Richard Buckner – Dents and Shells

Even if you’re not a fan of folk, singer-songwriter, or even country-time ballads, Richard Buckner has that innate ability to still connect to your inner child, the one that secretly wants to be rocked to sleep. This may be because Buckner has never fit into any given mold within the roots rock, café strumming mold […]

Cataract – With Triumph Comes Loss

From the bland, by-the-book metalcore riffage, to the worn song titles “Killing Tool,” “Skies Grow Black,” “Fuel,” and “Reborn from Fire,” these Swiss students of American hardcore need to find their own identity. There’s no variety in Federico Carminitana’s vocal delivery for the duration of this 40- minute disc. Sure, he’s brutal and convincing, it’s […]

The Faint – Wet From Birth

I’ll have you know I thought I was in nouveau Euro-dance-beat heaven the first time I discovered The Faint. The hearty combo of solid ‘80s synth dance beats with a modern millennial rock sound tickled my fancy right when I needed it. When I found out, recently, that The Faint hail from Nebraska of all […]

No Warning – Suffer, Survive

Over the years, musicians all over the world have attempted to blend everything under the sun. Skankin’ Pickle gave us ‘SkaFunkRastaPunk’ and Rage Against The Machine popularized ‘rap metal.’ It’s the byproduct of a band’s internal turmoil and reconciliation of its competing influences. Most often, attempts to purée the music we love into a cohesive […]

Tying the Knot (Jim De Seve)

Tying the Knot

Tying the Knot (Jim de Sève) This movie took me back to a family dinner that took place not too long ago, where we were discussing the battle over same sex marriages. My question at the table was, “What about inter-racial marriages? What if someone told you that you couldn’t marry someone of a different […]

SMP – Crimes Of The Future

SMP - Crimes of the Future

Lead leather man, vocalist and songwriter Jason Bazinet has always set himself apart from the some of the industrialists that follow too closely to the predictable forum of doom, gloom, and shiny Lip Service pants. Using a different approach to synthesized rock and combining that tightly with rap soaked breaks, Crimes Of The Future continues […]

Straylight Run – Straylight Run

Straylight Run

I haven’t been one to hitch a ride on this surge of emo-core bands that seem to dominate the covers of Alternative Press and the MTV airwaves, and I’ll have to admit that I took Straylight Run for another cloned concoction. After realizing that two members, John Nolan (guitar, keyboards, vocals) and Shaun Cooper (bass) […]