• Baby Bangs: Owning Our Baby Hearts

    Baby Bangs: Owning Our Baby Hearts By Jay Armstrong   A few months back I was in the early stages of piecing together a house show when I received a text from Bryan Roberts (The Dizzease /Booher ) saying there was a newer band out of San Antonio, Baby Bangs, who I should hit up about getting them on the lineup. This is the same guy who turned me on to Junkie and Daikaiju, has a history of playing only in perfect bands, and once spent thirty minutes casually entertaining me with an annotated history of Matthew Melton which forever strengthened an already solid respect I had for Melton—a guy…

  • Japandroids – Celebration Rock (Review)

      So even though it’s coming sort of late seeing as the album was released last May, I felt compelled to write this review because Celebration Rock just kicks so much ass. Two years ago when the two-piece, Vancouver-born outfit released their first LP, Post Nothing, it took off. Nearly 3 years, and over 200 shows later their second album is receiving critical acclaim by numerous sources as one of the best rock albums of 2012, and I couldn’t agree more.   The album, titled Celebration Rock, starts off with the sound of fireworks popping in the distance, as if a… celebration was taking place, and Brian King (lead guitar,…