A trio of Nordic invaders played to a sold-out Boston crowd
on 5/24. Check out my photos of Ensiferum, Korpiklaani, &
Last night The Uncouth! launched Volume 4 of the
the Too Much Rock Singles Series with a last minute show
at The Sandbox. The single's A-side is an anthemic, old-school
call for unity between the punk and skinhead scenes, and
celebrates KC's rich history. The B-side features a powerful take
of Slade's 1972 smash "Gudbuy T'Jane" that retains all the glam
stomp of the original. As always, I have no copies, so pick them
up directly from the band.
more information on the Singles Series
Podcast #320 presents the new guard featuring Hop Along,
Terry & Louie, Warm Soda, Dazies, Beach Slang, Mat Shoare,
Slade, & Gridlock.
Podcast #319 finds the sweet spot w/ Sheer Mag, Torres,
Violent Femmes, Mikal Cronin, Best Coast, DTCV, & Uncouth!
Podcast #318 hits the spot w/ Speedy Ortiz, Built To Spill, Wire,
Peach Kelli Pop, Milky Wimpshake, Spoonboy, & Emo Side Project.
Podcast #317 stays to the right side of the Atlantic w/ tunes
from Tufthunter, I'm from Barcelona, Stornoway, Evans the Death,
Directions, Death Cab For Cutie, & Adna.
SDRE's Jeremy Enigk returned to the stage on 4/9 joining El
May, & Field Effect for a night of music more sincere than
fun. Check out my photos and video of the night.
The Easter bunny brought KC a holy quadrinity of rock w/
Swearing at Motorists, DCTV, Josh Berwanger, & Schwervon.
Check out my photos and video of the night.
Podcast #316 lets go of some old frieds w/ new music
from Mountain Goats, Chastity Belt, Go! Team, Matt and
Kim, Billy Sherwood, GY!BE, & Mean Jeans.
Podcast #315 stretches out and unwinds w/ Nick Piunti,
Modest Mouse, Stanley Brinks & Freschard, Glen Hansard,
Sufjan Stevens, & Merle Travis.
Podcast #314 is punk rock in a strange strange wrapper w/ music
from Leadbelly, Slutever, Rats Rest, Dwight Twilley, Modern Kicks,
Mystery Date, & Hulrunar.
It was all chaos and KC bands on 3/7 as Lazy, Wet Ones,
Gorlons, Phantom Head, & Drugs & Attics celebrated the
Burger Records Revolution. Check out my account,
photos, and video of the show.
Podcast #313 is like the honey badger with music from
Screaming Females, Ben Lee, Hello Saferide, Juliana Hatfield, Wave
Pictures, Velvet Underground, & Gang of Four.
Massachusetts buzz band And the Kids celebrated the release
of its new CD w/ help from Sun Parade, & Tan Vampires.
Click for my photos and video of the night.
Podcast #312 asks if you smell something funny w/ Tigercats,
Waxahatchee, Mecca Normal, Blank Tapes, of Montreal, Colleen
Green, Buck Owens.
Podcast #311 gets it right w/ Makthaverskan, Martha, Spoonboy,
Hop Along, Diet Cig, Doe, & Darren Hayman.
New Riddim celebrated the release of its new album in a
packed room and with a little help from openers Uncouth.
Check out my photos and video of the night.
Podcast #310 is totally awesome w/ Bloods, Radical Dads, Sidekicks,
Jellybricks, Fashionism, Jeanies, & Nanaki.
Austin's Wild Child sold out the Sinclair on 1/21 with help
from You Won't and Pearl and the Beard. Check out my
account, photos, and video of the show.
Podcast #309 promises a wild ride that would sicken even Mr. Toad w/
Decemberists, Anomie, BA Johnston, Mountain Goats, Pop Group, RA, &
Podcast #308 pops and punks w/ Belle and Sebastian, Sleater-Kinney,
Good Throb, Neighborhood Brats, Deco Auto, Riptides, & New Basement
Schwervon! and Introducing Charlie packed Mills Record
Company for a 1/9 in-store. Click to see my photos of the
Podcast #307 is stricty schizo w/ Hidden Pictures, Popguns, Lemuria,
Cayetana, Radical Face, Sun Kil Moon, & Cracker.
Two dozen fans spent their first Friday all-ages style w/
The Family Bed, Coed Pageant, & Seakings. Click for my
account, photos, and video of the night.
While the Too Much Rock Podcast is built around singles either catchy
or impossible to deny (see my Top
Songs of 2014), I also like to recognize bands who put together
entire albums of wonderful songs that set a consistant mood. Each of
these albums below are owed an entire listen – not just a quick
30-second sampling of the hits. That said, I know time is precious so I
have highlighted a couple of tracks per release that are really
stand-outs. If you like these tracks, do pick up the entire album, you
wont be disappointed. Pinky swear.
see my list
On 12/31, exactly 14 years after the band's final show,
KC's Revolvers took the stage for a raucous reunion
supported by friends Smash the State and Chris Meck. Click
for my photos and video of the night.
KC relived the aughts when Onward Crispin Glover and
Overstep reunited on 12/29. Check out my photos and video
of the night.
As is tradition, each year I present my top 35 tracks to honor
the time spent in the early '90s as Music Director at (the now-defunct)
WQAX in Bloomington, IN. Why 35? Because that is how many songs I
reported each week to the CMJ. So, here are my top 35 tracks of 2014,
along with five adventure picks. I know it should be only three, but
my charts were never very precise in the first place.
read the full article
Podcast #306 counts down the best songs for 2014 w/ Ex Hex,
Shellac, Family Bed, Comet Gain, Bob Mould, New Pornographers,
& The Cry.
KC's New Riddim gave the gift of free rocksteady to a
holiday-weary crowd on 12/27. Click for more photos and
video of the evening.
Podcast #305 is the 2014 Christmas Spectacular w/ Living Sisters,
Sons of Great Dane, Over the Rhine, Wild Child, A Sunny Day in
Glasgow, Los Campesinos!, Dollyrots, Reel Big Fish, & Mark Kozelek.
Podcast #304 seems to favor the UK w/ Bonnie 'Prince' Billy,
Bangs, Ay Carmela!, She & Him, Trash Kit, Drink, Mogwai, & Vic
Podcast #303 love an underdog w/ Empty Moon, Dead Girls, Diarrhea
Planet, Billy Thermal, Lunchbox, Lovin' Spoonful, & Adna.
Podcast #302 covers the bases w/ Amanda X, Wolfhounds, Parkay
Quarts, TV Smith, A Pregnant Light, Fugazi, & Frosttide.
Dead Girls played its first of 3 regional farewell shows in
Lawrence on 11/22. The power pop band was
joined by See Through Dresses and Author and the
Illustrator. Check out my photos and video of the night.
Podcast #301 feels like TMR w/ The Cry, Jazz June, Mineral,
Chumped, Boyracer, Hulaboy, Colour Me Wednesday, & Desertshore.
I traveled to Boston on 11/12 to catch Sallie Ford, Crooked
Fingers, and And the Kids perform for dedicated fans and
the merely curious. Check out my account, photos, and video
of the night.
With the help of support acts Mat Shoare and Rev Gusto,
Empty Moon both kicked off its Midwest tour and celebrated
the release of its new album. Check out my account, photos,
and video of the night.
Celebrate podcast #300 w/ Nude Beach, Rancid, Single Mothers,
Sallie Ford, Erlend Oye, Jen Wood, & Trophywife.
Three KC bands decided to skip the slutty nurse costumes
this year and instead transform into their favorite bands.
Check out my account, photos, and video of Maiden KC,
Murderhead, & Rockets to Russia.
Podcast #299 isn't afraid of you. Listen to T.O.Y.S, Crayon, Cats,
Kittyhawk, Lucinda Williams, Moe Bandy, & O'Death.
Podcast #298 rocks out w/ Ex Hex, Black on Black, Stiff
Middle Fingers, Allo Darlin', Popguns, Vaselines,
Podcast #297 rises from the ashes w/ Shellac, Martha, Schwervon,
Coed Pageant, Mikal Cronin, John Mellencamp, & Graham Parker.
Podcast #296 is simply incongruous w/ Primitives, Bonnie 'Prince'
Billy, Scruffy The Cat, Richard Hell, Teen Death, Folkearth,
& Miles Davis.
Punk, oi, and rockabilly shared the stage on 9/26 giving
the locals a chance to stay up late, drink, fight, and sing
along. Check out my photos and video of Uncouth,
Degeneration, Brain Dead, & 58 Delrays.
Three great local bands blasted through delightfully quick
sets on 9/13. Check out my account, photos, & video
of Josh Berwanger Band, Schwervon, & Spencer Brown.
Podcast #295 leans Nordic w/ Chastity Belt, Sun Days, School,
Hello Saferide, Alpaca Sports, Tetherball, Robyn Hitchcock, &
On 8/30 KC stayed up late for a moody show featuring
Slowdown, Capsules, & Latenight Callers. Check out my
account, photos, & video of the night.
On podcast #293 I just can't seem to shake my pop obsession w/
No Ditching, #1s, Trust Fund, Sondre Lerche, Rentals, Popguns,
& Cleaners from Venus.
Upcoming shows I care about:
-5/31 Speedy Ortiz @ Riot Room
6/1 Refused @ Sinclair
6/2 Wire @ Sinclair
6/13 Ex Hex @ Sinclair
6/16 Jon Spencer @ Record Bar
6/18 Belle & Sebastian @ Uptown
6/19 SSLYBY @ Riot Room
6/22 Hugh Cornwell @ Record Bar
6/25 Torres @ Great Scott
6/28 Sondre Lerche @ Sinclair
6/30 Ben Lee @ Sinclair
7/1 Craig Finn @ Record Bar
7/3 Mates of State @ Record Bar
7/9 Mates of State @ Sinclair
9/18 Mikal Cronin @ Great Scott
9/25 Addicts @ Riot Room
10/9 Kraftwerk @ Midland