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Kingsley Flood don't even like alt-country
I tend to suspect a solid percentage of what appear to be roots-movement bands are, in fact, punk bands who realized they get taken more seriously when they play acoustic guitars and pretend they've always been huge Johnny Cash fans.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  July 14, 2010


The Freeways | The Freeways

Polk Records (2010)
After reading too many shitty reviews that included summations like "band X screwing band Y on Z kind of drugs," I swore off comparing bands to more-famous bands. It's like quitting cigarettes, however.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  July 01, 2010


Quiet riot

The Points North don't need to be pushy
I'm sick and tired of music bossing everybody around.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  June 26, 2010


Walter Sickert & The Army Of Broken Toys | Steam Ship Killers

Self Released (2010)
Fortunately for me, Walter Sickert and friends unveiled this record in 2010 instead of 1996, when it would've terrified me into a coma.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  June 24, 2010


Bedroom community

Dead Cats Dead Rats dig out of the 'burbs
Okay, so Dead Cats Dead Rats are not actually from Boston.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  June 07, 2010


Ruse music

Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling’s front may be a front
Not that they’d be the first band to pad their résumé in their one-sheet, but even by industry standards, Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling’s backstory tests the threshold of plausibility.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  May 18, 2010


Evelyn Evelyn | Evelyn Evelyn

Eleven (2010)
Teetering on the razor-thin line between endearingly whimsical and totally stupid ain’t easy.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  March 23, 2010


Better late than ever

Refuse Resist are enough to make a grown man try
The eternal argument over what is and is not punk rock has been run into the ground for so long, it’s become a cliché — and clichés are so not punk.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  February 09, 2010


Super 8-Bit Brothers | Brawl

The End (2010)
It's easy to forget how annoying certain pop-culture artifacts were in their heyday.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  January 13, 2010


Sick sense

There's a madness to Bunnies' method
We've been told there's no such thing as a new idea, but that may well be bullshit. The new ideas are out there, they just need bands like Bunnies to root them out.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  January 12, 2010


Injustice for all

Getting serious with Star Fucking Hipsters
Scott Sturgeon loses his train of thought a couple of times during this interview. He's loopy from jet lag — which is unavoidable after a 20-hour flight from New Zealand (halfway around the planet from his non-residency at a squatted apartment building in New York City), where he's just finished a tour with his claim-to-fame band, Leftover Crack.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  December 09, 2009


Group effort

Don't call Mark Lind's Unloved a solo project
If you're inclined to play punk rock, chances are you've got a self-esteem problem. It's not an æsthetic that attracts the well-adjusted. Exhibit A: Mark Lind. As bassist and frontman of the Ducky Boys, he's opened for Rancid, U.S. Bombs, and Flogging Molly.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  November 19, 2009


Tegan and Sara | Sainthood

Sire (2009)
Tegan and Sara have always been background music for staring wistfully out a coffeeshop window, in a strange city, alone, hung over and/or going on no sleep, wondering what the fuck went wrong.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  October 28, 2009


Anything and everything

StreightAngular just want to know what's now
People never like to label themselves. Or, at least they shouldn't.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  October 10, 2009


A.F.I. | Crash Love

DGC Interscope (2009)
First they alienated hardcore kids; now they're alienating the Internet.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  September 29, 2009


Dark matter

Soulsavers keep it eerie on the ears
To paraphrase some wisdom from Jake "The Snake" Roberts, if a man has power, he never has to raise his voice. Jake was explaining why, unlike his adversaries, he didn't keep screaming gibberish. But it's a universal truth.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  September 15, 2009


Beat Circus | Boy From Black Mountain

Cuneiform (2009)
The subjects of the stories sung on this second installment of Beat Circus's "Weird American Gothic" trilogy attain greater awareness of family, culture, and the world by voyaging across schisms in perception.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  September 02, 2009


Pilot program

Super Time Pilot rise from Quiet Desperation
People with steady jobs that pay well tend to harbor misconceptions about the day-to-day existence of creative types trying to make it.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  September 01, 2009


Morgan Knockers | Loss of Reality

Second Rock (2009)
I thought Waltham mega-punks Morgan Knockers had neglected to send me Loss of Reality when it came out last month.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  August 25, 2009


Crank it up

The return of the Marvels
Turning 21 was supposed to be the best thing ever, but the upgrade brought with it significant disappointment. Just as I achieved the required maturity for admission to grown-up clubs, the Marvels went and broke up.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  August 18, 2009

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Gloom merchants

The Warlocks’ psych is far from psyched
It would’ve been nice if Bobby Hecksher, songsmith and ringleader of the Warlocks, had spoon-fed me some anecdotes from back when he used to trip out with Timothy Leary.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  August 05, 2009

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