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NudeBeach77AlbumCover
7 Score

The Rockometer: 77 by Nude Beach

While the album title, 77, may suggest the golden era of punk rock, Nude Beach's behemoth, 18 song, 70+ minute effort actually pays homage to a different Rock 'N' Roll tradition -- That of the American bar rock band. That old practice of men working for the weekend and then ringing it in with beers and blasting guitars may wax and wane, but never completely goes out of style. Depending on your vantage point, the trio of Chuck Betz, Ryan Naideau, and Jim Shelton may remind you of Tom Petty in the '70s, The Replacements in the '80s, Wilco's early output in the '90s, or contemporary rabble-rousers like The Men.
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Play Me: “Bury Our Friends” by Sleater-Kinney

Beloved, Washington rock trio, Sleater-Kinney are back, and, hot damn, are they back in a big way. First there's the matter of the career-spanning box set out tomorrow. Then, we found that career-spanning box set contained a mystery 45. The mystery 45 was confirmed to be from a new album, No Cities to Love (out 1.20 on Sub Pop). And, finally, that new album is leading to a world-wide reunion tour. Not a bad weekend for Sleater-Kinney fans, huh?
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Nothing

A Jam Packed Thursday with Nothing, Cult of Youth, Mr Gnome, Twerps, and Parkay Quartz

When the book is closed on 2014, or a month from now when music pubs start pushing their end of the year round-ups, a surprising release will likely top my list -- Nothing's Guilty of Everything. Upon it's release, I found it more diverse and more engaging than most modern shoegazer albums (your best comparison may be '90s alt-rockers Hum, a band who weren't afraid to go full metal during their atmospheric rock jams), yet, I also felt emptiness upon my initial listens. Here was a band fronted by an ex-punk, ex-con and I wanted more of the story to come through in the lyrics. Turns out, Nothing wasn't lacking. My patience was lacking. The title track kills me to this day.
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BSR-056 LIFE-THRILLS COVER
9 Score

The Rockometer: Life/Thrills by Lower Plenty

That bit about friends from other bands in town gathering around a kitchen table to write and record music describes Lower Plenty to a tee. The ten, largely acoustic numbers collected on Life/Thrills are spontaneous and endearingly unpolished: The percussion often sounds like washboards or bottles and cans; the guitars are loosely strummed and tuned to good enough; and, the lyrics are often conversational in nature, gathered from bits overheard about town or supplied as the answer to the simple question, "What did you do today?"
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Play Me: “Hollywood High” By Mike Hudson and the Pagans

Any Cleveland rocker worth their salt knows about the town's importance in the birth of American punk rock. Names like Pere Ubu, Rocket From the Tombs, and The Dead Boys are passed down from generation to generation with the type of reverence conservative politicians pay to our nation's founding fathers. Dig deeper, and you'll quickly find there's more to Cleveland's punk legacy than the big three. electric eels, Mirrors, and The Pagans should all be required listening, too.
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KingTuffBlackMoonSpellAlbumCover
5 Score

The Rockometer: Black Moon Spell by King Tuff

Would Batman still be Batman without Bruce Wayne? Would Superman be the same without Clark Kent? Sure, they'd still be super heroes, of course, they're super and heroic, but without their alter egos their characters would be far less compelling. For two albums, King Tuff's Kyle Thomas pulled off a similar stunt. By day he was a do-nothing layabout who surfed couches and snacked cheese doodles. In his dreams, and on stage, he was a different person. The minute he strapped on that guitar he would become King Tuff, the pin-up idol of teenage girls and the envy of every man who'd ever played to mostly empty, wholly disinterested barrooms.
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MarkLanegan

A Jam Packed Friday with Mark Lanegan, Godflesh, Yes I’m Leaving, and Jeff the Brotherhood

Those pining for the days of Mark Lanegan, shoulda-been grunge icon, should check out the latest LP by Seattle doom and drone pioneers, Earth, where the onetime Screaming Trees frontman lends vocals to two tracks. For if there's one thing that's become clear over Lanegan's long and varied solo output, it's that he's not always keen on repeating those days
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EarthPrimitiveAndDeadly
7 Score

The Rockometer: Primitive and Deadly by Earth

Since Earth's resurrection in 2005, the Seattle doom and drone pioneers led by guitarist Dylan Carson have etched out a respected career out of one very long, and very deliberate note. Their brand of drone, or apocalyptic folk, established on 2005's Hex; Or Printing in the Infernal Method, and later perfected on 2008's The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull and the two volume Angels of Darkness,
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