Sleigh Bells – Bitter Rivals – CD

Sleigh Bells – Bitter Rivals – CD

Sleigh Bells – Bitter Rivals – CD (Mom + Pop Music) While I will admit that Sleigh Bells’ third release isn’t as strong as either of their previous two, I still think that it is one of the best releases of the year which I’ve heard. This dynamic duo plays catchy...
The Stepford Five – Mesh – CD

The Stepford Five – Mesh – CD

The Stepford Five – Mesh – CD The production is sparse – not lo-fi, but not exactly Backstreet Boys, either. The songs are rock-pop-punky, with distorted guitars, crunchy bass lines and steady beats. Occassionally, a tasty guitar solo creeps through,...
Shutdown – Something to Prove – CD

Shutdown – Something to Prove – CD

Shutdown – Something to Prove – CD (Victory Records) Refreshingly cool metallic hardcore that reminded me of a lot of stuff from the “SpeedCore/Metalcore” era 86-88. Vocals sound like DRI and the band is tight and pretty well produced....
The Shutdowns – T-75 – CD

The Shutdowns – T-75 – CD

The Shutdowns – T-75 – CD (Theologian Records) The Shutdowns play fairly basic, straightforward, snotty punk rock with a nod to ‘50s rock. They do it well, but so do many other bands. In other words, it’s not really anything special…except for the song...
The Slackers – The Question – CD

The Slackers – The Question – CD

The Slackers – The Question – CD (Hellcat Records) The Slackers are back with 19 more great tunes. This time they hold even closer to the traditional smoky, sexy, ska sound. The Slackers are a third wave ska band with a first wave soul. The songs are about...
Slow Fore – Oil – CD

Slow Fore – Oil – CD

Slow Fore – Oil – CD (Espo Records) I like the instrumental tracks that begin and end the CD. I also like the lyrics, but the vocals just plain stink. I started off liking the music for the rest of the tracks, but as the CD progressed all the songs ended...
Softball – Tenku – CD

Softball – Tenku – CD

Softball – Tenku – CD (Asian Man Records) Softball reminds me of a more punk version of Shoen Knife. It’s pretty close to other punk-pop bands out there, but the big difference is that it’s three cute girls instead of three cute guys. I think that’s what...