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NEWS: CHRISTINA GRIMMIE SHOT DEAD AFTER ORLANDO CONCERT

By now you’ve probably heard the news.  If not, I hate to have to break it to you.  Tragically, Christina Grimmie was shot and killed by someone after her performance opening for Before You Exit at the Orlando venue Plaza Live.  Her brother immediately tackled the shooter, who had two guns on him, but...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: GARBAGE: STRANGE LITTLE BIRDS

Once upon a time — the mid ’90’s to be precise — I interviewed Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue for my hair metal zine, ANT, The Only Cool Magazine That Bites. I asked him what he was listening to lately and he said “Garbage and God Lives Underwater.” I went to Tower Records...
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#songoftheday = WHITE SEA: “BLOODLINE”


"I'm a monster / It's in my bloodline," sings Morgan Kibby, a.k.a White Sea, on her "Bloodline," which is one of her most addictive songs to date and also one of her deepest, the lyrics haunting and melancholic. Those words could also be used to describe the...
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#albumoftheday = LADYHAWKE: WILD THINGS

We last heard from New Zealand’s Pip Brown when she released her 2012 album Anxiety, which was a solid pop record that featured a lot more guitars and considerably less synth and electronic sounds than her self-titled 2008 debut.  Unfortunately, many fans — and critics — complained about the change of direction.  On...
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#albumoftheday = VEGA: WHO WE ARE

A lot of recent albums by the heavy metal bands I grew up with have disappointed me.  The latest Def Leppard album, for example.  I’ve listened to that one at least 15 times and it does nothing for me.  I just can’t get into it.  I think it’s their first terrible album, really. ...
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