Recent Features

8 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Crüe’d and Tattüe’d

After catching nearly a dozen live dates, PopMatters' Adam Williams explores the rising ranks of a new class of Crüehead.

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The Little Ones

With an EP called Sing Song, the Little Ones capture the sweet/sad, just beginning and already wistfully nostalgic vibe of perfect power pop. Frontman Ed Reyes talks about his journey from emo Sunday's Best to the hand-clapped, euphorically harmonized Little Ones... and his less-than-rockstar penchant for early rising.

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6 Sep 2006 // 9:00 PM

Notes from Underground

Begrand hits the traveling metal show Sounds of the Underground for nine hours of mayhem, moshing, and merch. And though this town's put the kibosh on mosh, there's plenty of familiar sights and sounds, from Metallica wannabes to papier-mâché phalluses.

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The Big O: Beyond the Dark Glasses

Expanded reissues of the pivotal first three LPs recorded by Roy Orbison for Monument Records provides an insightful reminder of a true musical pioneer.

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31 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

V Festival 2006

Michael Lomas braves road-trip ruin in a desperate search for the sun. What he finds are ornery guards, boys with drugs up their bums, and a whole lot of bands.

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31 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

V Festival 2006

Michael Lomas braves road-trip ruin in a desperate search for the sun. What he finds are ornery guards, boys with drugs up their bums, and a whole lot of bands.

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Trouser Snakes on a Tour Plane: A Long Journey with Journey

Love or loathe them, Journey's songs are etched into our collective subconscious, and deeper than most of us would like to admit.

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Bubblegum Pops the (Counter-)Culture

Fake and faceless, bubblegum pop in the late '60s and early '70s offended the prevailing rock myths of artistic creativity and rugged opposition to the powers-that-be.

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Trippin’: The Cure 1983-1987

The third wave of Cure Deluxe Edition releases track Robert Smith's ascent from a murky personal and professional crisis to far-reaching commercial heights.

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17 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Viva Los Elvises

We can chose which of the Elvis personas we wish to remember. Graham-Silverman prefers the one that is long on nerve, and charm, and everything else he had going for him, as seen in Viva Las Vegas.

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If Elvis was all about pelvis, Peaches is all about crotch

Somewhere along the rock 'n' roll line, the possibility of getting caught up in an Elvis-induced lunatic sexual artistic revolution disappeared. Blame Warhol and Peaches.

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17 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Food Fit for a King

In an experiment to eat like Elvis Presley for a day, Mhatre finds it takes enormous... capacity... to emulate the King.

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16 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Velvet Elvis Revolution

Once Elvis became our biggest commodity, he also became our greatest means for social control, redirecting people's "wicked desires" onto products so that genuine social unrest would be preemptively sated by material acquisition.

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The Little Killers

Once the only active band on the legendary Crypt Records roster, NYC's the Little Killers rampage on with a new label, a new record, a new producer, and a smokin' old-style approach to rock 'n' roll.

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14 Aug 2006 // 9:00 PM

Postmortem

Hallelujah, it's raining blood! The Unholy Alliance Tour, a veritable distillation of the current state of contemporary metal on wheels, descends upon Western Canada and finally ends Begrand's 22-year wait to witness Slayer in the flesh.

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The Sounds of Now, Part Two: Meredith Monk

For the second installment in an ongoing series profiling contemporary composers, Jenkins reports on Meredith Monk, whose compositions and performances integrate the personal aspects of the body in a manner wholly removed from the majority of current musical production.

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Protest the Hero

Following the release of a surprisingly mature and developed full-length debut, young Canadian metal quintet Protest the Hero are setting out to win new audiences across North America this summer. But as vocalist Rody Walker warns, leave your genre badges and expectations at home.

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10 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Forever Never Changes

A look at the late Arthur Lee's finest album, the best document we have of that dazed and confused fever dream of free love, the summer of 1967. Its lessons about the era's aftermath still resonate.

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So Tough: The Boy Behind the Sid Vicious Myth

The punk rock version of James Dean, Vicious solidified his fame by dying young, leaving behind memories of his notorious behavior and the mystery of girlfriend Nancy Spungen's murder. Although he contributed little to punk music, Vicious remains its most famous name, and his cult has only grown.

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We Are the ‘80s: Music for the Masses

When dealing with something as personal as music, you're never going to please everyone. VH1 Classic's new CD series crosses multiple genres, but suffers when compared to better-prepared sets.

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Hozier + Death Cab for Cutie + Rock Radio 104.5's Birthday Show (Photo Gallery)

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"Radio 104.5's birthday show featured great bands and might have been the unofficial start of summer festival season in the Northeast.

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