Archive for December, 2004

Ted Leo/Pharmacists – Shake the Sheets

December 22nd, 2004

Mediocre Rx

Underground New Jersey artist Ted Leo/Pharmacists’ fifth release in three years, Shake the Sheets, is looking to break the act into the mainstream. This album should do well with avid rock fans, as it has many factors that make them appealing. It’s a little bit of rock, a little bit of punk, with some melodies, rhythm and lead guitar parts that are vaguely like the Strokes.
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By Elizabeth Halvorsen Posted in Reviews ,

Helmet – Size Matters

December 19th, 2004

Size Isn’t Everything

As the 80’s hair metal craze withered and died under the wheels of grunge in the early 90’s, true headbangers went underground and metal became a dirty word. Helmet was a band that helped pull that heavy guitar and drum sound out of metal’s grave and fuse it with alternative rock elements to give it staying power on the radio. After several authoritative alt-metal releases, Page Hamilton and the boys hung up their Helmets after 1997’s Aftertaste. But now Hamilton’s back with some old and new faces on Size Matters. Read more…

By Steve Mangione Posted in Reviews

Le Tigre – This Island

December 17th, 2004

This Island Rocks

The 00’s is a time of genre crossing, splicing all kinds of different music. The album This Island by Le Tigre is a splendid display of the best qualities of nearly 20 years of music. Kathleen Hanna, (ex-Bikini Kill, still Riot Grrl) lends her 80’s punk rock voice to new wave pop beats, mixing with grungy 90’s guitar and 00’s edits and samples to create a intense fusion of sounds. Le Tigre takes elements of ground-breaking styles from previous decades and shuffles them together in an artful way. Read more…

By Elizabeth Halvorsen Posted in Reviews

Sum 41 – Chuck

December 16th, 2004

A New Spin On Old Style

Sum 41’s new record, Chuck, is as much a new direction as it is an 80’s metal tribute album. While their other albums were more poppy and Blink 182-esque, this one has a metal influence to it. No, not Korn, Limp Bizkit or any nu-metal band, but more of a style akin to Judas Priest, older Metallica, and other 80’s metal. Read more…

By Fred Pilarczyk Posted in Reviews

Gwen Stefani – Love.Angel.Music.Baby.

December 14th, 2004

Flying (Semi) Solo

Gwen Stefani set out to make a dance record that would invade sound lobes and nest in the brains of anyone who heard it – just like the music of her youth. With the help of many talented friends she succeeded in making Love.Angel.Music.Baby. a modern album with a retro feel. Read more…

By Kate Dunphy Posted in Reviews

Violence vs. Rhythm

December 11th, 2004

This past week, Dimebag Darrell faced death by staring down the barrel of a stranger’s gun. Oddly, it always seems to be the “number one fans” who commit such horrendous random acts of violence against their beloved idols. Events like this makes one question why we should attempt to be a part of society at all. Read more…

By Thea Cooke Posted in Editorials

The Donnas – Gold Medal

December 10th, 2004

Going For The Gold

The Donnas have been called a female version of The Ramones, a punkish, rock-n-roll quartet of attitudinal women. However, with their newest release Gold Medal, they may finally shed that stereotype. Read more…

By Thea Cooke Posted in Reviews

Isis – Panopticon

December 9th, 2004

Panoptical Illusions

Isis has always been a band with vision. Since this Boston five-piece started in 1997, they have always pushed the boundaries of heavy music through their elaborate, evolving song structures and sampling elements. 2004’s Panopticon is no exception. Read more…

By Steve Mangione Posted in Reviews

Chevelle – This Type Of Thinking Could Do Us In

December 7th, 2004

Anyone For Seconds?

Modern rock’s most radio-friendly band comes in the form of three brothers, lovingly known as Chevelle, whose first major label debut, Wonder Whats Next, swept the nation with their ability to cross over into different subgenres of rock. Intense radio saturation and an incessant touring path has made these brothers a household name on the rock scene. So what’s the strategy for their sophomore album, This Type of Thinking Could Do Us In? Replicate the exact same sound as their first album, of course! Read more…

By Taylor Whipple Posted in Reviews

Gwar Live at the Key Club 12/3/04

December 6th, 2004

One might think that after nearly 20 years, Gwar’s live shows might have lost a bit of the magic that made them so remarkable. Not so. Gwar’s Friday the 3rd performance at the Key Club showed the spectacular shock and awe splatter-fest is as strong as ever. Read more…

By Raymond Flotat Posted in Editorials