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Music, All Shook Down We Hung Out Backstage with Deftones and Their Kids

We Hung Out Backstage with Deftones and Their Kids

Deftones Wednesday, Aug. 26 Shoreline Amphitheatre Backstage at the Shoreline Amphitheatre, the Deftones were being hurried to get through their sound check and, inevitably, let the stage crew set up the openers before showtime. “7 minutes,” shouted one of the…
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Music, All Shook Down What Happens When Children Start a Band

What Happens When Children Start a Band

On wikiHow, there are instructions on how to properly start up a band. The entry splendidly reduces the whole tortuous process to a series of simply phrased steps -- "Don't have people in the band who refuse to practice!" "Watch…
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Music, All Shook Down On Hair Metal, Siberia, and Learning to Love Terrible Things

On Hair Metal, Siberia, and Learning to Love Terrible Things

Lately, I've been listening to a lot of '80s hair metal, and when I listen to said hair metal, I frequently find myself thinking about Siberia. Okay, let me explain. Deviating from my comfy-cozy personal norms, and gamboling down…
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Music, All Shook Down In Which Three Young Boys Weigh in on the Best Songs of 2011

In Which Three Young Boys Weigh in on the Best Songs of 2011

The year is drawing to a close, which means it's time for us music writers to puff out our chests -- those chests emblazoned with big red "C's" for "critic" -- and be extra insular, bombastic, and pissy. In our…
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Music, All Shook Down Learning to Deal With the Great Music Deluge

Learning to Deal With the Great Music Deluge

Two years ago, Broken Social Scene's Charles Spearin released The Happiness Project, an experimental album that brought together concepts associated with field recordings, sociology, jazz, and phonetics. If you think that sounds pretentious, you're right. At the same time,…
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Music, All Shook Down What Do You Do If Your Kid Doesn't Like Kiss?

What Do You Do If Your Kid Doesn't Like Kiss?

Parents are continually influencing various aspects of their child's character development. You know, important things, like the growth of social competence and self-esteem, as well as how frequently a kid says "please" and "thank you," and doesn't hang up…
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Music, All Shook Down Forget Iron Maiden for Babies, or Mozart -- Raymond Scott Still Has the Best Lullaby Record

Forget Iron Maiden for Babies, or Mozart -- Raymond Scott Still Has the Best Lullaby Record

Last night, as I put our 23-month-old twins to bed and flipped on A Child's Gift of Lullabies, or Sleepytime Lullabies, or Sing Me to Sleep, or Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Fat Joe, or Baby's Dental Drill from the…
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Music, All Shook Down Chasing Trains (and a Sense of Belonging) with Son House, Charlie Patton, and the Country Blues

Chasing Trains (and a Sense of Belonging) with Son House, Charlie Patton, and the Country Blues

I've come to understand that if you geek out over particle acceleration or cryobiology or creating special powders from a pig's bladder for the purpose of re-growing fingertips, then you're spared from ridicule as your infatuation largely benefits the species.…
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Music, All Shook Down Deconstructing Adele's Sanity-Preserving Video for "Someone Like You"

Deconstructing Adele's Sanity-Preserving Video for "Someone Like You"

It's humiliating to be imparted a thuddingly obvious life lesson by an individual 14 years your junior. They've circumvented the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom. In the new video for her massive hit "Someone Like You" (at 7.9…
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Music, All Shook Down Why Punk Rockers Make Great Parents

Why Punk Rockers Make Great Parents

This fall, an exciting documentary is hitting movie theaters. It's called The Other F Word, and it's about punk rock; it's about family; and it's about a plethora of life's awkward questions including: "Should I have tattooed my forehead?" and…
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Music, All Shook Down Soundtracking a Soul-Cleansing Trip to Ireland

Soundtracking a Soul-Cleansing Trip to Ireland

In the Irish town of Recess, there is a monument that proclaims: "On this site in 1897 nothing happened." I've never visited Recess during what has essentially become biennial excursions to Ireland; I've only passed by during bumpy bus…
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Music, All Shook Down Nostalgia and the Curious Collector of 78 RPM Children's Records

Nostalgia and the Curious Collector of 78 RPM Children's Records

As I get older, nostalgia has become an adversary I frequently want to bind with rope, coat in honey, and leave to the insects. "Guess what / nostalgia sucks," goes that NOFX song. Blunt, yet astute. Of course, that couplet…
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Music, All Shook Down 10 Belligerent Songs That Will Scare Children into Leaving You Alone

10 Belligerent Songs That Will Scare Children into Leaving You Alone

In Swann's Way, Marcel Proust spends roughly 5,000 words grousing about how calamitous insomnia can be. One can only imagine how much more monstrously prodigious and exhausting this rant would have been had the French novelist ever procreated. There's nothing…
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Music, All Shook Down Angst vs. Acceptance: Easing Midlife Malaise with Indie Rock

Angst vs. Acceptance: Easing Midlife Malaise with Indie Rock

Desperate Bicycles, a '70s punk act largely known for its boastful autonomy when it came to releasing music, isn't a group I typically turn to when in need of clarity and counsel. I mean, these are guys that wrote…
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Music, All Shook Down Eight Rock 'n' Roll Poop Bombs: Exploring Pop Music and Shit

Eight Rock 'n' Roll Poop Bombs: Exploring Pop Music and Shit

Three of my sons have reached the age where they've begun exhibiting the symptoms of chronic privy mouth. Shakespeare relished a good poop quip every now and then (see Henry V). Ditto for Marquis de Sade and Geoffrey Chaucer. Graffiti…
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Music, All Shook Down The Summer Anthem: Does It Get Better or Worse with Age?

The Summer Anthem: Does It Get Better or Worse with Age?

We pop music critics are wired in such a way that articulating a love for Aja and Scott Walker is significantly less difficult than articulating the love for the person we share a toothbrush with. We're a revolting phylum, I…
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Music, All Shook Down Harry Chapin's "Cat's in the Cradle" Is a Father's Nightmare -- And We Need More Songs Like It

Harry Chapin's "Cat's in the Cradle" Is a Father's Nightmare -- And We Need More Songs Like It

A father's fears generally fall into two loosely defined, ever-expanding categories. There's the keep-you-up-at-night, bite-your-nails-to-the-quick worries that focus on money, job security, and child safety. Meanwhile, there's the slightly less hardcore stuff: meetings with school principals, base-loaded strikeouts in final…
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Music, All Shook Down Do You Love Nick Drake? Then Thank His Parents

Do You Love Nick Drake? Then Thank His Parents

Over a six-year stretch beginning in 1994, Jason Creed published 19 issues of Pink Moon, a fanzine dedicated to the life and music of deceased English folk singer-songwriter Nick Drake. Pink Moon featured interviews with primary characters in the…
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Music, All Shook Down A Father's Day Wishlist: Kiss Hilarity, Glen Hansard Busking, My Bloody Valentine Humming, and More

A Father's Day Wishlist: Kiss Hilarity, Glen Hansard Busking, My Bloody Valentine Humming, and More

Lou Reed set the bar rather low with his idea of the perfect day: sips of sangria in the park, a trip to the zoo, a movie. "It Was a Good Day" also kept it simple, with Ice Cube's…
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Music, All Shook Down Buffalo Springfield Recasts the Old Songs, Forgets the New Jokes at the Fox

Buffalo Springfield Recasts the Old Songs, Forgets the New Jokes at the Fox

Buffalo Springfield Gillian Welch @ The Fox June 2, 2011 Better than: The last time you reminisced about life 44 years ago with a couple of drinks in your belly. Or heard about it from your dad. Last night, the…
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