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A Jam Packed Thursday with Merchandise, Dark Blue, Rat Fist and Priests

Never thought much of Merchandise. Sure, the Tampa band had been all over your hipper music outlets for the past couple years, but for the life of me, I couldn't tell you why. Someone heard something, to be sure. There was a bidding war for their services and 4AD came out on top. Now, along with that new label, comes a new sound. It's less indebted to the gnarlier strains of post-punk than some of their previous work. The link bet...READ MORE

Play Me: “Elephant Man” by Pleasure Leftists

See that fella, over there on the right side of the photo with the cut-offs and flannel? That man is Steve Peffer. Aside from playing bass with the Cleveland post-punk band, Pleasure Leftists, he runs the record store Hausfrau Records in the Gordon Square neighborhood. We may not even be on a first name basis, but in the past few months he's recommended some killer records for me to check out each time I step in the store. Thanks...READ MORE

Play Me: “AD RE:IAN” by Wax Idols

As much as I like my garage rock, and my punk rock and that rock which lies somewhere between garage rock and punk rock, I also enjoy seeing garage rock bands mature and evolve past the limitations of those often tightly defined genres. Take Frankie Rose, for example, the one time Dum Dum Girl whose 2012 release, Interstellar, was closer to synth-pop than anything else from her prior recordings. And speaking of the Dum Dum Girls,...READ MORE

The Rockometer: Endless Flowers by Crocodiles

Crocodiles Endless Flowers Frenchkiss Three albums into their career, and the West Coast noise pop group, Crocodiles, are still better defined by name dropping other bands like Jesus and Mary Chain, Echo and the Bunnymen, and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club than by noting anything that is uniquely Crocodiles. Even here, on Endless Flowers, as they attempt to incorporate the varying styles of Brit Pop, The Paisley Underground, and n...READ MORE

The Rockometer: Skying by The Horrors

The Horrors Skying XL/Beggars US Although Skying is technically the third album by The Horrors, it feels more like the follow up to a debut.  For the band that is The Horrors today, while the same in name and same in membership, is so far removed from the 2007 buzz band who burst onto the scene with an electric and frenetic take on the gothic punk of bands like The Cramps, that it hardly seems relevant to bring up that album, S...READ MORE

Moving Pictures: “Still Life” by The Horrors

The magnitude of The Horrors' transformation from goth-punk, buzz band to one of the most innovative UK rock bands cannot be understated. There was a time, let's say 2007, when this gangly bunch of lads camping the Cramps seemed destined to be forgotten by 2008. Not so today. With a little help from Portishead's Geoff Barrow, the band, led by Faris Badwan, reinvented themselves on 2009's Primary Colours as a fascinating hybrid...READ MORE

Moving Pictures: “Faces in the Crowd” by Cat’s Eyes

To this day, whenever I'm out and playing records and throw down something off of The Horrors 2009 release, Primary Colours, the reaction is the same. It's a "Who was that?" Followed by, "It's the Horrors," and a "But I thought they were that goth punk band who played dress up..." Yes, The Horrors and their frontman, Faris Badwan, have come a long way since their 2007 debut, Strange House. They've gone from an entertaining ...READ MORE

The Rockometer: Angles by The Strokes

The Strokes Angles RCA Records As a comeback single, The Strokes first in nearly five years, "Under Cover of Darkness," is a shining example of everything the New York City five-piece does well.  It's a more melodic interpretation of '70s NYC punk mixed with the working class sensibilities of Thin Lizzy.  Guitarists Albert Hammond, Jr and Nick Valensi trade short, sharp stabs, longer, clashing notes, and later find room for an...READ MORE

The Rockometer: S/T by Interpol

Interpol Interpol Matador Records For better or worse, the self-titled, fourth album by the NYC post-punk band, Interpol, is exactly the album one would expect them to make.  It isn't a return to form.  No, that would imply Interpol lost their form at some point between their beginnings on the indie, Matador, their major label move to Capitol, and their return to Matador.  There's still minor-key, despondent rock aplenty, and...READ MORE

“She’s a Trap” by Gentleman Jesse and His Men

Don't let the first 20 seconds on "She's a Trap," and those dubby, cut-up sounding guitars fool you.   Gentleman Jesse and His Men aren't about to change, not when they've got that '70s, power pop sound down so good.  After a short into, they're sent to the background, and it's back to the quick and immediate, blasting fun which made his debut record such a treat. MP3: Gentleman Jesse and His Men - She's a Trap The "She's a T...READ MORE