In my review of the debut EP from local rockers The Semifinals in this week's print edition of the Observer, I applauded Andrew Strickland and crew's efforts fuse cute Emo with some old-school post-punk a la Gang of Four--and the results are pretty damn cool. Here's "Yr Fists," the best song from th ... More >>
The Semifinals EP (Self-released)
Thursday, May 17, at the Granada Theater
Devo's founding guitarist is still pissing on--and then Swiffering--the worst in society
How Gang of Four's Dave Allen found a music partner in Jayson Bales
Not even middle age can slow the tongue of Mark E. Smith
Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not (Domino)
Collisions (Beggars Banquet)
Gang of Four return, and all pretenders should watch their arses
The Dead 60s (Epic)
The Futureheads ignore their post-punk contemporaries--and their buzz
White men learned to dance, and the emoting was as thick as the eyeliner on the year's best pop-rock records.
Friday, December 3
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Rhino assembles the definitive '70s punk collection. Pretty much.
Timbaland and Organized Noize are making the music go bang, and rap radio's never sounded so good
Antbox (Columbia Records, UK)
On her latest album, Eddi Reader stays true to her Simple Soul
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