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Taking the Music Back With XFactor1

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Valhalla...the great hall where slain warriors dwell only if deemed worthy by the mighty Odin. Valhalla, an appropriately named venue with its Viking decor, is located in the college town of Muncie, Indiana, home of my alma mater Ball State University. Underneath the watchful eyes (or eye-sockets in this case)

NOFX – Backstage Passport (Fat Wreck Chords)

NOFX, backstage passport, selective memory

Back in 2008, there was a show called Backstage Passport that documented NOFX on a tour around the globe, exhaustingly venturing to places many bands would not normally play and in doing so, they saw the belly of the beast in touring. This is a band who has been everywhere

Lagwagon – Hang (Fat Wreck Chords)

Lagwagon, Hang, Fat Wreck Chords, Selective Memory

Here we are again. It’s time for another Lagwagon release. It’s impressive that these group of guys continue to churn out punk at this caliber and still manage to sound energetic and activistic. How long can this beat go on? How long will they keep it up at this speed?

Energy Slime – New Dimensional (Mint Records)

Energy Slime is that clutzy friend who has enough charisma to get by with being eccentrically cool. Their songs are clunky, filled with imperfections inside a haze of indie prowess. The levels are off, the production is unclean, and it is all a glorious success.   Link: Facebook The louder you turn it up, the