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Entries from Feb 2012

21 feb 2012

21 Feb 2012 · No Comments

Classics of Love – Classics of Love
Classics of Love falls into the general category of punk veterans — in this case Operation Ivy’s Jesse Michaels — forming retro 80s/punk/hardcore bands. I’m pretty susceptible to this trend, and Classics of Love is no exception. Nothing here is quite as amazing as “No Return” from 2009’s “Waiting [...]

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13 feb 2012

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Behold! the Monolith – Defender, Redeemist
This trio bludgeons almost equally well at the tempo of an advancing glacier or at a jackhammer thrash pace (Motorhead comparisons bruited about in the press for this ‘un really do make sense). Veteran metal producer/engineer Billy Anderson turns in a recording that’s amazing in it’s cake/eat-it-tooness: crushingly heavy at [...]

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6 feb 2012

06 Feb 2012 · No Comments

The Big Sleep – Nature Experiments
These atmospheric indie rockers really up their game with Nature Experiments. There wasn’t anything wrong with them before, but this album just feels pulled into sharper focus: clearer production, stronger writing, better across the board.
Gotye – Making Mirrors
Dude does sound unavoidably like Sting now and then, but more usefully [...]

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Ladyfest Boston 2012 (part 2)

01 Feb 2012 · 2 Comments

Concluding my preview of Ladyfest Boston:
Playing Saturday night (in alphabetical order)
Daylight Robbery’s more recent tunes find the band growing in subtlety and the use of space. The tunes on their recent 3-way split with Foreign Objects and Defect Defect sound as influenced by New Model Army as by X (for better or worse, Christine Wolf [...]

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