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Play Me: “Slaughter Culture” by Obnox

Cleveland's Lamont Bim Thomas may not have the name recognition and critical attention of Toronto's Fucked Up, and he may not have the gift of self promotion, like Sacramento instigators, Death Grips, but along with those two artists, Thomas' Obnox has been at the forefront of 21st Century punk movement. More impressively, Thomas continues on his winning streak of 2013's Corrupt Free Enterprise and 2014's Louder Space without sacrificing any quality. If anything, the first few listens to the soon-to-be-released Boogalou Reed (1.27 on 12XU) have revealed a band just hitting its stride.
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Top Jam 2014: A Selection of the Year’s Best Albums and Tracks

Top jams need no rationale. Top jams are self evident, like our inalienable freedoms. Every once in a while, we need a reminder how precious these things can be. That's it. Hell, I shouldn't even need links and embeds. You should take one look at this list and exclaim, "Hot Damn! Those are some top jams!" And, for one moment, you and I will bond in all that was righteous in rock in 2014. Obnox, had the most righteous 2014, indeed.
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Play Me: “Waste the Alphabet” by Dick Diver

The first words I associate with Melbourne indie rock act, Dick Diver, tend to be words like casual, comforting and familiar, as if the musicians in the band were friends first and musicians later, and the songs were merely extensions of the bond they already shared.
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Play Me: “Minions” by Torche

As much as I liked borrowing conservative pundit, Mike Huckabee's description of Florida heavies, Torche, as the heavy metal Foo Fighters, the ...
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Krill - A Distant Fist Unclenching

Play Me: “Torturer” by Krill

The Mass band, Krill, have a lot going for them. They have a steadily increasing profile on the up-and-coming rock label, Exploding in Sound records. They have a name and sound that reflects the best of '90s guitar rock. And yet, in true '90s, throwback fashion, they can't find satisfaction in any of it.
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A Jam Packed Wedesday with The Black Angels, California X, Screaming Females, and Moon Duo

"Molly Moves My Generation," from soon-to-be-released 10" split single on Fuzz Club, and its easily the deepest, darkest track this Austin psych bunch have put out in years. And just when you think these vets are content to ride out on a drone, they go full thrash mode. More of this, please.
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Play Me: “Surface Envy” by Sleater-Kinney

Go through the band's revered discography and ask yourself when was the last time they sounded so soulful, so rambunctious and noisy, so right now? I'm not sure I would have ever described Sleater-Kinney as soulful, but from the vocals to the relentless beat, this one aims to wreck the room. And the guitars! The way Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker nasty things up with ear gouging squawks merely adds to the track's combustible nature.
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The Rockometer: Poor People Are Revolting by The Gotobeds

What's not to like about these Pittsburgh smart-asses, the Gotobeds? Poor People Are Revolting, the band's debut long player for Gerald Cosloy's 12XU, is two sides of punk rock slop packed with clever vocal jabs and insatiable melodies.
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