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Episode 348: What A Time To Be Alive - Superchunk

Episode 348: What A Time To Be Alive - Superchunk

What happens when one of the most revered indie-rock bands of all time gets fed up with the state of the world around them? On What A Time To Be Alive, Superchunk answers that question the only way they know how: with shrieking guitars, wit, and fury. On our latest episode, musician/photog/cat dad PJ Sykes is joining Kevin via teh interwebs to dive into this minor masterpiece of righteous outrage that may just save us all.

PLUS! Richmond, VA's DOLL BABY has a throwback sound that sounds all their own, and we're spinning one of PJ's favorite tracks for your education and enjoyment.


Mac McCaughan @ Black Cat - 5/8/15

Mac McCaughan @ Black Cat - 5/8/15

Superchunk’s Mac McCaughan has been in the music business for 26 years now (his label, Merge Records, celebrating its 25 year anniversary last year), yet somehow he’s never released a solo album under his own name. While much of his earlier output as Portastatic was a largely a solo affair, this year’s Non-Believers was the first album to bear his name on the front cover.

Kicking off the tour at the Black Cat in Washington, DC, Carrboro, NC garage punks Flesh Wounds opened the show. The band, consisting of Montgomery Morris on guitar and vocals, Laura King on drums, and Geoff Schilling on bass, released a 7” last year on Merge Records. Through a furious, high energy set, Morris shouted and made menacing faces while King and Schilling held down a pounding rhythm. At times it seemed like a stark contrast to the pop-punk sound that McCaughan is known for, but it was easy to tell why he had signed them to his label and brought them along on his tour.


BEST OF 2013: Thor's Picks

BEST OF 2013: Thor's Picks

10. Arctic Monkeys - AM

Seeing the Arctic Monkeys live is the closest thing in 2013 to seeing one of the monolithic classic rock bands of yesteryear in their prime. The Arctic Monkeys have consistently found a way to make great rock albums, fill big venues, and all the while be one of the closest things to a proper mega-star rock band we can get. Their latest album AM takes a bit of the laidback melodies they dived headfirst into on Suck It And See and throws a gorgeous R&B twist onto them. They still know how to crush skulls, though; just listen to the Zeppelin groove of album highlight “R U Mine?”