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March 2009

Event Reviews

Cowboy Junkies

Filling up The Plaza Theatre with their heartbreaking sounds, Cowboy Junkies treat Orlando -- and Jen Cray -- to an evening of tear-jerking beauty.

Fujiya & Miyagi

Fujiya & Miyagi brought their unique brand of electronica to Orlando's BackBooth recently. Phillip Haire got his groove on.

King Kahn & the Shrines

King Kahn & the Shrines stood out, to Phillip Haire, as a key performer at Florida's inaugural Harvest of Hope Festival.

Lady Sovereign

Lady Sovereign may have matured since parting ways with Def Jam records, but she recently proved to both Chicago and our own Chris Catania that she's still the "biggest midget in the game."

Legendary Pink Dots

Matthew Moyer swoons over the voices inside the heads of The Legendary Pink Dots.

Mr. Quintron and Miss Pussycat

If you didn't catch Mr. Quintron and Miss Pussycat's Jacksonville performance, as our own Matthew Moyer did, then you missed out on one seriously artistic explosion of wonder.

Slipknot

While recognized more for their skin-crawling costumes than for their music, Slipknot are a speed metal band worthy of a little respect -- as Jen Cray discovered recently at the Orlando date of the band's current arena tour.

The Pretenders

Bus flu and pesky amateur photogs can't keep The Pretenders from rocking the Taft Theatre on their first extensive headlining tour since 2003. Sean Slone keeps tally.

Interviews

The Damned

Rob Levy braves the danger and mayhem of one of the UK's most legendary punk bands to interview Captain Sensible, guitarist and longtime member of The Damned, about a variety of topics including the new album So Who's Paranoid?

Obscured by Clouds

William Weikart, the mastermind behind the band Obscured by Clouds, is one literate and surprising person. Tim Wardyn unveils Weikart's impressive cast of influences (including Chris Cornell and Baroque music), how ex-girlfriends contributed to one of the best songs on their album Psycheclectic, and how his bandmate Thee Slayer Hippy got his name.

Music Reviews

Music A

American Speedway

Ship Of Fools (Prophase). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Au

Verbs (Aagoo). Review by P. McEver.

Music B

Beyond Things

Our Call Outs (Ephemeroptera/Plan-It-X). Review by P. McEver.

Robbert Bobbert and the Bubble Machine

Robbert Bobbert and the Bubble Machine (Little Monster Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

The Bodies Obtained

From The Top Of My Tree (Finding You Attractive). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Bosque Brown

Baby (Burnt Toast Vinyl). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music C

City of Ships

Live Free of Don't Tour (Forcefield). Review by Jen Cray.

Music D

Deer Tick

War Elephant (Partisan). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music F

Fight Like Apes

You Filled His Head With Fluffy Clouds and Jolly Ranchers, What Did You Think Was Going To Happen (Model Citizen). Review by Jen Cray.

Andy Friedman & The Other Failures

Weary Things (City Salvage). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music J

Tommy James and the Shondells

40th Anniversary Singles Collection (1966-2006) (Collector's Choice). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music L

Lake

Oh, The Places We'll Go (K Records). Review by P. McEver.

Music M

Mark Mallman

Loneliness In America (Self Released). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Mazes

Mazes (Parasol). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Morrissey

Years of Refusal (Attack/Lost Highway). Review by Jen Cray.

Music O

Or, The Whale

Light Poles and Pines (Seany). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music P

Parenthetical Girls

Entanglements (Tomlab/Slender Means Society). Review by P. McEver.

Plastic Crimewave Sound

Plastic Crimewave Sound (Prophase Music). Review by Carl F Gauze.

The Prodigy

Invaders Must Die (Take me to the Hospital/Cooking Vinyl). Review by Jen Cray.

Music Q

Will Quinlan & the Diviners

Novasota (Ironweed Music Recordings). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Music R

Lou Reed

Berlin - Live At St. Ann's Warehouse (Matador Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Riverboat Gamblers

Underneath the Owl (Volcom). Review by Jen Cray.

Music S

Sump Pumps

Revenge of the... (8 Bit Records). Review by Jen Cray.

Music T

David Tomaloff

Birds On Wires (Hey!LowSound Recordings). Review by Robert M. Sutton.

Music Z

Michael Zapruder

Dragon Chinese Cocktail Horoscope (SideCho). Review by P. McEver.

Print Reviews

Brick Journal - Issue 4 Volume 2

Do you know an AFOL? Chances are some acquaintance is an Adult Fan of Lego. Carl F Gauze recommends Brick Journal to feed their obsession, or perhaps kindle yours.

The Flash Companion

If Gorilla Grodd, Captain Cold, the Pied Piper, and Captain Boomerang live on your bookshelf, you'll be wanting this in-depth history of The Flash, from historians and the people who created him.

The Making of Led Zeppelin ZOSO

The details in this book about Led Zeppelin's IV go to eleven. And Carl F Gauze likes it LOUD.

Watchmen

Zack Snyder's cinematic version of Alan Moore's ground breaking graphic novel is about to hit theaters. Moore wants nothing to do with it. S D Green offers a review of the source material that proved a landmark moment in comic book history, and that has many fans divided about the upcoming adaptation.

Modern Masters Volume 17: Lee Weeks

Another Modern Masters volume chronicles the work and life of Lee Weeks.

Screen Reviews

Tour:Smart: And Break the Band

Does Martin Atkins really expect folks to spend money on a DVD that promotes a book that bands can spend money on to learn how to save money on the road? Andrew Coulon hopes not.

Eric Johnson - Anaheim

Have you ever heard a guitar sing? If so, you've never heard anything like Eric Johnson's guitar. A 2006 performance in Anaheim had Tim Wardyn so fixated that he could've sworn Johnson had about 12 fingers on his left hand.

The Wrestler

A washed-up wrestler makes one last trip into the ring, where even Marisa Tomei can't save him. Referee Carl F Gauze makes it a slow three-count.

TV Party: The Everything for Sale Show

Take note, internet-broadcasting upstarts, the DVD reissues of Glenn O'Brien's pioneering 1980s shambles of a talk show uncover a whole new level of transcendent slack. On this episode: Jeffrey Lee Pierce!