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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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