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2008 Stories by MICHAEL COYLE

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  • [CD Review] The Damned, 'So Who's Paranoid' (The English Channel/Red Eye)

    published December 18, 2008

    There’s never been a band who can sound so serious when they’re dorking around like the Damned. If they didn’t have a... More >>

  • [CD Review] Nebula, 'Peel Sessions' (Sweet Nothing Records)

    published December 11, 2008

    Nebula records have a way of disappearing from collections. Sticky-fingered friends wander off with them through the haze, or they get borrowed... More >>

  • Come Together

    published December 11, 2008

    ’Tis the season when a small donation can get you a lot of entertainment. Local surf/soul troubadour Mike Vavak has teamed up with... More >>

  • Hip Hop Heads

    published November 27, 2008

    As Look Daggers’ brow-furrowed frontman 2Mex raps with characteristic sophistication over the psychedelic punk-jazz soundtracks deftly helmed... More >>

  • [CD Review] The Bronx, 'The Brox III' (White Drugs Records)

    published November 13, 2008

    The Bronx are from Los Angeles, but their sound is somewhere between the vehement grit of East Coast hardcore and Sunset Strip glam. Adding to the... More >>

  • Old Skank

    published September 25, 2008

    It’s tempting to write that Forcefield On sound like ska when it grows up and gets serious, though that feels a little lazy. But any band... More >>

  • Test Their Metal

    published September 4, 2008

    On their fifth release in 10 years, Bay Area metal veterans Totimoshi come with a slow, grinding crunch that shows surprising dexterity without... More >>

  • Hail to the King

    published August 28, 2008

    The Melvins have it all: big troll hair, creepy lyrics, riffs that would blow the tubes outta most bands’ amps, and a 25-year history that... More >>

  • One or Two?

    published August 21, 2008

    The Humpers brand of Dolls/Dead Boys punk-n-roll rocked from Long Beach to Yugoslavia (where they were huge) in the mid-to-late ‘90s. Theirs... More >>

  • Sharp Men

    published August 21, 2008

    The Black Keys are a two-piece that rip heavy electric blues with a dense boogie that reverbs into the hardest to reach parts of the soul. At his... More >>

  • Goin' Bonzo

    published August 7, 2008

    John Bonham's drum tech, Jeff Ocheltree, saw Spirit of Zeppelin at DiPiazza's in 2006, and was amazed. In fact, he was so impressed that he... More >>

  • [CD Review] Beck, 'Modern Guilt' (DGC)

    published July 10, 2008

    Beck has made a much-lauded career by camouflaging his ramshackle ways in the scenery of his producers. Still, even more so than you might... More >>

  • [CD Review] Melvins, 'Nude With Boots' (Ipecac)

    published July 10, 2008

    Melvins are done screwing around with electronic music and are officially back to casting the darkest shadow in the world of heavy music. Well,... More >>

  • [CD Review] The Notwist, 'The Devil, You + Me' (Domino)

    published July 3, 2008

    The Notwist are hard to pin down. Starting in the early '90s as a metal outfit, the German group have somehow quite naturally drifted onward... More >>

  • Guitar Solos?

    published March 20, 2008

    Built to Spill have made a career out of paradoxes. They're an indie-rock band who believe there is nothing wrong with sounding epic. They've... More >>

  • [CD Review] Super Furry Animals

    published January 24, 2008

    Veteran purveyors of cheeky pastoral weirdness of the rare Welsh variety, Super Furry Animals return with their eighth LP to sing of consumers,... More >>

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