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Monday, Nov 8, 2010

The artist that Rolling Stone magazine named a top ten artist to watch is reminding everyone how he earned that title. Pete Yorn is launching a North American tour that will support his new self titled album. The new album has received rave reviews from publications like Spin who said “From bracing opener ‘Precious Stone’ to the chugging fan appreciation ‘Rock Crowd’ to a heartfelt version of Gram Parsons’ ‘Wheels,’ Yorn emerges with his most purposeful, affecting album yet.” The CD is available now and tickets for his tour go on sale this weekend. The tour kicks off on February 14th in Phoenix, but until then, check out some live Pete Yorn below and on thelivebuzz.com.



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Wednesday, Nov 3, 2010

Brother Ali is back to doing what he does best; making hip-hop music with some substance. His newest album, Us delves into the deep issues of the human condition; the strengths and flaws that make us all human. “Breakin’ Dawn” is the second official video from the album, which was released September 22, 2009. The video is an epic five-minute tale, beautifully drawn by animators Rob Engle, Dave Irion, and Evan Sheldon. You can also find Brother Ali on the “How the Grouch Stole Christmas Tour” with The Grouch, Eligh, and Los Rakas.



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Tuesday, Nov 2, 2010
Tombs is the bastard child of noise-rockers Unsane and post-metal visionaries Neurosis -- raw, heavy, progressive, and unrelenting across the board.

New York may be well known for its plentiful hardcore scene, but with so many musicians clinging to the minimalist nature of hardcore in one area, other bands will undoubtedly attempt to adapt that simplistic style into something more complex and forward-thinking over time. Tombs, the new project from ex-Anodyne frontman Mike Hill, is one such band, drawing on their roots and multiple outside influences to create a unique, appealing sound. The “minimalist” aspect of their sound comes from their raw, uncut production, similar to seminal hardcore bands like Black Flag and Minor Threat, and even approaching the levels of black metal artists such as Darkthrone at times. However, there is nothing simple about their compositions, with sound like the darkest nightmares of Gojira or Mastodon. To put it another way, Tombs is the bastard child of noise-rockers Unsane and post-metal visionaries Neurosis—raw, heavy, progressive, and unrelenting across the board.


Check out the track “Course of Empire” after the jump, taken from their upcoming collection of early and unreleased material, entitled Fear Is the Weapon (November 9th, Relapse). The band is getting ready to release a new album next summer, but until then, you can catch them on tour on one of the dates listed below the stream.


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Tuesday, Nov 2, 2010

Upon listening to former Czars-frontman John Grant’s first solo record, Queen of Denmark, one feels the kind of awe usually reserved for rock heroes of old. It is, quite simply, one of the great records of 2010. Mojo magazine gave the album its seldom-bestowed five-star, “instant classic” rating, and influential LA blog Aquarium Drunkard called it “a new cult classic”.


Earlier this year, Grant opened for Queen of Denmark producers and backing-band Midlake, turning audiences across the country on to his special brand of heart-bearing indie songcraft. Now he’s headlining his own US tour this December, starting 12/4 in Chicago (complete tour dates after the jump). These shows are not to be missed.



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Thursday, Oct 28, 2010

With Election Day coming, some people bemoan the fact that all candidates are too much alike. Whether one is a liberal Democrat with socialist leanings or Tea Party Republican with libertarian tendencies, chances who you vote for will be somewhat sane. That wasn’t always the case—at least in England, where voters had a real choice. Look at this footage of campaigner Screaming Lord Sutch, who paraded his lunacy as a weapon. While many people preach the importance of diversity, where is the true voice of neurodiversity? It lives in the past, but should be remembered and honored. All hail the bipolar, manic depressives, autistic, voice hearing, multiple personalities that have always brought the human race forward. We need crazy, as the sane world we live in promises to normalize us to death.


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