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Music, Survival of the fittest for the summer’s big music events

Survival of the fittest for the summer’s big music events

In the early 1990s, Lollapalooza's triumphant summertime tours were a victory lap for the Alternative Nation. So many teenagers clamored to spend their concert dollars on such formerly underground acts as Nine Inch Nails, Dinosaur Jr., and Siouxsie and the…
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Music, All Shook Down Ozzfest Blackens SF, Gwar: “Let them Have Lordi”

Ozzfest Blackens SF, Gwar: “Let them Have Lordi”

“... Lordi's head is on a spike during a Gwar set. ... ” By David Downs…
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Music, Heady Metal

Heady Metal

When it comes to heavy metal, 2005 will be remembered as the year that the promising "Sounds of the Underground" tour debuted, metalcore dominated the scene popularity-wise, and Iron Maiden got egged at Ozzfest. There weren't a lot of big…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Your Government at Work

Your Government at Work

Punishment Park (New Yorker Video) This 1971 movie from director Peter Watkins could have been made yesterday, which is no doubt why it finally sees video release long after accruing cult status. Born of the filmmaker's outrage over the Kent…
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Music, Reviewed Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden

In a classic case of sending mixed signals, the British metal stalwarts of Iron Maiden tagged their uneven career-spanning two-disc set as "essential," but wisely decided to focus strictly on their first four albums during their co-headlining set at this…
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Music, OK Then

Time for Sharing

Flashback. Star date: 1999. I'm in Washington, D.C., visiting best friend and frequent guest star in this column Punk Rock Andrew, so named for his mohawk, piercings, tattoos, and sure-footedness in any mosh pit, despite the fact that he's about…
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Summer Guide, Summer Bang Thy Head Carefully

Bang Thy Head Carefully

It used to be fairly easy to survive the summer concert season mostly intact. Wear sunscreen, remember where you parked your car, don't eat the brown acid .... Though all that advice still holds true, there are new pitfalls to…
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Calendar, Night&Day Metal as Anything

Metal as Anything

For fans most familiar with his current gig as the lovably addled father on MTV's reality series The Osbournes, Ozzy Osbourne seems more like a cross between Homer Simpson and, well, a lamppost than a rock legend. But before he…
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Calendar, Night&Day Heavy Hitters

Heavy Hitters

The Puerto Rican band Puya plays a blend of metallic salsa and powerhouse rock so good it doesn't matter what language it's in. The group fuses Spanglish rap vocals with sexy island rhythms, luring a large crossover audience of metalheads…
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