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Thursday, Dec 12, 2013
Major Arcana, the excellent 2013 LP from Northampton, MA's Speedy Ortiz, succeeded as much because of its lyrics as it did its deft take on guitar-driven rock.

“Everything’s Bigger”, from the Real Hair EP, due out February 11th on Carpark, wins by marrying these same two strengths. The song hooks with its twisting riffs, crisp rhythm section and versatile vocals, and keeps the listener coming back for more with guitarist/vocalist Sadie Dupuis’ smart, quotable writing.



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Monday, Oct 1, 2012

Ex-Constantines frontman Bry Webb brought down the volume considerably on his mostly acoustic solo debut Provider, but still managed to stir up a fair bit of excitement with its Canada-only release in 2011. On October 2nd, Idée Fixe will give U.S. Constantines fans the chance to hear Webb in low-key mode when it releases the album stateside. Long-listed for the 2012 Polaris Prize and praised by PopMatters’ Zachary Houle as “a stunning and revealing record full of worldly insight”, Provider is a surprising turn from Webb’s old work, but not an unwelcome one. Webb will also tour the U.S. in support of the release.



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Monday, Sep 24, 2012
A seminal concert from the influential glam-band Queen will hit the silver screen for the first time.

The concert film Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live in Budapest ‘86 is to be screened in various movie theaters around the world. The film will be preceded by a brief documentary, and the concert film itself will include stellar Queen hits such as “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, “We Are the Champions”, and “I Want to Break Free”. It’s Freddie Mercury and mates in front of 80,000 fans! Shall it be missed?



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Friday, Sep 21, 2012
New single described as sonic tribute to Piper at the Gates of Dawn.

Mission of Burma guitarist and cofounder Roger Miller has released a rousing new single, “Big Steam”, via Good Road Recordings. The accompanying video offers a disorienting stream of found footage, color manipulation, and shots of roller coasters and trains in motion. Featuring Larry Dersch (The Binary System) and Brian Arnold, both the track and its flipside, “Dream Interpretation”, have been described by Miller as “a deliberate sonic referencing of Pink Floyd’s Piper at the Gates of Dawn”.



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Thursday, Aug 9, 2012
Recently, Insane Clown Posse has been collaborating with Jack White and questioning how, exactly, magnets work. Now they're returning to their dark, horrorcore days, and all we can muster is faint, barely-there yawn of acknowledgement.

Insane Clown Posse have been getting, strangely, popular again.


Although the face-painted duo have never truly gone away, their mainstream profile has been increasing year after year. Whether it be Saturday Night Live parodying their overstuffed infomercials for their annual Gathering of the Juggalos, their inexplicable collaboration with Jack White, or, perhaps, their lyrics about quasi-spirituality (including a claim that “there’s magic everywhere in this bitch”) being endlessly ridiculed, the duo have managed to work their way into the national conversation now and then, although often in a wildly negative light.


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