Past Stories

Band of the Week

CITY OF ORIGIN: Upland MEMBERS: Dt’s (vocals/guitar); Jr. (guitar/vocals); Hefe (bass/vocals); Topher (drums/silence). RECENT RELEASE: Society as a Friendly Pusher (Onset Records, 2006) KINDRED SPIRITS: Social Distortion,...


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Emmanuel Jal—Warchild (Sonic 360) It’s the American rapper’s sacred arch—to lionize the bottom while flaunting gratuitously from the top. As hip-hop artists are prone to spit about the economic reality o...


SAVAGE REPUBLIC

City Of Origin: Claremont Members: Thom Fuhrmann (bass, trombone, keyboard, vocals); Greg Grunke (guitar, bass, dulcimer, drums); Ethan Port (guitar, percussion, metal horn, vocals); Alan Waddington (drums) Recent Release: 1938...



Coachella Review

FRIDAY Festivals always make me a bit apprehensive. Possibly because I’ve been to a ton of them, and the festival crowd is kind of a strange bunch, or possibly because I can’t bear another lecture on the benefits o...


Stagecoach

Californians love ’em some country music, and the second edition of ultra-maxi C&W blow out Stagecoach has assembled a nearly comprehensive line up. Where the 2007 debut package seemed to ignore several crucial tribes...


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Greeley Estates—Go West Young Man, Let The Evil Go East (Science) State-of-the-arrggght screamo from this steadily rising Phoenix quintet: split-personality singy/screechy vocals; unusually articulate, grandiose guitars; ...



AMAZING REVERB ENGINE

CITY OF ORIGIN: Pomona MEMBERS: Fab Ventura (guitars/vocals); Dylan Sang (guitars/vocals); Neil Johnson (drums/vocals); Rachel Jalbert (bass/vocals) RECENT RELEASE: Driver EP (Deathshack Records, 2008) KINDRED SPIRITS: My Blood...


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Tokyo Police Club—Elephant Shell (Saddle Creek) Elephant Shell is a right little charmer. After all the fuss about Tokyo Police Club’s debut EP, A Lesson In Crime, a couple of years back, it seemed that the buzz wou...


Indomitable

Mike Peters is a man on a mission. The Alarm’s singer/guitarist has scaled the highest of heights to raise awareness for Love Hope Faith Foundation (the name was inspired by the rock band’s song, “Strength&rdq...



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Sevendust—Chapter VII: Hope & Sorrow (7 Bros/Asylum) If heavy metal is the cockroach of rock & roll—despised by many yet almost admirably resilient—then Sevendust may just be the cockroach’s cock...


BAND OF THE WEEK

Cities of Origin: Riverside, Perris Members: Mark Nemetz (vocals/guitar), Lisa Nemetz (vocals/guitar/percussion), Johnny Hawthorn (lead and steel guitar), Stephan Silveira (bass/vocals), Joey Stafford (drums/percussion/vocals) ...


The Bells Toll on Rock & Roll

Call up Tegan Quin, twin A in Canadian sister-act Tegan and Sara, and she might “we” speak on the European-leg of a seriously extended, two-year tour supporting 2007’s The Con, all the while blogging, fundrais...



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The Brian Jonestown Massacre—My Bloody Underground (Cargo) Ah, Christ—here we go again. The problem with Anton Newcombe is that his pen has always been faster than his brain. It’s listenable, alright, but the ...


Band of the Week

Cities of Origin: Riverside, Pomona, Covina Members: Vanessa Soto (vocals); Dana Reed (guitar); Amy Kirk (bass/vocals); Jennifer Reyes (drums) Recent Release: Moscow (self-released; coming this summer) Kindred Spirits: Berlin, ...


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Constantines—Kensington Heights (Arts & Crafts)  We hear a lot about rock & roll’s redemptive powers, most of it rote and rarely lived in. Not so Canada’s Constantines, one of the few acts wi...



Band of the Week

CITIES OF ORIGIN: Yucaipa & Joshua Tree MEMBERS: Jason Mustachio (vocals), Kevin Wright (bass), Erik Mountain (drums), John Page (guitar) RECENT RELEASE: Whiskey and Knives (self-released; 2007) KINDRED SPIRITS: Bl’as...


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A Kiss Could Be Deadly—A Kiss Could Be Deadly (Metropolis Records) Some bands are best as live bands because their music can’t be complete without the sweat and energy and spastic dancing of a (probably) drunken cro...


Surf’s Not Up

Nada Surf singer/guitarist Matthew Caws is being overtaken by shiny sedans and swollen SUVs as he pedals an old bicycle through Tempe during an Arizona tour stop. Any visions of tortoise and hare are entirely appropriate if you...



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Flogging Molly— Float (SideOneDummy) Flogging Molly took a chance on making waves in the flooded punk ocean when they arrived as the quasi-second coming of The Pogues just over a decade ago. The septet took the double-tim...


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Crash Romeo—Gave Me The Clap (Trustkill) Crash Romeo are the Mothman of pop-punk, their artistic flatlining surely signaling final disaster for this suffocatingly over-saturated genre. They’re the billionth band to ...


Right Turn, Clyde

Though this may seem in reverse, in the B.Z. (Before Zeppelin) era of our collective rock fandom, otherwise dubbed “those excessive eyeliner days,” we dug on nü metal, the lovechild of heavy metal, grunge and p...



CD Reviews

Pride Tiger—The Lucky Ones (Caroline) Canuck retro-heshers Pride Tiger wouldn’t exist without the strutting shadow of Thin Lizzy. They’ve borrowed almost all of that Irish band’s sonic signatures: urgent...


On Loud Nine

What’s in a name? Well, quite a bit, as very few bands truly live up to their self-applied monikers. Let’s take, for example, Def Leppard, who were neither hearing-impaired (the classic “deaf”), awesome ...


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Monster In the Machine—Butterfly Pinned (Emotional Syphon)  Every couple of years someone attempts a fresh slant on melodic rock’s building blocks—the Beatles’ instinctive musicality; ELO’s cinematic elegance; the ne...



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Sian Alice Group—59:59 (The Social Registry) Oh, to be young and over-hyped. By virtue of the company they keep on their debut—including members of Spiritualized, Spring Heel Jack, and Gang Gang Dance—this Lon...


Sticktoitiveness

I won’t dispute the merits of Australia’s contribution to music—for every Nick Cave-status notable, there lurks a pretentiously unlistenable Dead Can Dance somewhere in the outback of the country’s music...


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Sabbat—History of a Time to Come/Dreamweaver (Noise Records reissues) While the rise of Stateside thrash metal—Metallica, Anthrax, etc—is well documented, similar speedy ‘n sinister happenings on the oth...



All in the Family

Legendary outlaw spearhead Willie Nelson has long billed his troupe of road show musicians the Family Band, and with good reason—all the players are blood-intimate with one another and, significantly, Willie’s ...