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17 Aug 2006 // 1:00 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 // 1:00 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 // 1:00 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 // 10:00 PM


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 // 1:00 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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Brilliant Colors: The Jesus and Mary Chain Beyond Psychocandy

Conventional wisdom says that Psychocandy will stand as the Jesus and Mary Chain's ultimate statement. Listening to five of their now-remastered albums in a row might make you wonder why.

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4 Aug 2006 // 1:00 AM

Walkin’ the Long Road

At first, Woody Guthrie's birthplace tried to forget his name, but Okemah, Oklahoma has become home to a growing Guthrie festival, now in its ninth year.

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Windtalkers: Chicago’s own finally going for the almighty dollar.

Some of the artists living the life talk about Chicago's rap scene. Plus, PopMatters names the top 10 Chicago hip-hop up-and-comers.

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28 Jul 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Cinematics

Still in the larval stages, guitarist and vocalist Scott Rinner explains how the Cinematics have found themselves on the verge of breaking big, and what that means for establishing an identity.

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The Cut-Out Bin #7: Stan Ridgway, Mosquitos (Geffen, 1989)

The former Wall of Voodoo frontman's noirish solo album is a novelistic suite about the promise and peril of the American West.

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The Cut-Out Bin #7: Claudine Longet, Claudine (A&M, 1967)

The coy first album by the best of the broken-English chanteuses.

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The Cut-Out Bin #7: 10cc, How Dare You! (1976)

Lurking just below the goofy comedy, the mishmash of genres and the studio gimmickry of this last album by the band's original lineup is a pervasive, inconsolable sense of disconnection.

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The Hard Sell: Making Sense of Metalcore’s Marketing Madness

Mastodon, As I Lay Dying, Shadows Fall, and Between the Buried and Me: a guide to which of these bands most deserves your money for their CDs crammed with old crap, studio remnants, and toss-offs to help keep them afloat until the next album surfaces.

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20 Jul 2006 // 1:00 AM


Determined to carve out her own space in music, determinedly independent antifolk artist Jaymay has garnered an impressive amount of acclaim and a dedicated following in a couple of short years. But the possibilities of success are only important so long as Jaymay can do it her way.

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Mr. Robot: Episode 6 -- "Br4ve-Trave1er.asf

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"When episode six opens to find Elliot in terror and panic, it is soon confirmed that he should be.

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