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FatWhiteFamilyChampagneHolocaust
11 Score

The Rockometer: Champagne Holocaust by The Fat White Family

      The Fat White Family Champagne Holocaust Fat Possum Records   With a band like The Fat White Family, where does one even begin? There's this listicle from GQ's UK edition in which we learn the band have a habit of losing their pants and letting their wangs hang during live sets, they have been banned from a venue where they were scheduled to support Franz Ferdinand, they hung a banner...READ MORE
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9 Score

The Rockometer: Typical System by Total Control

      Total Control Typical System Iron Lung Records   Considering Mikey Young's prominence in the Australian underground, it should come as no surprise that it took him and his band, Total Control, two years to record the follow-up to their 2011 debut, Total Control. One can think of Young as Melbourne's answer to Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, but without the glossy profiles, gold on the c...READ MORE
BorisNoise
5 Score

The Rockometer: Noise by Boris

      Boris Noise Sargent House   Depending on who you ask, the last essential album by Japanese noisemakers, Boris, was either 2005's Pink or 2008's Smile. Honestly, one could pick any one of Boris' multitude of releases between '05 and '08 and come away a fan for life. Few bands have been able to effectively mix such varying strains of rock music like the blues, metal, drone, doom, dream p...READ MORE
ZigZagsST
6 Score

The Rockometer: S/T by Zig Zags

      Zig Zags S/T In the Red Records   You know that old saying, "You can't judge a book by its cover?" It doesn't really apply to rock records. For their In the Red Records debut, LA thrashers, Zig Zags have chosen a plain gray cover with the band name rendered in a font we'll call 90's burn out spiral notebook. If you're a member of Gen X, or even Gen Y, you recognize this font from hig...READ MORE
WhiteLungDeepFantasy
8 Score

The Rockometer: Deep Fantasy by White Lung

      White Lung Deep Fantasy Domino Records   In the year 2014, women who rock should not be an oddity. Yet, 20 years past the Riot Girl movement, and even longer since Joan Jett and the Runaways paved the way for bands like L7, Hole, Bikini Kill, 7 Year Bitch, and Sleater-Kinney, we're back to the point where the price of admission to rock is a pair of balls. Now, technically speaking, th...READ MORE
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Nelsonville Music Festival 2014 In Pictures, In Words

2014 Nelsonville Music Festival - Images by Mara Robinson   Editor's Note: While I wasn't able to make this year's Nelsonville Music Festival, my good friend and damn fine photographer, Mara Robinson was there with her husband Jason Robinson. This is the report they filed, in pictures and words.     This year marked the tenth year anniversary of the Nelsonville Music Festival, and our return to the...READ MORE
GlassBoysByFuckedUp
7 Score

The Rockometer: Glass Boys by Fucked Up

      Fucked Up Glass Boys Matador Records Every generation needs a Fucked Up, a band who of punks who flout convention and twist expectations until the word punk, itself, becomes even more devoid of meaning. From album-side long singles inspired by the Chinese Zodiac to a rock opera, a fucking 21st Century rock opera, the band are reliably restless. Their sense of daring is not only apparent in th...READ MORE
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9 Score

The Rockometer: Sunbathing Animal by Parquet Courts

      Parquet Courts Sunbathing Animal What's Your Rupture/Mom+Pop Mocking is easy, even natural, when a band rises from the Brooklyn underground and quickly gets labeled Rock's next great hope. It doesn't matter than Parquet Courts never asked to be the new Strokes. It's out there and now the band and music fans both have to deal with those high expectations. Neither is the case of Parquet Courts ...READ MORE
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10 Score

The Rockometer: Boys by Herzog

      Herzog Boys Exit Stencil Recordings When I listen to Boys, the third album by Cleveland Rock 'N' Roll underdogs, Herzog, I can't help but think back to their first show nearly four years ago. They were the first on the three-band bill at the Grog Shop. Critically acclaimed folk artist, Matthew Houck, and Phosphorescent were the headliners. There was another Cleveland band, Lowly, the Tree Ghost,...READ MORE
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9 Score

The Rockometer: Luminous by The Horrors

    The Horrors Luminous XL Recordings   With Luminous, the student is now the master. Five years on from their breakthrough album, Primary Colours, a work where Portishead's Geoff Barrow famously helped steer The Horrors from horror-punk buzz band with a shelf life measured in negative time to post-punk evangelists, the band have learned to thrive on their own. Sure, 2011's Skying was both recorded ...READ MORE