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Boredoms

Boredoms

In an obscure interview from 1994, Dead Kennedys founder Jello Biafra was asked to discuss his international collection of odd and eccentric music. In reference to his records from Japan , Biafra expressed a fascination with their relative extremity. For reasons unknown, Japan seems to spawn musicians who take their musical proclivities to the absolute […]

Between the Buried and Me

Between the Buried and Me

Nashville’s Rocketown is a funny little place. Well, not “little”, exactly. It’s a 40,000 square foot, smoke- and alcohol-free mega-plex founded by Christian music icon Michael W. Smith and a few others in downtown Nashville as a “culturally relevant, eternally significant” place to skate, hang, and catch a show, like, say, Swedish melodeath stalwarts In […]

James

James

In the insular world of American pop culture, many believe James to be the one-hit-wonder who crafted 1993’s sexually liberating single “Laid.” However, James has actually been around since 1981 and was originally signed to Factory Records out of Manchester, also the label of Joy Division, New Order and Happy Mondays. The band struggled through […]

The Enemy UK

The Enemy UK

The Enemy U.K. is blowing up the British scene and they have now decided to “tap into America.” We Live and Die in These Towns debuted at the top of the U.K. charts and this success is accompanied with much praise and high hopes of being the next Oasis. They’ve got the look and the […]

Sunfold – Toy Tugboats

Sunfold – Toy Tugboats

Sunfold is Annuals reshuffled with Kenny Florence heading the deck. The bands are calling Sunfold the sister band of Annuals, and like many sisters I know, one is more interesting than the other. Simply put, Toy Tugboats is splattered with influences and has nothing to do musically with Annuals. Let me say one thing first […]

Genesis: When In Rome

Genesis: When In Rome

Ah, the grand spectacle that is the modern day reunion tour. I almost always grimace when I hear of legendary bands deciding to pick it back up again to take it on the road. I think the reason I do so is because the most obvious reason why they do it is also the most […]

Hercules & Love Affair

Hercules & Love Affair

Mmm, what a difference a dance floor makes. Sounding more buoyant than ever, Antony Hegarty (of mournful “& The Johnsons” fronting) lets the world know at the outset of Hercules and Love Affair’s eponymous debut that this Brooklyn-based disco bunch means serious business. Or biznass, as it were. They work in lithe, nimble beats – […]

Death Vessel

Death Vessel

Death Vessel sounds like the name of a Norwegian Black Metal band, the kind that dresses up like demons at live shows and sprays blood on the crowd. A creation of Joel Thibodeau, Death Vessel sound nothing like Black Metal, but underneath their back porch guitar and banjo pickin’ vibe the band has an engrossing […]

Elizabeth: The Golden Age

Elizabeth: The Golden Age

Elizabeth: The Golden Age is a good film. While not great by any stretch, it adequately tells an intriguing tale about a particularly stressful point in Elizabeth’s career as the Queen of England. The story takes place in 1587. Spain, ruled by a very Catholic Philip II, is a flourishing empire with its eyes set […]

Mötley Crüe

Mötley Crüe

It’s easy to have a laugh at Mötley Crüe’s expense. After all, it’s one of the original hair metal bands from Los Angeles, and not a very good one at that. So why is Saints Of Los Angeles so good? After all, this was the group that gave also us “Girls, Girls, Girls”, which was/is […]