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Tim Kasher: His Sorrows Are a Gold Mine

A Review of the Album “Adult Film” Ben Allen, music editor Over the last two decades Tim Kasher has established himself as one of the most literate, self­-aware and influential songwriters of a generation. His lyrical content in his two primary projects (Cursive and The Good Life) is so brutally honest and introspective that it borders on self-absorbed. Kasher and …

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Megadeth’s “Hangar 18” versus Metallica’s “One”

Daniel Humbarger, Sacramento bureau chief Growing up, I owned one (as in singular) Megadeth album: Countdown to Extinction.  I had every Metallica record up to the self-titled black album (except Garage Inc.,  which was nearly impossible to find at the time). After that, the band began to suck for a while and I tuned out (however, Death Magnetic won me …

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Ben’s 10 Volume XLIII: Rock and Roll Refreshments

Most of us will never partake in the excesses and debauchery associated with the lifestyles of some of the most celebrated rock stars. It’s unlikely you’ll ever drive a car into a swimming pool, throw a television out of a hotel window or engage in sexual depravity that would make porn stars blush. I did some research and discovered some …

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Album Review: The Polyphonic Spree “Yes, It’s True”

Meghan Vogel, contributor  Keep yourself high” seems to be the message on the Polyphonic Spree’s Yes, It’s True. Like modern Gnostics, The Spree seem to be revealing a secret: “It’s all good, kind brothers and sisters.” Some lyrics are silly. “It’s not your phone with an i/It’s not your Facebook likes/Bear in mind, you’re golden.” But it’s sung by The Spree’s choir with …

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Album Review: Foxhole Norman “You’re Missing The Point”

Leah Brzezinski, midwest music correspondent  There was a point when “alternative rock” became such a catch-all term for any grungy, punk-inspired sound that it ceased to have descriptive meaning, and eventually became so mainstream that it annoyed bands and listeners equally. Foxhole Norman’s 5-song debut EP, released “straight outta Seattle” this past August is just so…alternative rock. To quibble about it would be …

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Album Review: Oozing Wound “Retrash”

Joel Leavitt, contributor  If you’re looking for an assload of heavy, crunchy riffs, look no further. Imagine you’re sitting in the breakroom at work, playing with your phone, when some guy walks in with a bag of chips. He sits next to you and begins chomping on what could only be described as the loudest, crunchiest chips of all time. Now visualize that same …

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Album Review: Bloc Party “The Next Wave Sessions”

Meghan Vogel, contributor  The press release for Bloc Party’s new EP, The Next Wave Sessions, promised that it “amalgamates the visceral energy of Bloc Party live.” Overall, I didn’t vomit. It’s not horrendous, but there’s nothing new, avant-garde or interesting about this release. It’s accessible; dollars to donuts, you’re gonna be hearing this at K-Mart soon. And you’ll be sure to hear songs “Montreal” …

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Album Review: Deer Tick – “Negativity”

Bagel, contributor     I really like the album cover for Deer Tick’s new offering “Negativity.” Unfortunately, that’s about all there is to like. The instrumentation is fine, the band is obviously talented, but it’s hard to pay attention to anything besides the painfully distracting vocals. The unique attributes of singer John McCauley’s voice is too large of an issue for me. He’s an “all or …

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Album Reviews: Superchunk – “I Hate Music”

Bagel, contributor I’m always afraid to hear a new Superchunk album. I know there’s a good chance it’ll be a letdown. I was concerned as the record is called “I Hate Music” and the band may be considered “past their prime.” After their initial run from 1989 to 2001, the band went on hiatus until releasing “Majesty Shredding” in 2010. Thankfully, the new album is not only good, …

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