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Music, Hear This Rocket from the Crypt: Show Preview

Rocket from the Crypt: Show Preview

To many San Diegans, Rocket from the Crypt was the city's last rock 'n' roll band that mattered. A visceral live outfit founded in 1989, RFTC restored primacy to the guitar riff, then reclaimed the swagger of horns during its…
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Music, All Shook Down Rocket From The Crypt's John Reis: "I Listen to Records Because They Sound Worse"

Rocket From The Crypt's John Reis: "I Listen to Records Because They Sound Worse"

San Diego's Rocket From The Crypt treated its fans wonderfully, and they responded with feverish devotion. Many even endured permanent, ink-laden scars in the shape of the band's logo. In Rocket From The Crypt, and later Hot Snakes, the Sultans,…
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Music, Reviewed Lady Dottie and the Diamonds

Lady Dottie and the Diamonds

Right out of the gate, Lady Dottie and the Diamonds' debut assaults you with loud garage drums; scrappy guitar licks; and big, husky vocals. The first four measures of this disc sound more like a Rocket from the Crypt record…
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John Reis Loses the Brutality

John Reis has more than earned his lauded status among forward-thinking punks, via the benchmarks set by his early postpunk project Drive Like Jehu, the hard-rock swing that defined Rocket from the Crypt, and the jagged, brutal beauty of the…
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Music, Reviewed Earthless

Earthless

San Diego's Earthless purvey majestic acid rock, a genre that bakes the neurons with industrious instrumentals. And this trio blisters more brain cells than most. On its sophomore release, Rhythms From a Cosmic Sky, Earthless opens with a molten salute.…
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