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With Diamond Eyes, the Deftones have emerged as a stronger band and individuals. Considering all they have gone through, it could be very easy for the quintet to write an angry album like in the past, but with Diamond Eyes, it is just the oppisite. This album is the most accessible the Deftones has been in years.
Imagine … the year is 1984; you’re an in-demand drummer heading to an audition. You don’t know anything about the group you’re auditioning for but find the prospect intriguing because the "box advert meant somebody must have spent some money."
You’d be hard pressed to find an Oi punk band that has had as much influence on the genre as South London’s working class heroes The Business.
Recently Cody Sokolski, lead singer and guitarist for Champaign, Illinois’ Delta Kings, had the pleasure of sitting down with CU-Music-Schmusic’s Paul Barrel and Tommy Sedseaux. The conversation went a little like this...
Flatfoot 56’s singer/guitarist Tobin Bawinkel recently talked about the new record Black Thorn, their mentors in The Street Dogs and finally finding a new home.
You know that band that gets all the hype online and in trendy music rags? You know the one that actually turns out to be good and has the songs to back up the buzz? Well, Look Mexico is that band.
Despite a revolving door of bassists, a crappy economy and a run-in with the IRS, Boston hardcore act Refuse Resist have managed to not only keep it together, but turn those experiences into a ferocious collection of hold-nothing-back hardcore.
It shouldn’t work, but it does. From suburban punk rockers to top 40 pop kids, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band always manages to win over the generation weaned on sarcasm and cynicism.
For her third album, Seattle singer/songwriter Kristen Ward steps out of her comfort zone and sails unchartered waters, taking on co-production duties along with launching her own label, Mutt Moan Records.

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Elliott Smith’s music always sounded a bit haunted even ominous and none more so than From a Basement on the Hill, released in 2004 not too long after he was stabbed to death (it was never definitively decided if it was suicide or homicide).
The loss of Elliott Smith deprived the world of tremendously gifted artist. His deep commitment to his work ran through every sinew of his music. While Roman Candle showed the artist as a work in progress, most of the essential building blocks were in place.

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Originally released in the late '80s Cherie Currie’s memoir “Neon Angel” has been repackaged and updated slightly to coincide with the biopic of her teenage band The Runaways. The movie may not have done as well as expected, but the book is still every bit as entertaining and shocking as when it was first released.
Tommy James may be best known for border-line clean-cut pop hits like “Mony Mony” and “Crimson and Clover,” but in reality his life was more Henry Hill from the “Goodfellas” than squeaky clean pop singer.

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Jeff Healey first came into the national music scene in 1988 with the release of his debut See the Light. Healey was a passionate blues rock guitar player, which was a bit out of synch of the metal shredding guitar players of the day.
“Small Faces: All or Nothing, 1965-1968” is an amazing documentary; it truly underscores the importance of this band in the history of rock n’ roll.
I have managed to ignore the seemingly inexplicable pull of the Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch” up until now. Watching a show about fishing sounds about as exciting as… well, watching someone fish. Man was I ever wrong!
And you thought Roger Corman only made cheesy horror flicks and T&A sex romps… “Suburbia,” directed in 1984 by Penelope Spheeris, is one of the first movies to give an honest and sympathetic portrayal of punks.

Table of Contents

Issue 45/June 2010
Features: Deftones, Big Audio Dynamite, The Business, Delta Kings, Flat Foot 56, Look Mexico, Refuse Resist, Reverand Peyton's Big Ass Band, Kristen Ward
Album Reviews: Alkaline Trio, All Time Low, Anarbor, Melissa Auf der Maur, Dead Meadow, Delta Kings, Flat Foot 56, Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders, Hear Kitty Kitty, Krokus, Let's Wrestle, Lions Rampant, Ludlow Lions, Anais Mitchell, Mumford & Sons,
New Pornographers, She & Him, Mona Sterling, Successful Failures, Superions, Taddy Porter, Kristen Ward, Weakerthans, Various Artists (Sing Me to Sleep), Various Artists (Take Action)
Once More With Feeling: Elliott Smith
Book Reviews: "Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway" by Cheri Currie and Tony O'Neill, "Me, the Mob, and the Music" by Tommy James and Martin Fitzpatrick.
DVD Reviews: Jeff Healey and the Jazz Wizards: Beautiful Noise, Small Faces: All or Nothing, 1965-1968, Deadliest Catch: Season 5, Suburbia: A Film by Penelope Spheeris.

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Chicago’s own Alkaline Trio has hit mediocrity with their seventh studio LP. Though a tall order, This Addiction manages to come up short of what previous Trio records have captured in the past.
All Time Low’s new MTV Unplugged session finds the band at their most raw and surprisingly most vulnerable. Without a barrier between them and the crowd, the band is at their best.
The Words You Don’t Want to Swallow, Anarbor’s first soirée into full length release territory, is an album unabashed in its approach, a collection of songs so densely packed with a near unmatched youthful exuberance. It’s hard not to notice, listen up, and pay attention to what these boys have to say.
The central theme to former Hole and Smashing Pumpkins bassist Melissa Auf der Maur's new album is…Vikings? Yes it is and it works.
In reviewing DC stoner rock trio Dead Meadow’s latest, Three Kings, I find myself flying a little blind. It’s a live album released to accompany a concert film of the same title.
Comfort, the name is Delta Kings. The latest long player from the DKs, weighing in at a value-packed 15 tracks, is out and, boy-oh-boy, is it a treat.
Brimming with a dozen stadium-ready anthems that is equal parts The Pogues and The Business, Black Thorn is destined to be an Oi! classic.
On Red Light Fever, Taylor Hawkins’ sophomore release, the drummer turned front man sticks close to his influences: Queen, a little ELO, some Led Zeppelin and the Foo Fighters, naturally.
Hear Kitty Kitty is a fun and feisty band full of feminine feline ego and bravado, rabies tags not included.
If the great Bon Scott had lived through that night in February 1980, gotten fed up and quit AC/DC, retired to Gainesville, FL, and then 30 years later decided to form a roadhouse band … you’d have Krokus’ latest.
Let’s Wrestle is the thinking man’s pub band, with well-constructed and clear-headed songs that are upbeat and intelligent.
The Lions Rampant's second full length album It’sFun to Do Bad Things finds these cool cats still up to no good and headed for detention once again.
Somewhere down the line, more people are going to realize what underrated ‘90s rock truly is.
When Vermont singer/songwriter Anais Mitchell released her third record The Brightness (first with Ani DiFranco's Righteous Babe Records), I have to admit it didn't do much for me.
Leave it to a British band to play Americana better than, well, most Americans. On their debut, Sigh No More, this London quartet turns in an almost flawless album, with a timeless sound that draws influences that range from Crosby, Stills & Nash to Grant Lee Buffalo.
The New Pornographers always make great sounding records full of propulsive hyper-melodic tunes that cruise along at 100 mph.
After the first listen, it would be very easy to write this album (and group, for that matter) off as faux, poseur indie rock.
Singer/wongwriter Mona Sterling is a hard nut to crack. Her debut full length Lay Down Your Weapons has a variety of sounds from rock, pop to country and even some jazz.
With every new album this New Jersey rock band turns out, it becomes more and more astonishing that The Successful Failures are not huge.
The Superions’ self-titled EP is easily one of the most ridiculous releases of 2010, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
In the world of Taddy Porter, we’re all hauling ass down a Birmingham dirt road in 1970-something, blaring FM radio with the windows rolled down.
With her third release, Seattle songstress Kristen Ward strips down and bares it all with Charles.
Live at the Burton is one of those few records that manages to not only be a must-have for diehard fans, but also serves as a great primer for those who have never heard of the band before.
The label has gathered an all-star cast of performers for its latest, Sing Me To Sleep - Indie Lullabies, which has a goal of raising awareness and support for The Valerie Fund.
It’s hard to argue with a double disc collection of 35 songs with a bargain price tag (about $6), especially when nearly half the tracks are unreleased.

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