Bugs Multiply – Review

December 15, 2006

Chugging retro-’80s rock with emo overtones and a strange vocal effect that sounds like a double gone overboard. Gets more alternative as it drones on.

Neurosonic – Drama Queen – Review

December 8, 2006

Complex harmonies are stacked on dense, mammoth guitars, with industrial synth and samples at times in the dungeon with Ministry, others, surfing with Sublime.

Killed By The Bull – Review

December 8, 2006

Inside of 10 seconds, I found myself back at a Descendents show in ’88, remembering my old riding/skater buds, and the Faith No More that Cared a Lot.

White Demons – Say Go – Review

November 17, 2006

Ramones’n’Roses-inspired progressions are littered with buzzsaw guitar leads trampling wherever the hell they please while Nick spits whiskey-throated odes.

Object – The Mirror World – Review

November 17, 2006

Like Daniel Johns (Silverchair) singing over Sonic Youth. Eric Kramer’s pipes exhibit more charisma when showcasing his warm tone, not shrieking outbursts.

Cinema Cinema – Review

November 10, 2006

This collection of jangly holler-pop feels at times like a sort of a Weight-Watchers version of Smashing Pumpkins: Intensity minus the some of the depth.

Jed – Synesthesia – Review

November 3, 2006

Airtight, stop-on-a-dime rhythm section burns these high octane bulldozer riffs around corners on the rails. The musicianship and character to get somewhere.

Hulda – Forest of the Night – Review

September 22, 2006

Early ’80s-ish rock nestling itself between The Cranberries and Joan Jett, slightly burned-out chick-fronted grind with less hope in their lyrics than heart.

Automatic Arms – Review

September 8, 2006

If you’ve zoned out to Cowboy Junkies or Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb,” you’ll find solace in the flow of this solemn, depressive, and well-assembled dish.