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Alejandro Escovedo

Alejandro Escovedo

You know how you only need a single look at an album cover to pass judgment on the quality of music that it represents? It may not necessarily be the case as the opposite can also be true, but sometimes you can’t help but assimilate the terribleness of what’s outside with what’s inside and, be […]

The Curse of Company

The Curse of Company

I’m trying hard not to be cynical about this one. Australian band The Curse of Company has created an indie rock opera. They’ve called it Leo Magnets Joins a Gang…, and it is about a man named Leo Magnets who leaves his lover to join a gang whose mission is to dig some sort of […]

Darker My Love

Darker My Love

You have The Jesus and Mary Chain’s Psychocandy. You have The Dandy Warhols’ Come Down. You have Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s B.R.M.C. You have Swervedriver’s Mezcal Head. And you have Love and Rocket’s Express. With that arsenal of dark seductive pop/rock, the question is: Do you need to bother with Darker My Love’s 2? Let’s […]

The Verve

The Verve

It’s nice to know you can always come back home, even if you’ve been gone a while. The bed is just the way you left it, your posters and paraphernalia adorn the same wall space, and your old Walkman is probably still stashed in your top desk drawer somewhere. Sure, everything may be a bit […]

Joshua James

Joshua James

Let’s look at Joshua James’ latest offering, The Sun Is Always Brighter, with three categories in mind: songwriting, marketability and production. Honestly, if we look at any CD this way, we get a true sense of the viable nature of what we’re really listening to. The songwriting is strong throughout the entire disc – not […]

Control

Control

For anyone who has ever pored over Closer and Unknown Pleasures, Joy Division’s two primary studio releases, the movie Control is a godsend. Back in the day – back when I thought I was a Goth, but I probably didn’t even amount to a pseudo-Goth – I fell in love with Joy Division’s music. This […]

Girls Guns and Glory

Girls Guns and Glory

With a band like this one, the comparisons are inevitable. One listener’s going to hear the voice of Dwight Yoakum, another might hear Roy Orbison. Another could hear elements of Chris Isaak, but really, who cares what the band sounds like as long as they sound good, right? And Girls Guns and Glory sound more […]

The Year My Parents Went on Vacation

The Year My Parents Went on Vacation

Few genres are more difficult to pull off than the classic “coming of age story.” Just about every possible twist has been tried at least once as countless directors have told innumerable tales of children growing up too soon in the face of insurmountable odds. From The 400 Blows to Star Wars, there have been […]

Golden Animals

Golden Animals

Chuck Klosterman, in his heavy metal treatise Fargo Rock City, deconstructs the notion of the hippie. He deftly articulates the frustration we (and by ‘we’, I mean everyone born late enough to be at least a generation removed from the fucking “Summer of Love”) have with this group of babies. “We changed the world,” they […]

Hyper Crush

Hyper Crush

From the moment I walked through the doors of Seattle’s El Corazon I was immediately thrust at warp speed into LA based Hyper Crush’s neon electro-hip-hop world. While standing in line at the bar, behind me was none other than the band’s California dreamboat of an MC, Donny Fontaine. I didn’t immediately recognize him, but […]