Review: Stone Axe/Mighty High split 7 inch

Released: June 29, 2010

Label: Ripple Music

Stoner rock always conjures up images of slow, sludgy tunes played in dark, smoky rooms…but it isn’t always like that. The bands on this split EP are perfect examples. Stone Axe’s “Metal Damage” is a mid-paced tune that mixes metal heaviness with a 70s hard rock groove. [...]

Review: Dirt Mall - Pacifuego

Released: February 2, 2010

Label: Daykamp Records

Dirt Mall’s last album, Got the Goat by the Horns, survived more on raw energy than on innovation or spectacular songwriting. The songs were solid, to be sure, but it was the kick behind them that really propelled the album. While that album was well-worth checking out, the [...]

Review: Gaslight Anthem - American Slang

Released: June 15, 2010

Label: SideOneDummy Records

The '59 Sound, Gaslight Anthem's 2008 release, got a lot of comparisons to Springsteen. That was fair enough as there is no doubt that the band's sound was influenced by the godfather of their home state's rock and roll scene. However, what seemed to get lost in those [...]

Review: Rooftops - A Forest of Polarity

Label: Clickpop Records (CD)/Topshelf Records (LP)

Released: May 18, 2010

It's a little bit strange to put on an album by a young post-rock band and think, "This remind me of Yes!" For snobbier fans of the genre, it might be an immediate turn-off to see the comparison to the arena rocking prog dinosaur of [...]

Review: Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate)/Football, Etc - Split 7

Released: December 15, 2009

Label: Count Your Lucky Stars

After last year's What It Takes to Move Forward, Empire! Empire! certainly seems like they are the very pinnacle of emo creativity and execution, breathing new life into a genre currently choking on its co-opted mainstream success. With the genre's elder statesmen like Sunny Day Real Estate [...]

Review: Ludlow Lions - No Stories

Label: self-released (CD and donation-based download)

Released: March 16, 2010

Lately, it seems that Brooklyn’s cup runneth over with quality indie rock, so it’s getting harder and harder to separate the truly good (you know, the bands who are pushing their scene, not just tagging along) from the pack. Ludlow Lions doesn’t instantly solve that problem, [...]

Review: Big Audio Dynamite - This Is Big Audio Dynamite (Legacy Edition)

Released: April 27, 2010

Label: Legacy/Sony

The downside of a “deluxe” re-issue of an album is that it forces the hand of completists, pushing the purchase of yet another version of an album they already likely have on more than one format. The upside is that it offers more bang for the buck of first time [...]

Review: Girl in a Coma - Adventures in Coverland

Label: Blackheart Records

Released: April 13, 20 and 27, 2010

An album of covers travels over sketchy ground any way you slice it. There are more opportunities to screw it up than to succeed. If you break down the elements of a good cover, things like knowing and loving the song, being true to it [...]

Review: Tia Carrera – The Quintessential

Label: Small Stone Records

Released: October 27, 2009

Over the course of just a few releases, Tia Carrera has proven not only to be among the best of the modern stoner psych bands, but also one that has paved its own path through the influences that permeate the genre.

Their latest album (and first for stoner haven Small [...]

Review: Paul McCartney – Good Evening New York City

Label: Hear Music

Released: November 17, 2009

In this decade, Paul McCartney has released as many live albums as he has studio albums. Even packaged with a DVD, Good Evening New York City, his third live release since 2002′s Back in the US, begs the question, “Why another live album?” It doesn’t take the album [...]

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