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The album is a labor of love on many levels.
Is Sci-Fi Crimes the band’s best work to date? Let the debate begin. It surely will be one that could rage on for some time.
Upon hearing the name The Jaguar Club, you may be wondering: the animal … or the car?
With the future of Gatsbys American Dream in limbo, some members carry on in Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground.
In spite of label deals gone bad and new additions to the family, The Scarred are still doing what they do best.
Although the New Jersey band has taken the fast lane to playing big shows, the secret ingredient has been hard work.
Because of the infectious, if a bit mopey single “I Want to Be Adored,” the band is technically classified as a one-hit wonder in the U.S. Yet, as the 20th anniversary offering proves, the band certainly deserves a second listen.
Band: Bronze Radio Return

Book Reviews Minimize
For those interested in a first-person history of one of the most influential U.S. glam bands, “I, Doll: Life and Death with the New York Dolls” is a fairly insightful read, but it is a bit difficult to get past Kane’s rambling, drug-influenced writings and often petty asides.
Australian novelist Tom Gilling may not be that well known outside of his native Australia, but if his latest book is any indication he surely should be.

DVD Reviews Minimize
Read “Please Kill Me” instead.
You’d be hard pressed to find any characters as cool as the suit-sporting, booze-swilling ad men (and women) that populate AMC’s incredibly original series “Mad Men.”
Coming off like a British version of “Sex and The City,” without the obsessive comments about shoes, “Pulling” does a far better job of appealing to members of both sexes.

Album Reviews Minimize
This is an album that you’re supposed to get lost in, to soak up the ambience and enjoy yourself. Instead, it’s just a taxing affair, where you skip ahead to the next track in hopes that there is something redeeming within the clutter.
The songs seem to have a low grade winsome quality - think The Church stripped of mystery with John Cale (on a bad day with a cold) singing - and you get an idea of what The Bats’ Guilty Office sounds like.
Ill Communication may be a little unbalanced with the second half of the record missing the flow that the first half had, but rest assured this release is near flawless.
Written as a love letter to his Brooklyn neighborhood, The Gowanus Yacht Club was a bit of an experiment for Porter Block.
Merely by listening to the emotionally tempered purity of the opening chug of "Sleep Apnea," you can foreshadow that this record is going to be a journey – one without many breaks.
A fun, sophisticated set of 10 songs heavy with caustic humor, minor chord progressions, and infectious hooks.
The Color Turning does an excellent job of churning out pleasant tunes on Good Hands Bad Blood, but they really have not separated themselves from other groups yearning to be the next Coldplay or Death Cab for Cutie hitting up arenas.
Echoing the eccentric yet rootsy rock of Built to Spill, the Fruit Bats hold their own amidst heavy-weight labelmates, and have created a thinking man’s record for this day and age.
Not surprisingly, given the band’s name, Texas’s Girl In A Coma’s record recalls some earlier new music sounds of the late ‘80s (think Smiths, Concrete Blonde, Neo-Rockabilly, Pretenders, upbeat Goth), then mixed in with some of the more recent power pop punk sounds.
For Hendrix collectors, this is another one to explore, but for the casual fan, they’d best stick to the many best of compilations.
Maybe one of the most refreshing things about The Jaguar Club is that they have something to say.
It’s not unheard of for a rock band to try and cross over with a country record -- Darrius Rucker (aka Hootie) has done it recently and The Supersuckers did it years ago -- but for a rock band to cross over with a mariachi record, now that is unheard-of to my knowledge.
It’s easy to forget how relevant Willie Nelson still remains, nearly 50 years after releasing his first record.
This is the seventh live album Nugent’s released since 1978, but who cares, it’s still good and should invoke your favorite Ted Nugent memories. Just don’t break out the loin cloth.
Previously known for their Pere Ubu-like chaos, flamboyance, and big soulful sound, the band mainly just keeps the last of these traits here.
Os Mutantes were together less than 10 years, but have come to wield enormous influence on artists 20 and 30 years their junior: Nirvana, Beck, The Flaming Lips, Of Montreal (to name just a few.)
A fast moving punk rock record full of skull-crushing thrash and neo-slackerdom edifice.
Think of the urgency and aggressiveness of Ragan’s punk/hardcore past and mix it with rock steady alt-country/folk music and a hard husky voice, and you will land somewhere near Chuck Ragan's latest album.
A four-piece from Baltimore, MD, The Seldon Plan is most often described as “post-rock pop.”
In what is a sure-fire clinic of pop-punk euphoria, with This Will Be the Death of Us, Set Your Goals simply do what they do best – play raucous, fast and unapologetic punk rock tunes.
If nothing else, the band supplies a wealth of inspiration, with its oddly shaped rhythms that hypnotize in a lazy way.
Wicked country. But not at all what I thought it would be.
When the dust settled from the breakup of Screaming Trees in 1996, Van Conner didn’t waste any time in pushing forward with his side project Valis.
This is not an album to dance to, but perhaps one to sway in the corner alone to.
The songs of Love and Rockets, a band all too often overshadowed by peers like Joy Division and The Smiths, sound fantastic given the varied takes on their Goth pop songs.

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