Posted June 15, 2011, 7:52 a.m.
Man, what a nice looking record. The sleeve includes an actual photograph for the cover, with a dozen or so variations that you can get, ... read more
Posted June 13, 2011, 8:58 a.m.
Back in the pre-internet era I came across a blurb in some metal magazine I read in my adolescent years—I’m guessing it was Rip. In ... read more
Posted June 6, 2011, 11:02 a.m.
It’s been almost a year since As the Ox Plows popped up on the interwebs. Back then it boasted itself as a free digital version ... read more
Posted June 6, 2011, 10:46 a.m.
Namedropping in reviews is an easy thing to do, and I’m not averse to it myself. The obvious ones for High Tension Wires come via ... read more
Posted May 23, 2011, 5:06 a.m.
Ninja Gun draws from a lot of sources, playing in the Suburban Home-style market of alt country derived from obtuse punk influences. They tend to ... read more
Posted May 16, 2011, 6:27 a.m.
You can’t accuse Swingin’ Utters of phoning it in. Here, Under Protest is the band’s first studio record in eight years and, unlike some of ... read more
Posted April 25, 2011, 4:11 a.m.
Considering that Underground Railroad to Candyland was formed, in large part, to be a party band, and combining that with the So. Cal. sun that’s ... read more
Posted April 18, 2011, 1:12 p.m.
Over twenty-two years and ten studio albums Lucinda Williams has made a name for herself. She has a number of career achievements, but this isn’t ... read more
Posted March 21, 2011, 6:58 a.m.
There’s a garage-pop movement afoot in Wisconsin and Trent Fox & the Tenants are just one of the torchbearers. Their five song debut EP, Mess ... read more
Posted March 14, 2011, 9:34 a.m.
Six years is a long time between a freshman and sophomore release. Granted, that length isn’t entirely accurate—Sims has been involved in a number of ... read more
Posted March 7, 2011, 4:33 a.m.
When a band names their record Recovery Journal it should come as no surprise that the dominant impression is one of earnestness. Broken Gold is ... read more
Posted Feb. 21, 2011, 1:11 a.m.
Sleeping in the Aviary begin Great Vacation! with a sparse, plodding guitar line that builds into the skeletal indie-folk of “Y.M.C.A. (No, Not That One)”. ... read more
Posted Feb. 14, 2011, 9:55 a.m.
The Marked Men were the best band you’ve never heard. Well, one of them anyway. The beloved-by-some, under-the-radar-of-most band from Denton, TX may have taken ... read more
Posted Feb. 7, 2011, 4:37 a.m.
At their heart, Buffalo Moon plays whimsical indie pop with a playfulness that is grounded by moments of straight-faced seriousness. Of course, “whimsical indie pop” ... read more
Posted Jan. 24, 2011, 9:43 a.m.
Trouble in Mind is getting to the point with their cover art. The point is: let the music stand for itself. Or maybe it’s just ... read more
Posted Jan. 17, 2011, 9:02 a.m.
Bombay Sweets is a Minneapolis band consisting of Nathan Grumdahl (Selby Tigers, Dynamiters) and drummer Jeff Brown (His Mischief). Although the project has expanded beyond ... read more
Posted Jan. 10, 2011, 11:19 a.m.
Whiskey & Co.’s sound hasn’t changed, even if a couple members have. On their third record, the Gainesville band continues their old-school flavored country that ... read more
Posted Jan. 5, 2011, 4:23 a.m.
When it comes to overlooked bands, Chicago’s Arrivals should be right near the top. The band has never been overly prolific, releasing only four records ... read more
Posted Dec. 27, 2010, 11 a.m.
The hipsterati and the New York Times may have set their sights on MIA but, frankly, I don’t have the time to care what she ... read more
Posted Dec. 13, 2010, 1:02 p.m.
A recent SPB interview with Lauren Measure found that the band has released 18 pieces of wax so far in their career—yet Notes is only ... read more
Posted Dec. 6, 2010, 12:35 p.m.
Midwestern Minutes is the fourth full-length from Defiance, Ohio. The band has crafted a sound that draws from Americana and Plan-It-X-style DIY pop punk. The ... read more
Posted Nov. 22, 2010, 11:28 a.m.
It would be hard to take the Sass Dragons seriously, were it not for the quality of their recorded material. On stage, the fuck-all Chicago ... read more
Posted Nov. 22, 2010, 11:21 a.m.
The Dopamines first caught my attention when they released a 7” that pays homage to the Big Black Songs About Fucking cover. Sure, they sound ... read more
Posted Nov. 3, 2010, 7:11 a.m.
Ugly and violent. Pissed Jeans dont mess around, starting 2009s King of Jeans with False Jesii, Part Two, and never letting up on the noisepunk ... read more
Posted Nov. 3, 2010, 7:04 a.m.
The Sugar Stems know what sound they’re after, and that’s pretty clear from their name alone. The Sweet Sounds of the Sugar Stems immediately hits on ... read more
Posted Oct. 25, 2010, 1:12 p.m.
Three long years after New Brains for Everyone rallied cynical drunks everywhere, the Brokedowns have returned with another full-length, this time for Chicago’s Red Scare ... read more
Posted Oct. 6, 2010, 7:05 a.m.
Tiltwheel have firmly established themselves as one of the least prolific bands out there. Formed in 1991, the band had released only two proper full-lengths ... read more
Posted Sept. 13, 2010, 9:46 a.m.
We Chase the Waves is the second release from Lawrence Arms singer/guitarist Chris McCaughan. While technically his second solo release, this one is truly an ... read more
Posted Sept. 1, 2010, 4 p.m.
The title track on this 7 is a fitting sound, given its title. Wasted and High has a pop structure run through the wash, and ... read more
Posted Sept. 1, 2010, 3:39 p.m.
Is this the band that released Soft Skeletons? Its been 3 years, and clearly the band has opted to go in a different direction. While ... read more
Posted Aug. 26, 2010, 12:09 p.m.
After a brief intro track (whats the point of intros, anyway?), Mayflower kicks things off with the energetic I Never , an Off With Their ... read more
Posted June 16, 2010, 7:30 a.m.
Kristian Matsson, aka The Tallest Man on Earth, wants to sound like Bob Dylan. Who doesnt? Well, I can name a few bands, but I ... read more
Posted June 9, 2010, 3:52 a.m.
The Morning After Girls are a band from New York by way of Melbourne. I have to assume their name is more a reference to ... read more
Posted May 16, 2010, 10:36 p.m.
The band is named Okie Dokie. The artwork is simple and to the point. In other words, Okie Dokie doesnt hide the fact that theyre ... read more
Posted March 1, 2010, 8:33 a.m.
As life continually changes, sometimes constancy is important. Putting in Ghosts on the Boardwalk, the twenty-year anniversary release from The Bouncing Souls, reminds me of ... read more
Posted March 1, 2010, 8:22 a.m.
Its refreshing to put in a hip-hop disc and not have it bogged down with guest spots featured on every track. In fact, none of ... read more
Posted Feb. 16, 2010, 11:42 p.m.
What strikes in a live show doesnt always show evenly on the studio reproduction. My first thoughts on Sound Studys Live at the Atlantic: Volume ... read more
Posted Feb. 1, 2010, 3:08 a.m.
Theres a lot to say about this split. First, it features one great name (Mouthbreather) and one lesser one (Environmental Youth Crunch). What strikes me ... read more
Posted Jan. 16, 2010, 11:30 p.m.
I like to consider myself pretty versed in rock - I listen to a lot of stuff and a good amount of variety. But, every ... read more
Posted Jan. 6, 2010, 10:10 p.m.
The Blind Shake are a power-garage trio from Minneapolis. They play highly synchronized, precision rock with guitar, tenor guitar, and drums. Michael Yonkers is a ... read more
Posted Dec. 29, 2009, 10:33 p.m.
Sometimes life gets in the way of good music. When the Thumbs disbanded in 2003, Mike Hall and Bobby Borte needed a new outlet. They ... read more
Posted Dec. 23, 2009, 1:36 a.m.
In his two-piece with Mark BBQ Sultan, King Khan & The BBQ Show brings garage rock as its meant to be played: layered with harmonies ... read more
Posted Dec. 1, 2009, 3:36 p.m.
I guess Myles Deck and the Fuzz deliver what they promise on Police Cops. With a name referencing fuzz and a title copped from The ... read more
Posted Nov. 24, 2009, 11:28 p.m.
Some folks they tell me: "You just cant play country / Youre a stupid young punk and youre from Montreal / But Ill still make ... read more
Posted Nov. 10, 2009, 12:05 a.m.
Korova are a DIY hardcore band from Alabama. They wear their influences on their sleeve, with latter-day Black Flag being the predominant one throughout Another ... read more
Posted Oct. 20, 2009, 2:37 p.m.
It shouldnt take a Johnny Cash song to make a record take off. With Checkmate, from Gonzales, thats exactly the problem. The first hook to ... read more
Posted Oct. 14, 2009, 1:53 p.m.
What much can I really say? This style has been done numerous times. The Creeps play infectious, upbeat punk, born of the Ramones and sculpted ... read more
Posted Sept. 8, 2009, 3:48 p.m.
Deep Sleep sound like 1980's LA hardcore. A good example is the dual vocals of Alone with You, but with twenty-one songs in twenty-five minutes, ... read more
Posted Sept. 7, 2009, 1:12 a.m.
Detournement are an Eastcoast band with members from a host of familiar bands. Rather than focus on who they are, though, their music should speak ... read more
Posted Aug. 12, 2009, 11:47 p.m.
There is a caustic, angry, and somewhat aimless feel permeating Swear to Me that convinces me that Brainworms is a good name for the band. ... read more
Posted July 28, 2009, 9:34 p.m.
I know Im not the easiest lover, Drag the River admits in Jeff Black Song. That honest and simple line over a minimal acoustic track ... read more
Posted July 16, 2009, 3:48 p.m.
Only Thieves pay homage to the Boss with their cover to Greeting from Levy Park, T.L.H., but the tribute doesnt stop at the artwork. From ... read more
Posted July 8, 2009, 4:41 p.m.
The first thing thats going to strike you about The Paper Chase is that theyre a quirky indie band. What you get in the first ... read more
Posted June 24, 2009, 1:11 a.m.
I like to refer to Foundations self-titled record as campfire punk. It takes basic punk songs (often from the Ann Beretta catalog) and strips them ... read more
Posted June 10, 2009, 11:32 p.m.
For a band whose hyperbolic press sheet claims theyve played 75,854 shows in their eleven year history (thats only 18.88 per day by my count) ... read more
Posted June 9, 2009, 12:55 a.m.
The name had me thinking hardcore, and the inclusion of ex-New Mexican Disaster Squad only solidified that thought, but Gatorface plays pretty much straight-up pop ... read more
Posted June 3, 2009, 2:35 p.m.
Is there any better imagery than broken teeth? La Crisi dont seem to think so. Given the ferocity on II - Tutti a Pezzi I ... read more
Posted May 14, 2009, 9:14 p.m.
In my recent Kiss of Death reviews theres been a steady diet of pop-influenced beard punk. Expecting more of the same, Gainesvilles The Shaking Hands ... read more
Posted May 13, 2009, 12:02 a.m.
Its another vinyl-only release from The Measure [SA]. As a reviewer, I get an mp3 disc with a handwritten label instead of the art. Ill ... read more
Posted April 27, 2009, 9:55 a.m.
With their Asian Man debut, Neon Creeps, O Pioneers!!! is trying to make a name for themselves while upping the ante on stupid punctuation in ... read more
Posted April 21, 2009, 12:50 a.m.
Bands break up all the time. Sometimes they blow up on stage, storm off from a tour, grow apart, and on occasion they cordially agree ... read more
Posted April 13, 2009, 8:20 p.m.
I dont know much about music along the US-Mexico border, and the name Maniqui Lazer and the cartoonish sketches on the cover only intrigue me ... read more
Posted April 2, 2009, 1:12 a.m.
The unique style of P.O.S. continues to come together - from the disjointed and experimental Ipecac Neat that caught Rhymesayers attention, and the slightly more ... read more
Posted March 30, 2009, 2:49 p.m.
These days everything reminds me of The Fest. Todays memory comes from release FSR001 by Anchor Arms, reminding me that I missed the Fail Safe ... read more
Posted March 12, 2009, 4:29 p.m.
There are different kinds of eccentric bands - the parody and weird bands like Ween or Beck or They Might Be Giants, and there are ... read more
Posted Feb. 25, 2009, 11:36 p.m.
Orlandos Virgins play hook orientated, chorus heavy punk with scratchy throat vocals. The three-piece formed from the ashes of New Mexican Disaster Squad and their ... read more
Posted Feb. 23, 2009, 12:15 a.m.
Its refreshing to hear bands showing their influences without becoming a fiftieth-wave hybrid, a la The ePoxies. Maps of Norway obviously love 1980's new-wave. However, ... read more
Posted Feb. 12, 2009, 9:07 p.m.
2008 was a year I kept hearing Monikers' name without knowing a thing about them. They turned up on split releases, message boards, and year ... read more
Posted Feb. 8, 2009, 11:50 p.m.
If the name isnt clear enough for you, the Swingin Utters new record, Hatest Grits: B-Sides and Bullshit, does not contain new material. It also ... read more
Posted Jan. 18, 2009, 11:02 p.m.
Kensington Heights is the fourth album from Ontarios Constantines and their first since 2005. The group, best known for a powerful live show, has yet ... read more
Posted Jan. 11, 2009, 11:59 p.m.
With their first release since 2006, An Albatross decided to get serious: they spent five weeks in the studio with a team of ex-members, new ... read more
Posted Dec. 21, 2008, 2:38 p.m.
Lets face it: a lot of punk rock comes across through the singers voice, and that voice often isnt pretty: Johnny Rottens snottiness, Tim Armstrongs ... read more
Posted Dec. 18, 2008, 8:19 p.m.
Something about Roll the Tanks sounds familiar. I cant put my finger on who they remind me of, but they have a light, bouncy Brit-pop ... read more
Posted Nov. 25, 2008, 8:56 p.m.
New Brunswick, NJ seems to be bringing the rock lately. The Measure [SA] is one of the towns hard working bands with a slew of ... read more
Posted Oct. 16, 2008, 8:49 p.m.
The Riot Before hail from Richmond but look and sound like a Gainesville band. Musically, I'd lump them in with American Steel and old Against ... read more
Posted Sept. 25, 2008, 10:55 p.m.
My first thought when I look at Racebannon's Myspace profile is that their vocalist, Mike Anderson, has a bit of the curly-haired Ween look to ... read more
Posted Sept. 19, 2008, 2:55 a.m.
I have to wonder what rock critics would've done without L7 and Babes in Toyland, as it seems every writer feels compelled to make comparisons ... read more
Posted Sept. 14, 2008, 3:13 p.m.
What the world needs is more Dropkick Murphys, or perhaps something just different enough to spawn a new sub-subgenre. Unlike Dropkick Murphys, The Real McKenzies ... read more
Posted Sept. 2, 2008, 11:55 p.m.
You May Die in the Desert is a three-piece, self-described as an "uplifting jazzy trio [that] combines chaotic guitar riffs with atmospheric layover techniques." With ... read more
Posted Aug. 7, 2008, 2:17 a.m.
Harmonic Motion: Volume 1 is the start of a Differential Records series aiming to bring together like-sounding instrumental groups. The record starts off with "The ... read more
Posted July 29, 2008, 8:48 p.m.
What if Elvis Costello was still churning out upbeat, poppy numbers like his early work? What if you took away some of the crackle and ... read more
Posted July 14, 2008, 11:33 p.m.
Fugitives from the Laughing House comes twenty years after The Reds released their first single. Despite such a history, the band is not a household ... read more
Posted July 1, 2008, 8:36 p.m.
The five-piece A Caesar Holiday offer up six tracks totaling forty-five minutes on their self-titled debut release. Featuring the combined instrumentation of violin, dual guitars, ... read more
Posted June 10, 2008, 2:57 p.m.
With silkscreen cover art and a handwritten inventory number on Swordswallower, the Brooklyn-based Tournament (ex-Paragraph) have released an impressive debut. The press sheet is informative ... read more
Posted May 20, 2008, 8:57 p.m.
At The Fest last fall I saw a lot of bands, most of which I had a previous idea of what they were about beforehand. ... read more
Posted April 23, 2008, 8:24 p.m.
If you don't know Ween at this point, it's difficult to sum them up in a few words. Eclectic, genre hopping, and parody come to ... read more
Posted April 13, 2008, 8:18 p.m.
The Black Hollies feature three-fifths of Jersey City's Rye Coalition, but don't expect Casting Shadows, the trippy-covered Ernest Jenning release to match Rye Coalition's dirty ... read more
Posted March 31, 2008, 11:20 p.m.
Operating under the post-rock banner, The Seven Mile Journey's The Metamorphosis Project offers an hour of sparse and atmospheric soundscapes. It is the group's second ... read more
Posted March 16, 2008, 9:45 p.m.
A handful of records on multiple labels, a World Series game, a Jimmy Kimmel appearance, a solo record...not bad for a band of Southside Chicagoans ... read more
Posted Feb. 11, 2008, 12:39 a.m.
"Ever done something you regret while drunk like...recorded a live album?" the press sheet states. As NOFX open the CD and Fat Mike announces, "Oh, ... read more
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