Akron/Family bring their travelling circus to Orlando. They say "Love is Simple" but on this night, as S D Green found, their music proved anythying but.
There's something so pure about a bill of up-and-coming bands playing a tiny bar with no stage. Such was the locale of Broadway Calls' Orlando stop. Jen Cray relished in the simplicity of a d.i.y. punk show.
"You are all my children now." Techno rave meets Jim Jones as Chris Catania is inducted into the cult of Big Beat oblivion.
Interpol may not be the most exciting live band on the planet, but Jen Cray is hooked on their music deeply enough to keep going back for more.
Chris Catania finds himself amongst a crowd who wants to hear South London's own Jamie T play all night along. And after getting an earful of a tuneful melange of punk, r&b and everything in between, he's inclined to agree.
You may not expect that Rilo Kiley would be high on Jen Cray's list of must-see live bands, but after their recent takeover in Orlando they most definitely are up there!
Will's Pub may have closed, but Sam Rivers' monthly jazz workshop finds new life at the Plaza Theatre. S D Green finally figures out who put the bop in the bop-she-bop-she-bop.
A brilliant band with brilliant songs is hampered by the unforgiving sound of the Crystal Ballroom. Bob Ham was, for better or worse, there.
The Wildbirds were a mere opening act two months ago, but this time around they're receiving top billing on a show packed with talent. Jen Cray was one of the few in attendance for one damn fine night of music.
Suicide devotee Matthew Moyer sits down with Alan Vega to talk about his new solo album Station, the mysteries of the creative process, whether Bruce Springsteen is indeed the Boss, becoming an entertainer and... a family man. This be the verse.
Al Jourgensen sounds off on the end of Ministry, its lauded history and plenty on politics. And he's not going out quietly. Kiran Aditham has more with Uncle Al.
Shadows Fall drummer Jason recently spoke to Ink 19 from his home in upstate New York about his band’s great success in the metal underground, his surprising musical roots and why the staff of any Holiday Inn might appreciate having Jason around if the drummer in their lounge band had a heart attack onstage.
Glen Galloway is Soul Junk, who delivers the word backed by indie rock and hip-hop beats. Chris Catania talks to the man about Psalms, doing commercial music for BMW and faith.
We Can Create (Mute). Review by Andrew Coulon.
A Static Lullaby (Fearless Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.
Smile For Them (Sire). Review by Jen Cray.
Absolutes (Curb Appeal Records). Review by Andrew Ellis.
Colors (Victory). Review by Jen Cray.
Sweet Danger (LDR/Loyal Dutchess Records). Review by David Whited.
The Great Burrito Extortion Case (Jive). Review by Andrew Ellis.
The Busy Signals (Dirtnap). Review by Jen Cray.
Dona Got a Ramblin' Mind (Music Maker). Review by Sean Slone.
Sometimes You Hear Through Someone Else (Azra). Review by Aaron Shaul.
What Is Love For (Rykodisc). Review by Andrew Ellis.
Bemun (Double Moon). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Wide Eyes (Run For Cover). Review by Jen Cray.
Film Soundtrack (Commotion/KOCH). Review by Jen Cray.
Bitchin' (Purple Feather). Review by Jen Cray.
The Meanest of Times (Born & Bred). Review by Jen Cray.
Once Around The Butterfly Bush (Edgetone). Review by Bob Ham.
9 Distilled Dreams (Gravitation). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Live In Northampton (United For Opportunity). Review by Andrew Ellis.
Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands 10 (Warcon). Review by Jen Cray.
Dying is Your Latest Fashion (Epitaph). Review by Jen Cray.
Fight Before Surrender (Wounded/ Hairball 8). Review by Jen Cray.
Errors and Admissions (Self-Released). Review by Andrew Ellis.
The Flathead EP (Interscope). Review by Bob Ham.
Appendix (K7!). Review by Bob Ham.
In Search of Cleo (Self-Released). Review by Jen Cray.
Spaceheater/Perfect Interior (Crucial Blast). Review by Matthew Moyer.
A Drink and a Quick Decision (Recall Records). Review by S D Green.
So This Is Great Britain? (TVT). Review by Jen Cray.
Let Me Introduce My Friends (Mute). Review by Aaron Shaul.
In The Absence of Truth (Ipecac). Review by Bob Ham.
Panic Prevention (Caroline). Review by Jen Cray.
JupiterOne (Cordless Recordings /Warner Music Group). Review by Jen Cray.
Can’t Wait Another Day (Merge). Review by Andrew Coulon.
Pressure (Badman). Review by Jen Cray.
Lez Zeppelin (Emanation Records). Review by Andrew Ellis.
Modern Mexico (Homespun Records/In Music We Trust). Review by Tim Wardyn.
Northern Stories 1978/80 (Caroline True). Review by Aaron Shaul.
FDR (Uprising). Review by Jen Cray.
Shine (Hear Music/Starbucks). Review by Matt Parish.
Luna Salerno (Self-Released). Review by Sean Slone.
Mining Songs from the Appalachian Coalfields (Lonesome Pine Council on Youth). Review by David Whited.
triMIX (Innova). Review by Bob Ham.
Phonograph (Arclight). Review by Aaron Shaul.
We Are the Pipettes (Cherrytree/Interscope). Review by Jen Cray.
Summer Salt Santiago (Musikministeriet). Review by Aaron Shaul.
The Drunken Dance of Modern Man in Love (Cutthroat Pop Records/In Music We Trust). Review by Tim Wardyn.
Asleep At Heaven's Gate (Brushfire). Review by Jen Cray.
Songs of Love & War (Second Shimmy). Review by Bob Ham.
Blood Stained Love Story (Island Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.
Still Searching (Vagrant Records/Drive-Thru Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.
Everybody's Brother (Compadre Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.
With Me (Sonic Boom). Review by Linda Tate.
Dance Revolution (Geffen). Review by Aaron Shaul.
What Hides Inside (Red Lick Records). Review by Andrew Ellis.
1959 (Quiver Society). Review by Chris Catania.
One For the Good Guys (Black Numbers). Review by Jen Cray.
Trampoline (Drive Thru). Review by Jen Cray.
Poverina (Minty Fresh). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Open Field (Rough Trade). Review by Omar de la rosa.
Broken Bottles & Razor Blades (Hairball 8). Review by Jen Cray.
Sex Change (Thrill Jockey Records). Review by Andrew Coulon.
Calenture (Domino). Review by Sean Slone.
Visqueen (Ipecac Recordings). Review by Jen Cray.
Rebuilding Pantaleone's Tree (Baskaru). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Station (Mute Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Don’t Look Away (MySpace Records). Review by Andrew Ellis.
Subliminal Genocide (Hydra Head). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Lose All Time (Paper Bag). Review by Jen Cray.
A zine about touring about zines? It's not a logic paradox, it's the new piece of mimeographed wonder from Microcosm Press' Joe Biel. Sheila Scoville gets in the van.
In his new book, Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx lifts the lid on the most insane year of life when his drug habit took its gruesome, inevitable toll. Andrew Ellis discovers the reality behind the typical rock star clichй or sex, drugs and rock n'roll.
A popular account of a famous but very difficult mathematics problem. Carl F Gauze, much like Teen Talk Barbie, knows that math is hard.
Like a smarter and hipper Forrest Gump, Joe Boyd repeatedly turned up at the right place at the right time in the rapidly changing music world of the 1960's. From ferrying blues and jazz players around Europe, to discovering Pink Floyd, Boyd was there and he remembers what happened!
Matt Parish sees if Tony Palmer's trailblazing "rockumentary" on the sounds of the Sixties has stood the test of time.
After watching this dvd of concert footage from Mick Jones post-Clash project, Big Audio Dynamite, Carl F Gauze is still waiting for the clampdown..
To look at the DVD box, you might thing the Great Kat is some sort of Bizarro Nancy Wilson. Not so. She's so much more, Matthew Moyer declares.
Bob Ham looks at the latest collection of shorts from DIY filmmaker Bill Brown, somewhere between Sal Paradise and photojournalism.
Carl F Gauze takes one small step into his local theater to check out this nifty new documentary about the famed Apollo 11 mission to the moon.
Murder stalks an exclusive girls' school in this 1968 Italian murder mystery. Carl F Gauze does his mentor Joe Bob Briggs proud.
Ken Stott returns as the hard-drinking, hard-smoking, DI John Rebus for a second set of mysteries, based on the books by Ian Rankin. This series sees Rebus dealing with complex ciphers, underworld bosses, duplicitous businessmen, and dead cats, along with the requisite murders in each episode. Joe Frietze gives his best good cop/bad cop.
Shelton Hull finds much to praise in Jodie Foster's latest film. Consider it the anti-Hostel.