Tim Fite demonstrates to a Chicago crowd that a spoonful of sugar really does help the medicine go down.
Encores at tiny punk rock shows?! They're rare, but Jen Cray and a whole bunch of hungry fans dug this one.
As Carl F Gauze reports, every Mohawk and black t-shirted punk in Central Florida dropped in to pogo at the feet of Screeching Weasel and The Queers at the Hard Rock in Orlando.
Jen Cray was absorbed in Silversun Pickups' sonic swirl of gorgeous distortion and dreamy pop as the band opened its summertime tour at Orlando's Hard Rock Live.
Surfer Blood stole the headlining spot right out from under tour mates The Pains of Being Pure at Heart for a semi-hometown Orlando gig, but Jen Cray doesn't think that they earned it.
Though The Melvins were official headliners, soon-to-be defunct Isis stepped in as the closing band for a Philadelphia show that shook the rafters of the TLA. Get the scoop on the show and read Mike Hanan's revealing chat with Isis frontman Aaron Turner. That's a twofer, folks!
Ian Koss has seen the future of boy bands, and boy, does it have one #&@% of a potty mouth. Skip the bar, and settle in for the latest batch of music to piss off your parents.
After spending decades as a session musician, Bay Area blues artist Tom Casino carves his own identity in the aging genre by adding drunken wit and Ramones pop-punk to the mix.
Street Songs of Love (Concord Records). Review by James Mann.
Black Swan (Original Signal). Review by Tim Wardyn.
A Little Give and Take (Civilian Art Projects). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Pizza Box (ATO Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.
Valley of the Damned & Sonic Firestorm (Spinefarm Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.
Lustre (Nice Music Group). Review by Sean Slone.
Last Train Home (Foghat Records). Review by Matt Parish.
Connected (Larkio Music). Review by Matt Parish.
Flower of Disease (Southern Lord). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Totaled (Monitor). Review by Matthew Moyer.
DJ-Kicks (!K7 records). Review by Carl F Gauze.
In Person and on Stage / Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows (Oh Boy Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.
DJ Kicks (!K7 records). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Angelic Swells (Slumberland). Review by Jen Cray.
Persevere (Soft Abuse). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Logan (Cedar Fever Records). Review by Eric J. Iannelli.
Monument to Time End (Southern Lord). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Twistable, Turnable Man: A Musical Tribute to Shel Silverstein (Sugar Hill Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.
Speculation (Domino Recording Co). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Infinite Arms (Columbia). Review by Sean Slone.
The People's Record (Labrador). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Rio Ranger EP (Quite Scientific). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Midnight Flyer (Stax). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Truce Opium (Emergency Umbrella). Review by Michael Crown.
Bedroom Madness (Noise Pop). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Cosmetic Liquor Love Songs EP. Review by Al Pergande.
Chase the Devil (Knitting Factory). Review by James Mann.
Together (Matador). Review by Sean Slone.
Sister Kinderhook. Review by Carl F Gauze.
Dan Sartain Lives (One LIttle Indian). Review by Jen Cray.
Up From Below (Community). Review by jeff schweers.
Small Black EP (Jagjaguwar). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Et Les Haut Sommets (K). Review by Carl F Gauze.
In The Dark (ATO). Review by Joe Frietze.
Jeffrey Brown draws his life in very small panels.
It wasn't all Bach and hypochondria in the life of mercurial pianist Glenn Gould. Shelton Hull finds this new biography awash in details of the great musician's love life and other psychological insights.
Another inside Tell All about the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead, and the deadly Altamont Concert told by road manager Sam Cutler.
Carl F Gauze digs TwoMorrows' Modern Masters interview with cartoonist Guy Davis, despite the artist's nipple defect.
Do you remember sifting through the 45 bin back in the day and that one cover caught your eye and you just had to have it? That feeling is what 500 45s is about. Tim Wardyn is pointedly interested in at least one cover in particular.
Tim Footman's biography describes the sexual, intellectual, depressing romantic that is Leonard Cohen, leaving Jessica Whittington no choice but to put a little whipped cream on it and eat every word with a spoon.
James Kochalka's Superf*ckers is a raunchy, dark, proudly toilet-humored takedown of every superhero team going. Matthew Moyer recommends you keep this one out of kids' reach.
Author Jimmy McDonough is no stranger to tortured artists, difficult personalities, and musicians in hopeless thrall to their muses. Tammy Wynette was long dead by the time McDonough pondered this book, but Matthew Moyer thinks the distance makes it even more special and sacred.
Don't let the low budget fool you. Joshua von Brown delivers one-liners to remember in this wildly clever absurdist film.
A self-absorbed artist fights with his girlfriend and prepares to make "Significant Art." Includes the experimental film Blackgoat, though Carl F Gauze doesn't necessarily think this is a good thing.
Dror Zahavi's film gives us a modern view of a dusty brown Tel Aviv, where a suicide bomber falls in love as he waits for a replacement part to complete his mission to blow up an Israeli market.
Brendan Toller's documentary mixes interviews and animation to explain the death of the independent record store. Scott Adams comments on the eulogy.