COLUMN: THE CLASSICS 019

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ARTIST: The Classics 019
A deeper look at the grooves pressed into a 1978-issued copy of Van Halen's self-titled debut album.
DATE: 08-30-15
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
The thing about albums which are truly progressive (to be clear, I'm referring to albums which break new ground – not necessarily prog rock albums) is that their impact on pop music as a whole takes a bit of time to really register; sure, there's a chance that they might break through, win fans and become popular early on, but [view more]

REVIEWS: DR. DRE - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: Dr. Dre - [Album]
DATE: 08-25-15
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
It's not easy to know how to feel about Compton, Dr. Dre's first new album since 2001 came out in 1999. On one hand the excitement that even the mention of a new Dre album generates makes it deserving of attention but, now well over a decade since the emcee really did anything important anywhere other than behind the [view more]

FEATURES: GROUND CONTROL'S BACK TO SCHOOL GUIDE (PART TWO)

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ARTIST: Ground Control's Back To School Guide (Part Two)
Time is growing short, here is Ground Control's last cram for the stuff you might need to make life livable after you go back to school.
DATE: 08-22-15
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
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Mininch Toolpen
If you can see a certain trend in our [view more]

REVIEWS: PRIMUS - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: Primus - [Album]
DATE: 08-15-15
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
Even before they hear a note of music, sometimes listeners already know why a band elected to cover an album/film score/collection from front to back: it just makes sense that they'd do it. Sometimes, it's almost like both the band and its members were born to cover that particular piece of music, and the only question is the [view more]

REVIEWS: EX COPS - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: Ex Cops - [Album]
with free mp3 download for 'Black Soap' from Daggers by Ex Cops
DATE: 08-12-15
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio

It might seem a little dubious but, in listening to Ex Cops' sophomore album (and also keeping the band's sensational 2012 debut in mind), it's hard not to feel as though the band is earnestly trying to establish some roots by rebuilding the progression of punk's development into new wave in the Eighties, but also using [view more]

REVIEWS: BENJAMIN BOOKER - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: Benjamin Booker - [Album]
DATE: 08-11-15
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
The thing which has been missing from both pop and rock for the last few years has been a sense of spontaneity. With the “digital revolution” has come a terrible epidemic of artists thinking too much and/or treating their work with too gentle a hand; they build (and build upon), develop and actively produce ideas rather than [view more]

FEATURES: GROUND CONTROL'S BACK TO SCHOOL GUIDE (PART ONE)

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ARTIST: Ground Control's Back To School Guide (Part One)
Is it almost that time already? Sure is! You're bound for institutions of higher learning, but Ground Control studied up and has Cliff's Notes on what you might need after you get there.
DATE: 08-10-15
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
Audio
Welcome to our first ever Back to School guide! Ground Control isn't just about telling you what cool music, shows, comics and movies you should be checking out, it's also what cool gear and accessories you should be made aware of and considering for this coming school semester. While most of our families are going to give us [view more]

COLUMN: VINYL VLOG 089

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ARTIST: Vinyl Vlog 089
A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the original version of the Blizzard Of Ozz LP by Ozzy Osbourne
DATE: 08-08-15
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
"Is the reissued release of an album always superior to the original?” Such a question is valid – particularly when one takes the recent proliferation of reissues which have been released by both major and indie labels into account. In nearly every case, a “new” re-examination of an old title comes with many [view more]

REVIEWS: FINGER ELEVEN - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: Finger Eleven - [Album]
DATE: 08-06-15
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
It was very reasonable to assume that Finger Eleven had totally sold out years ago. Back in 2003, the success of “One Thing” – a mid-tempo, melancholy and balladesque number found in the late-playing of the band's fourth album – dangled the gold-plated chain of pop prosperity before the group and they took it. After [view more]

REVIEWS: THE MOTHMEN - [ALBUM]

The Mothmen - [Album] PHOTO
ARTIST: The Mothmen - [Album]
DATE: 08-05-15
REVIEW BY: G.Murray Thomas
Audio
At first I was surprised to see that this CD originally came out in 1981. It has a very contemporary feel to it, like some of the farther out fringes of today’s music. But then I remember that 1981 was actually a prime year for experimental rock. The initial punk explosion of a few years prior had been spurred by an intense burst of [view more]

REVIEWS: BEST COAST - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: Best Coast - [Album]
DATE: 08-05-15
REVIEW BY: G.Murray Thomas
Audio
Are Best Coast trying to be the new Ramones? Not by copying their music, but by repeating their career model. That is, by developing a signature sound and sticking with it album after album. Both bands have a style which is both catchy and hard edged; where the Ramones crossed the Beach Boys with Stooges, Best Coast blend Phil Spector with [view more]

REVIEWS: RADIOACTIVITY - [LIVE]

Radioactivity - [Live] PHOTO
ARTIST: Radioactivity - [Live]
VENUE: O\'Brien\'s - Allston, MA - 29/07/15
DATE: 07-31-15
REVIEW BY: Ollie Ottoman
PHOTO: Ollie Ottoman
Audio
It’s an indescribable feeling when an album just hits you, but it's even better when it's an album you’ve been looking forward to all year. It really does feel special when you put on that first song and you just know you’re going to be at a familiar place, like being home with old friends. That’s what it feels [view more]

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