Oh No Oh My (previously Oh No! Oh My!) lost something more than lines and dots between their debut album and their second full-length release, People Problems, but the Austin, Texas based band claims that the change was a necessary one. Their myspace page explains that “Oh No Oh My grew up” between their 2006 self-titled debut and People Problems. Ultimately, I agree, but a lot of things come with growing up. The album definitely reflects maturity that was missing from earlier work, but there is also an inescapable sense that the spontaneity that defined the band’s first musical efforts left with the exclamation points. Read More »
Phonies beware: Fergus & Geronimo are on Holden’s side, and they come armed with the powerful weapon of Rock N’Roll, wielded forcefully, as it should be. But the force of Jason Kelly (Geronimo) and Alex Savage’s (Fergus) full-length debut, “unlearn”, does not come from face-melting guitar riffs or head-banging drum solos – they use the term Rock N’Roll more in the social, “stick it to the man,” sense than in the strictly musical sense. The Denton, Texas duo instead draws their power from aiming past the superficial façade, straight to the core; they have set themselves the lofty goal of liberating your oppressed mind.
I have to say that after interviewing Richard Edwards, the lead singer of Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos, I was expecting his nonchalance (verging on the drugged out) to lend itself to a pretty low-energy live set. Instead I got a solid performance, sonically charged and inevitably a little depressing lyrically. Even more surprisingly, I got a few fist pumping bros who knew all of the words to every song. Who knew that Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos had such a dedicated fan base on the Jersey Shore?