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Better Living Through Rebellion

Thee Silver Mt. Zion excavate Punk Rock on its own terms

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Since entering pop culture over three decades ago, Punk has become a muddled word with a small army of variations and sub-categories following in its wake. Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra now further complicates things, as the hallmarks of its sound hold little relation to Punk. Still, Efrim Menuck links his band to the genre by way of its DIY sensibility.  

Music: Cymbals Eat Guitars

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Soon after Joseph D’Agostino got his band underway, Cymbals Eat Guitars received Indie Rock's most profitable stamp of approval. Pitchfork assigned the 2009 debut 'Why There Are Mountains' album an 8.3 rating and included it on the site’s “Best New Music” list. They play The Mad Hatter with Los Campesinos!  

Cymbals Eat Guitars with Los Campesinos

April 28 • The Mad Hatter

0 Comments · Friday, April 23, 2010
Soon after Joseph D'Agostino got his band underway, Cymbals Eat Guitars received Indie Rock's most profitable stamp of approval. Pitchfork assigned the 2009 debut 'Why There Are Mountains' album an 8.3 rating and included it on the site's "Best New Music" list. Early acclaim did come with a price.  

Music: O'Brother

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 20, 2010
O'Brother shimmers with a thirst for the epochal, as their material is dominated by textured murmurs of guitar that expand into all-encompassing, woozy swirls. Cursive's Emo-bred Indie Rock makes for another excellent comparison point. Aaron Wamack's addition to O'Brother drew in weightier influences like Converge, Deftones and Meshuggah. Classical music, film scores and Brian Eno's Ambient music also affected the group. They play Bogart's.  

Mourning Glory for O'Brother

Resplendent Rock is back on the rise as band steadies its lineup

0 Comments · Monday, April 19, 2010
When O'Brother was left without a frontman, the band decided to hold an audition for a new lead vocalist/guitarist. Sadly, the experience wasn't anything resembling 'American Idol': There were no TV cameras, no squealing hordes ready to hear about going to Hollywood, no snarky Brits, no spectacle. "I wish it was like that,' says bassist Anton Dang. "It would probably have been less awkward."  

The Ataris

April 16 • The Mad Hatter

0 Comments · Monday, April 12, 2010
The Ataris' 2007 album 'Welcome the Night' was quite the departure, swapping straightforward Pop Punk for drifting, atmospheric Indie Rock, a decision not wholly received well by fans. "I always want to throw a curve ball," says vocalist/guitarist Kris Roe. "If I wrote 'So Long, Astoria Part 2,' I would have been telling the biggest lie," referencing the band's big-selling 2003 LP. So keep an eye out for more curve balls.  

Music: The Ataris

0 Comments · Monday, April 12, 2010
Even though The Ataris have gained new sonic colors after being around for more than a decade, Kris Roe believes that the band still handles itself in the same manner it always has. They play The Mad Hatter with Rosemary Device, A Decade to Die For, Pilot Around the Stars and more.  

Tempering the Tantrums

The Bronx's raging, rafters-rattling clatter finds new angles

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Matt Caughthran's near-death life experiences tie into The Bronx's MO: seek destruction out, let destruction come to you and channel the havoc into Hard Rock-tinged Hardcore Punk. The band's sound is driven by the thrill that comes with spitting in the face of impending doom.  

Music: The Young Veins With Foxy Shazam

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 6, 2010
The Young Veins play unexpectedly precocious Garage/Pop Rock that recalls the vintage melodies of The Kinks and The Byrds. They open for Foxy Shazam at The Mad Hatter.  

Music: The Bronx

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 6, 2010
The Bronx's Hard Rock-tinged Hardcore Punk sound is driven by the thrill that comes with spitting in the face of impending doom. But Mariachi El Bronx, who will also be performing, features the members of The Bronx in mariachi band gear, trading standard-issue Rock & Roll instruments for brass, the guitarrón mexicano and the vihuela. They all play the Southgate House on Sunday.