Monthly Archives: March 2013

Review: Wavves puts on a frenzied show; FIDLAR almost steals it

I think the mosh pit has returned in full force. The current wave of garage and punk rock bands – including Wavves and FIDLAR – get the kids in a frenzy. They can’t help but bounce around, stagedive, crowdsurf and … Continue reading

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Contest: Win a signed copy of Drowning Pool’s ‘Resilience’

  Texas metal heads Drowning Pool will release a brand new album, “Resilience,” on April 9. For metal fans out there, we have a copy of the album signed by the band, and we’d like to give it to you. … Continue reading

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Whipkey’s ‘Penny Park’ album needs you

Matt Whipkey needs your help for his new project. “Penny Park,” Whipkey’s next album, is about the summer, a theme park and a girl. And he won’t be able to finish the album – or release it on double vinyl, … Continue reading

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Column: Best of the best from South by Southwest

Yeah, South by Southwest ended last week, but I still have it on the brain. Five straight days of showcases, new music, pizza and interviews tend to give you more information than you can process. I wanted to mention a … Continue reading

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Rock Candy Q&A: STRFKR’s Joshua Hodges

STRFKR performs this weekend at The Waiting Room Lounge. Before the band came to town, I called frontman Joshua Hodges while the band was in Chicago and we talked about the dance-rock band’s new album, “Miracle Mile” as well as … Continue reading

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Review: Frightened Rabbit at The Bourbon Theatre

Yes, I’m a fan of Frightened Rabbit. (If you haven’t noticed how much I’ve written about them lately, from the Q&A to the SXSW reviews… well, now you know.) Although it’s not entirely possible when writing music criticism, I try … Continue reading

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Video: Interview with The Thermals at SXSW

I caught up with Kathy Foster and Hutch Harris of The Thermals last week after the band’s show at The Parish in Austin, where they played mostly new songs from their album “Desperate Ground,” which is out April 16 on … Continue reading

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SXSW: Wrapping up the good, bad and mad in Austin

AUSTIN, Texas — South by Southwest is over. Unfortunately, I won’t be filling my days with rock shows. Fortunately, I get to rest my feet and I have enough music to purchase that it will blow out my budget. My … Continue reading

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SXSW: An afternoon with The Thermals, Frightened Rabbit and Telekinesis

This SXSW has been really fun, but the schedule has often aligned so that 10 things I want to see are happening all at once and then I have nothing to do (or five bands I’ve already seen) immediately following. … Continue reading

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SXSW: FIDLAR either does a lot of drugs or just likes talking about them

From the Greg Ginn-like feedback to how they dove guitar first into hammering songs, FIDLAR hit the punk rock sweet spot this afternoon at Waterloo Records. What kept making me alternately laugh and become concerned was their near-constant reference to … Continue reading

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