VIDEO FEED: SUICIDE Hurrah's 1980

by Stainzer Prohmdrez

posted Friday Jan 22nd, 2016

You have got to love what the Lord You Tube has giveneth us, and this example right here is like experiencing the moon landing firsthand. We've just uncovered a 9+ minute video clip of SUICIDE live in 1980, at the Hurrah Nightclub, filmed by Charles Libin & Paul Cameron that has to be seen, so drop what you're doing because there is just not enough live SUICIDE footage out there, and this is in deadly high quality. The stark black & white film provides the eerie contrast to perfection, straddling the sane world and the insane world with one fluttering ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Trampoline Team 'Make it Faster' LP

by Ald. Dan Rostenkowski

posted Wednesday Jan 20th, 2016

New Orleans' wiry and vicious ensemble known as Trampoline Team have arrived with their debut LP, Make It Faster out now on Pelican Pow Wow, and as soon as the needle drops on this smoking hot 45rpm foot-long missile to the dome, you won't even know how to handle the unavoidable burst of energy surging through your brain. Hopped-up melodic punk slop that cuts through the garbage and gets right into the hooks, the kind you'll be swinging from for dear life, as the pummeling rhythm cuts at you with every swipe of the drumsticks. Trampoline Team have ...

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VIDEO FEED: 'Cracked Actor' Bowie Tour 1974

by Todd Killings

posted Tuesday Jan 12th, 2016

Sometimes our pillars of Rock'n roll crumble a little too close to each other and it sends those of us overwhelmed with their life force to face the task of mourning someone we never got to meet, yet had such a profound effect on our happiness. David Bowie's dramatic exit left everyone crushed, it wasn't the same with Lemmy Kilmister last week as most people had known of his current bad health conditions, but Bowie kept his cancer under wraps, and maybe that's why it's sending such waves through the rock'n roll underground, as well as the mainstream. But sometimes ...

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VIDEO FEED: 'New Year's Evil' (1980)

by Tony Visconti

posted Thursday Dec 31st, 2015

Ah, New Year's Eve, what a perfect night for MURDER. We're back with the esteemed VIDEO FEED this week featuring one of the all-time classics of the late 70s-eraly 80s slasher film genre, and possibly the only NYE-themed horror film, New Year's Evil from 1980. Starring Roz Kelly in the lead role as the host of a NYE countdown concert featuring New Wave act Made in Japan as well as metal slashers Shadow in their maiden film and musical performances, but unbeknownst to Kelly' there's a killer on the loose, who is attempting to murder one new victim at the ...

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VIDEO FEED: 'Do Not Panic' Hawkwind BBC Documentary

by Richie Dagger

posted Monday Dec 28th, 2015

It's been a rough week for rock'n roll, with yesterday's passing of Australian rock'n roll legend Stevie Wright of the Easybeats descending into the ether, we're knocked back again today with yet another pillar of several decades of decadence, Lemmy Kilmister now dead at the age of 70. So everyone knows Lemmy from Motorhead, that's easy and yes, incredible rock'n roll with no compromises, but sadly only a fraction of the rock'n roll masses know about his earlier work, most notably Hawkwind, the ground-breaking heavy psychedelic band that changed the face of mind-altering music, coining the term "space rock" along ...

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SUNDAY MATINEE: Terror On Tour (1980)

by Todd Killings

posted Sunday Dec 20th, 2015

Here we are, Finally! The elusive punk-shock-rock classic Terror on Tour is back in full, streaming right here uninterrupted, and ready to drop jaws across the land. Since we took a trollop through the bloody snow with last year's Christmas horror collection, it's time to give you what you REALLY WANT, and boy does Terror on Tour deliver. Played by actual Chicago area power pop band The Names who were one of the first bands released on the Cary Baker's seminal Chicago label Fiction Records, but here in disguise, they are known as The Clowns, and someone is claiming they ...

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EXHUMED: Styrenes 'CLE 76-79 Unreleased' 3x7" Boxed Set

by Todd Killings

posted Thursday Dec 17th, 2015

The never-ending well of 70s Ohio underground music continues to seep from the pores of the Buckeye State with reckless abandon, as diligent archaeological excavation is repeatedly rewarding us with gems like this 3x7" boxed set, just released in time for your holiday shopping by the fine folks at Lakewood, OH record store My Mind's Eye. As part of the critical Cleveland triumvirate of mid 70s CLE noise, Styrenes were the more straightforward leg of that triple-headed beast, while in contrast to cohorts electric eels and Mirrors, they were definitely able to pull off a noisy melody just as the ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Chicos de Nazca 'Fire Ride' LP

by Stainzer Prohmdrez

posted Tuesday Dec 8th, 2015

The vast and lush landscape of Chilean psych rock has been well-documented over the past few years with notable acts such as Follakazoid, Cindy Sisters, Holy Drug Couple, La Hell Gang, and Psychedelic Schafferson Jetplane, but now, the spawn of Cindy Sisters known as Chicos De Nazca has finally emerged with their first proper LP, Fire Ride. Chile has been mining these rich sounds for years now, as lysergic trips to misty mountaintops have resulted in perpetual, head-exploding riffs that seems to go on forever, continuously looping around your skull, careening into a state of intense intoxication. At the moment, ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: EGO 'Lookbook'

by Ald. Dan Rostenkowski

posted Thursday Dec 3rd, 2015

Chicago's EGO are just freshly back from another tour and we have a brand new video for "Lookbook" off of their recently released Economy LP on Maximum Pelt, all set and ready for your desperate eyeballs today. A stark and simplistic video can do wonders for a song and it's still such a shame that more bands don't use the video format more often, especially since everyone is practically carrying around video & editing equipment on their phones now. But this track seems like a different direction slightly from EGO's last outing, a tense and trudging mid-tempo burn ...

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VIDEO FEED: 'The Wave' (1981)

by Todd Killings

posted Friday Nov 20th, 2015

Forget about your preconceived notions regarding ABC's Afterschool Special series, as many of those films have slipped through the cracks of time over the last two decades, but thankfully a few of the most important ones have been kept alive, such is the case with the film you are about to see here. The Wave was aimed at the grade school/high school set back in 1981 and was based on the book of the same name that shocked the nation, years earlier. It covers a bizarre social experiment conducted by a Palo Alto high school teacher back in 1967 that ...

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EXHUMED: Alex Chilton - Ocean Club '77

by Tony Visconti

posted Friday Nov 13th, 2015

So good to have these recordings keep surfacing from Alex Chilton, one of the 20th century's finest songwriters and one that embodies more facets than most original souls can muster in one short lifetime. After the dissolution of Chilton's second and most widely-celebrated formal band, Big Star had officially disseminated into the ether with the shambolic Third Sister Lovers album, a hapless Chilton joined up with Jon Tiven and embarked on the next stage of his faltering career. The results were the legendary 1975 recordings known as the Bach's Bottom LP, (released later in 1981) which showcased the ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: ANGIE 'Paris Face'

by Todd Killings

posted Thursday Oct 29th, 2015

Just when you thought it was safe to turn your back on the unruly and unrivaled sounds of the seedy Australian underground, we have trust forth the new video for "Paris Face," from prolific performer/songwriter extraordinaire, Angie Bermuda, known on her own as simply ANGIE. As a foundation of such luminarious OZ entities such as Southern Comfort, Straight Arrows, Ruined Fortune, and Circle Pit, Angie should need no introduction to the initiated, but we find her here in truly sparkling form on her second solo LP Free Agent, where she continues the glorious trudgery through monolithic riffs and entangled solos, ...

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SUNDAY MATINEE: The Initiation of Sarah (1978)

by Justin Stokes

posted Saturday Oct 24th, 2015

Timid Sarah and her popular stepsister, Patty, are pledging sororities at their new college. Patty gets into the most celebrated sorority on campus, but Sarah is only accepted by the least prominent. It doesn't help that Patty's new sorority sisters are elitist scum who do all that they can to make Sarah and her sorority mates miserable. Sarah has a power, though, which takes hold when she's angry. Her eccentric housemother, Ms. Hunter, is intent on helping her harness this power to use against their rival sorority. I actually like this made for TV 'Carrie' cash-in more than De Palma's ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: The Scenics 'Wild Trout' (1978)

by VOT staff

posted Friday Oct 23rd, 2015

Here’s an exclusive on the second video from Toronto art-punk pioneers The Scenics’ new/vintage album In The Summer. “Wild Trout” was written and recorded in 1977, about one year after the band got together. The Scenics’ Andy Meyers says- “One of the Scenics strengths is that we had two full on songwriters, myself and Ken Badger. The first video for this album was from one of my songs so of course we are going to follow up with one of Ken’s. For five years as young kids he would bring in a great song like “Wild Trout”, and ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: The Jeanies s/t LP

by Todd Killings

posted Wednesday Oct 21st, 2015

What turned out as a distracting collection of almost too-perfect pop songs has now turned into a full-bore obsession. How and why The Jeanies came into existence isn't anything really important, but somehow this band of Brooklyn guys has crushed an impossibly spotless full-length album of pop music so refined, yet perfectly mid-fi, you might find it hard to believe it was composed by modern humans. Somehow I'd not caught wind of this band via the normal routes of casual underground discovery, so when I finally checked out this material with undivided attention, I have to admit I ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Ballroom 12" EP

by Ald. Dan Rostenkowski

posted Wednesday Oct 14th, 2015

What's this? Another band busting up through the Brooklyn underground that's not some limp-wicked group of charlatans wearing those annoying floppy oversized adjustable baseball hats? That's right America, Ballroom are one of the few leading beacons of hope from a dismal New York City that has become inundated with 'safe-as-milk' Disney-backed indie rock bands clamoring for the next chance at the brunch-rock title, that you might have forgotten what a protruding, ugly, and virus-swaddled New York band really sounds like. Fronted by Eric Cecil, who played a damn fine guitar in Chicago's Busy Signals back in the mid ...

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EXHUMED: The Subtractions 'It's Exposed' EP

by Cory M. Linstrum Major Overload

posted Monday Oct 5th, 2015

Another uncovered whopper, and a massive missing link of 1st-wave West Coast punk, the long-lost debut EP from Fresno, CA punk devastators The Subtractions is finally here. Fitting in somewhere between the fading surge of 70s Punk Rock and the imminent tide of Hardcore, The Subtractions crept in and bashed out these four incredible songs in 1980 that sadly never saw a release during their tenure, that is, until now. Massive thanks to Cory Lindstrum from Savage Damage Digest magazine who discovered the recordings, luckily we had access to the original master tapes to use for the EP, ...

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VIDEO FEED: The Saints TV special

by Tony Visconti

posted Tuesday Sep 29th, 2015

Is there any original punk band as seriously invigorating as Brisbane's favorite sons, The Saints? By now you've probably seen the trailer for the Stranded film and it's got you itching for more on the vast 70s Australian scene, so what better time to catch this rarely-seen documentary on one of the top 5 punk bands of the original wave? Filled with interview segments with original members Chris Bailey, Ivor Hay and Ed Kuepper as well as Nick Cave, Brad Shepherd from Fun Things/Hoodoo Gurusm Mark Callaghan from The Riptides, and many more, this hour-long in-depth look into ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Spike & the Sweet Spots 'Strange Breed' LP

by Todd Killings

posted Wednesday Sep 23rd, 2015

At long last, those sweet little heart breakers Spike & the Sweet Spots have unleashed their anxiously-awaited debut LP, Strange Breed, and all those dreamy nights of listening to them with your eyes closed can now be replicated in the comfort of your own home. Formed by Yolks guitarist Spencer "Spike" Johnson during The Yolks hiatus a few years back, they've gone through numerous lineup changes and a lengthy hiatus themselves over the past few years, but this current unit is clearly the finest one they've assembled yet. Adding Lexi Goddard to the mix was a great move ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Heavy Times 'Black Sunglasses'

by Richie Dagger

posted Monday Sep 21st, 2015

Heavy Times may be the most shape-shifting band of the past five years, but if one thing is for sure, every time they manage to lock down a solid lineup, it's pure gold. It's been a minute since their last release now, and after their European tour in 2014, they ended up taking an official 'hiatus' but anyone who knows these knuckle-breakers knows damn well that you can't keep them down for long. The volatile yet brotherly chemistry from Bo Hansen and Matt Courtade will never really subside, so it's really never a surprise to hear of their ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Chrome Reverse debut 7" EP

by Todd Killings

posted Friday Sep 18th, 2015

Now this is some grade-A Paris, France punk royalty right here for you. Chrome Reverse is a new band with a ripping debut 7" EP that hearkens back to the early 1990s via the 1950s with incredibly adept rock'n roll prowess and rabid vocals that instantly take you back to the halcyon days of The Trashwomen, Splash 4, and the No Talents. Maybe it's due to the fact that the raucous lead signer/guitarist is none other than Lili Zeller, from both of the latter bands mentioned, and it's always great to hear her infectious vocals, no matter what ...

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VIDEO FEED: The Damned at Godzilla's 1982

by Todd Killings

posted Friday Sep 11th, 2015

As the massive clusterfuck known city-wide as Riot Fest resumes in Chicago this weekend, we're treated yet again to another helping of rare appearances from bands far and wide, across many genres and spanning into the realm of some true punk pioneers, and this year that coveted award goes squarely to UK 1st wave punk pioneers, and the first British punk band to tour America, The Damned. Yes there were already PLENTY of US punk bands when they landed on the west coast in the early months of 1977, but this cross-pollenation was an essential catalyst in helping ...

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STREAM: KITCHEN'S FLOOR 'Battle of Brisbane' LP

by Todd Killings

posted Tuesday Sep 8th, 2015

It's been quite a while, but crawling out from the sordid and filthy breeding ground of Brisbane's seedy underground, Kitchen's Floor are back with an incredible new LP, entitled Battle of Brisbane and while their output hasn't been as steady as previous years, this new conglomeration of Kitchen's Floor is shockingly solid and coherent compared to their earlier releases, a frighteningly focused massive step forward. After the untimely death of his good friend, Meat Thump collaborator and publisher of Negative Guest List, Brendon Annesley, main Kitchen's Floor progenitor Matt Kennedy took a hiatus from performing and recording, understandably. ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: The Rubs 'Are Trash' LP

by Stainzer Prohmdrez

posted Saturday Sep 5th, 2015

The first chunk of meat from yet another knockout Chicago band that you've probably rubbed up against by now, The Rubs! Fronted by the brash and brazen Joey Rubbish (Rainbow Gun Show/Uh Bones), The Rubs have a rotating cast of characters but always deliver a sweat-soaked fistful of classic pop songs, drug through their very own grime-rubbed wall of sound. Cobbling together a ramshackle ride of irresistible revved-up pop anthems, drizzled with mid-period Joey Ramone vocal hooks galore (bands take note), The Rubs have arrived to take your "boredom with new bands" and smash it right in your pretty ...

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LIVE REVIEW: SSDD in Seattle

by Brian Costello
SSDD photo by Victoria Holt
SSDD photo by Victoria Holt
posted Thursday Aug 27th, 2015

If the driving force behind so much music in the previous decade was paranoia (best exemplified by bands like A-Frames and Tyrades, although if you bothered to listen close enough, you could hear it in the reactionary jingoistic bullshit of, say, Toby Keith..), what’s apparent halfway through this decade is that nihilism is the undercurrent of just about everything barfed out of what’s left of the music industry. The overall sense of We’re Almost Finished and There’s Nothing We Can Do About It explains, in part, the obscene narcissism of our times, the “unique snowflake” syndrome, and the fact that ...

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TRACK PREMIERE: Le Tour "Milosh"

by Stainzer Prohmdrez

posted Wednesday Aug 26th, 2015

Yet another modern Chicago band more than worthy of your attention is Le Tour, a break-neck rock'n roll powerhouse with dramatic and evocative vocals that keep it clearly in it's own realm, and keeping track of one of the most overlooked aspects of great songwriting, those ever-so-important vocal hooks. Gutteral guitar squelches and snakes in and out of an unwavering bass line, filling in the blanks quite quickly on how bad it's gonna turn out for you. You can just tell by that seething sense of nihilism on "Milosh" that these guys are going for the throat, pummeling ...

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SUNDAY MATINEE: The Baby (1973)

by Major Overload

posted Sunday Aug 23rd, 2015

We're back with another life-shredding Sunday Matinee for you this week, this time zoning in on one of the sick, sick, SICK 1970s classics and one defining the "sickie" genre to its utmost degree, the 1973 pinnacle of perversion, The Baby. Now if you've got Nexflix streaming service, you might not know that you;ve already had access to this bad boy, and the fact that it's just sitting there waiting to be streamed in millions of homes around the US is just quite insane, once you get your mind around the little treasures of this film. We can all agree ...

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EXHUMED: Rancid X 'Voices' LP

by Todd Killings

posted Wednesday Aug 19th, 2015

At long last, this reissue satisfies a long-time want list item and one of the early missing links of Italian punk in the 1970s, despite the fact that Rancid X shunned that term wholeheartedly. This snooty yet refined band of Italians emanated from Torino and on this, their only long-player, Voices from 1978, they effortlessly streamline their impeccable attitude through a trove of varying styles, some with the bitter vitriol and tension of the era's finest punk pioneers edging in on the impending post-punk framework, and some with a polarizing yet subtle disco beat. This alone might turn ...

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VIDEO FEED: The Raspberries

by Todd Killings

posted Wednesday Aug 12th, 2015

Summer is slipping away from us folks, and since yesterday was Eric Carmen of The Raspberries birthday, we here at VoT figured you needed a powerful dose of raw pop to keep your spirits up these last few days of the dazzling season. Plus, it's time you got a refresher course in how blistering and gutteral pop music could be in the early 70s, all while maintaining such a high standard for performance and professional talent, while seducing the masses, hit after hit, so just because you're a Big Star, Badfinger, Blue Ash, Dwight Twilley Band, or Cheap Trick fanatic, ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Uh Bones 'Honey Coma' debut LP

by Diamond Boyz

posted Wednesday Aug 5th, 2015

Now here's an actual GARAGE BAND, people. This band, Uh Bones, has been stripping the pants off of Chicago for a couple solid years now and they've finally got their debut LP ready to blast off, a slurring, stirring and soulful album that straddles the line between the R&B-tinged sound of The Yolks, with an off-the-cuff slovenliness that just can't be matched. Originally consisting of Luke Trimble on vocals & guitar, Nick Beaudoin on bass and Joe Montanaro (Joey Rubbish) on drums, they morphed into a supergroup in their latest incarnation, now employing The Yolks' Nathan Johnson on ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: EGO 'Pedhead'

by Ald. Dan Rostenkowski

posted Wednesday Jul 29th, 2015

Chicago's EGO are back with their second full length LP this week, entitled Economy, and lucky for you, we've got the brand new video for "Pedhead" streaming right here! With a delirious riff wrapping itself repeatedly around a monotone vocal delivery reminiscent of some of DEVO's best deep cuts intermingled with some of the more offbeat bands filling out the ranks of the classic midwest weirdo collective Red Snerts compilation LP, EGO have shed their "massive" prefix and are trudging back, groin-first into the LP world, and this first video encompasses an impassioned creative direction to modern budget-based ...

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VIDEO FEED: The Pagans Live 1986

by Richie Dagger

posted Tuesday Jul 14th, 2015

The fact of the matter is, most people under the age of 50 have never seen a full live show from Cleveland punk pioneers The Pagans either in person (unless you were at the 2005 Hozac Blackout Fest) or even on video, as sadly this band just seemed to evade those lucky enough to have video camera access in the pre-convenience years. But luckily for most of us, that's about to change, as just as recently as this week, we've discovered a full live performance from those punker-than-you bad boys, from their Halloween show at Cleveland's Phantasy Nightclub, the show ...

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EXHUMED: Sand in the Face 'Music Made to Riot' LP

by Richie Dagger

posted Thursday Jul 9th, 2015

It's with great excitement that we have a new compilation of early hardcore tracks from the Montville, New Jersey high school band of The Chrome Cranks' Peter Aaron (Wegele), stumbling through the first steps of punk, and dragging out an LP of jaw-dropping would-be classics. Formed in 1980 and this being the first band for all three teenagers, it wouldn't be until a year later that they stumbled out of the basement and into their first performances. At that point, there weren't many hardcore bands in New Jersey quite yet, and along with Adrenalin O.D. and Mental Abuse, ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Black Bug 'Frozen Energy' 7"

by Todd Killings

posted Monday Jul 6th, 2015

Black Bug have crawled back into the light from their last outing, and with a brilliant iridescent spectrum of synth-laden unsettling noise, have now burst forth with a new 7" single on Avant! Records, which should fill up that little black hole in your chest quite perfectly. For a "band" that's been actively deconstructing synth punk for the last ten years, they show remarkable restraint in their ability to keep the quantity of releases on the low side, which is fine for a group that naturally emits such toxic malaise with such few strokes. The A-side kicks off ...

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TRACK PREMIERE: Melkbelly 'Bathroom at the Beach"

by Richie Dagger

posted Thursday Jul 2nd, 2015

Chicago's ripe with great upstart bands, and this is no more apparent than with the prolific Melkbelly, who are already onto their second vinyl release this calendar year, this time in the form of a proper 7" single. Seeping with irresistible hooks, invigorating screams, and melodic bursts of ingenuity that you won't see coming, you won't be able to shake off the feeling, and it's this combination of elements that just might push you over the edge. The Breeders comparison comes cheap, and it's truly effective, but Melkbelly also seem to channel the lesser known mid-period

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Snooty Garbagemen s/t LP

by Major Overload

posted Wednesday Jul 1st, 2015

Houston, TX's newest sanitation exploitation combo Snooty Garbagemen have arrived in the revered LP format and hath burst upon your ears with the gusto and conviction that only the highest paid and grimiest-fingered city workers can muster. Featuring illicit and covert members of Real Energy, No Talk, Titan Blood, Secret Prostitutes, and the latest Obnox project Blaxxx, they've got the cans stacked in their favor, meaning that that special juice isn't gonna be running down their arms and legs, just yours. It's a barrel-chested affair to say the least, and Snooty Garbagemen run down the same soiled rails ...

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VIDEO FEED: 'Ghost on the Highway' The Gun Club documentary

by Ald. Dan Rostenkowski

posted Thursday Jun 25th, 2015

Heads up Gun Club fans, the documentary Ghost On the Highway is now fully streaming and for those who still haven't seen this well-done look into the legendary LA band, its pretty much the only full-length film dedicated to this group. Even though it's immediate lack of authorized music included is one of the hallmarks of a documentary gone bad, this band has enough mystique and intrinsic intricacies to warrant a mandatory viewing, as the cast of characters is quite extensive, and tells the whole sordid story of punk, obsession and addiction quite well. Not only are the remaining band ...

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EXHUMED: Dwight Twilley 'Firefly' 7"

by Todd Killings

posted Tuesday Jun 23rd, 2015

Dwight Twilley is an American power pop icon from the pre-Ramones/Cheap Trick era that slipped though the cracks due to bad management decisions and the entanglements of the major label record business. Despite his debut single "I'm On Fire" hitting the top 20 on the Billboard charts in 1975, he's still unfortunately not a household name. Some called him the American T. Rex and others the missing link between Big Star and Tom Petty, but any way you cut it, Tulsa, OK's pop hero has risen he's and ready to knock you back to high school. He's appeared ...

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VIDEO FEED: French TV NYE Pop Showcase 1969

by Jacques Cousteau

posted Friday Jun 19th, 2015

Welcome back to the wonderful world of rare YouTube videos brought to you by your friends at VoT, and man do we have a whopper for you today. This is a superb-quality full-length video "party" from a live performance of New Year's Eve at the end of the 1960s with raw and NON-lip-synched sets from the cream of the crop of 60s hitmakers. Kicking off with Booker T and the MG's, you can tell from the stoney atmosphere on the modly audience swaying at their feet that this was one hell of a party, but luckily for us all we ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Flesh Panthers 'NGC 2632' debut LP

by Steve Wichelecki

posted Friday Jun 12th, 2015

The songs of Flesh Panthers' NGC 2632 swagger and sneer with unrelenting attitude, but rather than evoking anger and alienation, it's the kind of attitude that says, "We're here, we're beautiful, we're going to go wild and have another big ol' party!" This fuzzed-out record rocks and reels, reminiscent of a mid-July major rager full of all your favorite weirdos. Or, maybe it sounds the way a crazed rock 'n' roller going nowhere fast on a Friday night looks, a zonked-out knucklehead looking for excitement in any one of the world's glowing party metropolises: inappropriately long hair, skin-tight ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Brown Spiders 'It's Something To Do'

by Todd Killings

posted Monday Jun 8th, 2015

Pretoria, South Africa’s most dangerous arachnids are here to finally burst forth from their egg sac and right into your vulnerable arms and ears, as the debut 7” from our second South African export has hit the floor and is busy scrambling into your darkest corners. A prodding, sinister and disorienting riff hits you immediately just before that winding, repetitive and repulsive bass line stares you down, and before you know it, Jacco and Andreas (Make-Overs) have their claws at your throat with two cuts so thick with bad vibrations, you might just want to get yourself inoculated to prevent ...

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TRACK PREMIERE: Buck Biloxi and the Fucks 'In A Million Years'

by Todd Killings

posted Thursday Jun 4th, 2015

Buck & the boys are back with a vengeance, and the new ‘Streets of Rage’ LP is going to cause quite a few dizzying episodes of pure punk euphoria so don’t even start to think you’ve heard it all yet. Culling all the burned-out, hate-fueled visceral verbiage from the streets into an impossibly catchy and dare we even say “poetic” benchmark of garbage spun into gold, ‘Streets of Rage’ kicks off with “Rock’n Roll Sucks Part 2” and just never lets loose of its grip around your neck/life until your record player is emitting the typical black smoke of overheated ...

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VIDEO FEED: New Wave Theatre -25 Full Episodes

by Major Overload

posted Sunday May 24th, 2015

Wow, this is almost TOO BIG of a post for one entry but we've got a major OVERLOAD of punk information for you here in the form of 25 complete episodes of New Wave Theatre, the ground-breaking cable access underground punk showcase of the early 1980s that featured incredible live performances of everyone from 45 Grave, Suburban Lawns, Dead Kennedys, and Fear, Circle Jerks, and Angry Samoans, to name just a few. Hosted by the one-of-a-kind Peter Ivers, New Wave Theatre was featured nationally on the late night series Night Flight, which brought these bizarre and subversive bands right into ...

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HoZac Blackout Fest 2015 Hotel PARTY

by Ald. Dan Rostenkowski

posted Wednesday May 13th, 2015

Yes, you read that right, somehow our good friends at Revolution Brewing have hooked up an impossible event taking place Thursday May 14th at the 25th Floor VIP Lounge at the newly opened Virgin Hotel Chicago, featuring two blistering Chicago punk bands intent on racking up your room service charges. The Sueves have their debut 7" out this month on HoZac and will be closing out an early night (this event ends at 9PM!) so you can get that much needed rest for the impending doom of the rest of HoZac Blackout Fest Weekend, but starting out the ...

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VIDEO FEED: The Real Kids 'Live 1983'

by Todd Killings

posted Friday May 8th, 2015

When it comes to stone cold classic 70s Rock'n Roll bands, there's few that can touch the pure realness and raw emotion of Boston's legendary The Real Kids. Fronted by John Felice, one of the original members of The Modern Lovers circa 1970-72 (Jonathan Richman was his next-door neighbor), they have been tearing up stages ever since he decided to break away and start off as The Kids around 1972. As was the way of the times, they quickly found that that name was already taken, so they instantly became The Real Kids, and embarked on honing their ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: THING s/t debut LP

by Richie Dagger

posted Monday May 4th, 2015

Existing for the blink of an eye in the Chicago summer of 2013, only a small group of lucky losers got to witness the birth of THING. After an abrupt exodus to Tennessee and a year of gestation, songwriter and frontman Rich Crook (Lover!, Lost Sounds, Reatards and Knaughty Knights) returned with a fully developed band of cretins and an album's worth of punk n' roll rippers that will instantly hook fans of his previous work and the unfamiliar alike. Power pop hooks, Ramones riffs, and the signature THING wall of Kustom reverb make this an ...

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TRACK PREMIERE: Strawberry Jacuzzi "Astronaut"

by Ald. Dan Rostenkowski

posted Friday May 1st, 2015

We've got another track premiere for you this week, this time from upstart Chicagoans Strawberry Jacuzzi who deliver a snarling dual female-fronted pop attack that starts out innocent enough, but then comes crashing into a wave of grisly hooks with their new track "Astronaut" streaming below. When can't you trust a simple childish lullabye? When it's got a mallet hidden behind it, and as soon as the drums and bass kick in for the chorus, you're hooked, and you won't be able to get this sugar-coated earworm out of your head without minor surgery. This track is the ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Home Blitz 'Foremost & Fair' LP

by Todd Killings

posted Tuesday Apr 28th, 2015

After what seems like an eternity in the rapid-fire world of underground music, one of our old favorites from our first year of music coverage, Home Blitz, have unleashed their latest offering of impossible to categorize, burnt-ended pop wizardry in the form of their anxiously awaited Foremost Fair LP. Daniel DiMaggio and company are still pressurizing the same veins as their earliest incarnation did back in 2005, albeit slightly less neurotic, but no less impressively catchy. After ten years, anyone with a creative streak in their body will be exploring new sonic avenues, and since 2012's Frozen Track ...

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EXHUMED: Howard Eynon 'So What If I'm Standing In Apricot Jam' LP

by Jeremy Cargill

posted Wednesday Apr 22nd, 2015

Howard Eynon’s quick blip on the recorded radar is a mixed bag of folk styles executed with skill, from the eccentric pen of a Brit-born Australian transplant (relocated there by his parents at the young age of 11). Though, he’s more recognizable by most as Diabando (a member of Toecutter’s motorcycle gang) in 1979’s Mad Max, or a few other flashes on the silver screen. Eynon split his time between gigging as a musician (touring with the likes of Hunter S. Thompson) and theatre work in Melbourne before being afforded the opportunity to record his sole offering for the private ...

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VIDEO FEED: The Move 'The Lost Broadcasts 1968-71'

by Todd Killings

posted Wednesday Apr 15th, 2015

Jesus Christ, has there ever been a UK pop band from the 1960s more underrated than The Move? From their formative years in the mid 60s with such radio hits as "Yellow Rainbow," "Flowers In the Rain," and "Fire Brigade," all freak beat classics in their own right, but this band had so many unique turns ahead, no one could know what was coming. If you haven't bore witness to the infamous 1966 Dutch TV performance with raging out of control fires on stage resulting from lead singer Carl Wayne wailing away on a television with a fire axe, then ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Day Creeper 'Central States' LP

by Richie Dagger

posted Monday Apr 13th, 2015

After staying dormant release-wise last year, Columbus, Ohio's Day Creeper have gloriously returned to the fold with a new LP ripe with compelling hooks and robust songs, richly drenched with pure Midwest pop. Central States is just the kind of album that can only be made in Ohio, full of Great Plains grit meets the rejuvenating jaunt of the Reigning Sound, coercing into a headstrong, yet genuinely-produced delivery that's just as riveting and shambolic as anything left by their forefathers. A bitter riff here, an infectious backup vocal there, Day Creeper scratch their way across these twelve inches ...

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VIDEO FEED: Avengers at Winterland 1978

by Pythagoras

posted Friday Apr 10th, 2015

We've got another prime slice of 70s punk heaven for you this week, with the full show from January 1978's Avengers performance opening for the Sex Pistols at Winterland. As one of the highest-profile bands on the Dangerhouse Records roster, The Avengers along with The Nuns and Negative Trend were recruited for the opening acts to what would be the historic final Sex Pistols show on their only US tour. Bill Graham ended up nixing Negative Trend due to their unruly behavior, but this A+ prime quality footage of The Avengers cranking up as ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Pierre & Bastien 'Que Du Bonheur' LP

by Todd Killings

posted Monday Apr 6th, 2015

It's so good to hear more rip-roaring and original-sounding punk throb oozing out of France again, and the brand new Que Du Bonheur LP from Pierre & Bastien out this week at the Sonic Protest live event in Montreuil at Le Chinois will fill that empty spot in your heart (and between your ear holes) with enough thickly-accented gusto and strangulated guitar harmonies to stave off any cravings for bearnaise sauce any time soon. If you were lucky enough to hear and hold dear their debut LP from last year, it won't be hard to convince you of ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: The Lemons “Lick-a-Lolly”

by Brett Cross

posted Wednesday Apr 1st, 2015

This is quite possibly the catchiest song to ever be put to tape. It is pure bubblegum pop pumped out by Chicago’s latest and greatest sacchariferous songsters, The Lemons! The snow-balling verses as they go from “Billy”––who has a shit-load of lolly pops––to some goon named “Solly,” embed a tenacious and maddening urge to sing this song until your face turns blue. It's utterly impossible to remove from your mind, even after therapy! This is the sort of tune you can’t help but smile and sing along to every time it comes in contact with your ears. The ...

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EXHUMED: The Finders – Finders Keepers LP

by Jeremy Cargill

posted Friday Mar 27th, 2015

Collecting one side each of their two issued singles—“Which Way” and “Calling Dr. Howard,” respectively (the latter a Three Stooges trib)—along with a clutch of undeservedly unissued tracks to establish the Finders as purveyors of pure pop (the omitted sides are of a different stripe) is the move by Cheap Rewards, and a noble move i’tis. Finders Keepers is filled with requisite jangle and ample rock alike, sounding not dissimilar to member-sharing contemporaries the Poppees & Boyfriends from the other side of the USA, most so on “Sweet Little User.” Some tracks carry sound similarity to the classic EP they ...

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VIDEO FEED: What's Up America 'Punk' (1981)

by Ald. Dan Rostenkowski

posted Wednesday Mar 25th, 2015

Ah, is there anything more refreshing than the mainstream evaluation of "Punk" culture as it quickly spread across the American landscape in the early 1980s? This is the fledgling Showtime network's coverage of the new musical phenomenon, circa 1981 on their news show What's Up America, and features classic video footage of The Dickies, The Cheifs, Suburban Lawns, Phranc, and The Angry Samoans in 1979. Also Rodney Bingenheimer nodding in approval as a teenage girl dances uncontrollably to "I Wanna Be Sedated," while the Angry Samoans list Rodney (along with Phil Spector and Kim Fowley) as people they'd "Like to ...

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EXHUMED: Owen Maercks – Teenage Sex Therapist LP

by Jeremy Cargill

posted Monday Mar 16th, 2015

Less a reissue than an exhumation, Owen Maercks’ lone album as mastermind—originally self-titled to not scare off prospective takers—was initially pressed in a limited run to solicit interest and distribute to radio stations and labels in 1978… sadly, to no avail. With a band led by free / improv guitarist Henry Kaiser and filled with the cream of Bay Area underground avant-jazzers, they created pop-centric avant-garage / psych-punk with wordy, disjointedly poetic, elliptical lyrics—given full consideration via an included lyric sheet—delivered in a manic, clipped vocal style by Maercks. “Sleeping with Great Works of Art” serves as a perfect introduction—all ...

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VIDEO FEED: Super Duper Alice Cooper documentary

by Tony Visconti

posted Friday Mar 13th, 2015

Happy Friday the 13th! They're some of the original "punks" by every definition, and even as their mid-period material left a lot of hard rocker's limp in the jeans, Alice Cooper is still one of the monumental forces of underground rock'n roll during it's late 60s/early 70s timeframe, and by all means worth every ounce your attention. The new documentary Super Duper Alice Cooper is not to be missed, as it's predictably chock full of unseen archival footage, great interviews as well as a great glimpse into the storied career of one of the original shock rockers (along with Screaming ...

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TRACK PREMIERE: MAMA '25 Forever'

by Todd Killings

posted Wednesday Mar 11th, 2015

Oh MAMA, look what you've done! Chicago's bountiful rock'n roll underground has many, many, shades of greatness that will continued to be overlooked by the outside eyes and ears but luckily if you're living it up in this great city, you know how important the "City" is in "City Rock," which MAMA delivers in spades, every day, every night. Falling somewhere stylistically between your hard rock fantasies and your power pop nightmares, MAMA have arrived with their first step into the world's most perfect format, and will be releasing their Night Shoot double 7" EP with Automatic Recordings ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Obnox 'Boogalou Reed' LP

by Stainzer Prohmdrez

posted Monday Mar 9th, 2015

On the second full-banger from Ohio's nastiest 'Nox comes forth a new mothership of filthy, interlaced styles, encompassing every sticky corner of the underground so well, you'd think there was interplanetary intervention on some level. Without compromising our reader's intelligence by using "outsider" terminology like garage rock, we can safely say that this LP is devoid of anything of that ilk, and to keep piling that empty term on top of everything Obnox (Bim Thomas) lays down is just plain absurd, and really makes you look foolish. Grow up and learn some new words, come on. This is ...

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EXHUMED: Myke Jackson – Alone LP

by Jeremy Cargill

posted Monday Mar 2nd, 2015

Myke Jackson, the lead singer/songwriter/guitarist/wunderkind for Huntsville, Alabama, under-legends Felt, separates himself from their heavy, bluesy, melodic psych with this 1975 one-man-band solo album, four years after Felt’s lone self-titled effort. Alone is a breathtaking, moving album of lyrically wise and introspective—fully displayed by the included lyric sheet—Beatlesque SSW pop tugging at the soft edges of power pop. The album also offers considerably more guitar heroics than you find on such albums, all executed with taste and advanced skill by the then 21-year-old. The only righteously rollicking rocker on the set, opener “In Search of Home,” is a poetically spiritual ...

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VIDEO FEED: The Pin Group Live 1981

by Todd Killings

posted Wednesday Feb 25th, 2015

The fertile landscape of the New Zealand underground has its roots set deep in the monumental sound of its earliest progenitors, and at the base of the Flying Nun Records repertoire lies the dark and foreboding presence known as The Pin Group. Best known as the band that launched the Flying Nun label with it's FN-001 catalog number in 1981, the band laid the ground work for an impressive part of the Kiwi sound for years to come, combining the frigid starkness of Joy Division with the impossible jangle of the Velvet Underground, The Pin Group only gets more important ...

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EXHUMED: The Kinbotes - s/t LP

by Jeremy Cargill

posted Tuesday Feb 24th, 2015

Adorned with three roughly hand-drawn visages on a wrap-around paste-on cover—replicated handsomely on this reissue—1986’s lone album by the Kinbotes on the small NY label Nix is a mysterious and intriguing one. A hand-writ mockingly intellectual dissection of their music features on the rear fold, and the liner notes—presented with love and detail by occasional Ugly Things scribe Jack D. Fleischer—reveal the work was cut by just a duo. Vocalist/lyricist/conceptualist Nat Hirsh and Dave Cateforis met while attending Philly’s small liberal arts college Swarthmore, and later cut this collection of tracks in Hirsh’s dorm room. The lo-fi, ramshackle, inept nature ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: REPAIRS 'Decay' 7"

by Stainzer Prohmdrez

posted Tuesday Feb 17th, 2015

That’s right, yet another crucial Australian single, from the blackend depths of minimal synth hysteria, and offering up the perfect chaser to the debut Nun LP. Rooted in an electronic nightmare set to overlapping Throbbing Gristle compositions, REPAIRS emerged with a cassette-only release on the upstart Captured Tracks label, which quickly slipped through the cracks back in 2009, but it was the debut 7? on Nihilistic Orbs in 2011 that really knocked us back into their corner. It all starts with that nervous little throb that evolves into a poisonously aromatic night bloom, drowning in an inescapable whisper, as each ...

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VIDEO FEED: The Nuns Live 1977

by Richie Dagger

posted Tuesday Feb 10th, 2015

When it comes to influential San Francisco bands from the first wave of punk mania that washed across the land in the mid 1970s, you've undoubtedly heard of The Nuns, whether on flyers from the era, or from their blistering moment on the sacred Killed By Death Volume 1 with their unforgettable punk hit "Decadent Jew." Yet another victim of the major label-disconnected west coast punk scene, back when that connection could really be a helpful boost a la The Ramones, Television and the rest of the Sire Records family, The Nuns debut 7" EP came out in the prime ...

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EXHUMED: Kenneth Higney 'Attic Demonstration' LP

by Jeremy Cargill

posted Monday Feb 9th, 2015

Long-regarded as an “outsider” grail, A. Demo finally sees its way to an easily found slab of wax. Named for one of the locations of the two studios it was recorded in, the album was originally released in September of ’76 on Kenneth’s own Kebrutney label as a means to put Higney’s demos in the hands of publishers and artists for use (seeing himself as more songwriter than performer). The thought in mind being a pre-made vinyl product bearing his bearded face would be an easier option than tapes made for every pursued instance. After a time, New York via ...

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SUNDAY MATINEE: 'Get Crazy' (1983)

by Todd Killings
Possibly the GREATEST Rock'n Roll movie of ALL TIME
Possibly the GREATEST Rock'n Roll movie of ALL TIME
posted Sunday Aug 10th, 2014

Welcome once again to the Sunday Matinee on VoT, and this week we are bringing you one of the brightest gems of American cinematic achievement during the punk era, and a film so chock full of great moments and good times you probably wouldn't even believe it exists. I mean, how many other movies star Lou Reed in a speaking role, creating a song on the spot and singing it throughout the whole film? And who knew The Doors' John Densmore was such a party animal? And the concept of the Reggie Wanker character is enough to make Hollywood hang ...

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INTERVIEW: Tony Molina at the Beat Kitchen in Chicago

by The Mudcat

posted Friday May 30th, 2014

Tony Molina's breakout album, "Dissed and Dismissed" (2013) was originally released on the Melters imprint, the album is equal parts "Pinkerton", with all the lyrical sylopism of the original, and equal parts Iron Maiden, with powerful, riffing metal breakdowns that border on hyperbole. Most songs clock in under the two-minute mark, with a signature pop arrangement that garnered the attention of such giants as Slumberland Records, who repressed the album this year, and Matador, who released the "Six Tracks EP" as part of their vaunted and ongoing singles series, "Singles Going Home". The name is taken from a song by ...

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PHOTO BOMB: HoZac Blackout Fest 2014 Day 1

by Todd Killings
Counter Intuits at HoZac Blackout Fest 2014, photo by Stan Golovchuk
Counter Intuits at HoZac Blackout Fest 2014, photo by Stan Golovchuk
posted Thursday May 29th, 2014

This year's ever encompassing HoZac Blackout Fest reached a fever pitch like never before, with this being it's 10th year, and raising the roof for the seventh year at the Empty Bottle for three nights of the best underground music you can find in one weekend in the Midwest. With such incredible headlining acts (that you'd never see at other festivals) in recent years such as Redd Kross, Chrome and Nervous Eaters and Dwight Twilley, this year's cavalcade of talent was just as unmatched and pulled in another massive crowd of punk fanatics from across the globe. Thursday's annual Blackout ...

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PREVIEW: The Rubs, The Sueves, and Gross Pointe at Door #3

by The Mudcat

posted Tuesday May 27th, 2014

This Thursday, May 29, HoZac Records and The Benevolent Order of Chicago Record Labels are hosting a slate of bands guaranteed to satisfy your hankerings for fun and friction. Chicago's The Rubs, The Sueves, and Gross Pointe are set to blow the doors off Door #3, a new venue in the basement of the existing Double Door that is more reminiscent of a house space than venue. Noisy, eccentric garage-punk is the hallmark of the sound of Chicago's The Rubs. With a demo tape out on cassette masterminds and fellow BOCRL members Why Pick on Me?, the ...

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VIDEO FEED: Dictators on Jabberwalk 1976

by Todd Killings

posted Saturday May 17th, 2014

If you're the type of guy, who's into getting high on a Friday afternoon, then we have a real treat for you here. As we all know, the massively influential punk pioneers, The Dictators are headlining the 2014 HoZac Blackout Fest this year and what we've dug up, courtesy of Frankie Foodpoisoning is the extremely rare "Documentary" on the seedy American underbelly, Mondo Cane-style, entitled 'Jabberwalk" which features The Dictators in their full glory at the 1976 Ms. All Bare America pageant. Yes you will need to see this to believe it, that's for certain. And if that's ...

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EXHUMED: MARY MONDAY & THE BITCHES 7"

by Todd Killings

posted Tuesday May 13th, 2014

“Oh Rickie you took my razor blaaade, Oh no now how am I gonna playyy…” One of the greatest west coast punk singles of the first wave is back in print and ready to smash your party right in your face. Former stripper Mary Monday had a life shrouded in mystery, and conflicting reports in the historic documentation as to the band and Mary’s origins are still baffling punkologists to this day, including her mysterious death a few years after this single’s release. As legend goes, she arrived in San Francisco from Vancouver in 1976 with green hair and put ...

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VIDEO FEED: Dr. Feelgood LIVE 1975

by Todd Killings
Dr. Feelgood 1975
Dr. Feelgood 1975
posted Tuesday May 6th, 2014

If you've heard the name Dr. Feelgood and the first thing that pops in your mind is the Motley Crue song, well, then this post is definitely for you. Formed in the early 70s and one of the most visible/well-known band of the pre-punk "pub rock" movement, Wilko Johnson & the gang steamrolled their choppy punk rhythms into a glam rock-soaked UK music scene and left an indelible mark on the early sound forged with the first round of punk bands that still hasn't been washed out. I'll never forget reading about the Ramones first trip ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Obnox - Louder Space LP

by Brett Cross

posted Thursday May 1st, 2014

I think they must have a statue in Ohio dedicated to Lamont “Bim” Thomas. There are few out there like Bim, he’s a prolific mutherhumper who’s been at it since the early 90s with the Bassholes, more recently This Moment in Black History, and Puffy Areolas and his venom is just as potent now as it was then. His newest gig is called Obnox, under which he’s already cut a handful of singles and a couple of albums, one of which is a double LP. The dude isn’t much for sitting still. Mr. Thomas ...

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PREVIEW: WEED at Animal Kingdom

by Max Green 18

posted Friday Apr 25th, 2014

Fuzzed-out and insistent, WEED'S first full-length Deserve is refreshing and relentlessly catchy. The four-piece, Vancouver-based outfit behind the loaded moniker makes music that — for all of its waves of feedback and aggressive tonal quality — seems determined to never lose sight of pop sensibility. Much of Deserve’s charm is in the lower-fidelity sound of its production and the reverb-drenched vocals that drawl over upbeat rhythms. WEED has released a highly listenable album that is at turns mellow and endearingly chaotic, with hooks to spare. Get an earful of WEED at Animal Kingdom this Monday, April 28th with

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TRACK PREMIERE: Spike & The Sweet Spots

by Robyn Banks

posted Wednesday Apr 23rd, 2014

We’ve been waiting for fucking forever for Spike & The Sweet Spots to finally record something – and here it finally fucking is. Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, the exclusive, world premiere of their hit song “Black & White." The Sweet Spots expect to have a five-song EP up somewhere on the fucking Internet shortly, but catch them tomorrow night at Township with James Swanberg, American Breakfast, and Zoo Brother.

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INTERVIEW: The Goose is Loose: Poppin’ Off with Audacity

by Robyn Banks

posted Thursday Apr 17th, 2014

(Audacity are in the midst of a 27-date “Panda Express” tour with The Coathangers. I got to hang out with them all night when they played at the Empty Bottle on April 11th. Their tour runs through the end of this month, find dates here). As stated above, I hung out with Audacity all night and that also entailed doing poppers all night. Now let’s be clear: this stuff is legal and I guess it’s meant to loosen you’re a**hole before a** sex, but you can also huff it and it makes you feel like a wacky waving inflatable ...

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INTERVIEW: SONNY VINCENT's FURY Tales from NYC 1972

by Todd Killings
FURY live at The Academy of Music, NYC 1972
FURY live at The Academy of Music, NYC 1972
posted Thursday Oct 18th, 2012

Sonny Vincent is a true punk pioneer, we all know that already. But did you know how deep this man's well of punk madness really goes? Pull up a chair and get comfortable, as Sonny takes us for a ride through his world as a runaway kid in New York in the mid 1960s, up through the forging of punk in the early 1970s as his proto-punk bands, Distance, FURY, and Liquid Diamonds will soon attest. Sonny's voice has been sadly absent from all of the New York Punk biographies and oral histories, and now it's time to rectify this ...

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