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  • Over the weekend: Anvil, Tauntaun and Havok at the Gothic Theatre

    published Feb 01, 2010

    Anvil, with Tauntaun and Havok Sunday, January 31, 2010 Gothic Theatre Havok opened the show with its classic thrash sound, in which you can hear a mix of influences: from Slayer's sense of impendi... More >>

  • Q&A with Steve Terebecki of White Denim

    published Jan 27, 2010

    White Denim is to modern psychedelic post-punk what Alice Donut was to punk rock -- weird and unafraid to let their varied musical freak flags fly. Across the Austin trio's latest record, Fits, you ca... More >>

  • Anvil didn't give up its dream of bringing metal to the masses

    published January 28, 2010

    Anvil started out as Lips in 1978, but by the time it released its debut album, Hard 'N' Heavy, in 1981, it was going by the name we... More >>

  • Woodsman

    published January 28, 2010

    This album's title, Collages, serves as a statement of purpose and a summation of the aesthetic of the band up to this point. The... More >>

  • Nouvelle Vague

    published January 28, 2010

    Based in Paris, Nouvelle Vague has made a career out of taking old punk, new-wave and post-punk songs and giving them a unique reinterpretation... More >>

  • Dream Wagon at the Larimer Lounge

    published January 28, 2010

    In the liner notes to the reissue of the Raincoats' debut album, Kurt Cobain wrote about how listening to those songs made him feel like a... More >>

  • Over the weekend: Mustangs & Madras farewell show at 3 Kings Tavern

    published Jan 25, 2010

    Mustangs and Madras farewell show With Get Three Coffins Ready, Only Thunder, the Gunshy and Git Some Saturday, January 23, 2010 3 Kings Tavern Better Than: Virtually every other five-band bill I've s... More >>

  • Q&A with Eddie Maestas-Vigil of Mustangs & Madras

    Q&A with Eddie Maestas-Vigil of Mustangs & Madras

    published Jan 22, 2010

    Starting in December 2002 with former members of Fourth Gear Blue, Mustangs and Madras may not have had the most illustrious of beginnings but after recruiting a new singer a few months later, Mustang... More >>

  • Q&A with Snake Rattle Rattle Snake

    published Jan 21, 2010

    The membership roster of Snake Rattle Rattle Snake includes former (and current, in the case of Andrew Warner) members of bands that left an indelible mark on the underground music scene in Colorado, ... More >>

  • The members of Snake Rattle Rattle Snake may have impressive pedigrees, but they'd rather impress with their music

    published January 21, 2010

    Largely comprising veterans of Denver's underground music scene, Snake Rattle Rattle Snake is a bit of a sonic departure for its members.... More >>

  • Pep*Squad

    published January 21, 2010

    At least this band delivers on the promise of its name. From the opening track, "Battle of the Rabbits," you feel as though you've time-warped... More >>

  • White Denim

    published January 21, 2010

    Unlike many of its brethren in the realm of neo-psychedelic garage rock, White Denim decided not to bother with a retro sound at all. The... More >>

  • Adam Franklin & Bolts of Melody

    published January 21, 2010

    As a guitarist and frontman for Swervedriver, Adam Franklin helped to write electrifying and expansive rock songs that went further than... More >>

  • Redo at Moe's

    published January 21, 2010

    At some point in the life of everyone who ever got into punk rock after the '80s, there was that band that wrote anthemic songs that seemed to... More >>

  • Over the weekend: Alan Alda, Accordion Crimes and I Sank Molly Brown at the hi-dive

    published Jan 18, 2010

    Alan Alda, Accordion Crimes and I Sank Molly Brown Friday, January 15th, 2010 hi-dive Opening the show was I Sank Molly Brown. When I had seen the band on previous occasions, I was never impressed.... More >>

  • The Twilight Garden

    published January 14, 2010

    Like the gorgeously haunted music of bands like the Horrors and Bell Hollow, the Twilight Garden's songs are devoid of ironic detachment, which... More >>

  • The Grascals

    published January 14, 2010

    Having veterans of the Grand Ole Opry in the lineup should be pedigree enough for a solid band. But the Grascals took things a step further in... More >>

  • Mount Righteous

    published January 14, 2010

    Though its music has been referred to as "orchestral punk," Mount Righteous, which hails from Grapevine, Texas, is more akin to sprawling... More >>

  • Carnivores at the Larimer Lounge

    published January 14, 2010

    Some of their recordings conjure a straightahead blues band with a knack for mimicking surf rock, but that's a bit misleading, particularly for... More >>

  • Eek-A-Mouse

    published January 7, 2010

    Ripton Hylton became known as Eek-A-Mouse in 1979, shortly before releasing his first hit single, "Once a Virgin." Although Eek-A-Mouse's early... More >>

  • Band of Heathens

    published January 7, 2010

    Band of Heathens is technically from Austin, but the band comes off like it might have spent a great deal of time in New Orleans learning the... More >>

  • Amphibious Jones at Old Curtis Street

    published January 7, 2010

    It's rare when true technical ability is met with imagination and tasteful restraint. But that's exactly what you get with Amphibious... More >>

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