Judas Priest: Interview with K.K. Downing

The return of Rob Halford-fronted Judas Priest was undoubtedly one of the biggest stories in heavy metal for all of 2004. Their stint on Ozzfest and the recording of what would become their comeback album, Angels Of Retribution, reinserted their name into the consciousness of headbangers worldwide, and what …

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Entombed @ B.B. King Blues Club & Grill

Tours come and tours go. Great shows last forever in the memories of those lucky enough to have seen them.

Entombed, among the forefathers of the original Swedish death metal sound, met with Crowbar, the kings of New Orleans sludge, supported by Pro- Pain, the toughest of old-school New York …

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Miles Davis: Tribute to Jack Johnson

There’s something in the swagger of Miles Davis’ playing on these recordings that reminds me of a boxer walking down the aisle. There’s the limit of the people crowded all around the runway, the chaos of that moment where the heavyweight comes out from behind the curtain and the whole …

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Emok @ Knitting Factory NYC

What first caught my eye about the ground-level room of the Knitting Factory was the floor. At some point between the smoking ban and now, it has been replaced and it was so clean yuppies in expensive driving coats were sitting on it like fourth graders in gym class. Small …

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Gibby Haynes: Gibby Haynes and His Problem

Warm summer, top down, driving off to nowhere low-edge rock music with all the outlandish and absurd lyrics you would expect from the former Butthole Surfers frontman’s solo debut. Stripped down production, light use of sampling and Haynes’s trademark megaphoned-in vocal style make short work of today’s alternative scene, going …

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Mark Lanegan: Bubblegum

The former Screaming Trees vocalist returns with his fourth solo offering, presenting a deceptively-titled and complex group of songs with guest appearances from P.J. Harvey, Nick Oliveri and Josh Homme (of Queens of the Stone Age), Izzy Stradlin and Duff McKagan, Dean Ween (Ween), and Chris Goss (Masters of Reality), …

by   |  08/25/2004  |  Comments Off on Mark Lanegan: Bubblegum

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