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100 Word Bias Thee Reverend Rory Dowd Kittenhead – Derby Girl

The Liver Scars – Meet the Liver Scars

Kittenhead screeches into Reno every few months, plays shows all weekend and sneaks out like a tornado, leaving behind only hangovers, broken hearts and six songs of kick-youin-the-face punk rock. While not as raucous and intense as their live show, Derby Girl is an estrogen-fueled adventure in righteousness. With a sound that could be the lovechild of Bikini Kill and The Gits, and smart lyrics that leave no room for doubt, Kittenhead straddles the gap between oldskool sensibility and nu-skool perspective. From the opening title track to the last sexy groove of “Tattoo”, Kittenhead proves that punk’s not dead yet.

Digital music may have killed packaging, but The Liver Scars are bringing it back. In the tradition of Kiss, Meet the Liver Scars comes with a freaking comic book introducing you to alter-egos of the five Reno music veterans. Arguably a local supergroup, the boys in the band have put out a growling, alcohol-soaked punk rock party album. There are no slow songs. They don’t know how to not be loud. They might even have problems with spelling and math! But they know anthemic refrains, grungy grooves, wailing leads and how to destroy your liver in eight songs or less.

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Get pissed with The Liver Scars at www.facebook. com/pages/The-Liver-Scars.

Kandinsky Effect – Synesthesia

The Die Ads – Eighty-Eight Feet High

You probably haven’t heard of this Paris/ NYC-based jazz trio yet, but two-thirds of the band are products of the UNR jazz program and Reno scene in the early 2000’s. (Remember The Electrosonics?) This mature offering for a trans-Atlantic audience is refined, moody, and energizing. Although each track is an emotional departure from the next, there is a cohesive thread of statement and purpose in each instrumental utterance. Mind you, I’m no jazz aficionado, but Synesthesia is a departure from traditional jazz. This is not snooty martinis and skinny ties jazz; this is stylish jazz for t-shirts, jeans and craft beers.

The Die Ads are a new band with serious experience and credentials among the four members. Distortion and clangy feedback meet mildly melancholy singing and introspective lyrics in this new noise-pop album. I particularly like how reminiscent it is of early-90’s college and indie rock. Despite the cultivated and layered sound, the songs on the CD have a catchy, minimalist quality about them--meant to be listened to really loud on plush headphones, possibly while smoking a joint. It’s been a while since I’ve heard a really good shoegazer album and Eighty-Eight Feet High is a solid entry in the category.

Check them out at 8 Reno Tahoe Tonight

Find them at TheDieAds.

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