When the worlds of metal, punk, indie and rock collide, a boldly-billed package tour is born. Cursive and These Arms Are Snakes joined co-headliners Mastodon and Against Me! on one of the most diversified travelling circuses Jen Cray is bound to see this year.
Chris Catania comes clean about a patchy night at the rock club - with All Smiles failing to live up to the hype, errr hope, and young turks Seawolf and Bronze stealing the show.
A large percentage of America may not know it yet, but the Arctic Monkeys have already conquered their native England and are setting their sights on our shores. Jen Cray was not surprised that the band's Orlando date was a complete sell out.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have yet to push the bounds of their bluesy garage rock to the highs that they seem capable of, but this didn't stop Jen Cray from drinking herself into a stupor and enjoying the dirty rock.
Dimmu Borgir may have been the draw that brought in the crowd, but the night was stolen by openers Kataklysm and Unearth, according to Jen Cray.
Listening to some middle-aged man talk about how f*cked up the world is isn't exactly Jen Cray's idea of a fun night out ... unless the man in question is ex-Dead Kennedys vocalist/lyricist Jello Biafra.
It's another night of horrifically catchy emocentric pop music with Say Anything and Saves The Day. Jen Cray tries to reconcile her mistrust of all things emo with the undeniably catchy hooks of these popular bands.
Stars of Track & Field may have been merely the opening band, but for Jen Cray the night belonged to the Portland trio.
Chris Catania finds himself floating on clouds of psychedelic fuzz and memories during this triple-bill of Clientele, Beach House and Single Man Affair. Not just another night out.
Tool is well known for being one of the most innovative, abstract metal bands of the last 20 years. What many people don't realize is how protective the band is of every aspect of their career, including their image. After being told again and again that she would never get approved, Jen Cray was shocked to be allowed inside the band's Orlando show with her camera.
Totimoshi may have been playing to a crowd that could have fit into Jen Cray's living room, but that did nothing to dim their spirits or the quality of their performance.
Former Lunachicks frontwoman Theo Kogan, whose current band, Theo & the Skyscrapers, are about to release their second full length, chatted with Jen Cray about the record industry, sex in music, and her ambitious plans for the future.
EP (None). Review by Jen Cray.
Born to Rock (Self-Released). Review by Kyrby Raine.
God Bless the American Plague (In Music We Trust/Long live Crime Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.
Bodypop (Metropolis Records). Review by Jorge C. Galban.
Mindfreak - Official Soundtrack (Koch Records). Review by Joe Frietze.
Be He Me (Ace Fu). Review by Jen Cray.
Akanthena (Sassy Boy). Review by Linda Tate.
Are the Dark Horse (Jagjaguwar). Review by Aaron Shaul.
The Only Place I Can Look is Down EP (I Am Sound). Review by Jen Cray.
Every Damn Time (Alive). Review by Jen Cray.
Cruel Melody (I am: Wolfpack). Review by Jen Cray.
Ears Will Pop & Eyes Will Blink (Self-Released). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Astronomy Is My Life, But I Love You (Self-Released). Review by Andrew Ellis.
God Save the Clientele (Merge). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Something Quite Peculiar (Science). Review by Jen Cray.
The Anatomy of Grit-Hop (Defamation League). Review by Chris Catania.
Woke Myself Up (Jagjaguwar). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Fables From a Mayfly: What I Tell You Three Times is True (Universal Republic/ Serjical Strike). Review by Jen Cray.
Everything Last Winter (Black Label). Review by Jen Cray.
Get The Gore (Bloodshot). Review by Jen Cray.
Compass Rose Bouquet (Quack Media). Review by Jen Cray.
Curvature (Machines & Dreams/Blumpco). Review by Andrew Ellis.
Every Man For Himself (Island). Review by Andrew Ellis.
II (K-RAA-K). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Devil’s Blues (Shrimper). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Juvelen (Hybris). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Little Drummer Boy - Live (Caldo Verde). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Applause Cheer Boo Hiss (Rebel Group). Review by Jen Cray.
Supply and Demand (EMI/Blue Note). Review by Andrew Ellis.
It Is What It Is (Little Red Records). Review by Andrew Ellis.
The Anonymous EP (Self-Released). Review by Chris Catania.
We Collide (Konigskinder). Review by Jorge C. Galban.
Desert After Rain (Self-Released). Review by Andrew Ellis.
My Ion Truss (Jagjaguwar). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Clocks/Pretender (Hybris). Review by Aaron Shaul.
At the Ballroom (Hidden Agenda). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Undiscovered (Interscope). Review by Andrew Ellis.
Luxury (Sonic Unyon). Review by Jen Cray.
New Arrivals: Volume Two (MPress Records). Review by Andrew Ellis.
The House of Apples & Eyeballs (Graveface). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Idlewild (La Face). Review by Heather Lorusso.
Noctilucent Valleys (Soft Abuse). Review by Aaron Shaul.
War Of Aggression (Victory). Review by Jen Cray.
Mapmaker (Jagjaguwar/Brah). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Who I Am (Peacock Music). Review by Sean Slone.
Poison'd (EMI). Review by Christopher Long.
Pebbles (Soft Abuse). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Don't You Fake It (Virgin Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.
Night of the Furies (Merge). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Repair (In Music We Trust). Review by Tim Wardyn.
SC100 (Secretly Canadian). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Kodiak (Eyeball). Review by Jen Cray.
The Days and Nights of Everything Anywhere (Polyvinyl). Review by Nora Richardson.
You and Me Against the World, Baby (Boiling Point). Review by Bob Pomeroy.
Music From Regions Beyond (Hellcat). Review by Jen Cray.
The Re-Issues (Jaybird & Weight of the World) (I Scream). Review by Jen Cray.
Triple Burner (Madrona Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Tantrum (Blackheart). Review by Jen Cray.
Nothin' No (Secretly Canadian). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Nagot dalight nytt har hant (Hybris). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Judgement (Metropolis Records). Review by Jorge C. Galban.
Beyond The Noise (Eulogy). Review by Jen Cray.
Icky Thump (Warner Brothers). Review by Jen Cray.
Shelton Hull is surprised by the candor- and relative lack of gaps and redactions- in this posthumous autobiography of shadowy CIA man and Watergate plumber E. Howard Hunt.
What makes Juan de Recacoechea's novel, American Visa the "best-selling novel in Bolivian history?" Brittany Sturges gathered all the evidence to solve the mystery.
Who was the Blue Beetle? Matthew Moyer finds that the back story for this overlooked superhero contains more mystery and intrigue than Charles Foster Kane's. Rosebud? Scarab?
Bob Ham takes a look at this furiously positive and lopsided look at the musical career of a living legend.
Carl F Gauze, who may or may not be a card-carrying member of the Blank Generation, follows punk godfather Richard Hell from the seedy world of rock to the perhaps seedier world of the written word.
Some superheroes are busy saving the world, while others are more intent on desecrating graves to secure drug paraphernalia. Matthew Moyer is kinda leaning towards the latter these days.
Tattoos, grains of rice, multiple rapid-fire marriages. Artist Alix Lambert tackles an unpredictable variety of topics, and Matthew Moyer regains his faith in performance art.
In a city famous for its wild side, New Orleans Noir takes you down the darkest, wildest streets. Half the tales are set in historic New Orleans, while the other half are set in a post-Katrina city. Bob Pomeroy tells you where the bodies are hidden.
Sheila Scoville is duly impressed by Nate Watson's autobiographical account of an itinerant life in pursuit of punk's more utopian values - and the pretty pictures, natch. It ain't Spiderman.
Don't let the blinding sun of the tropics fool you. Daniel Chavarria's new novel is prime Caribbean noir. Sheila Scoville adjusts her sunglasses and observes the bodies piling up.
Matt Parish finds himself surrounded by lizard kings, not in an episode of Star Trek, but in the pages of Ben Fong-Torres' exhaustive new photo archive of Jim Morrison and his merry pranksters.
Sheila Scoville discovers the great Townes Van Zandt through John Kruth's freewheeling new testament to the hard-luck cowboy junkie, folk balladeer, lyrical healer and misfit hellion. And that doesn't even begin to sum him up.
A delightful romp recounting how shock rocker Alice Cooper was able to replace alcohol with golf -- a mostly fictional delightful romp, according to Alice Cooper Band biographer Gail Worley.
A behind-the-scenes look at rock 'n' roll royalty and their most prized possessions. Jen Cray passes on the overpriced food and pulls back the denim n' leather curtain.