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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
10 Score

The Rockometer: S/T by Ruined Fortune

    Ruined Fortune Ruined Fortune Hozac Records For the past five-plus years, Australian rock music has been on an incredible upswing. It began with Melbourne's Eddy Current Suppression Ring, who released three well-received albums of post-punk, garage rock and trash on Goner Records. From the Eddy Current Suppression Ring sprang side-projects, like the more rustic rock band, Boomgates and the synth punk of T...READ MORE
9 Score

The Rockometer: Grassed Inn by Blank Realm

        Blank Realm Grassed Inn Fire Records Early press introduced Grassed Inn as Blank Realm's pop album. The band's label, Fire Records, goes as far as name-dropping Big Star and The Zombies. Yet, like the Brisbane outfit's psych rock album (2010's Deja What) and their punk rock and new wave album (2012's Go Easy), such simple designations should be taken with a grain of salt, if at all. Fo...READ MORE

Play Me: “Molecule” by Obnox

Did you come here looking for the Obnox Appreciation Association? If so, you're in the right place. No one, and I mean no one, is doing more exciting things within the supposedly tired genre of Rock 'N' Roll than Cleveland's Bim Thomas, aka Obnox. "Molecule," is just the latest example of his forward-thinking work. At first, Obnox was an outlet for lo-fi, nasty garage punk. Corrupt Free Enterprise, Thomas' latest release, adde...READ MORE

Play Me: “Steal the Light” by CCR Headcleaner

Way to keep it weird, San Francisco. Featuring members of bands like The Hospitals and Long-Legged Women, CCR Headcleaner deliver the loud and nasty on this fuzzed out jam monster, "Steal the Light." Like their peers in the San Fran weirdo scene, Ty Segall and Fuzz, they manage to combine elements of punk, metal, and noisy psychedelic rock and make it as exhilarating as the first time you had a garage band give you permanent hear...READ MORE
8 Score

The Rockometer: Era by Disappears

                    Disappears Era Kranky Since their inception in 2008, the Chicago band Disappears have been overloaded with potential, but short on essential product. They have the pedigree. Founding member, Brian Case, cut his teeth in 90 Day Men and The Ponys. At one point, the drum kit was manned by Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley. They have th...READ MORE
6 Score

The Rockometer: Ruthless Sperm by His Electro Blue Voice

                  His Electro Blue Voice Ruthless Sperm Sub Pop Simultaneously, and inexplicably, both too short and too long, His Electro Blue Voice's Sup Pop debut, Ruthless Sperm, remains one of the more captivating rock releases of 2013. The industrial underpinnings of tracks like¬† "Sea Bug" and "Tumor" provide a surprisingly current update to the g...READ MORE
9 Score

The Rockometer: An Object by No Age

                    No Age An Object Sub Pop In the span of six years, between the time No Age burst onto the scene with Weirdo Rippers, a collection of lo-fi shredders and ambient soundscapes, the duo of Randy Randall (guitars) and Dean Sprunt (vocals/drums) have gone from being a band of the moment to one out of step with the rest of the world....READ MORE

Friday Jam Pack with Jesu, Death Grips and The Dirtbombs

So that thing where Justin K Broadrick of Jesu was going to compartmentalize his creative output lasted, oh, let's say two years. At one point Broadrick had planned to keep Jesu as the home for his guitar-driven work while Pale Sketcher would house his compositions which were more electronic in nature. Now, according to The Quietus, the new Jesu album, I Get Closer to the Light From Which I Came (9.23 Avalanche) will include aspects ...READ MORE

Play Me: “The World on Drugs” by Destruction Unit

  At times, Destruction Unit can be the baddest noise-punk band alive. That picture of them chillin' in the desert? That's not one of those times. The recent 7" single for Suicide Squeeze would be. As would the first single from Void, their first release of 2013. Now, let's go ahead and add "The World on Drugs," to our running list of songs where Destruction Unit are the baddest noise-punk band alive. Th...READ MORE