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Album Reviews

Early Music

Voxtrot
Early Music

Aug 11, 2022 Web Exclusive

File this one under answered prayers for fans of Voxtrot, the venerable 2000s era indie-pop quintet from Austin, Texas who made a huge splash in the indie-dominated blogosphere of the mid 2000s with these songs, originally released as two separate CD EPs Raised by Wolves (expanding upon the titular A-side of their second 7-inch by adding four more songs different from the original B-side) and 2006’s just as great Mothers, Daughters, Sisters, Wives EP.

Not About to Die (Studio Demos 1977-1978)

Wire
Not About to Die (Studio Demos 1977-1978)

Aug 10, 2022 Web Exclusive

Here’s another unpredictable release by Wire in a 45 year career full of them, an official Record Store Day release of some late ’70s demos.

SZNZ: Summer

Weezer
SZNZ: Summer

Aug 09, 2022 Web Exclusive

Oh, the plight of the long-suffering Weezer fan.

Classic Interviews

Wolf Alice

Wolf Alice
A Different Kind of Beast

Dec 02, 2015 Wolf Alice

Sitting in the lobby of a Best Western hotel just a few hours before his band will perform a sold-out show at Austin, TX’s Holy Mountain music venue, Wolf Alice guitarist Joff Oddie says he recently experienced a bit of an epiphany: since vocalist Ellie Rowsell first found and contacted him through local online classifieds back in 2010, the London outfitalso featuring bassist Theo Ellis and drummer Joel Ameyhave already released two EPs; performed across the U.K. countless times; appeared on the bill of numerous large-scale festivals including SXSW, Reading and Leeds, and Glastonbury; opened for alt-J across Europe; and toured the U.S. on four separate occasions, all without a full-length album to their name.

Comic Book Reviews

Keeping Two

Keeping Two
Fantagraphics

May 26, 2022 Web Exclusive

All the best things in life take time, and yet it’s natural to fear that same passing. In Keeping Two, the latest graphic novel from acclaimed cartoonist Jordan Crane, and an endeavour which has appropriately been in the offing for 20 years, time is less a linear pathway than a kaleidoscope of interconnected anxieties, hopes, and dreams.

Book Reviews

Wicked Game: The True Story of Guitarist James Calvin Wilsey

Michael Goldberg
Wicked Game: The True Story of Guitarist James Calvin Wilsey

Aug 01, 2022

You may never have heard of James Calvin Wilsey, but you most definitely have heard his guitar, most memorably the haunting line on Chris Isaak’s breakthrough single, “Wicked Game.”

Interviews

First Issue Revisited: The Charlatans on “Wonderland”

First Issue Revisited: The Charlatans on “Wonderland”

Aug 11, 2022 Issue #69 - 20th Anniversary Issue

As part of our 20th anniversary coverage we thought it would be interesting to conduct brand new interviews with some of the artists interviewed in our very first issue way back in December 2001.

Tallies On Their Sophomore Album “Patina”

Tallies On Their Sophomore Album “Patina”

Aug 11, 2022 Web Exclusive

Tallies announce tour for October and discuss the making of second album “Patina”.

Pleased to meet you

Geese on “Projector”

Aug 10, 2022 Issue #69 - 20th Anniversary Issue

Mid-September 2021 finds the Brooklyn based band, Geese, two days out from a Friday night set at R.J. Daniels, a sports bar on New York’s Long Island.

Lists

Star Trek TV Series Ranked from Best to Worst

Aug 07, 2022

A definitive ranking of every Star Trek series is an impossible task. Some segments of the fandom will always disagree with the ranking. To be clear, this is mySteve King’s definitive ranking. I’ve watched every episode of Star Trek more times than I can count. I’ve written one or two things about it, and although sci-fi fantasy fans are a persnickety bunch, I tend to take the Bradley Nowell (of Sublime) approach: “I feel like I’m stoned. I feel like watching Star Trek and eating Chinese food or something.” In other words, lighten up, nerds.

This list will fluctuate as new shows debut and others falter. But this is still Star Trek we’re talking about. It’s all excellent. It just varies in degrees. Future seasons may render some of these rankings irrelevant. But for now, it’s the way I see things and I’m kind of an expert on the subject. Prepare to be enraged or to agree with a very stable genius.

Blog

My Chemical Romance – Reflecting on the 20th Anniversary of “I Brought You My Bullets…”

My Chemical Romance – Reflecting on the 20th Anniversary of “I Brought You My Bullets…”

Jul 22, 2022 By Austin Saalman

Among third wave emo’s most commercially successful groups, My Chemical Romance emerged with a fury from New Jersey, the state itself being fertile ground for the post-hardcore and emo scenes, having birthed such major genre acts as Midtown, Thursday, and Senses Fail, as well as the lesser known but equally deserving Armor for Sleep and Hidden in Plain View.