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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v8n25 (06/17/2009) » Section: Left of the Dial

Sonic Youth - The Eternal

After breaking their major label ties, Sonic Youth returns to their indie roots by leaping out the gate with one of their most energized rockers in years. The mellow jams that characterized their last few works have been put on the back burner, and even with most the band pushing 50, The Eternal is focused, sharp, and lively. But as thrilling as it is to see the alt legends crashing through the bends, the whole thing feels a bit too much like a day at the races, with little new ground covered.

Rancid - Let the Dominoes Fall

The media blitz in the past few weeks has been all Green Day. That band’s latest, 21st Century Breakdown, has seen them take their punk band becomes populist rockers shtick to a zenith. They carry the dual burden/blessing of being one of the biggest bands in rock, and the promotional trail has been hot and heavy.

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