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"I’m gonna tear myself open and shine," the first line in the chorus of "Shine," the opening track of the third release from Star Anna and The Laughing Dogs are probably the most telling words of the album. On Alone in This Together, Star Anna and the band ...
Over their 20-year-career the members of Pearl Jam have amassed quite the catalog of side projects from Brad, Mad Season, Three Fish and most recently Tres Mts, but there seemed to be always something missing. It wasn’t until 2007 when Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder released his first album outside of the group. Vedder wrote the original music for the Sean Penn-directed blockbuster film ...
There was plenty of handwringing in the punk rock community in 2006 when Chuck Ragan and the rest of Hot Water Music decided to break apart to focus on their own projects. A majority of the band immediately started The Draft, while frontman Chuck Ragan decided to pick up the acoustic guitar, pair off with a fiddle player and a ...
It’s been a busy few years for Damion Suomi. The Florida musician, part singer songwriter, part punk rock pub poet, broke off from his band Memoranda a few years ago to try the solo route. In 2009, he put out the phenomenal debut Self-Titled that was sadly overlooked by the mainstream and quickly followed it up with ...
It’s been about six years since the UK’s Frank Turner walked away from life in a hardcore band (Kneejerk, Million Dead) and swapped out the distorted guitars for an acoustic one. IIn that time, he’s turned in an impressive collection of albums (six, to be exact) and managed to help define the punk singer/songwriter genre. Known best for his injection of wit and humility into songs about growing up, growing old and politics (proof that you never grow out of punk rock), Turner is quickly becoming one of the ...
The guys in Kingston, Penn.’s melodic hardcore band Title Fight saw no reason why they had to choose between their band and a college education. They could tour during the summer and on holiday breaks, write and record during their free time and attend classes during the week. It was a perfect plan, and the group didn’t have to choose between one or the other until ...
Ranging anywhere in size from six to nine members with their latest outing, the punk rock cabaret (or is it a collective? or religion?) known as The World/Inferno Friendship Society is about to take the circus back on the road. With The Anarchy and The Ecstasy, the band’s fifth full-length, band constant and front man Jack Terricloth is back with another stellar collection of ...

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Earlier this year legendary bassist/guitarist Duff McKagan released the phenomenal album The Taking with his band Duff McKagan’s Loaded. With McKagan’s name everywhere in the media from his bands, past and present (Guns ‘n’ Roses, Velvet Revolver) and his writing gigs as a columnist for Playboy Magazine, ESPN, and The Stranger, Armoury Records has jumped at the chance to rerelease Duff McKagan’s Loaded last album Sick.
Chicago’s Material Issue is one of the best power pop bands to come out of the ’90s and that is saying a lot considering how many bands of that genre surfaced in the decade. Chicago’s Material Issue is one of the best power pop bands to come out of the ’90s and thatis saying a lot considering how many bands of that genre surfaced in the decade,
If Queen were to make their debut now, instead of 1973 when they released their eponymous self-titled debut, it’s very likely they’d be considered a novelty band, and I’m not even talking about Freddy Mercury’s skin tight cat suits or Brian May’s getting closer to God afro as reasons why.
These two reissues of reissues originally came out in 1973 and 1974 respectively. Neither is indicative of the more popular T. Rex sound. However, both are worthy of your ear, for they mark a point in frontman’s Marc Bolan’s songwriting/career where he was seemingly driven to conquer the American market.
Before they catapulted into stardom thanks to their MTV hits "Legs," Sharp Dressed Man," and “Gimme All Your Lovin” ZZ Top had a pretty successful run going without the music video invasion.

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As a head writer for “Saturday Night Live” and creator of “30 Rock,” Tina Fey has already cemented her place as one of the most successful and best respected women in television history. Her autobiography “Bossypants,” like her career, combines the self-deprecation of Liz Lemon, the polemics of her Weekend Update anchor position, and Fey’s always astute, quizzical perspective.
Someone truly needs to write “The Tao of Ice-T.” Throughout his two books– the latest of which is the brash, entertaining “Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption-from South Central to Hollywood” – the man born Tracy Lauren Marrow offers insightful (if cracked) sense of wisdom alongside engaging and personal narratives that paint the rapper/actor/author as truly percipient, winsome and, above all else, genuinely entertaining.
Simon Pegg may be one of the best British imports in recent memory, and an unabashed God in the realm of geek culture, but his memoir, “Nerd Do Well,” is more on par with “Run Fatboy Run” than “Shaun of the Dead.” Despite Pegg’s sometimes-interesting musings, the book offers little insight into what is clearly a sharp wit and wry mind.
In this paperback edition, the fine folks at Voyageur Press have not scrimped on value. Author Sutcliffe offers readers more than 280 pages of “Queen: The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown Kings of Rock” are rare photos, tour dates and stories … oh, the stories … the book is chock full of stories about the band, its members, their equipment and more.
Those looking for unpublished secrets about AC/DC or even just a basic backgrounder about Australia’s loudest export are bound to be let down if that’s their sole reason for picking up Brian Johnson’s “Rocker’s and Rollers”. Yes, Johnson is the front man of the phenomenally successful hard rock band and you know he has a catalog of backstage stories that could possibly make Motley Crue’s “Dirt” read like a Judy Blume book in comparison, but he devotes about 90 percent of this memoir to his real love: cars.

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Who ever said post-modern politics can't be dance-tastic? I don't know, but Le Tigre seems to have made it their mission to disprove that statement. The indie feminist electro-punk trio of Kathleen Hanna, Johanna Fateman and J.D. Samson is an equal-opportunity band of showpersons.
The late comedian and satirist Bill Hicks may be the subject of more books and documentaries than any American stand-up in the last 20 years…and rightfully so. When most comedians were making hackneyed references to the perils of airline food and banal allusions to gender and cultural differences, Hicks was advising marketing agents to kill themselves, railing against the American military industrial complex, and dissecting biblical hypocrisy.
Let’s get this out of the way up front: if goofy, often absurdist humor is not your thing, stay far away from “Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!” In fact, it’s probably best you stop reading this review and just move on to more productive things.
Remember how cool it was when the writers behind “True Blood” trotted out the shape shifters in season two to compete with the vampires for our attention? With season three they’ve jacked the bar up pretty high by bringing out a whole parade of supernatural creatures.

Table of Contents

Issue 57 / July 2011
Features: Star Anna & the Laughing Dogs, Chuck Ragan, Damion Suomi & The Minor Prophets, Title Fight, Frank Turner, Eddie Vedder, The World/Inferno Friendship Society
Album Reviews: All Hail the Crown,Bass Drum of Death, The Belle Brigade, Maggie Bjorklund, Peter Case, Dylan Champagne, Company of Thieves, Crossfade, Ha Ha Tonka, Hammer No More the Fingers, I Was Totally Destroying It, Joan as Policewoman, My Morning Jacket, OhGr, Roxanne Potvin, Ravishers, Alison Scott, She Wants Revenge, The Silos, Silverstein, Skold, Damion Suomi & The Minor Prophets, Title Fight, The Von Ehrics, Daphne Willis

Book Reviews: Bossypants, Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption-from South Central to Hollywood, Nerd Do Well, Queen: The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown Kings of Rock, Rockers and Rollers: A Full-Throttle Memoir 
DVD Reviews: American: The Bill Hicks Story, Le Tigre, Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, True Blood
Rereleases: Duff McKagan's Loaded, Material Issue, Queen, T. Rex, ZZ Top 

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It's been over 20 years since Malfunkshun and Mother Love Bone front man Andrew Wood left us. The remarkable thing about his legacy is that he continues to inspire old friends to make sure the music keeps on rolling. In 2006, Andrew's brother Kevin Wood and Regan Hagar, were sifting through piles of Andrew's lyrics which were never recorded. They took those lyrics and ...
If music is the soundtrack of our lives, then Bass Drum of Death’s debut GB City is what you turn on when you’re doing something particularly badass. Impressing the ladies at the gym with all of those sweet squats? Go for it. Casually walking away from an ...
The Belle Brigade is a band that should be with us for a long, long time. Lord, I hope The Belle Brigade doesn’t get labeled as an alt-country or roots rock band, because they’re not. They’re so much more. However, first impressions from “Loser,” the single off this first album could ...
After listening to this album, I would like to visit the place Maggie Bjorklund calls “home” It would definitely be a good vacation spot for the workaholic or over-taxed mother, but, for those with a zest in their step, the static homogeny may ...
Personal politics are a tricky thing, especially in the milieu of a music career. They can yield a legacy like that of Johnny Rzeznik or that of Paul Westerberg. The career of Peter Case most resembles the latter, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. From the formative years with ‘70s seminal new wave punk outfit The Nerves to the pop success with ...
Dylan Champagne describes himself as an artist who wears many hats. He has dabbled in many various areas of musical performance and writing. His latest solo release Love Songs of the Apocalypse showcases his punk, prog, and 70’s and 80’s pop roots. He describes his solo efforts as ...
This is an album of interesting dynamics. It is soft in a hard way. It is safe, but takes risks with its sound. It is both constrained and free flowing. Running from a Gamble is like playing games in a fenced in yard: a bustle of activity in a ...
If you’re of the mind that fame isn’t without its price, then you best seek out Crossfade front man Ed Sloan. He was seemingly on top of the world following the release of his band’s 2004 eponymous platinum selling debut. After 2006’s sophomore album Falling Away fell flat on its face, Sloan, along with the rest of Crossfade, was subsequently ...
For those who feel that there is a certain lack of mandolin and group choruses in indie rock, Ha Ha Tonka have you covered. The southern rock/bluegrass/indie band sticks to their southern roots on their third album with Bloodshot Records, Death of a Decade. Beautiful melodies and sweeping ...
On Hammer No More the Fingers’ second full-length album, Black Shark, the Durham, NC, natives stick to their indie power pop influences with this quick, 10-song LP. The three-piece comes off as a well-oiled machine, producing one clean, catchy pop rock song after another. For instance, album standout ...
Remember way back to the early 90’s before “alternative” was a dirty word? Somewhere shortly after Nirvana released Nevermind and Pearl Jam put out 10, but before the term was co-opted by ad firms looking to sell cars and record labels looked for an excuse to trot out weaker carbon copies of the aforementioned bands (I’m looking your way Stone ...
Joan as Policewoman bears the funky, white-girl torch of today. The Deep Field leaps into the electronic age with armloads of soul and experience. Dig it! JAPW is fronted by Joan Wasser, of the Carol King school of blue-eyed awesome, with all due Jeff Buckley influence. Yes, I note obligingly that Wasser is the only chick who deserves that qualifier as she was his ...
On its sixth album, Kentucky’s My Morning Jacket craft a mellow, meandering but ultimately cohesive collection of tunes evoking the group’s traditional southern-fried twang with a trippy, genre-spanning experimentalism. Though disparate in sound and tone, the ...
Nivek Ogre’s is a very distinctive voice in the industrial world. UnDeveloped is a cold, familiar, apocalypse. Fans of OhGr and Skinny Puppy will feel at ease in this soundscape, but there are still new thrills lurking behind every turn. Both leading ...
Taking a step back and reassessing one’s life and career and changing course is never easy, but it can be fun. Play from Roxanne Potvin shows an artist doing just that, making a change and having fun. In 2009 after a decade of hard work in the Toronto blues scene, three successful albums and a ...
It would be easy to write a review for the Ravishers where I just went along with some ‘It’s ravishing’ puns, but then I would be lying. That’s not to say that this Portland group’s self-titled album is ...
When you think of cities synonymous with soul music, places like Memphis and Philadelphia quickly come to mind. A surprising amount has sprung from Minneapolis, the home of up and coming soul singer Alison Scott . Chinese Whispers, Scott’s third independent release comes after ...
For most bands that have churned out as many albums as the California-based duo She Wants Revenge, change is inevitable. Some use it as a time to reinvent themselves, reintroduce themselves, or expound on what they already do best. With Valleyheart, She Wants Revenge does the ...
The Jayhawks, Uncle Tupelo and BoDeans may be among the acts most closely associated with alt country, but the New York, by way of Florida, band The Silos were one of the genre’s pioneers. Florizona, the band’s 10th studio album, is ...
Silverstein are good at what they do. If their latest, Rescue, proves nothing else, it at least proves that. This band isn’t out to surprise you because it’s just not in their makeup. Just because they’re not pulling a My Chemical Romance or Linkin Park chameleon act every album doesn’t mean that the final product is going to be ...
There was a time when metal and industrial rock was painful. The inception of the genre was borne from a growing vacuum in the industry to offset the rising influence of soft rock and quickly redefined itself to become appealing as a mindset, versus a musical style. On Skold’s newest album Anomie, the influence of the fading musician has ...
In 2009, Damion Suomi put out his criminally overlooked debut (Self-Titled). A brilliant collection of punk poetry, folk rock and drinking songs that put him up there with Chuck Ragan, Tim Barry and Frank Turner as one of the most talented singer songwriters playing today. His second album, Go, And Sell All of Your Things proves his first effort was hardly a ...
Title Fight. Remember the name. These Kingston, PA products could find themselves on the fast track to success in their given pop-punk/happy-hardcore genre, and their latest offering, Shed, should be the fuel for the fire to put them at the precipice of said greatness. Honestly, this band didn’t graduate from Pennsylvanian VFW’s to touring with ...
Like pairing a Sex Pistols t-shirt with a pair of old cowboy boots, Dallas-based band The Von Ehrics play cow punk in a way that everyone from Willie to Glen Matlock would approve of. Fast, raucous and loud, Two Foot Stomp finds the band at its finest with the release of their fourth album. You can still hear a slight twang in Robert Jason Vandygriff’s vocals that sound simply ...
Paul McCartney once said “writing a good pop song isn’t easy,” but these days with home recording equipment, preprogrammed beats and auto tune available, recording is easier than ever. So, huge credit must be given to Vanguard Records for pairing Daphne Willis and her excellent girl-power pop songs with producer ...

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