Archive for August, 2004

Pixies’ Tour Success; Possible Album

August 31st, 2004

The Pixies haven’t gotten on the bus yet, but their tour is already a success, having sold out most of their appearances. All the positive attention has gotten the band thinking about hitting the recording studio together sometime soon, but Frank Black admits that at this early stage, “it’s just cheap talk, because there aren’t any songs.” Read more…

By Alyssa Fried Posted in News

They Might Be Giants – The Spine

August 31st, 2004

TMBG’s Fractured Spine

If titles are ever an indication of a song’s quality, then tracks like “The World Before Later On” and “Prevenge” may well put They Might Be Giants’ The Spine in the running for album of the year. However, songs are songs, and music is the key. Accordingly, The Spine appears to suffer from an unbalanced feel.
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By Ari Levitch Posted in Reviews

‘You Really Got Me’ 40 Years Later

August 30th, 2004

This September will mark the 40th anniversary of the Kinks’ ‘You Really Got Me’ hitting Number 1 in England. To celebrate, the band is releasing a new double-disc compilation and rereleasing the famous single. Read more…

By Alyssa Fried Posted in News

Atreyu – The Curse

August 30th, 2004

The Blessed Curse

Like some sort of screeching eagle, soaring from the depths of hell, talons outstretched and ready to attack, “Bleeding Mascara,” furiously begins Atreyu’s sophomore album, The Curse. Coming to the forefront of the new “melodic meets hardcore” genre, thanks in part to a recent stint on Ozzfest and a massive underground infection of sorts, Atreyu indeed avoid the “curse” of the sophomore slump by delivering a blistering, sonically-charged and melodically infused representation of the changing face of hardcore music. Read more…

By Taylor Whipple Posted in Reviews

Weezer Nix Rubin

August 29th, 2004

Just weeks before Rivers Cuomo begins his fall semester at Harvard, Weezer has decided to ditch their December work with Rick Rubin and start over. Despite the crunch, the band is hopeful the album will be out in early 2005. Read more…

By Alyssa Fried Posted in News

Sahara Hotnights – Kiss and Tell

August 27th, 2004

So Cool They’re Hot

Sweden is the home of one of the only note-worthy girl bands the 00’s have to offer thus far. Along the same lines as (but a wee bit poppier than) bands like The Donnas and Seven Year Bitch, Sahara Hotnights rocks out with a fury only pissed-off girls in their early twenties can put forth. From their breakthrough first album C’mon Let’s Pretend, to their energetic sophomore effort Jennie Bomb, to their more refined third album Kiss and Tell, Sahara Hotnights have proven themselves to be a band to watch. Read more…

By Elizabeth Halvorsen Posted in Reviews

Sparta – Porcelain

August 27th, 2004

Aggro-Rockers Have Recovered Nicely

We all know that breaking up is hard to do, but how difficult would it be to dismantle an “it” experimental aggro-indie rock force in the middle of its own revolutionary tornado? Members and fans of Texas innovators At The Drive In found out in 2001 when a chasm of creative differences split the band into two new projects. Vocalists Omar Rodriguez and Cedric Zavala dove into prog-rock/punk mixture The Mars Volta, while guitarist Jim Ward, bassist Paul Hinojos, and drummer Tony Hajjar aimed for an organized chaos of great musicianship with Sparta. Read more…

By Ryan Lewis Posted in Reviews

A Perfect Circle Join Album Release and Election

August 26th, 2004

eMOTIVe, the new album from A Perfect Circle, will be released November 2nd. It promises to carry contemporary social relevance with covers such as John Lennon’s “Imagine” and Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Goin’ On?” Read more…

By Alyssa Fried Posted in News

Witchcraft – Witchcraft

August 26th, 2004

They Sold Their Souls for Rock n Roll

More than a few bands have dabbled in the look and sound of 60’s rock. But Sweden’s Witchcraft has taken it one step further – they built a time machine. Or at least that’s what one would think if they saw these four take the stage dressed like LSD-crazed gypsies. One listen to their self-titled debut cements the image. Recorded in a basement on 60’s era analogue equipment (courtesy of their time machine), every track is soaked in that vintage warmth, fuzz and echo that has been often imitated but not until now so believably reproduced. Read more…

By Steve Mangione Posted in Reviews

Looking Ahead: Warped 2005

August 25th, 2004

One tour that has not only managed to stay afloat, but has actually turned a profit this pitiful summer season — Warped Tour — is already planning for next year. So far, the Transplants and My Chemical Romance have been booked for 2005. Read more…

By Alyssa Fried Posted in News