THICK: 5 Years Behind [Album Review]
Mar25

THICK: 5 Years Behind [Album Review]

THICK5 Years BehindEpitaph Records [2020] The debut from Brooklyn-based DIY punk trio, THICK, was the perfect record to pick up as our country was shutting down due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19, bringing enough noise, angry energy and musical muscle to make the required lock-down relatively tolerable. No doubt, Nikki Sisti (voice/guitar), Kate Black (voice/bass, guitar and synths), and Shari Page (voice/drums) will draw comparisons to...

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the black watch – “Brilliant Failures” [Video]
Mar25

the black watch – “Brilliant Failures” [Video]

John Andrew Fredrick has written and released seventeen the black watch albums of quality indie rock since the LA band’s inception in 1988. For this record Fredrick had the idea of letting producer-friends Scott Campbell, Rob Campanella, and Andy Creighton be his band and record the album. “I have had, I think, too much control, musically speaking, in the past.’ Fredrick says, “And the thought of experimenting this way was really...

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Black Market Brass: Undying Thirst [Album Review]
Mar24

Black Market Brass: Undying Thirst [Album Review]

Black Market BrassUndying ThirstColemine Records [2020] Black Market Brass is a Minneapolis-based group performing their own brand of originally composed Afrobeat/Afrofunk music, and Undying Thirst is the group’s sophomore album and Colemine Records debut. The instrumental group is comprised of eleven musicians that form such a powerful force together that this record will blow you away. Some might think that you need to be...

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The Mr. T Experience: MTX Forever [Album Review]
Mar24

The Mr. T Experience: MTX Forever [Album Review]

The Mr. T ExperienceMTX ForeverSounds Rad [2020] If your were around for the punk rock explosion that was helped along and spotlighted by Green Day in 1994, then you just might know The Mr. T Experience. The band actaully formed in 1985 and has a history that spans over 30 years and eleven studio albums, not to mention countless singles and EPs but their most “popular” records were on staple punk label Lookout! Records and...

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Sleepies: Time v Pleasure [Album Review]
Mar23

Sleepies: Time v Pleasure [Album Review]

Sleepies Time v PleasureSelf-Released [2020] Who: Sleepies awake from their three year hiatus to deliver a unique take on their sound. Sound: Sleepies branch off from their established jangly post-punk sound and dive into the early years of stripped-down post-punk with stunning results. I have been a fan of Sleepies since I heard the herky-jerky Cool Boy in 2012. Weird Wild World, their 2nd LP, was a mind-blowing album and made...

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Rookie: Rookie [Album Review]
Mar20

Rookie: Rookie [Album Review]

Rookie RookieBloodshot Records [2020] The debut album of 6-piece Chicago band Rookie comes out of the box just dripping with references to a much earlier time in rock music history. From the opening crunchy guitar chords of “Hold On Tight,” it’s clear this band’s goals are to relive in a fresh way the musical highlights of ‘70’s guitar rock, from the likes of Free, AC/DC, Bad Co., Cheap Trick or Big Star. At their best, like on “Miss...

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