Rock

Melee

Dogleg: Melee

I seem to complain constantly about the lack of energy in modern rock music. The lack of drive and, quite frankly, anger. After all, that's why the youth start rock bands...
American Water

Silver Jews: American Water

The tragic death of David Berman in 2019 didn't really change my mind about Silver Jews, it just reinforced it. This album, American Water, is one that I've gone back to...
Have We Met

Destroyer: Have We Met

Destroyer is almost an idea more than it is a band. It's a thing that lives inside Dan Bejar's head. It makes almost no sense when you pull back from it, and almost less...
Listen Like Thieves

INXS: Listen Like Thieves

Like almost everyone else who first came across this band, I thought they were called “Inks.” To be fair, though, my seventh grade brain hadn’t fully formed when I saw...
Speed Kills

Chubby & the Gang: Speed Kills

This cover reminds me of both Doggystyle and Short Dog's in the House meets R. Crumb, but Chubby is no hip-hop star. Nor is he a dog. In fact, Chubby’s name isn’t even...
Thin Mind

Wolf Parade: Thin Mind

There was a time when Wolf Parade was “challenging” music. But it seems the owners of that tradition have spun that mantle off to side projects and personal quibbles. Or...
Marigold

Pinegrove: Marigold

Pinegrove is a band from Montclair, New Jersey that sounds distinctly like they’re not from New Jersey. They do retain some of that classic emo flavor from the state...
A Distant Call

Sheer Mag: A Distant Call

That is some old school album cover art. I can't decide if it's bad or good, but I like what it's putting out there. It feels like a real cover from the 70s hard rock...
It's Real

Ex Hex: It’s Real

I don't know much about Pat Benatar other than the fact she was a style icon. And played some 80s rock tunes that stylized power chords and put some ballz into the genre...
Patience

Mannequin Pussy: Patience

Truth be told, I only decided to review this album because I wanted the name Mannequin Pussy splashed across the front of my stupid website. It has to be one of the...
Problems

The Get Up Kids: Problems

The Get Up Kids were like the bratty kings of second-wave emo back in the late 90s. I listened to their 1999 album, Something to Write Home About, more times than I care...
Act Surprised

Sebadoh: Act Surprised

To this day Sebadoh created one of my more epic and ridiculous concert moments. It was 1996 and the boys were playing the long-gone NYC club, Tramps, to promote...
Dogrel

Fontaines D.C.: Dogrel

The band Kansas is from Kansas. Alabama is from Alabama. L.A. Guns are from LA. Fontaines D.C., however, are not from our country's capital, but the far-away land...
Morbid Stuff

PUP: Morbid Stuff

There was a moment in 1994 when I walked into a room and heard Dookie for the first time. It somehow took the snottiness and the feelings of restless boredom of that...