Sound and Vision from the Smithereens

Below is a clip containing some (grainy) still photos of the Smithereens onstage at the 2009 Charlotte Pop Fest. The audio is a portion of the song “Any Other Way” performed at the show. As Pat DiNizio explained, there’s not yet an official studio recording of the song available, but “someday” there might be. In

Album Review: The Smithereens Play Tommy

The Smithereens are well-known rock fans. Their unique, canny take on rock music is informed by everyone from the Four Freshmen (drummer Dennis Diken cites them as a large-looming influence) to Black Sabbath (guitarist Pat DiNizio wrote a tribute of sort to Iommi and Co. on the first ‘Reens LP). And their affection for rock

Album Review: Hoodoo Gurus — Chariot of the Gods

Right out of the gate, The Hoodoo Gurus showcased a high energy, passionate and good-humored approach to rock’n’roll. When they debuted in 1984 with the thrilling Stoneage Romeos, they were categorized as a kind of Down Under college rock band, kindred spirits of bands like the Smithereens and Replacements. Guitarist, lead singer and songwriter Dave

March Through Time: The Who

It’s quite easy to overlook the fact, but considering only studio releases of new material, The who released a mere twelve albums in the period 1965-2019. True, many say that The Who were best experienced live, and while there’s much in favor of that argument, the band always took its studio project very seriously. Here’s

Album Review: Star Collector – Game Day

Devotees of rock and pop will know that “Star Collector” is a classic Monkees tune from their high-watermark 1967 album Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. It’s also the name of a superb melodic rock quartet from Vancouver, British Columbia. Influenced by – but not aping the sound of – revered bands like The Who

Album Review: Greg Antista and the Lonely Streets — Under the Neon Heat

When we last checked in with this South California rock quartet about two years ago, they had released their debut album, Shake, Stomp and Stumble. As I wrote at the time, that record featured “concise, taut songs played with verve and conviction.” Two years and a world pandemic later, one thing has changed: guitarist Jessica

Album Review: The Forty Nineteens – New Roaring Twenties

If you’re in the mood for unassuming, rocking, silly and un-self-conscious rock ‘n’ roll, The Forty Nineteens might have just the thing for you. This California quintet swims in the Smithereens end of the pool, with hard-charging songs that keep the melodic quotient high. The band’s rockabilly character is kept hidden on the winning opener

Album Review: The Tummies — 9:30 Girl

I love beat groups. Cue up anything from early Beatles to obscure ‘60s acts like freakbeat combo the Renegades (you haven’t lived until you’ve heard their cover of Bill Haley and His Comets’ “Thirteen Women”) to – arguably – the Smithereens, and you’ll get my rapt attention. The high-energy, enthusiastic vibe wins me over almost

Album Review: Juniper Shelley — Juniper

I should admit right up front that I look with skepticism upon an album featuring a 15-year-old girl. It’s simply that I don’t expect the music to be aimed at (nor of any great appeal to) the particular demographic to which I belong. “Yeah, well, buddy, that’d be your loss,” the universe seems to tell

Album Review: Iron City Houserockers – Have a Good Time … But Get Out Alive!

There’s a gritty, heartland strain of rock ‘n’ roll that has persisted through the decades. Bruce Springsteen’s best material is an exemplar of the style; shorn of artifice and filigree, it’s about visceral emotions and musical muscle. Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes did the same kind of thing, as did the Smithereens, though in