Archives for June 2009

Dinosaur Jr. – Farm

Two years ago, Dinosaur Jr. returned with its original trio to deliver one of 2007's best albums. Asserting itself as the loud and grunge master it sincerely is, J Mascis and crew have now found their fountain of youth with Farm. An album every bit as good as Beyond, it's time to realize that not only is Dinosaur Jr. back, but the group sounds … [Read more...]

Madlib – Beat Konducta Vol. 5-6

Madlib stands as the ultimate jack-of-all-trades. As a world-renowned producer, he has produced beats for MF Doom, De La Soul, Mos Def, and Talib Kweli. When he plays his alter-ego Quasimoto, he drops quick, skittering, intelligent rhymes. But Madlib's true strength lies in his solo beat tapes. This release is the fifth and sixth volumes in his … [Read more...]

Darkest Hour – The Eternal Return

I love Darkest Hour. The group has gained notariety and landed some big tours with big bands and they prove time and time again how much they deserve the respect and fame afforded to them, unlike some of the most popular bands in the new metal landscape. Darkest Hour is straight up thrash for a new age, and the members know how to do it right. … [Read more...]

SUNN 0))): Midwest and West Coast Tour

SUNN O))) with special guests EAGLE TWIN 7/02/2009: Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle 7/05/2009: Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater 7/06/2009: Omaha, NE - Sokol Auditorium / Underground 7/07/2009: Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room 7/08/2009: St. Louis, MO - The Firebird 7/10/2009: Dekalb, IL - House Cafe 7/11/2009: Pontiac, MI - Eagle … [Read more...]

Two Cow Garage – Speaking In Cursive

Rock N’ Roll, more than any other genre of music, is written for, listened to and inspired by teenagers. Perhaps the simple and carefree days of youth lend themselves specifically to rock treatment, but through and through, the best rock songs are centered on freewheeling adolescents and sung by adults who just want to go back, man. Two Cow … [Read more...]

Bellini – The Precious Prize of Gravity

Four long years separate The Precious Prize of Gravity, Italian-American band Bellini’s latest effort, and its previous, Small Stones. There are plenty of similarities to be found - both records were recorded by sound guru Steve Albini, both find release on Temporary Residence - but it’s undeniable that Gravity is the hardest-hitting and most … [Read more...]

Hope Lane Is a Dead End – Illuminate

Illuminate, the debut from Hope Lane Is a Dead End, is a solid album in the struggling genre of metalcore. This isn't a perfect album, but the band skillfully threads together a variety of disparate riffs--a sign of good metal songwriting. Like indie rock fans, hardcore enthusiasts are a discriminating bunch. In that subculture, it's hard to get … [Read more...]

Sunset Rubdown @ The Echoplex, Los Angeles, CA 06/23/09

Whenever travelling, one is at their most alert state: adapting to new surroundings, modifying to fresh crowds of people and attempting to be flexible enough to make these changes. When the opportunity arose to attend a Sunset Rubdown show in one of Los Angeles' premiere clubs featuring independent music, to be succinct, it was a no brainer. And as … [Read more...]

Deer Tick – Born on Flag Day

Indubitably, Deer Tick's first album, War Elephant, was a promising and solid start for the band. The biggest complaint was a silly one, being John McCauley's gin-soaked, distinct voice. It's silly because singers need to have at least something unique and identifiable to them and in many ways, his singing was an homage to the singer-songwriter he … [Read more...]

Jeepster – What If All The Rebels Died?

It would not be an insult to call Jeepster "stoner rock," and it would not be a complete description either. Based on the band's name, you've probably guessed that there's a 70s vibe to the music and maybe a little T. Rex in there. You'd be right. This CD doesn't hide its influences. Unlike its heavier cousins Kyuss and Fu Manchu, Jeepster knows … [Read more...]