SHORTCUTS, THE: Self-titled: CD

This self-titled and self-released album comes charged with nine pop punk jams. This all-girl Midwest band sings about relationships, roller derby, and hitting people with chains without skipping a beat. While this band doesn’t bring anything new to the table, they provide a good representation of the pop punk genre. Mad props for putting the record out themselves, as opposed to waiting for a label or just putting it up online.

 –Rene Navarro (Self-released, www.myspace.com/theshortcutsband)