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Watch Me: “Drown With the Monster” by White Lung

Someone made good use of their advance, and we're not talking about picking up touring essentials like a new van, clean socks, and a case of Combos, either. Having recently signed to Domino Records, Vancouver's White Lung seemingly put all that money into the studio for a meaner, more metallic sound. The difference between White Lung then and White Lung now, is nothing short of extraordinary. A fair comparison would be Bikini Kil...READ MORE
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A Jam Packed Tuesday with Cloud Nothings, The Horrors, EMA, Jessica Lea Mayfield and Kevin Drew

The leaner, meaner Cloud Nothings continue to get both leaner and meaner on "Psychic Trauma," the second preview track from their forthcoming release, Here and Nowhere Else (4.1 on Carpark/Mom+Pop). Hell, once they get going on this one, they're practically rocking at hardcore speed. The Horrors may not be a name band in the states, like they are in the UK, but that isn't about to stop them from sticking to their strengths...READ MORE
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Watch Me: “Ambulance City” by Pink Mountaintops

Moving to LA has had quite the effect on Steven McBean (Black Mountain, Pink Mountaintops, Obliterations, etc.). With Black Mountain, he earned a reputation as one of the premier suppliers of psychedelic rock and doom metal to the underground. While Pink Moutaintops had always been a quainter, quieter outlet. Pink Mountaintops are quiet no more. Both "North Holloywood Microwave", the first track premiered from the forthcoming ...READ MORE
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Watch Me: “Algiers” by Afghan Whigs

Bob Odenkirk was right. Oh, we all had a good laugh when the news of a new album by rock vets, The Afghan Whigs, was first leaked by Odenkirk after hanging with the Whigs' Greg Dulli at Sundance. Now, with the first single and first video from The Afghan Whigs' new album, Do the Beast (4.15 on Sub Pop), the time for joking is over. A new jam from The Afghan Whigs is serious business and that jam, "Algiers" is a serious jam -- A ...READ MORE
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Moving Pictures: “Planet Score” by Guided by Voices

We all knew Robert Pollard was a closeted jock, and that was before last month's revelation that the Guided by Voices frontman once pitched a no-hitter for Wright State University while in college. Sports is spliced with your DNA when you grow up in Ohio, like our Uncle Bob. For, "Planet Score," a short burst of power-pop sweet, and the second track released from Guided by Voices forthcoming album Motivational Jumpsuit (2.18 o...READ MORE
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A Jam Packed Wednesday with EMA, Mogwai, The War on Drugs and Guided by Voices

As a fan, someone who's been following Erika Anderson's career back to the days when she was a member of Gowns,  I couldn't be happier with the recent news of EMA signing on to Matador Records for the release her new album, The Future's Void, in early 2014. I had a chance to meet Anderson before a Gowns' show at Pat's in the Flats, during the time that band was winding down, and I was immediately struck by both her kindness and ...READ MORE
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Ranked: Live Videos of Diarrhea Planet’s “Ghost With a Boner” from Excellent to Rad to Bitchin’

What makes Diarrhea Planet's "Ghost With a Boner" the ultimate Rock 'N' Roll part song? Um, have you tried to sing the words "Ghost with a boner" while keeping a straight face? It's impossible not to have fun when you're in a small, sweaty club and the sweaty, stinky masses are all shouting "Ghost with a boner." Just put aside for the moment your own doubts on the existence of spirits. I know, if they existed we would have fou...READ MORE
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Jam Packed Thursday Featuring Superchunk, Obliterations, Disappears, and Mogwai

Today is Halloween and do you know what that means? Indie rock Misfits covers. Whether it's Ted Leo, Evan Dando, or Superchunk, I never tire of indie rock Misfits covers. This year's indie rock Misfits cover is a special one, too. Superchunk's take on "Children in Heat," while largely done by the books, servers a larger purpose. It's also the introduction to Merge Records' 25th Anniversary singles club called, Or Thousands of Pri...READ MORE
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The Rockometer: Imitations by Mark Lanegan

                Mark Lanegan Imitations Vagrant Records So, three men in flannel shirts and hi-tops, a Pearl Jam, a Nirvana, and a Soundgarden, walk into a hotel lounge. It's 4 o'clock and all of the greys are taking advantage of the early bird special on steak and baked potato. On the stage, there's a singer who looks vaguely familiar. He has long hair and a le...READ MORE
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Tony Molina Rules, OK

Tony Molina knows his guitar pop. His very short, and very sweet release Dissed and Dismissed is 12 songs and around 12 minutes short and sweet. In the process he hits on multiple guitar pop classics by incorporating the spontaneity of Guided by Voices, the aw-shucks ease of Evan Dando and the Lemonheads, and even the arena rock aspirations of early day Weezer when Rivers Cuomo was a geek, with a broken heart and a dream. The man...READ MORE