FEATURES: BANDS IN TANDEM – A FLAMING LIPS BRAINSTORM GIVES BIRTH TO ELECTRIC WüRMS

Bands In Tandem – A Flaming Lips Brainstorm Gives Birth to Electric Würms PHOTO
ARTIST: Bands In Tandem – A Flaming Lips Brainstorm Gives Birth to Electric Würms
DATE: 08-20-14
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
Steven Drozd has already had a very busy year. So far, 2014 has seen Flaming Lips begin recording a cover album focused on The Beatles' work [With a Little Help from My Fwends will be released on October 28, 2014 –ed] as well as embark on a tour of the United States that has featured more than a few stops on the itinerary which [view more]

COLUMN: TV PARTY TONIGHT! 006

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ARTIST: TV Party Tonight! 006
Ollie Ottoman delves into the Star Trek: The Complete Original Series Blu-Ray package.
DATE: 08-19-14
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
Audio
Has Star Trek become so ubiquitous that it's simply embedded into our culture's DNA? Well, it has certainly had a very long life; there have been countless reboots and one would say there's a resurgence in interest for the series as the latest two movies have been highly successful blockbusters. So it seems like Star Trek is [view more]

COLUMN: I WANNA BE LITERATED! 057

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ARTIST: I Wanna Be Literated! 057
A critical evaluation of How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed by Ray Kurzweil
DATE: 08-19-14
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
Ray Kurzweil's books are scary. Not in a mystery horror movie kind of way, but in a “this is where humanity is headed whether you like it or not” kind of way. And while The Singularity is Near (his only other book I've read) was a rather in-depth look at our ability to use technology to advance our brain capacity and [view more]

REVIEWS: SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS - [LIVE]

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ARTIST: Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators - [Live]
VENUE: The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA - 08/13/14
DATE: 08-18-14
REVIEW BY: Elizabeth Madason
PHOTO: Raymond Ahner
Let it never be said that all musicians are rigid and aren't adaptable – in fact, some shine brightest when the shit-storm hits. Take Slash for example; the guitarist and his band have been winning no small numbers of ears over as they've been opening for Aerosmith on their current North American tour, but trouble struck when [view more]

REVIEWS: ZZ TOP - [LIVE]

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ARTIST: ZZ Top - [Live]
VENUE: Mountain Winery - Saratoga, CA - 08/12/14
DATE: 08-18-14
REVIEW BY: Elizabeth Madason
PHOTO: Raymond Ahner
Stepping back from the moment and really looking at what has happened for ZZ Top over the last few years, it's surprising how great a rebirth the band has enjoyed. Thanks to a bit of help from a bunch of other guys with beards (the cast of Duck Dynasty), Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard all sit prominently at the head table of the [view more]

REVIEWS: RISE AGAINST - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: Rise Against - [Album]
DATE: 08-15-14
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
After illustrating that they were more than capable of moving forward beyond their melodic hardcore foundations with Appeal To Reason and Endgame, The Black Market proves that Rise Against still has some more ground that they'd like to break and a few boundaries they still want to push. Such creative testing is [view more]

COLUMN: VINYL VLOG 030

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ARTIST: Vinyl Vlog 030
A deeper look into the grooves on the vinyl reissue of Where have all the merrymakers gone? by Harvey Danger
DATE: 08-13-14
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
The funny hing about reissues is that, usually, their goal is to mine a stitch in time. The hope is that the potential market for whom the reissue is intended will ignore however much time may have passed since the album's original release and simply sit back and relish in the music. Does it always work out that way? The Beatles, the John [view more]

COLUMN: I WANNA BE LITERATED! 056

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ARTIST: I Wanna Be Literated! 056
A critical evaluation of Fatale Book One: Death Chases Me by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
DATE: 08-12-14
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
The Femme Fatale has got to be the biggest cliché in storytelling. Always a knockout, the Femme Fatale's only function seems to be to manipulate men for her own ends; whether that's money or power or both. Maybe their existence is due to fiction being a mostly male-driven art-form (which no one is happy about, I agree). The Femme [view more]

REVIEWS: THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: The Gaslight Anthem - [Album]
with free mp3 download for 'Stay Vicious' from Get Hurt by The Gaslight Anthem
DATE: 08-12-14
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
After having won a devoted fanbase with a songbook crammed with the chronicles of hurt and hard feelings, that Gaslight Anthem has chosen to call its fifth album Get Hurt and put an inverted heart on the cover as if to show distress seems painfully glib. At first sight and with no music yet heard, a chorus of “uh huh” will be [view more]

REVIEWS: YES - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: Yes - [Album]
DATE: 08-08-14
REVIEW BY: Daryl \'Darko\' Barnett
Audio
What makes a good prog-metal album? I used to believe that it was a mixture of artistic vision and dedication from very talented musicians who could unite their energies to elevate both their own consciousness as well as that of their fans through musical magic. Was youth a part of this recipe? (Young musicians? Young bodies?) No, because [view more]

COLUMN: I WANNA BE LITERATED 055

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ARTIST: I Wanna Be Literated 055
A critical evaluation of Never Learn Anything From History by Kate Beaton
DATE: 08-06-14
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
Kate Beaton should be required reading. There – I said it. Her work should be required reading for everyone; not for comic book fans, or history aficionados, or hipsters. Everyone should read Kate Beaton. Sister is just that good. The perfect place to start would of course be her book Hark! A Vagrant! which was released some years [view more]

FEATURES: THE FOLK IMPLOSION - [DISCOGRAPHY]

The Folk Implosion - [Discography] PHOTO
ARTIST: The Folk Implosion - [Discography]
All the albums and EPs from the Walk Through This World with the Folk Implosion EP through the final release from The New Folk Implosion
DATE: 08-04-14
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
As contrary to the basic mindset of music journalism as it might seem (most critics like to see themselves as taste-makers with an ear for a hit, a finger on the public's cultural pulse and a keen eye which recognizes emerging future trends), sometimes there's just no way to explain how or why a band succeeds or fails to break through and [view more]

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