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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
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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

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

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

Jam Packed Thursday Featuring Superchunk, Obliterations, Disappears, and Mogwai

Today is Halloween and do you know what that means? Indie rock Misfits covers. Whether it's Ted Leo, Evan Dando, or Superchunk, I never tire of indie rock Misfits covers. This year's indie rock Misfits cover is a special one, too. Superchunk's take on "Children in Heat," while largely done by the books, servers a larger purpose. It's also the introduction to Merge Records' 25th Anniversary singles club called, Or Thousands of Pri...READ MORE
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Play Me: “Back to Land” by Wooden Shjips

The shaggy dudes of Wooden Shjips have cleaned up nicely. Where once their records came with an endless supply of haze, there's now clarity to their minimal and repetitive, psychedelic grooves. There's still a drone, to be sure, and the organs are as dusty as ever, but listen for when the solo hits on "Back to Land." It's so bright and tuneful, one can fully appreciate how quick and how smooth those fingers move. Going clean is a...READ MORE

A Jam Packed Wednesday with Jeffrey Novak, Mordecai, The Gories, and Purling Hiss

Cheap Time's Jeffrey Novak is a pop songwriter with the snarl of a grizzled punk and weirdo's collection of curiosities. On "Pictures on a Screen," all sides of Novak come to the forefront -- A simple pop song at its core, it's delivered with a cynic's bite and backed by both the standard garage rock trio of guitar, bass, and drums and the not so common sounds of flute and accordion. My ears hear accordion, whether that button bo...READ MORE

Play Me: “My Black Sabbath” by the Limiñanas

By being retro but not played out and danceable but not dumb, The Limiñanas, with their mix of French new wave and Velvets-educated psychedelic rock, have scratched an itch few new existed before the French duo began releasing records on Chicago underground garage labels Hozac and Trouble in Mind. "My Bloody Sabbath," both picks up where their 2012 Hozac release, Crystal Anis, left off and expands on the duo's repertoire. The m...READ MORE

Play Me: “Gitar Damage Pt 1″ by Purling Hiss

Don't laugh. It could happen someday. You could be at the bar between bands chatting about Philly Rock 'N' Roll and you could drop names like Kurt Vile and Purling Hiss, and to prove you're the real deal, Birds of Maya and Spacin', too. Then, just as your giving yourself the virtual pat on the back for being a virtual smart phone, you hear, "Purling Hiss are ok, I guess, but they early stuff was way better." "Gitar Damage Pt 1...READ MORE

Jam Packed Monday feat. Tropic of Cancer, Pelican, Future of the Left, Odonis Odonis, Dead Gaze, Grails, and Darkside

Sweater weather calls for sweater songs and Tropic of Cancer's "Court of Devotion" is my kind of sweater song. The pairing of Camella Lobo's frigid, monochromatic vocals and dark electronic melodies moving at sinister speed, makes me want to curl up and not open my eyes until Spring. And to think, fall just started yesterday. Restless Idylls is out now on Blackest Ever Black. This four minutes is all the proof I need that thos...READ MORE