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Needles//Pins – Goodnight, Tomorrow

Posted July 17, 2017, 10:09 p.m.

Needles//Pins – Goodnight, Tomorrow

Needles//Pins are one of those hard bands to pin down. They just sound like what rock ‘n’ roll is supposed to be, you know? It’s ... read more

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Cayetana – New Kind Of Normal

Posted July 10, 2017, 5:08 p.m.

Cayetana – New Kind Of Normal

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

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Nothington – In the End

Posted July 4, 2017, 10:16 a.m.

Nothington – In the End

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

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Naïve Sense – Self Titled EP (2017)

Posted June 19, 2017, 10:42 p.m.

Naïve Sense – Self Titled EP (2017)

“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

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Caves – Always Why

Posted June 12, 2017, 6:31 p.m.

Caves – Always Why

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

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MakeWar – Developing A Theory of Integrity

Posted June 5, 2017, 7:23 p.m.

MakeWar – Developing A Theory of Integrity

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

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The Dopamines – Tales of Interest

Posted May 29, 2017, 6:13 p.m.

The Dopamines – Tales of Interest

It’s been a while since Ohio’s The Dopamines released a new record –2012 by the looks of things, and I honestly missed that one, so ... read more

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STNNNG – Veterans of Pleasure

Posted May 22, 2017, 6:26 p.m.

STNNNG – Veterans of Pleasure

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

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Great Cynics – Posi

Posted May 15, 2017, 6:17 p.m.

Great Cynics – Posi

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

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Western Addiction – Tremulous

Posted May 8, 2017, 7:38 p.m.

Western Addiction – Tremulous

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

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Jim and the French Vanilla – Afraid of the House

Posted May 1, 2017, 5:25 p.m.

Jim and the French Vanilla – Afraid of the House

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

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The Tossers – Smash the Windows

Posted April 24, 2017, 7:11 p.m.

The Tossers – Smash the Windows

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

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Good Friend – Ride The Storm

Posted April 17, 2017, 5:36 p.m.

Good Friend – Ride The Storm

I’m a fan of a select little niche of pop punk. The cleaner the voices, the more I tend to dislike it or just not ... read more

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Mystery Date – Love Collector

Posted April 10, 2017, 6:14 p.m.

Mystery Date – Love Collector

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

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Hellmouth – Oblivion

Posted April 3, 2017, 7:17 p.m.

Hellmouth – Oblivion

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

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Dead Bars – Dream Gig

Posted March 13, 2017, 7:32 p.m.

Dead Bars – Dream Gig

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

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Strange Relations – Going Out EP

Posted March 6, 2017, 6:12 p.m.

Strange Relations – Going Out EP

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

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Career Suicide – Machine Response

Posted Feb. 20, 2017, 5:24 p.m.

Career Suicide – Machine Response

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

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Mind Spiders – Prosthesis

Posted Feb. 13, 2017, 5:34 p.m.

Mind Spiders – Prosthesis

Mind Spiders continues to be a very accurate name as the sound evolves.The one-time “solo” Mark Ryan project was to be his creative space for ... read more

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Civil War Rust – Help Wanted

Posted Feb. 6, 2017, 9:36 p.m.

Civil War Rust – Help Wanted

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

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Various Artists – Wonk Unit/Raging Nathans - split

Posted Jan. 30, 2017, 5:12 p.m.

Various Artists – Wonk Unit/Raging Nathans - split

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

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Pears – Green Star

Posted Jan. 23, 2017, 7:09 p.m.

Pears – Green Star

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

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Bad Sports – Living with Secrets

Posted Jan. 16, 2017, 6 p.m.

Bad Sports – Living with Secrets

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

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NOFX – First Ditch Effort

Posted Jan. 9, 2017, 5:49 p.m.

NOFX – First Ditch Effort

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

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Mark Sultan – BBQ

Posted Jan. 9, 2017, 5:34 p.m.

Mark Sultan – BBQ

Mark Sultan has long gone by two stage names: his own, and BBQ (of King Khan & The BBQ Show). Most solo work has been ... read more

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Hannahband – Quitting Will Improve Your Health

Posted Jan. 2, 2017, 5:39 p.m.

Hannahband – Quitting Will Improve Your Health

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

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Hakan – Hakan II

Posted Dec. 26, 2016, 8:29 p.m.

Hakan  – Hakan II

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

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Real Numbers – Wordless Wonder

Posted Dec. 26, 2016, 8:17 p.m.

Real Numbers – Wordless Wonder

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

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Sex Stains – Sex Stains

Posted Dec. 19, 2016, 5:14 p.m.

Sex Stains – Sex Stains

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

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Drakulas – Raw Wave

Posted Dec. 12, 2016, 7:10 p.m.

Drakulas – Raw Wave

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

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Attention – !Attention!

Posted Dec. 12, 2016, 6:58 p.m.

Attention – !Attention!

Do you like long song titles that are loosely related to the subject matter, along with gruff vocal singalong punk? If so, !Attention! is right ... read more

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Bullnettle – Bullnettle

Posted Dec. 5, 2016, 6:07 p.m.

Bullnettle  – Bullnettle

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

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Shallow Cuts – Empty Beach Town

Posted Dec. 5, 2016, 5:58 p.m.

Shallow Cuts – Empty Beach Town

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

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Coathangers – Nosebleed Weekend

Posted Nov. 28, 2016, 11:17 p.m.

Coathangers – Nosebleed Weekend

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

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Arms Aloft – What a Time to Be Barely Alive

Posted Nov. 21, 2016, 7:22 p.m.

Arms Aloft – What a Time to Be Barely Alive

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

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The Blind Shake – Celebrate Your Worth

Posted Nov. 14, 2016, 8 p.m.

The Blind Shake – Celebrate Your Worth

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

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Big Eyes – Stake My Claim

Posted Nov. 14, 2016, 7:50 p.m.

Big Eyes –  Stake My Claim

As much I knew I’d like this record after spending some time with Almost Famous and seeing the band live a few times, I was ... read more

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Pinned In Place – Ghostwritten By

Posted Nov. 7, 2016, 6:12 p.m.

Pinned In Place – Ghostwritten By

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

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Toys That Kill – Sentimental Ward

Posted Nov. 7, 2016, 6:02 p.m.

Toys That Kill – Sentimental Ward

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

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Sims – More Than Ever

Posted Oct. 31, 2016, 5:23 p.m.

Sims – More Than Ever

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

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Dean Ween Group – The Deaner Record

Posted Oct. 24, 2016, 8:36 p.m.

Dean Ween Group – The Deaner Record

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

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Various Artists – Dead Bars/The Tim Version - split 7"

Posted Oct. 17, 2016, 5:45 p.m.

Various Artists – Dead Bars/The Tim Version - split 7

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

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Low Culture – Places To Hide

Posted Oct. 10, 2016, 10:03 p.m.

Low Culture – Places To Hide

Screens, (2013) was damn near perfect. So what does Low Culture have in store with their second LP? It’s not disappointment, that’s for sure. Places ... read more

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The Hussy – The Volar EP

Posted Oct. 3, 2016, 7:43 p.m.

The Hussy – The Volar EP

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

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Spokenest – Gone, Gone, Gone

Posted Sept. 26, 2016, 5 p.m.

Spokenest – Gone, Gone, Gone

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

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Mikey Erg – Tentative Decisions

Posted Sept. 12, 2016, 5:07 p.m.

Mikey Erg – Tentative Decisions

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

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Crybaby – Drag Me Under

Posted Aug. 15, 2016, 9:17 p.m.

Crybaby – Drag Me Under

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

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The Falcon – Gather Up the Chaps

Posted April 26, 2016, 8:24 a.m.

The Falcon – Gather Up the Chaps

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

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Various Artists – Crab Legs/Not Half Bad - Dorks/Nerds

Posted March 28, 2016, 9:52 p.m.

Various Artists – Crab Legs/Not Half Bad - Dorks/Nerds

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

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Various Artists – Radon/Worthwhile Way - split 7"

Posted March 14, 2016, 8:29 a.m.

Various Artists – Radon/Worthwhile Way - split 7

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

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Shadow in the Cracks – Shadow in the Cracks

Posted Feb. 29, 2016, 5:39 p.m.

Shadow in the Cracks – Shadow in the Cracks

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

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The Hussy – Galore

Posted Feb. 1, 2016, 8:26 a.m.

The Hussy – Galore

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

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Tymon Dogg – Made Of Light

Posted Jan. 4, 2016, 10:48 p.m.

Tymon Dogg – Made Of Light

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

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Loud Boyz – Tough Love, Hard Feelings

Posted Dec. 22, 2015, 8:47 a.m.

Loud Boyz – Tough Love, Hard Feelings

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

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Basement Benders – Lydiad

Posted Nov. 30, 2015, 10 p.m.

Basement Benders – Lydiad

Side projects aren’t supposed to invite other band comparisons, they’re supposed to separate, to show artisticrange. Who are we kidding here? Basement Benders is a ... read more

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Night Birds – Mutiny at Muscle Beach

Posted Nov. 23, 2015, 8:08 a.m.

Night Birds – Mutiny at Muscle Beach

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

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The Blind Shake – Fly Right EP

Posted Nov. 2, 2015, 8:19 a.m.

The Blind Shake – Fly Right EP

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

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Worriers – Imaginary Life

Posted Oct. 19, 2015, 5:59 p.m.

Worriers – Imaginary Life

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

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Bangers – Bird

Posted Oct. 5, 2015, 11:44 p.m.

Bangers – Bird

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

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Tit – Tit

Posted Sept. 28, 2015, 8:30 a.m.

Tit – Tit

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

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Radioactivity – Silent Kill

Posted Aug. 31, 2015, 10:54 p.m.

Radioactivity – Silent Kill

These guys know how to start off a record, with the rapid fire “Battered” pummeling with riffage for the first minute and then Jeff Burke’s ... read more

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Boilerman – Boilerman

Posted Aug. 17, 2015, 11:01 p.m.

Boilerman – Boilerman

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

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Great Cynics – I Feel Weird

Posted July 27, 2015, 7:46 p.m.

Great Cynics – I Feel Weird

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

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The Splits – II

Posted July 13, 2015, 8:01 p.m.

The Splits – II

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

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Underground Railroad To Candyland – The People Are Home

Posted June 22, 2015, 6:48 p.m.

Underground Railroad To Candyland – The People Are Home

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

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Red Dons & TV Smith – A Vote For the Unknown

Posted June 15, 2015, 10:22 p.m.

Red Dons & TV Smith – A Vote For the Unknown

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

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Birthday Suits – Adult Party: Spin the Bottle

Posted June 8, 2015, 5:50 p.m.

Birthday Suits – Adult Party: Spin the Bottle

Birthday Suits always surprise me on record. Live, it’s fierce and reckless; sweaty mayhem and cathartic rock ‘n’ roll. On record, it’s more calculated, with ... read more

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Hannahband – Retirement

Posted June 1, 2015, 9:32 p.m.

Hannahband – Retirement

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

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Timeshares – Already Dead

Posted May 25, 2015, 5:39 p.m.

Timeshares – Already Dead

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

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Powernap – Oreosmith EP

Posted May 18, 2015, 8:07 a.m.

Powernap – Oreosmith EP

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

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The Lookouts – Spy Rock Road (And Other Stories)

Posted May 4, 2015, 8:08 a.m.

The Lookouts – Spy Rock Road (And Other Stories)

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

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Built To Spill – Untethered Moon

Posted April 27, 2015, 8:27 a.m.

Built To Spill – Untethered Moon

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

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Summer Cannibals – Show Us Your Mind

Posted April 20, 2015, 7:28 p.m.

Summer Cannibals – Show Us Your Mind

I know I’d already read the band’s bio, but I think I would have guessed Pacific Northwest anyway. There’s just something dreary and with a ... read more

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Western Settings – Yes It Is

Posted April 13, 2015, 8:14 a.m.

Western Settings – Yes It Is

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

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Pears – Go To Prison

Posted April 6, 2015, 5:50 p.m.

Pears – Go To Prison

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

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Swingin' Utters – Fistful of Hollow

Posted April 6, 2015, 5:47 p.m.

Swingin' Utters – Fistful of Hollow

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

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Swami John & The Blind Shake – Modern Surf Classics

Posted March 30, 2015, 8:11 p.m.

Swami John & The Blind Shake – Modern Surf Classics

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

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Chokecherry – The Future Was a Long Time Ago

Posted March 23, 2015, 10:20 p.m.

Chokecherry – The Future Was a Long Time Ago

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

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The Dwarves – Gentleman Blag

Posted March 16, 2015, 5:52 p.m.

The Dwarves – Gentleman Blag

I know what you’re thinking? Why has it already been five months without a new Dwarves release? Never fear, the long-running goodtime smutlovers are back, ... read more

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The Capitalist Kids – At A Loss

Posted March 9, 2015, 9:15 p.m.

The Capitalist Kids – At A Loss

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

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Various Artists – GC Records 15 Year Anniversary Comp: A Snapshot of the 2014 Las Vegas Music Scene

Posted March 2, 2015, 10:59 p.m.

Various Artists – GC Records 15 Year Anniversary Comp: A Snapshot of the 2014 Las Vegas Music Scene

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

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Gang Of Four – What Happens Next

Posted Feb. 23, 2015, 6:52 p.m.

Gang Of Four – What Happens Next

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

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Sergio Mendes – Magic

Posted Feb. 16, 2015, 8:36 a.m.

Sergio Mendes – Magic

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

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Treasure Fleet – The Sun Machine

Posted Feb. 9, 2015, 8:33 a.m.

Treasure Fleet – The Sun Machine

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

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The Blind Shake – Breakfast of Failures

Posted Feb. 3, 2015, 12:51 a.m.

The Blind Shake – Breakfast of Failures

The Blind Shake have been consistently banging out juicy, syncopatic jams for the better part of a decade now. Breakfast of Failures is their fifth ... read more

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Rancid – Honor Is All We Know

Posted Jan. 26, 2015, 11:26 p.m.

Rancid – Honor Is All We Know

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

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The Brokedowns – Life Is a Breeze

Posted Jan. 19, 2015, 5:42 p.m.

The Brokedowns – Life Is a Breeze

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

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The Dead Milkmen – Pretty Music for Pretty People

Posted Jan. 12, 2015, 9:50 p.m.

The Dead Milkmen – Pretty Music for Pretty People

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

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Eureka California – Crunch

Posted Jan. 6, 2015, 12:25 a.m.

Eureka California – Crunch

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

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The Murder City Devils – The White Ghost Has Blood on Its Hands Again

Posted Dec. 31, 2014, 9:52 a.m.

The Murder City Devils – The White Ghost Has Blood on Its Hands Again

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

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Rational Anthem – Emotionally Unavailable

Posted Dec. 22, 2014, 9:18 p.m.

Rational Anthem – Emotionally Unavailable

I can’t figure out just who The Rational Anthem remind me of, but it’s poppy on the clean and crisp side, with a lot of ... read more

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The Smith Street Band – Throw Me in the River

Posted Dec. 8, 2014, 8:29 p.m.

The Smith Street Band – Throw Me in the River

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

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The Tim Version – Ordinary Life

Posted Nov. 24, 2014, 6:54 p.m.

The Tim Version – Ordinary Life

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

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The Copyrights – Report

Posted Nov. 18, 2014, 1:53 a.m.

The Copyrights – Report

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

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Neighborhood Brats – Recovery

Posted Nov. 10, 2014, 9:18 p.m.

Neighborhood Brats – Recovery

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

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Shallow Cuts – Storm Watch

Posted Nov. 3, 2014, 9:16 p.m.

Shallow Cuts – Storm Watch

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

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Various Artists – Low Culture-Needles//Pins - split 7"

Posted Nov. 3, 2014, 9:08 p.m.

Various Artists – Low Culture-Needles//Pins - split 7

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

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Quintron and Miss Pussycat – Spellcaster II: Death in Space

Posted Oct. 27, 2014, 10:38 p.m.

Quintron and Miss Pussycat – Spellcaster II: Death in Space

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

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Total Control – Typical System

Posted Oct. 27, 2014, 10:27 p.m.

Total Control – Typical System

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

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Shitty Weekend – Shit Week

Posted Oct. 20, 2014, 8:03 p.m.

Shitty Weekend – Shit Week

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

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Needles//Pins – Shamebirds

Posted Oct. 13, 2014, 8:59 p.m.

Needles//Pins – Shamebirds

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

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Devo – The Complete Truth About De-Evolution

Posted Oct. 6, 2014, 8:52 p.m.

Devo – The Complete Truth About De-Evolution

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

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Steve Adamyk Band – Dial Tone

Posted Sept. 29, 2014, 10:19 p.m.

Steve Adamyk Band – Dial Tone

This is Dirtnap Records.Not to pigeonhole anybody, but man does Steve Adamyk Band hit on that pop structure, garage chaos element that defines the label.Dial ... read more

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Flagpolers – Arse Ways EP

Posted Sept. 22, 2014, 2:56 p.m.

Flagpolers – Arse Ways EP

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

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The Dwarves – Invented Rock & Roll

Posted Sept. 15, 2014, 11:49 a.m.

The Dwarves – Invented Rock & Roll

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

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Joyce Manor – Never Hungover Again

Posted Sept. 8, 2014, 11:20 p.m.

Joyce Manor – Never Hungover Again

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

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Ex Friends – Rules for Making Up Words

Posted Sept. 1, 2014, 10:54 p.m.

Ex Friends – Rules for Making Up Words

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

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The Hold Steady – Teeth Dreams

Posted Aug. 25, 2014, 9:44 p.m.

The Hold Steady – Teeth Dreams

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

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Astpai – Burden Calls

Posted Aug. 18, 2014, 8:45 p.m.

Astpai – Burden Calls

I’m not sure what this says about me, but I like Astpai’s Burden Calls just fine but it takes until they pull a sample from Teenage Mutant Ninja ... read more

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The Sands – Hotel & Casino

Posted Aug. 11, 2014, 7:32 p.m.

The Sands – Hotel & Casino

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

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Low Forms – Low Forms EP

Posted July 28, 2014, 7:35 p.m.

Low Forms – Low Forms EP

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

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Versus You – Moving On

Posted July 22, 2014, 1:04 a.m.

Versus You – Moving On

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

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Pujol – Kludge

Posted July 15, 2014, 12:11 a.m.

Pujol – Kludge

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

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Pixies – Indie Cindy

Posted July 8, 2014, 12:55 a.m.

Pixies – Indie Cindy

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

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Rabbit Holes – Rabbit Holes EP

Posted July 1, 2014, 1 a.m.

Rabbit Holes – Rabbit Holes EP

Big Action Records doesn’t pump out a ton of releases and, when they do, they run the geographical gamut. The label is based in St. ... read more

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Street Eaters – Blood::Muscles::Bones

Posted June 23, 2014, 10:44 p.m.

Street Eaters – Blood::Muscles::Bones

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

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White Lung – Deep Fantasy

Posted June 16, 2014, 10:10 p.m.

White Lung – Deep Fantasy

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

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Off! – Wasted Years

Posted June 9, 2014, 8:33 p.m.

Off! – Wasted Years

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

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Chuck Ragan – Till Midnight

Posted June 2, 2014, 6:46 p.m.

Chuck Ragan – Till Midnight

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

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Moonlit Sailor – We Come From Exploding Stars

Posted May 26, 2014, 6:07 p.m.

Moonlit Sailor – We Come From Exploding Stars

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

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Tweens – Tweens

Posted May 19, 2014, 8:40 p.m.

Tweens – Tweens

I heard about Tweens as a Vacation side project. Well, they’ve dwarfed that band’s popularity already, so it’s the last I’ll use that term. The Cincinnati three-piece ... read more

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Banner Pilot – Souvenir

Posted May 12, 2014, 8:24 p.m.

Banner Pilot – Souvenir

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

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Various Artists – Crybaby/Casual - Split EP

Posted May 5, 2014, 10:11 p.m.

Various Artists – Crybaby/Casual - Split EP

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

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Signals Midwest – Light On The Lake

Posted April 28, 2014, 9:39 p.m.

Signals Midwest – Light On The Lake

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

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Tiny Empires – Weird Headspace

Posted April 21, 2014, 11 p.m.

Tiny Empires – Weird Headspace

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

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Various Artists – Capitalist Kids/Tight Bros. - split 7"

Posted April 14, 2014, 8:49 p.m.

Various Artists – Capitalist Kids/Tight Bros. - split 7

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

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Brain F? – Empty Set

Posted April 7, 2014, 8:45 p.m.

Brain F? – Empty Set

Apparently this band is called “Brain Flannel.” I don’t know what that means, but as somebody capable of reading the English language, I’m pretty sure ... read more

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Epic Problem – Lines

Posted March 31, 2014, 7:58 p.m.

Epic Problem – Lines

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

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Coathangers – Suck My Shirt

Posted March 24, 2014, 11:19 p.m.

Coathangers – Suck My Shirt

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

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Bad Sports – Bras

Posted March 18, 2014, 12:44 a.m.

Bad Sports – Bras

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

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Tim Timebomb & Friends – Mixtape

Posted March 10, 2014, 7:55 p.m.

Tim Timebomb & Friends – Mixtape

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

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Dead Mechanical – OK Night

Posted March 3, 2014, 10:06 p.m.

Dead Mechanical – OK Night

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

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The Lawrence Arms – Metropole

Posted Feb. 24, 2014, 8:40 p.m.

The Lawrence Arms – Metropole

When The Lawrence Arms released Oh Calcutta! back in 2006, it was billed by the band as a collection of songs utilizing the back-and-forth, high octane punk ... read more

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The Obits – Bed & Bugs

Posted Feb. 24, 2014, 8:24 p.m.

The Obits – Bed & Bugs

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

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Pretty Boy Thorson & the Falling Angels – An Uneasy Peace

Posted Feb. 17, 2014, 8:45 p.m.

Pretty Boy Thorson & the Falling Angels – An Uneasy Peace

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

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Audacity – Butter Knife

Posted Feb. 10, 2014, 8:17 p.m.

Audacity – Butter Knife

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

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Moistboyz – V

Posted Feb. 3, 2014, 9:16 p.m.

Moistboyz – V

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

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The Dwarves – Younger & Even Better Looking

Posted Jan. 28, 2014, 12:31 a.m.

The Dwarves – Younger & Even Better Looking

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

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King Khan & the Shrines – Idle No More

Posted Jan. 20, 2014, 8 p.m.

King Khan & the Shrines – Idle No More

In King Khan & the Shrines, King Khan goes big band. Not in the jazz sense, but in a horn-laden variety a la Memphis rock ... read more

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Mind Spiders – Inhumanistic

Posted Jan. 13, 2014, 8:51 p.m.

Mind Spiders – Inhumanistic

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

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Direct Hit! – Brainless God

Posted Jan. 6, 2014, 7:03 p.m.

Direct Hit! – Brainless God

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

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Various Artists – Brokedowns / Vacation Bible School split

Posted Dec. 30, 2013, 6:52 p.m.

Various Artists – Brokedowns / Vacation Bible School split

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

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Iron Chic – The Constant One

Posted Dec. 24, 2013, 1:17 a.m.

Iron Chic – The Constant One

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

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The Julie Ruin – Run Fast

Posted Dec. 16, 2013, 10:19 p.m.

The Julie Ruin – Run Fast

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

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Kitten Forever – Pressure

Posted Dec. 9, 2013, 10:49 p.m.

Kitten Forever – Pressure

Pressure is a party. The three-piece band Kitten Forever trade off vocals constantly throughout, and even swap instruments while they’re at it. It starts off with ... read more

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Caves – Betterment

Posted Dec. 2, 2013, 10:35 p.m.

Caves – Betterment

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

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Future Virgins – Late Republic

Posted Nov. 26, 2013, 12:14 a.m.

Future Virgins – Late Republic

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

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Worriers – Cruel Optimist

Posted Nov. 25, 2013, 11:56 p.m.

Worriers – Cruel Optimist

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

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Radioactivity – Radioactivity

Posted Nov. 20, 2013, 8:08 a.m.

Radioactivity – Radioactivity

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

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Steve Adamyk Band – Third

Posted Nov. 19, 2013, 10:59 p.m.

Steve Adamyk Band – Third

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

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Bangers – Crazy Fucking Dreams

Posted Nov. 11, 2013, 7:33 p.m.

Bangers – Crazy Fucking Dreams

Bangers are a punk band from Cornwall, but they don’t play to expectations in their second full-length Crazy Fucking Dreams. Instead, the record starts with the ... read more

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Nirvana – In Utero (20th Anniversary Reissue)

Posted Oct. 29, 2013, 2:16 a.m.

Nirvana – In Utero (20th Anniversary Reissue)

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

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Rations – Martyrs and Prisoners

Posted Oct. 21, 2013, 6:32 p.m.

Rations – Martyrs and Prisoners

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

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Galactic Cannibal – We're Fucked

Posted Oct. 15, 2013, 12:44 a.m.

Galactic Cannibal – We're Fucked

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

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The Octopus Project – Fever Forms

Posted Sept. 16, 2013, 11:20 p.m.

The Octopus Project – Fever Forms

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

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The Wild – Dreams Are Maps

Posted Sept. 16, 2013, 11:12 p.m.

The Wild – Dreams Are Maps

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

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The Blind Shake – Key to a False Door

Posted Sept. 16, 2013, 11:03 p.m.

The Blind Shake – Key to a False Door

It’s no secret to long-time site readers that I’m a fan of The Blind Shake. The Minneapolis trio has released a run of albums now, ... read more

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Eddie Spaghetti – The Value of Nothing

Posted Sept. 2, 2013, 11:22 p.m.

Eddie Spaghetti  – The Value of Nothing

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

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Rumspringer – Stay Afloat

Posted Aug. 26, 2013, 11:30 p.m.

Rumspringer – Stay Afloat

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

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The Transplants – In A Warzone

Posted Aug. 26, 2013, 11:11 p.m.

The Transplants – In A Warzone

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

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What-A-Nights – Self Titled

Posted Aug. 26, 2013, 10:45 p.m.

What-A-Nights – Self Titled

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

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Vacation – Candy Waves

Posted Aug. 19, 2013, 10:56 p.m.

Vacation – Candy Waves

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

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Frozen Teens – Oakland Footsteps

Posted Aug. 12, 2013, 10:57 p.m.

Frozen Teens – Oakland Footsteps

Frozen Teens are tough sound to pin down exactly. It’s not because it’s 100% out there, it’s because it subtly pulls from different arenas, coming ... read more

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Mixtapes – Ordinary Silence

Posted Aug. 5, 2013, 9:24 p.m.

Mixtapes – Ordinary Silence

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

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Sundowners – The Larger Half of Wisdom

Posted Aug. 5, 2013, 9:18 p.m.

Sundowners – The Larger Half of Wisdom

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

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Pissed Jeans – Honeys

Posted July 29, 2013, 11:09 p.m.

Pissed Jeans – Honeys

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

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Civil War Rust – The Fun and the Lonely

Posted July 29, 2013, 11:06 p.m.

Civil War Rust – The Fun and the Lonely

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

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Epic Problem – All Broken

Posted July 23, 2013, 12:24 a.m.

Epic Problem – All Broken

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

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Night Birds – Born To Die In Suburbia

Posted July 22, 2013, 11:55 p.m.

Night Birds – Born To Die In Suburbia

Releasing the 7” teaser Maimed for the Masses certainly helped introduce the increasingly prominent surf guitar in Night Birds. Still, the opener “Escape from New York” is ... read more

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Night Birds – Maimed for the Masses

Posted July 15, 2013, 8:53 p.m.

Night Birds – Maimed for the Masses

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

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Elway – Leavetaking

Posted July 15, 2013, 8:51 p.m.

Elway – Leavetaking

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

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Various Artists – Toys That Kill/Future Virgins - split

Posted July 1, 2013, 9:18 p.m.

Various Artists – Toys That Kill/Future Virgins - split

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

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Plow United – Marching Band

Posted June 24, 2013, 10:51 p.m.

Plow United – Marching Band

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

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Shell Shag – Forever

Posted June 24, 2013, 10:31 p.m.

Shell Shag – Forever

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

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The Replacements – Color Me Obsessed

Posted June 17, 2013, 7:19 p.m.

The Replacements – Color Me Obsessed

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

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Spokenest – We Move

Posted June 11, 2013, 1:13 a.m.

Spokenest – We Move

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

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Gateway District – Old Wild Hearts

Posted June 4, 2013, 12:39 a.m.

Gateway District – Old Wild Hearts

“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

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Street Eaters – Self Titled

Posted May 28, 2013, 5:36 p.m.

Street Eaters – Self Titled

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

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LVMRKS – Pale Fairytale

Posted May 27, 2013, 11:01 p.m.

LVMRKS – Pale Fairytale

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

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Big Eyes – Almost Famous

Posted May 20, 2013, 9:52 p.m.

Big Eyes – Almost Famous

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

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Off With Their Heads – Home

Posted May 20, 2013, 9:37 p.m.

Off With Their Heads – Home

Maybe it’s because I caught Off With Their Heads live recently and maybe it’s because on Home, their third official full-length, the theme is something that ... read more

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Worthwhile Way – Love Is All

Posted May 14, 2013, 12:59 a.m.

Worthwhile Way – Love Is All

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

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They Might Be Giants – Nanobots

Posted May 6, 2013, 11:47 p.m.

They Might Be Giants – Nanobots

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

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The Tossers – The Emerald City

Posted April 30, 2013, 12:46 a.m.

The Tossers – The Emerald City

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

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The Spits – V

Posted April 22, 2013, 10:43 p.m.

The Spits – V

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

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Thee Oh Sees – Floating Coffin

Posted April 15, 2013, 11:56 p.m.

Thee Oh Sees – Floating Coffin

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

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Restorations – LP2

Posted April 9, 2013, 12:48 a.m.

Restorations – LP2

Is classic rock punk now a genre? I don’t have a whole lot of background with Restorations, other than catching half a set at Fest ... read more

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Low Culture – Evil

Posted April 9, 2013, 12:37 a.m.

Low Culture – Evil

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

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Swingin' Utters – Poorly Formed

Posted April 1, 2013, 11:43 p.m.

Swingin' Utters – Poorly Formed

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

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Various Artists – So Cow/Squarehead - Out of Season

Posted March 25, 2013, 11:28 p.m.

Various Artists – So Cow/Squarehead - Out of Season

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

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The Capitalist Kids – Lessons on Love, Sharing, and Hygiene

Posted March 25, 2013, 11:19 p.m.

The Capitalist Kids – Lessons on Love, Sharing, and Hygiene

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

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Low Culture – Screens

Posted March 12, 2013, 1:45 a.m.

Low Culture – Screens

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

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Wayne Hancock – Ride

Posted March 4, 2013, 11:25 p.m.

Wayne Hancock – Ride

Wayne “The Train” Hancock doesn’t play music to pump you up for a Saturday night on the town. Instead, Hancock’s old-school flavored country is more ... read more

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STNNNG – Empire Inward

Posted Feb. 26, 2013, 12:31 a.m.

STNNNG – Empire Inward

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

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The Night Marchers – Allez Allez

Posted Feb. 4, 2013, 11:44 p.m.

The Night Marchers – Allez Allez

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

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Anchors – Lost At The Bottom Of The World

Posted Jan. 21, 2013, 3:43 p.m.

Anchors – Lost At The Bottom Of The World

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

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Mixtapes – Even On The Worst Nights

Posted Jan. 21, 2013, 3:36 p.m.

Mixtapes – Even On The Worst Nights

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

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...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – Lost Songs

Posted Jan. 14, 2013, 9:37 p.m.

...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – Lost Songs

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

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The Magnificent – Bad Lucky

Posted Jan. 7, 2013, 3:23 p.m.

The Magnificent – Bad Lucky

As I’ve gotten older, there are punk scenes I shy away from. Among those topping the list is street punk—not to totally write off the ... read more

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Brother Ali – Mourning In America And Dreaming In Color

Posted Jan. 7, 2013, 3:20 p.m.

Brother Ali – Mourning In America And Dreaming In Color

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

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Ty Segall – Twins

Posted Dec. 10, 2012, 3:25 p.m.

Ty Segall – Twins

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

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Dan Padilla – Sports Fans

Posted Dec. 10, 2012, 3:21 p.m.

Dan Padilla – Sports Fans

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

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Arms Aloft – Sawdust City

Posted Dec. 3, 2012, 6:47 p.m.

Arms Aloft – Sawdust City

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

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Audacity – Mellow Cruisers

Posted Nov. 26, 2012, 3:40 p.m.

Audacity – Mellow Cruisers

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

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Grabass Charlestons – Dale & the Careeners

Posted Nov. 19, 2012, 3:53 p.m.

Grabass Charlestons – Dale & the Careeners

Is this the same band that released Ask Mark Twain? Well, kind of. Dale & the Careeners is the first Grabass Charlestons full-length since 2005, ... read more

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Future of the Left – The Plot Against Common Sense

Posted Nov. 5, 2012, 12:47 p.m.

Future of the Left – The Plot Against Common Sense

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

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Legendary Wings – Making Paper Roses

Posted Oct. 29, 2012, 2:02 p.m.

Legendary Wings – Making Paper Roses

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

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NOFX – Self Entitled

Posted Oct. 29, 2012, 1:45 p.m.

NOFX – Self Entitled

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

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God Equals Genocide – Rattled Minds

Posted Oct. 22, 2012, 11:45 a.m.

God Equals Genocide – Rattled Minds

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

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Luther – Let's Get You Somewhere Else

Posted Oct. 22, 2012, 11:39 a.m.

Luther – Let's Get You Somewhere Else

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

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Cadette – Flesh Without Hunting

Posted Oct. 1, 2012, 2:36 p.m.

Cadette – Flesh Without Hunting

If first impressions are what make or break an artist, Cadette is a whole bunch of angry. The Minneapolis, MN trio’s debut release Flesh Without ... read more

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Ace High Cutthroats – Black Fire

Posted Sept. 24, 2012, 3:20 p.m.

Ace High Cutthroats – Black Fire

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

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Plastic Cross – Grayscale Rainbows

Posted Sept. 16, 2012, 9:48 p.m.

Plastic Cross – Grayscale Rainbows

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

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Two Gallants – The Bloom And The Blight

Posted Sept. 10, 2012, 2:44 p.m.

Two Gallants – The Bloom And The Blight

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

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Young Guv & the Scuzz – A Love Too Strong

Posted Sept. 3, 2012, 1:05 p.m.

Young Guv & the Scuzz – A Love Too Strong

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

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The Riverboat Gamblers – The Wolf You Feed

Posted Sept. 3, 2012, 1:04 p.m.

The Riverboat Gamblers – The Wolf You Feed

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

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Aesop Rock – Skelethon

Posted Aug. 27, 2012, 1:25 p.m.

Aesop Rock – Skelethon

The big complaint since Aesop Rock’s breakthrough, Labor Days, seems to be that he hasn’t had the memorable singles. At this point, it should be ... read more

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New Bruises – Chock Full of Misery

Posted Aug. 27, 2012, 1:16 p.m.

New Bruises – Chock Full of Misery

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

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Teenage Bottlerocket – Freak Out!

Posted Aug. 20, 2012, 1:07 p.m.

Teenage Bottlerocket – Freak Out!

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

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Adam Widener – Cola Kids Hanging Out in the Bubble Dome

Posted Aug. 17, 2012, 12:12 a.m.

Adam Widener – Cola Kids Hanging Out in the Bubble Dome

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

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Aaron Freeman – Marvelous Clouds

Posted Aug. 6, 2012, 1:38 p.m.

Aaron Freeman – Marvelous Clouds

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

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Jimmy Cliff – Rebirth

Posted July 30, 2012, 3:54 p.m.

Jimmy Cliff – Rebirth

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

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Cadence Weapon – Hope In Dirt City

Posted July 23, 2012, 1:53 p.m.

Cadence Weapon – Hope In Dirt City

Hope in Dirt City is the third release from Edmonton, Alberta’s Cadence Weapon. With a smooth flow and an ear for wordplay, Cadence Weapon creates ... read more

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Royal Headache – Self Titled

Posted July 23, 2012, 1:49 p.m.

Royal Headache – Self Titled

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

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Bird Sounds – New

Posted July 19, 2012, 9:06 a.m.

Bird Sounds – New

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

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Sick Sick Birds – Gates Of Home

Posted July 2, 2012, 4:19 p.m.

Sick Sick Birds – Gates Of Home

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

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Pujol – United States Of Being

Posted June 18, 2012, 3:12 p.m.

Pujol – United States Of Being

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

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Craig Finn – Clear Heart/Full Eyes

Posted June 11, 2012, 2:39 p.m.

Craig Finn – Clear Heart/Full Eyes

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

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Toys That Kill – Fambly 42

Posted June 4, 2012, 5:07 p.m.

Toys That Kill – Fambly 42

It may have been six years since Toys That Kill put out a full-length, but Fambly 42 sounds like it could have been released immediately ... read more

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Sharon Van Etten – Tramp

Posted May 21, 2012, noon

Sharon Van Etten – Tramp

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

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Off! – Self Titled

Posted May 17, 2012, 9:45 a.m.

Off! – Self Titled

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

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Vacation – Self Titled

Posted May 14, 2012, 2:31 p.m.

Vacation – Self Titled

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

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Brendan Kelly & The Wandering Birds – I'd Rather Die Than Live Forever

Posted April 30, 2012, 12:22 p.m.

Brendan Kelly & The Wandering Birds – I'd Rather Die Than Live Forever

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

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L'Assassins – 7 PM Go!!!

Posted April 23, 2012, 9:48 a.m.

L'Assassins – 7 PM Go!!!

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

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Tenement – Blind Wink

Posted April 9, 2012, 2:14 p.m.

Tenement – Blind Wink

Appleton, WI’s Tenement are a busy beast. The two-plus-piece band (featuring numerous guest musicians) released Napalm Dream in 2011, which I gave a heavy Replacements ... read more

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The Hussy – Weed Seizure

Posted April 9, 2012, 2:12 p.m.

The Hussy – Weed Seizure

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

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John K. Samson – Provincial

Posted April 2, 2012, 10:33 a.m.

John K. Samson – Provincial

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

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The Blank Fight – House Band Feud (Re-Issue)

Posted March 19, 2012, 1:48 p.m.

The Blank Fight – House Band Feud (Re-Issue)

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

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The Measure [SA] – My Heart And The Real World

Posted March 12, 2012, 1:28 p.m.

The Measure [SA] – My Heart And The Real World

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

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Future of the Left – Polymers Are Forever EP

Posted March 12, 2012, 1:08 p.m.

Future of the Left – Polymers Are Forever EP

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

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Spoonboy – The Papas

Posted March 5, 2012, 1:40 p.m.

Spoonboy – The Papas

Do you like songs about gender issues, white male privilege, masculinity, and society in general? If not, you may want to quit reading here. Spoonboy, ... read more

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Shell Shag – Fuck Society

Posted Feb. 27, 2012, 9:36 p.m.

Shell Shag – Fuck Society

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

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Lasting Impression – 301.9

Posted Feb. 27, 2012, 11:12 a.m.

Lasting Impression – 301.9

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

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Mind Spiders – Meltdown

Posted Feb. 20, 2012, 11:30 a.m.

Mind Spiders – Meltdown

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

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Classics Of Love – Self Titled

Posted Feb. 13, 2012, 11:45 a.m.

Classics Of Love – Self Titled

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

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Buildings – Melt, Cry, Sleep

Posted Jan. 31, 2012, 12:35 p.m.

Buildings – Melt, Cry, Sleep

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

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Future Virgins – Western Problems

Posted Jan. 16, 2012, 11:46 a.m.

Future Virgins – Western Problems

2011 saw me getting deeper into garage bands. What better way to close out my year than with Future Virgins, who blend garage brevity and ... read more

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The Slow Death – Born Ugly, Got Worse

Posted Dec. 26, 2011, 1:07 p.m.

The Slow Death – Born Ugly, Got Worse

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

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Michael Yonkers with The Blind Shake – Period

Posted Dec. 26, 2011, 1:04 p.m.

Michael Yonkers with The Blind Shake – Period

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

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Gateway District – Perfect's Gonna Fail

Posted Dec. 26, 2011, 12:08 a.m.

Gateway District – Perfect's Gonna Fail

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

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Doomtree – No Kings

Posted Dec. 19, 2011, 2:26 p.m.

Doomtree – No Kings

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

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Jimmy Cliff – Sacred Fire EP

Posted Dec. 19, 2011, 2:19 p.m.

Jimmy Cliff – Sacred Fire EP

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

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Tommy Stinson – One Man Mutiny

Posted Dec. 12, 2011, 12:57 p.m.

Tommy Stinson – One Man Mutiny

In the long-honored tradition of solo records from Guns N’ Roses members, Tommy Stinson delivers One Man Mutiny. Of course, Stinson has an intriguing back ... read more

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Banner Pilot – Heart Beats Pacific

Posted Dec. 5, 2011, 7:48 a.m.

Banner Pilot – Heart Beats Pacific

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

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Street Eaters – Rusty Eyes and Hydrocarbons

Posted Nov. 22, 2011, 10:47 a.m.

Street Eaters – Rusty Eyes and Hydrocarbons

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

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Nothington – Borrowed Time

Posted Nov. 21, 2011, 9:13 a.m.

Nothington – Borrowed Time

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

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Andrew Jackson Jihad – Knife Man

Posted Nov. 14, 2011, 2:48 p.m.

Andrew Jackson Jihad – Knife Man

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

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Pujol – X File On Main St.

Posted Nov. 14, 2011, 2:42 p.m.

Pujol – X File On Main St.

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

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Chuck Ragan – Covering Ground

Posted Nov. 7, 2011, 12:29 p.m.

Chuck Ragan – Covering Ground

With guest spots from Brian Fallon (Gaslight Anthem), Chris Phillips (Squirrel Nut Zippers), Frank Turner, Audra Mae, Rick Steff and Todd Neene (Lucero), and Christopher ... read more

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Noise By Numbers – Over Leavitt

Posted Oct. 24, 2011, 12:35 p.m.

Noise By Numbers – Over Leavitt

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

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Polar Bear Club – Clash Battle Guilt Pride

Posted Oct. 24, 2011, 12:14 p.m.

Polar Bear Club – Clash Battle Guilt Pride

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

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Leatherface – Viva La Arthouse: Live In Melbourne

Posted Oct. 19, 2011, 9:39 p.m.

Leatherface – Viva La Arthouse: Live In Melbourne

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

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The Blind Shake – Seriousness

Posted Oct. 17, 2011, 9:24 a.m.

The Blind Shake – Seriousness

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

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Tenement – Napalm Dream

Posted Oct. 10, 2011, 7:31 a.m.

Tenement – Napalm Dream

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

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Sleeping in the Aviary – You And Me, Ghost

Posted Oct. 3, 2011, 7:56 a.m.

Sleeping in the Aviary – You And Me, Ghost

It was just six months ago that I reviewed Great Vacation. Sure, I was a few months behind the trolley on that one, but the ... read more

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Bad Sports – Kings Of The Weekend

Posted Sept. 26, 2011, 10:36 a.m.

Bad Sports – Kings Of The Weekend

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

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Bangers – Small Pleasures

Posted Sept. 19, 2011, 5:52 a.m.

Bangers – Small Pleasures

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

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Night Birds – The Other Side Of Darkness

Posted Sept. 12, 2011, 4:35 a.m.

Night Birds – The Other Side Of Darkness

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

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Voytek – Self Titled

Posted Sept. 5, 2011, 3 a.m.

Voytek – Self Titled

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

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William Elliott Whitmore – Field Songs

Posted Sept. 5, 2011, 2:50 a.m.

William Elliott Whitmore – Field Songs

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

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Witches – Forever

Posted Aug. 29, 2011, 12:32 p.m.

Witches – Forever

Witches are a tough band to break down. The vocals from Cara Beth Satalino are far and away the driving force on their debut, Forever. ... read more

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Coathangers – Larceny & Old Lace

Posted Aug. 22, 2011, 6:12 a.m.

Coathangers – Larceny & Old Lace

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

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Emily's Army – Don't Be A Dick

Posted Aug. 15, 2011, 9:26 a.m.

Emily's Army – Don't Be A Dick

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

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Bandname – Breakfast

Posted Aug. 8, 2011, 9:42 p.m.

Bandname – Breakfast

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

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Something Fierce – Don't Be So Cruel

Posted July 25, 2011, 9:55 a.m.

Something Fierce – Don't Be So Cruel

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

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Various Artists – Spraynard & Sundials - Split

Posted July 17, 2011, 4:05 p.m.

Various Artists – Spraynard & Sundials - Split

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

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Elway – Delusions

Posted July 11, 2011, 9:14 a.m.

Elway – Delusions

Pop structures with gruff vocals? Check.Group singalongs at the chorus?Check.A lyrical focus on being lost in the world while simultaneously abusing alcohol semi-therapeutically?Check.There’s definitely a ... read more

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Amateur Party – Truncheons in the Manor

Posted July 4, 2011, 7:19 a.m.

Amateur Party – Truncheons in the Manor

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

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Amateur Party – Public Utility Complaint

Posted June 15, 2011, 7:52 a.m.

Amateur Party – Public Utility Complaint

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

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The Dwarves – Born Again

Posted June 13, 2011, 8:58 a.m.

The Dwarves – Born Again

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

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Dan Padilla – As The Ox Plows

Posted June 6, 2011, 11:02 a.m.

Dan Padilla – As The Ox Plows

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

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High Tension Wires – Welcome New Machine

Posted June 6, 2011, 10:46 a.m.

High Tension Wires – Welcome New Machine

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

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The Hussy – Cement Tomb Mind Control

Posted May 30, 2011, 5:36 a.m.

The Hussy – Cement Tomb Mind Control

The Hussy have been banging away in clubs, bars, and basements since 2008. In that time, they’ve pumped out 3 vinyl singles and a split ... read more

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Ninja Gun – Roman Nose

Posted May 23, 2011, 5:06 a.m.

Ninja Gun – Roman Nose

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

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Swingin' Utters – Here, Under Protest

Posted May 16, 2011, 6:27 a.m.

Swingin' Utters – Here, Under Protest

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

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Underground Railroad To Candyland – Knows Your Sins

Posted April 25, 2011, 4:11 a.m.

Underground Railroad To Candyland – Knows Your Sins

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

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Lucinda Williams – Blessed

Posted April 18, 2011, 1:12 p.m.

Lucinda Williams – Blessed

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

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Trent Fox & The Tenants – Mess Around

Posted March 21, 2011, 6:58 a.m.

Trent Fox & The Tenants – Mess Around

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

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Old Man Markley – Guts N' Teeth

Posted March 21, 2011, 6:51 a.m.

Old Man Markley – Guts N' Teeth

Fat hasn’t been releasing many new bands lately. Thus, when they do expand the roster for a debut, it draws some attention. Guts n’Teeth comes ... read more

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Sims – Bad Time Zoo

Posted March 14, 2011, 9:34 a.m.

Sims – Bad Time Zoo

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

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Broken Gold – Recovery Journal

Posted March 7, 2011, 4:33 a.m.

Broken Gold – Recovery Journal

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

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Sleeping in the Aviary – Great Vacation!

Posted Feb. 21, 2011, 1:11 a.m.

Sleeping in the Aviary – Great Vacation!

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

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Mind Spiders – Self Titled LP

Posted Feb. 14, 2011, 9:55 a.m.

Mind Spiders – Self Titled LP

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

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Buffalo Moon – Black Magic/Low Tide Moon

Posted Feb. 7, 2011, 4:37 a.m.

Buffalo Moon – Black Magic/Low Tide Moon

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

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Devil's Brigade – Self Titled

Posted Feb. 5, 2011, 1:56 a.m.

Devil's Brigade – Self Titled

Back in 2002 a song appeared on a Give ‘em the Boot comp. from a band named Devil’s Brigade. The band was a psychobilly project ... read more

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Sticks N Stones – Is It You?

Posted Jan. 24, 2011, 9:43 a.m.

Sticks N Stones – Is It You?

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

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The Bombay Sweets – Doin' the Jerk at Dawn

Posted Jan. 17, 2011, 9:02 a.m.

The Bombay Sweets – Doin' the Jerk at Dawn

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

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Whiskey & Co. – Rust Colors

Posted Jan. 10, 2011, 11:19 a.m.

Whiskey & Co. – Rust Colors

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

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The Arrivals – Volatile Molotov

Posted Jan. 5, 2011, 4:23 a.m.

The Arrivals – Volatile Molotov

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

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M.I.A. – /\/\ /\ Y /\ (MAYA)

Posted Dec. 27, 2010, 11 a.m.

M.I.A. – /\/\ /\ Y /\ (MAYA)

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

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STNNNG – The Smoke of My Will

Posted Dec. 20, 2010, 2:10 p.m.

STNNNG – The Smoke of My Will

It’s been four long years since the last STNNNG album. In that time, though, the band hasn’t wavered from their dynamic and aggressive style of ... read more

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The Measure [SA] – Notes

Posted Dec. 13, 2010, 1:02 p.m.

The Measure [SA] – Notes

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

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Defiance, Ohio – Midwestern Minutes

Posted Dec. 6, 2010, 12:35 p.m.

Defiance, Ohio – Midwestern Minutes

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

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The Sass Dragons – New Kids On The Bong

Posted Nov. 22, 2010, 11:28 a.m.

The Sass Dragons – New Kids On The Bong

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

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The Dopamines – Expect The Worst

Posted Nov. 22, 2010, 11:21 a.m.

The Dopamines – Expect The Worst

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

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Pissed Jeans – King Of Jeans

Posted Nov. 3, 2010, 7:11 a.m.

Pissed Jeans – King Of Jeans

Ugly and violent. Pissed Jeans don’t mess around, starting 2009’s King of Jeans with “False Jesii, Part Two,” and never letting up on the noisepunk ... read more

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The Riot Before – Rebellion

Posted Nov. 3, 2010, 7:08 a.m.

The Riot Before – Rebellion

Early releases from The Riot Before have had an undeniable feeling that the band was primarily Brett Adams’ project. Although they have a handful of ... read more

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Sugar Stems – The Sweet Sounds of the Sugar Stems

Posted Nov. 3, 2010, 7:04 a.m.

Sugar Stems – The Sweet Sounds of the Sugar Stems

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

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The Brokedowns – Species Bender

Posted Oct. 25, 2010, 1:12 p.m.

The Brokedowns – Species Bender

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

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Tiltwheel – The Hiatus AKA The High Hate Us

Posted Oct. 6, 2010, 7:05 a.m.

Tiltwheel – The Hiatus AKA The High Hate Us

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

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Sundowner – We Chase the Waves

Posted Sept. 13, 2010, 9:46 a.m.

Sundowner – We Chase the Waves

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

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Averkiou – Wasted and High

Posted Sept. 1, 2010, 4 p.m.

Averkiou – Wasted and High

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

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Sims – False Hopes XIV

Posted Sept. 1, 2010, 3:51 p.m.

Sims – False Hopes XIV

Lights Out Paris was one of my favorite releases of 2005, but as the Doomtree crew only has so much time and money on their ... read more

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Call Me Lightning – When I Am Gone My Blood Will Be Free

Posted Sept. 1, 2010, 3:39 p.m.

Call Me Lightning – When I Am Gone My Blood Will Be Free

Is this the band that released Soft Skeletons? It’s been 3 years, and clearly the band has opted to go in a different direction. While ... read more

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Mayflower – Second Best Sunsets

Posted Aug. 26, 2010, 12:09 p.m.

Mayflower – Second Best Sunsets

After a brief intro track (what’s the point of intros, anyway?), Mayflower kicks things off with the energetic “I Never ”, an Off With Their ... read more

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The Tallest Man on Earth – The Wild Hunt

Posted June 16, 2010, 7:30 a.m.

The Tallest Man on Earth – The Wild Hunt

Kristian Matsson, aka The Tallest Man on Earth, wants to sound like Bob Dylan. Who doesn’t? Well, I can name a few bands, but I ... read more

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The Morning After Girls – Alone

Posted June 9, 2010, 3:52 a.m.

The Morning After Girls – Alone

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

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Okie Dokie – Okie Dokie

Posted May 16, 2010, 10:36 p.m.

Okie Dokie – Okie Dokie

The band is named Okie Dokie. The artwork is simple and to the point. In other words, Okie Dokie doesn’t hide the fact that they’re ... read more

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Love Collector – My Baby Goes Waaah!

Posted April 11, 2010, 10:50 p.m.

Love Collector – My Baby Goes Waaah!

What you get with Love Collector is pretty straightforward. Only a few seconds into “My Baby Goes Waaah!,” the titular track on this 7”, it’s ... read more

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The Bouncing Souls – Ghosts on the Boardwalk

Posted March 1, 2010, 8:33 a.m.

The Bouncing Souls – Ghosts on the Boardwalk

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

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Felt – Felt 3: A Tribute to Rosie Perez

Posted March 1, 2010, 8:22 a.m.

Felt – Felt 3: A Tribute to Rosie Perez

It’s 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

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Young Livers / Army of Ponch – Live at The Atlantic: Volume 1

Posted Feb. 16, 2010, 11:42 p.m.

Young Livers / Army of Ponch – Live at The Atlantic: Volume 1

What strikes in a live show doesn’t always show evenly on the studio reproduction. My first thoughts on Sound Study’s Live at the Atlantic: Volume ... read more

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Mouthbreather / Enviornmental Youth Crunch – Split

Posted Feb. 1, 2010, 3:08 a.m.

Mouthbreather / Enviornmental Youth Crunch – Split

There’s 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

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Drunkdriver – Fire Sale

Posted Jan. 16, 2010, 11:30 p.m.

Drunkdriver – Fire Sale

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

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The Bomb – Speed is Everything

Posted Jan. 12, 2010, 12:28 a.m.

The Bomb – Speed is Everything

Considering how much I’ve heard about the Naked Raygun reunion, you’d think there would be more buzz regarding The Bomb. Speed is Everything is the ... read more

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Michael Yonkers with The Blind Shake – Cold Town/Soft Zodiac

Posted Jan. 6, 2010, 10:10 p.m.

Michael Yonkers with The Blind Shake – Cold Town/Soft Zodiac

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

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Sick Sick Birds – Heavy Manners

Posted Dec. 29, 2009, 10:33 p.m.

Sick Sick Birds – Heavy Manners

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

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King Khan & The BBQ Show – Invisible Girl

Posted Dec. 23, 2009, 1:36 a.m.

King Khan & The BBQ Show – Invisible Girl

In his two-piece with Mark “BBQ” Sultan, King Khan & The BBQ Show brings garage rock as it’s meant to be played: layered with harmonies ... read more

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Myles Deck and the Fuzz – Police Cops

Posted Dec. 1, 2009, 3:36 p.m.

Myles Deck and the Fuzz – Police Cops

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

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Yesterday's Ring – Diamonds in the Ditch

Posted Nov. 24, 2009, 11:28 p.m.

Yesterday's Ring – Diamonds in the Ditch

Some folks they tell me: "You just can’t play country / You’re a stupid young punk and you’re from Montreal” / But I’ll still make ... read more

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Austin Lucas – The Common Cold (Reissue)

Posted Nov. 12, 2009, 11:55 p.m.

Austin Lucas – The Common Cold (Reissue)

In a time of ex-punkers going the acoustic, solo route, Austin Lucas offers something that differs from his Revival Tour circuit peers. Where artists like ... read more

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Korova – Another Happy Customer

Posted Nov. 10, 2009, 12:05 a.m.

Korova – Another Happy Customer

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

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Gonzales – Checkmate

Posted Oct. 20, 2009, 2:37 p.m.

Gonzales – Checkmate

It shouldn’t take a Johnny Cash song to make a record take off. With Checkmate, from Gonzales, that’s exactly the problem. The first hook to ... read more

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The Creeps – These Walls

Posted Oct. 14, 2009, 1:53 p.m.

The Creeps – These Walls

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

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Deep Sleep – Three Things at Once

Posted Sept. 8, 2009, 3:48 p.m.

Deep Sleep – Three Things at Once

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

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Detournement – Screaming Response

Posted Sept. 7, 2009, 1:12 a.m.

Detournement – Screaming Response

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

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The Tanks – Keep Breaking Down

Posted Aug. 19, 2009, 11:53 p.m.

The Tanks – Keep Breaking Down

With only two studio albums thus far, I’m not really comfortable referring to The Future of the Left has an influential band, but only a ... read more

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Brainworms – II: Swear to Me

Posted Aug. 12, 2009, 11:47 p.m.

Brainworms – II: Swear to Me

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

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Drag the River – Bad at Breaking Up

Posted July 28, 2009, 9:34 p.m.

Drag the River – Bad at Breaking Up

“I know I’m not the easiest lover,” Drag the River admits in “Jeff Black Song.” That honest and simple line over a minimal acoustic track ... read more

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Only Thieves – Greeting from Levy Park, T.L.H.

Posted July 16, 2009, 3:48 p.m.

Only Thieves – Greeting from Levy Park, T.L.H.

Only Thieves pay homage to the Boss with their cover to Greeting from Levy Park, T.L.H., but the tribute doesn’t stop at the artwork. From ... read more

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The Paper Chase – Someday This Could All Be Yours (Part 1)

Posted July 8, 2009, 4:41 p.m.

The Paper Chase – Someday This Could All Be Yours (Part 1)

The first thing that’s going to strike you about The Paper Chase is that they’re a quirky indie band. What you get in the first ... read more

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Foundation – Chimborazo

Posted June 24, 2009, 1:11 a.m.

Foundation – Chimborazo

I like to refer to Foundation’s self-titled record as campfire punk. It takes basic punk songs (often from the Ann Beretta catalog) and strips them ... read more

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Rancid – Let the Dominoes Fall

Posted June 15, 2009, 1:01 a.m.

Rancid – Let the Dominoes Fall

I could write a thousand words on Rancid here if I wanted. I spent the better part of the 90's defending them amongst the punx, ... read more

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Valina – A Tempo! A Tempo!

Posted June 10, 2009, 11:32 p.m.

Valina – A Tempo! A Tempo!

For a band whose hyperbolic press sheet claims they’ve played 75,854 shows in their eleven year history (that’s only 18.88 per day by my count) ... read more

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Gatorface – Sick and Stupid

Posted June 9, 2009, 12:55 a.m.

Gatorface – Sick and Stupid

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

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La Crisi – II - Tutti a Pezzi

Posted June 3, 2009, 2:35 p.m.

La Crisi – II - Tutti a Pezzi

Is there any better imagery than broken teeth? La Crisi don’t seem to think so. Given the ferocity on II - Tutti a Pezzi I ... read more

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The Shaking Hands – The Shaking Hands

Posted May 14, 2009, 9:14 p.m.

The Shaking Hands – The Shaking Hands

In my recent Kiss of Death reviews there’s been a steady diet of pop-influenced beard punk. Expecting more of the same, Gainesville’s The Shaking Hands ... read more

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The Measure [SA] – Songs About People... and Fruit N' Shit

Posted May 13, 2009, 12:02 a.m.

The Measure [SA] – Songs About People... and Fruit N' Shit

It’s another vinyl-only release from The Measure [SA]. As a reviewer, I get an mp3 disc with a handwritten label instead of the art. I’ll ... read more

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Austin Lucas – Somebody Loves You

Posted May 5, 2009, 8:58 a.m.

Austin Lucas – Somebody Loves You

When O Brother, Where Art Thou sold over seven million copies, you knew that people were listening and that the soundtrack would have an influence ... read more

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O Pioneers!!! – Neon Creeps

Posted April 27, 2009, 9:55 a.m.

O Pioneers!!! – Neon Creeps

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

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The Ergs! – That's It...Bye

Posted April 21, 2009, 12:50 a.m.

The Ergs! – That's It...Bye

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

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Maniqui Lazer – I Learn Everything on TV

Posted April 13, 2009, 8:20 p.m.

Maniqui Lazer – I Learn Everything on TV

I don’t 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

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P.O.S. – Never Better

Posted April 2, 2009, 1:12 a.m.

P.O.S. – Never Better

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

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Anchor Arms – Cold Blooded

Posted March 30, 2009, 2:49 p.m.

Anchor Arms – Cold Blooded

These days everything reminds me of The Fest. Today’s memory comes from release FSR001 by Anchor Arms, reminding me that I missed the Fail Safe ... read more

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RevCo – Sexo Olympico

Posted March 23, 2009, 1:49 a.m.

RevCo – Sexo Olympico

Who’s your favorite Cock? Hopefully you answered either Al “Buck Satan” or Luc, Luc Van Acker, seeing as they’re the only returning members. I missed ... read more

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Child Bite – Fantastic Gusts of Blood

Posted March 12, 2009, 4:29 p.m.

Child Bite – Fantastic Gusts of Blood

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

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Virgins – Miscarriage

Posted Feb. 25, 2009, 11:36 p.m.

Virgins – Miscarriage

Orlando’s 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

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Maps of Norway – Die Off Songbird

Posted Feb. 23, 2009, 12:15 a.m.

Maps of Norway – Die Off Songbird

It’s 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

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Monikers – Wake Up

Posted Feb. 12, 2009, 9:07 p.m.

Monikers – Wake Up

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

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Swingin' Utters – Hatest Grits: B-Sides and Bullshit

Posted Feb. 8, 2009, 11:50 p.m.

Swingin' Utters – Hatest Grits: B-Sides and Bullshit

If the name isn’t clear enough for you, the Swingin’ Utters’ new record, Hatest Grits: B-Sides and Bullshit, does not contain new material. It also ... read more

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Deathcycle – Prelude to Tyranny

Posted Jan. 20, 2009, 7:29 a.m.

Deathcycle – Prelude to Tyranny

Deathcycle brings hardcore laden with throwback influence and metal finishes. They’re young, angry lads who have, within the past month, announced their breakup before I ... read more

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Constantines – Kensington Heights

Posted Jan. 18, 2009, 11:02 p.m.

Constantines – Kensington Heights

Kensington Heights is the fourth album from Ontario’s Constantines and their first since 2005. The group, best known for a powerful live show, has yet ... read more

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An Albatross – An Albatross Family Album

Posted Jan. 11, 2009, 11:59 p.m.

An Albatross – An Albatross Family Album

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

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Star Fucking Hipsters – Until We're Dead

Posted Dec. 21, 2008, 2:38 p.m.

Star Fucking Hipsters – Until We're Dead

Let’s face it: a lot of punk rock comes across through the singer’s voice, and that voice often isn’t pretty: Johnny Rotten’s snottiness, Tim Armstrong’s ... read more

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Roll the Tanks – Suffer City

Posted Dec. 18, 2008, 8:19 p.m.

Roll the Tanks – Suffer City

Something about Roll the Tanks sounds familiar. I can’t put my finger on who they remind me of, but they have a light, bouncy Brit-pop ... read more

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The Measure [SA] – One Chapter in the Book: A Collection of Standard Waits and Measurements

Posted Nov. 25, 2008, 8:56 p.m.

The Measure [SA] – One Chapter in the Book: A Collection of Standard Waits and Measurements

New Brunswick, NJ seems to be bringing the rock lately. The Measure [SA] is one of the town’s hard working bands with a slew of ... read more

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Banner Pilot – Resignation Day

Posted Nov. 20, 2008, 12:10 a.m.

Banner Pilot – Resignation Day

With a pedigree including Rivethead and Off With Their Heads there are certain expectations behind Banner Pilot's debut full length. In addition to their resume, ... read more

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The Riot Before – Fists Buried in Pockets

Posted Oct. 16, 2008, 8:49 p.m.

The Riot Before – Fists Buried in Pockets

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

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Racebannon – Acid or Blood

Posted Sept. 25, 2008, 10:55 p.m.

Racebannon – Acid or Blood

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

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Baby Guts – The Kissing Disease

Posted Sept. 19, 2008, 2:55 a.m.

Baby Guts – The Kissing Disease

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

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Real McKenzies – Off the Leash

Posted Sept. 14, 2008, 3:13 p.m.

Real McKenzies – Off the Leash

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

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You May Die in the Desert – Bears in the Yukon

Posted Sept. 2, 2008, 11:55 p.m.

You May Die in the Desert – Bears in the Yukon

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

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The Architects – Vice

Posted Aug. 18, 2008, 3:48 p.m.

The Architects – Vice

You know that Less Than Jake song, "All My Best Friends Are Metalheads?" Well, just keep that in mind for a minute. On The Architects’ ... read more

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You May Die in the Desert / Gifts from Enola – Harmonic Motion: Volume 1

Posted Aug. 7, 2008, 2:17 a.m.

You May Die in the Desert / Gifts from Enola – Harmonic Motion: Volume 1

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

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The National Rifle – Wage Life

Posted July 29, 2008, 8:48 p.m.

The National Rifle – Wage Life

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

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The Reds – Fugitives from the Laughing House

Posted July 14, 2008, 11:33 p.m.

The Reds – Fugitives from the Laughing House

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

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A Caesar Holiday – A Caesar Holiday

Posted July 1, 2008, 8:36 p.m.

A Caesar Holiday – A Caesar Holiday

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

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Tournament – Swordswallower

Posted June 10, 2008, 2:57 p.m.

Tournament – Swordswallower

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

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Prizzy Prizzy Please – Prizzy Prizzy Please

Posted June 3, 2008, 8:07 p.m.

Prizzy Prizzy Please – Prizzy Prizzy Please

The band is named Prizzy Prizzy Please. They have bright colors and octopus tentacles on their cover. Instruments included: keyboards, bass, drums, and sax. The ... read more

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The Tim Version – Decline of the Southern Gentleman

Posted May 20, 2008, 8:57 p.m.

The Tim Version – Decline of the Southern Gentleman

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

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Ween – La Cucaracha

Posted April 23, 2008, 8:24 p.m.

Ween – La Cucaracha

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

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The Black Hollies – Casting Shadows

Posted April 13, 2008, 8:18 p.m.

The Black Hollies – Casting Shadows

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

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The Seven Mile Journey – The Metamorphosis Project

Posted March 31, 2008, 11:20 p.m.

The Seven Mile Journey – The Metamorphosis Project

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

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The Tossers – Agony

Posted March 16, 2008, 9:45 p.m.

The Tossers – Agony

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

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Pyongyang Metro – Tower of White Tigers

Posted Feb. 27, 2008, 11:37 p.m.

Pyongyang Metro – Tower of White Tigers

Pyongyang Metro is a tough band to separate from their other projects. The band shares members with Off With Their Heads, Rivethead, and Banner Pilot ... read more

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NOFX – They've Actually Gotten Worse Live!

Posted Feb. 11, 2008, 12:39 a.m.

NOFX – They've Actually Gotten Worse Live!

"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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The Dauntless Elite – Graft

Posted Feb. 7, 2008, 1:57 p.m.

The Dauntless Elite – Graft

The Dauntless Elite hail from Leeds and hold the honor of being the first international Plan-it-X band. With Graft, their first full-length, they deliver pop ... read more

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