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Contest: Against Me! (closed)

posted January 27, 2014, 1:01 pm by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Contest, Music News | comment Leave a Comment

One of rock’s most talked about groups is back! And writer John Carlo has the goods. Scroll below and find out how to get a free autographed copy of Against Me! “Transgender Dysphoria Blues”

Review written by staff writer John Carlo

American Punk Rock fans everywhere await Against Me!’s January 21st release of Transgender Dysphoria Blues. Formed in Gainesville, Florida in 1997, AM! has rocked shows in every state of the U.S. and has toured several countries. Lead singer and guitarist Laura Jane Grace (formerly Tom Gabel) has a powerhouse of a voice to compliment the kick-ass band, currently consisting of: James Bowman – Guitar/Vocals , Atom Willard – Drums, and Inge Johansson – Bass.

The album opens up with its title song. Some punk-rock goodness with its drum rolls, bass, gritty electric guitars, and Grace’s voice blasting over all of it. “True Trans Soul Rebel” follows and is a bit catchier, while “Dead Friend” manages to successfully juxtapose heartfelt reminiscence with irreverence. Another proof to Grace’s lyrical talent and poetic sensibilities.

Tempos vary throughout the record but most of the songs keep the energy high. That said, “Two Coffins” was definitely my favorite on here. First off, it was the one song that broke away from the rest of the album’s high-powered adrenaline music, and it also reminded me of AM!’s acoustic versions of songs from albums past (which, by the way, I highly recommend anyone to get their virtual hands on). “Two Coffins” is a ballad that shows both artistry and versatility.

Since The Rolling Stone article in May of 2012 where Tom Gable publicly revealed she is transgender, this concept album serves as a sort of capstone to that revelation. A mark of a new beginning. There is definitely a message, but you don’t feel at any time you’re being preached to. You’re too busy rocking out the whole time.

All in all, Transgender Dysphoria Blues is another solid album to add to AM!’s growing repertoire. It’s deeply personal, simultaneously overt and subtle like all good art, and energetic to the point of wanting to punch something (or someone) and then piss on the walls of their house. Listen to the album and you’ll get, not only that last reference, but a whole lot of good music as well.


-Simply Facebook or Tweet to us the name of your favorite Against Me! song using the hashtag #AMBlues

Each winner will receive:
-Autographed copy of “Transgender Dysphoria Blues”
*We will select and notify two winners by Monday, February 4, 2014
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Contest: The Scorpions Unplug (closed)

posted January 27, 2014, 11:51 am by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Contest | comment Leave a Comment

The greatest delight for the Scorpions fans, of which there are several million throughout the world, is the fact that there is no end in sight for the Farewell World Tour, even though this has been continuing for three years now. Scorpions still are Germany’s internationally most popular rock band ever in the history of music, and of the 38 countries where farewell shows are planned, only 23 have been covered to date. unnamedOn top of this, the band has found the time and energy to bring to life a very special event: their first MTV Unplugged show. On 11 and 12 September 2013, Klaus Meine (vocals, guitars), Rudolf Schenker (guitars, vocals), Matthias Jabs (guitars), Pawel Maciwoda (bass) and James Kottak (drums) played two fantastic acoustic sets in the Lycabettus theatre of Athens. The open-air theatre, which was designed by the Greek architect Takis Zenetos in 1965 – and thus is just the same age as the story of the Scorpions – is situated on Mount Lycabettus, at 300m height, and offers an impressive view of the Greek metropolis. But the spectacular scenery is not the only reason that convinced the Scorpions to choose Athens for the first ever open-air show in the history of MTV Unplugged.


-Simply Facebook or Tweet to us the name of your favorite Scorpions song using the hashtag #scorpionsunplug

Each winner will receive:
-Scorpions mug
-Copy of the CD/DVD combination
*We will select and notify two winners by Monday, February 4, 2014

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Contest: Los Lonely Boys (closed)

posted January 27, 2014, 11:51 am by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Contest | comment 5 Comments

The Los Lonely Boys have returned. In light of writer Nick Fry’s splendid review of their latest release “Revelation,” we’ve decided to team up with our partners and make sure two lucky readers get their hands on this new release.unnamed (1)


-Simply Facebook or Tweet to us the name of your favorite Los Lonely Boys song using the hashtag #losrevelation

Each winner will receive:
-Los Lonely Boys T-shirt
-Copy of the CD
*We will select and notify two winners by Monday, February 4, 2014

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Interview: Lewis Watson

posted January 24, 2014, 9:11 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment


On the hunt for new music yet again and thrilled December yielded some epic finds, one EP’s name stood out from the rest –“Some Songs With Some Friends”. Precise, to the point and really good. The artist behind this and other EPs with titles like “It’s got four songs on it BTW” and equally descriptive Instagram photos, being British singer-songwriter Lewis Watson. Ascending the pop charts and gathering an international fanbase, this YouTube phenom’s accomplished a lot so far, with a full-length debut album in the works for 2014.

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Carlita’s Top Artists of 2013- Part 3

posted January 22, 2014, 6:00 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, General Interest, Interviews, Music News, Releases | comment Leave a Comment

Ahh, Part 3. This is it. All good trilogies (Scope Part 1 and Part 2 in case you missed them) must come to an end. The last but not least of the blessed trinity groups of artists that stoked my curiosity and left me longing for more in ’14. Let’s finish strong:

17. Arctic Monkeys


Simultaneously getting props from the underground and mainstream, this British foursome’s huge album , “AM”, remained stuck on my radar like a smushed bug on a windshield as I knew I “wanted it all” before hearing the first notes. Seductive, slick, sexy. Cutting across several ME staff’s top lists, I think we all desired “one for the road”.

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Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 14

posted January 22, 2014, 12:30 am by CharlesMartel | Filed Under Music News, Video | comment Leave a Comment

I confess to being no respecter of reputations. Some albums, very highly rated, I simply do not have because, their status notwithstanding, I never liked them. Albums such as “Dark Side of the Moon” I have described in reviews in terms of “the reason most people have this album is because most people have this album.” It took me over 35 years before I finally bought a copy of “Rumours” and no power on this Earth will compel me to part with my hard earned cash to shell out on a copy of anything by King Crimson. Just goes to confirm that anyone who thinks there can be such a thing as objective musical taste is deluding themself.

Further into the 700’s.

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ROCK Notes for January 20th, 2014

posted January 20, 2014, 4:24 pm by ROCKthusiast | Filed Under Editorial, Music News, Rock(thusiast) Notes | comment Leave a Comment


Musicians taking over this year’s Oscars

It was a watershed moment in 2010 when Trent Reznor won the Academy Award for Best Original Score (for The Social Network), as the Nine Inch Nails frontman opened the door for other musicians who aren’t necessarily film composers. Arcade Fire’s William Butler and Toronto violinist Owen Pallett hope to follow in Reznor’s footsteps for their work on Her. The highly praised Spike Jonze-directed movie is also up for Best Original Song, specifically “The Moon Song” by Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs. She’ll be in tough against U2 and their Nelson Mandela tribute “Ordinary Love”, not to mention Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” from Despicable Me 2. But the ROCKthusiast will be most interested to see if Thirty Seconds to Mars singer Jared Leto can take home the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in Dallas Buyers Club.

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Interview: Twiztid

posted January 16, 2014, 10:41 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment


Peeping Juggalo fan favs Twiztid’s first independently released mixtape , “A New Nightmare” (I, still a horrorcore newbie) frightened, impressed and intrigued me. Putting the break with Psychopathic Records (Insane Clown Posse’s label) behind them, they ventured out on their own and had a very successful 2013, punctuated by their Abominationz Tour and headlining Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare. In their 16 year career, this Detroit duo’s (Madrox and Monoxide) done a lot, working with the likes of Tech N9ne, Swollen Members and Royce Da 5’9, to name a few.

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Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 13

posted January 15, 2014, 12:30 am by CharlesMartel | Filed Under Music News, Video | comment Leave a Comment

You may have picked up my mention of a musical hiatus. That was the period, roughly corresponding to my first marriage, when my listening to music dropped off sharply. I perhaps bought no more than a dozen CD’s during that period from late 1989 to early 2002. Since then, I have gone back and filled out my collection with a number of albums from that era but I am still discovering fantastic stuff, especially from that period, which I had never previously heard, especially shoegaze and jangle pop. It just goes to show, you cannot know what you don’t know.

OK, we will soon be a quarter of the way there now.

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ROCK Notes for January 11th, 2014

posted January 12, 2014, 7:30 am by ROCKthusiast | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment

ROCKnotesCoachella dreamin’ on such a winter’s day

I don’t know about you all, but I’ve had just about enough of frost quakes and polar vortexes. Nothing tends to warm me up faster than a major festival lineup announcement like Coachella’s. For the uninitiated, it takes place every April in the sweltering California desert, and acts as an informal kick-off to the summer music period. Coachella has also earned quite the reputation for getting high-profile bands back together. In 2014, reunited rappers OutKast lead an impressive list of 140 artists, including other headliners Muse and Arcade Fire, as well as funky Canadian duo Chromeo, acoustic indie folkers City and Colour, and Toronto-based electronic group Austra. Thinking of going? Good luck, as any and all passes sold out before I even had a chance to post this. Oh well, there’s always the “Couchella” webcast to look forward to! Read more

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