40 Watt Sun – The Inside Room – Review

October 21, 2011

A more metallic ’10s update on early-’90s shoegaze, 40 Watt Sun sounds like the bastard three-way of Kevin Shields, Peter Murphy, and half of Seattle circa ’91.

The Regime – Review

September 2, 2011

Dual singers, so you get a more mainstream rock vox on one hand, and a tougher voice on the other. You also get a fusillade of sound and fury.

The Globes – Future Self – Review

July 1, 2011

To produce a work this mature this early portends of good things for the Globes. While Future Self isn’t great or even very good, it certainly has merit.

The Bell – Great Heat – Review

March 30, 2011

Listening to Great Heat, you’re tempted to catch the latest episode of Family Ties, or checking to see what time The Breakfast Club or Sixteen Candles is playing at the local theater.

Liz Phair – Funstyle – Review

November 26, 2010

A weird combination of beats, electronics, piano, pop, and satire. While some of this is embarrassing, there are at least a couple decent songs here.

Pete International Airport – Review

October 22, 2010

The band is a side project from Dandy Warhols’ guitarist Peter Holmström, and the name of the band is a song from the Dandy’s second record.

Donora – Review

June 1, 2010

Donora is derivative, but what in rock’n’roll isn’t? A female-fronted poppy trio your girlfriend would like, but solid enough to play a Corin Tucker tribute.

Gospel Gossip – Drift – Review

May 1, 2010

A Minnesota trio who weave dense, atmospheric guitars into thick slabs of sound. On Drift, a four-song EP, the band isn’t shy about pushing the volume.

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