Just a reminder: The 3rd Annual Molly Finn Battle of the Bands takes place at Ballard Park in Newport this Saturday, July 18th (around 2 pm-ish). And if you’re not in Newport, don’t forget to stick your neck out for the little guy: remember, without local bands, we wouldn’t have Fleet Foxes, crazy mosh pits, and the Fifth Amendment. Rock on!Read More →

Portugal. The Man – The Satanic SatanistEqual Vision Records-due July 214.5 / 5 Portugal. The Man. Despite the bizarre name and punctuation, and the strange Zombies-era Cream-inspired psychedelic cover, it’s fair to say this album is good. I’ve never heard this much falsetto since I bought an Earth Wind and Fire greatest hits, but still it comes off groovy and with a bit of funk to it; the songs are inspired a bit by the era portrayed here, but this is solid modern rock with a great pop slant. These songs are very listenable, with great lyrics and choruses (“We may make it through theRead More →

Hello faithful and generally bored blog viewers! Back from a recent vacay in the Kokomo, I’m ready to start heading into the fore again! It may take a little while to spin back into things, but I’m sure you’ll find the same brief, and incise, musical commentary that you’ve come to expect from this blog. And also random ramblings, as well, though I figure there’s no better place to grandstand about the parking ticket I got (is there really parking in DT Newport?) and how my toes hurt. Actually, it’s the spot just above my toes, on my foot… So welcome again! I’ll be huntingRead More →

First order of business: Taking a break from music reviewing. You see, it costs money. Second order of business: Still plan on rambling on my blog. Oh so many of you enjoy it oh so much. Third order of business: Since it’s been half a year of futzing with music, I might as well give you my recommendations for these six months worth: -Animal Collective, “Merriweather Post Pavilion”: Named after an actual venue (where AC played), this hyper-electronic pop mix-up is great fun on the senses. Sure, it takes a little while to get used to the sonic mish-mash here, but the effort definitely paysRead More →