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Monthly Archives: January 2019

Deer Tick—Mayonnaise

by Ken Jobe (@booksofjobe) It’s not uncommon, when hearing terms like “a handful of covers” and “alternate versions of previously released tracks” in the description of a band’s new release, to dismiss said release as one of two things: a desperate cash grab or filler

Review: Swervedriver—Future Ruins

by Ken Jobe (@booksofjobe) Oxford’s Swervedriver have always occupied an odd space in the shoegaze landscape, despite having helped practically invent the genre. Their sophomore release, 1993’s Mezcal Head, is one of the 90’s definitive shoegaze albums as well as a top-rated album in indie

The Afghan Whigs Aren’t Too Cool For You

by Jeff Nale (@jeffnale) You’re at an Afghan Whigs show inside the beautifully renovated North Park Observatory, right in the middle of San Diego’s hipster epicenter. But you are not one of the hipsters. You’re forty-one. You do not blend in. But come to think

Slayer Hold Court Over a Test of Endurance in OKC

by Ken Jobe (@booksofjobe) When thrash metal titans Slayer announced they were embarking on a farewell tour before embracing retired life, they announced a supporting bill that could be a killer tour of its own: Lamb of God, Anthrax, Testament, and Behemoth, who were swapped

Band of Horses Make a Young Fan’s Life

by Ken Jobe (@booksofjobe) Last Sunday at Wichita’s legendary Cotillion Ballroom, I witnessed history. History for one young fan, anyway.

Let me back up. Sunday afternoon I found myself with an extra ticket to the Band of Horses/Bonny Doon show (thanks again, Billy!) and had

American Aquarium’s BJ Barham is a Problem Solver

by Ken Jobe (@booksofjobe) “I had a problem,” American Aquarium’s BJ Barham tells the crowd halfway through their sweat-drenched set at Knuckleheads Garage in Kansas City. “So I fixed it.” He’s referring to the problem of his alcoholism (he has been sober since 2014), but