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August 2008

Event Reviews

Alkaline Trio

A recent Alkaline Trio show at Orlando's House of Blues revitalized a stale summer of live shows for Jen Cray.

Peter Murphy

When Gothic godfather (oh stop it) Peter Murphy swept into Jacksonville on the 4th of July with a bag full of hits and Bauhaus classics, Matthew Moyer dropped his bottle rockets and went to check out the REAL fiireworks.

Pitchfork Music Festival

Despite being sunkissed by Spiritualized and bum rushed by Public Enemy, Chris Catania is distinctly underwhelmed by this year's Pitchfork Festival.

Rothbury Music Festival

Chris Catania hits Michigan's new Rothbury Music Festival to see if a music festival can both rock and be more eco-friendly. With acts ranging from Atmosphere to the Dresden Dolls and Widespread Panic, Rothbury might accomplish at least one part of its mission.

The Frantic

Jen Cray gets a peek at Ian Farnesi's real, live blood during The Frantic's Orlando debut.

Tilly and the Wall

A Tilly & the Wall show is the next best thing to your best friend's seventh birthday party. Jen Cray dons a party hat to join a few hundred other fans in Orlando.


Totimoshi have their own unique take on heavy music, discovers Jen Cray, but they're having trouble finding an audience for it.

Valient Thorr

Valient Thorr is on a mission to save the planet through the power of Rock 'n' Roll. Jen Cray witnessed their latest victory on the battle fields of Orlando.

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Broadway boasts a new scrappy underdog musical, but Julie Haverkate wonders if [title of show] merits all of the awesome Snakes on a Plane-like buzz.


Pat Wilson of Weezer

Thanks to a Dark Night of freelance unemployment that brought her Weezer, Gail Worley brings Ink 19 an interview with Pat Wilson, who totally rocks.


With material co-credited to Paul McCartney, Jean-Philip Grobler's Kites has caught the attention of music industry luminaries. However, he's intent to make music his way, in his own time, resulting in his current EP You and I in the Kaleidoscope. Three years to make an EP? Grobler talks about that misconception, and promises his next shot of arena rock won't take so long, but warns it might include a full orchestra in St. Paul's Cathedral. S D Green tries to harmonize with the former South African choirboy.

Portugal. The Man

After an unusual Orlando set, Portugal. The Man's talented John Baldwin Gourley stepped outside for a chat with Jen Cray.

Music Reviews

Tommy James

Hold the Fire (Aura Records). Review by Matt Parish.

Music A

Peter Bradley Adams

Leavetaking (Sarathan). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Anthem In

Anthem In (Quiet/Loud). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Music B

Black Fortress of Opium

Black Fortress of Opium. Review by Matthew Moyer.

Bodies of Water

A Certain Feeling (Secretly Canadian). Review by Aaron Shaul.


Anthology (Candlelight). Review by Matthew Moyer.

The Dead Betties

Fuck You Avril, You're in the Army Now. Review by Jen Cray.

Music C

Eric Chenaux

Sloppy Ground (Constellation). Review by Aaron Shaul.

The Cotton Jones Basket Ride

The Archery (Quite Scientific). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music D

Michael Dean Damron and Thee Loyal Bastards

Bad Days Ahead (In Music We Trust). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Music E

Elias & The Wizzkids

A Little Mess/The Dance EP (Hybris). Review by Aaron Shaul.


Endstille's Reich (Regain). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Eyes To Space

From the Bureau of Robotic Affairs (Solarium). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music G

The Ginger Envelope

Edible Orchids (One Cent Press). Review by S D Green.

Music H

Albert Hammond, Jr.

Como Te Llama? (Black Seal). Review by Jen Cray.

Helena Espvall & Masaki Batoh

Helena Espvall & Masaki Batoh (Drag City). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music L

Less Than Jake

GNV FLA (Sleep It Off). Review by Jen Cray.

Joe Livoti

Greetings From Galaxy X. Review by Carl F Gauze.

The Lord Dog Bird

The Lord Dog Bird (Jagjaguwar). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Arthur Lyman

Isle of Enchantment / Polynesia (Collectors' Choice Music). Review by Carl F Gauze.


Tragic City Symphony (New Ocean Media). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Music M

Adam Marsland

Daylight Kissing Night - Adam Marsland's Greatest Hits (Karma Frog/ In Music We Trust). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Colin Meloy

Colin Meloy Sings Live! (Kill Rock Stars). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Middle Class Rut

MC Rut. Review by Jen Cray.

The Mountain Goats

Heretic Pride (4AD). Review by Erica Belfiore.

Tanya Morgan

The Bridge (IM Culture). Review by S D Green.

Music P


Perhapst (In Music We Trust). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Music R

Release the Cheerfulness, China

Ground Up 2 (Noise|Order). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music S

The Saint Alvia Cartel

The Saint Alvia Cartel (Stomp). Review by Jen Cray.

Satanic Puppeteer Orchestra

Satanic Puppeteer Orchestra. Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music T

Mel Tillis

Your Body Is An Outlaw (Collectors' Choice Music). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music W

Alex Woodard

Alex Woodard (Adrenaline/Woodshack). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Print Reviews

The Best of Write Now!

Hey kid! Wanna write comics? Carl F Gauze suggests you read Danny Fingeroth's collection of interviews and articles from Write Now!, a magazine for Super Hero cartoonists, first.

Screen Reviews

Encounters At the End of the World

Famed director Werner Herzog documents Antarctica -- with a minimum of cute penguins. Carl F Gauze packs a scarf.


As Dr. Slippery, a man struggling with mid-life crisis as his wife returns to her career, actor/director Hugh Laurie breathes new life into some of the oldest sitcom clichés on the books with Fortysomething.


Despite some genuinely funny moments, if Carl F Gauze saw this movie's title mascot, Bluey, standing on the side of the highway, he just might run him over. To say nothing of those kids...


Carl F Gauze straps on extra head protection to curl up with a tall glass of koumiss and Mongol. Who knew Genghis Khan's mother was such a sweetheart?