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Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014
by Brian Crecente (McClatchy-Tribune News Service)
On Sept. 1, 1994 the Entertainment Software Rating Board was launched and a little more than two weeks later the first games received their ratings.

Twenty years ago this month, video games started to receive their first movie-like ratings.


It was a move driven by a congressional hearing that many believed was on the verge of forcing the situation and creating a federally run commission for the regulation and ratings of video games.


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Following two video teasers, Finnish doom outfit Ghost Brigade has dropped yet another video for their forthcoming album IV - One With the Storm.

At the start of September, the Finnish doom titans in Ghost Brigade announced the forthcoming release of their new studio LP, IV - One With the Storm. This record follows two stellar releases, 2009’s Isolation Songs and 2011’s Until Fear No Longer Defines Us, both of which cemented the group’s status at the forefront of doom. Fans of Katatonia and Swallow the Sun should find themselves at home in the heavy, emotionally charged compositions of this impressive band.


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"Love Song" is a tender, open-hearted duet that's just perfect for those who like their music lovelorn.

The Toronto trio Ménage’s name suggests a certain sensuality about its music. But as attested by the band’s latest tune, “Love Song”, there’s also a tenderness and sadness to the music as well. “Love Song”, which is structured as a duet around a love that has since been lost, is an emotionally resonant number for anyone who has ever experienced heartbreak before.


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It's been more than a year since My Chemical Romance decided to lay down their instruments, and PopMatters looks back on some of their finest moments.

My Chemical Romance was a band that was doomed from the start.  From their manic 2002 debut (I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love) to their final escape off into the sunset (Danger Days), MCR always sounded like a steam engine careening off of a cliff. Lead singer and showman Gerard Way’s unhinged vocal style felt fresh out of an asylum, complimenting his macabre, twisted imagery. The band never quite fit into any genre or anywhere in general. And that was perfectly fine by them.


Eternally the outsiders, My Chemical Romance always played by their own rules above all else. Constantly slapped with the “emo”  categorization (a label that the band particularly loathed), My Chemical Romance were in reality the spirit of punk rock incarnate. Their identity was in perpetual flux (particularly during the latter part of their careers), re-envisioning themselves for every album, never content to stay the same. They shoved the very boundaries of what “punk” could mean.


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The Brooklyn-based outfit Dinosaur Feathers's third studio album "look to Janet Jackson for spiritual guidance". It's as interesting a listen as it sounds.

“Afternoon Sun”, the lead track off of Control, the third album by the Brooklyn group Dinosaur Feathers, opens with a percussive sound quite similar to the one that opens the Knife’s “We Share Our Mother’s Health.” From there, things only get progressively kookier, as one might expect from a band called Dinosaur Feathers. From the “All She Wants to Do is Dance” drums of “Zeitgeist” to the faux Motown vibes of “Anything You Want”, Control is a delightful cornucopia of the odd. After all, it’s not often that a group from Brooklyn—a place that seems incapable of not producing new music constantly—comprised of two white guys goes to “look to Janet Jackson for spiritual guidance”. But, then again, Dinosaur Feathers are anything but a normal group.


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