Interview with the Spill Canvas: Yeah, Still Doing Good

The youthful, pop-sweetened rock outfit The Spill Canvas is the brainchild of Nick Thomas, who like many budding songwriters of his generation found he needed a band for his vision, though there weren’t many like-minded players in his chilly South Dakota environs. Started almost a decade ago, the band has …

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Ronnie James Dio: 1942-2010

It’s been a sad few weeks for metal. With the passing of Peter Steele, fans mourned one of the genre’s vampiric, self-deprecating and complicated legends—but a legend that you might run into at a show. The legacy of Ronnie James Dio seems so much more untouchable and pure.

The man …

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Cynic: Re-Traced / Season Of Mist

Traced In Air, the reunion record for the underground prog-metal men of myth Cynic, received near-universal acclaim from anyone who had ears and the will to hear in when it was released in 2008. The sophomore album was an unexpected success, and they subsequently toured the hell out of …

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Red Sparowes: The Fear Is Excruciating, But Therin Lies The Answer / Sargent House

In the instrumental post-metal genre, there is Red Sparowes and there is everyone else. Rather than merely relying on the tenants of the post-rock genre and eliminating the vocals like many others, they voice their three-guitar sound with a result that sounds less like a rock band and more like …

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Jello Biafra & Guantanamo School Of Medicine @ Club Europa

BROOKLYN, NY—It was a night originally destined to be at the much larger Brooklyn Masonic Temple, but that was wishful thinking on the part of the promoters, perhaps, for Jello Biafra’s first New York show fronting his own band in many years. Possibly decades.

Sure, he’d been around with the …

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Nashville Pussy @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise

NEW YORK HARBOR, NY—While this is the tenth year of the Rocks Off Concert Cruise, I must admit, I had never been on one until 2010. Being a picky bastard, if I’m going to a show just to see an opener, I like to leave early, or if I’m just …

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Interview with Aqua Teen Hunger Force’s Dana Snyder: Still Number One In The Hood

Considered by many to be Adult Swim’s flagship series, and by far its longest running cartoon, Aqua Teen Hunger Force is a show set in Southern New Jersey about the exploits of a “crime-fighting” milkshake named Master Shake, a box of French fries named Frylock, and a ball of red …

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Deftones: Diamond Eyes

The sad case of recent Deftones albums is the story around the work is more interesting than the work itself. Case in point is an unfortunate car accident that has left bassist Chi Cheng in a semi-conscious state (coincidentally, the band’s earliest riffs were born while guitarist Stephen Carpenter was …

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Oil Spill Sabotage: Why Do You ‘Have To Wonder’?

In the days following the explosion in the Gulf Of Mexico of a BP oil rig, the news narrative gradually developed from a curio into a full-blown ongoing crisis. Originally, the worry was the explosion killed a few workers, which it likely did, but as the blow-out preventer on the …

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Interview with Weezer: They Want You To

California’s Weezer is a band that needs little introduction. But we’ll give it a try anyway. Their debut self-titled, affectionately referred to as the Blue Album, is a bonafide rock and roll mid-‘90s success with its self-deprecating but upbeat songs about love, nervous breakdowns and social awkwardness. And despite …

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