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MissDestiny

A Jam Packed Wednesday with Miss Destiny, Terry Malts, Girl Band, Gap Dream, J Mascis, and Nude Beach

With the likes of White Lung, Perfect Pussy, and Priests all making noise in the underground, 2014 is likely to go down as the year women returned to rock. Let's add Australia's Miss Destiny to that list. With a snarl similar to Courtney Love, and a sense of melody recalling the pitch perfect, power-pop of The Muffs, this debut 7" on Hozac Records doesn't break new ground, as much as it reminds us what we're missing when the rock clu...READ MORE
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Top Jam: “Learning Slowly” by Purling Hiss

Since the time Purling Hiss released their Drag City debut, Water on Mars, last year, there has been a steady stream of limited run reissues from Philadelphia rocker Mike Polizze's early days. Richie Records reissued the 2011 tour cassette Paisley Montage on vinyl and Drag City put out their own early Hiss, with this spring's Dizzy Polizzy. This was great news for the completists, but neither of these lo-fi collections featured t...READ MORE
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Two New Obnox Joints: “Boogolou Reed” and “Cynthia Piper at the Gates of Dawn”

  Don't be fooled by the punny song titles, "Boogalou Reed" and "Cynthia Piper at the Gates of Dawn," Cleveland's punk rock 'n' roll destroyer, Obnox, isn't going cute on his next 12XU LP. Perhaps the more interesting of the two, "Boogalou Reed," finds Lamont "Bim" Thomas taking on the role of urban soul poet. However, in this updated take on '70s conscious cool, the beat is a big Bonham-like electronic thump and the s...READ MORE
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A Jam Packed Thursday with Sloan, The New Pornographers, Elephant Stone and Shabazz Palaces

  During Sloan's 20+ years in the business, the band have always taken a democratic approach to their guitar pop. Each album contains a mix of songs written by Jay Ferguson, Chris Murphy, Patrick Pentland, and Andrew Scott. Sloan's newest album, Commonwealth, takes things one step further. Each album side of this double LP is penned by one, individual Sloan with Jay songs on the a-side, Chris on the b-side, Patrick on C, ...READ MORE
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A Jam Packed Thursday with DFA 1979, Interpol, Goat, and History of Apple Pie

Typically, July is a down month for those of us interested in new jams. With few new releases on the calendar, music websites will post just about anything to meet their daily output. Thank the maker for Death From Above 1979. There's no need to feign interest with their comeback rocker, "Trainwreck 1979." It's slick and it's brutal. If someone were to ask me what alt-rock in 2014 should sound lik. I'd blather about the meeting o...READ MORE
Spoon

Top Jam: “Do You” by Spoon

  At their best, indie rock lifers, Spoon, make both the simple and the exquisite sound equally intuitive. And make no mistake about it, their new track, "Do You," is Spoon at its best. After a brief bossa nova intro, the rhythm section gets active, and vocalist Britt Daniel gets all sly. In the Spoon way, both the vocal melody and the instruments keep things simple. Yet, here, familiarity isn't a fault. Instead, it's a s...READ MORE
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Play Me: “Eyes of the Muse” by King Tuff

  Anyone familiar with King Tuff's past work can tell you the man isn't intimidated by the classic rock canon. Depending on where you drop the needle, a King Tuff record can sound like snotty Big Star, slummy T-Rex, or an arena rock daydream. The constant in all of Kyle Thomas' work as King Tuff, however, is and has always been quality. The man has a knack for melody. So even as his latest rocker, "Eyes of the Muse," kick...READ MORE
WhiteFence

A Jam Packed Tuesday with White Fence, Earth, Shabazz Palaces and Zola Jesus

  Ten years ago, Tim Pressley fronted the LA psychedelic rock band, Darker My Love, a rock band first, who favored shoegaze volume over tight craft. Then, and we're purposefully simplifying a decade, Pressley found Ty Segall and found a more serene and more simple sound; he rediscovered the four-track and seemingly sent his soul back to the early '70s with White Fence. The simple version of Pressley's history works here b...READ MORE
Obnox

Top Jam: “Grease” by Obnox

  What Lamont "Bim" Thomas does as Obnox is not unique. Rather, Obnox shouldn't be unique. Instead of approaching popular music's history in a linear way -- First there were the bluesmen, then the white men who stole from the black bluesmen. Then the white men got fat on Rock 'N' Roll and became prog rockers. Thankfully, the punks came and reminded us rock was about the old bluesmen all along -- he sees rock's past and fu...READ MORE
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An All-Star Jam Packed Tuesday with New Pornographers, Spoon, J Mascis, Mastodon, and Death Grips

  By now, you should be able to tell when an artist is talking out of his arse in a gamely attempt to get music journos to type any old shit. AC Newman of the New Pornographers, tell us about your new album:"This is a celebration record. After periods of difficulty, I am at a place where nothing in my life is dragging me down and the music reflects that. We wanted Xanadu and we wanted Sigue Sigue Sputnik, which translated...READ MORE