REVIEWS: HEADSTONES - [ALBUM]

Headstones - [Album] PHOTO
ARTIST: Headstones - [Album]
DATE: 12-16-14
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
Listening to Headstones' new acoustic album, One In The Chamber Music, it's hard not to draw parallels between it and Hard Core Logo. I'm not talking about the feature film which starred Hugh Dillon and Callum Keith Rennie, I'm referring to the book by Michael Turner on which the movie was based; it was much [view more]

REVIEWS: VINYL - [BLU-RAY]

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ARTIST: Vinyl - [Blu-Ray]
DATE: 12-15-14
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
Over the last couple of decades, there has been no shortage of rock n' roll movies, but what there has been is a desperate lack of any unique ideas to power them. Basically, most of the feature films focused on rock have either been either bio-pics (for The Runaways, Jimi Hendrix and so on, both deifying one band or another) and there trite, [view more]

FEATURES: 2014 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE (PART THREE)

2014 Holiday Gift Guide (Part Three) PHOTO
ARTIST: 2014 Holiday Gift Guide (Part Three)
Shopping for an audiophile this holiday season? Give the gift of vinyl!
DATE: 12-14-14
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
We all know that shopping for audiophiles is no picnic. As my wife will begrudgingly attest, trying to go record shopping for me is a terrible experience because trying to find something I want but don't already have is difficult; often, I tend to get what I want very (very) near to the day it comes out, and asking me to hold off this time of [view more]

COLUMN: VINYL VLOG 051

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ARTIST: Vinyl Vlog 051
A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Collision Blonde LP by Xerxes.
DATE: 12-13-14
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
The first lesson that Xerxes' sophomore full-length teaches us is that, if you're going to start something, you'd better see it through because how an album starts might not be the same as how it ends. That's definitely the lesson this critic learned; when I first put my copy of Collision Blonde on my turntable, I thought [view more]

COLUMN: THE CLASSICS 016

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ARTIST: The Classics 016
A deeper look at the grooves pressed into Punk In Drublic by NOFX
DATE: 12-12-14
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
One look at the list of albums which came out in 1994 proves that it was a red letter year for punk rock (Offspring's Smash, Green Day released Dookie, Bad Religion released Stranger Than Fiction and NOFX released Punk In Drublic), but what's even more impressive in NOFX's case in particular is that [view more]

COLUMN: VINYL VLOG 050

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ARTIST: Vinyl Vlog 050
A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Twentieth anniversary vinyl reissue of dubnobasswithmyheadman by Underworld.
DATE: 12-11-14
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
There aren't many occasions when the artistic population of an entire musical genre is able to point to a single album and say it pretty much inspired everything that would matter in and about the genre thereafter, but that's actually possible when it comes to dubnobasswithmyheadman – Underworld's third album. [view more]

REVIEWS: DOWN - [PHOTOS]

Down - [Photos] PHOTO
ARTIST: Down - [Photos]
The Punk Rock But Kinda Not Tour 2014 featuring Down, Orange Goblin, Bl'ast!, King Parrot
VENUE: The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA - 12/08/14
DATE: 12-11-14
REVIEW BY: Raymond Ahner
PHOTO: Raymond Ahner
The 2014 'Punk Rock but Kinda Not Tour' stopped off in San Francisco earlier this week and, with a line-up which included New Orleans sludge rockers Down, British Metal Gods Orange Goblin, Santa Cruz punks Bl'ast, and Australia's King Parrot, the show had something for everyone.

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FEATURES: 2014 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE (PART TWO)

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ARTIST: 2014 Holiday Gift Guide (Part Two)
Ollie Ottoman delves deep into the scads of products available for gift giving and picks out some great winners
DATE: 12-09-14
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
Audio
Hello dear readers and welcome to another edition of Ground Control’s Holiday Gift Guide. Now, let’s be clear about something – the worst thing about this season is it’s commercialization and how, each year, the powers that be seem to be shoving Christmas down our throats earlier and earlier. Let’s bring [view more]

REVIEWS: JOHN COLTRANE - [ALBUM]

John Coltrane - [Album] PHOTO
ARTIST: John Coltrane - [Album]
DATE: 12-09-14
REVIEW BY: G. Murray Thomas
Audio
Okay, this is more like it, this what I was told John Coltrane sounded like – difficult, challenging. My primary exposure to Coltrane, up to this point, was A Love Supreme (as well as his work with Miles Davis). A Love Supreme is a beautiful work, a work of genius, but it is not difficult to appreciate. And I like difficult [view more]

COLUMN: VINYL VLOG 049

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ARTIST: Vinyl Vlog 049
A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the 'Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)' 10'' single by David Bowie
DATE: 12-09-14
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
The arc that David Bowie's career has appeared to take over the last forty-seven years has been a truly unique one, when you think about it. It could be hypothesized that being a Bowie fan is very, very similar in nature to being a heroin addict; the first hit you took was good – so good that you immediately want more because of the way [view more]

REVIEWS: LAGWAGON & SWINGIN' UTTERS - [LIVE]

Lagwagon & Swingin' Utters - [Live] PHOTO
ARTIST: Lagwagon & Swingin' Utters - [Live]
VENUE: Brighton Music Hall - Boston, Ma. - 12/03/14 
DATE: 12-08-14
REVIEW BY: Ollie Ottoman
PHOTO: Digweekly Boston (https://www.flickr.com/photos/weeklydig/)
Is it a coincidence that two of the most quintessential Fat Wreck bands have both released an album this year and are touring together? I have assumed the role of the Swingin’ Utters’ bulldog long ago (and will praise their brilliance to non-believers) and kept up with Lagwagon (since they are one of the first bands to get me into [view more]

FEATURES: BIPOLAR EXPLORER WORK A DOUBLE SHIFT THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS

Bipolar Explorer Work A Double Shift Through The Holidays PHOTO
ARTIST: Bipolar Explorer Work A Double Shift Through The Holidays
Frontman Michael Serafin-Wells takes Daryl 'Darko' Barnett inside his band's two new EPs.
DATE: 12-07-14
WRITER: Daryl \'Darko\' Barnett
Audio

New York’s minimalist indie rockers Bipolar Explorer are poised to release two new EPs this month: Angels, the follow-up to their celebrated double-record Of Love and Loss (Slugg Records) as well as a Christmas EP entitled BPXmas (out now digitally and as a CD on December 17). Indeed, I have it on as I write [view more]

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