girl in a coma @ local 506

The mark of a great band is this: not how they perform as a headliner, but how they perform as an opener. Last night Girl in a Coma, touring as an opener for the Features, completely owned the crowd in the 506. Not a huge crowd, but one that whooped and hollered and even danced…

top 25 albums of 2011

The usual caveat before we get into the list: I make my list with a mix of objectivity and subjectivity; I’ve left albums I loved off other lists because they weren’t actually very good, and occasionally an incredibly impressive album I’m not wild about will sneak in. In short, this is a list, basically, of…

home is wherever i’m with you

the Deep Dark Woods — The Place I Left Behind. Out now, Sugar Hill Records. I have to retract what I said about Blitzen Trapper being the band most likely to slay a deep cut cover by the Band (although they’re still second on the list); that honor really belongs to the Deep Dark Woods,…

girl in a coma @ local 506

Science has not yet found a way to rock illness away, but I am sure that some diligent grown-up punk with a PhD in biology is working on it. And if science could rock a sinus infection away, the band to do it would be San Antonio’s Girl in a Coma, who did their best…

girls make noise

Girl In A Coma — Exits & All The Rest. Out now. I’ve broadened my horizons this year; sometimes on purpose (mostly thanks to Pam) and sometimes accidentally (Doughty’s opener this tour is avant-garde jazz dub step trio Moon Hooch, who he found playing in a subway tunnel in NYC). But sometimes you want your…

the meat puppets @ the cat’s cradle

A strangely apt pairing: like the Cradle, the Meat Puppets have been a rock and roll institution, in certain circles, since the ’80s … and like the Cradle, which recently completed a massive renovation, the Meat Puppets have been through more than one incarnation in those thirty years of music. Whereas the Cradle used to…

two sentence reviews of new albums i listened to in june

Two sentence reviews of new albums I listened to in June, now 100% more Pam-approved. Okkervil River — I Am Very Far: plenty of people who have never compared bands to salad dressing have already written about this album, but you guys know me, I’ve got to get my 15 cents in, and Okkervil is…

koffin kats @ cat’s cradle

In the case of last night’s show, a photo is worth more than a thousand words. The Koffin Kats are fierce and wild, and an absolute joy to watch and shoot. They play psychobilly, noisy and tightly contained songs that roll and thump behind a single guitar, a shredded upright bass, and some of the…

the menzingers @ the brewery

Man, okay, I’ve lived here how many years now and never gone to the Brewery before this. Partially that’s because at this point, years removed from solo Ryan Adams shows immediately pre-Whiskeytown implosion, they mostly book four and five band punk and hardcore bills that, prior to yesterday, I had zero interest in. But since I…

wintersleep @ kings barcade

Like every good Canadian band I go see, Pam turned me on to Nova Scotians Wintersleep earlier this year with their 2007 album Welcome to the Night Sky; y’all know me and you know that every attempt I every make to describe a band descends into incomprehensible comparisons to trees, but if somebody, in a…