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Bigelf Concert Review

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

Upper Darby, PA (Philadelphia Area / Southeastern Pennsylvania) — Bigelf is a band a Los Angeles quartet playing progressive rock together since 1991. Now, they are part of the Progressive Nation Tour with Scale The Summit, Zappa Plays Zappa and Dream Theater.

The Tower Theatre was a perfect setting for their “heroic bombast so brilliant, you can’t help but be swept adrift by the doomed mist of infectious melodies and chilling harmonies.” The frontman, Damon Fox, does vocals and often plays organs and keyboards on both sides of him at the same time.

Though many in the audience had never heard them before, the crowd immediately embraced the music.

The Evils Of Rock And Roll
Neuropsychopathic Eye

Bigelf Photo Gallery

Scale The Summit Photo Gallery
Zappa Plays Zappa Photo Gallery
Dream Theater Photo Gallery

Album Review: The Offspring Rise And Fall, Rage And Grace

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

by for the Rock n’ Roll Romper Room

The Offspring
Rise And Fall, Rage And Grace

The Rise And Fall, Rage And Disgrace album was released in 2008 by the Offspring. In June, they announced it would debut on-line. The release of the CD came later in the year. It is the bands eighth album, and the first since 2004. Drummer, Atom Willard, left the band in 2007 and joined Angels & Airwaves. However, he hadn’t been drumming on the recordings. Because of a contract dispute with Geffen records, Willard was not allowed to record. Studio musician, Josh Freese, had been doing the drumming tracks as he had on the previous album.

In any event, the album eventually came out… and due to the onslaught of bad reviews, many people instantly dismissed it. In fact, this reviewer was not even going to give it a try.

Despite the critics, and in the true spirit of American Punk, the album developed an underground fan uprising. It was recently brought to my attention by several of these underground offspring. They said, “you’ve got to listen to this!”

The Offspring have often been pigeoned-holed as a Punk band. Perhaps the music is Punkish. But, on this album, the music has more depth than what comes to mind when you hear “Punk.” Yes. There are elements of Punk and Ska in many of the songs. On the other hand, the melodies, hooks and metal overtones tend to broaden the listening horizon. Some people might even go so far as to say, “the more you listen to it, the more you like it.” Does that mean it boarders on Pop? Shhh… don’t tell the underground fans.

1. Half-Truism 3:27
2. Trust In You 3:09
3. You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid [Explicit] 2:57
4. Hammerhead 4:38
5. A Lot Like Me 4:28
6. Takes Me Nowhere 2:59
7. Kristy, Are You Doing Okay? 3:41
8. Nothingtown [Explicit] 3:30
9. Stuff Is Messed Up [Explicit] 3:31
10. Fix You 4:20
11. Let’s Hear It For Rock Bottom 4:04
12. Rise And Fall 2:59