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June 2008

Event Reviews

Be Your Own Pet

Be Your Own Pet is stealing hearts and stages on the Nylon Summer Music Tour. Jen Cray caught their Orlando show and found that she was not immune to their charms.

Bryan Adams

Bryan Adams' 2008 tour will take his band to stadiums, arenas and amphitheaters worldwide, but his show at B.B. King's Blues Club in Orlando, Florida was an acoustic solo set. Christopher Long was up close and personal for the Unplugged event in O-Town.

Nada Surf

Brittany Sturges joins hundreds of Philadelphians at the Trocadero, all champing at the bit to see Nada Surf. Who says there are no second acts in American life?

R.E.M.

For his first live review, Tim Wardyn brought his wife along to one of the biggest concerts of the year in one of the best venues in the nation. Once the smoke cleared (literally), one band played like it was 1985 and another acquired a new fan.

Reno Divorce

Reno Divorce has called Denver home for over a decade, but their roots in the Orlando punk scene of the '90s are not forgotten. Their recent Orlando gig is a homecoming for the band, their family, and friends, and for long-time fan, Jen Cray.

Summer Camp 2008

Chris Catania gets a raucous introduction to the summer camp experience, by way of Wayne Coyne's glorious teeth.

The Honda Civic Tour

Brittany Sturges pulls on a pair of rain boots to check out the 2008 Honda Civic Tour at Philly's Festival Pier, where she is once again surprised by the lineup.

The Kooks

At the Kooks' Chicago tour stop, Chris Catania sees that there may indeed be something wrong with a lil' (too much) bump n' grind.

The Sword

The Sword recently gave Orlando fans, including Jen Cray, a celebratory night of no-nonsense heavy metal.

Uh Huh Her

When electro-pop band Uh Huh Her brought its madly selling-out tour to Orlando, Jen Cray not only caught the live show, but also sat down with the girls to discuss touring before the debut album is even released.

Vampire Weekend

NY indie quartet, Vampire Weekend, gives Orlando its all during one Florida debut Phillip Haire is bloody lucky he didn't miss.

Features

Hey! Bo Diddley

He declared "I'm A Man" and by damn, he was. Bo Diddley passes away at the age of 79, and James Mann takes a look at the man and the beat.

Interviews

Neil Hamburger

S D Green peels back the tuxedo and gets an earful -- about celebrities living in cardboard boxes, Carrot Top pooing into a trunk, and even a little bit about Hamburger's new album, Neil Hamburger Sings Country Winners.

Music Reviews

TVS and Two Fingers Performance Poetry and Sound Art

Big Treasure -- The Best of Ten Years (TVS and Two Fingers). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music A

a faulty chromosome

as an ex-anorexic's six sicks exit... (self-released). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Aarktica

Matchless Years (Darla). Review by Aaron Shaul.

The Alternate Routes

The Brooklawn Session (Self Released). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Music B

Frank Bango

The Sweet Songs of Decay (Sincere Recordings/In Music We Trust). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Music C

Can

Anthology (Mute Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Cavalera Conspiracy

Inflikted (Roadrunner). Review by Jen Cray.

Child Ballads

Cheekbone Hollows (Pop. 1/2 Life) (Gypsy Eyes Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.

The Crash Moderns

Good Night Glamour, Good Morning Disaster (Near Music). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Music D

David Thomas Broughton vs. 7 Hertz

David Thomas Broughton vs. 7 Hertz (Acuarela). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music E

Envy

Abyssal (Temporary Residence). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music F

The Friggs

Today is Tomorrow's Yesterday (Apex Fast). Review by Jen Cray.

Music G

Miwa Gemini

This Is How I Found You (Rock Park/Addictive). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Music H

Richard Hawley

Lady's Bridge (Mute Records). Review by Linda Tate.

Music I

I'm Not There

I'm Not There: Original Soundtrack (Sony Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Incommunicado

Losing Daylight (A-F Records). Review by Jen Cray.

Music K

"Keyboard Cathy" Wiegand

Inspiration (Self released). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music L

L'Ocelle Mare

L'Ocelle Mare (Sickroom). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Lafcadio

Kibosh (Joyful Noise). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Lynn Marie and the Boxhounds

Party Dress (Squeeze Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music M

Mystechs

Hot Tub of Blood (Death by Karaoke). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music N

New Found Glory

Hits (Drive-Thru/MCA). Review by Andrew Ellis.

David Newbould

Big Red Sun (North Star Media). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music O

The Only Children

Keeper of Youth (SideCho). Review by Jen Cray.

Music P

Glen Phillips

Secrets of the New Explorers (Umami Music). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Laura Pursell

Somewhere in this Room (Cloudshine Global Music). Review by Kyrby Raine.

Music R

Random Touch

A True Conductor Wears a Man (Token Boy). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music S

Skullflower

IIIrd Gatekeeper (Crucial Blast). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Slayer

Christ Illusion (Expanded Edition) (Warner Bros.). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Soundpool

Dichotomies and Dreamland (Aloft Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Music T

13 Ghosts

The Strangest Colored Lights (Skybucket Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Them, Roaring Twenties

Future Sandwich (Sickroom). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Thomas Jefferson's Aeroplane

The Invisible Ocean (Self-released). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Music V

Victor Victor Band

Chatterbox (Self-released). Review by Jen Cray.

Kate Voegele

Don't Look Away (MySpace Records). Review by Matt Parish.

Music W

The Watson Twins

Fire Songs (Vanguard Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Music Y

Jenny Owen Youngs

Batten the Hatches (Nettwerk). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Print Reviews

Silver Age Sci-Fi Companion

Matthew Moyer is suitably intrigued by this new book about DC Comic's science fiction titles of the Sixties, and how they summon up a vision of a brave new future that is even more distant now than it was back then.

Toronto Noir

Rose Petralia takes an evil stroll through Toronto's dark underbelly with Toronto Noir.

Screen Reviews

Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

Better get your jollies before the show, because Reyan Ali thinks Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay is fresh out of comedy.

Return of the Living Dead Boys

Matthew Moyer has his eye on a nice, new pair of leather suspenders -- and he's gonna wear them while watching Return of the Living Dead boys.

Roman de Gare

Halfway through watching this stylish and engrossing French murder mystery, Carl F Gauze begin to suspect it was HE who was the killer after all.

Tad: Busted Circuits and Ringing Ears

You think copyright infringement's today's hot topic? Tad's been there and done that, and they're so over it, they're over it. Scott Adams drinks a nameless, fizzy soft drink in toast to Seattle's grunge pioneers.

The Counterfeiters

A Jewish engraver in a concentration camp works to counterfeit the British pound for the Nazis and stay alive. Not for the squeamish, Carl F Gauze cautions, but still a compelling piece of filmmaking.

Young @ Heart

I hope I die before I get old? Not a chance, sez Carl F Gauze, after seeing a chorus of retirees give their all belting out numbers by Talking Heads, James Brown, and the Ramones.