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Chuck Mosley Talks New Primitive Race Album ‘Soul Pretender’

UPDATED 11/10/2017: I have just been informed that Chuck Mosley has died. As far as I know, this may be the last interview he participated in. I truly enjoyed chatting with him, and found him to be a gentle, kind soul who seemed to have turned a corner in his career. I’m deeply saddened to […]

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30 Rock Albums Turning 40 in 2017: The Best of 1977

30 Rock Albums Turning 40 in 2017: The Best of 1977: from punk to metal to electronic music, ’77 was one of the most pivotal years in music history. Here are the 30 best albums from four decades ago.  By SLIS and Peter Marks This Saturday marks two major musical milestones–the 40th anniversaries of two […]

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Concert Review: Lords of Acid at Elysium

Concert Review: Lords of Acid at Elysium: raunchy electronic music titans bring down the house in Austin, TX.  It was a pleasantly cool Wednesday evening in Austin, but if you were at Elysium, it was steamy. The humidity in the goth hangout befitted horn-dog headliners Lords of Acid (echoed by attendees wearing glowing devil-horn headbands). The show […]

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Blu-Ray Review: ‘Vampyr’ [Criterion Collection]

Blu-Ray Review: ‘Vampyr’ [Criterion Collection]: cult classic 1932 horror film gets immortalized on superb Criterion edition. While not as well-known as other German expressionist horror films like Nosferatu and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, director Carl Theodor Dreyer is revered in film geek circles. And for good reason–it’s an evocative nightmare that’s extremely visually accomplished […]

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John Carpenter ‘Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998’ Review

John Carpenter ‘Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998’ Review: iconic filmmaker/composer goes down memory lane with new interpretations of his classic film scores.  Full disclaimer:John Carpenter is my favorite filmmaker of all time. Sure, he hasn’t made a truly great movie since the 80’s, but his body of work from 1976’s Assault on Precinct 13 through 1988’s They […]

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Albums Revisited: INXS ‘Kick’ Turns 30

Albums Revisited: INXS ‘Kick’ Turns 30: celebrating INXS’s career-defining album 30 years later. I wrote recently about how 1987 was the most pivotal year for music in the Reagan era (click here for my list of the 30 best albums from 1987). And one of the most iconic releases was certainly Kick (which celebrates its 30th […]

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The Jesus & Mary Chain Kick Off North American Tour This Week

Scottish alternative rock icons (and shoegaze progenitors) The Jesus and Mary Chain kick off their North American tour October 19th at San Francisco’s The Fillmore Theater. The tour is in support of the group’s well-received Damage and Joy, their first album since 1998’s Munki. Click here for my Damage and Joy review  The group also […]

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I Don’t Care if Kids Today Don’t Care About ‘Blade Runner 2049’

‘Blade Runner 2049’s’ box office shortcomings are being blamed on a lack of younger viewers and bad marketing. I’m just glad it didn’t suck.  If you paid attention to the box office reports last weekend, you would have thought Blade Runner 2049 was a fool’s errand. Sure it’s made over $90 million worldwide so far, […]

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Far Out Scenery: The Prescience of Warrior Soul’s ‘Salutations from the Ghetto Nation’ 25 Years Later

Far Out Scenery: The Prescience of Warrior Soul’s ‘Salutations from the Ghetto Nation’ 25 Years Later By Dave Dierksen The goddamn president can go to hell! Imagine being 14 years old in 1991, living in a small, sheltered, conservative town, and hearing those words emerge from your radio. This was my first exposure to the […]

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William Patrick Corgan ‘Ogilala’ Review

William Patrick Corgan ‘Ogilala’ Review: the artist formerly known as Billy gets minimalist on new Rick Rubin produced LP. It hasn’t been easy to be a Billy Corgan fan in recent years (or let’s face it, for longer than that). Whether it’s his blistering critiques on his peers, indulging in conspiracy theories with Alex Jones […]

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