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Total Audio Reviews: 213 | Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
(Alright—so it's about nine months late, but I hate to see good music slip through the cracks.) While it is arguable that the vast majority of modern music is naught but cut-paste rehashing of the tried-and-true sounds of yore, there are still those who manage to add something new to the greater sonic collage. Maybe it's just a different way of looking at the same-old, same-old. Maybe it's an a ... Continue Reading

Posted: November 11th, 2006

Sunset Rubdown’s new LP, Shut Up I Am Dreaming comes plastered with a massive sticker that reads: “Spencer Krug is in Wolf Parade. This is his other band.” This statement seems a little arrogant, perhaps, seeing as how the Montreal-based band’s lineup also includes Camilla Wynn Ingr from recent alt-buzz darlings Pony Up!, Jordan Robson-Cramer from XY Lover, and Michael Doerksen, from parts unknown ... Continue Reading

Posted: November 8th, 2006

The Mars Volta is wank rock. There, I said it. I'm probably not the first one to do so, and I definitely will not be the last. That's my thesis; let's defend it. At this point in their respective careers, former At the Drive-In frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala and lead guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez—who, according to the lyrics sheet for their latest album, Amputechture, are the Mars Volta; eve ... Continue Reading

Posted: October 26th, 2006

To avoid any finger-pointing, I’ll admit off the bat I work for a company that distributes this album. However, the following review was born of genuine excitement and a wish to showcase local music. Kamehameha opens with a chorus of voices rising seemingly out of a void and fading into the first strains of the bright, noodly guitar that suffuses the album, followed closely by the warbling o ... Continue Reading

Posted: October 19th, 2006

Something of a novelty act, mc chris has managed moderate success by pioneering, along with MC Frontalot, MC Plus+, Optimus Rhyme, and other cleverly named rappers, the subgenre of Nerdcore (the roots of which gestated slowly from some Beastie Boys material, Cool Keith's Dr. Octagon, MF Doom, and Deltron 3030, among others). His latest, Dungeon Master of Ceremonies, does little to further the gen ... Continue Reading

Posted: October 10th, 2006

Some of you may be familiar with a ska band by the name of Slapstick, a Chicago six-piece whose heyday came and went in the pit-skanking frenzy of the early 90's. Even if the name doesn't ring any bells, odds are that most of you are more than familiar with the principle members of Slapstick—people like Dan Adriano, Dan Hanaway, Rob Kellenberger, and Brendan Kelly. Still nothing? Hrm... how a ... Continue Reading

Posted: September 28th, 2006

For me, music reviews tend to be a bit formulaic. Well, formulaic in the mad-science sense of the word, in that I inevitably have to draw upon a myriad of hit-or-miss references to other bands in order to try and get a point across. For all I know, this makes the band or artist in question out to be a Frankenstein’s monster of stolen and/or cobbled-together parts, an alchemical abomination of ps ... Continue Reading

Posted: September 27th, 2006

Formerly known as November Trials, San José's Pteradon recently dropped their old moniker in favour of something more prehistoric. Fortunately, the songs remain the same---they still provide an upbeat shot of strident post-punk riffs and driving percussion with a smattering of guitar-rock noodling. As ever, Max Feshbach's forceful drumming lays the groundwork, Ian Silber brings the rock with his ... Continue Reading

Posted: September 13th, 2006

Bands rarely make the jump from hardcore to the mainstream. There's so much the music-buying public dislikes about the genre, most notably the chunk-heavy guitars and the throaty, screaming vocals that occasionally sound like someone's vomiting. The only band I'm aware of to make the leap with any musical success has been Boy Sets Fire. 18 Visions, a former fashioncore act (from the O.C. of all ... Continue Reading

Posted: August 29th, 2006

I'm conflicted—usually about many things at once, primarily about nothing in particular—with regards to Shinobu's sophomore album, Worstward, Ho! From a technical standpoint, Worstward, Ho! sounds like something that was recorded by your best friend in his parents' basement, probably with little more than a water-damaged four-track and an old Casio tape deck. As such, the sound levels are woeful ... Continue Reading

Posted: August 26th, 2006

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