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Slick Idiot with Chakras, Riothead, Common Man Down, Blood Werk and Another Tragedy

Oct. 9 • The Mad Hatter

0 Comments · Monday, October 5, 2009
It's perplexing to figure out what angle Slick Idiot is going for. With CDs bearing appellations like 'DickNity,' 'Screwtinized' and 'xSCREWciating,' what does the German Industrial outfit expect the crude puns to represent? Does the band traffic in some kind of satire or social commentary, or is it sexualized synth Rock that's unashamedly silly?   

Music: Slick Idiot

0 Comments · Monday, October 5, 2009
Once part of KMFDM, En Esch and Guenter Schulz parted ways with the Industrial titans some 10 years ago to design this new project. While the band fills out for concerts, the chief engineers always occupy vital roles: The hairless Esch handles vocals with a reptilian growl resembling Iggy Pop making a come-on in a back alley, and Schulz uses a guitar to lead their throbbing, machinelike instrumentation. Aside from a female roar that occasionally floats through the looping throbs, Slick Idiot is a straight-up dance soundtrack for dark clubs. They play the Mad Hatter.  

Lit: John Porcellino

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 15, 2009
King-Cat became a constant in John Porcellino’s life long ago. Since 1989, he’s used the minimalist indie comic series to document the peculiar details of everyday life. On his way to major alt-comic affair Small Press Expo for the debut of Map of My Life, a King-Cat anthology that collects strips from 1996 to 2002, Porcellino will stop by to hang out at Shake It Records. Appearing with fellow cartoonist Noah Van Sciver, Porcellino will bring along copies of the new King-Cat #70, ’zines and assorted merch.  

Music: Ninja Gun with The Gaslight Anthem

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 8, 2009
As documented ably on last year’s Restless Rubes, Ninja Gun’s second full-length CD on Suburban Home Records, life in Valdosta has shaped Coody’s P.O.V. Aside from a pointed lyrical vision, a skilled sense of musicianship runs through Rubes as Ninja Gun’s sound finds common ground between Punk, AltRock, Indie and Country. Additionally impressive is the disc’s remarkably pristine production, which is the result of a year spent in and out of the studio. They play Bogart's with The Gaslight Anthem, The Loved Ones and Murder by Death.  

Ninja Gun with The Gaslight Anthem, The Loved Ones and Murder by Death

Sept. 9 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Friday, September 4, 2009
"With seclusion comes originality," asserts Jonathan Coody, guitarist/vocalist of Ninja Gun. If it's seclusion you're looking for, then Valdosta, Ga., isn't a bad place to start. It's the city where the Cowpunk foursome formed some eight years ago and has resided ever since.  

Music: The Spits

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 2, 2009
“Terrorist Attack” is far from the only time the Seattle-via-Kalamazoo, Mich., bunch has done something ridiculous and/or potentially offensive. The top of their Web site reads “Fuck Nickel & Dime Records,” referencing the label that issued their 2002 debut LP. Promo pictures find the quartet posing in mock hostage situations. And the cover to 2004’s 19 Million AC full-length stars Pope John Paul II bursting out of a UFO. Antics aside, the music is an uncouth Garage/Punk mesh that appears to have a resurrected Joey Ramone on the mic.  

The Spits

Sept. 8 • The Comet

0 Comments · Monday, August 31, 2009
Leave it to The Spits to write a song called "Terrorist Attack" and make the experience a riot. Antics aside, the music is an uncouth Garage/Punk mesh that appears to have a resurrected Joey Ramone on the mic. Songs are typically delivered as feisty, dirty slurs that could have been written a few decades ago.  

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The sophomoric simplicity of Blink-182 is back and (hopefully) unchanged

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 12, 2009
A recent MTV.com report of the kick-off concert on Blink-182's summer-long reunion tour indicated that nothing has changed: The group indulged in obscene silliness, the set was a blast if not slightly off and, most importantly, the decade-old ennui still means rich hooks. "I don't think anybody was necessarily surprised," Mark Hoppus says of the band's return.  

Music: Blink-182

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 11, 2009
The sophomoric simplicity of Blink-182 is back and (hopefully) unchanged. Things collapsed for the band when, after internal drama, they dissolved in 2005. A dark catalyst came in September of last year. After Barker was involved in a near-fatal plane crash, the band began communicating again. At The Grammys in February, the trio announced its reformation, with the members intending to pick up from where they’d paused. A recent MTV.com report of the kick-off concert on Blink’s summer-long reunion tour indicated that nothing seems to have changed. They play Riverbend with Fall Out Boy, Panic at the Disco and Chester French.  

Music: No Age, Deer Hunter and Dan Deacon

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 28, 2009
If you’ve grown complacent with summer festivals that boast packed bills but feature little to no interaction amongst the performers, the Indie Rock-friendly trio No Age, Deerhunter and Dan Deacon has an unusual antidote. In what sounds like a logistical nightmare, the acts — an Indie Punk two-piece, a gang of four kicking out artsy, psychedelic Post Punk and a one-man whirlpool of bizarre electronic vigor — will perform one set together. Sharing the stage of the Southgate House from the beginning of the concert until its conclusion, the multi-flavored bunch will trade off modified forms of old songs and collaborate on new experiments, round robin-style.