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David Bowie’s “The Next Day” Is A Gut Wrenching, Beautiful Masterpiece

David Bowie’s new CD “The Next Day” is a gut wrenching, beautiful masterpiece. Recorded in secret over the past two years with producer Tony Visconti, the effort could have gone in just a few directions. 2003’s “Reality” was for the most part a strong release, 2002’s “Heathen” was excellent, while 1999’s “Hours” was a mostly...

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Why Music Fans Are Respecting Their Elders In 2013

Music fans, more and more, are respecting their elders in the search for something a little…truthier. Often, when looking at current music trends, we forget to look at the whole picture, and end up throwing the baby out with the bathwater, opting for a simplistic, negative generalization rather than a comprehensive view. With many popular...

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Get Some Rock n’ Roll Spirit From The fundaMentals

With a promotional phrase “the world’s oldest living garage band”, The fundaMentals immediately caught my interest. I don’t know for certain if this claim could possibly be verified by an outside authority such as the Guiness Book of World Records, but it would mean serious publicity for the band if so. A 5-piece band all...

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Puscifer gets my Song of the Year and Album of the Year

In my opinion, Puscifer‘s “Conditions of My Parole” was the best album of 2011, with Tom Waits and Charles Bradley being extremely close. Puscifer gets the edge because of how absolutely profound the release was. Maynard James Keenan’s lyrics, as always, were wise and charged with his own knowingness. The partnership with Carina Round proved...

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Take Cover! The Bikini Robot Army Is Upon Us!

It’s always a good thing when artists are unafraid to get weird, don’t you think? Bikini Robot Armyis the quirky and strange self-produced rock/funk/pop/motown/experimental creation of solo artist Val Broeksmit. Like Beck, the Gorillaz and Tom Waits, Broeksmit prefers to venture deep into his own eccentric world rather than explore the expected. With a soul-infused flair and...

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Connecticut rapper Skobie Won unites hip hop and electronica with “Burn”

Combining eccentric hip hop, electro music, glitch hop and a healthy punk attitude, Connecticut rapper Skobie Won has been releasing some vicious material as of late. It’s great to hear someone doing something new production-wise, yet still remaining true to the best of what hip hop has to offer. Skobie Won sits well alongside with...

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Exclusive Interview and Feature with Steve Kouba – “Fake It ‘Til You Make It”

Steve Kouba is a strange cat to be sure, but aren’t the strange ones the best when it comes to music and art? This Chicago musician/singer songwriter has carved a unique niche for himself and is also doing something 99 percent of musicians want to do; earning a living off his music. Steve is currently a...

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Chords of Truth – a brilliant lyricist and songwriter

Today I received a unique music submission from the acoustic solo project called Chords of Truth. I was steered towards a particular track until I began perusing the artist’s website and found something much bigger, something akin to an honest spiritual exploration. When I say that, I’m not referring to an idealogy, but more of...

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Rock n Roll Storm’s A Comin – A Hideous Blue Inspires

“Nothing’s what you bargained for. Give it up like a cheap whore.” That sums it up, doesn’t it? There is a positive message in there if you look for it. Your plan. Give it up. Drop it. Sobering, lyrical brilliance from Mr. Derrick Mills, the musical mastermind behind the dangerous and fascinating project A Hideous...

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The RainDoggs – Tom Waits Meets Snoop Dogg To Jam

    The RainDoggs. Very clever name. Tom Waits (who himself released a stellar album “Bad As Me“) once crooned “For I am a rain dog, too” on his 1985 classic album “Rain Dogs”. 26 years later, an independent band from Austin, Texas has taken inspiration from him as well as the iconic Snoop Dogg....

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