FEATURES: ANTI-FLAG AGAINST THE ODDS

Anti-Flag Against The Odds PHOTO
ARTIST: Anti-Flag Against The Odds
Bassist Chris '#2' Barker explains how Anti-Flag found a new way to shine on American Spring, the band's tenth album.
DATE: 05-23-15
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
It seems deliberately discordant in many ways, but some bands need to fight their battles on an uphill incline in order for them to produce their own best selves. These kinds of bands are the sort which need to feel as though they have something to prove because they've been knocked down or counted out, and they have to fight hard to overcome [view more]

COLUMN: I WANNA BE LITERATED! 084

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ARTIST: I Wanna Be Literated! 084
A critical evaluation of Forming and Forming II by Jesse Moynihan
DATE: 05-20-15
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
Calling Forming crude but in-depth is a bit of an understatement and, since the subject matter of the book is to mix every theory of origin imaginable into one primordial soup of ancestry, it's only fitting that we need every adjective imaginable to describe it. Every adjective, that is, except "bland."

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COLUMN: VINYL VLOG 080

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ARTIST: Vinyl Vlog 080
A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Dreams From The Factory Floor LP by Louise Distras.
DATE: 05-19-15
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
The problem with a lot of what is earnestly being marketed as punk rock in the twenty-first century is that much of it is fundamentally flawed: it's made the way it is because that's what's expected.The expectation is that punk songs will come equipped with a confrontational attitude stacked on top of a progression of between three [view more]

REVIEWS: SHILPA RAY - [ALBUM]

Shilpa Ray - [Album] PHOTO
ARTIST: Shilpa Ray - [Album]
DATE: 05-16-15
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
The funny thing about music - especially when you're a professional musician - is that after you break through and establish your name as well as that of your music, you're actually very limited in what you can do next; you can either keep making records which sound the same forever, or you can never make music the same way you did that [view more]

COLUMN: VINYL VLOG 079

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ARTIST: Vinyl Vlog 079
A deeper look at the grooves pressed into Whiskey Icarus and I Liked His Old Stuff Better by Kyle Kinane.
DATE: 05-15-15
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
Audio
What a wonderful time for comedy. On TV, it's taken the form of sketch comedy like Key and Peele, Portlandia, and Amy Schumer (getting attention from the same outlets that will undoubtedly forget and trash it when it falls out of favor!). It's even happening in the clubs and as Paul F Tompkins said, every club [view more]

FEATURES: IN FROM OUT OF NOWHERE - ROUND EYE EMERGES

In From Out of Nowhere - Round Eye Emerges PHOTO
ARTIST: In From Out of Nowhere - Round Eye Emerges
DATE: 05-12-15
WRITER: Bill Adams
PHOTO: Rachel Gouk
Audio

Ask any rock fan – even the disciples of the deepest quadrants of the underground – and none will proclaim that Shanghai is a hub of rock excitement. The city never jumps to mind when one thinks of rock n' roll; places like New York, Los Angeles, London, Cleveland, Austin, Seattle, Toronto, Detroit and Liverpool are normally [view more]

COLUMN: I WANNA BE LITERATED! 083

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ARTIST: I Wanna Be Literated! 083
A critical evaluation of AAlex + Ada Volume 1 by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn
DATE: 05-12-15
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
Are robots the new cultural fad? Maybe Ray Kurzweil was right all along and the impending singularity is just so imminent that talking about the role that robots play in our society has become a more worthwhile issue. Alex + Ada has some interesting things to say about it.

The intricacies of having sentient humanoid robots in [view more]

REVIEWS: LIMBLIFTER - [ALBUM]

Limblifter - [Album] PHOTO
ARTIST: Limblifter - [Album]
with free mp3 download for 'Dopamine' from Pacific Milk by Limblifter
DATE: 05-11-15
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio

In the nineteen years since Ryan Dahle first split off from Age Of Electric and founded Limblifter, the singer/guitarist has proven conclusively that good music can instill a sense of undying devotion among those who hear it. Think about it – in their career, Limblifter has released four albums, but their releases have been far from [view more]

REVIEWS: NEEDS - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: NEEDS - [Album]
DATE: 05-07-15
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
It's funny how, while the sound of an album might not seem particularly interesting upon a listener's first exposure to it, it's possible for something to spontaneously change, shift the focus of the music ever-so-slightly and suddenly make it totally captivating.Such a thing happened for me the first time I heard NEEDS' [view more]

REVIEWS: PATRICK WATSON - [ALBUM]

Patrick Watson - [Album] PHOTO
ARTIST: Patrick Watson - [Album]
with free mp3 download for 'Places You Will Go' from Love Songs For Robots by Patrick Watson
DATE: 05-05-15
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
It's unbelievable how far Patrick Watson is capable of traveling (from his established comfort zone )both mentally and stylistically when it comes time for the singer to compose/assemble a new album. The first time a large audience got an inkling how far he'd go was on 2009's Wooden Arms. There, the singer ambitiously [view more]

REVIEWS: CUSSES - [EP]

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ARTIST: Cusses - [EP]
DATE: 05-04-15
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
Before we attempt to pull Cusses' long-awaited new EP apart, I have two questions for listeners to consider: 1.) Do you like roller coasters and 2.) Why? For some, their love of rollercoasters springs from the rush of adrenaline which accompanies a fast ride; it's a physical thing. For others though, the rush is far more psychological. [view more]

REVIEWS: MASTODON - [LIVE]

Mastodon - [Live] PHOTO
ARTIST: Mastodon - [Live]
with Clutch and Big Business
VENUE: Fox Theater - Oakland, Ca. - 04/18/15
DATE: 05-04-15
REVIEW BY: Raymond Ahner
PHOTO: Raymond Ahner
Although it's been almost a year since Mastodon released their latest album, Once More 'Round the Sun, the band is still touring tirelessly in support of it. They are currently co-headlining "The Missing Link Tour" with Clutch and, if the show at the Fox Theater in Oakland was any indication, they are showing absolutely [view more]

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