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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
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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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Watch Me: “Sad Lover” by Mark Lanegan Band

  Just the other day I was listening to some Mark Lanegan, ok, just about every day I listen to some Mark Lanegan, but on this day I was listening to his 2004 LP Bubblegum and thinking to myself, "Wouldn't it be nice if Lanegan released another rocker." While, "Sad Lover," from the forthcoming EP No Bells on Sunday, may not be a nasty, blues-banger in the vein of the Bubblegum highlight, "Methamphetamine Blues," it doe...READ MORE
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A Jam Packed Thursday with DFA 1979, Interpol, Goat, and History of Apple Pie

Typically, July is a down month for those of us interested in new jams. With few new releases on the calendar, music websites will post just about anything to meet their daily output. Thank the maker for Death From Above 1979. There's no need to feign interest with their comeback rocker, "Trainwreck 1979." It's slick and it's brutal. If someone were to ask me what alt-rock in 2014 should sound lik. I'd blather about the meeting o...READ MORE
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Top Jam: “Do You” by Spoon

  At their best, indie rock lifers, Spoon, make both the simple and the exquisite sound equally intuitive. And make no mistake about it, their new track, "Do You," is Spoon at its best. After a brief bossa nova intro, the rhythm section gets active, and vocalist Britt Daniel gets all sly. In the Spoon way, both the vocal melody and the instruments keep things simple. Yet, here, familiarity isn't a fault. Instead, it's a s...READ MORE
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Play Me: “Eyes of the Muse” by King Tuff

  Anyone familiar with King Tuff's past work can tell you the man isn't intimidated by the classic rock canon. Depending on where you drop the needle, a King Tuff record can sound like snotty Big Star, slummy T-Rex, or an arena rock daydream. The constant in all of Kyle Thomas' work as King Tuff, however, is and has always been quality. The man has a knack for melody. So even as his latest rocker, "Eyes of the Muse," kick...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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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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An All-Star Jam Packed Tuesday with New Pornographers, Spoon, J Mascis, Mastodon, and Death Grips

  By now, you should be able to tell when an artist is talking out of his arse in a gamely attempt to get music journos to type any old shit. AC Newman of the New Pornographers, tell us about your new album:"This is a celebration record. After periods of difficulty, I am at a place where nothing in my life is dragging me down and the music reflects that. We wanted Xanadu and we wanted Sigue Sigue Sputnik, which translated...READ MORE