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Posted June 18, 2014in The Sound

Goddamn It

Listening to The Goddamn Gallows is not a passive experience. You don’t sit quietly in your seat and watch the band play. You do not attend a Goddamn Gallows show like an evening at the cinema. The band is too loud, too raucous, too fun for such disengaged interaction. They

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Posted June 11, 2014in The Sound

No Brand

Abigail Williams is about as close to prog rock as a metal band is apt to get. Many bands are willing to tinker with their sound and evolve as time goes by, but there are few acts that go through as complete a transformation as the Phoenix-based black metal three-piece.

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Posted June 04, 2014in The Sound

Manifest this

Bitch. Even though it’s only five letters, it’s a big word. It’s not the worst word in the English language (most people wouldn’t even put it in their top 10), but it’s that level of social acceptance that gives the word its power as a derogatory female descriptor. Even its

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Posted May 28, 2014in The Sound

Guided By Voices: Reunion is like riding a bicycle

It’s hard to describe any particular portion of Guided By Voices’ quixotic, meandering career as a creative low-point, but fans were nevertheless thrilled when frontman Robert Pollard announced in 2010 that he was getting the “classic lineup” back together. The lineup, consisting of Pollard, guitarists Mitch Mitchell and Tobin Sprout,

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Posted May 21, 2014in The Sound

Hairball captures emotions of arena acts

You’d be wrong to think of Hairball as just some parody or joke “The group started as kind of a parody,” said Hairball guitarist Happy. “It wasn’t some great marketing plan; it just sort of evolved from something that started as a joke.” OK, well then, you’d be wrong to

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Posted May 14, 2014in The Sound

Still feeling Suicidal

Suicidal Tendencies has never really tried to be a touchstone for anything. Formed as a punk act in 1981, the band has seen its sound evolve over 30 years through hardcore, thrash and funk iterations. During that period of evolution — sandwiched between three hiatus periods — the band released

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Posted May 07, 2014in The Sound

Love Songs, revisited

It was three Aprils ago now that I was first introduced to Love Songs For Lonely Monsters. The band had just played Gross Domestic Product, and when I spoke to its members for one of my first ever Sound articles, they were flush with excitement about the full-length album they

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Posted April 30, 2014in The Sound

Anvil striking iron

Despite being known as a kind of “metal band’s metal band,” Anvil’s pre-2008 existence is a comedy of errors. Plagued by poor decision-making, questionable management and bad advice, Anvil toiled in almost complete obscurity, bolstered mostly by modest European record sales. But then came the documentary film “Anvil! The Story

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Posted April 23, 2014in The Sound

Children of the corn reunite

Read some of the out-of-town interviews with The Faint’s Todd Fink — and he’s recently done plenty of promoting of the band’s newest album, “Doom Abuse” — and you’ll quickly notice that they all start the same way: with a pleasant surprise that good music could come out of a

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Posted April 16, 2014in The Sound

Deconstructing Joe Bonamassa

It’s hard to talk to Joe Bonamassa and not talk shop. The urge springs from the desire to deconstruct what he does, in an effort to find out how someone — anyone — who can do it so well. Bonamassa got his start the same way masters ranging from Mozart

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