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For the past four months, it has been hard to say if Canadian singer/songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk is coming or going.
Sure, sure. I've heard it all already. Everyone I know that is a fan of Flyleaf is upset that the band made the decision to take the road less traveled for them, one with less screams and less aggression on their new album, Memento Mori.
As vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Jeff Keenan explains, the sound of Feral Children is “the feeling you get when you're alone in the woods and you can feel animals watching you.”
Janus has the chops of a band well beyond their years, and Red Right Return is the perfect showcase of that very fact.
Maria McKee discusses her punk and rockabilly origins, her bond with her brother Bryan McLean of Love, her days in Lone Justice, and her most recent collaboration with roots rock favorites Hail The Size.
The name Star Fucking Hipsters may put off a few folks, like the merchandise managers at the big box retailers, but there are worse things they could be called. Like a side project, for one.
AC/DC found a way to tap into that horny, rebellious teenager in all of us, regardless of age.
It is with great enthusiasm and some trepidation that we pull the shrinkwrap off the latest re-release of Red, with its three bonus remixes, and a second disc of DVD video footage and the album offered in triplicate esoteric audiophile formats for the listener gifted with the ears of a bat and a stereo system funded by NASA.
We all know the big story and the sad ending, but before all that madness, Nirvana was just another band out of Aberdeen, Wash., wanting to make a record.

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Standing stage-left to Bruce Springsteen for the past three decades, E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons has had the opportunity to take in life from a unique vantage as a member of perhaps the greatest American rock band.

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“In Super Overdrive Live” is a "new" DVD of a Billy Idol concert supporting his fantastic 2005 album Devil's Playground. Despite being more than four years old, the live show is fresh, energetic, and leaves you wanting more ... more ... more - more, more, more.
Vespa scooters, suits with skinny ties, R&B, first wave British invasion music, and pills. Can a social movement really be defined by fashion, music, and drugs? Yes.
This DVD chronicles the first time the band ever performed Odessey and Oracle live and the performance is as masterful as the album.
If you needed any further proof that TV executives are little more than sadistic puppet masters who like little more than to tease us with what might have been, look at the career of Andy Richter.
When CBS first rolled out “Eleventh Hour,” their latest Jerry Bruckheimer-produced TV series last year, critics were quick to compare it to “X Files.”
“Penance” is a fun little thriller, not really a horror film, that has its interesting moments if you are into this type of indie film.

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club has been around since 1998 ... wow ... I never thought they had much in terms of staying power.
You gotta love an indie band that doesn’t try to coat their pop songs in faux hipster swagger.
This album contains the audio tracks from the spectacular DVD Bowie put out in 2004 to chronicle the “Reality” tour.
Diversity rules the day when it comes to Converge’s latest, Axe to Fall. If you are of the group of Converge fans that think you have heard it all before, then you obviously have not heard this disc.
Don’t ask me how, but The Cribs’ fourth album Ignore the Ignorant outsold a couple of The Beatles’ re-issues.
If you are anxious to hear a Rolling Stones LP that you have never heard, then here you go.
This sophomore effort finds Kimberly Morrison and Jesse Lortz expanding their sound from their folk rock debut to add a more polished recording.
Jerin Falkner is a singer/songwriter primarily known for her acoustic material. However, for her fourth release Pyro Aesthetic, the talented musician spreads her wings and escapes being pigeonholed.
With their second album, Brand New Blood, the Feral Children show that they’ve got more of the creative lyrics and dark tension where the first album came from.
The second album has an increased emphasis on penis jokes and techno rhythms.
Much of the band's harder edge has gone, but that’s not saying these guys (and girl) forgot how to write a great hard rock song.
This type of pop music is as aggravating as it is numbing. It left me with the feeling that I was sitting in a reception area waiting for the nurse to call my name.
What separates this one from the pack is memorable songs, tasteful arrangements, lush, lonesome production and Maria McKee (yeah – from Lone Justice).
Wisconsin art rockers Laarks is just the type of band the trendy indie critics at Pitchfork drool over.
Every aspect of these songs is beautifully crafted – from the lyrics down to the timpani drums and garden bells.
The record meanders around the path a few times, on an unsure but adventurous journey nonetheless. For those looking for a record that is out of the box yet not overly experimental, Le Loup does nicely.
Natural Forces may not be his best effort, but even a mediocre Lovett is still a pretty good thing.
There is no doubt Mirman has a wickedly artistic and funny mind and it plays out in several moments on his third comedy disc.
Mute Math utilizes a familiar formula to shape the sounds of their second album, Armistice.
Break It Up is former Be Your Own Pet singer’s Jemina Pearl’s solo debut for Ecstatic Peace. Whereas her former band concentrated on bratty punk, here Pearl seems to be attempting to broaden her palette.
A friend asked me to describe The Prairie Cartel’s sound to him, and the first thing to come to mind was “electronic rock you could dance to while punching someone in the face.”
The Chicago-based post-rock unit Russian Circles is a three-piece group known for their instrumental approach to post-hardcore/post-melodic.
Ari Up and Tessa Pollitt are back with a band whose ingredients — punk, reggae, hip hop, and even middle eastern music — have had enough time to blend, ferment, and become spicy, pungent, and tasty.
Every town should have, assuming that it is a place worth living, a band like the Soul Movers. It makes for a great night out. Real music performed in bars for real people with real beer.
These Canadians are a hard band to pinpoint, but that is also the reason they are so damn fun to listen to.

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