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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
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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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A Jam Packed Wednesday with Herzog, Bob Mould, Zig Zags, and Shabazz Palaces

The buzzsaw pop of Herzog has long been a favorite of locals in the Cleveland rock scene, and now, it seems as if others are beginning to notice. This Brooklyn Vegan piece is but the latest shout out: Indie rock, in the trad '90s sense, has probably been fully explored by this point but something about it never puts it completely out of style. Sometimes a band comes along that does it so well, with great songs and enthusiasm, it...READ MORE
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8 Score

The Rockometer: Oblation by Floor

      Floor Oblation Season of Mist   Before there was Torche, guitarist/vocalist Steve Brooks was in the much admired, but little noticed at the time, Floor. As time has passed and Brooks' first brought back Floor for a series of shows, and now, an album of new material in Oblation, the lines between Torche and Floor have become increasingly blurry. Of all the albums in the Floor/Torche di...READ MORE
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Play Me: “Led By Hand” by Fucked Up

"Led By Hand" is exactly the type of track that first attracted me to the wildly inventive Toronto hardcore group, Fucked Up. In fact, when one listens to "Led By Hand," it's almost unfair to label them at all. The fluid guitar tracks, and there are a whole hella lot of 'em, simultaneously saunter and scream. The individual pieces don't operate with urgency, but as whole they align for maximum output. The vocals operate in a simi...READ MORE
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Jam Packed Thursday with Boris, Pharmakon and King Dude

  Now, this is more like it. Ever since Boris' 2008, Smile, the Japanese hard-rock trio have been trying, sometimes successfully, often times not so much so, to streamline they're genre-defying sound. The low point had to be the collaborative album with the Cult's Ian Astbury. Half-baked doesn't come close. 2011's double release of Heavy Rocks and Attention Please wasn't as displeasing, until you realize the band ended up...READ MORE
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7 Score

The Rockometer: Guilty of Everything by Nothing

    Nothing Guilty of Everything Relapse Nothing are not your average, new shoegaze band. For one, the label of home of this Philadelphia outfit, Relapse records, is a metal label. In other words, Relapse bands don't do cute. Secondly, there's the case of Nothing's lead singer, Dominic Palermo. Around the turn of the century, he fronted the hardcore punk band Horror Show. It was during that time he was picked...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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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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7 Score

The Rockometer: Soma by Windhand

                  Windhand Soma Relapse There's heavy, then there's ALL CAPS HEAVY, like SUNN O))) cracking a concrete floor, or a Ford F350 towing two more Ford F350s, heavy. Windhand is ALL CAPS HEAVY to the point where another adjective is hardly necessary. It's so heavy, when one first listens to Soma, the second album by these Virginia heavies, it's...READ MORE