By now, you have seen the incredible trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In fact, you’ve probably seen it a dozen times, each time enjoying glimpses of familiarity – Darth Vader’s crushed mask, the Millennium Falcon, Han and Chewie.
The first actual song (after a throwaway intro) is pretty awesome –metal, hardcore, punk, goth, and industrial combined in a way that is oddly pleasing and coherent. The tinny industrial sound gives the feel of being thrown in an angry hornet’s nest, the vocals are gothy, and the ensuing dark wave of noise is nothing short of brilliant.
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Fonda reminds me of Chicklet: male-female duo, indie-pop that is both jangly and dreamy, with slightly detached vocals filtered through a 60s psychedelic kaleidoscope.
Seizure Crypt channels old-school NYHC but replaces the tough guy posturing with some balls-out party madness. Maybe a little too mad – they’re downright wacky and spastic in a lot of places, but in a goofy, unlistenable way.
Edited by: Mary Alice Money
Publisher: PopMatters & Titan Books
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This hefty tome weaves together 60 essays, mostly academic, from over 40 authors on all things Whedon. Nicely organized chronologically by canon, the essays delve deeply into Whedon’s work. For the uninitiated, it may seem breathlessly geeky to have so many intellectual treatises written about a bunch of tv shows, but as any fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Firefly could tell you, those shows have real depth.
Record Label: S/R
Band Link: radiofallout.com
Although they cite gloomy grunge and indie bands as influences, Radio Fallout feels more like a big-hearted rock band with an Americana feel. They have a dark edge, but musically, they’re more Tom Petty and Alternative Routes than Pixies.
Record Label: Solidarity Recordings
Genre: Melodic Punk
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Melodic punk in vein of Hot Water Music with some dips into post-hardcore and emo. This band sounds very strange, as if they’re lacking in confidence. The vocals are particularly unformed – I’m not sure if the voice is cracking or naturally fluttery, but he sounds nervous.
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