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Caltrop's Ten million years and eight minutesnew

When it's exciting, Ten million years is a reminder of the energy to be found at the borders of hard rock and heavy metal. (Holidays for Quince)
INDY Week  |  Grayson Currin  |  03-31-2012  |  Reviews

Neo-mod Brit Brats the Arctic Monkeys are Slowing Down, Growing Up and Branching Outnew

A crusty British music scribe whose name I am unable to recall recently theorized that no one likes the Arctic Monkeys—until they actually listen to one of their records. But as soon as they were built up as the saviors of British rock music, they were knocked down.
Montreal Mirror  |  Erik Leijon  |  12-11-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Mumiy Troll, One of Russia's Biggest Bands, Looks to Make Comrades in the

Earlier this year, the group released its latest Russian-language work, Comrade Ambassador, via American distributive channels. Mumiy plans to release an English album before long; in the meantime, the band hopes to win over a new audience with its U.S. shows.
The Pitch  |  Ben Westhoff  |  10-20-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

After DJ Nights and Day-Glo, the Band-Band Makes a Comeback in Baltimorenew

This "new" breed is influenced by groups as disparate as uncompromising postpunk band Shellac, psych-pop favorite Animal Collective, and Baltimore's own art-aggro trio Double Dagger, but they don't sound like them, or, for that matter, each other. And they're churning out a sound as exciting and unbound as early Dan Deacon-in-a-warehouse -- as un-retro as the Wham City scene, but working with the DNA of far more deeply rooted music.
Baltimore City Paper  |  Michael Byrne  |  09-08-2009  |  Music

Gospel Claws' Debut EP is Well Worth Your Currencynew

The five-piece from Tempe, Ariz., plays straightforward rock with the occasional soul flavoring -- somebody's been listening to a whole lotta Motown -- and damn, they're good.
Boise Weekly  |  Brandon Nolta  |  07-02-2009  |  Reviews

Wilco's Latest is a Necessity for Wilco Lovers Old and Newnew

Wilco (The Album) doesn't provide listeners with anything truly groundbreaking but instead is more a blend of their recent material with sounds from their distant past.
Boise Weekly  |  Mathias Morache  |  07-02-2009  |  Reviews

Wilco's Latest is Soulful and Gorgeousnew

Full of radiance and subtleties, Wilco (The Album) is an ambitious yet confident record from a band at its peak, an 11-song odyssey that trades skillfully between tension and elation.
Tucson Weekly  |  Eric Swedlund  |  07-02-2009  |  Reviews

The Church's New Album is an Indistinct Effortnew

Although Untitled #23 contains a couple of marvelous tracks and has received glowing reviews, it's mostly a return to the cluttered, swirling, noncommercial sound that The Church has long specialized in.
Tucson Weekly  |  Jarret Keene  |  07-02-2009  |  Reviews

This Year's Rock Documentaries Are Funny, Moving, Exciting and Tragicnew

This year's crop of rock docs bring us talkes about Arthur Russell, the Monks, the '80s New Haven punk scene, the Hold Steady and Scott Walker.
New Haven Advocate  |  John Adamian, Christopher Arnott and Brianna Snyder  |  06-30-2009  |  Movies

Taking Back Rock: The JFP Interview With Joan Jettnew

Rock icon Joan Jett talks about growing up with rock 'n' roll, and what it takes for women to make it real.
Jackson Free Press  |  Neola Young  |  06-26-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Aerosmith's Joey Kramer Lets Loosenew

The drummer steps out from behind the kit to talk about his new book, Hit Hard.
Boston Phoenix  |  The Sandbox  |  06-24-2009  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

New Documentary Pays Tribute to Concert Posters Throughout the Decadesnew

Four years ago, as she was working a "cushy corporate television job," Merle Becker (former MTV staffer and founder of indie film company FreakFilms) stumbled across The Art of Modern Rock, a then newly published coffee-table book of rock posters. She says she was "blown away."
East Bay Express  |  Catherine Plato  |  06-17-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

'Tinted Windows' Is Harder Than It Looksnew

The veteran lineup of Tinted Windows isn't a guarantee of power-pop success, which requires genuine emotional depth.
Jackson Free Press  |  Rob Hamilton  |  05-11-2009  |  Reviews

Los Lobos Leaves Disney to Reembrace Their Aztlan Rootsnew

Los Lobos are nothing short of a national treasure. Maybe their blend of norteno, cumbias, boleros, blues, country, funk, soul and good old rock and roll is not the signature sound for all of America, but it certainly is for that part which some view as "Aztlan," which includes both Texas and the band's East L.A. home turf.
Houston Press  |  John Nova Lomax  |  04-28-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

The Life and Times Hits the Road with a Joyful New Albumnew

The band proves that three dudes from the Midwest who grew up on Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin can produce music that, while not as commercially successful as their idols', is no less transcendent.
The Pitch  |  Jason Harper  |  04-08-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

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