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June 2009

Event Reviews

Alkaline Trio

Alkaline Trio can always be counted on to bring the same consistent formula of pop punk goodness to every show. Jen Cray, alongside a packed House of Blues audience in Orlando, contemplated whether or not their consistency is predictable, or comforting.

Alternative Press Tour 2009

Alternative Press Magazine has hit the road with 3OH!3, The Maine, and Family Force Five topping off a youth-friendly bill that our own Paul Lucas jumped on board for when the tour dropped down in Orlando.

Big Business

Big Business delivered a ::beep:: of a rock show in Jacksonville, according to Scott Adams, even if the majority of the audience was too busy texting one another to have realized it.

Camera Obscura

In an era of $100 tickets for has-been arena shows, twenty bucks doesn't buy much entertainment. Or does it? Steve Stav found that his thin wallet went a long way at Seattle's Showbox, in a night capped by Glasgow sensation Camera Obscura.


Cursive sold out two intimate shows at The Social in Orlando recently. Paul Lucas was among the lucky who got in on the fun.

Fall Out Boy

Chartbuster Fall Out Boy returned to the Central Florida concert stage to wow a teenaged Orlando audience with their special brand of punky/pop. Christopher Long wasn't so impressed.

Gavin Rossdale

Gavin Rossdale may be a musical shapeshifter (Bush, Institute, solo), but he never fails to entertain a crowd. At his recent Orlando show, Jen Cray was bowled over by Mr. Gwen Stefani, and swept away completely by opening band Nico Vega.


Danish psychobilly trio Horrorpops bring the party, in exchange for free booze, to Orlando. Jen Cray was deep within the glorious madness.

Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon are well on their way to dominating the rock world here in their own country. Jen Cray caught their subtle, but satisfying, show in Orlando recently.

M. Ward

M. Ward suspends time and lifts Chicago, and Chris Catania, up in the warm embrace of his timeless music.

Papa Roach

Whoever says rock stars are dead hasn't seen Papa Roach lately. Their recent Orlando appearance with RED was a true-blue, rock and and roll spectacle!

The Gaslight Anthem

Jen Cray flings off a bit of friendly vomit at The Social -- who cares? Enduring horrible bodily fluids is but a small price to pay when The Gaslight Anthem's in town.

The Sounds

The Sounds take a night off from their opening stint on No Doubt's big tour to seduce an excited Orlando audience, Jen Cray among them.


The Ventures' Bob Bogle, 1934-2009

Not many musicians can claim the vitality and staying power that Bob Bogle and his band The Ventures have enjoyed. Steve Stav recalls the highlights of the man and his career.


Burn Halo

Burn Halo's members have no crew, take turns driving the van, and after gigs they hoof it outside the venue to hawk their own autographed CDs. Ink 19's Elianne Halbersberg snuck in a quiet moment with frontman James Hart, who took a break from channeling The Minutemen to talk about the power of D.I.Y.

Miniature Tigers

Lynn Wallace talks to Miniature Tigers front man Charlie Brand about the band's first full-length album, touring, and its recent rise to fame.

Music Reviews

Camera Obscura

My Maudlin Career (4AD). Review by Steve Stav.

Music A


Anam Cara (Hello, Sir! Records). Review by P. McEver.

Music B

The Bats

The Guilty Office (Hidden Agenda). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

How Big Can You Get? A Tribute to Cab Calloway (Vanguard Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.

The Boxmasters

Modbilly (Vanguard Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Music C

Carbon Leaf

Nothing Rhymes With Woman (Vanguard Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone

Advance Base Battery Life (Tomlab). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone

Vs. Children (Tomlab). Review by Matthew Moyer.


Psychic Psummer (Important). Review by Aaron Shaul.


We Can Build an Island (SideCho). Review by P. McEver.

Leonard Cohen

Live in London (Sony). Review by Jessica Whittington.

Music D

Dark Was the Night

Dark Was the Night (Red Hot Organization). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Dan Deacon

Bromst (Carpark). Review by Julius Lacking.

DJ Hell

Teufelswerk (International Deejay Gigolo). Review by Kiran Aditham.

Drunken Barn Dance

Drunken Barn Dance (Pedal Bark/Quite Scientific). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music E

Leif Edling

Songs of Torment, Songs of Joy (Candlelight Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Music G

Serge Gainsbourg

Histoire de Melody Nelson (Light In The Attic Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music H

Isaac Hayes

Black Moses / Juicy Fruit (Disco Freak) (Stax). Review by Scott Adams.

Katie Herzig

Apple Tree (Marion-Lorraine Records). Review by Phil Bailey.

The Horrors

Primary Colours (Beggars/XL Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Music K


Troubadour (A&M). Review by Chris Catania.


I Am The Messer (Self Released). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music M

Mistress Stephanie and Her Melodic Cat

That That! (Pressing Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Music O


Orcustus (Southern Lord). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Music P

Passion Pit

Manners (French Kiss Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.


I Feel Cream (XL Recordings). Review by Laura Pontillo.

Pine Leaf Boys

Homage Au Passé (Lionsgate). Review by Carl F Gauze.


Everybody, Come Outside! (Lujo). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music S

The Shortwave Set

Replica Sun Machine (Wall of Sound). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

The Silent Years

Let Go EP (SideCho). Review by P. McEver.

The Spores

Doom Pop (Sidecho). Review by P. McEver.

Music T

1090 Club

Natural Selection (Sidecho). Review by P. McEver.

Tardy Brothers

Bloodline (Candlelight). Review by Matthew Moyer.

The Thermals

Now We Can See (Kill Rock Stars). Review by Scott Adams.

Music U

Ursula 1000

Mystics (ESL). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music W

Wolves in the Throne Room

Black Cascade (Southern Lord). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Print Reviews

The Glenn Miller Conspiracy

Hunton Downs gives readers new insight into the true events surrounding the death of one of America's celebrity heroes in The Glenn Miller Conspiracy. This is no pulp fiction, folks.

Screen Reviews

Cracker - The Complete Collection

Robbie Coltrane stars as the psychologist who always cracks the case, while alienating everyone who cares about him. Joe Frietze wants your badge on his desk in one hour.

Gitane Demone: Life After Death

From gothic siren to torch singer, Gitane Demone has been through it all. This new double-disc DVD collection chronicles the many phases and changes of her long and overlooked life and art.

The Pope's Toilet

The Pope visits Uruguay, and when the masses of expected tourists fail to materialize, the locals are left with plenty of unsold food and trinkets. Carl F Gauze enjoys the Dogme-indebted style.