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by Joseph Fisher

14 Jun 2012


Metallica has been the source of ongoing contention for well over the past decade.  For the moment, it’s probably a good idea to cast all of that contention aside and simply to view and share the video below.  In October 2009, 20-year-old Morgan Harrington disappeared after a Metallica show in Charlottesville, VA.  Her remains were found about three months later in close proximity to the venue.  The suspect was never apprehended. 

Apparently, new information has come to light, linking Harrington’s abductor to another assault on another Virginia woman.  James Hetfield speaks to this detail, as well as to the investigation more generally in the clip:

by Ian Mathers

13 Jun 2012


Following on the heels of last year’s Ways of Meaning and 2010’s two-disc A Young Person’s Guide To, 2012 sees ambient composer Kyle Bobby Dunn release another double album with Bring Me the Head of Kyle Bobby Dunn. The Ontario native mostly bases his long, shifting compositions around electric guitar, organ, and piano (albeit phased and shifted into long, beautiful smears) and now director Joey Bania brings us a gorgeously desolate video for that album’s “An Evening With Dusty”. The video was filmed in New Zealand, but but after you watch it you might wonder when it was filmed.

by Jane Jansen Seymour

13 Jun 2012


This time around the New Music Seminar (NMS) will present four nights of music June 17 - 20 at 17 locations around New York City. The NMS New York Music Festival is enlisting partners BMI, eMusic, Filter Magazine, Folk Alliance, OurStage, ReverbNation and SESAC, to bring emerging acts to mid-sized venues such as Irving Plaza and Webster Hall as well as smaller clubs in the Lower East Side and Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The full line-up of over 150 artists is available on the NMS website, with a handy function allowing anyone interested in the concerts to narrow results by day or one of 16 genres from folk to indie, R&B or simply singer-songwriter.  All NMS Festival shows (excluding the NMS Opening Night Party) are open to the public with tickets available for purchase in advance and at the door of each respective participating venue.

by Steve Jansen

13 Jun 2012


Save their debut, I’d wager Behaviour is by far the Pet Shop Boys’ best, certainly most consistent, well-rounded album to date. Defined by lead single “Being Boring”, the album tilted the duo’s bitter-sweet axis to also take in melancholy. Granted, the album also created a cul-de-sac problem; comfortable and mature, at least by pop rules is a dangerously short road into irrelevance. Nevertheless, it was a great album while it lasted; even if it did leave me wondering, across far too many subsequently mediocre reappearances, why the Pet Shop Boys couldn’t just hanker down and write something that fantastic again. 

So imagine my delight upon clicking play on “Invisible” this morning, the new single in waiting by Messrs Tennant and Lowe. Within ten seconds I was caught. By 20, I was right back in headphones, late at night circa 1990, drifting. Then, a little after 30 seconds in, and a first line admission that “After being, for so many years, the life and soul of the party, it’s weird… I’m invisible…” I was in heaven.

by Cynthia Fuchs

12 Jun 2012


“I think it was a neat idea, and I’m proud of what we accomplished.” As Oliver North looks back on the Iran-Contra Affair, he hardly seems bothered by the fallout for his illegal gun running, or the facts that the scheme became a scandal and he became a scapegoat. Seven years later, in 1994, when the born again Christian North ran for a Virginia Senate seat, he faced what many observers considered long odds, running against Democratic incumbent Chuck Robb and an independent candidate, Marshall Coleman, endorsed by former Republican Senator John Warner. Still, as recorded in A> Perfect Candidate, his campaign received remarkable support, raising over $20 million through a smart direct marketing effort (including direct mail and telemarketing), as well as contributions from major donors.

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Red Baraat Blows Hartford Hall Down Celebrating the Festival of Colors (Photos)

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"Red Baraat's annual Festival of Colors show rocked a snow laden Hartford on a Saturday evening.

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