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SLOAN1_LisaMark

A Jam Packed Thursday with Sloan, The New Pornographers, Elephant Stone and Shabazz Palaces

  During Sloan's 20+ years in the business, the band have always taken a democratic approach to their guitar pop. Each album contains a mix of songs written by Jay Ferguson, Chris Murphy, Patrick Pentland, and Andrew Scott. Sloan's newest album, Commonwealth, takes things one step further. Each album side of this double LP is penned by one, individual Sloan with Jay songs on the a-side, Chris on the b-side, Patrick on C, ...READ MORE
FatWhiteFamilyChampagneHolocaust
11 Score

The Rockometer: Champagne Holocaust by The Fat White Family

      The Fat White Family Champagne Holocaust Fat Possum Records   With a band like The Fat White Family, where does one even begin? There's this listicle from GQ's UK edition in which we learn the band have a habit of losing their pants and letting their wangs hang during live sets, they have been banned from a venue where they were scheduled to support Franz Ferdinand, they hung a banner...READ MORE
WhiteFence

A Jam Packed Tuesday with White Fence, Earth, Shabazz Palaces and Zola Jesus

  Ten years ago, Tim Pressley fronted the LA psychedelic rock band, Darker My Love, a rock band first, who favored shoegaze volume over tight craft. Then, and we're purposefully simplifying a decade, Pressley found Ty Segall and found a more serene and more simple sound; he rediscovered the four-track and seemingly sent his soul back to the early '70s with White Fence. The simple version of Pressley's history works here b...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
TheeOhSeesDrop
7 Score

The Rockometer: Drop by Thee Oh Sees

    Thee Oh Sees Drop Castle Face Records   Back in the fall of 2013, Thee Oh Sees' mastermind, John Dwyer, announced to a home town crowd in San Francisco, "This will be the last Thee Oh Sees show for a long while. So dig in." The internet being the internet, interpreted that statement as if the band was breaking up, or, at the very least going on an extended hiatus. As if. Since 2008 Thee Oh Sees...READ MORE
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
FuckedUp

Jam Packed Wednesday with Fucked Up, The Horrors, The Black Angels, and Archie Bronson Outfit

  Fucked Up's "Paper the House" is not your uncle's pop-punk anthem. For one thing, Fucked Up have always had better things to do than watch tv and rub one off, you know, like writing exceedingly long songs about the sex trade. And while, lead howler, Damian Abraham may question his life in a rock band through the lyrics, and rue the fact that it's driving him insane,  his yelp is as harsh as ever. Then, there's the matt...READ MORE
PeoplesTempleMusicalGarden
5 Score

The Rockometer: Musical Garden by People’s Temple

    People's Temple Musical Garden Hozac Records Taken a song at a time, Musical Garden, the third album by Michigan garage rock revivalists, People's Temple, is the sound of a band fulfilling the promise of their much buzzed about 2011 debut, Sons of Stone. However, around these parts, we revere the album around and hold certain things as absolute truth. As in the album will always be the arbiter of greatnes...READ MORE
Ex-Cult

Jam Packed Thursday with Ex-Cult, The Skull Defekts, Spiritualized and Thee Oh Sees

This is Ex-Cult and this is rock 'n' roll, dirty and sweaty and unsexy, Rock 'N' Roll. It was birthed and perfected in the trenches of punk rock dives with like minds Ty Segall and the OBN IIIs. Unlike those acts, however, Ex-Cult, are not wholly tied to the '60s and '70s. Listening to "Midnight Passenger," one not only hears standard strains of garage and punk, a given, from the company Ex-Cult keep, but also the gutter rock of ...READ MORE
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Play Me: “The Instinct” by Mark McGuire

They say timing is everything in the music business. Well, timing is everything in a lot of other businesses, too, but in the music business, especially, there's a window and if you as an artist don't take advantage of your one chance you all but guarantee yourself a career of obscurity. The demise of the well-respected, Cleveland instrumental trio, Emeralds, couldn't have been timed any worse. Just as the larger public were c...READ MORE