Review: This Runs Through

This Runs Through "Until Forever Finds Me" (Indianola Records) The music on this album is pretty ruthless.  Chunky guitars at times play in unison with the drummer's double bass, giving it an early Fear...

Review: Thunderbirds Are Now!

Thunderbirds Are Now! "Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief" (Action Driver) Thuderbirds are Now! is fast, unorganized, chaotic and near perfect. They have taken progressive rock, gotten it drunk, dressed it up...

Review: Toys That Kill

Toys That Kill "Control the Sun" (Recess Records) Not your typical catchy rock band, Toys That Kill skews "Control the Sun" to be "catchy" without being downright annoying.  Solid songs with logically...

Review: Very Ape

Very Ape "Kosher Boogie" (Alive Records) The whole raw rock and roll sounds doesn't seem to want to go away. Sounding like a good local band you'd hear playing around town, Very Ape aim to up your dosage...

Review: The High Llamas

The High Llamas "Beet, Maize & Corn" (Drag City) It is instrumental music with alluring, but delicate melodies. The band eschews guitars for a string section. It drifts you down a river of "Pet...

Review: The Backup Plan

The Backup Plan "Dearest Whomever..." (New Day Rising) There's a lot to like about The Backup Plan.  I mean, they play really fast, really clean power-punk, sort of like Good Riddance, only most of their...

Review: Super Furry Animals

Super Furry Animals "Phantom Power" (XL Recordings/Beggars Group) When it comes to Super Furry Animals you must remember one thing: as bad as you might think it sounds, you can make terrific tracks by...

Review: Surrounded

Surrounded "Safety In Numbers" (Deep Elm Records) Ohh YYaaaww Yaw! Sveden! Sveden!  Just kidding.  I'm just jealous because Surrounded is from Sweden and I want to check out it some day.  "Saftey In...

Review: The Cuts

The Cuts "2 Over Ten" (Birdman) The members of The Cuts are in tight with early rock sounds allowing them to present original material that could be out of the Alex Chilton songbook or a set by The...

Review: The Darkness

The Darkness "Permission to Land" (Atlantic) Everybody is talking about this fucking band from England like they are the second coming of rock and roll.  I love the rock and roll.  It don't matter if...