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Lisa Zyga
As much as Charles Rowell and Brandon Welchez appreciate the attention their music has quickly received on the internet, there are a few things they’d like to set straight...
John B. Moore
There is something impressive about a band that’s managed to stay together for two decades, without the help of radio airplay, a single MTV appearance or even a crummy, 30-second IPod commercial.
Troy Michael
Janet Bean has certainly made her mark in the independent music industry with her bands Freakwater and Eleventh Day Dream. Now she is putting her stamp on her new project called The Horses Ha along with James Elkington of Zincs fame.
John B. Moore
In 1997, you couldn’t walk past a radio without hearing Marcy Playground’s alt-rock hit single “Sex and Candy.” Two records later, the band was pretty much ignored by their label Capitol Records, and the group quietly faded away.
John B. Moore
The divide between hardcore punk bands and acoustic-cradling country crooners is growing narrower nowadays.
Troy Michael
Josh Berwanger (the Only Children) has gotten the itch to play music for the first time since his son Ollie’s sickness. However, the focus of the music is not on him or even the Only Children. It is for Ollie and his cause.
John B. Moore
Band: Merit

Book Reviews Minimize
John B. Moore
It’s clear just a few pages in, that “Poisoned Heart I married Dee Dee Ramone (The Ramones Years),” Vera Ramone King’s memoir of her time with Ramone’s bassist Dee Dee Ramone, was not easy to write.

DVD Reviews Minimize
John B. Moore
After six seasons, you know where you stand with the often polarizing duo of Penn & Teller and their sacred cow tipping Showtime series “Bull Shit!”
John B. Moore
The show “Reaper” came along at just the right time. With “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel” both gone, there was definitely a void to be filled with a demon-centered goofy fantasy/comedy series.
John B. Moore
Stephenie Meyer’s fawned-over vampire soap opera “Twilight” may have been stealing all the press this spring, but HBO’s “True Blood” is hands down the far more interesting vampire saga.
John B. Moore
The premise of “Z Rock” is funny enough that it’s amazing someone hasn’t thought about committing it to film before.

Album Reviews Minimize
This is a piece that was lived and breathed throughout its creation and is one that must be felt to be truly appreciated.
Allen could be forgiven if she threw her finger at the world. Instead she’s bringing back reggae.
This isn’t your Reel Big Fish, Mighty Mighty Bosstones-style punk ska...This is the early ‘60s style, rhythm-and-blues-mixed-with-calypso ska.
While Australian band the Church may be best known for their 1988 hit “Under the Milky Way”, they’ve continued creating rich, lush, dreamy albums since then, and Untitled #23 is no exception.
On their second full-length, Florida’s Clock Hands Strangle still manages to keep the sound indefinable.
Now based in Chicago, Jason Frederick’s new band Cool Devices manages to rip through seven post punk-fused garage rockers with the intensity of rabid raccoons.
An enjoyable retro album, with a great blend of distortion, noise and melody.
Personally, I did not know that something this hard-rocking could come out of New Zealand.
Combine a classical piano prodigy who’s just discovered and fallen in love with David Bowie in college, and three ex-members of a band called Dr. Def and the Sexual Educators, and you get Dubious Ranger.
Some records sound big, like a wall of Marshall stacks big, and some records sound like they are going to be big. Gallows’ latest effort Grey Britain has got both of these things going for it.
The Green Pajamas have released dozens of albums since their debut in 1984, and it seems that every release only increases the consensus among their fans that this band has been widely overlooked.
If this music was any more real, the band would have to be sitting in your living room. Wonderful stuff.
Hill Country Revue is anxious to make sure you know, you really, really know, that they can play southern blues-rock.
It is all pleasant, even mildly endearing, but neither great civilizations nor rock ’n’ roll were built on a foundation of “nice.”
The album has an overtone of very worldly sadness – a kind of musical melancholy and smiling regret that can only emanate from someone who has been there and done that and not always succeeded.
Placebo continues to staunchly affix themselves as one of the best British rock acts of the 21st century.
It took a few albums, but Chapel Hill’s reigning alt country heroes Roman Candle have just turned in their iPod killer – not a single track is worth passing over.
It appears that kids these days have decided that they would rather do a little bit of dancing than mope around, and hey, good for them!
Nearly a dozen quirky, sun-baked pop songs, with a touch of California psychedelic thrown in, each nearly as infectious as the next.
This Portland-based four-piece rock band brought me back to the 1990s with their heartfelt emo and post-melodic sound.
Vetiver’s gentle rhythms on their fourth full-length are perfect for the approach of warm summer days.
Exactly what every good metal album needs – riff-centric, chugging guitar, pace-keeping, dominating drums, anthemic, gang vocal hooks, and unwavering vocals.
Solid Ground shows a lot of potential for this young singer if she doesn’t try to channel the MTV pop generation she grew up on.
One of, if not the, best country/folk records to ever come out of Montreal.
The sound quality is, indeed, very good. But it really doesn’t matter.

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