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”people, I wanna bring my third opera "hyphenated-man" around the u.s. again cuz there's some towns I missed last time… we promise to play our our brains out!" So begins and ends Mike Watt's announcement that he and his Missingmen are going on tour, grammatical mistake and all. This is good news; the part about them being on tour. I've been doing band interviews on and off since 2008, without any qualifications. I'm happy to announce that now, Four years...

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Wednesday, 26 September 2012
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Hey youse, Awright junky, so how's tricks? Ya free-wheelin' an' rhymin' an' stealin' ta yer heart's content, or are ya gettin' a bit itchy? I feel ya, no question; I ben lootin' everything that ain't nailed down fer you, anna numbas jus' keep gettin' betta! I'm layin' my dirty little fingas on more an' more stuff, ana quality is gettin' batta. Like dis week, I foun' a new song by dat band Dum Dum Girls – I guess ol' fi'...

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Wednesday, 26 September 2012
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Awrightchouse, Awright junky, so how's tricks? Ya free-wheelin' an' rhymin' an' stealin' ta yer heart's content, or are ya gettin' a bit itchy? I feel ya, no question; I ben lootin' everything that ain't nailed down fer you, anna numbas jus' keep gettin' betta! I'm layin' my dirty little fingas on more an' more stuff, ana quality is gettin' batta. Like dis week, I foun' a new song by dat band Dum Dum Girls – I guess ol' fi' dollar...

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Wednesday, 26 September 2012
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Some of the best moments are those when it's possible to listen to a new record and get a sense of discovery from it. Sometimes, the urge to shou “Eureka!” is just overpowering because, you finally get it; other people had already been singing this band's praises, but you just never saw the thrill in it that they were getting – until a new release strikes that chord which resonates so well within you that it shakes you right down...

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Tuesday, 25 September 2012
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It seems like Anthrax has been out in on the road in support of their latest (and quite possibly their finest) release, Worship Music, for well over a year now but, judging from their sold out show at the Ace of Spades in Sacramento earlier this month, the band shows no signs of becoming road weary. Kicking off the second leg of their North American Tour with fellow thrash icons Death Angel and Testament supporting them once again, Anthrax tore...

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Tuesday, 25 September 2012
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Remember back between the years 1997 and 2002 – after Alice In Chains went on hiatus but before Layne Staley died, when a bunch of bands including Staind, Godsmack, Days Of The New, Creed and a whole platoon of other soundalike bands rushed in to try and fill the void that band left? Pretty consistently, the first thing each of them did was down-tune their acoustic guitars to try and replicate the cathartic sound that AIC acheived on Jar Of...

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Tuesday, 25 September 2012
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It's funny to see how punk rock has mutated over the last few years, and look at what it has become. Since (just say, for the sake of argument) 2008, the genre has really seemed to both regain its identity in some communities, but become far more diffuse in others – but the results have always been mixed, regardless. In the case of OFF!, for example, hardcore punk has proven it can still be a virile force to be reckoned...

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Monday, 24 September 2012
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Sometimes there is just no rational explanation for events when they occur. In those cases, the bottom line is that whether one accepts or rejects the fact that the event even occurred is irrelevant – the only thing that matters is how one is able to digest the information. A textbook example of the “either deal with it or don't” phenomenon came along twelve years ago when Ben Folds Five just suddenly blipped out of existence without much warning; while...

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Monday, 24 September 2012
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After OFF! shattered every expectation that anyone could have had of them with their First Four EPs release, the band found itself in the predicament of trying to figure out what to do next. Doing the exact same thing and pointing fingers at the punks in the crowd as they had with their first release would have just gotten them on the fast track to becoming just another nostalgia act, so something had to change – but the question was,...

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Saturday, 22 September 2012
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While it might not have come across through the numbers at which the band's last album sold, the inconvenient truth of the matter is that Green Day has been in a pretty tough spot creatively ever since American Idiot took off like wildfire eight years ago. After that explosion, the band had exactly no idea what to do next as they tried to play to an audience of unprecedented (by punk rock standards) magnitude but came up short of expectation...

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Thursday, 20 September 2012