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by William Carl Ferleman

3 Sep 2010


I attended a Gin Blossoms show in Kansas City last week. I couldn’t help from thinking about this: How could one name a band Gin Blossoms when only some original members remain part of it? How does one properly define a band or group nowadays? When a critical member (de)parts, does the show still go on? Are simply hits and name recognition enough, not to mention the explicit, blatant bamboozlement of a likely uninformed public? 

Troubled songwriter and guitarist Doug Hopkins unfortunately killed himself in 1993, after the band terminated him; he wrote the band’s major Billboard hits “Hey Jealousy” and “Found Out About You”. Watching singer Robin Wilson sing these songs and cheerfully work the audience, tambourine and all, was a bit unsettling to me; same goes for Hopkins’ “replacement” on guitar, Scott Johnson. But the band does have a new album due later this month.

Here is video from a show in Boston.

by Jennifer Cooke

3 Sep 2010


Julius C is a band, not a guy. Just when you thought unsigned rock acts only played for beer money, studio time or gas for their vans, these four curly-haired hipsters come along and show us they care about more than beard-grooming and ironic T-shirts. September 1 kicked off a 30-shows-in-30-days jaunt all around New York City to benefit Powerhouse, a program for homeless pregnant and parenting teen moms. And when you throw in a video featuring dancing gorillas and a catchy-as-hell power pop tune called “Don’t Want Anybody”, you might even forget that these guys are rocking out for a good cause.

by Joseph Fisher

2 Sep 2010


Apparently, it is the week for beer-music hybrid posts here on PopMatters. After pondering the accuracy of styling a beer after hardcore’s teetotaling tendencies, I will now link you to NPR’s discussion of Dogfish Head’s newest (limited) craft brew: Bitches Brew, a beer released to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Miles Davis record of the same name. Regrettably, I have not yet had the opportunity to sample Bitches Brew, but if it is anything like the record, it definitely will be one to savor.

What other beer-music pairings can we develop here? And no, PBR and [x] record doesn’t count as a response.

by PopMatters Staff

31 Aug 2010


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by Joseph Fisher

31 Aug 2010


These days, beer drinkers in the Washington, DC area—as well as in so many other American cities—can be guaranteed that the cascades in their pints of Guinness will not be settled before three or four new “microbrew” bars spring fully-formed from the city sidewalks. The trend is getting pretty expensive, and pretty tired. The trend is, also, not without its fair share of irony.

Witness BrewDog’s music-themed line of beers, some of which have migrated to Washington in recent months.

Here’s BrewDog’s Punk IPA.

And here’s BrewDog’s Hardcore IPA.

And here is the band Minor Threat performing their famous song “Straight Edge”, a track that found the architects of (DC) hardcore denying the imperative to mix alcohol with rock and roll:

Whether or not the latter should inspire us to protest the former is up for all of you to decide in the handy comments section below. No matter where we all come down in that debate, can’t we all agree that this whole End of History thing is a truly ghastly idea?

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