Music Reviews

The Raging Teens

Rock ‘N’ Roll Party!

Rubric

Taking their name from a vintage compilation of New England rockabilly, The Raging Teens (and Rock ‘N’ Roll Party!) more than live up to the various connotations, pouring forth a classic sound replete with tweedly reverbed guitar, resonant double bass and bashy drums. Swaggering vocals from rhythm guitarist Kevin Patey are often tempered with sweeter accents from lead guitarist Amy Griffin, and more often that not, in true rockabilly style, lyrics are filled with subtle and funny implications – take for example “Lies,” where Paley wonders why his girlfriend’s bridge club leaves the house smelling like cigars. Piano maniac Carl Sonny Leyland rattles the keys on a couple of tracks, and manages to make “Snowbound” sound like a lost Jerry Lee Lewis track with flaming runs and boogie woogie chording. And how can I not mention “Let’s Drink Some Booze,” a song about attending church and being a devout Christian? Ah, who am I kidding, it’s about drinking booze.

So roll up your sleeves, clear some space on the floor and get ready to shake the rafters with the Raging Teens. Crystal clear production from Deke Dickerson (whose own albums are worth seeking out) make this an easily appreciated gem.

Rubric Records, 12 W. 37th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10018; http://www.rubricrecords.com


Recently on Ink 19...

What This Comedian Said Will Shock You

What This Comedian Said Will Shock You

Print Reviews

With his latest book, What This Comedian Said Will Shock You, celebrated stand-up Jedi Bill Maher “shocks” readers by doing the most outrageous, unthinkable, and socially unacceptable thing imaginable: he speaks rationally, logically, and objectively.

Gasoline Lollipops

Gasoline Lollipops

Features

Gasoline Lollipops’ newest single, “Freedom Don’t Come Easy,” is today’s mother lovin’ punk rock folk anthem.

Basket Case

Basket Case

Screen Reviews

Frank Henenlotter’s gory grindhouse classic Basket Case looks as grimy as the streets of Times Square, and that is one of the film’s greatest assets. Arrow Video gives this unlikely candidate a welcome fresh release.

Jimmy Failla

Jimmy Failla

Event Reviews

Despite the Mother’s Day factor, hundreds of fervent, faithful followers still flocked to Orlando’s famed Plaza Live to catch an earlybird set from Jimmy Failla — one of the hottest names on today’s national comedy scene.

Lonnie Walker

Lonnie Walker

Features

Ink 19 readers get an early listen and look at “Cool Sparkling Water,” a new single from Lonnie Walker.

Los Lobos

Los Lobos

Event Reviews

Jeremy Glazier has a bucket list day at a Los Lobos 50th Anniversary show in Davenport, Iowa.

Always… Patsy Cline

Always… Patsy Cline

Archikulture Digest

Carl F. Gauze reviews the not-quite one-woman show, Always… Patsy Cline, based on the true story of Cline’s friendship with Louise Seger, who met the star in l961 and corresponded with Cline until her death.