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Music, All Shook Down Musicians React to Marriage Equality on Social Media

Musicians React to Marriage Equality on Social Media

Let's face it, Friday's landmark ruling on marriage from the Supreme Court was the most-perfectly timed way to kick Pride weekend up ten levels we'd never imagined. It was also, of course, a major cause to celebrate, a long-awaited relief,…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Left Shark is a Legend, Kanye West is "About to Spazz" and Morrissey Ditches Iceland

This Week: Left Shark is a Legend, Kanye West is "About to Spazz" and Morrissey Ditches Iceland

"It is a hundred times harder a dream than the dream that I dreamt when I was nine. You think you signed up for one thing, but you automatically sign up for a hundred others. And that is why you…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Sam Smith Loses to Tom Petty, Hackers Lose to Taylor Swift and Politics Wins 2 Chainz

This Week: Sam Smith Loses to Tom Petty, Hackers Lose to Taylor Swift and Politics Wins 2 Chainz

“PS any hackers saying they have 'nudes'? Psssh you'd love that wouldn't you! Have fun photoshopping cause you got NOTHING.” Taylor Swift got hacked, but the hackers got NOTHIN’! (Twitter) “I’m a musician, not a politician. I’m supposed to…
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Music, All Shook Down Macklemore on White Privilege, Kanye on James Bond, and Christina Aguilera on a Rampage

Macklemore on White Privilege, Kanye on James Bond, and Christina Aguilera on a Rampage

“Hey guess what?” Paramore’s Hayley Williams and New Found Glory’s Chad Gilbert and are getting married. Congratulations, cutie-pies! (Twitter) “'Party in the USA' paid my rent for, like, three years.  Actually it was longer than that.” Jessie J on that catchy…
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Music, All Shook Down The Music World Vents About the Ferguson Grand Jury Verdict

The Music World Vents About the Ferguson Grand Jury Verdict

If you, like us, were saddened, sickened and shocked yesterday by the St. Louis grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer that murdered (yes, murdered) 18-year-old Michael Brown last August, then you've probably been looking for…
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Music, Hear This Fall Out Boy: Show Preview

Fall Out Boy: Show Preview

Fall Out Boy's return to music after a nearly four-year hiatus has been triumphant, thanks to a blinding No. 1 album, Save Rock and Roll, and a fantastically anthemic come-back single, "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark."…
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Music, All Shook Down Welcome Blue Ivy Carter! The Top Six Weird Baby Names We Love

Welcome Blue Ivy Carter! The Top Six Weird Baby Names We Love

This week, the world oohed and aahed as news of the birth of Beyonce and Jay-Z's baby girl emerged (we bet Ms. Knowles managed to look radiant even during that heinous labor process). Then stories started emerging that the couple…
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Music, All Shook Down Train Releases a Signature Wine, Becomes Instantly More Irritating

Train Releases a Signature Wine, Becomes Instantly More Irritating

Prepare to be hit by a tsunami of nausea as we inform you that Train -- probably the most insipid band from the Bay Area -- is bringing out a wine (called "Drops of Jupiter" -- after one of…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top 6 Most Self-Conscious TV Show Appearances By Musicians

The Top 6 Most Self-Conscious TV Show Appearances By Musicians

This past weekend, with the release of The Social Network movie, Justin Timberlake proved to the world, yet again, that he is just as good at acting as he is at making really high-pitched noises, moving his body in a…
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Music, Hear This Clutch

Clutch

Maryland-based Clutch is one of the most consistently inventive riff factories in heavy music. Early salvos focused on sludgy, hardcore-fueled ferocity, but the band's sound has evolved to embrace psych, blues, gritty funk, and Southern-rock swagger. Guitarist Tim Sult's crafty…
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Music, Reviewed Mumakil

Mumakil

Say the name Knut, and most folks will think of that polar bear cub from the Berlin Zoo. A select few, though, will recall an extremely underrated post-hardcore noise-metal band from Switzerland that released three albums, an EP, and a…
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Music, Examining inner space at Mi Ami's studio

Examining inner space at Mi Ami's studio

The recent release show for Mi Ami's "Echononecho" single at Bottom of the Hill went off with a couple of hitches. The guitarist suffered three broken strings, and the drummer's shoes kept coming untied. Maybe it was the tall stage…
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Music, Reviewed Earthless

Earthless

San Diego's Earthless purvey majestic acid rock, a genre that bakes the neurons with industrious instrumentals. And this trio blisters more brain cells than most. On its sophomore release, Rhythms From a Cosmic Sky, Earthless opens with a molten salute.…
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Music, Uneasy Riders

Uneasy Riders

"I took out a loan on my empty heart, babe. I took out a loan for my patient soul." Not the most celebratory opening lines from a fairly successful band. But that's the set-up guiding you into the intro "Took…
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Music, Sweet Somethings

Sweet Somethings

The disaffected, downtown-mod persona of the Strokes rests heavily on frontman Julian Casablancas. The band's chief songwriter comes off equal parts aloof introvert and sly trickster. Watching him perform, you wonder if he covets the spotlight or resents the intrusion…
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Music, Reviewed Ludicra

Ludicra

Contrary to the average music fan's perception that black metal automatically equals singers who sound like they're gargling battery acid and relentless, guitar-in-a-Cuisinart riffs, the better bands of the genre actually employ a sonic palette considerably broader than most heavy…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

The guitar god power trio is one cornerstone of rock's bygone, 12-chambered-bong era that even the latest wave of rampant rock retrofitting has left by the wayside. And rightfully so. Who out there has the casaba-size testicles and blazing, reverse…
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Calendar, Night&Day On Being Sincere

On Being Sincere

On Being Sincere Sweeping generalizations are dangerous in any situation, but it does seem to hold true that, generally, jazzmen (and jazzwomen) are good people, more so than rock musicians, or especially actors. There's a different kind of ego investment…
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Hear This

Ink and Dagger Meshing the social politics of hardcore punk with vampire themes may seem like an aesthetic stretch, but Philadelphia's Ink and Dagger makes a clever argument for its, er, bloodlust. Intent upon spawning a resurrection of the punk…
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Three Blind Mice

Modest Mouse, Track Star, Red Stars Theory Bottom of the Hill Friday, Sept. 19 At the Bottom of the Hill two Fridays ago, the sold-out throng oozed smoke and perspiration. You had to stand still or slowly shift just to…
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