Bonus Tracks



One thing's for sure about local singer Beth Black -- she's no introvert. No shuffling, no shoe-gazing, rather she'll look you straight in the eye and sing to you in clear, powerful tones. Melissa Etheridge, anyone? The only question is: What's she doing at the Saxon Pub instead of the Frank Erwin Center? -- Raoul Hernandez


101 (Megabong)

Remember the story about the guy who put rocket boosters on his car? His brakes melted and he died after running into something at a couple hundred miles an hour. Red Church Museum is the same combination of velocity and imbecility. Your disc player should hold up, but you best be able to handle speed to survive the full-throttle bong rock on 101. The crummy DIY production leaves the lyrics indecipherable, but who needs scenery at this speed? -- Michael Bertin


Societal Jive

This local trio makes some nice rhythmic strides with only mediocre material, but the band's recent switchover from metal -- when they were known as Societal Jive -- is all to obvious on this EP's overblown choruses, crunchy guitars, and forced lyrical introspection. Jive indeed. -- Andy Langer

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