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August 2007

Event Reviews

Ben Kweller

Noone thought that Ben Kweller had enough fans in Orlando to sell out The Social, but sell it out he did. It was a good thing Jen Cray got there early to catch the action.

Lollapalooza

Chris Catania, in between three days of running back and forth the length of Chicago's Grant Park to check out the likes of Pearl Jam, Regina Spektor and Rhymefest, wonders if maybe Lollapalooza is getting a little too big.

Motion City Soundtrack

Motion City Soundtrack returned to Philadelphia to play a sold-out show. Brittany Sturges was there to bust a move with all the fans.

Pitchfork Music Festival

For the third straight year indie-rock tastemaker Pitchfork Media summoned the masses, including Chris Catania, and delivered a balanced mix of promising upstarts and legends for the Pitchfork Music Festival.

Portugal The Man

The blues-soaked, funk-sprinkled, new progressive sounds of Alaska's Portugal The Man made an evening of mediocre bands worth it for Jen Cray.

The Postmarks

The final date of The Postmarks' brief and enchanting summer tour as seen by Margarita Gonzalez.

Riverboat Gamblers

The first ever Volcom Tour brought co-headliners Riverboat Gamblers and Valient Thorr to Orlando, along with label mates Totimoshi and ASG. This was exactly the kind of show Jen Cray had been waiting for.

Silverchair

Silverchair is back and with a vengeance. Brittany Sturges was there to savor every moment of their performance.

Theo and The Skyscrapers

Feeling dwarfed by ex-Lunachick Theo Kogan and her two towering bandmates, Chris Catania reports that Gothic dance rock is alive and well, and smashing your face in.

Warped Tour

It's 300 degrees in the shade, the Orlando streets are teeming with teenagers, and Jen Cray was about to throw down $6 for a Bud Light. This can only mean one thing: it's time for another Warped Tour.

Music Reviews

Music A

Anchored in Love

A Tribute to June Carter Cash (Dual Tone Music). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music B

Barnes and Barnes

Yoobaha (Collector's Choice). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Frank Black

'93 - '03 (Cooking Vinyl). Review by Linda Tate.

AA Bondy

American Hearts (Superphonic). Review by Jen Cray.

Music C

Culture Queer

Supersize It Under Pontius Pilate (Tokyo Rose Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Music D

Dalminjo

One Day You'll Dance For Me Tokyo! (Kriztal). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Driftless Pony Club

Cholera (Two Thumbs Down). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music E

Evil Beaver

In the Spirit of Resilient Optimism (Lago). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music F

Free Diamonds

By the Sword (Deep Elm). Review by Jen Cray.

Music G

Genghis Tron

Dead Mountain Mouth (Crucial Blast). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Graboids

Infinite Delay (Stickfigure). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music H

The Heart Attacks

Hellbound and Heartless (Hellcat). Review by Jen Cray.

Hella

There's No 666 in Outer Space (Ipecac). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Hillstomp

After Two But Before Five (Fuzzmaster Records, In Music We Trust). Review by Tim Wardyn.

The Honorary Title

Scream and Light Up The Sky (Reprise / Wea). Review by Jen Cray.

Music I

The Innocence Mission

We Walked in Song (Badman Recording Co.). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music J

Joy

Sailing Days (Shrimper). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Justice

Cross (edbangerrecords). Review by Danny Lewis.

Music K

Joe "Shithead" Keithley

Band of Rebels (Sudden Death). Review by Jen Cray.

Khlyst

Chaos Is My Name (Hydra Head). Review by Matthew Moyer.

KMFDM

Tohuvabohu (Metropolis). Review by Jorge C. Galban.

Music L

The Last Hope

Violence, Vengeance, and Retribution (Hairball 8). Review by Jen Cray.

Licorice Roots

Shades of Streamers (Essay). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Vivian Linden

Watch The Light Fade (Tarnished Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Lycia

The Burning Circle And Then Dust (Silber). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Music M

Manes

How The World Came To An End (Candlelight). Review by Bob Ham.

Mr. Gnome

Mr. Gnome. Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music N

Matt Nathanson

Some Mad Hope (Vanguard). Review by Andrew Ellis.

The N.U.R.B-S.

Sui Generis (NonRational). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music O

Our Corpse Destroyed

Avenge Your City (Hairball 8). Review by Jen Cray.

Om Hip Hop / Zeph + Azeem

Volume One (Om). Review by Shelton Hull.

Music P

Portugal The Man

Church Mouth (Fearless). Review by Jen Cray.

The Postmarks

The Postmarks (Unfiltered). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Music R

Refrigerator

Bottles of Make Up (Shrimper). Review by Bob Ham.

Rotersand

1023 (Metropolis). Review by Jorge C. Galban.

Music S

Scissors For Lefty

Underhanded Romance (Eenie Meenie). Review by Jen Cray.

Sixx:AM

The Heroin Diaries (Eleven Seven). Review by Andrew Ellis.

The Slits

Revenge of the Killer Slits (S.A.F.). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Some Girls

Heaven’s Pregnant Teens (Epitaph Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Music T

The Triffids

In the Pines (Domino). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Tulsa Drone

Songs From a Mean Season (Perpetual Motion Machine). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music U

Uncle Monk

Uncle Monk (Airday). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music W

Watain

Sworn to the Dark (Southern Lord). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Weedeater

God Luck and Good Speed (Southern Lord). Review by Matthew Moyer.

The Winter Blanket

Golden Sun (Paper Trail). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Woods

At Rear House (Shrimper). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Print Reviews

It's Kind of a Funny Story

Except it's really not. Ian Koss catches himself enjoying this novel of teenage depression in the Big Apple.

Modern Masters: Charles Vess

Shaun Corley enjoys Twomorrows' retrospective of the work of Neil Gaiman collaborator, and fellow Virginian, Charles Vess.

Deliciously Italian

Rock demi-urge Stehen Moramarco and his dad have put together a book describing a hundred and one ways you can sate your craving for Italian food. Ian Koss reports from the kitchen.

Nirvana: The Biography

The only way to properly document Nirvana is by documenting the grunge ecosystem, Matthew Moyer thinks, and British journalist Everett True has done just this in this latest biography.

Regards from Serbia

Graphic journalist Alexsandar Zograf has recently had his strips amalgamated and published as Regards from Serbia. Eric J. Iannelli wonders how it stacks up against existing graphic accounts of the Balkan civil wars of the '90s.

The Heels

Bring on the bad guys! Shelton Hull finds a little joy in pro wrestling again after reading this encyclopedic history of heels, the grapplers you love to hate.

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The Pentagram Papers

Ian Koss hails this collected edition of writings and ephemera by the venerable collective he dubs the "Beatles of design agencies."

Screen Reviews

Dolly Parton And Friends

Say what you will about Dolly Parton. Just be careful of what you say in front of Matthew Moyer, true fan. Here's why.

Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act

Helen Mirren returns to say goodbye to her groundbreaking character Jane Tennison in the conclusion to the Prime Suspect series. Amidst a myriad of personal problems, she must search for a missing-presumed-dead 14-year-old girl.

Tanya Tucker

Hometown boy Carl F Gauze checks out this dvd of a mid-nineties concert at Orlando's Cheyenne Saloon by a still-vibrant Tucker - and totally bombs the "Country Music Quiz" in the bonus features.

You’re Gonna Miss Me

In this new documentary on the struggles of Roky Erickson, Scott Adams sees parallels with similar films on Robert Crumb and Daniel Johnston, but finds a stronger chance of redemption and hope for the erstwhile 13th Floor Elevator.