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Two Sheds

Two Sheds

The cover of the new Two Sheds EP shows a woman standing in front of a broken down vehicle in the middle of the desert. She’s leaning against a curious round object, whose origins and meaning are unexplained, as if it was plopped down on the hot sand by God Himself. After giving the EP […]

Radiohead

Radiohead

Funny, how most English rock bands play shows long on pulsing grid and light tricks while a good many American bands lean on pyrotechnics. (Fire? Good grief, that’s so U.S.A. So … Creed. Rawr!). Such was the case when Radiohead invaded this corporate-owned suburban amphitheater for an evening of visually dazzling, oft-restrained rock. “If you […]

Boy Genius

Boy Genius

Warning: The events depicted in the following review are completely fictitious and are not indicative of the author’s feelings about car accidents, Adam Sandler films, or Weezer. Synopsis: Imagine, if you will, that Weezer has gotten in a horrible car wreck and suffered irreparable brain damage, à la Drew Barrymore in 50 First Dates, except […]

Matt Keating

Matt Keating

I make no claims at having the key to an objective standard of aesthetic excellence. However, I do know that a good place to start is to examine a given work in the artistic context from which it originates. It would be inappropriate, for example, to judge the merit of an Aretha Franklin record based […]

The Duke Spirit

The Duke Spirit

For a Wednesday night at 9:00, Bottom of the Hill was already filling up, whether for the UK’s The Duke Spirit, or for the up and coming opener, Scene of Action, was yet to be seen. But it was certainly an unusually large number of hipsters for such a windy San Francisco evening, and a […]

Black Kids – Partie Traumatic

Black Kids – Partie Traumatic

My favorite comedians have never been all that funny. There are just certain people who, although not an ounce of genuine humor inhabits their awkward bodies, commit to their jokes so well that you can’t help but laugh. I feed off that energy, that total lack of caution. In the same manner, musically speaking, if […]

Forward, Russia!

Forward, Russia!

On the Life Processes album cover singer and vocalist Tom Woodhead presents his bare upper torso, thick chest hair prominent, with head turned to profile. Over the center of his chest we see an illustration of his beautiful innerds with his heart displayed. Yes, Forward, Russia! are evolving emo beyond the figurative “heart-on-the-sleeve” and showing […]

Gavin Rossdale

Gavin Rossdale

A magazine cover shot once had this to say about the alt-grunge band, Bush: “Don’t hate them because he’s beautiful.” The ‘he’ refers to Gavin Rossdale, who, much like his wife Gwen Stefani was with No Doubt, was the only visible member of his band. With so much focus on him, it was only a […]

My Milky Way Arms

My Milky Way Arms

There’s no denying that electronic keyboard music typically gets a bad rap. It just seems too easy to churn out, after all. Hit a few notes, press a few buttons, throw in a loop or two, give the finished product a quirky title, and you’re done. But easy shouldn’t be confused with bad. Nobody ever […]

Jay Brannan

Jay Brannan

I first discovered Jay Brannan early last year while watching the “New Now Next” show. After watching his video for “Body is a Temple,” I immediately got onto iTunes and purchased the four songs of his that were available. A little over a year and a half later, I was pleasantly surprised to hear he […]