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.
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 returned to Philadelphia to play a sold-out show. Brittany Sturges was there to bust a move with all the fans.
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.
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 final date of The Postmarks' brief and enchanting summer tour as seen by Margarita Gonzalez.
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 is back and with a vengeance. Brittany Sturges was there to savor every moment of their performance.
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.
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.
A Tribute to June Carter Cash (Dual Tone Music). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Yoobaha (Collector's Choice). Review by Carl F Gauze.
'93 - '03 (Cooking Vinyl). Review by Linda Tate.
American Hearts (Superphonic). Review by Jen Cray.
Supersize It Under Pontius Pilate (Tokyo Rose Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.
One Day You'll Dance For Me Tokyo! (Kriztal). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Cholera (Two Thumbs Down). Review by Aaron Shaul.
In the Spirit of Resilient Optimism (Lago). Review by Carl F Gauze.
By the Sword (Deep Elm). Review by Jen Cray.
Dead Mountain Mouth (Crucial Blast). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Infinite Delay (Stickfigure). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Hellbound and Heartless (Hellcat). Review by Jen Cray.
There's No 666 in Outer Space (Ipecac). Review by Aaron Shaul.
After Two But Before Five (Fuzzmaster Records, In Music We Trust). Review by Tim Wardyn.
Scream and Light Up The Sky (Reprise / Wea). Review by Jen Cray.
We Walked in Song (Badman Recording Co.). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Sailing Days (Shrimper). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Cross (edbangerrecords). Review by Danny Lewis.
Band of Rebels (Sudden Death). Review by Jen Cray.
Chaos Is My Name (Hydra Head). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Tohuvabohu (Metropolis). Review by Jorge C. Galban.
Violence, Vengeance, and Retribution (Hairball 8). Review by Jen Cray.
Shades of Streamers (Essay). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Watch The Light Fade (Tarnished Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.
The Burning Circle And Then Dust (Silber). Review by Matthew Moyer.
How The World Came To An End (Candlelight). Review by Bob Ham.
Mr. Gnome. Review by Carl F Gauze.
Some Mad Hope (Vanguard). Review by Andrew Ellis.
Sui Generis (NonRational). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Avenge Your City (Hairball 8). Review by Jen Cray.
Volume One (Om). Review by Shelton Hull.
Church Mouth (Fearless). Review by Jen Cray.
The Postmarks (Unfiltered). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Bottles of Make Up (Shrimper). Review by Bob Ham.
1023 (Metropolis). Review by Jorge C. Galban.
Underhanded Romance (Eenie Meenie). Review by Jen Cray.
The Heroin Diaries (Eleven Seven). Review by Andrew Ellis.
Revenge of the Killer Slits (S.A.F.). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Heaven’s Pregnant Teens (Epitaph Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.
In the Pines (Domino). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Songs From a Mean Season (Perpetual Motion Machine). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Uncle Monk (Airday). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Sworn to the Dark (Southern Lord). Review by Matthew Moyer.
God Luck and Good Speed (Southern Lord). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Golden Sun (Paper Trail). Review by Aaron Shaul.
At Rear House (Shrimper). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Except it's really not. Ian Koss catches himself enjoying this novel of teenage depression in the Big Apple.
Shaun Corley enjoys Twomorrows' retrospective of the work of Neil Gaiman collaborator, and fellow Virginian, Charles Vess.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ian Koss hails this collected edition of writings and ephemera by the venerable collective he dubs the "Beatles of design agencies."
Say what you will about Dolly Parton. Just be careful of what you say in front of Matthew Moyer, true fan. Here's why.
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.
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.
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.