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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Ponders the Afterlife in Buckshot

Bouncer Ponders the Afterlife in Buckshot

When it comes to near-death experiences, I'm torn. I'd love to believe that they are windows into an afterlife, where you are bathed in soothing white light and reunited with dead loved ones, and the idea of floating in etherial…
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Music, All Shook Down

Beloved Heavy Metal Singer Ronnie James Dio Dies at 67

Tenacious D encapsulated the musical legacy of Ronnie James Dio in one perfect quatrain: "Dio has rocked for a long, long time/ Now it's time for him to pass the torch/ He has songs of wildebeests and angels/ He…
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Music, All Shook Down Will the Real Ronnie James Dio Please Stand Up and Shout?

Will the Real Ronnie James Dio Please Stand Up and Shout?

With the possible exception of Judas Priest's Rob Halford, Ronnie James Dio is probably the greatest heavy metal singer of all time. Dio's a bit of an anomaly to metal's usual Satanic shtick--he's an Italian-American Roman Catholic--though that hasn't stopped…
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Film, One Toke Wonder

One Toke Wonder

The first few minutes of Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny are something to behold: a four-minute rock opera cranked to 11. A doughy young boy with dirty-mop locks (Nacho Libre's Troy Gentile, once more playing lil' Jack Black)…
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Music, Hear This Dios (malos) drops dream pop at the Great American, and the experimental Fog City thrill ride that is Eddie the Rat

Dios (malos) drops dream pop at the Great American, and the experimental Fog City thrill ride that is Eddie the Rat

Dios (malos), the South L.A. quintet formerly known simply as dios, has spent the last few years fielding cease-and-desist letters from Ronnie James Dio and touring behind an album hailed alternately as "spacey," "mellow," "easy-breezy," "dreamy," "drowsy," "hazy," "lazy" ...…
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Music, Department of What The Fuck? Department of What the Fuck?

Department of What the Fuck?

Long before Ronnie James Dio was slaying mechanical dragons in front of arenas packed with teenage heshers and W.A.S.P. mainstay Blackie Lawless was shooting a shower of sparks from a pyrotechnical codpiece, Canadian rock gladiator and former bodybuilding champ Jon…
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The House of Tudor

"Inability is often the mother of restriction ... and restriction is the great mother of inventive performance." So says German-born Holger Czukay. It was not Czukay's musical inability, but his dedication to musical exploration that found the would-be composer expelled…
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