chris parker – philadelphia weekly – december 21, 2011

critic’s pick: strummerville benefit – what better way to seize the seasonal spirit than by celebrating punk’s patron saint—joe strummer—and contributing to his namesake charity, which, naturally, helps young, broke musicians make their mark. the lineup’s strong, highlighted by taggart, a local fixture harking back to underground rock’s golden age during the half-decade leading up to nevermind. the guitars are sweet and crunchy like super sugar crisp, purveying tasty hooks coated in distortion and jagged edges with gruff, half-yelped vocals reminiscent of eric bachmann (archers of loaf). versatile trio mean streets’ medium is punk rock in the vein of acts like the adicts and toy dolls. it’s catchy, boisterous stuff you might describe as pop-punk before blink-182 came along. the successful failures specialize in blending melancholy jangle pop and alt-rock fury. The bill’s filled out by the groovement’s frontman leland plumridge, bloozy classic rockers the future unwritten, and high-energy pop-punkers tonight we strike. (Philadelphia Weekly)

sean koepenick – ear candy mag

for what it’s worse – new album from the long standing philly rockers. full of sonic blasts and bittersweet songwriting, this will sound fantastic cranked out over the speakers. it starts off with a bang here with “good intentions” and doesn’t let up until the last note fades off into the ether. ‘me and sweet j” and “starting now” are some of my other favorites here. taggart has been cranking out great indie rock for awhile now, and the end result is this new release, which is rock solid and worth picking up. – 4 out of 5 stars (ear candy mag)

neal agneta – big takeover, issue 68, spring 2011

pink pig stink – unless you’re already acquainted with philadelphia’s taggart, the prospect of an odds and ends rarities compilation from a band that can only boast a regional following certainly sounds like a hard sell – or is it?  the three early replacements covers included here alone (“color me impressed,” “favorite thing,” and “don’t ask why”) might be enough of a draw for die-hard fans of paul westerberg and co. to investigate pink.  taggart may have adopted a few choice traits from the ‘mats, but their smash ‘n grab approach falls more in line with twin/tone-era soul asylum.  potent originals like “pictures” and “same day surgery“ make a compelling case that taggart can rest on their own laurels; but if it’s more remakes your heart desires, they ably satisfy with weezer and who renditions to boot. (the big takeover)