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Black Pegasus, The Audition, The Whigs

click to enlarge The Audition -  - Champion Victory - Sounds like: A Madison Avenue - creation of crap -  - Short take: Lackluster results make a - forgettable Audition -  - Even though the Chicago-based The Audition is billed as - a quintessential pop-punk/alternative act, you can't help - but hear elements of (gasp!) post-grunge on - Champion. With high drama and Guitar - Hero posturing, tracks such as "Ether" and - "Edinboro" come across sounding closer to Nickelback - than the group's angsty peers. Then there's the faux - pop-soul sound of "Hell to Sell" and the ska-influenced - "Shady Business," both of which paint this quintet as - unfocused and lost. Invariably, any momentum earned - on 2005's Controversy Loves Company is long - gone. Make no mistake, The Audition is targeting - squarely at the Vans Warped Tour-loving - demographic, with one breezy and predictable anthem - after another. But it appears as if Champion is - just another hollow-shell release.   John - Benson
  • The Audition

    Champion
    Victory
    Sounds like: A Madison Avenue creation of crap

    Short take: Lackluster results make a forgettable Audition

    Even though the Chicago-based The Audition is billed as a quintessential pop-punk/alternative act, you can't help but hear elements of (gasp!) post-grunge on Champion. With high drama and Guitar Hero posturing, tracks such as "Ether" and "Edinboro" come across sounding closer to Nickelback than the group's angsty peers. Then there's the faux pop-soul sound of "Hell to Sell" and the ska-influenced "Shady Business," both of which paint this quintet as unfocused and lost. Invariably, any momentum earned on 2005's Controversy Loves Company is long gone. Make no mistake, The Audition is targeting squarely at the Vans Warped Tour-loving demographic, with one breezy and predictable anthem after another. But it appears as if Champion is just another hollow-shell release. John Benson

click to enlarge Black Pegasus -  - The Black Mexican Brass Knuckle Ent - Sounds like: The biggest name in - CO hip-hop -  - Short Take: The schtick is so-so; the beats are - tight -  - On his latest disc, The Black Mexican, Rob - Houston/Black Pegasus wants to share his diverse - cultural makeup with you. As concepts go, it's not - terrible, allowing Black P to incorporate some interesting - Latino-inspired beats under his rhymes. A punchline - emcee with a strong battling background, P finds his - strength in inspired verbiage, not his so-so cadence - and yet here, on both levels, P offers his best effort to - date (thanks in large part to the varied beats created by - P's fellow Springs resident, Base Jase). Altogether, this - disc is a big step forward for Black Pegasus and his - entire Brass Knuckle crew. Look no further than "Get - Mine": Far and away the most polished track on the disc, - it showcases the national potential P and Company - possess.  Pete Freedman
  • Black Pegasus

    The Black Mexican
    Brass Knuckle Ent
    Sounds like: The biggest name in CO hip-hop

    Short Take: The schtick is so-so; the beats are tight

    On his latest disc, The Black Mexican, Rob Houston/Black Pegasus wants to share his diverse cultural makeup with you. As concepts go, it's not terrible, allowing Black P to incorporate some interesting Latino-inspired beats under his rhymes. A punchline emcee with a strong battling background, P finds his strength in inspired verbiage, not his so-so cadence and yet here, on both levels, P offers his best effort to date (thanks in large part to the varied beats created by P's fellow Springs resident, Base Jase). Altogether, this disc is a big step forward for Black Pegasus and his entire Brass Knuckle crew. Look no further than "Get Mine": Far and away the most polished track on the disc, it showcases the national potential P and Company possess. Pete Freedman

click to enlarge The Whigs -  - Mission Control ATO - Sounds like: Mission accomplished -  - Short take: Respectable garage rock returns -  - The Whigs' debut, Give 'Em All a Big Fat Lip, was - one of the more underrated albums of 2006. Now, the - alternative rock-flavored trio is back with more of the - same for its sophomore album, Mission Control. - With a garage rock swagger and an indie rock credibility, - the Georgia threesome succeeds in providing anthems - featuring varying degrees of guitar rock. Instantly, - there's the emotional attachment to the honesty of - "Right Hand on My Heart," while the softness of "I Never - Want to Go Home" creates a gravitational pull that is not - unlike that of a sensitive Dave Grohl tune. Considering - that the garage rock zeitgeist from a few years back has - waned (We hardly knew ye, Franz Ferdinand), the return - of clear judgment should draw more attention to the - tuneful songwriting of The Whigs.  John - Benson
  • The Whigs

    Mission Control
    ATO
    Sounds like: Mission accomplished

    Short take: Respectable garage rock returns

    The Whigs' debut, Give 'Em All a Big Fat Lip, was one of the more underrated albums of 2006. Now, the alternative rock-flavored trio is back with more of the same for its sophomore album, Mission Control. With a garage rock swagger and an indie rock credibility, the Georgia threesome succeeds in providing anthems featuring varying degrees of guitar rock. Instantly, there's the emotional attachment to the honesty of "Right Hand on My Heart," while the softness of "I Never Want to Go Home" creates a gravitational pull that is not unlike that of a sensitive Dave Grohl tune. Considering that the garage rock zeitgeist from a few years back has waned (We hardly knew ye, Franz Ferdinand), the return of clear judgment should draw more attention to the tuneful songwriting of The Whigs. John Benson

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