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March 2008

Event Reviews

Crime In Stereo

Crime In Stereo may have been just an opening act on The Chariot's tour, but in Orlando they played as if they were the main event. Jen Cray made it out for the Saturday matinée show.

Flogging Molly

St. Patrick's Day is upon us and whether you're of Irish descent or not, this time of year is always appropriate for taking in a Flogging Molly concert. Jen Cray joined the party on their annual Green 17 Tour in Orlando.

Langerado Festival

Langerado is no longer just for fans of jam bands. Now in its sixth year, the Florida festival has expanded into a four day event that scored R.E.M. and the Beastie Boys as headliners. Jen Cray spent some time in the Everglades swamplands to join in on the party.

NOFX

NOFX is one of the last true California punk bands to not only still make music, but also still sell out shows. Jen Cray was just another fan inside the House of Blues when the band plowed through Orlando recently.

The Audition

Brittany Sturges finds redemption in a stark Philly church basement. The Audition proves itself a saving grace.

The Country Slashers

Orlando has got a punk scene that most don't even realize exists. The Country Slashers are one of the best to occupy this eclectic underground world of rowdy rock 'n' roll. Jen Cray caught up with them at The Social, alongside another pair of eye opening local acts.

The Ettes

The Ettes chose Winter Park, Florida's Park Ave CDs to debut their new limited edition yellow vinyl release, Look at Life Again Soon. Jen Cray didn't need a turntable to hear their songs live.

The High Court

The High Court's fans were out in full force to welcome their hometown band and the rest of the American Gladitour to the Trocadero. Brittany Sturges finds out what the fuss is all about.

The Loved Ones

The Loved Ones had no idea they had so many fans in Orlando. Jen Cray was happy to find that she wasn't the only adult in town who has a soft spot for melodic punk.

Van Halen

Christopher Long joined 14,999 other fans at the St. Pete Times Forum for Van Halen's reunion show -- sorta.

Wilco

Wilco's February 20 performance eclipsed the Moon's. Chris Catania caught them at the Riviera, under a sky blue hometown sky.

Features

The Top 19 Dead People of 2007

Don't you dare close the book on 2007 yet! Carl F Gauze reviews the Top 19 celebrity deaths of the year that was, and you're not likely to see these folks in soft-focus pinups in People Magazne.

Interviews

Atomic Clock: An interview with Gene Hoglan

From Strapping Young Lad to Death to, um, Dethklock, metal drummer Gene Hoglan is one of metal's scarce renaissance men. Gail Worley sat down with the great one to talk shop.

Music Reviews

Music A

Akimbo

Navigating the Bronze (Alternative Tentacles). Review by Jen Cray.

Arrah and the Ferns

Evan is a Vegan (Standard). Review by Nora Richardson.

Music B

Black Mountain

In the Future (Jagjaguwar). Review by S D Green.

Music D

The Day Of

Awaiting Take Off (Self-Released). Review by Kyrby Raine.

Music E

E.R. (Eldridge Rodriguez)

The Conspiracy Against Us (Midriff Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Evangelista

Hello, Voyager (Constellation). Review by Jen Cray.

Music F

Farmer's Market

Surfin' USSR (Ipecac). Review by Rose Petralia.

Flogging Molly

Float (SideOneDummy). Review by Jen Cray.

Music H

Mick Harvey

Two of Diamonds (Mute). Review by Bob Ham.

The Hermit Crabs

Saw You Dancing (Matinee). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music I

Intodown

Brave New World (In Music We Trust). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Music J

Jinnrail

Million Lifetimes (Girlfight). Review by Jen Cray.

Music K

Sean Kagalis

Connect: Live at Eddie's Attic (Rate Records). Review by Jen Cray.

Music L

Long Distance Calling

Satellite Bay (Viva Hate Records). Review by S D Green.

Music M

Math and Physics Club

Baby I'm Yours (Matinee). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Malcolm Middleton

A Brighter Beat (Full Time Hobby). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Shawn Mullins

honeydew (Vanguard). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Music O

The Owls

Daughters and Suns (Magic Marker). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music P

Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey

Mavericks (Collector's Choice Music). Review by Jeff Montgomery.

Music S

Sodom

The Final Sign of Evil (SPV). Review by Matthew Moyer.

The State of Samuel

Here Come the Floods (Humblebee). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music T

Trencher

When Dracula Thinks "Look At Me" (Southern Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Music W

Wolfmangler

Cooking With Wolves (Digitalis Recordings). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Music Z

Zillionaire

The Street Lights Have Been Turned Down (New Granada). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Print Reviews

Check the Technique

Brian Colman's book gives the inside scoop on 36 classic hip-hop albums, all from the mouths of the artists who created them. Lori Bartlett thinks it's about time.

Flash Gordon Vol. 5

You can keep yer campy movie and yer 21st Century remake, Shaun Corley just wants to remember Flash Gordon the way he was rendered in Alex Raymond's stunning Sunday comic strips.

Incredible Change-Bots

Matthew Moyer makes a public spectacle of himself over Incredible Change-Bots.

Permanence

Kip Fulbeck's Permanence examines tattoos as a means toward self discovery. Every piece of ink has a story and it all adds up to who we are as people. Jen Cray could barely finish the book before adding a fresh layer of ink to her body.

Revolution In The Head (The Beatles' Records and the Sixties)

David Whited shares what he learned from Ian MacDonald's seminal look at 1960s Beatles' songs and their influence on American culture.

The Swing Voter of Staten Island

Rose Petralia thinks Arthur Nersesian's latest novel is a dirty New York bus ride over the edge of strange.

Screen Reviews

Head Case

Who needs drugs with psychotherapy like this? Alexandra Wentworth messes with the minds of Hollywood's celebrities in Starz Originals' Head Case. Rose Petralia recommends a healthy dose.

Legendary Albums Live: Heart

Christopher Long sees that the Wilson sisters still have it on this live 2007 recreation of Heart's 1976 debut album.

Mel Lewis and His Big Band

Shelton Hull makes a case for Mel Lewis, an underrated and subtle jazz drummer, who is finally starting to get his reissue due - including this excellent concert dvd from 1986.

Nine Inch Nails Live: Beside You In Time

After watching this DVD, Crystal Lee is regretting forking over the 40 dollars to see NIN live. This DVD kicks so much more ass than the live show. Private concert anyone??

The Final Quarrel: Live at CBGBs 2001

Scott Adams' quarrel with this recently released DVD of the legendary Cro-Mags' CBGBs reunion show is not that the band couldn't bring the power one last time, but that the camera and sound quality were bootleg quality. That ain't punk, punk.