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Album Review: Metz – Strange Peace

“Mess Of Wires” is the churning, hypnotic intro track on Metz’ third album “Strange Peace.” Within seconds, the Canadian noise rock trio reminds the world of its songwriting prowess and its ability to select the perfect tones. The song that follows, “Drained Lake,” is another feat that could only be pulled off by musicians as […]

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Album Review: Trapped Under Ice – Heatwave

Trapped Under Ice emerged from the Baltimore hardcore scene of the late 2000s and quickly became one of the most notorious bands in the genre. The band’s 2008 EP, “Stay Cold,” set a precedent for where the heavy hardcore of the American Northeast was heading and people took notice nationally and globally. Countless tours zig-zagged […]

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Album Review: Sex Snobs – Emotional Stuffing

Sex Snobs has been one of Oklahoma City’s premier rock groups since 2013.  The band features multiple members of the city’s DIY punk scene and has remained a grassroots effort, but their new record, “Emotional Stuffing,” is their most professional yet. Just by reading the credits fans can discover that infamous Chicago rock musician and […]

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Build A Wall: Red Kate’s “Unamerican Activities” Will Be Yuge

With the American political scene turning more and more into a literal circus with every passing day, it seems like just the right time for Kansas City’s Red Kate to release their new album “Unamerican Activites.” It’s both an outpouring of pent-up political frustration and good old-fashioned punk rock that combine together for catchy-yet-unrelenting rock […]

Ork Records: New York, New York

Ork Records: New York, New York

Discerning music lover, if you long for curation and worry that Spotify might kill enthusiasm for music, please look into the Numero Group. It is a label that regularly focuses on a single scene for each release, compiling an absurd number of songs and thorough liner notes to give context to local movements. Its latest […]


Buy This: Jim O’Rourke – Simple Songs

Wow, it was another brutal week for making a ‘best release’ selection. Between the various outlets I write for, I’ll be putting out nine album reviews this week and they are all gushingly positive. In particular, it is another great week if you are a fan of psychedelic rock. Be on the lookout for the […]


Buy This: Crocodiles – Boys

Well, summertime is almost here and that means it is time for some new psychedelic rock from California. Okay, that’s gonna happen pretty much all year round. But, this time it’s really, really good. I promise. Crocodiles was formed in 2008 by core members Brandon Welchez and Charles Rowell after the break-up of their former […]


Buy This: Happyness – Weird Little Birthday

This was a pretty tough week to pick just one album to buy from the list of great new releases to choose from. For the record, I don’t think anyone should pass up on new stuff from Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The Silence, Les Marinellis, Courtney Barnett or Bombadil dropping this week. As a matter […]


Buy This: The Wave Pictures – Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon

Each week, we are going to take a closer look at the best new release available. In this first edition, the choice was fairly easy. The Wave Pictures is an English rock band featuring David Tattersall (vocals and guitar), Franic Rozycki (bass guitar) and Jonny Helm (drums). The band has its origins in a group […]

The Roots Settle Into A Groove That Suits Them

  The Roots have always been a vexing band for me. I love them. Growing up, I was one of the nerdy white kids hanging out next to the soundboard at their live sets. I’ve seen them at small venues, outdoor festivals, free campus shows, you name it. I love the band so much, I even […]

‘n***** on the moon’- Death Grips

“F*** it all I’m going down,” Death Grips “singer” MC Ride calmly intones over the skittering electronic bug that is “F*** Me Out”. Now four years deep into a career that’s been defined by label agitating and political firebreathing, it’s as close as the schizoid experimental rap trio has come to a modus operandi. Unlike […]

Upside Down Mountain Leaves Nothing More to Climb

Conor Oberst’s days of shouting for timpani rolls are over, and it’s probably for the best. If you’ve remained a devoted fan of the songwriter over the years, you probably recall crooning the sappy one-liners scattered throughout the songs in Lifted and much of his earlier work. Maybe you even screamed along until your voice […]