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Very few genres in the known pop diaspora are so dependent on sloganeering as a device to define itself than punk rock. ‘Say it with bricks,’ 'Anarchy Is The Key,' ‘Do It Yourself is the melody,’ and ‘Keep warm this winter – make trouble’ are all chestnuts that punk continues to use as defining points for itself (they all happen to appear on one of the T-shirts in my closet too) as important as the one Susan Dynner uses to...

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Wednesday, 17 September 2008
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In these uncertain times for the music industry, an ever-growing number of musicians are choosing to remove themselves from the machine and have opted to do it for themselves. Each of those defectors remembers the days before a larger figure got involved and offered to help do on a larger scale what most bands were doing for themselves already: try to get their music in front of as many ears and eyes as possible via self-promotion and performance. Radiohead was...

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Wednesday, 17 September 2008
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This is Part 2 of our coverage of the Metal Masters Tour featuring Judas Priest, Heaven and Hell, Motörhead and Testament. Check out Part 1 here. After totally kick-ass sets by both Testament and Motörhead, I decided I had just enough time to grab a quick beer and hit the merchandise booth. And as I walked through the concourse I couldn't make it more than a few yards without spotting someone who is part of Bay Area Metal history. Members...

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Tuesday, 16 September 2008
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The very first time I saw Nine Inch Nails was in 1990 after I had worn out their first vinyl single, Halo 1, Down In It. The show was at the Masquerade in Atlanta and it would later be infamously known as Sweatfest, for very good reason. Little did I know that what I witnessed there would become the phenomenon that is still going strong nearly twenty years and 26 releases, or “Halos,” later. Nine Inch Nails experienced a rebirth...

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Thursday, 11 September 2008
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After so long an absence, in cases like that of New Kids On The Block it pays to get the glib witticisms out of the way as early as possible. In that spirit, “The appearance of a new NKOTB album now – as the music industry experiences the greatest recession in its history – seems almost biblical in its connotations. After the plague of illegal downloading; after the boil infestations that were the original wave of electro clash and Sean...

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Tuesday, 09 September 2008
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This is coverage of Day 3 of the 2008 Outside Lands Festival. Click for coverage of Day 1 and Day 2. Sunday afternoon had rolled around and the park was packed with people drinking wine, smoking pot (I can only assume they all had glaucoma), and talking about Burning Man. Welcome to San Francisco. As the sun set in the park, warm sweatshirts came out, and Johnson cooed, “I don’t want this feeling to go away” (on the song “Upside...

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Tuesday, 09 September 2008
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This is coverage of Day 2 of the 2008 Outside Lands Festival. Click for coverage of Day 1 and Day 3. According to Google Maps, the distance between the eastern end of Speedway Meadow (where the box office was located)and the western end of the Polo Fields in Golden Gate Park (where Radiohead had just played the first-ever night concert just a few hours before) is just about eight tenths of a mile. This means that by the end of...

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Tuesday, 09 September 2008
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This is Part 1 of 2 of our coverage of the Metal Masters Tour featuring Judas Priest, Heaven and Hell, Motörhead and Testament. Check out Part 2 here. I really tried to write a clever opening paragraph to this review, honestly I did. But damn dude, this is Judas Priest, Heaven and Hell, Motörhead, and Testament. What could I possibly say that would even begin to describe the magnitude of a show like this? You’re right, absolutely nothing. So rather...

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Monday, 08 September 2008
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Dirty? Sure. Straight up? I believe they call it neat. James Bond wanted his shaken, not stirred. I like my mine family style. Give me a Martini Bros on the track and I’ll be good to do whatever needs to be done for the night. This duo consisting of DJ Cle and Mike Vamp create some dark vocal electronica music with the heart of Berlin. The MB Factor is one album everyone is sure to need for that dark drinking...

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Friday, 05 September 2008
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Remember that creepy painter dude with the white “fro” on TV who would teach you how to paint bad-ass landscapes and whatnot? Yep, Bob Ross. Well, that’s who’s responsible for the newly unveiled album art for Annuals’ upcoming album, Such Fun, due out October 7. Coincidentally it’s on Canvasback Recordings, which makes me think that one of the peeps in the band—Adam Baker, Kenny Florence, Zack Oden, Donzel Radford, Mike Robinson or Anna Spence—broke into Bob’s house, stole the painting...

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Thursday, 04 September 2008