no-cover

Invariably at the beginning of any young band’s career, its members have to decide what the future will look like for their group. Such decisions usually happen after the group’s first release; at that point the pressure’s off, they’ve gone in every direction that they cared to go and—while taking the reception of said release into account—the decision needs to be made as to which variation is the band’s best fit. Such was the crossroads at which Los Campesinos! found...

Like
183
0
Thursday, 13 March 2008
no-cover

Walking into a half-filled Fillmore, I was a bit unsure of what to expect to say the least. I have always been a huge fan of the New York Dolls, but when a band is touring 35 years after their heyday, and only 2 of the 5 founding members are still alive, wouldn't you be a bit dubious? Although I had heard nothing but good things about the current incarnation of the band, as well as this tour, I just...

Like
175
0
Thursday, 13 March 2008
no-cover

As promised, we will continue to get the best of the best new music into your eardrums, and if we’re lucky, we’ll get best of the best music into your iPods. This edition features an artist that GC loves, and an actress-turned-singer that GC loves (She & Him), a funky hit machine with a hankering for releasing that hot track right as you get spring fever (Gnarls Barkley), a 90s artist who just won’t call it quits (The Breeders) and...

Like
182
0
Wednesday, 12 March 2008
no-cover

After their first resurrection in 1998, it seemed the godfathers of goth rock were finally in a coffin somewhere. Just like Dracula though, this undead band is one that’s impossible to kill off without that lucky wooden stake. Go Away White is Bauhaus’ first—and last, according to their website—album since their initial breakup just before the release Burning from the Inside in 1983. During the recording of that album, lead singer Peter Murphy was stricken with near-fatal pneumonia, leaving the...

Like
174
0
Wednesday, 12 March 2008
no-cover

The Black Angels are proud to announce the release of their second record on Light in the Attic Records. Titled Directions to See a Ghost, the record was produced by the band, along with Passover producer Erik Wofford, and will be released on May 13, 2008. Bathed in haunting psychedelic, opiated chiaroscuro, the songs on Directions to See a Ghost are both hypnotic and driving at the same time. Dynamics are essential to the proceedings—drums pound and crescendos explode and...

Like
160
0
Wednesday, 12 March 2008
no-cover

Adam Turla has some serious explaining to do. His voice is getting progressively lower in tone with every album. If you don’t believe me, go to their Myspace and listen to the following songs in order: Like The Exorcist, But More Breakdancing's “I’m Afraid of Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Wolfe,” “Killbot 2000” (off of their 2003 opus Who Will Survive, And What Will Be Left Of Them?), “Brother” (from 2006’s In Bocca Al Lupo), and finally “Comin’ Home” from Red...

Like
1
0
Tuesday, 11 March 2008
no-cover

Dammit, Mom, you weren’t supposed to let me quit. Sure, I was freakishly taller than the other girls in my elementary dance class—so tall that you had to hand-sew my costume for Hansel and Gretel that one year. I know I begged you to let me out of that daily torture of uncomfortable shoes and impossibly high expectations, but moms are supposed to be tougher than that. Persevere. And if you had forced your little girl to continue dancing down...

Like
164
0
Tuesday, 11 March 2008
no-cover

Over the last couple of years a lot of noise has been made about singer/DJ MIA’s seemingly audacious and outrageous behavior, but all of those that make such claims have clearly not yet heard The Kills. Moaning, sighing and yowling like a more carnal incarnation of Boss Hog singer Cristina Martinez, Kills frontwoman Allison Mosshart gets wet from the orgasmic opening and stuttering groove of “U.R.A. Fever” and, because she’s left unsatisfied and hanging on the telephone as the dial...

Like
2
0
Tuesday, 11 March 2008
no-cover

On a cool night in L.A.’s trendy Silver Lake neighborhood, The Helio Sequence is eating dinner at a cheap Thai restaurant. It’s an unglamorous but not unusual night for the band, which recently set out on a tour to promote its new album, Keep Your Eyes Ahead. The band’s fourth album—and second since inking a deal with indie mega-label Sub Pop—reveals a more confident sound and mature songwriting, but front man Brandon Summers and his best friend, drummer Benjamin Weikel,...

Like
276
0
Monday, 10 March 2008
no-cover

Walking out of Slim's with my ears ringing after the show, I immediately started to think about how I was going to start this review. I usually like to prelude my reviews of metal and punk shows with some ego stroking, and by writing (and rambling) on and on about how hardcore or "old school" I think I am because I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and my friends and I watched as the whole thrash-metal scene...

Like
174
0
Monday, 10 March 2008