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The Rockometer: Water on Mars by Purling Hiss

                Purling Hiss Water on Mars Drag City The name Mike Polizze doesn’t carry the same cachet in the underground as such guitar luminaries as J Mascis and Thurston Moore. To date, he’s been a frequent collaborator with his Kensignton neighborhood friend, Kurt Vile, the lead shredder for [...]

The Rockometer: Void by Destruction Unit

                Destruction Unit Void Jolly Dream Upon hearing the first track from Destruction Unit’s Void LP, I wrote this: “(Destruction Unit) sound like they break things. That’s what they fuckin’ sound like. Electronics slamming against the sidewalk, baseball bats breaking glass, knee caps, brains, your mom’s fancy china, [...]

The Rockometer: Go Easy by Blank Realm

One can think of Go Easy as a punk rock textbook. Not a history book, mind you, but a guide on how to make a punk rock record for the 21st Century. The Brisbane, Australia band, Blank Realm, are not merely content to revisit underground styles first birthed in the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s and recreate Youtube’s greatest punk rock moments of the past 40 years for new ears. Instead, each chapter contains valuable lessons on how to make these time-tested methods your own.

The Cave Singers

The Cave Singers are back with Naomi, their fourth LP and second release with Jagjaguwar. Vocalist Peter Quirk’s raspy voice is the real star on this album. “Have To Pretend” (below), with it’s driving rhythm section, oohs, and noodly guitar i…

The Rockometer: Songs for Slim by The Replacements

                The Replacements Songs for Slim Self Released/New West Records While fans have long clamored for a reunion from the surviving members of the Replacements — Paul Westerberg on vox and guitar, Tommy Stinson on bass, Slim Dunlap on guiatr, and Chris Mars on drums (original guitarist Bob [...]

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