Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Head cheese

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2005 at 12:00 AM

The term “melodic hardcore” has become a misnomer of late, with so many bands failing at either or both parts of that equation, often sounding like a pop-punk band in the midst of a weeklong meth binge, or Carcass doing Poison on mood elevators. Boston’s A Wilhelm Scream carries on...

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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Head Cheese

Posted By on Wed, Aug 17, 2005 at 12:00 AM

The man who killed hippie rock, who reinvented the teen anthem, who took glitter rock Top 40, who made fans of Dylan and Nilsson, and who’s wrestled with more demons than Shane MacGowan, still does, um, killer tour business. And he continues to release a laudable new album every couple...

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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Head cheese

Posted By on Wed, Aug 10, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Not to get all overwrought on your ass, but Oneida is a piquant gumbo of influences, from Krautrock to spasmodic new wave, topped with a fuzzed-out ’60s garage-blues sassafras. When guitarist Papa Crazy bailed in 2001, the band transformed further. Its subsequent albums as a trio kicked the heady psychedelic...

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Wednesday, August 3, 2005

Head cheese

Posted By on Wed, Aug 3, 2005 at 12:00 AM

The Prime Ministers are pure power pop. There’s the “Ticket to Ride” drumbeat here, the 20/20 descending riff there, the perfectly placed “ahh” harmony and lots of eighth-note muted downstrokes propping up astute tales of suburban wonder and woe. In fact, many of theirs are ones that old Dwight Twilley,...

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