Tag: college rock

Scarred But Smarter: Life N Times of Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ (Shanzing Films)

The story of Southern rocker and lifer Kevn Kinney is told with this superb documentary.

The Connells: Stone Cold Yesterday: The Best Of The Connells (Concord/Bicycle Music)

North Carolina college-rock mainstays The Connells always felt a bit out of step with contemporary music, but this greatest hits collection removes the band from the context of the era and shows that though they were a bit of a sleeper group in their heyday, their music holds up quite well three decades later.

The Rave-Ups: Town + Country (Omnivore Recordings)

The Rave-Ups was an LA-based College Rock band who had a roots-rock heart and a flirtation with mainstream success via an appearance in John Hughes’ classic Sixteen Candles. Their debut album is fine, albeit one with a slight identity problem.

Scarred But Smarter: Life N Times of Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ (Shanzing Films)

A recent documentary about an underrated Southern rock band makes a wonderful case for the band’s legacy.

Camper Van Beethoven: Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart/Key Lime Pie (Omnivore)

The college-rock explosion of the mid-to-late 1980s was a fertile, creative time, even though the genre gets written out of the rock history books, thanks to the burgeoning “alternative rock” scene and subsequent “grunge explosion.”  College-rock bands were melodic, a little rock, and not particularly ashamed of showing some ambition–after all, R.E.M. and 10,000 Maniacs obtained success while still… Read More ›