PAYOFF, THE: Riders of the Dead Horse: CD

Musically, Birmingham’s The Payoff brings together a bunch of post punk and hardcore influences, with the overly whiny vocals making the already odd songs even less accessible. Fans of artier strains of hardcore will appreciate the undeniable creativity, whereas the rest of us would probably rather attend a scrapbooking or papier-mâché party to get our creative fix. Does anyone know what time the fabric store closes?

 –Art Ettinger (House of Love, www.houseofloverecords.net)