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Obnox Boogalou Reed

Two New Obnox Joints: “Boogolou Reed” and “Cynthia Piper at the Gates of Dawn”

  Don't be fooled by the punny song titles, "Boogalou Reed" and "Cynthia Piper at the Gates of Dawn," Cleveland's punk rock 'n' roll destroyer, Obnox, isn't going cute on his next 12XU LP. Perhaps the more interesting of the two, "Boogalou Reed," finds Lamont "Bim" Thomas taking on the role of urban soul poet. However, in this updated take on '70s conscious cool, the beat is a big Bonham-like electronic thump and the s...READ MORE
FatWhiteFamilyChampagneHolocaust
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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
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The Rockometer: Typical System by Total Control

      Total Control Typical System Iron Lung Records   Considering Mikey Young's prominence in the Australian underground, it should come as no surprise that it took him and his band, Total Control, two years to record the follow-up to their 2011 debut, Total Control. One can think of Young as Melbourne's answer to Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, but without the glossy profiles, gold on the c...READ MORE
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The Rockometer: S/T by Zig Zags

      Zig Zags S/T In the Red Records   You know that old saying, "You can't judge a book by its cover?" It doesn't really apply to rock records. For their In the Red Records debut, LA thrashers, Zig Zags have chosen a plain gray cover with the band name rendered in a font we'll call 90's burn out spiral notebook. If you're a member of Gen X, or even Gen Y, you recognize this font from hig...READ MORE
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The Rockometer: Deep Fantasy by White Lung

      White Lung Deep Fantasy Domino Records   In the year 2014, women who rock should not be an oddity. Yet, 20 years past the Riot Girl movement, and even longer since Joan Jett and the Runaways paved the way for bands like L7, Hole, Bikini Kill, 7 Year Bitch, and Sleater-Kinney, we're back to the point where the price of admission to rock is a pair of balls. Now, technically speaking, th...READ MORE
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Top Jam: “Grease” by Obnox

  What Lamont "Bim" Thomas does as Obnox is not unique. Rather, Obnox shouldn't be unique. Instead of approaching popular music's history in a linear way -- First there were the bluesmen, then the white men who stole from the black bluesmen. Then the white men got fat on Rock 'N' Roll and became prog rockers. Thankfully, the punks came and reminded us rock was about the old bluesmen all along -- he sees rock's past and fu...READ MORE
GlassBoysByFuckedUp
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The Rockometer: Glass Boys by Fucked Up

      Fucked Up Glass Boys Matador Records Every generation needs a Fucked Up, a band who of punks who flout convention and twist expectations until the word punk, itself, becomes even more devoid of meaning. From album-side long singles inspired by the Chinese Zodiac to a rock opera, a fucking 21st Century rock opera, the band are reliably restless. Their sense of daring is not only apparent in th...READ MORE
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The Rockometer: Sunbathing Animal by Parquet Courts

      Parquet Courts Sunbathing Animal What's Your Rupture/Mom+Pop Mocking is easy, even natural, when a band rises from the Brooklyn underground and quickly gets labeled Rock's next great hope. It doesn't matter than Parquet Courts never asked to be the new Strokes. It's out there and now the band and music fans both have to deal with those high expectations. Neither is the case of Parquet Courts ...READ MORE
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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
Southern Comfort

A Jam Packed Wednesday with Southern Comfort, Fucked Up, Godflesh, White Lung, and Parquet Courts

As one half of Ruined Fortune, Angie Garrick has already released one of the year's best punky, sludgy noise rock albums. Here, with Southern Comfort, things are significantly sunnier, albeit in a fuzzed-out, blown-out speaker kind of way. The "Suzanne" 7" is out now on Hozac Records. Time will tell if Fucked Up's Glass Boys, the hardcore Toronto destroyers' third release for Matador (on 6.3), will also be their best. What...READ MORE