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The Raw Intensity of Sonic Youth Live

I thought it was about time to revisit a band that continues to worm it's way back into my mind every few months from first really becoming part of my collection not that long ago. Sonic Youth may not be a band for everyone with their complex, screeching noise rock fueled compositions. For those of us who are fans of this band though, they are unlike absolutely any other with a raw intensity unlike anything else, especially in a live setting where they can really open up and channel a sort of primal rage of expression into musical form.

Maxim Apologies To Black Crowes: Reviews, Reviewers and the Age of Bloggers

Have you ever read a music review and felt that the reviewer didn't even listen to the album because they were so off base? I certainly have, even from some very big name music magazines that shall remain nameless. It has not only been one of my major reasons for avoiding reading reviews, but also writing a few of my own. I understand that the major reviewers probably listen to a few hundred albums every day and they're under some major pressure to meet their deadlines, but I've always felt it takes multiple listens to really get a grasp of a new album and finalize my feelings about it.

Controlled Chaos: The Experimentalism of the Mars Volta

I'm continually intrigued by how my musical tastes shift as I get older. There was a time when I wasn't into Led Zeppelin. There was a time when I wasn't into the White Stripes... the Smashing Pumpkins... the Velvet Underground... Sonic Youth... "insert band here that I now consider one of my favorites". That trend continues with another adventurous band: the Mars Volta. I remember first listening to the Mars Volta back 2001 when the arose from the ashes of At the Drive-In, a band I had been pretty intrigued by at the time.

Thoughts on the New Album from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

New albums don't always register on my musical radar. I think it's heavily dependent on what I'm listening to at the time it's released. I mean, if I'm listening to a band right around the time their new music comes out, then I'm all into it immediately, but that rarely seems to happen. Instead it's usually the opposite that is the case, especially with long times between album releases. Here's how it tends to happen: I'm listening to something else entirely and a new album comes out and suddenly I'm back listening to that band all over again...

ASHES dIVIDE: New Music from Billy Howerdel

Where as some musicians are satisfied with their own bands, or projects, others feel the need to branch out into multiple projects, each with it's own unique style and vibe. I can appreciate that... sometimes as an artist you are most creative when pursuing different ventures at different times. With bands it's especially interesting to see how different musicians work in different environments and with different people, often creating something completely unique.

Stone Temple Pilots to Reunite this Summer and a New Velvet Revolver Album?

It seems that reunion tours always seem to draw attention, with good reason. This one is actually a bit of a surprise to me, but also quite exciting news if it goes off without a hitch... and there are the possibility for a few major hitches. A few people now have mentioned to the media that the Stone Temple Pilots will be reuniting for a series of shows this summer... exciting news, but I'm also a little hesitant to really get into it.

Welcome to Black Mountain: New and Unique Progressive Rock

Unfortunately I haven't been able to listen to a whole lot of new bands recently. I have lots in my queue all lined up including a couple that I think are really interesting that I just haven't formalized exactly what I want to say about them yet (and for some it's been months since they were suggested or I first found them... also unfortunate). It's been a combination of a very hectic schedule and technical problems that have caused this little drought, both of which still continue.

Rock & Roll Feature: Radiohead Plays the Colors of In Rainbows

This is the fourteenth in a series of Rock & Roll features I'm writing for this site. I'm a rock and roller, so this column is a way for me to feature a different album that I like, from different genres every month.

Exclusive Radiohead TV Broadcast to Start the New Year

Well, 2008 already looks to be an exciting year and at the rate the music industry is changing, it looks to be more exciting than even our first indications. Leading the pack with more exciting news once again is Radiohead. This time the band is going to be broadcasting an exclusive New Year's performance of tracks from their latest release, both online and on television, through www.current.com.

Here's the broadcast times for television:
December 31, 2007:
9 p.m. PST / 12 a.m. EST
10 p.m. PST / 1 a.m. EST
January 1, 2008:
5 a.m. PST / 8 a.m. EST

Fast Turnaround from the Smashing Pumpkins

We may have to end up chalking this up to music industry rumors or other less than reliable source, but being a bit of a rabid Smashing Pumpkins fan, this news really peaked my interest. Apparently the new incarnation of the Pumpkins is returning to the studio a bit sooner than first anticipated and is perhaps scheduled to release new material (in some format) on January 1st... yeah, as in a mere 16 days! How cool is that?

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