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2012 In Review: The Year In Comebacks

“Don’t call it a comeback” is usually a phrase uttered self-protectively by musicians who are very much coming back from some degree of obscurity. Dr. Dre wasn’t exactly absent during the seven-year stretch between his first and second albums (“California Love,” anybody?), but his 1999 sophomore release 2001 is littered with lines like “Ladies pay… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 31, 2012 - 11:55 am

Album Of The Week: Redd Kross Researching The Blues

Culturally, at least, it’s hard to imagine a worse cultural moment for a Redd Kross comeback. Think about all the strains of underground rock currently running shit — orchestral chamber-pop twinkle, dazed reverb-damaged whoosh, elegant pop-soul groan, muffled post-chillwave thump — and you’ll notice that none of them have the tiniest bit to do with… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 7, 2012 - 2:25 pm

Redd Kross – “Stay Away From Downtown” Video

Reactivated L.A. sugar-punk lifers Redd Kross had a golden-era Kiss fixation before that became a cool thing in underground rock, and they’re still keeping it going years after it was cool. In their new “Stay Away From Downtown” video, all four members of the band rock DIY Paul Stanley greasepaint and gold-lame jackets while pounding… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 6, 2012 - 3:34 pm

Progress Report: Redd Kross

Name: Redd Kross
Progress Report: Iconic pop punk band talk about Researching the Blues — the band’s first new album in 15 years.

Formed over 34 years ago in Hawthorne, California Redd Kross are one of those bands that pretty much every other band worth their salt manages to name check at… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / July 30, 2012 - 1:40 pm

Redd Kross – “Researching The Blues”

The long-running California band Redd Kross started out as a teenage late-’70s hardcore band before tapping into a deep vein of ’70s glam-rock and Camaro metal, investing their punk attack with a sugary, melodic classic-rock bite. That combination, in their hands, still sounds utterly vital. Later this summer, the band will release their new album… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 24, 2012 - 10:28 am

OFF! – “I Don’t Belong”

You can’t fuck with Damaged, but according to my iTunes I listen to Nervous Breakdown more than any other Black Flag. (Sorry, Henry.) When Keith Morris left Greg Ginn & Co. he went on to have a more than healthy career with the Circle Jerks, but it really never got better than that brief four-song,… More »

By: brandon / November 23, 2010 - 2:43 pm