REVIEW: The Dropouts! – “The Dropouts!” (2016)

The Dropouts!

Let me start this review by saying that I’m a sucker for garage punk, so when I got a review copy of The Dropout’s new record, I knew I was in for a treat. And I’m glad to say that the record was what I expected and then some. It hit all the right notes, and I loved every minute of it. It’s fun, it’s rambunctious, and it’s chaotic in the best way possible.

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COVER STORY: Tune in and Turn On with the Dropouts!

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photo by Paul Javier

You have no idea how excited I am to have this band as our featured artist for the month of July. They’re one of those rare bands that I’ve become a fan of after the first time I heard them, and now they’re back bringing their unique brand of rock ‘n’ roll to a wider audience. I’m talking about The Dropouts, who are coming out with their debut self-titled record.

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Jury Rules in Favor of Led Zeppelin in “Stairway to Heaven” Infringement Trial

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Iconic rock band Led Zeppelin recently came under after accusations surfaced saying that they stole portions of “Stairway to Heaven” from “Taurus”, a song by a band called Spirit. A trial followed, with both Jimmy Page and Robert Plant appearing in court to plead their case. After a week of testimony, the verdict is finally in and the Los Angeles jury has found in Led Zeppelin’s favor.

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REVIEW: The Buildings – “Cell-O-Phane” (2016)

The Buildings

The Buildings’ debut record, “Cell-O-Phane”, is a brilliant record as far as debuts go. For one thing, it’s an audacious record that clearly defines the band’s intent, making it the musical equivalent of the Kool-Aid man bursting through a brick wall. “Cell-O-Phane” is recorded by the band on their own, without the help of professional studios and producers and yet the resulting record is still better than 80% of the records that I’ve heard lately. It’s neither lo-fi for lo-fi’s sake, nor is it amateurish. It’s a fun record brimming with creativity and it helps that the people who make up the band are talented musicians in their own right.

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