STREAM: Soft Candy "Mourning Glory"

by Gene Abnormality

posted Tuesday Jul 18th, 2017

Tonight at East Room in Chicago, the city's sole 'Baroque Pop' unit known as Soft Candy will unleash their new The Luvers & the H8ers cassette release on Eye Vybe Records for a night of twinkling pop euphoria destined to put stars in your eyes and a tingling in your toes. Fronted by pianist extraordinaire Alex Rowney and existing in and out of activity over the past half decade, Soft Candy are a Chicago band like no other. Supreme musicianship isn't a commonality in this city as the wave of friendly over-complacency toward lesser-quality bands has washed away ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Gary Wrong Group 2LP

by Major Overload

posted Wednesday Jun 21st, 2017

Alabama's doomedest dilettantes Gary Wrong Group, have been chugging along your main vein for a solid five years now, and this 2xLP scum-deluxe set of tracks collects all their material in one handy package, with some tracks appearing on vinyl for the first time as well. Can you feel that dull-edged, pulsing throb starting to surround you yet? Well, it's coming, and it doesn't even matter if you're high as fuck or not, Gary Wrong's ether-soaked emanations drill themselves into your skull pretty quick, and it's no use to resist at this point in your pathetic slide down ...

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TRACK PREMIERE: OiSTER "Rock Yourself Son"

by Richie Dagger

posted Friday Jun 16th, 2017

The legendary 1973-74 ‘Teac Tapes’ from deep inside the Dwight Twilley Band vault have been unleashed, never before available in any format, OISTER was the primary name of the Dwight Twilley and Phil Seymour duo from the time they met in 1967 until the release of their Top 20 debut “hit” single for “I’m On Fire” in 1975. The two “halves” of the Oister formed a whole, and a tight friendship and performing partnership took flight, and with Dwight’s incredible songs in hand, the two were off an running. Recording at home with one of the first (commercially-available to the ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: White Mystery "Bad Neptune"

by Gene Abnormality

posted Tuesday Jun 6th, 2017

White Mystery is back with a new video for "Bad Neptune" from their nasty new long-player, Fuck Your Mouth Shut, which has all the charm and sweetness you'd assume was not part of the confrontational FYMS concept. The new track & video shine with primitive jangle and corner a deep-ended sound, bellowing with bravado and wanderlust. "Back on the Road Again, I'm High As a Kite" runs right off you like water off a duck's back, swaggering over an infectious sparkling guitar line. "Bad Neptune" echoes classic simplicity, hand-claps, anthemic choruses and airtight riffs, check out the video ...

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TRACK PREMIERE: The Rubs "Why Did Your Love Run Out"

by Gene Abnormality

posted Wednesday May 24th, 2017

Joey Rubbish must be stopped, but it’s too late for that. As the architect of every note on this immaculate new LP, he joins the ranks of other groundbreaking modern home-recording luminaries such as Jay Reatard, Nobunny, Mikey Hyde of Medication, and Rich Crook of Lost Sounds/Lover!, all able to cover every instrumental note recorded, as well as the vocals & recording. Not a small feat and worth noting since it’s such a rare thing to pull off, especially when it’s this nuanced and complex, even by power pop standards. And with that, The Rubs second offering is ...

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STREAM: Puke Spit & Guts Eat Hot Lead LP 1980

by Major Overload

posted Wednesday May 17th, 2017

"Yakety Yak, Yakety Yak, I think your mouth, needs a good solid slap." UH OH! Can you handle the purity of uncut punk intestinal fortitude? If not, better head back to your fort made of Jack DeBarco gatefolds, there's no room for you at the Inn tonight, baby Jesus. Yes, punk surgeons have been studying the bright and beautiful sonic melanoma that is Puke, Spit & Guts for years now, and without ANY government funding. No one could ever really crack the case on this incredible milestone of punk perversity, and every single sloptastic gem on this LP deserves its ...

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EXHUMED: Kleenex/LiLiPUT First Songs LP

by Chloe Ripper

posted Wednesday May 3rd, 2017

Man-oh-man! Either the world is currently over-populated with brave & inspired people, universes truly do multiply, or music scenes don’t exist like they used to! In an interview with art-punk pioneer Marlene Marder (link below), she tells Perfect Sound Forever that her late 70s band Kleenex (later re-named LiliPUT because of the tissue company’s threats to destroy their records!) used to play a 15-minute set on repeat, sometimes up to four hours, for their cheering friends. Four hours of a 15-minute set? That would never happen today! Someone in the crowd would burst in with their own ass-kicking set, it’d ...

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VIDEO FEED: The Ramones Chicago 1978

by Ald. Dan Rostenkowski
photo by Brian Shanley
photo by Brian Shanley
posted Monday May 1st, 2017

While this wasn't the first Ramones trip to Chicago, this was by far their biggest show. Headlining a stacked bill with the Runaways and the Diodes, The Ramones returned and hit the biggest stage they could find, no longer delegated to such despots such as B'Ginnings in Schaumburg (first Chicago show, early 1977) or the Ivanhoe Theater (with the Dictators in Summer 1977), this was the BIG TIME, the Aragon Ballroom, where bands as big as Roxy Music and Alice Cooper had graced the stage, even recently. For all I know, this video has not surfaced before, and appears at ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: The Cavemen "Dog On A Chain"

by Pythagoras

posted Saturday Apr 22nd, 2017

Slovenly Records is back with another primordial smasher, and The Cavemen are here to deliver the dog right into your lap. Sure there have probably been countless bands with this name in the past, but honestly wouldn't it make sense that cavemen would not be able to look that shit up online? How, with a like a rock or a bone? Come on, The Cavemen are actual New Zealand savages and cannot be bothered to check name availability, but this new single is salacious Cramps-style grind, with echoes of The Headcoatees as well. Strangled, screaming guitar raunch with ...

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EXHUMED: Various Artists Subnormal Girls Vol 2 LP

by Chloe Ripper

posted Wednesday Apr 19th, 2017

Waiting Room Records’ second Subnormal Girls compilation collects single songs by obscure bands from all over Europe— Germany, the UK, Austria— and Japan. The sounds spanning the comp are so seamless; if I didn’t know any better, I’d think most of the tracks were from the same band, or at least from the same scene. Turns out, every track is from a different band and some are continents apart from one another— very unlikely that they’d even heard (let alone heard of) each other. Another example of parallel evolution in art & music, the collection features women-lead bands ...

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RIP: David Peel - NYC Legend / Punk Icon

by Todd Mayberry

posted Sunday Apr 9th, 2017

I wish I could say something profound in memory of David Peel. If there was a Brain Lapse #2, he would have been interviewed along with Giorgio Moroder (the bubblegum years), the October Cherries guys, and the Hudson Brothers. But now David’s dead. It speaks volumes that Peel is completely unknown outside of counterculture circles. As an artist, he was dismissed and ignored. The Trouser Press Record Guide could have squeezed him in between their entries for the Pedaljets and Pegboy … but they didn’t. The 1300+ page All Music Guide to Rock omitted him in print between Ann Peebles ...

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VIDEO FEED: The Terminals 'Live 1987'

by Todd Killings

posted Sunday Mar 26th, 2017

Check out this incredible clip, that, thanks to the glory of Youtube, is now right at your fingertips, eyeballs and ear-holes. The Terminals you may well know, are one of the true gems of the Flying Nun story, a supergroup in every sense of the word and a band with very limited material available to see, that's for sure. What we have for you here today has been freshly unearthed, as in LESS than 30 people have viewed this so far, and it's truly an incredible piece of New Zealand underground history. The Terminals formed from the ashes ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Midnight Snaxxx 'Chew On This' LP

by Dick Mystery

posted Friday Mar 10th, 2017

Oakland's snarling Midnight Snaxxx are back with their second LP Chew On This! out now on Pelican Pow-Wow, and it's bursting with punkish rockers that will make your toes curl with delight. Featuring a dual-fronted attack from Dulcinea (ex-Loudmouths), Camylle Reynolds, and held down by ex-Bitchschool/Loli & the Chones guitarist Chris Santamaria, and Sammy Gutierrez from the Ogres, this isn't just some gang of joanie-come-latelys, but a fully-formed punk battering ram. After 2012's debut self-tilted LP on Red Lounge Records, Midnight Snaxxx released an arsenal of red-hot 7" singles that cradle that perfect slice of late 70s pop-inflected ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Giantology "Fe Fi Fo Fum"

by Major Overload

posted Wednesday Mar 1st, 2017

We are back with another hot-shit video premiere for you this week from the incorrigible mind of Joey Rubbish, one of Chicago's finest examples of a multi-faceted musician, with his brand new duo project, Giantology and their first video for "Fe Fi Fo Fum." Rubbish has been making a name for himself over the past five years as an integral member of several notable Chicago bands, but at this point it might be hard to keep up. Just in the last year, Dr. Rubbish has been rubbing himself all over such notable bands such as Son of A Gun, MAMA, ...

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VIDEO FEED: Stones In the Park (1969)

by Gene Abnormality

posted Wednesday Feb 22nd, 2017

Welcome back to the sick and wild world of VoT's VIDEO FEED series, this time we've got an incredible (and now rare in it's full format) live video of the Rolling Stones landmark performance on July 5th, 1969, just two short days after the untimely death of the band founder, Brian Jones under still mysterious circumstances. What was supposed to be a unprecedented free concert in London's massive Hyde Park debuting their new lead guitarist Mick Taylor, turned quickly into an impromptu tribute to the band's fallen guitarist. Headlined by The Rolling Stones and featuring opening acts, Third Ear Band, ...

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EXHUMED: Features 'X Features' LP

by Todd Killings

posted Wednesday Feb 8th, 2017

The breadth of incredible music from the antipodean region of earth during the 1970s through the 1990s is growing harder and harder to quantify. Most avant garde music fans are familiar with the legacy of New Zealand's Flying Nun Records as a starting point, but that's really only scratching the surface. What isn't common knowledge is that this scene really starts with the formation of Propeller Records, the true visionaries in the pre-Flying Nun era of underground NZ rock. Propeller was envisioned by Simon Brigg, who fell hard for a Auckland band called Features, used his own pocket change to ...

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TRACK PREMIERE: HAIR "Invented Suffering"

by Andrew Norris

posted Monday Feb 6th, 2017

There’s a real dearth of Heavy Music these days. Where other websites celebration the AM Pop styles of groups of 20 year-olds who are down with all that Laurel Canyon revival shit, Victim of Time will never betray your trust like that, and that's why Chicago’s HAIR is a welcome sound to thine ears. Billed as the "current musical arm the Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Long Haired Men" (founded in ’64 by Bowie), these four dudes not only have the hair to back up their name, but some dank riffs. "Invented Suffering" from their debut ...

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VIDEO FEED: Hot Snakes & Drive Like Jehu LIVE

by Peter Stegman

posted Saturday Feb 4th, 2017

These are very dark times, and as the time of ending creeps ever closer we must turn to the one true gospel, that of Froberg and Reis for comfort. They are the way the truth and the light, and it is the duty of all to spread the good news of their works. To keep you from blowing your brains out here are two hot as fuck sets from Drive Like Jehu and the Hot Snakes. The Drive Like Jehu set is from late August when the band hit the tiny (150 capacity) Bunk Bar in Portland. Its ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Brad Pot "Air Strike"

by Major Overload

posted Friday Feb 3rd, 2017

Australia comes ripping back, every single time and this smashing new video for "Air Strike" from the impossibly-named Brad Pot just cannot hit you over the head any harder. Pummeling vocals slip back & forth between screams of desperation and Buzzcocky hook-filled harmonics, all drizzled over a hot plate of Rip Off Records leftovers you've had stuffed in your backseat for far too long. It's got all the makings of those over-the-top Straight Arrows blasters cross-fucked with savory Ausmuteants nasal slime, trying to cram themselves into all of your orifices at once. You will feel the breath on the back ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Musk 2: The Second Skumming LP

by Major Overload

posted Wednesday Feb 1st, 2017

GNARLY. It's just not a common attribute you see many modern bands striving for these days, and got-dammit if Musk don't just reach right up and grab the ring. With their debut LP and its garish three-dimensional cover art causing nightmares across several continents upon release into the main water supply in 2014, the upheaval is truly upon us with Musk 2: The Second Skumming, another ghastly collection of filthy, blues-charred apocalyptic punk sludge that you won't find yourself falling asleep to any time soon. The soundtrack to a burned-out car chassis with a building being torn down behind it, ...

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TRACK PREMIERE: Platinum Boys "New Kind of Love"

by Ald. Dan Rostenkowski

posted Monday Jan 23rd, 2017

Milwaukee's party smashers the Platinum Boys are back with a new 7" on Maximum Pelt and we've got the blast contained right here on this page, so strap on your bong-goggles and get ready to RIDE. If you've been lucky enough to get a beer thrown in your face at one of the 'Boys live events, you'll already know that familiar taste, and here we have a new wave-meets-power pop dinger called "New Kinda Love" that hums along with a toy keyboard tone that you won't be able to shake, the kind of nuance that keeps you coming ...

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SUNDAY MATINEE: Ballad of Mott The Hoople

by Gene Abnormality

posted Sunday Jan 22nd, 2017

It's another sad day for rock'n roll, as with news of the passing of UK Glam rock icons, Mott The Hoople bassist Peter "Overend" Watts hit the news wire earlier today. As one of the 1970s biggest British acts, Mott the Hoople were widely revered by everyone from David Bowie to the New York Dolls and although they toured early on in the US, they really remained more of a European phenomenon, but the impressive list of hits is undeniable. Today's Sunday Matinee is the BBC feature documentary The Ballad of Mott the Hoople is an excellent hour-long blast into ...

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EXHUMED: The Terminals Uncoffined LP

by Todd Killings

posted Wednesday Jan 11th, 2017

The Terminals were a mid-late 80s-era supergroup featuring many important shards of the Kiwi underground, including core members Peter Stapleton, Mary Heney, and Ross Humphries from the very first Flying Nun release, the monumental Pin Group, joined with Susan Heney from The McGoohans, as well as Stephen Cogle from Vacuum and Victor Dimisich Band. Hard to keep all those intersections straight, that’s for sure, but this intense, brooding and ominous cadre of players have pulled together some of the darkest sounds to ever emanate from the isle. It’s hard to pick favorites with The Terminals, but ‘Uncoffined’ their debut LP ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Chrome Reverse debut LP

by Todd Killings

posted Tuesday Jan 3rd, 2017

The French obsession with rock'n roll can never be denied or constrained, and as they have collectively displayed over the years, no nook or microcosm shall go unturned. And as the strains of the Glue Wave sound have washed away after a ten year period, you can still find the original progenitors of the 90's wave standing tall and moving in all sorts of different directions. Here we have two veterans of the French punk underground, Iwan (No Talents, Operation S, Les Terribles) and Lili Zeller (Splash Four, No Talents, VOLT) shedding their anger and tension in favor of a ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: The Equals "I Won't Be There" 1969

by Major Overload

posted Friday Dec 2nd, 2016

JESUS CHRIST! Another incredible promo video from the untouchable Equals, this time for their 1966 smash "I Won't Be There," with a rare clip from the Austrian TV show, GOGOSCOBE in 1969. Isn't it nice to live in an age when crucial artifacts of the rock'n roll history are unearthed on a semi-regular basis? Many many thanks again to Equals fan #1 Jason Duncan of Just Add Water Records, who is uploading these gems for everyone's maximum pleasure. Are you hooked yet? How are these not AM radio staples you ask? Well, mixed-race bands were still a risky business back ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: The Liminanas 'Malamore' LP

by Todd Killings

posted Friday Nov 25th, 2016

By now this Perpignan band is less of a shadowy illusion and more of a full-on force of French underground sounds, and we couldn’t be happier to being a part in helping perpetuate this fully-blossoming evolution. HoZac had the honor of releasing the debut single from Les Liminanas in early 2010, featuring their most enduring song “I’m Dead” as well as their Crystal Anis LP a few years after, and in a short amount of time, they’ve laid the foundation of darkness delicately into their hazy template of swirling, mind-expanding soliloquies for all to see, hear, and feel. ...

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STREAM: Swimsit Addition & Bleach Party EPs

by Gene Abnormality

posted Thursday Nov 17th, 2016

Chicago's Tall Pat Records is having their annual party this Friday at the Empty Bottle dubbed Cuddlestock, and we have two new streaming tracks from the last two bands playing that evening for their dual record release shebang. Swimsuit Addition and Bleach Party have been toiling in the trenches for a few years now and both are chucking forth 7" singles at this show's central celebration. Clearance and Jollys, along with the Son of A Gun DJs round out the night, so you should have no problem getting your ya-yas out. Bleach Party by now need ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Oh Boland "Take Me Back to Mutton Island"

by Stainzer Prohmdrez

posted Wednesday Nov 16th, 2016

When was the last time you said to yourself, "The world just doesn't have enough Irish power pop bands?" Well it's been a long time since Good Vibrations Records ruled the roost but this week we have Oh Boland, an actual Irish power pop band du jour, and their rollicking jam "Take Me Back to Mutton Island" an ode to rotting sheep and ocean breezes off the coast of Galway that sneaks right into your inner ear and will have you humming along the whole day. With a new Spilt Milk LP out now on Volar Records, it won't be ...

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TOUR: Straight Arrows US Tour

by Gene Abnormality

posted Monday Nov 14th, 2016

Lookout America, some Australians are coming to save your asses and this time it's Straight Arrows, back from the bog and ready to jump down your throat. Kicking off late last week, you can catch them along the East Coast on select dates with Thee Oh Sees, who they toured with back in Australia as well. After going dormant for a few months, the gang is back in action and ready to rage, so be sure you don't miss out. This is hairy fuzzed out psychedelic garage pop without the patchouli-scented kaftans. Is it reckless? Is it fun? ...

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TOUR: The Sueves Ravage the East

by Gene Abnormality

posted Thursday Nov 10th, 2016

Chicago’s punk underworld has reimagined itself several times over the past twenty years, from the cavorting slime punk damage of the early 2000s, through the fracturing of styles and directions a few years later, it’s all been simmering salaciously for generations now, and for the last few years, only a few really noteworthy band have grasped the raw agitation as well as The Sueves. Rearing their ugliness up through the tropes of plastic flowers and goofy sunglasses, these brave young ravagers are not content to sit idly by as the stench of indifference passes over the masses, always ...

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TOUR: MAMA & The Rubs Take the West Coast

by Ald. Dan Rostenkowski

posted Monday Nov 7th, 2016

MAMA are one of Chicago's most deadly threats, both to your physical well-being as well as your mental health, there's just not enough endorphin rush comparisons to make sense out of what they really can do onstage, but it's clear that they are taking this shit show on the ROAD, so you lucky folks on the West Coast can finally breath in some Midwest fumes of euphoria. Literally out now on the road with their blood brothers The Rubs, you can catch both bands terrorizing California this week and back toward the Midwest, but not before laying waste ...

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VIDEO FEED: The Gories 'Ann Arbor 1989'

by Ald. Dan Rostenkowski

posted Friday Nov 4th, 2016

Look out Chicago, legendary Detroit rock'n roll legends The Gories are coming to town to jump all over you baby and stain your dress! After remaining dormant throughout the later portion of the 1990s and 2000s, this Crypt Records standard bearer has regrouped and formed into a version of itself even more powerful than when it originated. This weekend at Double Door in Chicago, HoZac Records will be celebrating their 10th anniversary with one long, LONG (as in Daylight Savings Time kicks in at 2AM, extending the night til 4AM instead of 3AM) night of rock'n ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: The Equals "I Can See But You Don't Know" 1970

by Major Overload

posted Friday Oct 21st, 2016

Wow, just WOW, what a band The Equals were, and what incredible material they unleashed in such a turbulent time for rock'n roll. As one of the first mixed-race bands of the 1960s, they were very underexposed to US audiences despite their incredibly catchy and endless string of hit songs, so they mainly retained their popularity overseas in Europe, where they were worshiped as the gods they truly are. Featuring a young Eddy Grant, who would go on to later worldwide success with his hit "Electric Avenue" in 1982, and fronted by the impeccable Derv Gordon, The Equals should have ...

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EXHUMED: Trevor White 'Crazy Kids' 7"

by Todd Killings

posted Wednesday Oct 19th, 2016

Glam rock royalty comes in many forms, and this next entry into our EXHUMED spotlight series focuses on one Trevor White, a UK phenomenon of sorts who spent quite a few years emblazoned in several of the finest glam rock bands, and a true lightning rod of power pop royalty. Although Trevor White is probably best known for his participation in Sparks on their Propaganda and Indiscreet LPs, he was a staple in early 70s glam rock outfit JET (with John's Children's Andy Ellison) as well as a foundation in JOOK, the tough-rockin' early 70s mod/punk/power pop/glam combo, who released ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Dan Rico "Casual Feeling"

by Ald. Dan Rostenkowski

posted Tuesday Oct 18th, 2016

Another figure of the Chicago underground music world you should already be familiar with is Dan Rico, previously known for his exploits in EGO, Tender, and many others, even recently joining the ranks of MAMA, so this guy's got all his bases covered. Rico's solo outing may catch you by surprise, as these simple & catchy pop hits, executed with a dash of pomp and sympathy, crash right into a soul-laden groove of sophistication, yet still retain a semblance of his impossible-to-hide lo-fi posterior. High quality production, pristine graphics teeming with Sade-style typeface and Pavement-style riffs, it pays to be ...

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Thursday Matinee: 'Times Square' (1980)

by VOT staff

posted Thursday Oct 13th, 2016

It's getting darker earlier so that means it's time to roll out the VoT tradition of digging up incredibly awesome movies buried in the depths of YouTube, and this week we have the femme-punk classic from 1980, Times Square for your viewing pleasure. Centered around two teenage girls, this film has the perfect soundtrack (Pretenders, Suzi Quatro, Ramones, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, Roxy Music, etc) and heaps of angsty attitude, as well as some seriously offensive material when taken in today's hyper-sensitive context, so get yourself ready. As time goes on, it's still such a shame that Nikki (Robin Johnson) ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Leather Towel 'IV' debut LP

by VOT staff

posted Monday Oct 3rd, 2016

LEATHER TOWEL came together in 2011 at Wooly Bully, the best record/comix store in Melbourne at the time. It was where Johnny Fitness (guitar, sandwiches) employed The Wuss (bass, barista), Per Person (drums) would take his family on weekends and The Lover (vocals, guitar), would crash on visits up from Geelong. The members of LEATHER TOWEL variously played and still play in Nun, Ooga Boogas, Ausmuteants, Exhaustion, Woollen Kits, Knife Fight and Hierophants. A veritable cavalcade of Weird Punk talent who got together to play hardcore but ended up as a clanging mess of a band travelling six ways at ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Rabble Rabble 'Enough is Enough'

by Major Overload

posted Friday Sep 30th, 2016

Chicago's Rabble Rabble have a brand new mind-bending video coming at you today, courtesy of creator Katie Kapuza, who has produced a vibrant and striking montage of collage imagery dancing deliriously over the new song, full of dogs with exploding eyeballs, and a plethora of visual brainfuckery. Rabble Rabble have been plodding through the city's gutters for over seven years now and if you can still remember their debut LP Bangover from 2010 then we applaud your tenacity and virility, that album title still holding strong after all these years. But the sad part is that ...

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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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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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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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