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ISSUE 21 | Reviews: Rogue Wave’s Permalight by 20watts
April 1, 2010, 1:51 am
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20 Watts' gives Rouge Wave's Permalight 10/20 Watts

Part of our ISSUE 21 coverage!

PREVIEW VISIT Rouge Wave’s MySpace
WE GIVE IT 10/20 Watts

With Permalight, Rogue Wave don’t offer many good reasons to listen to their new album twice. Not because the album is terrible, but because Permalight is, for lack of a better word, boring. Its sun-drenched, synthesizer-driven indie rock is cut from the same mold as what you hear in a thousand Toyota commercials. Rogue Wave used to be an interesting part of the musical landscape – essentially a poppier, twee-less Elephant 6 band. But now they’ve remade themselves into Death Cab for Cutie’s less talented cousin.

Songs like “Per Anger” and “We Will Make a Song Destroy,” with their jangly guitars and sing-along Continue reading

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20 Watts Reviews Rogue Wave’s Permalight by Marc Sollinger

Rogue Wave's Permalight does nothing to differentiate itself

PREVIEW: VISIT Rogue Wave’s MySpace
WE GIVE IT: 9/20

There is hardly a reason to give Rogue Wave’s new album Permalight more than a single listen. Not because the album is terrible, but rather because Permalight comes off as boring.  Mind-numbingly, ear-dullingly boring. It’s sun-drenched, synthesizer-driven indie rock, just you’ll find in a thousand car commercials.  Rogue Wave used to be an interesting part of the musical landscape; essentially a Elephant 6 band with the twee removed and a poppier sound.  Rogue Wave were never great, but they were likable enough.  But now, either in a misguided attempt to sell out (one that obviously isn’t working) or an even more misguided attempt to follow their muse, they’ve remade themselves into Death Cab For Cutie’s less talented cousin. Continue reading




Editor’s Pick #199: Golden Shoulders’ “Mountain” by 20watts
If the O.C. was still around, Golden Shoulders would dominate the soundtrack

If The O.C. were still around, Golden Shoulders would own the soundtrack

PREVIEW: DOWNLOAD Golden Shoulders’ “Mountain” from goldenshoulders.com

Calling Alexandra Patsavas!  I think I just discovered the most teen-soap-ready California-pop ever penned.  It has the jangly guitar line — the cooing back-up vocals — the urgent mid-track crescendos — it’s basically like a more obscure version of half the tracks on The O.C. Mix 2.

The song is “Mountain” and it comes to us, unsurprisingly, from California: the Nevada City collective Golden Shoulders have been writing ’70s-tinged retro-pop since the early 2000s.  The band has no set line-up, apart from frontman Adam Kline.  Joanna Newsom spent some time with them, as did Marc Snegg, the founder of Grass Roots Record Co.  And if that Joanna Newsom tie isn’t enough to pique your interest, consider this: Golden Shoulders play all of their shows without electricity  (no mics, amps, etc.), a feat that few other bands can claim to have attempted.

Fans of Nada Surf, Rogue Wave, The Thrills and The 88 — you will dig this.

— Caitlin Dewey, editor in chief



Editor’s Pick #57: Save the Planet One Note at a Time by jpoinier
February 9, 2009, 3:47 am
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In an age of pessimism and corporatism, its nice to see a company that’s purpose is to create musical harmony with the world. Clif Green Notes (yes they’re linked to those tasty energy bars) provides info and resources to bands that want to tour “green,” but don’t necessarily have the ‘do’-‘re’-‘me’ to do it alone.

Artists like Martin Sexton, Brett Dennen and Rogue Wave have worked with Green Notes to put on soul-shaking concerts without shaking up the environment around their stage. Recycling bins, composting stations and organic band tees at the concerts are all signs of the company’s influence.

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