Against Me – The Eternal Cowboy

Against Me makes its official debut on Fat Wreck Chords with the 11-track The Eternal Cowboy, almost an EP by punk standards. Driven by classic punk aesthetic, Against Me maintains a decidedly lo-fi focus on punk’s street folk leanings, giving it an organic edge that at times goes beyond what acts like Rancid and Flogging […]

Anti-Flag – The Terror State

I was never a fan of Anti-Flag. One of my good friends loved them, but personally, I could never stand the singer’s voice. This latest album, though, has barely left my CD player since it was given to me a week ago. The Terror State, produced by Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave, is […]

None More Black – File Under Black

If Faster Pussycat’s Taime Downe’s were to take over frontman duties for a kinder, gentler Pennywise, the resulting groove might sound something like None More Black. Gruff on the vocals yet often smooth and melodic on the rhythm, NMB is an East Coast quartet that recently released its debut album “File Under Black” on Fat […]

NOFX – The War on Errorism

Critiquing the latest NOFX release is like asking for yet another interpretation of the bible – the content and conclusions remain the same. As one might expect, the usual suspects are all present and accounted for on The War on Errorism. You’ll get plenty of heavy rhythms and hooks, gut-busting lyrics (replete with so-true sociopolitical […]

Lagwagon – Blaze

What I dig most about groups like Lagwagon is they bring back distinct memories of an even more distinct era. It was the mid-‘90s and the world hadn’t yet tired of sugary punk melodies and harmonies. We still loved the incessant bap-bap-bap of the snare drum while the double bass drum thundered through yet another […]

The Swingin’ Utters – On The Road Again, Hangin’ At The Climax Lounge

Johnny “Peebucks” Bonnel – lead vocalsSpike Slawson – bass/vocalsChuck Worthy – rhythm guitarGreg McEntee – drumsDarius Koski – guitar/vocals/the occasional accordion I will always correlate the Swingin’ Utters with my first radio show I had years ago at KSCU. It was an early morning slot, which was really hard for a vampire such as myself. […]