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Both fans and critics can say what they like about KISS, but the basic truth is that the band has never really changed over the last forty years. Be they masked, unmasked, sporting an all-original lineup or a new conglomerate featuring new players, there has always been a consistency in the band's music that is inescapable; iy is big, bombastic rock and it has always worn the cliches of its brand (the riffs, the hooks, the recurring lyrical images) in...

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Wednesday, 10 October 2012
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The thing about rhetoric in the music business is that it is as important to the success of a record as the instruments which are played on it – but while the instruments can be taken at face value, the rhetoric needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Why? Well, think about it – does a record really have the power to “change your life”? Can one album really tear down the established construct in which the rest...

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Tuesday, 09 October 2012
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Awrightcha mooks,Yeahyeahyeah, deal wit' it – betta late thin never, I showed up wit'cher newest bag o' SWAG. That makes ya smile, don'it? I gotcha some pretty killer gear too – even a coupla full-length releases, so le's get ta bizness. Kay, first, I scored ya some new Dum Dum Girls. This band keeps changin' junkie! They went from soundin' like a chick version o' The Stooges (sorta – I ain't no critic, that's every otha writer's trip 'ere) ta...

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Saturday, 06 October 2012
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It's funny how some records age, given the sort of music they capture and the time period in which they were made. Some albums wear their age very well and easily slide into a “classic” categorization (the catalogues of The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin all immediately leap to mind), but others just have difficulty feeling as though they could have been recorded yesterday or twenty-five years ago. Michael Jackson's seventh album, Bad, falls squarely into...

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Saturday, 06 October 2012
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Looking back, there's no question that a lot of hands helped punk and hardcore achieve the stature they enjoy today. True, Patti Smith released the first punk record in 1974 (the “Piss Factory” single) and, yes, The Ramones both set and leveled the foundation on which virtually every band who has even considered calling itself a punk group has played. Granted, Black Flag gets a lot of credit for breaking the ground and settling many of the paths punk would...

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Friday, 05 October 2012
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As gloriously sloppy as so much of the music in rock history has been known to be, sometimes it just feels good to know that all the explosions of raw, unfiltered passion are tempered by some well-plotted and carefully constructed sound creations. Some bands just want to rock a perfect sound forever – and that is precisely what California Wives was intent on offering with their major label debut, Art History. “This was our first big opportunity to flesh out...

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Tuesday, 02 October 2012