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April 2009

Bad Brains

Phillip Haire catches up with ground-breaking punk band Bad Brains, with enigmatic front man H.R. on board, at a rare Orlando date.

Dr. Dog

Dr. Dog's recent concert at Orlando's Social conjures up both Frampton Comes Alive and Flavor of Love for S D Green. Believe it or not, this is a good thing.

Elton John and Billy Joel

Don't mind the cheap seats, people. When legendary performers like Elton John and Billy Joel take the stage together, memorable moments happen all around you. Christopher Long caught the opening date of the 2009 Face 2 Face Tour to soak up the sweet music.

Flogging Molly

Returning for two sold-out shows in Orlando on their annual Green 17 Tour, Flogging Molly gave Carl Gauze a reason to chug another Guinness.

Girl Talk

There was much buzz about Girl Talk at the opening night of Harvest of Hope's three-day weekend of music. Phillip Haire dutifully caught the set, and found a new respect for mixing and mashing.

Glasvegas

Scottish rockers Glasvegas rode into New York City on a wave of hype for two sold-out shows. With only one proper album to flaunt, the band nevertheless proved to Kiran Aditham that they can bring arena-sized sound to a mid-sized theater.

Less Than Jake

Less Than Jake has been riding the third wave of ska for fifteen years. Jen Cray was there at the start, and she's still turning up at their shows so many years later.

Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse are playing bigger and bigger gigs these days. Their recent sold out show at Orlando's House of Blues is an example. S D Green questions their modesty in light of all this popularity and new personnel.

Mötley Crüe

Having survived near fatal overdoses, porn scandals, reality shows, and twenty five years of a fickle music scene, Mötley Crüe continues to sell out arenas all over the country. Jen Cray tossed on her leather and lace and sprayed her hair upward toward the Gods in preparation for the Orlando show... not really, but she did jam out to their Greatest Hits album on the way to the show.

Interviews

Coheed & Cambria's Chris Pennie

Gail Worley finds drummer Chris Pennie of Coheed & Cambria to be one rad guy.

Disturbed

Dan Donegan gives Ink 19's Elianne Halbersberg the lowdown on Indestructible, Disturbed's third consecutive No. 1 album, following in Metallica's footsteps, and getting laid at concerts.

Or, the Whale

Tim Wardyn speaks with the alt-country septet voted one of The Onion's worst band names of the year in 2007, Or, the Whale.

White Denim

S D Green sits down (in front of a computer) and chats with (emails) White Denim bassist Steve Terebecki. What follows is a conversation about their new album Fits, opening for ABBA, and Thomas Jefferson. Kind of.

Music Reviews

Circus

Circus (Jive Records). Review by Christopher Long.

Music A

The Alternate Routes

A Sucker's Dream (Vanguard Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Music B

Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles

The Stars Are Out (Sugar Hill Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Music C

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Cosmo’s Factory / Pendulum (Fantasy/Concord Records). Review by Christopher Long.

Dianna Cristaldi

Dianna Cristaldi. Review by Robert M. Sutton.

Music D

The Defibulators

Corn Money (City Salvage). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Music F

Foghat

Live at the Blues Warehouse (Varese Sarabande Records). Review by Matt Parish.

Music G

Grand Duchy

Petits Fours (Cooking Vinyl). Review by Jen Cray.

Music L

Lair of the Minotaur

War Metal Battle Master (Southern Lord). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Music M

Kate Mann

Things Look Different When the Sun Goes Down (Orange Dress Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.

The MCP Band

Above The Waterline (). Review by Robert M. Sutton.

Music N

Nashville Pussy

From Hell To Texas (Steamhammer / SPV). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music O

Odd Nosdam

T.I.M.E. Soundtrack (Anticon). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music P

Scott Pinkmountain and the Golden Bolts of Tone

The Full Sun (Howells Transmitter). Review by Logan Owlbeemoth.

Music R

Chris Robley & the Fear of Heights

Movie Theatre Haiku (A Masque of Backwards Ballads, a Picturesque Burlesque) (Cutthroat Pop). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Ethan Rose

Oaks (Holocene Music). Review by P. McEver.

Music S

Paula Sinclair

Steady Girl (Old Sombrero Music). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Music T

Talkdemonic

Eyes at Half Mast (Arena Rock Recording Co.). Review by Logan Owlbeemoth.

The Tunes and Tones

Apple. Review by Michael Sutton.

Music V

Volcano Suns

The Bright Orange Years (Merge Records). Review by Scott Adams.

Music W

Butch Walker

Sycamore Meadows (Original Signal Recordings/Power Ballad). Review by Christopher Long.

Wallpaper

On the Chewing Gum Floor (K Records). Review by Andrew Coulon.

Wino

Punctuated Equilibrium (Southern Lord). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Music Y

Yahowa 13

Sonic Portation (Prophase Music). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Print Reviews

I Hate New Music

Did rock 'n' roll begin and end with classic rock? Has there been a single landmark rock album since 1978? Eric J. Iannelli went looking for answers in I Hate New Music, Dave Thompson's blustery "classic rock manifesto," but all he found was a man with questionable beliefs shouting at him.

Punk Rock Fun Time Activity Book

Following up his not-so-kid-friendly Heavy Metal Fun Time Activity Book and Gangsta Rap Coloring Book, Aye Jay is back with another fun-filled edition for all you punkers out there. So what did Tim Wardyn think of the Punk Rock Fun Time Activity Book? F----n' brilliant!

Pure Country: The Leon Kagarise Archives

Get a glimpse of America, captured in Kagarise's photos and stories of the big country and bluegrass heroes of the '60s playing in obscure music parks.

Screen Reviews

Adventureland

Despite the lofty name, it's just a sleazy amusement park -- will James get the girl before someone wins the Big-Ass Panda? Carl F Gauze thinks it's inevitable, but still fun to watch.

Black Metal Satanica

What? You've watched every episode of Metalocalypse and find yourself with nothing left to fill the sick, black void in your soul? Get thee to the source, man. Scott Adams recommends this Viking-fueled history of Black Metal.

Days and Clouds

Everybody loves a trainwreck, and when it happens in Genoa, it's irresistible. Carl F Gauze pauses to gawk.

Gospel According to Al Green

Robert Mugge's documentary about Al Green's tragedy-strewn return to the Church is given the deluxe 25th Anniversary DVD treatment. Can Scott Adams get an amen?

Population: 1

Apocalyptic sci-fi, Busby Berkeley, and the proto-punk of the Screamers collide head-on in this reissue of Rene Daalder's lo-fi, hilarious, and terribly sad musical. Is that a twelve-year old Beck making a cameo?

TV Party: The Sublimely Intolerable Show

Television can be good for you. Especially when it's Glenn O'Brien's NYC art-damaged public access freakshow. This is TV Party. Pay attention.