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The Synthetic Dream Foundation – Tendrils of Pretty

July 27th, 2006


Plays Well with Others

While independent spirit flows through heavy music as much as cooler, more collected rock and folk genres, the skill level leaves something to be desired. Homegrown industrial, gothic, and aggro-electro acts seem the worst offenders, rarely matching even Ministry’s Psalm 69 template. It’s that vacuum in which The Synthetic Dream Foundation operates, so their third album Tendrils of Pretty occupies a glaring spotlight. Read more…

By Adam Blyweiss Posted in Reviews

Mates Of State – Bring It Back

July 26th, 2006


Bringing It Back Old School Style

In a world of somber musicians tackling sobering subjects and the perfect chord to express their angst, Mates of State breaths easy with a refreshing hum that makes you forget your troubles. They have a minimal sound, coming mainly from Kori Gardner’s keyboard / organ and Jason Hammel’s drums. This is added with the couples’ blended vocals, which is arguably their greatest instrument. Read more…

By Megan Clinard Posted in Reviews

Dylan Returns

July 26th, 2006

Bob Dylan will be releasing his 44th studio album on August 29. Modern Times will feature ten new tracks Dylan recorded with his touring band, including “Thunder on the Mountain,” “Spirit on the Water,” “Workingman’s Blues,” and “When the Deal Goes Down.”

Steve Barnett, chairman of Columbia Records, threw his support behind Modern Times: “We’re approaching Modern Times as the third release in an outstanding trilogy of recorded works – along with Time Out of Mind and Love and Theft. This is a staggering record by any standards, and is a major priority for our company, worldwide.”
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By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Metallica Goes Digital

July 26th, 2006

Metallica has finally joined up with a digital music retailer. Apple’s iTunes Music Store will be offering the metal icon’s entire back catalog up through 2004’s Some Kind of Monster. Fans will also be able to purchase live tracks that have been added to the first four albums. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Jet Return

July 26th, 2006

Jet are gearing up for the release of Shine On, their sophomore follow-up to 2003’s Get Born, due to hit stores October 3. The band will be dropping the first single, “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is,” before playing a few Australian shows in August. Jet will also hit the U.K.’s Reading and Leeds festivals before embarking on a North American tour in September. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Sum H2O Operation

July 26th, 2006

Todd Morse of H2O as well as Juliette & The Licks has joined together with Cone McCaslin of Sum 41 for a side project called The Operation. All that’s currently available are three songs up on the band’s Myspace page, but ten have been recorded. The tunes are in the mixing stage and should be available soon. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

U2 Roar Back with Pearl Jam

July 26th, 2006

U2 has rescheduled dates in Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and Japan that were postponed this spring due to illness within the immediate family of a band member. Pearl Jam and Kanye West are heading out in support as originally planned. The shindig will get underway November 7th in Brisbane.

Here are U2’s new tour dates:

Nov. 7: Brisbane (QSAC Stadium)
Nov. 10-11: Sydney (Telstra Stadium)
Nov. 16: Adelaide (AAMI Stadium)
Nov. 18-19: Melbourne (Telstra Dome)
Nov. 24-25: Auckland (Ericsson Stadium)
Nov. 29-30, Dec. 4: Tokyo (Saitama Super Arena)
Dec. 9: Honolulu (Aloha Stadium)
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By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Pavement’s Wowee Zowee to be Reissued

July 26th, 2006

Pavement’s label Matador will be reissuing their seminal album Wowee Zowee in Version 2.0.The release date and specifics are yet to be announced, but it is known the the album will include unreleased rarities, B-sides, outtakes, twenty pages of artwork and concert footage from the album tour in 1995.

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By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Audioslave Split Up

July 26th, 2006

Audioslave’s forthcoming third album, Revelations, is slated for a September 5th release. This could be the band’s last with Chris Cornell reverting to his solo career. The word on the remaining members is that they rejected an offer from promoters to reunite as Rage Against The Machine with ex-lead singer Zack de la Rocha due to bad blood. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

AFI – decemberunderground

July 25th, 2006


Will Give You Chills

Genius. Freaks. Life-changing. Wusses. However you view punk band A Fire Inside, there will always be someone else with a contrary opinion. With fifteen years of experience in the music industry, criticism doesn’t phase AFI. Their only shock was the sudden popularity of decemberunderground, the California band’s seventh release. Read more…

By Danielle Reicherter Posted in Reviews