8Ball “Almost Famous” (Jcor) DMX, Biggie: Blend the two and get 8Ball He’s fat and he’s “phat” —N.R.
BoyLion “Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Select, Start” (MOC) Nintendo cartridge Makes some interesting music Gleeful indie punk —J.V.
Alpha Cat “Pearl Harbor” 80s college rock Throwing Muses sound-a-like More ho-hum than fun —Neal Ramirez
Empire State “Eternal Combustion” (Warm) An indie / jam-rock / Electro expariment Gone horribly wrong —J.V.
B-Side Players “Movement” (Surfdog) Long Beach Dub All-stars: The bastard son of Sublime; This is the real son —N.R.
Fin Fang Foom “Texture, Structure, and the Condition of Moods” (Lovitt) Comic book dragon Gave N.C. trio its name Ten odes to boredom —N.R.
Devalina Guha-Roy “My God! That’s a sexy camel!” (Self-Released) Cool Bengali girl Self-releases an album This tape rocks the house —J.S.
Bionic Jive “Armageddon Through Your Speakers” (Interscope) Violent guitar riffs With vocals like Eminem More bad rap-metal —J.V.