Social Distortion Self-titled Album Cover

A Different Breed of Punk

written by: Cody Prentiss on March 21, 2011

The energetic spirit of punk lives well in the music, and front man Mike Ness writes simple songs with high energy and gusto. One would feel more sympathy for his woes if he didn’t make such enjoyable music from them.

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The Metal Gods Need Therapy

written by: Cody Prentiss on March 16, 2011

The problem with St. Anger comes in long hauls where the intensity sags. In those moments it sounds as though old age slipped in the back door and became Metallica’s fifth member.

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Straylight Run self-titled album cover

The Only Difference …

written by: Tyler Remmert on March 11, 2011

In the wake of the fallout surrounding Taking Back Sunday in 2004, one would expect John Nolan to use Straylight Run as a way to unleash his anger. And he did, just not in the way everyone expected him to…

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Perfume Genius Delivers Brutal Honesty

written by: E.N. May on March 8, 2011

Isolation breeds brutal honesty. That’s what Mike Hadreas (Perfume Genius) learned the year he moved from his digs in New York to his mothers home in Everett, Washington to escape the ensuing self-destruction he was headed for. Being so far away from what Hadreas had known, he felt the full breadth of isolation and loneliness. […]

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Music Monster

Still Fresh After All These Years

written by: David B. Anthony on March 2, 2011

Hip-hop’s identity is one that is built upon both musical style and the region in which it was created. There’s no way Wu-Tang Clan could have come out of Los Angeles, and N.W.A. could have never been founded in New York

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Bright Eyes & Conor Oberst portrait in Omaha