Monday 10 March 2014


GenresPunk / Rock / Garage / Indie / Alternative / Emo
Related artistsCursive, The White Octave, Smashmouth, Lullabye For The Working Class,
                        The Mogis Brothers and Slowdown Virginia.
CountryOmaha, USA
Years Active2003-2005
Song: "The Coincidence"
Album: "En Garde"
Year: 2003
Label(s): Saddle Creek Records / Initial Records
This post's artist is from the March 2014 Mix. This is track #15.
You can download the March 2014 Mix#2 right here.
For fans ofStephen BrodskyFoo Fighters, CursiveWeezerNada Surf, The Mark Inside,
                  Andrew WK, Cursive, Mansions, Cave InDeath From Above 1979, No Knife,
                  RecoverManchester OrchestraKid Kilowatt, (mid) Standstill(later)
John VandersliceRiddle Of Steel and Harvey Danger.

If college rock, 90s emo and Steve Brodsky did some kind of existential collaboration it would probably sound like CRITERIA. This band is the brainchild of Stephen, the former Cursive guitarist. He has a strong, booming voice which is coupled with very solid instrumental backing that dabbles in Cursive/No Knife palm muting and noodling territory, while the vocal stylings have a strong resemblance to Stephen Brodsky and Rivers from Weezer. My wife and I also feel that CRITERIA shares similar song structures and broader, more obscure lyrics with bands such as Mansions.

CRITERIA has a thick rock sound, and should have been much more popular. There's nothing groundbreaking here, but if you're looking for a solid, anthemic rock album - here are 2. Download the discography and decide for yourself.


Click )==>here<==( to download the band's complete discography in mp3 form.

2003 - En Garde cd/LP

2005 - When We Break cd/12"LP
2005 - Prevent The World cd/7" single
2005 - Lagniappe Comp (contributed "Bookeeta")

(2003) CRITERIA - "The Coincidence" (from 'En Garde')

(2003) CRITERIA - "It Happens" (from 'En Garde')

(2005) CRITERIA - "Draped In Blood" (from 'When We Break')

(2005) CRITERIA - "Run Together" (from 'When We Break')

(2005) CRITERIA - "Self Help (G-Force Remix" (from 'Prevent The World' single)


CRITERIA out-of-print discography mp3 download



  1. Any way to see this come back to life? Great post.

  2. I would also like to see this. I found this site randomly on the internet to grab Poison the Well and noticed you had Criteria too.