Def-Con-One – II – Review

February 7, 2014

Pure opening-act mediocrity from the UK. Def-Con-One is a throwback to scores of second stage Ozzfest bands from the late ’90s-early ’00s.

Behemoth – The Satanist – Review

February 3, 2014

Nergal has defeated leukemia and hosted a Polish version of The Voice, all while creating brutal death metal. It’s kind of hard not to root for the guy.

Weekend Nachos – Still – Review

January 28, 2014

Chicago purveyors of grind titled their first album Punish and Destroy, and even though it’s now seven years later, their modus operandi hasn’t changed a bit.

Dum Dum Girls – Too True – Review

January 27, 2014

My brother-in-law saw this band open up for Ben Gibbard, and his zero-word review was a lethargic shoulder shrug. Maybe they’ve improved with age? Maybe not.

Naam – Vow – Review

January 27, 2014

With Hawkwind and Iron Butterfly on the mind, Namm forge their own meandering path through the cosmos and desertscapes.

Pixies – EP-2 – Review

January 24, 2014

The Pixies went a whole four months before releasing EP-2 on their site in early January. And I want to say it’s an improvement over EP-1, but it’s not. Let’s see why.

The Marmozets – Review

January 9, 2014

This clunkily-named band has angsty roar, belted-out melodies, and some tenderness, slathered atop powerpop riffery and stick-twirling drumming.

Dream Theater – Review

January 6, 2014

It’s great to report that “Along for the Ride” from their 2013 self-titled record is along the lines of Dream Theater’s classic early work.

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