Mesh R.E.M. with Fugazi and you might get a ballpark idea of J. Robbins' vision. The former Jawbox frontman and jack-of-all-things Baltimore/D.C. punk almost feels too punk to be alternative - and too alternative to be punk. Genre talk aside, Robbins' sound recalls a brand of '90s intellectual rock that serves as source material for many of today's indie styles.

Mesh R.E.M. with Fugazi and you might get a ballpark idea of J. Robbins' vision. The former Jawbox frontman and jack-of-all-things Baltimore/D.C. punk almost feels too punk to be alternative - and too alternative to be punk. Genre talk aside, Robbins' sound recalls a brand of '90s intellectual rock that serves as source material for many of today's indie styles.