IE’s local reviews for October 2013
10 local bands reviewed in September
For All I Am, Butterfat Mastermind and a dozen local reviews
Bitchin Bajas and life’s greatest mysteries.
Oddly named quintet Brighton, MA fill Oh Lost with jaunty, rollicking rock streaked with an ambitious flair, but without the blatantly offensive bombast.
Local reviews from Sycosis, Tieken, and more.
Helen Money and a dozen local demo reviews.
Local reviews of Jess Godwin, Righteous Hillbillies, The Steakhouse Mints, and more
Buddy Fambro, John Condron, Super Stolie, and more local reviews.
Local releases reviewed.
The self-titled debut from The Ex Senators is more mainstream than its name and the CD’s superhero cover art would suggest. The quintet offers a well-crafted, big rock sound built on guitars, keyboards, and singer/rhythm guitarist Dmac’s full-bodied vocals. Things get more confrontational on the politically charged tracks, “United Corporations Of America” and “Start A […]
Though the initial (and title) cut on Ride My Junk is only so-so, once Atomic Shop kicks into gear, John Kuczaj’s studio-only project hits a fun groove. From “Green Lantern,” a rollicking ode to the famed comic-book hero, to a forceful cover of Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah’s “Lake Shore Drive,” the 13 tunes – which range […]
Counterfeit I takes pride in being unconventional on A Glimpse, An Eclipse, right down to using titles like “. . .” and “(r)this.” The band opts for a harder guitar sound than on its first two releases, creating a sonic landscape marked with battlefields, industrial beats, shouted vocals, and abrupt tempo changes. The fast-paced “Smile” […]
The funk-infused rock on 3 In Counting‘s full-length debut, At The Edge will likely appeal to people into the Dave Matthews Band. Singer/guitarist Mike Hayes, who writes all the group’s material, often uses a rapid-fire delivery for his evocative vocals, while Eric Csukor’s fluid keyboards work is consistently impressive. “Handshake,” is a slap at superficial […]
The journey from carpenter to musician only took Joe Pug four years, and it’s already proven to be the right career change. On his sophomore effort, Pug, surrounded by several great musicians, proves he can hang with the singer/songwriter stylings of Dylan and the folk sounds of Wilco.