Review: Bug-eyed nerd punks straight outta Seattle, The Briefs, are still kicking and "Platinum Rats" presents their fifth LP and first since 2005's "Steal Yer Heart". Still the bleach-blonde punks they ever were, the album holds down a spirit and ethos that will get the nod of approval from the fans of the Sex Pistols, Rancid and Fat Wreck Chords et al. With most songs clocking in at two-and-a-half minutes, The Briefs shred their guitars inside a frenzy of noise could have made it to Epitaph had it been the late '90s wonder years of punk. Still, being 2019, they find themselves on the Californian imprint Burger Records, founders of the annual Burgerama music festival. The Briefs go supersized.
Review: Following a deuce of extended players for both Heavenly Recordings and Burger Records, designer and musician from Atlanta, Georgia, Atina 'Mattiel' Brown, proudly presents her debut self-titled album. With traces of Dolly Parton and Nico to Iggy Pop, Bowie and '60s & '70s musical activism abound, Mattiel is bringing a new voice to a classic sequence of genres. With instrumental work coming from Jonah Swilley and Randy Michael - stomping on everything from The White Stripes to The Black Keys, Brown's vocal work and its range is to be hailed, and if you're looking for that album to blast on your way out of the city this is it.