In the bustling, sprawling world of music
— really, any medium — there will always be worthwhile artists who go
generally overlooked. Though they have achieved some underground fame,
The Lawrence Arms are one of those bands that deserves better.
the decades have passed and several members have moved in and out,
Supersuckers remain committed to flippant, hooky, high-energy,
underground-friendly Rock & Roll that heavily draws from Rockabilly,
Garage Rock, Country and Punk.
Punk Rock covers a lot of serious, meaty
topics — individualism, anger, materialism, rebellion. But as
Guttermouth has proven, Punk Rock can also be about spitting in the face
of propriety for the sheer pleasure of it: They are reportedly banned
in Canada and have a song about a donkey sex show.
In 2010, Hugo Manuel debuted Chad Valley — a
project named after a British brand of toys and an area in Birmingham —
with a self-titled EP. A year later, he issued another EP, Equatorial Ultravox, and in 2012 his first full-length, Young Hunger, landed. Young Hunger demonstrates
the warmth of Caribou shining through, even though that inspiration stands in the shadow of the
pronounced influence of 1980s Pop.
If a band is entirely made up of
musicians operating under eccentric aliases, there’s an incredibly good
chance said band’s music is also eccentric and worthy of your attention. Man Man is a lesser-known but fitting
addition to this class, what with the Philly five-piece sporting members
nicknamed Honus Honus, Turkey Moth and Pow Pow.
When Dean Ambrose saunters down the stands of U.S. Bank Arena on Tuesday evening for a taping of WWE SmackDown
— WWE’s weekly program that airs Fridays on Syfy — he will do so under
profoundly different circumstances from a decade back.
The workhorses of No Age project the
sensibility of a band that’s deeply D.I.Y., Punk to the bone and
extra-mindful of everything they do. From an outsider’s perspective,
it’s tough to gauge whether No Age’s tenacity stems from a ceaseless
need to be productive, a compulsion to stay in the spotlight or the
desire to build up to a certain kind of goal.