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Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011
Over the last 20 years Mark Oliver Everett has built a deep catalog of evocative, idiosyncratic rock as the auteur behind the Eels. Everett sings in a hoarse, flattened voice that dovetails with the downcast tenor of the songs. But if there's a gloomy undercurrent to songs like “Novocaine for the Soul...
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011
The problem with success is that people want to repeat it. Too often bands focus more on the end than the process. And in attempting to replicate a triumph, they lose track of the creativity that first made the music interesting. That's how most metalcore slipped into rote predictability...
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Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Nobody's about to mistake Against Me! frontman Tom Gabel for Bruce Springsteen. Under Gabel's gruff, hoarse voice and his band's hard-charging punk sound, however, there are similarities: Both acts are known for impassioned performances, smart, heartfelt anthems and an inherent belief in the...
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011
While it's true that rock music has produced more evocative songs about heroin use—“Mr. Brownstone,” “Under the Bridge,” “Running to Stand Still,” “The Needle & the Damage Done,” etc.—than it has about the American pastime, The Baseball Project is working to even the score. In March the supergroup featuring members of R.E.M. and The Dream Syndicate released...
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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Mike Ness stretches Social Distortion in new directions

Social Distortion is the rare punk act that not only still tours heartily more than three decades after its start, but still sounds fresh and vital doing it. Indeed, press frontman Mike Ness about the flood of old-school punk acts reunited and back on the road and he might even bristle...