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Review: The Toasters

The Toasters ““Enemy of the System”” (Asian Man) A new third-wave styled ska album might sound about as appealing to you as bucket of rotten bananas, but let’s face it:  the Toasters have been around a DAMN long time and…

Review: The Spitvalves

The Spitvalves ““Movin On”” (Resurrection Records) Punk, ska, horns, horns, horns, some melody…there’s like twenty guys in this band, a concoction of influences, a bubbling cauldron of sound.  I like the vibe; it’s pretty slow semi-melodic punk with HORNS.  The…

Review: Suicide Note

Suicide Note ““You’’re Not Looking So Good”” (Ferret Music) A wise man once mused, “Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.”  Please keep that in mind when reading my reviews.  I loathe textbook dissection of music itself, instead preferring…

Review: The Superbees

The Superbees ““High Volume”” (Acetate Records) WARNING:  “High Volume” contains some clapping. Who likes Blue Oyster Cult?  You like Blue Oyster Cult?  Then keep reading.  The reapers, reuniting as this punkier, charming version of their 70’s gray energy, have returned.…

Review: Rubyhorse

Rubyhorse ““Rise”” (Island Records) Rubyhorse is another one of those cheerfully motley outfits from Ireland who are just so shiny and happy and shimmery and full of life, dammit, that you want to collectively pick them up and squeeze the…

Review: S.T. Monroe

S.T. Monroe ““All I Really Want Is You”” (Excursion Productions) Somehow I’ve heard of these guys before, but I just can’t remember where.  Short-term memory loss is caused by what again?  S.T. Monroe may be fooling you with their name…

Review: Safety in Numbers

Safety in Numbers “Build and Structure” (Triple Crown) Thick, heavy guitars evolve this band into creating each song like an average Quicksand track. Safety in Numbers is no virgin to rock; they have a member of Hot Rod Circuit and…

Review: The Shake Downs

The Shake Downs “Move” (KMS / Morphius) Are you a rocker or not? Ask The Shake Downs. Blending early post punk new wave and good ole’ rock and roll The Shake Downs are evolving the scene with some very fresh…

Review: Stay Gold

Stay Gold ““Pills And Advice”” (Indecision Records) The first Good Riddance album I ever owned only made it into my player two times.  I just thought “what the fuck do all these people like this band for?”  There was really…

Review: Rosemary’s Billygoat

Rosemary’s Billygoat “Evilution” (Porterhouse records) Rosemary’s Billygoat has been getting a lot of favorable press as much for their onstage antics as their music that isn’t much more than an updating of Black Sabbath or a non-Christian rock version of…