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This Week in We Already Knew That: Metal Makes You Calm

Any fan of aggressive music could’ve told you this. Any fan of aggressive music that you know probably already did tell you this. Now science is here to back it up. Researchers at the University […]

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Streetside: Dan Deacon at Seattle’s Neumo’s; May 8, 2015

If you know who Dan Deacon is outside of his viral “Drinkin’ Outta Cups” sketch-rant, then you’ve heard of his infamous live show: a highly-interactive, all-inclusive indie dance party that just about everyone describes as […]

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RIFF’d: Arcade Fire’s ‘Reflektor’

After all the guerrilla marketing campaigns, the teaser videos that just wouldn’t quit, the Bowie back-up vocals, the bobble-heads, “secret shows,” cryptic-punk SNL featurettes, fake cover bands, critic Achtung Baby posturing and incredulous silence from Arcade Fire until about a week ago […]

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Streetside: Daughters Reunite at The Met in Pawtucket, RI; September 13

No one embodies misfortune, panic, disease and filth quite like Daughters. And no one makes it so aurally empowering, either. For most of their nine-year existence, they only created obsessive cult fans or extreme haters until creative […]

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Streetside: Dog Shredder Rips, Blinds an Intimate Affair at Seattle’s Sunset Tavern; August 22

Seattle’s bar scene – particularly in the faux-folksy Ballard neighborhood – doesn’t exactly scream “metal,” so it’s puzzling that aggressive acts, especially out-of-towners, always flock to the Sunset Tavern. The dim, red hue of the […]

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Spotlight: Dog Shredder

Bellingham, WA trio Dog Shredder was born from two ideas, both stemming from “late-night conversations over cheap beer.” First, the comically-brutal moniker (relax, PETA) originally represented an imaginary band that would “have to rip,” the band […]

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30 Seconds To Mars

Listing: The Top 5 Most Overwrought Lyrics from 30 Seconds To Mars’ ‘Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams’

Whatever your stance on 30 Seconds To Mars’ particularly angst-ridden brand of emo-rock, it’s impossible to question frontman Jared Leto’s dedication to the cause. After all, this is the man who put on 67 pounds […]

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Listing: The Strokes’ ‘Comedown Machine’ in 5 Redeeming Lyrics

The Strokes have always been privileged, confused young men, muddled in ambivalence and a healthy dose of the fuck-its. It’s what made their 2001 debut so very special – a breed of nonchalant NYC punk […]

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Listing: The Plot from Coheed and Cambria’s ‘The Afterman: Descension’

Coheed and Cambria’s entire discography is a soundtrack to frontman Claudio Sanchez’s The Amory Wars comic book storyline, with every lyric fitting the plot, while simultaneously aiming to stand alone. Talk about ambition. We last left […]

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