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I spent the entirety of my teenage life in the ’90s. It’s weird to think that back then there were times when someone could actually ask, “Have you heard of Green Day?” and it wouldn’t have been a laughable faux pas — Green Day hadn’t really broken through yet. The same goes for Smashing Pumpkins and Everclear and Oasis and Beck and whoever else had phenomenal breakthrough albums without first licensing their songs for car commercials. Read the rest of this entry »

Terminal Ballistics, Volume 1

Dem folks at Big Bullet Records have released their first compilation: Terminal Ballistics, Volume 1. Sounds dangerous, but it’s free, so the pros and cons are obviously weighty indeed. Read the rest of this entry »

The Resonators

The Resonators’ eponymously titled new EP would’ve been right up my alley when I was 18 and still felt like I had a legion of everday foes (real or imagined, individuals or ideas) to push against. Now more likely I’m the old man who’d chase the band off my lawn. And as much as that bodes poorly for me in the twilight years of my twenties, it underlines what The Resonators bring to their music: Exploding youth and infectious, guitar-laden pop in the classic style of early Weezer or even early, less hook-y Turtles. Enthusiasm and square-shouldered emotionalism laid over a danceable framework, The Resonators is a quartet of catchy tracks by a trio of uncommonly earnest young men. Read the rest of this entry »

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