Zaga Zaga – S/T

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Artist: Zaga ZagaTitle: S/TRelease: Vinyl / Tape / Digital Year: 2017 Label: Crust Baby Records, HowToBeCool Records, Rip Roaring Shit Storm Records, Cave Canem Records. I was thrilled to be hearing a band coming from the Middle East, especially from Israel. Something as awesome as Zaga Zaga that comes to mind, thanks to my random bandcamp discoveries. I personally bought …

Direwolves – The Great Year

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Artist: Direwolves Title: The Great Year Release: Digital / LP Year: 2017 Label: Throatruiner Records It took almost three years for Direwolves to come up with the successor to their magnificent “Aegri Somnia”. The new rager, called “The Great Year”, is another outburst of strong emotions coming from this French band, and there’s no doubt, they put a lot of effort into this record. First and …

Mental Architects – Ascend

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Artist: Mental Architects Title: Ascend Release: Tape / CD Year: 2017 Label: Old Press Records  Last night Bulgarian math rock trio Mental Architects threw a friendly party in Sofia’s Bare Hands Society store to celebrate the release of their second LP Ascend. The asocial prick that I am I preferred the comfort of my place. There I blasted the record in solitude so DIY …

Album Review: Danzig – Black Laden Crown

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It’s hard for a dark ‘n’ heavy rock star to maintain a suitable patina of evil when viral internet memes picture him in a supermarket parking lot carrying kitty litter to his Jaguar. Or when a backstage video with 3,577,795 views shows said rock star going down hard thanks to a one-punch K.O. But with Black Laden Crown, singer Glenn …

Yagow – S/T

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Band: Yagow Album: S/T Label: CrazySane Records Release date: 16 June 2017 Sounds like: Space rock Staring at Yagow‘s album cover and you still won’t see a sailboat. This is less a magic eye and more of the opening of a portal to a new dimension. You see, this space-y trio from Saarbrücken, Germany, are the latest edition to CrazySane’s …

Album Review: Paramore – After Laughter

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After Laughter finds Paramore, like Carly Rae Jepsen and M83 before them, delving into the pantheon of ’80s pop and declaring, “There’s gold in them hills.” Awash in primary colors, After Laughter sheds the harder edge of its predecessor, Paramore, which accented its pop bona fides with chugging guitars and a distinctly rockist energy. Paramore, now five LPs and numerous …

Review + Gallery: Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, together PANGEA, and Kid Congo and The Pink Monkey Birds in Denver, CO

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As the city of Denver continues to grow, so do the options for shows on any given weekend.  Although many were available on Sunday, May 7th, I found myself at The Summit Music Hall to see the world’s best cover band, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes.  I had never heard the two opening bands, Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds or together PANGEA, …

Album Review: PWR BTTM – Pageant

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Pop punk’s not dead. But it’s not not-dead in quite the way that nostalgic attendees of New Found Glory’s Pop Punk’s Not Dead Tour and lifetime Blink-182 devotees may think it’s not dead. Pop punk isn’t dead because, thanks to bands like PWR BTTM, it’s evolving. And thank fucking god. Because nostalgia is great, but it’s got nothing on growth …

Review: The Smith Street Band – “More Scared of You than You are of Me”

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I’ve been absolutely in love with The Smith Street Band for the last 6 years, and have seen them play countless times across at least 4 different states.  When I heard that they were releasing a new album this year, I immediately went to the Side One Dummy site and preordered it.  It has been on a constant rotation for me since …

Review: Squidhat ’77

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Squidhat Records       Squidhat ’77 40 years ago something amazing happened.  The music world, and the world in general changed. For those of us who were around, seeing it unfold was a revelation. Suddenly there were safety pins, mohawks, spiked leather jackets, and combat boots everywhere.  A collective voice of discontent rising above the status quo and against …