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When Primus announced that they'd be hitting the road this summer for their first full headlining tour in years, fans got excited but they couldn't have known what to expect. The band must have known that, if they were going to hit the road, they'd better bring something special after such a long time away or risk the wrath of even their most devout followers. It was a precarious position to be in – particularly with no definite announcement of...

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Saturday, 31 July 2010
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When a band first breaks into the big time, everyone gets excited – including the band. It's a big deal; breaking out of the underground and scoring a bunch of additional exposure is a validation of a band's efforts to that point because, in effect, they've sold that record label they just signed with on their capabilities and they've sold listeners on their sound as being something new, unique and great. Of course it's exciting to get that kind of...

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Saturday, 31 July 2010
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The thing about Queens Of The Stone Age's music which has always managed to capture and hold listeners' attention  is that it is nearly impossible to qualify. Of course, there's no arguing that the band's music falls squarely into the 'rock' idiom but, after Nirvana broke and the Alternative bands from the Seattle and Chicago scenes landed on the pop map, a hard line got drawn between the underground (or “indie”) stream and the mainstream that has proven to be...

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Friday, 30 July 2010
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The August 12th Queens of the Stone Age/Eagles of Death Metal benefit show for Brian O'Connor in Los Angeles has SOLD OUT! Thank you to everyone for buying a ticket and helping our bassist Brian O'Connor fight this bitch we call cancer. We've set up a few eBay auctions for some extra tickets. All these auctions include: – Meet & greet with Queens of the Stone Age– Meet & greet with Eagles of Death Metal– Two special event posters signed...

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Thursday, 29 July 2010
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Hey there youse, Can I let you in on somethin'? I've started to notice a pattern in how these columns operate – there's a common theme in how the business leaks. Let me tell ya about it… So dere's four weeks in a month right? It's weird, but what I found since I started gracin' you with my weekly presence (and presents!) is that everything always seems to build up and hit a peak every month. It's like a military...

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Thursday, 29 July 2010
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Laurie Anderson is known for her storytelling – for elaborate, album-length cycles of stories – however she seems more concerned with the music than her storytelling on Homeland, her first album in over eight years. There are only three pieces here which could be called narrative, and only one of them “The Beginning of Memory” is a straight forward story. Most of the other pieces would be better described as songs, although the definition is necessarily a broad one. As...

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Thursday, 29 July 2010
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While some records can fade, images live forever and, in Ted Nugent's case, those images are what have always preceded their inevitable soundtrack. Think about it – virtually everybody knows Ted Nugent from television as the NRA-endorsed, gun-toting, wild-eyed Motor City maniac with charisma to burn – even if they've never heard “Cat Scratch Fever” or “Free-For-All.” Likewise, everyone over thirty knows the words “Double Live Gonzo” and “Intensities In 10 Cities” courtesy of...

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Monday, 26 July 2010
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As any fan can tell you, Judas Priest stands as musically peerless – not just for releasing a succession of genuinely remarkable studio albums, but for being one of the most consistent live bands in metal history. Sure – the studio albums are great and that's one thing but, on stage, Priest has brought its' best game almost every night (with the possible exception of when Tim “Ripper” Owens was fronting the band) for the last four decades and that's...

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Monday, 26 July 2010
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Some readers will cringe and some will cheer, but there is no mid-point in possible reaction; such is the polar nature of the reactions to Simply Red, and it has been since the band formed out of the ashes of a punk band in 1985 (no joke – singer Mick Hucknall used to front The Frantic Elevators before founding Simply Red) and that disparity is likely to be more accentuated with the release of Songs Of Love. Now, twenty-five years...

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Monday, 26 July 2010
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I can think of no other band which laid out their musical development from album to album so clearly as Talking Heads. Each Talking Heads album built on what came before, while adding some new element into the mix. Sure, you can watch the Beatles grow from Help to Abbey Road, but that is a much smoother progression, rather than a set of discrete steps. Even David Bowie, that great musical chameleon, is better known for drastic leaps and random...

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Saturday, 24 July 2010