Are you a fan of Ramones-indebted Pop Punk that worships Top Gun and Evil Dead, cracks wise-ass observations about Metal show mosh pits and likes to creep out the womenfolk when out in an automobile? If so, congratulations — Teenage Bottlerocket's Freak Out is now your favorite record ever.
If we were to define Punk Rock acts in terms of food, Bad
Religion would be a complex salad, Black Flag a slab of lean steak,
Ramones a rich all-toppings-in sundae and The
Casualties a box of Twinkies with a side of barbecue-flavored Ruffles
Irony is not a concept usually shared by international cultures. Case in point: cats.
The Western (internet) world shows its adoration for felines by churning out pointless LOLcat YouTube video after LOLcat YouTube video, gilding this love with a patina of wink-wink jokeyness, as if to say, "Sure, we obsess over and anthropomorphize these cute beasts that don't do very much, but since...
Carving your own upward path in the
perpetually congested music biz is an intimidating enough prospect on
its own. Yet Danny Lee — the driving force behind Seatlle Psych Rock trio Night Beats — has
opted to one-up this great dare: He wants not just to create his band’s
own fanbase but also his own scene. Kinda. Maybe.
Strung Out's current tour is
dedicated to revisiting those solidly melodic, Heavy Metal-influenced
albums, as they'll be playing both front to back nightly — a performance
that's sure to fill every thirtysomething dude who still wears cargo
shorts and oversized Pulley T-shirts with gooey nostalgia.
Having friends in high places never hurts and Kendrick Lamar has the fascinating fortune to boast a friend in a really
high place. In a recent interview, the Compton, Calif.-cultivated
rapper described Lady Gaga as “a good friend” — a connection solidified
by the Pop bigwig making an appearance during Lamar's set at the recent
Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago.
Even when spoken slurred and quickly, “Fuck Knights” and
“Dark Knight” sound only vaguely alike. But do you think we'd let a thing like that derail us from comparing this gang of Garage Punk
hellraisers to Batman? Hell no! Let's begin by assessing drinking habits. When ol' Bruce Wayne does
alcohol, he likely sips the finest bourbon in Gotham. The
Knights seem more likely to be all
about dive bars (the ideal venues for their sound) and finding the
cheapest well hooch available.
Metal shows are havens for certain physical behaviors — headbanging, throwing
the horns, grasping for an invisible orange during a particularly juicy guitar
solo — smiling while you're playing is not one of them. But that hasn't stopped
Steve Brooks. Torche's ringleader doesn't just crack a hint of a happy face
during concerts but practically beams.