Shooting From The Hip: Joe Henry Out To Get Blood From Stars

Branching out beyond reflective folk-based singer/songwriter to artful jazz-affected rhapsodist, multi-talented acoustic guitarist/pianist Joe Henry’s a roving chameleon who has become an entrusted producer for several veteran singers. Fact is, the unrivaled Los Angeles transplant refined and redefined his widening artistic profile over the course of a dozen evolving albums …

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YOB: The Unreal Never Ceased, Pt. 2: An Interview With Mike Scheidt

…When we left off last week, YOB guitarist/vocalist Mike Scheidt was discussing the shifting priorities in his life as his band came back to the creative fore. In part two, the discussion turns toward the creative end of things and how it’s different being in YOB this time as opposed

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Metal Skull: YOB: The Unreal Never Ceased, Pt. 1: An Interview With Mike Scheidt

Like many bands who break up in their prime (Kyuss being the most prevalent example in my mind), the legend of Eugene, Oregon’s, YOB only grew after their demise, and as guitarist, vocalist and principal songwriter Mike Scheidt began to explore other sonic avenues with subsequent outfit Middian on their …

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Metal Skull: Interview with Firebird: Going Grand

Guitarist/vocalist Bill Steer of UK classic rock power trio Firebird is one of few individuals in the realm of heavy music who has been able to pull of a total stylistic 180. Beginning in the ‘80s as the lead guitarist for grindcore gods Carcass, Steer began a decade ago to …

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Reality Check: Stupidly, Stupidly, Stupidly, Life Is But A Dream

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or

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Metal Skull: Pig Destroyer In The Black – Interview With JR Hayes

A cross-generational assemblage of grindcore luminaries, the Blackened Music Series’ gathering of legends Repulsion, Brutal Truth and Pig Destroyer is the kind of show you see at 17 and still talk about at 35. It’s a one-off for everyone involved—no major touring going on—they’re just coming together for this one …

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Reality Check: The Healthcare Shuffle

Fourth Rail of American Politics Goes Nuclear

At the risk of continuing to make Glenn Beck weep like a schoolgirl or cause Chris Matthews further senseless hemorrhaging, it is important that this space reiterate its apathy when it comes to either the overhaul of the nation’s convoluted sinkhole of a …

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Metal Skull: Clutch’s Tim Sult – A Reliable Source Of Information

If you felt the world suddenly get groovier Tuesday, it’s because seminal Maryland rockers Clutch released their new album, Strange Cousins From The West. Their ninth album overall and first on their own label, Weathermaker Music, it further solidifies the hard-touring band’s bluesy hard rock direction and catchy songwriting. …

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Reality Check: Woody Being Woody

In Praise of The Master’s Latest Opus, Whatever Works

Whatever love you can get and give, whatever happiness you can provide, every temporary measure of grace, whatever joy you can filch from this immense void of nothingness, whatever works.
—Boris Yellnikoff from Whatever Works

It was somewhere in the painful …

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Shooting From The Hip: The Drones

Over the course of five albums in eight years, the Drones have honed their dauntless apocalyptic sound. Current subterranean champs of Australia’s wide-ranging Melbourne scene, they mangle psych-punk lamentations with epic Goth meditations, creating enough funereal gloom for the doomed, swooned, and lampooned creatures being lyrically subverted. Though supporting musicians …

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