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July 2008

Event Reviews


As music festivals spring up all over the country, Bonnaroo attempts to live up to its reputation as Rolling Stone Magazine's "Best Festival." Jen Cray fears that the heart has gone right out of it.

Less than Jake

Philly fans braced the heat to catch their favorite Gainesville rockers, Less than Jake. Brittany Sturges sees what the fuss is about.

Projekt Revolution 2008

A review of Projekt Revolution 2008, presented by Linkin Park.

Meat Beat Manifesto

Jack Dangers and his legendary Meat Beat Manifesto rock the Big Apple with an electronic feast of new and old material. Kiran Aditham digs in.

Modest Mouse

After fifteen years, Modest Mouse is at the top of the game. Jen Cray was one of many who felt their majesty at a recent Orlando concert.

Panhandle Slim and the Oklahoma Kid

Jeff Daniels' newest piece, a musical comedy western, is less about making people laugh and more about showcasing his tuneful songs. Julie Haverkate wonders how a play about a guitar-slinging cowboy could go so wrong.


Punk rock meets Mickey Mouse as Rancid storms the Magic Kingdom's House of Blues. Jen Cray squeezes into the sold-out crowd.


Rooney found a whole new audience after opening up for The Jonas Brothers on their sold-out arena tour last year. Jen Cray found herself surrounded by pre-teen girls at the band's recent Orlando gig.


When the recently reunited Swervedriver teleported their shoegazey goodness to the Paradise in Boston, Addam Donnelly was there with his space boots and measurement devices to record the waveforms.

Tom Waits

Tom Waits brought his Glitter and Doom tour to Atlanta, and James Mann lived to tell the tale. The boy is changed!

Warped Tour 2008

The Van's Warped Tour may still be selling out shows all over the country after 14 years of wreaking havoc in the summertime, but Jen Cray wonders where the innovative music has gone.


Peter Himmelman

Peter Himmelman's longevity in the music business is proven, and his reggae-flavored The Pigeons Couldn't Sleep showcases the versatility and range his success is built on. Ink 19 is pleased to speak with Peter about his new project, his past, and his future.

pacific UV

Matthew Moyer gets all dreeeeeeeamy with Portland's upstart dreampop army, pacific UV. They've just released an album that rivals Sigur Ros for lushness - what's next?

Music Reviews

Music A

Alkaline Trio

Agony & Irony (Epic). Review by Jen Cray.

Music B

The Boxmasters

The Boxmasters (Sawmill Records/ Vanguard Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.

The Broken Letters

Sing the Burning Alphabet (Self-Released). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Music F

Fantastic Merlins

Look Around (Innova). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Foxglove Hunt

Stop Heartbeat (Common Wall Media). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Brooke Fraser

Albertine (Sony/BMG). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Dan Friel

Ghost Town (Important). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Fripp and Eno

Beyond Even (1992-2006) (Opal and DGM Live). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music G


Seventh Tree (Mute Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Kat Goldman

Sing Your Song (Self-Released). Review by Kyrby Raine.

Gregor Samsa

Rest (The Kora Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Music H


Nothing to Prove (Bridge Nine). Review by Jen Cray.

Housman's Athletes

Race to the Finish (Self Released). Review by Kyrby Raine.

Music K


You and I in the Kaleidoscope (Unsigned). Review by S D Green.

Kompjotr Eplektrika

Darrk Circuits Fadead Waves (Celebrity Lifestyle). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music L

La Scala

The Harlequin EP (Highwheel). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Local Anesthetic

Local Anesthetic (Smooch Records). Review by Scott Adams.

Arthur Lyman

Bwana A / Bahia (Collectors' Choice Music). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music M

Graham MacRae

Graham MacRae (Self Released). Review by Carl F Gauze.


Before This Winter Ends (Self Released). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music N


Envoy of Lucifer (Regain Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.

No Redeeming Social Value

Still Drinking (Dead City Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Northern Portrait

The Fallen Aristocracy EP (Matinée). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music P


Quo (Soft Abuse). Review by Aaron Shaul.


The Problem is Not a Problem Anymore (99 Hours of Secrets/Cerebral Cliff Records). Review by Jen Cray.

Music S


Kill Twee Pop! (Slumberland). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks

Real Emotional Trash (Matador). Review by Rose Petralia.

Music T


Epiphany (Jive). Review by Bill Bergstrom.

Mel Tillis

Me And Pepper (Collectors' Choice). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music W

The Walkup

Down On Pacific (Reynolds Recording Co.). Review by Jen Cray.


Puddle City Racing Lights (Friendly Fire). Review by Aaron Shaul.


Brand New Pants (Crunchy Frog). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Print Reviews

Batman Unauthorized

With the Dark Knight casting his long shadow over box offices this month, a true sidekick emerges to help define this troubled but beguiling hero. Batman Unauthorized lifts the cowl with 18 diverse essays that do a lot more to support the Caped Crusader than that "Aww shucks!" Robin, and should be the perfect warm-up for the big screen bat.

Heavy Metal Painkillers

Scott Adams finds that his leather chaps-wearing inner metal fan is satisfied by this new heavily illustrated tribute to the British metal gods. Need research fodder to debate the relative merits of British Steel over Screaming for Vengeance? This book is for you!

Little Nemo in Slumberland

Four years of Little Nemo in Slumberland Sunday pages are brought together in one volume. Carl Gauze remembers it as if it were a dream.

Screen Reviews

Door of No Return

A serviceable documentary of a working band in creative transition, Door of No Return misses an opportunity to explore the history of one of the most intriguing reggae bands of all time, Steel Pulse.

Heavy Metal in Baghdad

A group of Iraqi youths learn English from Metallica and Slayer and form a head-banging band in the middle of a war. Carl F Gauze doesn't need a translator for the universal language of metal.

Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten

Julien Temple puts together a sweet requiem for Joe Strummer of The Clash.

Ricco The Mean Machine

Although Aaron Shaul doesn't really buy into the Mean Machine hype, he still thinks Ricco is a pretty interesting revenge flick.

The Incredible Hulk

Bruce Banner is on the run as he tries to control the beast inside of him. You wouldn't like Rob Levy when he's angry, but you'll like him even less when he's disappointed by a summer blockbuster.

The Strangers

Move over, Michael Myers, The Strangers are in town. Julie Haverkate wonders if it's the murders or masks that frighten us more.


An A-dorable robot attempts to save Earth and win his lady love. Julie Haverkate is surprised by WALL E's order of priorities, and she thinks you will be too.