Flashbulb Fires, Gasconader

With Gasconader, the guys in Denver band Flashbulb Fires have seemingly abandoned their previous orchestral indie-rock tendencies aside in favor of sweet, sweet, candy-lush indie-pop that floats and bounces along through the ether…

The Cribs, In the Belly of the Brazen Bull

At this point the history of music, cross-pollination between the U.S. and the U.K. is nothing new; hell, it’s been going on pretty much since that first baker’s dozen of colonies split off from The Old Country way, way back when…

Kimbra, Vows

I was first introduced to Kimbra the same way that I assume most people were. One night, my wife turned to me and asked me if I had heard the song “Somebody that I Used to Know” by Gotye on the radio with her. I gave her a confused look and said I was pretty sure I would have remembered…

Wild Flag, Wild Flag

Grrrl riot. No, but seriously. Grrrl riot. While I like the overall sound of Wild Flag, I can’t quite get past the notion that they are former members of other notable bands; most noteworthy, perhaps, Sleater-Kinney. So why couldn’t this just be a new Sleater-Kinney…

Heroes for Holden 2012, Tomorrow in Pasadena

Man. I’ve been meaning to post something about this for a while now, but I’m having a hard time even thinking about this; every time I do, this wave of horrified disbelief just hits me and stops me in my tracks. I remember hearing about it at the time, but it was just a quick news blurb about yet another godawful thing some freaking monster of a parent did…

Yr. (Belated) Weekend: The Suffers B-Day + Beer Fest + The Illegal Wiretaps + Mama Tried + Holder + Peloton + More

Damn. Blew it completely last night, sorry; I’m currently in the midst of handling some family-related things, and while I’d planned to post something for Friday, it sadly just didn’t work out. sigh. So here it is now Saturday, June 9th

Rel the Chosen, Beautiful Music 2

Perhaps what makes Houston such a unique hip-hop destination is its almost exact-center proximity to the coastal hubs that first created her. Like a dank hoagie from Geno’s in Philly, the meat of the H-town sound is slathered, lathered, and drenched…

Prometheus

[SPOILER WARNING: Reader beware, there are some fairly serious plot twists mentioned in the following review…] Some people never learn, and some people only have one trick up their sleeves. It’s hard to tell which you’re dealing with sometimes, and Prometheus is a perfect example of that

Paul Weller, Sonik Kicks

Sonik Kicks (as suggested by the title) starts off with a very electronic beat, which I believe will become the basis of the entire album. I am wrong. This is anything but an electronic album, as it has various elements of pop mixed in…

speakers, New Frequency EP

The New Frequency EP begins randomly, as if I’ve walked in on the middle of a song. The first song by speakers has the rapping style of Young MC mixed with singing that could be anywhere from Michael Jackson to Usher. The lyrics pretty much say it all, though…

FPSF 2012 Rundown, Pt. 4: Fitz and The Tantrums + Harts of Oak + Sundress + Jody Seabody + Primus + Small Sounds + More

And here we are, y’all, back yet again with the final pile of previews/whatever-you-wanna-call-’ems for the right-around-the-corner Free Press Summerfest this coming Saturday & Sunday — which, by the by, is where yours truly will be tomorrow & the next day…

Sleigh Bells, Reign of Terror

Reign of Terror opens the very way that I like all my music to begin: with the roar of the crowd. Yes, the first song is seemingly pumping up the crowd, then turning into a short song about a guitar riff (“Super Shred Guitar”) that is quite pleasing to guitar enthusiasts such as me…

Beast Make Bomb, Sourpuss

Sourpuss begins with a fast guitar riff that’s kind of distorted and leads us into a song of similar speed that reminds me of Blondie’s “Call Me” or a number of different Heart songs. The second track comes in slower and clocks in near four minutes…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 1: Ghost Town Electric + Peloton + Runaway Sun + 13 Black Coffins + Vestibule + More

It’s Friday, June 1st, y’all, and while we’re teeting on the edge of Summerfest madness ’round these parts, there’s still other good stuff going on. Before I get to the “official” shows, though, I wanted to mention that I’ve heard rumors about at least two “secret” shows going on tonight, so keep your eyes peeled for those…

Friday Heaviness: New Music from Omotai & New Video from Peloton

In recent weeks the kindly folks in {Omotai} and {Peloton} (okay, “folk,” in the form of bassist Melissa (Lonchambon) Ryan, who plays in both bands) sent me some of their latest music, and seeing as I freaking love Omotai and am heartily impressed by Peloton…

Live: ZZ Top at The MGM Grand

ZZ Top cancelled their June 23rd Houston show; beer drinkers, hell raisers, bikers, and bearded freaks alternately pouted and cussed. SCR bought a ticket to see them in Manshantucket, Connecticut, during the first weekend of their “Gang of Outlaws” tour…


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