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Guitarist James Williamson spoke recently about mending fences with Iggy, the band’s final induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, and transforming from The Stooge to The Suit and back again.
Aloha really is a band without a home. ... That’s not right. To be accurate, it’s a band with about four homes.
According to singer and bassist Ken Casey, the Dropkick Murphys were never really supposed to leave the basement of the barbershop where they screwed around blending bagpipes with distorted guitars. So it’s as much a surprise to the band as anyone else that 15 years later they are playing night after night to sold-out crowds (seven nights in all) at Boston’s House of Blues.
I like The Great Crusades, and not only because they’re snappy dressers.
SideOneDummy Records may be best known as the go-to indie label for stellar punk rock bands, with a roster that includes everyone from Gaslight Anthem to The Casualties. But if Audra Mae’s full-length debut is any indication, they may soon be known as the breeding ground for the next great singer-songwriter.
Already a fan favorite overseas, the band is finally releasing their EP Nothing Worth Having Comes Easy in the U.S. and a tour of the States may be in the future as well.

Book Reviews Minimize
This biography is fascinating and a true find to the musical historian who thought they already knew everything about “British Rock.”
If Seth Grahame-Smith were allowed to pen textbooks, you can only imagine how many more students would actually pay attention in History class. Granted they’d also end up believing that vampires were in charge of keeping slavery alive in the South, but at least they’d be paying attention.
Somewhere between “did she just say that?” and “oh my God, you’re sick!” is Chelsea Handler.

Movie Reviews Minimize
I’ll spare everyone my selfish rant on what makes Muse such an amazing band. I figure if you didn’t already feel the same way, you wouldn’t be reading a review about a band that Rick Rubin allegedly compared to The Beatles the first time he saw them play live.
On June 27, 1967, Freak Out!, the debut album from The Mothers of Invention was released. It has been cited as one of rock’s earliest concept albums and (supposedly) influenced The Beatles as they entered the studio to record Sgt. Peppers. It was not a commercial success and the critics didn’t get front man Frank Zappa’s twisted take on pop culture. Still, as with many great albums, it was a slow burn.
John Krasinski, best known for playing Jim on “The Office,” faced an uphill battle even before sitting down in the director’s chair to move “Brief Interviews with Hideous Men” from book to screen.
Dressed in a white jumpsuit plastered with provacative bumper stickers, Merchant goes around the streets of big cities asking residents their views of Christianity and which bumper sticker is their favorite. For me personally it was the one that read “I am an agnostic, dyslexic, insomniac that lies awake at night wondering if there is a dog.”
The intentions behind “Plunder: The Crime of Our Time,” the latest investigative documentary by filmmaker Danny Schechter, are admirable. It’s in the execution that leaves something to be desired.
“Blank Generation” is the story of Billy (Richard Hell), a rising figure in 1970s New York’s punk scene. Billy’s story is that of being exploited by the execs who think he’s a “sure-fire investment,” while navigating his chaotic relationship with Nada, a French TV journalist.

Table of Contents

Issue 44/May 2010
Features: James Williamson of The Stooges, Aloha, Dropkick Murphys, The Great Crusades, Audra Mae, and Save Your Breath.
Album Reviews: Pearl Aday, Cat Nights Begin, Dreadzone, The Great Crusades, Flat Foot 56, Happy Birthday, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Librarians, Jesse Malin, Midas Fall, Nervous Curtains, The Pack A.D., Polysics, The Ruby Suns, Story of the Year, Strange Boys, Beth Thornley, The Venetia Fair, Rob Zombie, Various Artists: Live at Knebworth, Various Artists: SingSOS.

Once More With Feeling: Pat Benetar's Greatest Hits, Heart's Greatest Hits.
Book Reviews: "Jack Bruce: Composing Himself"; "Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang" by Chelsea Handler; "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" by Seth Grahame-Smith.
DVD Reviews: "Blank Generation: Richard Hell and the Voidoids"; "Muse: Under Review"; "Frank Zappa: The Freak Out! List"; "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men"; "Lord Save Us From Your Followers"; "Plunder: The Crime of Our Time."

Album Reviews Minimize
Pearl’s bio states – “Solve this riddle: Raised on Meatloaf, cultivated by Motley Crue, exposed to Anthrax and shot out by a Velvet Revolver: this Pearl is a rare find.”
I never thought a purely instrumental album could grab me the way La Chanson du Chat has.
In the early 1990s, Greg Roberts, drummer for Big Audio Dynamite, formed Dreadzone.
This album will take you places … from a dark, dank basement bar in war torn Europe to the Jersey Shore to a porch swing somewhere in the bayou.
Think of an album to play loud in your car on the first day of spring, when you would open the sunroof or fold the top down, but can't because you rock a '93 Camry with 200,000 miles and rust spots.
Quite a bit has changed since Ted Leo’s last effort with the Pharmacists, 2007’s Living with the Living.
Librarians may want to be a dance punk band, but their strength lies in their ability to create some lovingly crafted psychedelic tracks.
Every now and again an album finds its way into my CD player that I can’t bring myself to eject. Love it to Life is Jesse Malin’s fourth studio album in seven years. It’s that album you wish you bought instead of the other one that you spent weeks convincing yourself you’d like if you just listened to it a few more times.
The five brave souls of Midas Fall gather to summon sleepless spirits from the ether with their latest musical incarnation Eleven Return and Revert.
The Paper Chase keyboardist Sean Kirkpatrick doesn’t stray too far on his debut full length with side project Nervous Curtains.
The Pack A.D. is an extremely tight duo which is extremely determined to hand your ass to you, track after track.
Turn down the music, I think my cellphone is ringing. Wait…that is the music.
The Ruby Suns' tripped-out pop melodies take a synth-tinged route on Fight Softly, becoming more accessible. This means bouncy and fun, but also more radio-ready than anything else they have produced.
The Constant is just Story of the Year doing what Story of the Year does.
Unaware of what to expect, I first picked up Be Brave from a friend whose musical taste is one I hold in the highest regard. In the case of The Strange Boys' latest release, Be Brave, he was spot on with another excellent recommendation.
LA-by-way-of-Alabama musician Beth Thornley may have turned in the first record of 2010 that is simply too impossible to cram into an easily definable genre. And that’s a good thing.
The Venetia Fair’s debut is a spastic concoction of hard rock filled with harmonies and melodies.
The songs here are short; Zombie isn’t known for penning wandering epics or anything close.
The billing, “The Best British Rock Concert of All Time,” is a bit of an overstatement (I think that title should go to The Concert for Kampuchea … but, that’s just me). I’d be more comfortable if Live at Knebworth was actually labeled “a nice collection of songs.”
Through music, the non-profit organization SingSOS is on a mission to not only raise awareness and funds for Autism, but is also hoping to lift the spirits of those affected.

Once More With Feeling Minimize
Since her 1979 debut In the Heat of the Night, Pat Benetar has been rocking the mainstream with her hard driving pop rock and refined singing. Hit songs came early, and then came often, as she released seven records during the 1980s to become one of music’s most popular performers.
You know when a band’s Greatest Hits collection is divided by decades they have been around a really long time, with a hell of a lot of hit songs in all those years.

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