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Cattle Decapitation Give Austin Grinding Riffs and Death Metal Breakdowns (SHOW REVIEW)

Cattle Decapitation has always existed as an outlier in the extreme metal scene of the last twenty years. Defining exactly what they are is a challenge. From their earlier grindcore releases to their newest albums, ...

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Magpie Salute Brings Travelling Revue of Honorable Rock To Irving Plaza (SHOW REVIEW)

It’s hard to believe that this was the Magpie Salute’s third trip to New York this year. After all, they just started playing as a bad at the Gramercy Theatre in January.  By their summer ...

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Mavis Staples Teams With Jeff Tweedy For Soulful ‘If All I Was Was Black’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

With her recent series of albums, Mavis Staples has successfully completed the transition from her earlier status as a soul and gospel icon to an artist who remains as contemplative, contemporary and vital today as ...

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Queen ‘News of the World’ Box Set Is A Stunner (ALBUM REVIEW)

1977 was a milestone year for the iconic and legendary British rock and roll band, Queen. The band had recorded another exciting, eclectic album that featured rock, blues, punk and even Latin-influenced tracks. It also ...

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Grateful Dead Dave’s Picks Volume. 24: Berkeley Community Theatre 8/25/72 (ALBUM REVIEW)

Perhaps it’s because (sole) drummer Bill Kreutzmann’s kit is so prominent throughout the audio mix of Dave’s Picks Volume 24, spanning the stereo spectrum in Owsley Stanley’s recording from the Berkeley Community Theatre. Or maybe ...

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Eilen Jewell Emulates Archival Blues on ‘Down Hearted Blues’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

With each of her recent albums, Eilen Jewell has meandered ever closer to a style that emulates archival blues, providing a sturdy and assured delivery that also taps her rich Americana authenticity. With Down Hearted ...

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‘Le Samourai’ and the Birth of Cool

Celebrating the Criterion Collection's re-release of Jean-Pierre Melville's classic noir on Blu-ray, we look back on what makes Le Samourai so enduringly cool.

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Teen Daze Gives A Name To His Ambitions On ‘Themes for a New Earth’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

It’s a common instinct among people, to link music to the phenomena of the world around us. From the inextricable connection to the land of early indigenous music to Bach’s invocations of color to the array of ...

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X Founder John Doe Rages Repertoire of Punk & Americana In Baton Rouge (SHOW REVIEW)

Rex Brown said in a recent Glide interview that, “You can take the boy away from the farm but the farm pretty much comes with you,” in regards to his music past. And that is ...

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‘A Dying King’ Takes An Fascinating Look At The Ripple Effect Of One Ousted Leader’s Death

History buffs will find a lot to enjoy in this look at Iran's former Shah.

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