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Corin Tucker has been an integral force in the world of independent music for years now. She is best known as co-founder the legendary Sleater-Kinney, and before that, she was in the influentiual band Heavens to Betsy. Always creative, Tucker branched out with a side project entitled Cadallaca which released an EP in 2000.
It can’t be easy living in New Jersey. Constantly having to explain “Jersey Shore,” “Jerseylicious,” “The Real Housewives of New Jersey…”
It’s taken nearly a decade, but Matt Freeman – one of the best bassists in punk rock – has finally gotten his psychobilly project Devil’s Brigade out of the studio.
The Boston, by way of New York, punks Far From Finished have had to put up with a lot of changes lately – lineup shifts and label shuffles. Though it doesn’t compare to the time they rolled their van mid-tour when the band was just getting started, either event is still stressful enough to break a weaker band.
Street Dogs front man Mike McColgan shocked many in the world of punk rock when he walked away from the Dropkick Murphys in 1998, just as the band was catching on with a national audience.
Chris McCaughan, the voice and guitar behind longtime Chicago punk rock favs The Lawrence Arms, found an outlet for some of his more mellow songs a few years ago in the acoustic side project Sundowner.
Since emerging onto the music scene with her blend of folk and pop music, Mount Kisco, N.Y., native Dar Williams has earned the respect of her peers and critics alike.

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The Mississippi Sheiks were one of the most popular folk/blues bands of the 1920s and 30s. Formed by Lonnie Chatmon, the group had a long history in the music community of Mississippia. Lonnie Chatmon had several brothers – some say nine or more - who would play in the band from time to time.
The “Classic Albums” series is brilliant on so many levels. Musicians learn how “classic” albums were constructed and completed. Fans get a deeper look into the mindset of their favorite artists. And, the artists themselves, for the most part, tell the story.
If ever there were a case of the cast making the movie, "Boogie Woogie" is it. The story is interesting enough, but it’s the all-star cast, some of indie and mainstream films' best, that takes the movie from good to great.
HBO’s latest comedy "Bored to Death" is yet one more example that cable, not network TV, is where you turn for original shows.
In his film debut, Sean Bones plays Max, a down and out young adult in “Wah Do Dem.” Written and directed by Ben Chace and Sam Fleischner, Max is a Brooklyn native who has won an all-expense paid cruise to Jamaica.

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It’s been more than five years since Leonard Cohen put out a studio album and more than 15 years since he toured.
Rory Gallagher was a man of integrity. He was genuine; a dedicated follower and disciple of music. As Bob Geldoff so aptly put it in the opening segments of the “Ghot Blues” DVD (Eagle Rock Entertainment), “He could have been a priest … ‘cept his chalice was his guitar and his prayers were the blues.”
There was a time when comedy had an edge, it felt dangerous and was most certainly controversial. This was far before comedians having tag lines like “You might be a redneck if…,” “Here’s your sign,” and Get er’ done.”
If you close your eyes really tight and think back long enough past the dying hair metal bands and through the wave of flannel from the upstart grunge kids, there was still a place for thrash metal.

Table of Contents

Issue 50/ November 2010
Features: The Corin Tucker Band, Banquet, Devil's Brigade, Far From Finished, Street Dogs, Sundowner, and Dar Williams..
Album Reviews: Apocalyptica, Black Label Society, The Black Pacific, Cabinessence, Cotton Jones, Dash Rip Rock, District 97, The Don'ts, El Guincho, Electric Six, The Factory, Heart, Hot Panda, The Like, Megan McCormick, The Moondoggies, Pete International Airport, Stornoway, Corin Tucker Band, Dwight Twilley, Two Hours Traffic, Unknown Component, Vanish Valley, The Vaselines, and Ronnie Wood

Book Reviews: Tattoos & Tequila: To Hell and Back with One of Rock’s Most Notorious Frontmen
DVD Reviews: Mississippi Sheiks Tribute Concert, Rush, Boogie Woogie, Border to Death: The Complete First Season, Wah Do Dem

Rereleases: Leonard Cohen, Rory Gallagher, Bill Hicks and Megadeth

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Right from their inception, Finnish outfit Apocalyptica was a unique and pretty cool concept – four classically trained cellists jamming out instrumentally arranged versions of metal classics (Metallica, Faith No More, Pantera).
Black Label Society are who they are – a chugging juggernaut and riff-tastic beast full of frenetic guitar soloing that have operated in much of the same way for years.
For those wrought with feelings of loneliness in the wake of the disbanding of veteran punk kings Pennywise, take heed – your prayers have been answered.
Just one song into Naked Friend and it’s obvious why the band would (presumably) take their name from a Brian Wilson song (“Cabin Essence”). These Portland mellow rockers know how to throw in some sweet harmonies and strong melodies.
Prepare for a trip to yesteryear, back to the days of vinyl and polyester when Spaghetti westerns ruled the cinema and Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty were the King and Queen of country pop cosmopolitan.
It’s very sad when a once great band has bottomed out but doesn’t know that they should have hung it up years ago. Dash Rip Rock used to be the coolest of the bar bands.
Comic Con has a new house band and they are District 97.
Countless bands have attempted to pull off a live sound in a studio setting, and very few have succeeded.
El Guincho’s sophomore album, Pop Negro, is pure, unadulterated fun-in-the-sun summer pop. This is understandable after learning that El Guincho is from the Canary Islands, an archipelago off the coast of Spain known as a European vacation destination.
Detroit rockers Electric Six have a sound that may take some getting used to for newcomers, but that is half the fun.
Just because a band puts their songs to tape does not mean they are deserving of a formal release. For instance, The Factory was a D.C. band from the mid 1980s. They broke up in 1992 without ever releasing anything.
It’s hard to fathom that some would call Heart’s latest release Red Velvet Car a “comeback album.”
It’s hard to resist the charms of an indie rock group from Canada. Countless listeners have tried and failed to downplay the catchiness of our neighbor’s to the north, but it’s a losing battle.
Confronted with powerful music, the nervous system's involuntary reflex has kicked in before we are conscious of it.
Upon first listen to the debut release Honest Words from Megan McCormick you are immediately struck by her voice: so powerful, rich and clear, reminiscent of KD Lang and Patsy Cline.
Sometimes I find myself comparing new(er) bands to other, established bands and I wonder if that's fair.
When you check into Pete International Airport, things are going to get really trippy. No passport is required on this retro-neo-psychodelic voyage through headspace.
More than five years in the making, Beachcomber’s Windowsill, the debut U.S. full length from Britain’s Stornoway, proves it was well worth the wait.
Emerging from a multi-year hiatus from music, Corin Tucker returns to the scene in a big way with her first solo effort, 1,000 Years. If you’re anything like me, you’ve noticed the gaping hole Sleater-Kinney left in the music world four years ago.
Have you ever wanted to go back in time? Short of actually having that technology available, the new Dwight Twilley CD (Green Blimp) may be your next best bet.
Need proof that power pop records are sold in Canada? Check out Two Hours Traffic – a dreadful band name with a mighty infectious sound.
Unknown Component’s new album The Infinite Definitive is able to mark a distinction with deep, creatively crafted lyrics and melodies that seem to keep an energy that continues to build as the album progresses.
With a tentative fretting of warm acoustic guitar and a big bold breath, Andrew McAllister sings, “Devil wants to use me for his breathin’ as the sun, as the sun slips down my ceilin’. Get the bad things outta me, oh oh. Get the bad things outta me oh oh.”
“It feels so good, it must be bad for me…” sing the Vaselines on their first new album in 20 years and, yeah, this is a feel-good album for a lot of reasons.
Upon first listen it would be very easy to write this album off as having been “phoned-in.”

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Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil is pretty blunt about his reasons for penning his autobiography.

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