BREAKING SOUNDS: Terry 'HQ' debut LP

by Todd Killings

posted Wednesday Sep 28th, 2016

Australian underground music just keeps continuing to unfold in every direction possible with no signs of really letting up, and this delicious debut LP from Terry can attest to the ingenuity in one simple slap to your face. With a swift and gentle riff, this band creates such an intimate feeling with effortless motion, delicate vocals that interplay between the female/male spectrum, crawling out from between rocks tread upon by the likes of the Vaselines, Swell Maps, some Bowie-esque moments, and the lush historic modern Australian crop of noisemakers. And of course this isn't another example of spontaneous ...

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PREVIEW: Candy Apple Trailer

by Dominique D'Amico

posted Tuesday Sep 27th, 2016

You've seen these cats from Tucson stalking the city in their big brown bus, but have you checked out the trailer for the full length film Candy Apple starring front man Texas Trash? Candy Apple is a the debut feature film of director Dean Dempsey, Trash's biological son. It combines real-life stories in a fictional narrative that follows Trash and his son through their lives in the New York underground. Texas Trash and the Trainwrecks bring their "Chicken Fried Devil Music" to the stage at Chicago's own Livewire Lounge (3394 N Milwaukee Ave) this Thursday Sept ...

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EXHUMED: F.U.2 'Punk Rock'

by Jeremy Cargill

posted Wednesday Sep 14th, 2016

Punk Rock by FU2 (also known as Depressions or The First FU2 Album), has seen some half-dozen odd versions since its initial release in 1977. A decade separated from his work with the Downliners Sect, Terry Clemson (aka Terry Gibson) had been doing some studio work and propositioned friend and—with Don Craine— Sect co-founder member Keith Grant to attempt a worthwhile punk LP on the sly together, and with Grant agreeing they set out to pen this clutch of tunes—with the writers of the album remaining the cause of much speculation for decades until they finally let the cat out. ...

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PREVIEW: Savage Beliefs Film (1984)

by Gene Abnormality

posted Tuesday Sep 6th, 2016

Chicago cult-punk band Savage Beliefs never really fit in with the surrounding area's hardcore contingency, even though guitarist Brian Gay from Washington DC hardcore legends Government Issue was an original member. A favorite of notorious Chicago angst icon Steve Albini, who apparently even "cried" when the band broke up, bassist Dave Riley would even go as far as to join Albini's Big Black after Savage Beliefs called it a day, forming yet another crucial connection to the emerging punk framework of Chicago's disconnected scene. Despite only issuing one 7" EP during their brief existence, the band was offered an important ...

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TRACK PREMIERE: Mike Rep and the Quotas "Editions of You"

by VOT staff

posted Monday Sep 5th, 2016

Central Ohio is far more of a schitzophrenic hotbed of rock than the Library of Alexandria would lead you to believe. If you squint your eyes past the big city lights & skyscrapers (Rep likes to call them “DIEscrapers”) , you can see the outlines of the fertile Ohio Vallley Crescent from which much Midwest D.I.Y. Punk emerged in the aftermath of a late-60’s/early-70’s gestation period. When digging into the Columbus strata of petrified 70’s fossil-rock pure Columbus area underground entities bubble up from the deep: Jim Shepard, Ron House, Tommy Jay, Nudge Squidfish, The Quotas, Screaming Urge… many more. ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Soft Candy debut 7"

by Richie Dagger

posted Monday Aug 22nd, 2016

A truly sophisticated pop band that knows it’s way around the Byrds/Beatles/Zombies/Love territory quite well, Soft Candy recently came out of dormancy after being out of commission for a couple years when one of the original band members left town. The band reconfigured and bounced back and just in time for a debut single rich with flourishes that eerily echo those riveting ‘Fading Yellow’ vibes and hazy UK dream pop that always delivered on such labels at Parlophone, Hansa, Deram, and Harvest, of course. Their command of their instruments is impeccable, their bizarre stage presence always provocative, and ...

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TRACK PREMIERE: Simulation 'Listening'

by Todd Killings

posted Friday Aug 12th, 2016

The new minimal synth duo Simulation, from Chicago, was formed from two of the Midwest synth underworld's brightest luminaries, Laura Callier from Gel Set and Whitney Johnson from Matchess and Verma, and when they combined their surreal and atmospheric forces like this, it's going to have nothing short of heady results. Released recently on a cassette on the Eye Vybe imprint, Simulation is a distillation of electronic tones and monochromatic soundscapes, and with only minor exceptions featuring vocal accompaniment. It's instant mood-setting rhythms are inescapable and it's ethereal mist-clouded production technique pours over your ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Flesh Panthers "Last I Heard"

by Richie Dagger

posted Wednesday Aug 10th, 2016

Another Chicago band still revving and reeling around the city with no shortage of energy in sight, Flesh Panthers, have a new country-tinged rocker called "Last I Heard" with a video flickering right before your eyes, right here on VoT. Immediately you'll notice the absence of the "punk aesthetic" which is JUST FINE, so once you can get over yourselves and appreciate another genre of music, then you're well on your way to rock'n roll salvation. With a pickled piano & slide guitar sizzling over these breezy riffs steeped in honey bourbon and dandelion wine, effortlessly provided by Joey Rubbish ...

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MISS DESTINY Kicks Off First US Tour

by Ald. Dan Rostenkowski

posted Sunday Jul 17th, 2016

If your ear wasn’t already glued to the ground of the current Australian global invasion, here’s yet another sizzling release from down under. MISS DESTINY are made up of Harriet Hudson (Southern Comfort/Circle Pit), Harriet Stewart, and Annie Llewellyn and are a blonde rock outfit, which pays tribute to the flashier groups of the past century. Prep yourself for shocking horror/glam crime tales across the two tracks on the Destiny debut; “House of Wax”, which is quite literally about the movie house of wax (the Paris Hilton version, STREAM track below) and “The One”, which is ...

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TRACK PREMIERE: The Jeanies "Amilee"

by Jacques Cousteau

posted Tuesday Jul 12th, 2016

We are proud to present yet another incredible pop band that seems to have eluded the masses but is a strong contender for the crown of that genre without even being challenged. The Jeanies are a NYC anomaly, yet even with such good company such as Games and 1-800 Band they are still very much under the radar for most pop fans, so it’s with great pleasure to welcome this bunch of young upstarts into the fold, as once their sound soaks in, you won’t be pulling yourself out of it’s clenches any time soon. As a band ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Giorgio Murderer 'Holographic Vietnam War' LP

by Todd Killings

posted Thursday Jul 7th, 2016

Giorgio Murderer isn't just a clever piss-take on a sadistic style of electric horse crap, bashed out cave-man style across a full LP, it's a full-swing slap to the crotch of anyone who thinks there's nothing worthwhile going on in modern junk rock. It's no secret that Giorgio Murderer is the alter-ego of New Orleans' rage-rocker Buck Biloxi, and here in his more free-form state, his sick and dystopic world view gets the sizzling circuits humming quite well. Like two twin delinquents, bleary and disgusted with the garbage world we loathe in, day in and day ...

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EXHUMED: The Late Show 'Portable Pop' CD

by Jeremy Cargill

posted Monday Jun 27th, 2016

These Indiana boys first formed in high school, but the pop pantheon wasn’t treated to the Late Show’s classic—yeah, I’m sayin’ it right outta the gate—debut Portable Pop until 1980. Wanting to give a serious go at making it, they shot off to NYC in ’74 and while there cut some demos with super-producer Jack Douglas, which led to some label interest, but they held out for a better deal that, sadly, never came to fruition. Burnt by the experience they decided to go at it on their own and began putting together their self-released LP in 1978, pitched somewhere ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Charlie 'Ungry 'Who is My Killer?"

by Ald. Dan Rostenkowski

posted Sunday Jun 12th, 2016

UK punk in the late 1970s was a vast and impossibly diverse sea of groper, mopers and dopers, all desperate to clamp down on the raw nerves of a new generation full of anger and distrust, and when you look deep into the well, there’s so many incredible overlooked gems, most of which don’t quite fit the mold of what was to be soon homogenized for the public. Apart from the higher end of the UK punk food chain, there were countless imitators instantly, all unanimously clamouring for the attention of the new wave, and one little self-released 7” EP ...

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TRACK PREMIERE: Made In Japan 'Instant Hit'

by Todd Killings

posted Thursday Jun 2nd, 2016

"Don't need no sensitive shit, I need an instant hit!" If you've watched the 1980 classic rock/slasher film New Year's Evil you'll already be familiar with Made in Japan, as alongside Shadow, they were the main rock progenitors in this now oft-gabbed about classick, and luckily for us horror film fanatics as well as power pop detectives, these never-before-heard songs can be unleashed. The Made in Japan story starts a little earlier than their appearance in the film though, as original bassist Bobby Asea was in Cyclops, the band that opened for The Damned on their first US tour in ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: EGO 'Toll Free' LP

by Major Overload

posted Monday May 30th, 2016

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EXHUMED: ZOOM 'Sweet Desperation' LP

by Major Overload

posted Friday May 27th, 2016

The availability of Canadian pre-punk heavyweights are few and far between when it comes to bands with actual releases available at the time, so when I caught wind that a band called ZOOM, which had a pre-Viletones and Diodes connection, and most importantly, an actual release emerging from from the winter of 1976, I'll spare you no exaggeration here, but I flew straight into the light. Sure enough, Chris Haight (later "Chris Hate" of the Viletones) and John Hamilton (later of the Diodes) had a band called Daily Planet, active as early as 1974, which absorbed & regurgitated the emerging ...

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VIDEO FEED: Trio live on BeatClub 1982

by Todd Killings

posted Monday May 16th, 2016

German new wave music, better known in Europe as "Neue Deutsche Welle" isn't nearly as loved as it should be in America, as it's sometimes a tough sell due to the combination of gnarly accents, thick-tongued delivery, and angry guitars and/or synthesizers. But if you like to live on the edge, you dig simplicity etched into vocal monotony and have ever even thought about shaving your eyebrows, or wearing a turtleneck, this might just be your path to salvation. Among their German peers, Trio are probably the most well-known and prolific, despite the heavy company of such acts as DAF, ...

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Good Vybes Fest III

by Stainzer Prohmdrez

posted Wednesday May 11th, 2016

Chicago's festival season is upon us and local imprint Eye Vybe has their 3rd annual fest running thru town this weekend at the Empty Bottle, stacked with great local nasties as well as a few rare chances to see bands that haven't been seen in ages. Saturday's rock-solid lineup storms through the gates and ushers forth three bands that are dangerous in any capacity, but combined like this, you might need to bring a chaperone, you just don't know what kind of unpredictability can result, and no one can be held responsible but yourself. MAMA are one of ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Vamos 'Jaded 86'

by Ald. Dan Rostenkowski

posted Tuesday Apr 19th, 2016

Chicago's wild party heathens Vamos are back with a new video for "Jaded 86" from their latest LP Spiderbait out now on Maximum Pelt Records, and they've hoisted another manic video overhead for a smashing debut here this week on VoT. Departing from their grungy friction on this outing and forcing themselves into a splattering punk glitterbomb of strangulated riffs and neck-vein bulging screams, Vamos tear through a blinding series of frames shot at local sweet spots such as Wally's World, Cole's Bar and the streets in the vicinity, even stopping quickly enough to capture one of Mac ...

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EXHUMED: DARK 'Round the Edges' LP

by Jeremy Cargill

posted Sunday Apr 10th, 2016

Recorded and released (if you could call it that) privately in an original run of no more than 60 in 1972 by the UK band themselves and sold to friends and given to prospective labels (Island showing marginal interest which resulted in naught), DARK’s sole long-player is a pristine piece of progressive-tinted heavy psych/early hard rock with impressionistically poetic, elliptical lyrics running throughout it all. Exceedingly rare, Dark Round the Edges has exchanged hands for as much as £6,600—not a bad showing for something they sold for £3 at the time, and only took £50 to make—with only a few ...

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VIDEO FEED: Buster Brown (pre-AC/DC, Rose Tattoo)

by Todd Killings
Buster Brown 1974
Buster Brown 1974
posted Tuesday Mar 22nd, 2016

"Buster Brown is my Name, Rock'n Roll is my Game." Fans of tough-as-nails Australian rock are no doubt already severely indebted to the seeds of seminal proto-punk/hard rock missionaries Buster Brown, who under the guidance of protagonist Lobby Lloyd, put together one of the most important bands of the 70s Aussie landscape, featuring not only future AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd, but also Angry Andersen, Geordie Leach, and Dallas 'Digger' Royall, all future members of Rose Tattoo. And although most AC/DC fans are somewhat oblivious to the Buster Brown material, as well as the first AC/DC lineup with the original singer, ...

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EXHUMED: Twitch 'Dark Years' LP

by Jeremy Cargill

posted Thursday Mar 17th, 2016

Continuing their campaign in issuing the complete catalog of unheard Canadian combo Twitch—following an incendiary 2012 7” EP collecting two 100-press, self-released 1973 singles of hard psych, greasy biker rock, late period folk-rock and mock-country/psych-fuzz into one handsome package—Supreme Echo offers up Twitch’s 1974, live-in-the-garage recordings culled from extant eight-tracks and reel-to-reel tapes based around an occult “rock opera”, which leans hard into the bonehead crunch zone of proto-metal /proto-punk. Hailing from the blustery environs of British Columbia, the members of the Twitch trio (sometimes quartet) came together in 1971 after individually traversing the rock’n’roll continuum from Beatles-alikes to frat ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Constantine 'Day of Light' LP

by Jeremy Cargill

posted Friday Mar 4th, 2016

Mining the terrain of pure expression via expertly synthesizing life-long kicks to maximum effect, Chicago-based Constantine has quickly amassed international accolades from lauded deep heads and trainspotters alike with his dulcet-toned, ambitious psychedelic folk dosed with moments of meticulous, atmospheric mellow and mammoth moments of high-flying psychedelia. After deep, teenage woodshedding and a succession of short-lived bands throughout his 20's he focused his efforts into composing material for a solo project, in which he'd utilize players from Chicago present and past, with diverse backgrounds in jazz, folk, rock and world musics. In addition to putting his own hand ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Gnar Wave Rangers "Heavy Metal Man"

by Major Overload

posted Thursday Mar 3rd, 2016

Chicago's Gnar Wave Rangers are back with a seizure-inducing video for their new track, "Heavy Metal Man" which employs ferocious shredding guitars interlaced between metallic grind flourishes and spacey prog blues, riding a wave of 21st century grunge into the piss-soaked sunset. As a band dressed in caveman outfits, they're obviously not taking themselves too seriously and why should they? Not solidly fitting squarely in any certain genre, Gnar Wave Rangers drift from hoarsely screamed raucous thrash, right into crooning cabaret-style loungey punk, definitely quite unique. "Heavy Metal Man" shows the band at their corniest and horniest, banging ...

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VIDEO FEED: MC5 'A True Testimonial' (2002 documentary)

by VOT staff

posted Tuesday Feb 23rd, 2016

If you were as lucky as some of us to get to see this incredible piece of rock'n roll history on the big screen during it's reign at the independent film festival circuit in 2002 then you might not be AS excited as if this is your first time, but rest assured, this epic documentary nails this band to the wall of history just as they should be featured, loud, proud and as revolutionary as anything you've ever seen. Sadly, guitarist and founding member Wayne Kramer, who had complete approval of this project (as his numerous appearances and dialogue can ...

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EXHUMED: Crap Detectors 'Media The Victim' LP

by Todd Killings

posted Monday Feb 8th, 2016

Wow, had no idea the Crap Detectors backstory went as far back at '73, but I'll be damned if these Jim Jacobi lo-fi bedroom numbers don't ooze with the surreal charm of the 'Grim-O-Comix' era Mike Rep & Tommy Jay material on one song, and delve into a minimal Vertical Slit-esque barrage of tape loops and moog gurgles on the next, truly schizophrenic and intriguing stuff. That this materialized in Lincoln, Nebraska during the early 70s is even more intriguing, and don't expected some heavy proto punk slab, this is more of an acid folk experimental trip, ripe ...

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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: 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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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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at Hideout
Friday Sep 30th
at Emporium Arcade Bar

Mason Tilley benefit show
Saturday Oct 1st
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Monday Oct 3rd
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Tuesday Oct 4th
at Hideout
Tuesday Oct 4th
at Crown Liquors Tap Room

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Saturday Oct 8th
at Cole's

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Thursday Oct 13th
at East Room

Straight To Hell 7th Anniversary Party 8PM FREE 21+
Friday Oct 14th
at Auxilliary Art Center

Dumpster Tapes Showcase 8PM
Sunday Oct 23rd
at Empty Bottle
Tuesday Oct 25th
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at Double Door

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