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September 2006

Event Reviews

Band Marino, As Tall As Lions

Promoted as being headlined by Long Island's soft Indie Rock crooners, As Tall As Lions, an early show at Orlando's BackBooth was shuffled to allow Alt. Country talents, Band Marino to close the night. Jen Cray woke up early to make door time.


From bludgeoning drone metal to rockin' human pyramids, Boris and Guitar Wolf brought their heavy artillery to this Tokyo gig. Heather Lorusso has your dispatch from the frontline.

In the Fur

Who says you have you pay a lot of money for a good concert? Brittany Sturges, after an evening of up-and-coming Philadelphia talent, wholeheartedly disagrees.

Smoking Popes

The Smoking Popes remind us of a time when Pop/Punk wasn't an insult, and bands didn't have to try so hard to be cool. The recently reunited Chicago band brought their sounds to Orlando and Jen Cray checked in for the fun.

The Quakes

20 Years of Psychobilly starring The Quakes, 7 Shot Screamers and Twisted In Graves has drawn out an impressive number for a Thursday night, including Jen Cray.

The Whigs

The Whigs have no affilliation with Greg Dulli's Afghan Whigs, but Jen Cray found their 90's Indie Rock nostalgia irresistible anyway.

X, Rollins Band

As the World Burns, legendary L.A. punk bands tour the country with their original lineups, and give the fans something to get excited about! X and Rollins Band have hit the tour circuit bringing Texas' Riverboat Gamblers along for the ride. Jen Cray was right down front.


Raquel Aurilia

A baseball player's wife hits a home run on her debut album, and Kyrby Raine finds the zone with Raquel Aurilia.


Endorsed by Carruthers Guitars and assisted by Jane's Addiction's drummer, L.A. rocker Katya brings back the Rock Goddess. Kyrby Raine finds out it's not necessarily a boy's club in the music biz these days.

Marilyn Avenue

Straight out of Kettering, OH, Marilyn Avenue has been making their impact on the music scene, one show at a time. After winning spots on two big summer tours, the guys are in preparation for the release of their newest CD,The Dawning. Brittany Sturges learns about the Ohio rock scene, the new album and what exactly they did last Saturday night.

The Applicators

The Applicators fill the void of estrogen heavy punk bands that seemed to have all but disappeared after the '90s wave of riot grrrls faded out. Jen Cray called up Kristina (bass) and Erica (guitar) to talk about being an American band from Texas, and scientific experiments for cash.

Music Reviews

Ani DiFranco

Reprieve (Righteous Babe). Review by Jen Cray.


Butch Walker and the Let's-Go-Out-Tonites!

The Rise and Fall of...Butch Walker and the Let's-Go-Out-Tonites! (Epic/One Haven). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Music A

American Eyes

Never Trust Anything That Bleeds (SideOneDummy). Review by Jen Cray.

Toni Anderson

You Are The One (Treasure Chest). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

Tara Angell

Come Down (Rykodisc). Review by Aaron Shaul.


Hava Nagila (Doron Braunshtein). Review by Carl F Gauze.

As Tall As Lions

(Triple Crown). Review by Jen Cray.

Music B


Six Yanks. Review by Kyrby Raine.

The Beat Daddys

Five Moons. Review by Kyrby Raine.

Bob Mould + Richard Morel

Blowoff (Full Frequency). Review by Ben Varkentine.

Music C

The Casualties

Under Attack (SideOneDummy). Review by Jen Cray.

The Clarks

Still Live (King Mouse). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Music D


Make Me Wiser (Dirt Road). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Dr. Dog

Takers and Leavers EP (Park The Van). Review by Jen Cray.

Bob Dylan

Modern Times (Columbia). Review by James Mann.

Music E


Electropolis (Innova). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Eleven Eleven

The Unlovable EP (Forever). Review by Brittany Sturges.


Octaves of Light (Radiant Sol). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

Music F

Stephen Fretwell

Magpie (Fiction). Review by Sean Slone.

Mitchell Froom

A Thousand Days (Kontext). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

Music G

Gasoline Heart

You Know Who You Are (Mono Vs. Stereo). Review by Jen Cray.

The Green

Emancipation (Santiago). Review by Kyrby Raine.

Euge Groove

Just Feels Right (Narada). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Carlos Guitarlos

Hell Can Wait (Nomad). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music K

Todd Carter Koeppen

Catch Me (). Review by Kyrby Raine.

Music M

Marshall McLean

Heaven's Grey. Review by Kyrby Raine.

Sir Millard Mulch

How to Sell the Whole F#@!ing Universe to Everybody Once and For All (Mimicry). Review by Michael Crown.

Music P

The Paper Champions

End.Transmission EP (Reason Y). Review by Tim Wardyn.


We Are Wyoming (Red Buttons). Review by Sean Slone.

Proton Proton

Proton Proton. Review by Carl F Gauze.

Punk Goes 80s

Various Artists (Fearless). Review by Ben Varkentine.

Music R

The Randies

Saw The Light (Elicit/Majestic). Review by Jen Cray.

Music S

Self Evident

Epistemology (Double Plus Good). Review by Carl F Gauze.

So They Say

Antidote For Irony (Fearless). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music T

Tapes 'n' Tapes

The Loon (XL). Review by Jen Cray.

Robin Trower

Living Out of Time (Ruf). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music U


Blood Inside (The End). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Music V

Ehron Vonallen

Incarnation (Hydrology). Review by Kyrby Raine.

Music W


Parador (Ella/Not Lame). Review by Sean Slone.

Alex Woodard

Up With The Sun (Woodshack Music). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Music Y

Yesterdays Rising

Lightworker (Fearless). Review by Darius Gently.

Print Reviews

A Field Guide to Roadside Technology

A field guide to all the odd contraptions along the road answers the urban explorer's curiosity. With that and his trusty collector's net, Carl F Gauze chases after the minutia of public transport's infrastructure.

L.A. Lofts

Marshall Presnell steps back and admires both the beauty and utility presented in this photo collection of innovative loft spaces.

Rabbit Punches

What's that moving blur out there on the horizon? It's Linda Tate chasing the arc of a short story collection that's led her deep into a literary leftfield.

Modern Masters Volume Eight: Walter Simonson

It's easy to appreciate a comic artist's craft. But what goes on behind the scenes? How does a Great One get to be... well, Great? Matthew Moyer gets the scoop on Walter Simonson in the latest installment of TwoMorrow's Modern Masters series.

Striking Images

Marshall Presnell finds hidden truths about America on the back of a matchbook. Or, in this case, a handsomely printed volume full of reproductions of the best (and worst) of vintage matchbook art.

Screen Reviews

Everyone Stares

All good things come to an end, and bands are no exception -- often, it's a grisly, acrimonious end. Police uber-fan Ian Koss can't tear his eyes away from drummer Stewart Copeland's ultimate insider perspective on the rise and fall of one of the most unique bands to come out of the '70s.


Superman blows his brains out and a sleazy detective tries to cash in on the publicity. At least that's what Carl F Gauze thought he saw during this muddled film.

Jazz Shots From the East Coast and West Coast

Shelton Hull is wowed by the treasure trove of concert and performance footage offered up in the newest volumes of this DVD series. All the greats you'd expect and plenty of surprises, to boot!

Snakes on a Plane

Ladies and gentlemen, please keep your seatbelts buckled until the Captain has turned off the fasten seatbelt sign. Once he has done so, feel free to move around, use the restrooms and stretch your legs. And Brittany Sturges reminds you: watch out for the reptiles.