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JackWhite

A Jam Packed Wednesday with Jack White, Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires, Mordecai, Unholy Two, White Lung and Verma

  From the credit where its due department: As much as Jack White's new single, "Lazaretto," suffers from clinical ADHD, and as much as the one memorable melody is nothing more than a rote recreation of '70s funk, it does have some redeeming qualities. Ok, it has a redeeming quality and that is the return of those classic White bazooka-like guitar solos, the ones solely missing from his first solo LP. Look for White's l...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
TurnBlue

A Jam Packed Wednesday With The Black Keys, Obnox, and OBN IIIs

  Now, this is a little better from Akron's favorite sons. While "Fever," the first track released from The Black Keys forthcoming album, Turn Blue (5.13 on Nonesuch), sounded like every track on El Camino, the duo's commercial breakthrough and artistic hole of an album from 2011, the title track finds the boys stretching out a bit. The evenly pulsed bass and deliberately struck keys have a modern R&B sound about them...READ MORE
Boris

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
TotalControl

Play Me: “Flesh War” by Total Control

Once the side project of Eddy Current Suppression Ring's Mikey Young, Total Control is beginning to sound more and more like the primary outlet for the man who is seemingly everywhere all the time in the Australian underground as a musician and producer. It goes without saying, but the longer Eddy Current Suppression Ring stays on hold, the bands' various side projects, like Total Control and Boomgates, all take on added signific...READ MORE
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The Rockometer: Under the Color of Official Right by Protomartyr

      Protomartyr Under the Color of Official Right Hardly Art My introduction to the four-piece, Detroit post-punk band, Protomartyr, was unique for the 21st Century. I first heard them on Sub Pop's 25th anniversary compilation, Sub Pop 1000, a collection of mostly unknown bands. You see, back in the day, before this internet business, music fans would often buy compilations put out by labels they tr...READ MORE
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The Rockometer: The Future’s Void by EMA

    EMA The Future's Void Matador Records Beginning with her previous band, Gowns, the songs of EMA's Erika Anderson have always been deeply personal, often painful. Anderson, as they say, is an open book and within those pages Anderson freely shared tales of drugs and betrayal, anxiety and depression, and yes, the occasional triumph, too. The Future's Void, Anderson's first album for Matador Records, mark...READ MORE
CloudNothingsHereAndNowhereElse
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The Rockometer: Here and Nowhere Else by Cloud Nothings

    Cloud Nothings Here and Nowhere Else Carpark/Mom + Pop Is the Cloud Nothings' Here and Nowhere Else catch? Lead vocalist/guitarist Dylan Baldi writes hooks like that's what he was born to do. Is Here and Nowhere Else accomplished? Other reviewers are beginning to catch on to what I've been saying for years, namely, Jayson Gerycz should be included in any discussion of today's top Rock 'N' Roll drummers. I...READ MORE
BobMouldBeauty

Top Jam: “Hey Mr. Grey” by Bob Mould

Those who managed to catch Bob Mould during his 2013 tour where his set list spanned his career from early Husker Du songs, on to his '90s band, Sugar, and on through his most recent solo album, 2012's Silver Age, should have a good idea what to expect from this new single, "Hey Mr. Grey," before pressing play. Mould was visibly energized by revisiting his classic recordings. At Riot Fest Chicago, he whirred about the stage like ...READ MORE
Herzog

Play Me: “Mad Men” by Herzog

Upon reading this morning's Best New Music Review on Pitchfork for the Cloud Nothings' new LP, Here And Nowhere Else, I couldn't help but quip on social media sites, "Cleveland is the new Brooklyn. You see, last week, Cleveland's one-man punk rock destroyer, Lamont "Bim" Thomas, got a similarly glowing review for his new Obnox album, Louder Space. Then, on Friday, a new track by one of Cleveland's best kept secrets, Herzog,...READ MORE