Defeater – Lost Ground

Defeater is like the reserved valedictorian of Boston hardcore.  But hey, you can't be the quarterback at the same time.  They're content channelling US History and running the A/V club, as the layout motif and guitarist Jay Maas' extracurricular activities will show and tell.   Eventually, people will realize they are cool in their own way.  Lost … [Read more...]

Polar Bear Club – Chasing Hamburg

Half of Polar Bear Club hails from my native town of Syracuse, NY, making this review more a case study than anything.  Chasing Hamburg is their second full-length fresh off 2008's breakthrough Sometimes Things Just Disappear, and first on Boston powerhouse Bridge Nine.  Side by side with slick illustrations and ten songs a pop, they appear like … [Read more...]