Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ken's Top 10 of 2014 - #7: Screaming Females - Live at The Hideout

It's rare for a live album to make a year end release. They're usually overpolished, watered down releases that might as well be a greatest hits package, or maybe a tour souvenir for die hard fans. Live at The Hideout is great, so it's the exception. It feels like a real set without stripping away mistakes to make it all about the hits. And Screaming Females aren't exactly a hit singles band, so it's an actual set list. It captures the energy and power of their live set as close as you can get to it without being there. It's both a great starting point for the curious and the die hards. If you want the fury of punk with the masterful guitar solos of Dinosaur Jr, you need to get this one.

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