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When Your “Kid A Mnesia Scarry Edition” Vinyl Finally Arrives

By ELI JACE > For nine months it was lost at sea. Stuck on a box pile in a shipping container somewhere off-dock in Europe was my copy of Radiohead’s Kid A Mnesia — “the Scarry Edition.” Probably on top of identical packages. All trapped in transit in some perfect storm of backlogged pandemic loot colliding...

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Thursday’s Mighty Return to the Nile Theater

By ELI JACE > In 2002 Thursday played the Nile Underground in Mesa, Arizona. It’s a cave of a basement, underneath the main Nile Theater venue. Then, the band’s second album Full Collapse had just been released on Victory. The video for the single, “Understanding In A Car Crash,” made MTV. The secret was out....

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Chino Moreno Revives †††

By ELI JACE > The witch is in the house. One month before Deftones are set to start their twice-canceled tour with Gojira, frontman Chino Moreno revives †††. The project (Crosses) have released two new songs, “Initiation” and “Protection.” They share the same cinematically dark mood of previous tracks, but float a little higher. Moreno...

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Bob Dylan And His Band Start Second Leg of Tour in Phoenix

By ELI JACE > “Nice to be back in Phoenix,” Bob Dylan told the crowd at the Arizona Federal Theater. It was March 3, opening night of the second leg of the Rough and Rowdy Ways World Wide Tour 2021-2024. The first leg went through the Midwest and east coast last fall. Everyone on this...

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Jon C. Ireson’s Top Albums of 2021

Jon C. Ireson’s Top Albums of 2021 With the entirety of 2021 lived under the thumb of the pandemic, this year was again focused on recorded music. Aside from ill-advised super-spreader events in the southern states during the summer and a slew of cancelled/restricted shows in the fall, the live music scene was crippled once...

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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 like Gojira, 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...

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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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