Riot Fest 2016 News: Jane’s Addition, Hold Steady, Sleater-Kinney

The cat’s out of the festival bag. This morning before the eggs were ready off the skillet, Riot Fest got out their line up news following yesterday’s cryptic teaser videos (“Been Caught Stealin” was one hint). Jane’s Addiction fans should be happy to hear the band will perform the classic album, Ritual de lo Habitual, […]

Lagwagon – Resolve

“It’s new, it’s improved, it’s old-fashioned…” Yes, I did just quote Tom Waits in the context of a Lagwagon review. Why? Well, Lagwagon is the original Fat Wreck Chords band, the one you can blame for thousands of imitators and possibly even that nasal, high-school smart-ass voice. So even when there’s a new record claiming […]

Lagwagon – Live in a Dive

Lagwagon was the first band signed to Fat Wreck Chords, and exemplifies the sound that’s come to be standard for that label–the speeding-bullet drumming, hyper-fast guitars and snotty vocals. They’ve now joined the pantheon of Fat Wreck artists to release a Live in a Dive record. Once again, I’m faced with the task of trying […]

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 […]