Bob Mould - Silver Age
Best Tracks: Silver Age, The Descent
One of the true elder statesmen of rock, Bob Mould still knows how to turn out a kick ass album. A pure blast of 90s tinged grunge/alt rock free from irony or nostalgia, Silver Age could have come out two decades ago and sounded right at home. Fortunately for the music buying public, Bob was busy with Sugar back then and waited until this moment (when we really need it) to drop this impressive set of great guitar tracks on us all. Put on your flannel, crank up the cd player, and enjoy.
Screaming Females - Ugly
Best Tracks: Doom 84, Red Hand
Holy hell does this album shred. Marissa Paternoster has always had a way with a guitar (and by that, I mean she throttles her axe and aggressively squeezes every last ounce of sound out of the thing) and a great voice. But on Ugly, she and the rest of the band graduated from the enjoyable if somewhat simplistic punk stylings of their earlier albums to produce a full throated beast of a guitar rock album. From the stripped down nastiness of “Red Hand” and “It All Means Nothing” to the 7 and a half minute epic “Doom 84,” the album is perfect for any time you are in the mood for some old fashioned, grunge and punk inflected guitar rock.
Unfortunately, Marissa has taken ill and has had to stop touring. Here’s hoping she gets well and gets back to the concert circuit soon.