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Concert Review: Riot Fest Chicago Day 3

Concert Review: Riot Fest Chicago Day 3.  The Stooges rock the Windy City. I had a great time in Chicago. Visited some old friends, ate some great food and topped it off by going to Riot Fest Day 3 in Chicago’s Humboldt Park to check out Jesus & Mary Chain and Iggy & The Stooges. These […]

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‘The Dark Knight Returns’ Animated Movie Sneak Peek

Get a sneak peek of the long-awaited animated movie adaptation of Frank Miller’s ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ Ever since DC Comics launched their PG-13 animated straight to DVD/Blu-ray line, fanboys have clamored for an adaptation of Frank Miller’s iconic 80’s Batman tale “The Dark Knight Returns”. And now they’ll get their wish. I’ve been impressed […]

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The XX ‘Coexist’ Review

The XX ‘Coexist’ Review *British trio The XX play it safe on their sophomore album ‘Coexist‘, but if it ain’t broke, why fix it? I just wrote about bands that Peaked With Their First Album. Sometimes a first release is so perfect that its impossible to top. The XX’s 2009 self-titled début was a perfect album. Every […]

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12 Bands That Peaked With Their First Album

12 Bands That Peaked With Their First Album A band’s first album presents their potential, their declaration of intent. With successive albums they improve in songwriting and performance chops, building their legacy. But eventually, most plateau or peak. Internal pressures, label issues, writer’s block, and lack of artistic hunger are just a few factors that can […]

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Stream The New XX Album ‘Coexist’

Stream The New XX Album ‘Coexist’  The XX are allowing everyone to stream their new release ‘Coexist‘ off their website, a week before the official release. Check it out here. Besides getting a free preview, there’s the extra cool touch of seeing a global map, showing all the parts of the world where folks are […]

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The 16 Most Annoying Movie Characters

A great movie should obviously avoid annoying characters. They need to be relatable. Most important are the protagonist and antagonist. One you love to love, and the other you love to hate. Great supporting characters matter too. But what happens when you loathe a character you’re supposed to love? That’s either bad writing, a terrible […]

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The iPod Playlist Of Paul Ryan: It Speaks Volumes

The iPod Playlist Of Paul Ryan: It Speaks Volumes I didn’t watch Paul Ryan’s speech at the RNC last night. I suffer from acid reflux, and don’t need any extra aggravation. But I read some articles today (here’s one from the Huffington Post), and one line annoyed me more than any partisan jab: “We’re a […]

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70 Most Underrated Guitar Riffs Of All Time Part 3

Alright folks, here we are to wrap up the 70 Most Underrated Guitar Riffs Of All Time Part 3. Be sure to check out Parts One and Two if you haven’t already, to see what other hidden gems I’ve covered. Want to preview or buy on iTunes? Check out my playlist at the bottom of […]

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70 Most Underrated Guitar Riffs Of All Time Part 2

Okay guitar fans, welcome to the 70 Most Underrated Guitar Riffs Of All Time Part 2 . I’ve scoured my brain and cd collection to make a unique list of riffs that deserve more credit, and are just cool as the same old songs that always grace Rolling Stone and Guitar World best of lists. Be […]

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70 Most Underrated Guitar Riffs Of All Time Part 1

Welcome aboard to The 70 Most Underrated Guitar Riffs Of All Time Part 1. Recently I did a list of Most Underrated Guitarists. But what about underrated riffs? That  hook that goes beyond basic chords and is as memorable as the vocal melody? Not all songs need a great riff, but the best ones usually do. Classic riffs are easy to […]

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