- Bill Lipold
- July 17, 2014
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
- Bill Lipold
- July 15, 2014
The Fat White Family
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
- Bill Lipold
- July 14, 2014
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
- Bill Lipold
- June 29, 2014
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
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
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
The 9th annual Horrible Fest takes place this weekend in and around Now That's Class on Cleveland's West Side. And, despite its name, there's a band for every rocker. Well, ok maybe not the dude in a Winger tee. If you like punk, noise, and/or noise punk, however, you are in for a treat. Here are six of the best acts to catch:
Mordecai (Friday @ Now That's Class)
Mordecai would prefer it if you didn't me...READ MORE
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
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
With Luminous, the student is now the master. Five years on from their breakthrough album, Primary Colours, a work where Portishead's Geoff Barrow famously helped steer The Horrors from horror-punk buzz band with a shelf life measured in negative time to post-punk evangelists, the band have learned to thrive on their own. Sure, 2011's Skying was both recorded ...READ MORE