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Static-X Frontman Wayne Static Found Dead

November 2nd, 2014 By Marissa Abruzzini

Frontman for one of the most iconic acts in metal has died at the age of 48. The cause of death is still unknown at this time. Read more…

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Queen – Queen Forever

November 20th, 2014 By Kathryn Thorson

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Forever in Our Hearts

“Love won’t leave you alone.” As the late Freddie Mercury howls this phrase in a painful crescendo during “Love Kills”, even the most cursory Queen fan can’t help but feel the sting. It’s been nearly 20 years since the band’s last studio album (Made In Heaven) and 24 since its last album with Mercury (Innuendo). Guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor pulled together the long anticipated Queen Forever, and what we find is a classy, careful compilation of love.

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Antony and the Johnsons – Turning

November 20th, 2014 By Chad Gorn

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Words In Need of Pictures

Antony and the Johnsons’ live album Turning is the denouement to the series of pieces that began as performance art collaboration between Antony Hegarty in 2006 with filmmaker Charles Atlas. In the original, repurposed images of 13 women (”beauties” as Hegarty called them) with a history of difficult life experiences were projected against a backdrop of Hegarty’s sobering and emotional chamber music. Their beauty contradicted their lives, and this juxtaposition was the crux of Turning. Atlas directed a documentary of the tour, and finally, Hegarty released this album of the isolated audio performances from the tour. Whether or not the music alone translates to a work of art itself is dependent upon the listener’s familiarity with the Hagerty; he is either a mesmerizing artist or a bore. Read more…

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Sperø – Pride

November 20th, 2014 By Jake Romm

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Short and Dull

Pride, the new album from California band Sperø (the inclusion of the letter ø seems like a non-sensical gimmick, seeing as none of the members appear to be Scandinavian and their sound is distinctly American), is, simply put, not very good. The album’s best feature is perhaps its brevity – with only six songs, each clocking in between the 2-6 minute mark. The vocal duties are split between guitarist Jesse Hofstee and keyboardist Hillary Laughery. While both of them have perfectly fine voices, they lack the grit and soul required to pull off the blues rock sound they’re going for. In order to compensate, they rely too heavily on vocal bends, microphone effects, and at times it sounds like they’re faking southern drawls (on the title track specifically). Read more…

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Essick – Atrium Atrium

November 19th, 2014 By Chris Ernt

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A Decent Debut With Room to Grow

Essick’s new album Atrium Atrium is an uneven mixed bag of tunes. While their particular take on neo-psychedelic dance rock is technically adept with roaring guitars and shimmering synthesizers in abundance, the listener gets the feeling that some of the tracks were included as fillers. The down tempo tracks are well made but uninteresting. Read more…

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LISTEN: Yoko Ono and the Flaming Lips Cover ‘Happy X-Mas (War is Over)’

November 20th, 2014 By Peter Victor-Gasper

Although another year is not quite over, a new cover of the classic Lennon song is happily here. Read more…

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Marilyn Manson’s Representative Denies Manson’s Involvement In Lana Del Rey’s Sexual Assault Depiction Video

November 20th, 2014 By Kevin Amodia

A dark, eerie, grim, controversial video that would make Law and Order SVU and Sons of Anarchy fans cringe, has made it’s way to the internet featuring Lana Del Rey and Marilyn Manson, and nobody wants to take responsibility for it.
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Rhiannon Giddens Announces New Album Tomorrow Is My Turn For February 2015 Release

November 20th, 2014 By Illia Guminskiy

Rhiannon Giddens, one of the founding members of Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, has announced a debut solo record ‘Tomorrow Is My Turn’, produced by T-Bone Burnett, due out February 10 on Nonesuch Records (vinyl to hit the stores March 3). Read more…

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A Place To Bury Strangers Announces New Album Transfixiation For February 2015 Release

November 20th, 2014 By Illia Guminskiy

February 17th, 2015, is about to become a big day for noise rock fans. Brooklyn’s A Place To Bury Strangers have announced a new album ‘Transfixiation’ for a February release! Read more…

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LISTEN: Nicole Atkins Releases New Song “Red Ropes”

LISTEN: Napalm Death Release New Song “Cesspits”

LISTEN: Damon Albarn, Nick Zinner And Brian Eno Release 41-Minute Rendition Of Terry Riley’s “In C”

Helmet Announce They Will Play Betty In It’s Entirety On New Tour Dates

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Interpol And Hundred Waters Stuck In The Snow For 40 Hours In Their Tour Bus

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John Zorn’s New Song “Assassin’s Bay” Featuring Mike Patton, Sophia Rei, and Jesse Harris Released

Nels Cline, Nicole Atkins And Sam Cohen Will Perform At The Complete Last Waltz, A Tribute To The Band

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the daftest punk of all --- friendship

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