Gimme Indie Rock: 500 essential American Underground Rock Albums 1981 – 1996 by Andrew Earles (Book)

Poor Andrew Earles. In, Gimme Indie Rock, his impressive new reference guide to Indie Rock, he managed to target a book squarely at the same crowd that will devour it in one reading, then spend endless hours online bitching about the records that were and were not deemed “essential.” Continue reading

The Dismemberment Plan to reissue ‘Change’ on vinyl on November 4

It’s odd to think of anything post-millennium as an entirely different time compared to present day, but given the way culture moves nowadays, the year 2001 might as well have been a lifetime ago. Take, for instance, beloved Washington, D.C.-based post-punk party band The Dismemberment Plan . The quartet-vocalist/guitarist Travis Morrison, guitarist Jason Caddell, bassist Eric Axelson and drummer Joe Easley-had been making music for close to a decade before finally breaking through with 1999’s Emergency & I, a tightly wound slab of mathy-yet-danceable, slightly off-kilter rock ‘n’ roll that rightfully deserved all the praise it earned from critics. Typically, it would be a safe assumption that the band would feel a tad bit more pressure creating its follow-up, but with the D Plan, nothing is ever typical.

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Leonard Faraday Foundation CD Review

Foundation begins with She Hides Away, a track that touches upon progressive rock, alternative, and harder forms of music. The production is such that the dfferent elements of the tracks – guitars, drums, and vocals – are able to shine on their own as well as contribute to a very cohesive sort of opening. Awake begins with a very spacy / fuzzy guitar and shuffling drum beat before Faraday’s Zevon meets Thom Yorke vocals kick in to great effect. The track feels full and fleshed out with the inclusion of a ropy, emotive bass line playing at the periphery. Smart deviations from traditional time signatures make sure that listeners will be on the edges of their seats, giving te album high momentum. Continue reading

Cash Cash Release “Surrender”

Cash Cash debuts a brand new smash “Surrender” as infectious as the rest — premiering on Billboard and quickly approaching iTunes Top 10 — out today via Big Beat Records. The pop banger effortlessly mixes infectious vocals with a pulsing dance beat that will grab you from the beginning and stay with you till long after—a perfect transition from recent hits, “Take Me Home” ft. Bebe Rexha and “Lightning” ft. John Rzeznik, the Goo Goo Dolls front-man. The New York based producers (JP Makhlouf, Alex Makhlouf and Sam Frisch) are known for pulling out all the stops at their live performances too. Continue reading

Dragged Into Sunlight set to embark on a European tour

Dragged Into Sunlight have left a permanent scar on the extreme metal community ever since they emerged with their debut, Hatred For Mankind. Countless live shows (including prestigious festival slots at Maryland Deathfest, Incubate, Damnation and their recent Japanese tour) have further cemented their place as one of the most visceral and cathartic live bands in extreme music.  Continue reading