REVIEWS: JUDAS PRIEST - [LIVE]

Judas Priest - [Live] PHOTO
ARTIST: Judas Priest - [Live]
VENUE: City National Civic - San Jose, Ca. - 11/16/14
DATE: 11-21-14
REVIEW BY: Elizabeth Madason
PHOTO: Raymond Ahner
You wouldn't think that Judas Priest could possibly feel as though they have something to prove to their audience anymore. Now in their forty-fifth year of operation, the band has weathered it all; drugs and alcohol have been problems and the band's excesses have run before being tempered, band members have come and gone and even returned [view more]

REVIEWS: THE TRAGICALLY HIP - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: The Tragically Hip - [Album]
DATE: 11-19-14
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
Even though the band drew a tremendous amount of fanfare for their albums and efforts through the late Eighties and pretty much all of the Nineties, Fully Completely was the album which defined The Tragically Hip as a quintessential Canadian rock band on the same level as Neil Young and The Guess Who. The band had paid its dues and [view more]

FEATURES: INSIDE THE CREATIVE POWER BEHIND RUIN DISCOS RECORDS

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ARTIST: Inside The Creative Power Behind Ruin Discos Records
Label Head Hannah Blumenfeld Takes G. Murray Thomas Behind The Scenes To Explain The Inspiration For Her Label, Ruin Discos
DATE: 11-17-14
WRITER: G. Murray Thomas
On November 4, Mike Hudson and the Pagans released Hollywood High, their first album in twenty-five years. The Pagans were part of the original Cleveland punk scene which included the Dead Boys and Pere Ubu. The album, a fine explosion of modern punk with some spoken word thrown in (Hudson is also the author of the novel [view more]

REVIEWS: SLAYER - [LIVE]

Slayer - [Live] PHOTO
ARTIST: Slayer - [Live]
with Exodus and Suicidal Tendencies
VENUE: The Fox Theater - Oakland, CA - 11/11/14 and 11/12/14
DATE: 11-16-14
REVIEW BY: Raymond Ahner
PHOTO: Raymond Ahner
Whoever it was that said you can not travel back in time could not have been more wrong. Thirty years after they all shared the stage together at the infamous “Day on the Dirt” show at the Berkeley Aquatic Center, Slayer, Exodus, and Suicidal Tendencies once again annihilated the East Bay with two sold out shows at the Fox Theater in [view more]

COLUMN: VINYL VLOG 045

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ARTIST: Vinyl Vlog 045
A deeper look into the grooves pressed into the Fine Asses 7'' EP by Tinkerbelles
DATE: 11-15-14
WRITER: Bill Adams
It has been a very, very long time since a new record forced my mind to expand so quickly that it made my eyes blur, but that's exactly what Tickerbelles' debut 7-inch – the Fine Asses EP – did to me. The first time I put it on and stylus touched vinyl, the record just walked up and belted me in the face. It was [view more]

REVIEWS: JOHN DENVER - [4CD SET]

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ARTIST: John Denver - [4CD Set]
DATE: 11-14-14
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
Over the last twenty years (but particularly since the singer's death in 1997), there have been lots of different best-ofs and other assorted compilation albums which have collected John Denver's best-known songs, but those sets have never really tried to scratch the surface of his repertoire. In spite of the fact that Denver's [view more]

COLUMN: I WANNA BE LITERATED! 070

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ARTIST: I Wanna Be Literated! 070
A critical evaluation of As You Were Vol. 3: Big Big Changes, edited by Mitch Clem
DATE: 11-11-14
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
One of the worst aspects of comic books today (besides the main superhero form in general) is the complete cooption of this outcast medium into the mainstream. Comic books mean big money for Hollywood and they have come to be more accepted and respected in our culture even though we call them "graphic novels" as if the words "comic [view more]

REVIEWS: SINGLE MOTHERS - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: Single Mothers - [Album]
with free mp3 download for 'Marbles' from Negative Qualities
DATE: 11-10-14
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
It might sound weird to those who don't know the band (yet) but, with their debut full-length album Negative Qualities, Single Mothers have proven they're the single greatest new hope for hardcore punk. Over the last few years, the rise of band's like Fucked Up and Trash Talk coupled with the decline of groups [view more]

REVIEWS: GWAR - [PHOTOS]

GWAR - [Photos] PHOTO
ARTIST: GWAR - [Photos]
VENUE: Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, Ca. - 11/05/14
DATE: 11-10-14
REVIEW BY: Elizabeth Madason
PHOTO: Raymond Ahner
After the unexpected death of singer Dave "Oderous Urungus" Brockie earlier this year, most fans pretty much figured GWAR was done. Forced into retirement due to circumstances beyond their control. It wasn't an easy thought, but a necessary one; Brockie was a key part of his band's sound and style. It was for that reason that [view more]

REVIEWS: THURSTON MOORE - [ALBUM]

Thurston Moore - [Album] PHOTO
ARTIST: Thurston Moore - [Album]
DATE: 11-09-14
REVIEW BY: G. Murray Thomas
Audio
From the first riff of “Speak to the Wild,” the opening track of Thurston Moore’s solo album The Best Day, I felt like I was listening to Sonic Youth. The riff was so familiar, I could almost peg it to a specific SY song. The similarities continued throughout. The lineup is still two guitars, bass and drums (with Steve [view more]

REVIEWS: SCREAMING FEMALES - [LIVE]

Screaming Females - [Live] PHOTO
ARTIST: Screaming Females - [Live]
with Mean Creek and Pujol
VENUE: TT\'s The Bear - Cambridge, MA - 11/06/14
DATE: 11-09-14
REVIEW BY: Ollie Ottoman
PHOTO: Ollie Ottoman
Audio
The first time I heard Screaming Females was at an Underground Railroad to Candyland show in Cambridge. Screaming Females were headlining and after a pleasant conversation with URTC frontman Todd Congelliere ("NOFX's Ribbed is such an excellent album") I was getting ready to leave. "You're not staying for Screaming [view more]

COLUMN: VINYL VLOG 044

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ARTIST: Vinyl Vlog 044
A deeper look into the grooves pressed into the With A Little Help From My Fwends LP by The Flaming Lips.
DATE: 11-08-14
WRITER: Bill Adams
The problem with trying to critically review anything from The Beatles' songbook is that many potential listeners are going to flay it apart as they listen very closely for flaws – any flaw at all. A lot of that has to do with The Beatles' standing in pop culture and musical reputation; their songbook is revered by so many that its [view more]

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