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Sometimes it's hard for a whisper to not feel like a blaring announcement when the news is so exciting. Like, try this on for size: The Flatliners have finished writing the follow-up to their 2010 smash hit Cavalcade. "Is the record done?" No. "Does it have a name?" Not yet, but the songs are written; the wheels have begun turning, and all that remains is for the band to shift gears and get the songs captured in front of the...

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Tuesday, 11 December 2012
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Some statements manage to be provocative and inspiring without much effort at all. Like what would you do if someone yelled “Fire” in a full movie theater while you were trying to watch a film? What would your response be if you happened to find a lottery ticket on the street and you picked it up on a whim, and then discovered it was a winner when you took it to a convenience store? The possible outcomes of situations like...

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Saturday, 08 December 2012
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If you read my "The Most Overrated Bands in Rock Music" column, you know I'm not a big Led Zeppelin fan. I recognize the talent, but they just don't connect with me. So when the whole Zeppelin reunion thing happened back in 2007, I didn't really care. I knew I had zero chance of seeing them (of course, if I did have the chance, I would have gone), and it all just seemed over-hyped. Now we have Celebration Day, the...

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Saturday, 08 December 2012
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Merry everyone ya mugs!We're gettin' closer ta dat magical time o' da year junky, an' here's me wit' anotha glowin' shot o' SWAG ta keep yer overhead down; so yer spendin' yer money on otha people instead of yerself. Dis week, I gotta buncha really famous artists fo' ya, an' some thit ain't so famous too – but it's all good junky, an' I'll betcher gonna be hooked on some of it afta ya work yer way through the lists....

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Friday, 07 December 2012
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As perfectly cynical as the music industry prefers to present itself in the public eye, no one can deny that the holidays have a lot to do with giftgiving, and no kid is happier than when he or she is tearing through the paper on a brand new toy. Parents like giving toys for that reason but, deep down, they really wish that they could be unwrapping a toy too; it just seldom happens because being an adult is supposed...

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Thursday, 06 December 2012
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After nearly a decade full of changes―band lineup, management, name, label―and ambitious struggles to break through, The Snips needed to decide who they were and who they wanted to be. Treading water and dealing with things as they came up, the band needed to restart and begin building from the ground up―to become masters of their own fate―and, according to singer Ricky Pridmore, as soon as that decision was made, things started to line up in pretty short order. “It's...

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Thursday, 06 December 2012
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When it comes to rock n' roll, sometimes the truth is important and sometimes it isn't. Some of the myths which circulate through the annals of rock history are just as important to the survival of the music as the facts of the matter – if not more so – because they are the flavor which spurs imagination and so perpetuate the legacy of the band. The stories that fans tell about their favorite groups – the oral history –...

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Wednesday, 05 December 2012
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Somehow, that Ground Control's Holiday Gift Guide coverage begins now — several weeks before Christmas, still feels a little late in coming. Standing back from it, the whole thing actually began with a dark pall (it was black and came on Friday, November 23, even) and saw normally sensible shoppers raiding department stores like the end of the world was nigh, so it was the perfect time to stock up on just about everything one could imagine or dream up....

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Sunday, 02 December 2012