Interview with Joe Satriani: 2010 – A Modern Guitar Odyssey

Six-string master Joe Satriani resides in an unusual place in the music industry these days. At a time when the divide between gold and platinum selling artists and cult musicians is widening, the middle tier has been eroding, but the Long Island native has managed to maintain his position there …

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Movie Lover’s Holiday Guide

It’s already time again for the annual video gift guide round-up—by the way, where the hell did 2010 go?!?—and this holiday season promises a plethora of cool releases. A lot of the hot ticket items are on Blu-ray, but there are also a fair number of DVD goodies to stock …

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Interview With Stephen Christian Of Anberlin: A Passion For Progression

When singer Stephen Christian calls The Aquarian from the road, he’s in both an upbeat and contemplative mood, which is appropriate given the thematic landscape that his group Anberlin have carved out on their fifth album, the superlative Dark Is The Way, Light Is A Place. It is a …

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Interview with Accept: Teutonic Triumph

Reunions can be a dicey proposition depending upon how they come about. While money is always a factor, artistic integrity is also important. In the case of the excellent new Accept album Blood Of The Nations, the famed German rockers took an unusual turn. While they had done reunion …

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Interview with Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach: Straight From the Heart

Papa Roach are the true underdogs of the modern hard rock scene. Despite the fact that they initially made their fortunes with nü-metal, they have grown into a melodic rock beast that is way better than what they started out as and is better than what many critics or fickle, …

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Interview with Ratt: Reinfesting The Strip

Considering that party hearty “cement pirates” Ratt were among the ruling class of the Sunset Strip back in the mid- to late 1980s, it seems unlikely that as they hit middle age that they could effectively recapture the spirit of that time, particularly given that it has been 11 years …

by   |  04/19/2010  |  Comments (2)

Interview with Ville Valo of HIM: Shattered By Hope

HIM frontman Ville Valo sounds a little overwhelmed when he gets on the phone from Finland. He has been juggling press, mixes for special releases and preparations for a world tour that will start in Australia in late February, head to the UK, then arrive in the U.S. in late …

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Spinal Tap: Unwigged, Unplugged, And Unimpaired: Spinal Tap Return With A New Album, New Tour (sort of), And Less Hair

Eight years ago, while interviewing Harry Shearer in character as Derek Smalls, the (un)esteemed bassist from legendary mock rockers Spinal Tap, I asked if he could address the rumors about them being a fictional band. He cleverly retorted, “Well, what’s a rumor except fiction? So it’s fiction about fiction, in’it? …

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