Lead singer of Staind, Aaron Lewis, played an intimate acoustic show in Times Square, New York City with the support of Lo-Pro. Mark Fredrickson was there.
Editors remind Orlando audiences that it was the UK that birthed their brand of darkly deep indie rock. Jen Cray couldn't help but wonder if they were ripping off Joy Division, or Interpol's interpretation of Joy Division.
Chicago quartet, Fall Out Boy, brought their Young Wild Things Tour to Philadelphia, but Brittany Sturges found it rather tame.
Gallows breathe new life into the choking corpse of hardcore punk, and while the rest of America may not yet have caught on to the chaotic phenomena from England, Jen Cray- and a few hundred Orlando kids- sure the hell have.
WMMO 98.9, Orlando's soft rock radio station, puts on free concerts a few times a year as a "thanks for listening" for its listeners. To close out 2007, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts took over the grassy knoll in front of city hall much to the excitement of Jen Cray.
With a trio of Hot Water Music reunion shows coming up later in the month, the 3/4 of the band who moonlight as The Draft played an off-tour warmup gig in Orlando. Jen Cray was there.
Trying to put the sprawling creative mess that is Jamaican music into order is a daunting task... until you realize that a lot of it sprang from Studio One. Scott Adams recaps several reissues from C.S. "Coxsone" Dodd's pivotal recording studio.
Del Amitri frontman Justin Currie is back in the spotlight with his debut solo album. Andrew Ellis finds out why the Scottish singer-songwriter won't be joining any protest marches anytime soon...
Say Anything defends a genre and makes it as a headliner on the MySpace tour. Autumn Thatcher chats with drummer Coby Linder about it all.
Love Makes the World - Deluxe Edition (Rockingale). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Hydro Phonic (DMAFT). Review by Chris Catania.
The River of Crime (Cordless). Review by Bob Ham.
The Reckoning (Terra Soul Music/ In Music We Trust). Review by Tim Wardyn.
I-Empire (Suretone/Geffen). Review by Jen Cray.
Win Us Over (Volcom). Review by Jen Cray.
Dandelion Gum (Graveface). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Let's Frolic (Redeye). Review by Chris Catania.
Orange Sunshine (Vodka Tonic Media). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Meadow (Merge). Review by Tim Wardyn.
Mirror Flake (Flau). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Alone: The Home Recordings (Geffen). Review by Jen Cray.
Cool Out and Coexist (RIOR). Review by Chris Catania.
Heart Comma Heart (Self-Released). Review by Ben Varkentine.
It's Not The Eat, It's The Humidity (Alternative Tentacles Records). Review by Scott Adams.
In the Marshes (Words on Music). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Every Reason (Foreverything). Review by Andrew Ellis.
This Road Before (Trash Box Records). Review by Andrew Ellis.
This is Somewhere (Hollywood). Review by Chris Catania.
Bulletproof (Geffen). Review by Chris Catania.
A Tribute to Television Personalities (Beautiful Music). Review by Aaron Shaul.
National Flags (SYJIP). Review by Chris Catania.
An Interlude to the Outermost (Kraak). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Ripe (New West). Review by Sean Slone.
Father Divine (RIOR). Review by Chris Catania.
Cooler by the Lake (Rory Lake Presents). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Spring a Leak (Matinee). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Tonight We Drink...Tomorrow We Battle the Evil at Hand (Arclight). Review by Jen Cray.
My Favorite Kind of Irrelevance - The Best of Metamatics and Norken (Hydrogen Dukebox Records). Review by Al Pergande.
Songs For Faraway Lovers (Alien Snatch Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Gaps (Hypnote). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Made of Bricks (Fictions/Geffen). Review by Jen Cray.
One Small Step For Landmines (Civil Defense League). Review by Jen Cray.
Immortalis (Bodog Music). Review by Jen Cray.
Nashvillian. Review by Andrew Ellis.
Ghost Dance (K). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Two Eyes EP (Lujo). Review by Jen Cray.
The Lucky Ones (Caroline). Review by Jen Cray.
Approximate Hellhound (Metaphor Rhythms). Review by Sean Slone.
Raising Sand (Rounder). Review by Jen Cray.
Rodrigo y Gabriela (ATO Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.
The Air Salesman (International Hits). Review by Jen Cray.
My Holiday (Vanguard Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.
Rocket (Self-released). Review by Andrew Ellis.
Black Triage (Waxploitation). Review by Jen Cray.
Just In Time For Christmas (Stellar Cat Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Ronnie Tom. Review by Tim Wardyn.
Mustard Pickle Gun. Review by Jen Cray.
Emerald City (Barsuk Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.
Wattstax Soundtrack (Stax). Review by Chris Catania.
Wisely (Oglio Records). Review by Linda Tate.
Wisely (Oglio/Fontana ). Review by Bryan Tilford.
Pitchfork writer Scott Plagenhoef has written an appreciation of B&S's groundbreaking album as part of Continuum Books' 33 1/3rd series. Andrew Coulon has a few bones to pick.
The definitive coffee table book on Godzilla and his creator, Eiji Tsuburaya. Carl F. Gauze is torn on whether to stifle a giggle at the rubber suits or flee in terror through the streets of Tokyo.
What is in a name? Well, Mortimer Taylor Coleridge, Professor Fillmore Skinny, and Bertrand Fuddle suggest oddly mannered eccentrics contrived to knee-jerk the reader into a fantastical parallel world where itís all evolutionary biology, hot dogs and Gwen Stefani. S D Green explores whether or not it's a world worth visiting.
Recreational conotoxins, multi-dimensional manifolds and hard rawk -- what the? Rudy Rucker must have a book out, and Ian Koss enjoys it.
Photographer Abby Banks went on a 25-city tour of "punk houses" across the U.S. to create this unique coffeetable book that pays tribute to this artistic underground of "hippie punks." Jen Cray is ready to crash.
Pat Graham brings the DC-centric goods in this new collection of over a decade's worth of his music photos. Matthew Moyer feels like he has an all-access pass.
Our Tokyo correspondent, Heather Lorusso, finds much to recommend in this charming story of a group of Japanese schoolgirls trying to get a band together for the big end-of-year festival. Rock!
Tokyoite Heather Lorusso, no stranger to a game or two of ping pong herself, falls for Fumihiko Sori's film adaptation of this popular manga series. What I want to know is, how does it stack up against Balls of Fury?
Take Matthew Moyer's advice - When the singer in a doom metal band is wearing priest's vestments and rolling his eyes in the back of his head, you know you're in for a quality concert. Solitude Aeternus brings the celluloid goods.
A young boy discovers the horrors of the concentration camp through his father, the camp commandant. Carl F Gauze sees the darkness descend.
Julian Schnabel directs this true story of a successful French magazine editor, Jean-Dominque Bauby, who was struck with a paralyzing condition that leaves the afflicted with all his mental faculties, but unable to talk or move. Through the use of one good eye, a brilliant therapist, and patient transcriptionist, Bauby was able to create the book upon which the film is based. S D Green is suitably awed.
A live presentation of Antonio Vivaldi's long lost opera about Hercules and the Amazons. Carl F Gauze is entranced by the Amazons.