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Anyone else find the light-speed distribution of mass media a bit frightening? Does anybody else find the incredible availability of conspicuous critiques and music-related bibble-babbles relentlessly shoved down of all our throats via radio, via television, via the quicksand-vacuum that is the internet, unfathomable? Especially when it comes to a medium as subjective as music, I’m in a constant state of awe in the face of music journalism availability and how quick reviews pop up like rabbit offspring. It’s hard...

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Wednesday, 31 October 2007
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If releasing five versions initially wasn't enough, and despite mixed reviews, Billy Corgan's soap-opera circus, Smashing Pumpkins, will be re-releasing their sixth LP, Zeitgeist, on October 30, 2007. This new version will feature one unreleased song, “Ma belle,” as well as feature the b-sides “Stellar” and “Death From Above.” In addition to the full-length album, the release will come with a full-length DVD titled Inside the Zeitgeist. The re-release of the only three-month-old Zeitgeist will be...

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Tuesday, 30 October 2007
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Post-hardcore Brooklyn four-piece The Forms are announced a national tour this Fall in support of their self-titled sophomore record, which just came October 23 on the band's own label, Threespheres/The Rebel Group. The tour kicks off today, October 30th with a record release party at New York's Cake Shop, and wraps up November 20 at Portland’s Tonic Lounge. Those from the Golden State are particularly in luck as the tour also includes five California stops. You can check out The...

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Tuesday, 30 October 2007
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Right from the very outset of their November 24, 1981 performance in Montreal (later hailed as the last concert, along with the encore performance the next night, to showcase Queen ‘raw’), Queen stepped onstage with something to prove, which shows in their inclusion of the loud-fast version of “We Will Rock You” that opened the set. It’s just that simple; every choreographed mic stand toss, every piano flourish and every molten instrumental break are for the express purpose of giving...

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Tuesday, 30 October 2007
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From all I can tell, Paul Oakenfold just up and decided one day that he wanted to be a DJ, and shortly thereafter, planned to be the most popular DJ in the world. Whether or not he trumps all of the other disc jockeys in existence is up for debate, but with the release of his Greatest Hits and Remixes album this month, he makes a hefty statement regarding the breath of his influence. Although I never thought about it...

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Tuesday, 30 October 2007
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Coachella came and went. Some of us missed the unprecedented Jesus and Mary Chain reunion (read: ME), and the buzz has long been gone. And as exciting as a reunion can be, they can come and go like the 200 dollars you may have paid to see it (read: The Police…thanks for not coming back later guys). Thankfully, this is not the case for the brothers Reid & co. who decided to turn the reunion into a full tour, and...

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Friday, 26 October 2007
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In his sophomore effort at a solo career, Dave Gahan provides yet another hint to why Depeche Mode has become so popular in its nearly three-decade spot within global popular music. Hourglass is a synthetic whirlwind culminating everything from the ethereal voice of Gahan down to the instrumentals, maintaining a clear backing to the sonic palate of yet another 1980s product from across the pond. Throughout the album, you get the same pounding drum beat, keeping metronomic time to nearly...

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Thursday, 25 October 2007
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This is for the...

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Thursday, 25 October 2007
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When I think of Atlanta, I think “Dirty South.” I think of the word “crunk.” I think of a city that has changed the face of hip-hop and R&B for the past two decades. By breeding such legends as Outkast, Lil’ Jon, Ludacris, Usher, Da Brat, Toni Braxton, TLC, T.I. and Goodie Mobb, the A-T-L has become a stalwart in the lexicon of rap music. To describe this city, my man Jermaine Dupri once said, “big beats hit streets, see...

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Wednesday, 24 October 2007
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Things looked grim for those who failed to buy tickets in advance to the Fillmore on Friday night, as people endured the cold air of San Francisco in hopes of finding their way into the venue. The Silversun Pickups had come to town and as expected, sold out the historic concert hall. Inside, those who were lucky enough to get in to see their indie/hipster heroes, watched as The Happy Hollows surprised the crowd with deep ability. Next, Midnight Movies...

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Wednesday, 24 October 2007