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Liars Return With 10th Album, “The Apple Drop”

By ELI JACE > Liars’ leader Angus Andrew, has finessed his junkyard studio for their tenth album, The Apple Drop. He stands stilt-high at the foot of the stage, the lone founding member of the slapdashing oozerock band. Released in May by Mute Records, The Apple Drop is Liars’ third album since original members, drummer...

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Shawna Virago Discusses the Powerful Influence of Seminal Los Angeles Punk Band X

Shawna Virago Discusses the Powerful Influence of Seminal Los Angeles Punk Band X Acclaimed Transgender Folk Punk/Alt Country Singer Songwriter Shawna Virago (http://www.shawnavirago.com/) has been releasing finely crafted, lyrically potent music for years. Always bubbling just beneath the surface of her compositions is the unbridled spirit, rawness and rage of punk rock, expressed by one...

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Gojira’s Fortitude solidifies their prominence in modern metal.

Gojira’s Fortitude solidifies their prominence in modern metal. In the life cycle of a band or artist, the constant thrust is to find that sound that’s quintessentially yours. Some concoction of words, sounds, and rhythm that unites your fans in solidarity. The achievement of being able to flick on a radio or a playlist and...

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St. Vincent is at the height of her powers embracing the sounds of the Golden Era of music.

St. Vincent is at the height of her powers embracing the sounds of the Golden Era of music. By the time Annie Clark struck out on her own, she was already adorned with heaps of indie rock clout from her stints with hip, music rag darlings. From its inception, the St. Vincent moniker has stood...

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Master producer Daniel Lanois cedes the spotlight to the sunny gospel of Johnny Shepherd.

Master producer Daniel Lanois cedes the spotlight to the sunny gospel of Johnny Shepherd. There’s a triangle of the Western Hemisphere that holds the key to the sound that master producer Daniel Lanois brings to the records he writes. It begins in Eastern Canada where Lanois grew up, a bilingual environment that bred the archetypal...

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Genghis Tron’s new sound is an indomitable force of nature.

Genghis Tron’s new sound is an indomitable force of nature. When Genghis Tron decided to go on hiatus, they announced the break on their MySpace page. It’s been a while… Genghis Tron announced their “intermission” in 2010 after touring their second album Board up the House. Their first two records sent ripples through the metal...

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Mike Patton’s visceral supergroup is back with a vengeance.

Mike Patton’s visceral supergroup is back with a vengeance. In absurd times, it’s always helpful to look to Mike Patton for insight. The profoundly prolific frontman can be consistently counted on to provide biting social commentary and daft comedic buffoonery, often melding the two together into one lethal dose of satire. To our good fortune,...

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New Video From Deniz Cuylan Moves with Static Ease

By ELI JACE > Allow the new video for “Object of Desire” by Deniz Cuylan to freeze you in place. Time stands still. The only wind is the force putting the hair on your body at attention. Guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Cuylan put out the video last week as the second single for his beautiful new...

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Deloused in the Comatorium: A Psychonaut’s Odyssey.

An in-depth look at The Mars Volta’s masterwork, “Deloused in the Comatorium”. This morning we received a cryptic teaser from modern prog legends The Mars Volta. The masters of maniacal musical moods and mystical bilingual lyrical manifestations have been defunct since 2013 when group leaders guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala announced they had...

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Menahan Street Band

The Exciting Sounds of Menahan Street Band. The title says it all.

The Exciting Sounds of Menahan Street Band. The title says it all. In some ways, the career of legendary soul singer Charles Bradley was like that of a 27 Club member. Although the Screaming Eagle began his professional solo career late at 62, his time in the spotlight was more burn out than fade away....

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Vermont band, Clever Girls, craft endearing “Constellations”

By ELI JACE > Clever Girls find their lane and stomp the gas pedal on their second album, Constellations.  This fourpiece, out of Burlington, VT, have crafted an endearing set of songs. Led by lead vocalist and songwriter, Diane Jean, Clever Girls explore life’s misgivings through expert songcraft. Winfield Holt on guitar, Tobias Sullivan on bass,...

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Nick Cave and Warren Ellis find themselves amid Carnage.

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis find themselves amid Carnage. theguardian.com Last Thursday, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis dropped their first official non-soundtrack album collaboration. The (sort of) surprise release was teased via Cave’s Q&A blog The Red Hand Files back in January. It’s the first release of wholly new material from Cave since 2019’s Ghosteen...

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