Stripwax: The Cell Phones stand alone

May 11th, 2013 |

Chicago-based rockers The Cell Phones, led by an epic frontwoman, are the ones really saving rock and roll.

Stripwax: Everything reverberates with Primes’ “Millions”

May 4th, 2013 |

There’s only six tracks on this Brooklyn trio’s EP, but Jeff Moody thinks they’re just getting started.

Stripwax: Mosquitoes are a drag

April 27th, 2013 |

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ new record, “Mosquito,” is an uninspired release to be avoided, just like the insect it’s named for.

Stripwax: Slack your illusion

April 6th, 2013 |

Milk Music’s full-length debut “Cruise Your Illusion” doesn’t quite live up to the hype promised by its initial EP, “Beyond Living.”

Stripwax: The Magic Of Marnia

March 23rd, 2013 |

Singer-songwriter Marnie Stern has lyrics that make her sound mid-midlife crisis, but what she can do with a guitar is incredible.

Stripwax: Nick Cave cools down

March 16th, 2013 |

“Push the Sky Away” goes minimalist, which isn’t Nick Cave’s best move by a long shot.

Stripwax: Swami John and The Night Marchers go! (and go!)

March 2nd, 2013 |

The Night Marchers’ second LP “Allez! Allez!” is as good as anything John Reis does. So it’s extremely good.

Stripwax: Near-future twin pop superstars

February 23rd, 2013 |

Tegan & Sara’s new album, “Heartthrob,” puts them on the edge of mainstream success.

Stripwax: Can you even say “Pissed Jeans” on the air anymore?

February 16th, 2013 |

The noise rock band, touring the Midwest later this year, has a new record called “Honeys,” a chaotic mix of tracks, good and bad.

Stripwax: Louisville’s Neighbor brings the rock and/or roll

February 2nd, 2013 |

Louisville trio Neighbor strips it down and brings the rock and roll energy with their new album.