Originally released in 1982, the Zero Boys' Vicious Circle is
one of the best punk-rock records you've never heard. The Zero Boys
didn't have much going in their favor in the early '80s: They were from
Indianapolis (not exactly a hotbed of early punk activity) and sounded
little like contemporaries such as Black Flag or Dead Kennedys.
Instead, the Zero Boys-behind the blazing guitar work of Terry
There is something timeless about a D.I.Y. punk show. As the world
seemingly falls apart all around us, I take some comfort in the fact
that kids are still wearing studded leather jackets and Minor Threat
T-shirts, turning out to support touring hardcore punk bands and
wearing their musical influences on their sleeves. In many ways, the
Being something of a perpetual adolescent, I remain a fan of both Halloween and hardcore punk. To me, the holiday and the musical genre are emblematic of unfettered youth, of the appeal of danger and of letting your guard down and fully enjoying the moment. They are also both things that many older people still just do not seem to "get" (and often actively campaign against)-a reality that, 20 years removed from my teenage years, rekindles my love of rebelliousness and disregard for authority.
The folks at Sky High Skateboard Shop also seem to note the potential...
Listening to "Rev," the first song on the Elusive Parallelograms' new album and everything changes,
one's immediate reaction is to get up and dance around the room. It's
an incredibly fun song, one meant to immediately grab the listener's
attention. I could easily see the band playing a Factory Records party
circa 1991, as their psychedelic-tinged rock would have fit in nicely
with such acts as The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays. At the same time,
the Elusive Parallelograms also seem to share the anything-goes
approach to songwriting that marked the Manchester music scene
throughout the late-1980s and early 1990s. From the mellow...
To many indie rock purists, My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James has committed a most grievous sin: He has infected the scene with a sort of jam-band aesthetic. And, based upon their recent sold-out show at the Riverside Theater, such cr...
the new album from Milwaukee's Burbank Cartel, is the album I've been
waiting for the band to make. It is an album that sounds remarkably
modern, remarkably self-assured: It sounds like alternative rock should
sound in the early 21st century.
It's been a while since anything in the world of hardcore punk surprised me, but I was genuinely taken aback by the lyrics on Herds' recently released 7-inch EP. With an almost haiku-like simplicity, vocalist Mike Priehs lays out the story of an erupting volcano in "Katmai": "Katmai made the sky turn to ash/ Isolated eruption/ The Valley of 10,000 Smokes." The juxtaposition of such a strange subject for a hardcore song with the sonic wallop that...
Spiritualized frontman Jason Pierce named his band's newest record Songs in A&E, a reference to his recent stay in an "accidents and emergencies" ward in his home country of Great Britain. Based on his haggard appearance, i...
The past few
years have seen Milwaukee turn out a number of powerful rock 'n' roll
bands. While there is room for variety within the city, there is
usually a consistency in the volume at which these acts play (loud) and
the gender of those doing the playing (male). It's a band-centered,
male-dominated world out in the noisy clubs of this city.