VHS Or Beta – Night on Fire – Review

April 25, 2005

Pigeonholing VHS Or Beta as !!! or Radio 4 with a Robert Smith clone for a frontman would be too easy. But it’s accurate, and by no means a negative portrayal.

Valis – Head Full of Pills – Review

April 25, 2005

Knob-twiddling weirdness seamlessly integrated with duh-style riff rock. Like Van Conner’s former band, Screaming Trees, only more hard rock and psychedelic.

Tom Waits – Real Gone – Review

April 25, 2005

Real Gone is a return to the territory Waits has rummaged through for the past 20 years or so, with a few surprises thrown in to make sure nobody gets bored.

The Haunted – rEVOLVEr – Review

April 25, 2005

Peter Dolving is back in the band (he throated the seminal debut), and that improved the lyrics, although his vocals are like any number of thrashers.

The Hangmen- Loteria – Review

April 25, 2005

Like guys (and gal) who used to live for Aquanet, spandex, and fishnets but now just wanna make Stones and Faces records. They do it better than most.

Skeemin’ No Goods – Review

April 25, 2005

Ramones/Motörhead/Thin Lizzy cha-cha-cha from guys who’ve tooled for The Laughing Hyenas, Easy Action, Speedball, The Paybacks, The Fags, Seduce, and others.

Straylight Run – Review

April 25, 2005

In 2002, John Nolan and Shaun Cooper left Taking Back Sunday and formed Straylight Run with Nolan’s sister, keyboardist Michelle, and drummer Will Noon.

Sasquatch – Review

April 25, 2005

There’s a shit-ton more R&B pulsing through Sasquatch’s veins than those of the school of Sab/Vitus/Sleep worship. Two of three members are Detroit transplants.

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