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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: NOVEMBERS DOOM: BLED WHITE

#9. Not many bands reach that number of albums. Even the best bands seem to break up or otherwise call it quits after number five or six. Not so with Chicago’s Novembers Doom, however. They’re a wicked beast that refuses to die, thrashing away at anything that gets in their way, thus painting...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: FOZZY: DO YOU WANNA START A WAR

Fozzy has a backstory almost as weird as Spinal Tap’s. The funny thing here, however, is that their backstory started out entirely fictional when they released their debut album nearly a decade and a half ago with the band saying they went to Japan with a record deal, destined to become huge rock...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: CHRIS BARRETTO OF MONUMENTS

Interview by Michael McCarthy Recently, I was introduced to the music of Monuments, a genre-defying band who are often mislabeled as various genres and subgenres, as you’re about to read below.  Their music was like a sonic equivalent of a rich, complex roast of coffee…  Sometimes I daydream about Starbucks using their Italian...
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  • LEO IEIRI: JUNJO
    LEO IEIRI: JUNJO Release Date:  7/30/14 Label:  Victor Entertainment "Junjo" is among her most vibrant and infectious tunes to date, which is surely why it's being used as the ending theme for the new Dragonball Kai anime series. Singer/songwriter Leo Ieiri's new single, "純情," or "Junjo," finds her doing what she does
  • PAIPAI DEKAMI: レッツドリーム小学校 [Let's Dream Shogakko]
    PAIPAI DEKAMI: レッツドリーム小学校 [Let's Dream Shogakko] Release Date:  6/25/14 Label:  MYRD But after listening to the album, all of my preconceived notions leapt out the window and crashed to the pavement, dying when their necks were all but shattered. This one really surprised me, not unlike half of the stuff I listen to in the interest of reviewing it for y
  • ZIGZO: FOREVER YOUNG
    ZIGZO: FOREVER YOUNG Release Date:  7/1/14 Label:  Japan Crown Forever Young is ZIGZO's way of celebrating their 15th anniversary. It's also a great hits compilation that's also noteworthy because it includes a re-recording of their 1999 single "Himawari." Who the hell are ZIGZO? According to Wiki, they're a Japanese rock superg
  • MOTOHIRO HATA: ひまわりの約束 [Himawari No Yakusoku]
    MOTOHIRO HATA: ひまわりの約束 [Himawari No Yakusoku] Release Date:  8/6/14 Label:  AUCL If very mellow singer/songwriter music is your thing... I know I review more female artists than male artists here. It's been that way from day one. Why? Because I like to write about what I enjoy and I was already an active fan of many of the female artists I regularly cov
  • PUFFY: 秘密のギミーキャット ~うふふ 本当よ~
    PUFFY: 秘密のギミーキャット ~うふふ 本当よ~ Release Date:  2014 Label:  Sony Music Artist Inc. This song is insane. In many ways. Puffy, known as Puffy Amiyumi here in the States, have always been known for doing zany stuff. You never know what to expect from them. I don't think they've ever done rap, but it wouldn't surprise me one bit if that's what th