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“We are all super happy with the results - it's like a way more powerful record was in there waiting to be set free," Jawbox founder and frontman J. Robbins said.
Inspired by singers such as Neil Young and Lucinda Williams, Ward’s lyrics generally have a folk-rock feel, along with invented storylines and adherence to other people’s perspectives.
When Naked Raygun frontman Jeff Pezzati put together his post-Raygun band The Bomb, he was undoubtedly under a massive amount of scrutiny.
Exene Cervenka will always been known as the queen of punk rock. A founding member of the seminal LA punk band X, regardless of what else she does – and she does a lot – she will forever be associated with X, and that is far from a bad thing.
On Tales From Planet Earth, Riptides' eighth release is roughly 30-minutes of brilliantly juvenile, pop punk that would make everyone from The Queers to The Ramones proud that they inspired this band.
Barratt recently spoke about ending up in Georgia, starting a new band and turning metal heads into indie fans.
Sean Walsh and the National Reserve have recently released their first album Homesick on their own Lovers Dream Records.

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David Cross is getting a little tired of carrying around the hipster cross.
John Ortved’s carefully researched and entertaining behind-the-scenes look at one of the most beloved TV series works primarily because the author is such a big fan of “The Simpsons.”

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Status Quo has not been troubled by anything resembling a new idea for over 35 years. They found a beat, or maybe two, made a down payment on it, and have been paying down the mortgage ever since.
Simply put, music doesn’t sound like this anymore. The overall effect of the concert is grandiose, a nostalgic time capsule not so much of the Renaissance as it is of the ‘70s, a decade of experimentation and freedom.
The punk scenes in NY and LA have been documented ad nauseum at this point. It’s nice to finally get a look into the often overlooked and underappreciated scene in Chicago.
“Double Down Live 1980-2008” is a total value pack. You get a 22-song 1980 (pre-synthesizer) ZZ Top concert from the Deguello tour. In addition, you get an 11-song concert from 2008.
“Monty Python Almost the Truth (The Lawyer’s Cut)” hilariously and studiously follows the Pythons from birth through the college years to the landmark TV series and subsequent films.
The beautiful thing about “Nip/Tuck” – about to start its sixth season – is the manner in which it manages to top it’s already way-over-the-top plot lines year after year.

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Ok boys, whip out the testosterone, because this is “music to impress strippers by."
The colorful singer songwriter wears her heart on her sleeve and in song as she belts out charming number after charming number until the 12 tracks are through and you immedtiatly want to press play again.
Anomie (pronounced an-uh-me) Belle is not a person like I foolishly thought, but the moniker for songwriter Toby Campbell.
For those who have heard of the Apples in Stereo but, like I, weren't quite convinced you would love them, consider your ears in a state of medical emergency to which this disc is an urgently needed injection of prescription candy.
The album is indeed written from a Christian angle, only the angle is of one who is struggling with alcoholism and a broken heart. Curse Your Branches is a testament of Bazan’s struggle with himself as well as his faith.
Listen, as far as we’re concerned, it doesn’t get much better than Leonard Cohen. However, this was a long and far ago time.
What we have here are leftovers, outtakes, alternate takes/versions, covers, tunes that did not fit and orphans. So, some of the songs are great, some good and some are fun.
With Aim and Ignite, Reuss and company have rightfully earned the mantle of intelligent power pop rockers once worn by groups like Jellyfish, XTC and The Kinks.
Hawthorne has achieved what I thought only Amy Winehouse could do — synthesize a soul so perfectly in the shadows of Motown that it is freed of decade, race, and class...
The shimmering, spooky sounds on I:Scintilla’s fourth release prove that the Chicago band has not lost its trademark intensity.
Red Right Return is phenomenal, a massive piece of near perfect modern rock sensibilities.
There’s nothing quite like an instrumental band using a pun for the title of their album.
Monotonix traffic in large guitar rock: a three-piece, vocals, drums, guitar, as much garagey punk as '70s rock.
If any '90s band warranted the anthology treatment, it’s Morphine. It took a decade, but Rhino has given the Boston-based “low rock” band the treatment and the result is a wildly impressive look at the band’s output.
On The Visitor, O'Rourke pulls off the art of the one-song record as masterfully as a jazz musician like Keith Jarrett, or the minimal few song albums a la Steve Reich.
Owing a big debt to The Jam and just about every other dance-friendly garage rock band, from the Kaiser Chiefs to Gang of Four, The Rifles deliver poppy three-chord guitar riffs over big choruses and the occasional hand claps.
Like a volcanic blast, Trixie and Kitty come out swinging on their debut long player and don’t let up until all 13 songs of a punk and garage rock blend have you knocked out on the canvas.
Being influenced by roots rock with a slight touch of bubblegum, listening to Let It Die goes down like a frosty tall glass of root beer.
Here’s hoping QU helps the band reach the larger audience they so clearly deserve.
Skinlab’s latest, surprisingly their seventh studio record to date, The Scars Between Us, is a thick slab of hate.
A guy from London, fronting a band from Athens, Ga., doesn’t sound quite right on paper. But musically speaking, Spring Tigers sounds just right.
The Sound of Human Lives is at its best during its moments of clarity – memorable instances when Therefore I Am sound fresh and identifiable - although those adjectives could sparsely be used to describe the rest of the record.
Jonas Stein, former Be Your Own Pet guitarist/drummer, continues to spread the garage rock love with Turbo Fruits
Admittedly, I haven't yet heard Vivian Girls' fiery self-titled debut. But I'm making up for lost time by repeatedly spinning their followup, Everything Goes Wrong.
Milwaukee at Last! strips everything down to what makes Wainwright so fundamentally fabulous.

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