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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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Watch Me: “Sad Lover” by Mark Lanegan Band

  Just the other day I was listening to some Mark Lanegan, ok, just about every day I listen to some Mark Lanegan, but on this day I was listening to his 2004 LP Bubblegum and thinking to myself, "Wouldn't it be nice if Lanegan released another rocker." While, "Sad Lover," from the forthcoming EP No Bells on Sunday, may not be a nasty, blues-banger in the vein of the Bubblegum highlight, "Methamphetamine Blues," it doe...READ MORE
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A Jam Packed Wednesday with Southern Comfort, Fucked Up, Godflesh, White Lung, and Parquet Courts

As one half of Ruined Fortune, Angie Garrick has already released one of the year's best punky, sludgy noise rock albums. Here, with Southern Comfort, things are significantly sunnier, albeit in a fuzzed-out, blown-out speaker kind of way. The "Suzanne" 7" is out now on Hozac Records. Time will tell if Fucked Up's Glass Boys, the hardcore Toronto destroyers' third release for Matador (on 6.3), will also be their best. What...READ MORE
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Watch Me: “Vanilla” by Boris

Japanese rock monsters, Boris, are done fucking around, okay. I could go through their discography from the past five years piece by piece and point out every moment they failed to live up to their own lofty expectations set by classic thrashers Amplifier Worship (1998), Akuma No Uta (2003), Pink (2005) and Smile (2008), but what's the point? It's not like you need another listen to that misconceived album they did with Ian A...READ MORE
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Top Jam: “Fuckers” by Savages

From their outsanding debut album and their scorching live show, I knew the UK post-punk band, Savages, had loads of determination and I knew they were capable of a nasty racket. What I didn't foresee from Savages was epic. "Fuckers" is epic, nearly ten-minutes of stream-of-conscious-like railing against the man set to crackling guitars. Fuckers, is also strangely uplifting. In a piece penned for Huffington Post, lead-vocalis...READ MORE
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Top Jam: “She’s On It/Jack the Ripper” by The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

This track has no business being so good. And, it's so fucking good. "She's On It/Jack The Ripper" is a Record Store Day release by a band, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, who hit their creative peak in the '90s. The song in question is a medley consisting of an old-school hip-hop joint by the Beastie Boys ("She's On It") and another track by the way influential Rock 'N' Roll guitarist, Link Wray ("Jack The Ripper"), dating back...READ MORE
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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