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Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying the groups listed here are bad bands. They're not. They're all great bands. They each have at least one classic album in their catalog. I'm just saying they're not as great as people have made them out to be. NIRVANA.
Any band whose reputation as one of the greats rests on a single album is, by definition, overrated. It takes a full body of work to deserve that status. Yes, I know they put...

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Monday, 21 June 2010
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It gets said a lot, but does time really heal all wounds? Over the last two years, it seems to be happening more and more often that bands who first found success in the fertile underground music scene of the 1980s and '90s have reconvened; the members of those bands having reconciled whatever differences they may have had or, at least, buried the hatchet deep enough that it's easier to work around. Many of those bands – including Dinosaur Jr.,...

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Thursday, 17 June 2010
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Wow – you think you know someone…. Since going solo in 1979, outside of a few minor alterations to his sound and style that were usually instigated by changes made to his band (from Randy Rhoads to Jake E. Lee to Zakk Wilde, for example), Ozzy Osbourne has been a steadfast image and fixture in metal. He's been the singer that metal heads have relied on for stability; no matter what everybody else might do or how they may change,...

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Thursday, 17 June 2010
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Oh, what a strange race Buzz Osborne and The Melvins have run. Since first appearing on the popular radar as “the band Nirvana looked up to” and grinding out a peculiar, Concentrated strain of grunge that actually teetered on the line between “grunge” and “sewage” to spontaneously evolving into a metal band around 1999, listeners have never exactly known what they can expect next, but know enough to walk into each successive record with eyebrows already raised. 2008's Nude With...

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Thursday, 17 June 2010
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It's always exciting to hear that about moment when a band really comes into its' own. For fans, there's a certain validation in it – as if the assembled mass is suddenly able to say, “I knew it all along” under  its' breath while everyone previously on the outside begins to gravitate toward the band because they have reached that all-important next level – because they were first and they were present in the beginning and they were able to...

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Thursday, 17 June 2010
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Alright there you little so-an'-so-s, So here we go again an' man – I tell ya – I'm not scrimpin' on the portions this week. See, what you wanton wrongdoers and thieves don't know is that, innis game, ya hafta be quick on yer fingers. sometimes you'll find somethin' only for a minute and then, after you've got a taste and you're hooked it'll get taken away from you just so the taker c'n watch ya squirm. The music business...

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Thursday, 17 June 2010
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Although the line-up on the main stage for the 2010 Live 105 BFD was nothing short of stellar with Sublime, Deftones, Hole, Silversun Pickups, and Cage The Elephant all slotted to play, what I was most excited about this year was the chance to see some of the lesser known bands that were playing on the smaller stages. Some of these groups had been on my radar for a long time, and I was stoked that Live 105 had brought...

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Wednesday, 16 June 2010
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My mother threw out the family record player just as I started to carve out my own musical identity. Four years later, she was the one who bought me my first turntable. Since then I've amassed a few hundred records in various sizes and colors. Music is increasingly becoming digital, formless. But vinyl is a strictly physical, stationary format. I sit in one room and manually flip the music. I revel in the sounds. Vinyl Vednesday is a new column...

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Wednesday, 16 June 2010
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A record label that considers black vinyl rare in their catalog speaks volumes. Few labels represent the scene as well as No Idea Records. Started in the late 80s, No Idea has grown to uber-label proportions, and, strangely enough, kept its' dignity throughout. In other words, quality and quantity are not mutually exclusive for this Gainesville label. A quick look at No Idea's roster is awe-inspiring to say the least; in addition to wisely distributing its' own records (and doing...

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Wednesday, 16 June 2010
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What is it about the dark horse that makes people actively watch a race and quietly hope it wins? People can deny that they do it all they want, or lie and say they saw it coming all along, but maybe it's just symptomatic of the human condition to pray that the underdog will have his day because, somehow, it might mean that the guy clinging for dear life to the bottom wrung of every ladder can power out, climb...

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Tuesday, 15 June 2010