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Blu-Ray Review: ‘Cat People’ [Criterion Collection]

Blu-Ray Review: ‘Cat People’ [Criterion Collection]: classic horror film gets a beautiful HD release.  One ...

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Albums Revisited: Guns N’ Roses ‘Use Your Illusion’ Turns 25

Albums Revisited: Guns N’ Roses ‘Use Your Illusion’ Turns 25: a reappraisal of Guns N’ Roses overstuffed 1991 albums on their 25th anniversary. We live in a time when everyone’s a critic. Mix tapes are now playlists. Fan fiction doesn’t live on the Internet fringes anymore. And fight as I might to stave off the elements of […]

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Omar Rodriguez-Lopez ‘Umbrella Mistress’ Review

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez ‘Umbrella Mistress’ Review: ORL’s solo deluge continues with this pleasing dash of psychedelia. We’re now five releases into Omar Rodriguez-Lopez’s massive twelve album excavation of previously unreleased solo material, and its been a wild and quirky ride thus far. From the esoteric electronica of Sworn Virgins, the somber acoustic Corazones, the bright indie-pop of Blind […]

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Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds ‘Skeleton Tree’ Review

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds ‘Skeleton Tree’ Review: a dark yet beautiful reflection on tragedy as only Nick Cave could produce.  Last year Nick Cave went through what any parent fears the most: the loss of a child. This happened in the midst of recording Skeleton Tree, his latest album with veteran outfit The […]

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Richard Christy Talks New Charred Walls of The Damned Album ‘Creatures Watching Over the Dead’

Richard Christy Talks New Charred Walls of The Damned Album ‘Creatures Watching Over the Dead’: veteran metal drummer discusses latest release in exclusive interview. September 23rd will see the release of  Creatures Watching Over The Dead (Metal Blade Records), the third studio album from metal supergroup Charred Walls of The Damned. The group is the brainchild […]

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Tyson Meade Announces Live Retrospective

Alternative rock pioneer Tyson Meade is offering fans an intimate gig that will shine a light on his musical history. The singer will revisit his 1990’s output with Defenestration and Chainsaw Kittens in a one night event at Norman, Oklahoma’s The Red Room Event Center on September 24, 2016. Click here for my 2015 interview with […]

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Omar Rodriguez-Lopez ‘Arañas en La Sombra’ Review

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez ‘Arañas en La Sombra’ Review: the fourth in a series of twelve previously unreleased solo efforts will thrill fans of The Mars Volta. This summer, the ever chameleonic Omar Rodriguez-Lopez has opened the vaults on a mountain of previously unreleased material (twelve albums in full, released bi-weekly through December). And so far, its been a wild […]

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Sophe Lux and The Mystic ‘All Are One’ Review

Sophe Lux and The Mystic ‘All Are One’ Review: a truly cosmic début release.  2016 has been a brutal year, from tragic world events, to the loss of musical icons, to the ugliest and most divisive presidential race in American history. And Gwynneth Haynes, former vocalist for Oregon art-pop collective Sophe Lux wants to help heal the divide on […]

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Slipknot, Marilyn Manson Austin360 Amphitheater Concert Review

Slipknot, Marilyn Manson Austin360 Amphitheater Concert Review: sweaty heads banged on a simmering August night. A muggy, August Texas night seemed about right for a Slipknot concert, and the packed crowd of maggots at Austin’s 360 Amphitheater were ready for some bludgeoning. Things kicked off with serviceable metalcore from openers Of Mice and Men, which had […]

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Albums Revisited: Pearl Jam’s ‘Ten’ turns 25

Albums Revisited: Pearl Jam’s ‘Ten’ turns 25: our own Diamond Dave Dierksen looks back at the grunge underdog’s iconic début. By David Dierksen On August 27, 1991, Pearl Jam released their début record Ten. And no one really gave a shit. A little under a month later, Nirvana released Nevermind. And still, people mostly didn’t […]

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11 Soundtracks Fans of the ‘Stranger Things’ Score Should Hear

11 Soundtracks Fans of the ‘Stranger Things’ Score Should Hear: Love the soundtrack to Netflix’s sci-fi/horror hit? Here’s eleven more synth-driven scores you should check out next. It’s safe to say that Stranger Things is the pop-culture phenomenon of the year. The Netflix original series (created by identical twin creative team The Duffer Brothers) is a […]

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