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The Brains – [Album]
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ARTIST: The Brains – DATE: 10-21-15 REVIEW BY: Bill Adams ALBUM: Out In The Dark LABEL: Stomp/Warner Music Since they first stumbled out of a Quebecois crypt ten years ago, The Brains have always attempted to reach as many ears as possible. Of course, their first introduction was made as a psychobilly band – but it didn’t take long for the group to begin reaching for more inspiration from beyond the constraints of rockabilly. With each successive album, elements...

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Monday, 26 October 2015
Public Enemy – [Blu-Ray]
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TITLE: Public Enemy – LABEL:Metropolis/Universal Music Group International DATE: 09-30-15 REVIEW BY: Bill Adams While saying that some things never change is only a fraction less trite than earnestly claiming that everything that an old group is oding currently is “same as it ever was,” that doesn’t mean seeing Public Enemy rule a stage in the second decade of the new millennium isn’t as gratifying as it was three decades ago. For twenty-eight years, Chuck D, Flava Flav and...

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Wednesday, 30 September 2015
Young Empires – [Album]
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ARTIST: Young Empires – with free mp3 download for ‘Uncover Your Eyes’ from The Gates by Young Empires DATE: 09-18-15 REVIEW BY: Bill Adams ALBUM: The Gates LABEL: Pirates Blend/Sony Music It’s difficult to qualify an album as simultaneously smooth and defiant, but that’s the only way to accurately define Young Empires’ debut full-length album. On first listen, no one will argue that The Gates isn’t smooth; from the second “Mercy” bursts out to open the album, listeners are...

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Friday, 18 September 2015
Motörhead – [Album]
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ARTIST: Motörhead – DATE: 09-17-15 REVIEW BY: Bill Adams ALBUM: Bad Magic LABEL: UDR It’s hard to tell what happened to Motörhead between the release of Aftershock and the recording of Bad Magic, but there’s no missing the change in the band’s demeanor as this album plays. It’s possible that the new energy so apparent in Motörhead’s twenty-second album comes from the new company that Motörhead majordomo Lemmy Kilmister has been keeping lately (like Dave Grohl and Queens of...

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Thursday, 17 September 2015
Kurt Vile & The Violators – [Live]
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ARTIST: VENUE: Paradise – Boston, MA – 10/02/15 DATE: 10-06-15 REVIEW BY: Ollie Ottoman PHOTO: Ollie Ottoman Having moved away from the Philadelphia area to Boston four years ago, nothing brings a brighter smile to my face than seeing some great Philly band right here in beantown. I can’t help but feel proud about Kurt Vile not because he’s a true Philly artist (dude hasn’t been tempted to move to the more affluent music towns like LA, NYC or Nashville),...

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Wednesday, 16 September 2015
James Leg – [Album]
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ARTIST: James Leg – DATE: 09-13-15 REVIEW BY: Bill Adams ALBUM: Below The Belt LABEL: Alive! Records It might be hard to believe or remember now, but the piano was once the go-to, working class compositional implement – not the classy, poppy flavor-addition it often is now in the twenty-first century. In fact, it has really only been within the last eighty-five years or so that the instrument wasn’t everywhere; at one time – in addition to being the...

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Sunday, 13 September 2015
Fidlar – [Album]
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ARTIST: Fidlar – DATE: 09-13-15 REVIEW BY: Bill Adams ALBUM: Too LABEL: Mom + Pop/Dine Alone   It isn’t intended to sound condescending when I say that Fidlar has secured their seat at the head of the table where all of the unapologetic goofs in rock dine (they kicked the chair out from under Bunchofuckinggoofs) with their sophomore (and a little more sophomoric) effort. Too is the perfect kind of follow-up for a band like this; it’s loud (the...

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Sunday, 13 September 2015
The Fratellis – [Album]
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ARTIST: The Fratellis – with free mp3 download for ‘Me and The Devil’ from Eyes Wide, Tongue Tied by The Fratellis DATE: 09-13-15 REVIEW BY: Bill Adams ALBUM: Eyes Wide, Tongue Tied LABEL: Cooking Vinyl/Pheromone What’s a band to do when they discover that the “coolness” quotient of the musical trend they rode in on has faded, but they’re not feeling done quite yet? Well, if you’re in The Fratellis, you look for redemption with the help of some...

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Sunday, 13 September 2015
Dr. Dre – [Album]
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ARTIST: Dr. Dre – DATE: 08-25-15 REVIEW BY: Bill Adams ALBUM: Compton LABEL: Aftermath/Universal Music It’s not easy to know how to feel about Compton, Dr. Dre’s first new album since 2001 came out in 1999. On one hand the excitement that even the mention of a new Dre album generates makes it deserving of attention but, now well over a decade since the emcee really did anything important anywhere other than behind the mixing board, it’s hard to...

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Tuesday, 25 August 2015
Primus – [Album]
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ARTIST: Primus – DATE: 08-15-15 REVIEW BY: Bill Adams ALBUM: Primus & The Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble LABEL: Prawn Song/ATO/Maple Music Recordings Even before they hear a note of music, sometimes listeners already know why a band elected to cover an album/film score/collection from front to back: it just makes sense that they’d do it. Sometimes, it’s almost like both the band and its members were born to cover that particular piece of music, and the only...

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Saturday, 15 August 2015