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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Shooting From The Hip: Gang Gang Dance Regale Saint Dymphna

It’s lamentable how often death provides meaningful stimulus for musicians of all stripes. Sometimes it redeems otherwise reluctant artists to dig deeper for that extra motivational spark that puts them over the top. Yet it’s a sad predicament understood all-too-well by New York-based acid house enthusiasts, Gang Gang Dance.

An …

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Shooting From The Hip: Crystal Stilts Trek Brooklyn, Reveal Alight Of Night

Meeting in Boca Raton through mutual friends, Velvet Underground fans Brad Hargett (vocals) and JB Townsend (guitar) moved to New York City with no serious plan except to get the hell out of South Florida’s placid doldrums. After settling into Brooklyn’s presently thriving and oft-times peculiar art community, they began …

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Shooting From The Hip: Gringo Star Reign Retro On All Y’all

Impressive Atlanta-based retro-rock foursome, Gringo Star, not only satirically snatch Beatles drummer Ringo Starr’s snazzy moniker, but also appropriate the sound of the Fab Four’s earliest British Invasion rivals. With verve and panache, they swipe the best ’60s-era disciples in an unreconstructed manner that truly distills rock and roll’s primal …

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Shooting From The Hip: Giving Some Respect To The School Of Rock

As a small time commercial real estate broker in the Meadowlands during the early ‘90s, I vainly tried to rent out the current South Hackensack space now housing one of Paul Green’s School Of Rock franchises. On a brisk Friday eve in late October, this combination music school/ concert space, …

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Shooting From The Hip: Hercules’ Love Affair Dances To The Top

First, ancient Greek drama gave us Hercules, the courageous mortal-turned-God. And now, hundreds of centuries later, a non-ancestral Colorado-raised impresario using the same handle currently dominates America’s sullied dance floors. As the reluctant brainchild steadying Hercules And Love Affair’s self-titled debut (DFA Records), techno warrior Andrew Butler has risen out …

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Shooting From The Hip: New Roots Revival Underground

Many talented artists have expanded upon the deep heritage of American folk music since its inception. Countless Blues-defined artists from Blind Lemon Jefferson to Leadbelly and Mississippi John Hurt to RL Burnside and various Country-related troubadours from Woody Guthrie to Hank Williams to Gram Parsons to Uncle Tupelo got entangled …

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Shooting From The Hip: TK Webb’s Visions Bolster Ancestor

Presumably on a whim, singer-guitarist TK Webb came to New York City looking for exposure. But whether the Kansas City, Missouri, native really landed in the Big Apple due to “lack of a better idea” or just because he sought to be a part of its vital music scene could …

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