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For the casual fan, most know Johnette Napolitano as the Front woman/bassist for the critically acclaimed band Concrete Blonde, but this talented artiste is more than that ... much more. Not only has Napolitano fronted Concrete Blonde since the early ...
Illinois is known for churning out dependable infectious pop punk rock like… well, like Illinois is known for churning out dependable corrupt politicians. Granted the guys that make up Carbondale, IL-based The Copyrights are a good four hours outside of Chicago, but they easily made the list...
In talking about Fresno, CA’s Fay Wray’s you almost inevitably end up talking about “the sound,” To hear drummer Eli Reyes explain it, what we are hearing on their latest Strange Confessor is not simply the sound, but their interpretation of it. He’ll explain more...
No matter who is telling a story about Wood, they all light up with memories and have funny stories to tell.
In making Overlook Maria Taylor made a lot of big changes in her life and it has seemed to pay off for her.
Trunk is one of those rare individuals who has been able to do what he loves as a career and for the last 30 years
New York band The Turbo A.C.’s didn’t intend to let five years elapse between records, but then front man Kevin Cole became a punk rock pizza chef, you know it’s always the same story... We’ll get more into that in a minute, but all you need to focus on now is that the Turbo A.C.'s are...

Once More With Feeling Minimize
What can you say about a band’s least successful release that has somehow found its self remastered and rereleased? Not much ... especially when that same album had gone through...
Rehashing the desperation of the early ‘90s in all of its surfy grungy raw and beautiful glory is Sebadoh’s Bakesale (Sub Pop Records). Just knowing this album was reissued makes it sound shinier and more exciting. Nostalgia can be healthy. And this is ...
Move over and let Experience Hendrix take over …. Jimi Hendrix reissues, that is. These live offerings showcase the master in very different stages of his short career. The Winterland box set is ...
In 1956, a 21-year-old Elvis Aaron Presley was on the verge of becoming a phenomenally influential music icon. Recently signed to RCA, 1956 was the year his debut came out and more importantly the year his (big gasp) lewd hip movements...
Eagle Records puts out a good product … a great product, actually. They have a way a training their collective focus on bands whose albums have (tragically) gone out of print long ago, remastering them and making them better.

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When you have a huge hit on your hands with your debut album it's hard to shake that stigma as Counting Crows has with their song "Mr. Jones." What's worse is their hit single didn't even ...
Deep Purple: “Phoenix Rising” is somewhat of a concert/documentary hybrid. The DVD features the band live in Japan from 1975 in addition to a documentary which feels like it was unauthorized. Regardless, the band runs through...
If you’ve never heard of Fest, the annual gathering of bearded punk rockers in Gainesville, Fla, this DIY film is likely not for you. For all others, it’s a perfect snapshot of the annual gathering, cheap beer, bad hangovers ...
The folks at A&E have this tremendous knack of taking the truly odd and seemingly mundane tasks and turning them into DVR-worthy TV. “Storage Wars” is ...
The release of "Double Live," the two disc DVD (cleaver name, huh?) featuring two separate live concerts from New York glam metal rockers Twisted Sister recorded decades apart simply begs the question...Was anyone really clamoring for DVD documentation of these shows?...

Table of Contents

Issue 60 / October 2011
Features: Concrete Blonde, The Copyrights, Fay Wrays, Maria Taylor, Eddie Trunk, Turbo A.C.’s, Malfunkshun
Album Reviews: Alkaline Trio, Mariana Bell, The Birthday Massacre, Breathe Carolina, Brontosaurus, Glen Campbell, Vanessa Carlton, Grady Champion, Chelsea Grin, Chickenfoot, everyBoy, Fat Shadow, Fruit Bats, The Kickdrums, The Kickdrums, Tony MacAlpine, Imelda May, Mr. Lewis and the Funeral 5, Thurston Moore, Tom Morello & the Night Watchmen, New Ruins, The Planet Smashers, Seapony, Shonen Knife, Mickey Thomas
Book Reviews: Clapton: The Ultimate Illustrated History, Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal, Prince: Chaos, Disorder and Revolution, See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody
DVD Reviews: Counting Crows, Deep Purple, Fested, Storage Wars, Twisted Sister
Rereleases: Deep Purple, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, Sebadoh, T. Rex

Album Reviews Minimize
Marking their 15 year as a band, Alkaline Trio releases Damnesia.
Bell takes the idea of a Sunday drive and translates it to music.
This album is true to form of much of the bands previous work
Hell Is What You Make It is truly a perplexing record.
The songs are varied and strong, each filled with the soul and practice of the musicians
Glen Campbell has lived a fulfilling life and enjoyed a remarkable career …
Rabbits on The Run feels like singer/songwriter Vanessa Carlton’s coming of age album, despite being her fourth.
International Blues Challenge winner Grady Champion proves the blues has a future with the release of his fifth album Dreamin.’
Chelsea Grin deftly toes on their sophomore release, My Damnation.
Chickenfoot makes big dumb rock albums. There’s no mistaking it and they do it well
Jack Johnson and Matt Kearney fans, rejoice: finally...
If their 10-song debut is any indication of what lays ahead, expect great things from Bloomington, Indiana upstarts Fat Shadow.
Tripper is equally a reward for long-time fans and a great introduction for amateurs.
Above all, Meet Your Ghost is refreshing and fun: exactly what music should be.
Les Savy Fav is seasoned troupe playing the sex-starved and drug-addled ditties people half their age. And it’s awesome.
Twenty-five years after his solo debut, MacAlpine's self-titled tenth solo album is his first such effort in a decade
Who knew the new queen of rockabilly would be found in Dublin, Ireland?
You know what’s great about a musician like Tom Waits? Aside from being a great songwriter...
To know (of) Thurston Moore is to love him…unless you’re jealous, of course.
Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello has stepped up to fill this gap with his project, The Nightwatchmen. On the project’s new CD World Wide Rebel Songs,
Where has the time gone? It seems to me New Ruins just hit the scene....
Ska has been written off so many times at this point it’s one of the biggest clichés of music...
this is an album stuck in ‘seapony’ mode...
Japanese indie girl group Shonen Knife chose to celebrate their 30 anniversary with a tribute album to The Ramones, a huge influence on the band’s pop/punk sound.
When deciding to do a cover version of a well-known song there are two paths one can follow...

Book Reviews Minimize
At one time someone spray painted “Clapton is God” on a brick wall and people believed it. Some people would argue to the death that Eric Clapton is the greatest guitar player of all time and...
Eddie Trunk is the man when it comes to hard rock and heavy metal. Fans of his radio show and/or “That Metal Show” on VH1 Classic...
Want an idea of just how big Prince’s ego is? As told in Jason Draper’s new bio on the often reclusive musician, in an attempt to regain some of his former mojo a few years ago, Prince decided to finally ...
SPOILER ALERT! To get the big unanswered question out of the way up front, don’t count on a Husker Du reunion any time soon. “Beyond my personal reasons for not looking back,...

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