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by William Carl Ferleman

30 Sep 2010

Trent Reznor, of Nine Inch Nails and How to Destroy Angels, plans to develop a dystopic, science fiction television series based on Nine Inch Nails’ rather Orwellian LP Year Zero (2007). Reznor recently composed the score for the film The Social Network, but this latest news seems more fitting and purposeful; it is more aligned with Reznor’s personal artistic vision. 

Also, Reznor has, in fact, professed that Year Zero was more of a score instead of a conventional record. That said, this project should be a true challenge:  it is one thing to compose a score for a film and quite another to translate a score into a decent, compelling TV series. And if the pathetic trailer to the album and the tired and trite “Survivalism” video are indicative of anything that might occur visually in this series, Reznor is a lost soul indeed.

by PopMatters Staff

29 Sep 2010

Power pop hero Dwight Twilley returns next week with Green Blimp, that includes 12 new tunes and guest performances from Susan Cowsill and Rocky Burnette. In advance of the release, Twilley has unleashed two free downloads for fans, which you can snag below. Following the album release will be a documentary about Twilley’s long and storied career that began back in the early ‘70s, as well as an upcoming radio tour. All the up-to-date info is available over at

by Jessy Krupa

29 Sep 2010

When the list of nominated artists for the 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was released this morning, there were a few surprises. This year saw 15 nominees, whereas in past years, the voters had to choose from 12 nominations. Also surprising was the number of repeat nominees, and the fact that all of the nominees were eligible for inclusion in previous years. We won’t know the official inductees until later on this year, but as for now, here are the nominees, listed in the order of who’s most likely to succeed.

by Jessy Krupa

28 Sep 2010

Earlier this month (September 7th) would’ve been Buddy Holly’s 74th birthday. Despite his short life and career, his music influenced many different artists. The following is just a small sampling of Holly’s admirers.

The Everly Brothers started performing “That’ll Be the Day” only several years after it was released as a single by Buddy’s backing band the Crickets.

by Thomas Britt

28 Sep 2010

In 2010, Soundgarden headlined Lollapalooza, Courtney Love covered Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy”, and Alice in Chains continued to tour. Time will tell whether there is anything left to gain from the present grunge cash in, but there is an exciting under-the-radar development happening at the same time as this mainstream resurgence.  Death By Audio is offering Coin Under Tongue’s new album Reception as a free download. Coin Under Tongue strips the luster off of modern rock and explores a schizophrenic sound that falls somewhere between Black Sabbath, Fear, Jawbox, Pavement and Deep Six. Reception masters the sounds that led to “grunge” and its kindred strands of rock, without falling victim to the declawing production tendencies that always lurk close by guitar rock movements that show commercial potential. Read Julian Cope’s comments on the album at Head Heritage. In addition to the free digital download, the album is also available as a CD from Insound and other outlets.

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Marina and the Diamonds Wrap Up U.S. Tour at Terminal 5 (Photos)

// Notes from the Road

"Marina's star shines bright and her iridescent pop shines brighter. Froot is her most solid album yet. Her tour continues into the new year throughout Europe.

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