Articles tagged “rock”

Henry Rollins on Some of His Favorite Crate-Digging Experiences

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Henry Rollins shares his favorite (and nightmare) experiences shopping for records. The former have been in-store while the latter can be due to an unsuccessful online hunt. Read more from Rollins here. As to favorite experiences, two come to mind. In 1990-something, I finished a tour in Auckland, New Zealand. I had hours before my […]

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What Exactly Is Alternative Rock? A Completely Opinionated Guide

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I have an on-again, off-again love-hate relationship with the genre tag of “alternative rock.” In my younger days, I loved it — I had an affinity for anything that was placed into that overflowing and rather vague bucket of alternative. Growing up in the 1980s, the thoughtful and poetic lyrics of many of the artists […]

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Henry Rollins Explains His Food Groups and Seasons of Listening to Music

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Henry Rollins has often discussed how he is lining up his next listening session. This listening is usually an exploration of new music. But are there queues for relaxing? Thoughtfulness? Creativity? Rollins explains the food groups of music and the value of seasonal listening. Read more from Rollins here. I never had a good time […]

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Henry Rollins Shares Some Deep Cuts in His Record Collection

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Henry Rollins shares some deep cuts and unearthed gems in his favorite genres. We’re talking about records that fellow collectors and new music fans exploring these particular styles need to know about. The weirder, the better.  Many years ago, someone recommended I check out Afflicted Man, or the Afflicted as they were once called. I […]

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When Black Metal Hit the Mainstream

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Four years ago this month, Jonas Åkerlund’s film, Lords of Chaos, made a brief but loud noise in cinemas. Inspired by the book of the same name, which chronicled the rise of the infamous Norwegian black metal scene of the 1990s, the film particularly focused mainly on the crimes of the band, Mayhem, and evoked […]

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How Drugs and Experimentation Became the Main Ingredients for Black Sabbath’s Vol. 4

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Heavy metal and experimentation have always made for odd bedfellows. Part of what endears the genre to its disciples is the way it doesn’t conform to the mainstream. Yet while some fans like bands going out on a limb musically, others prefer them to stick to their classic sound because that’s what they fell in […]

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Great Modern Music from Classic Rock Veterans

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As hard rock legends AC/DC have proven with their latest album, Power Up, solid (and vintage) rock ‘n’ roll never goes out of style, especially when it comes from a true original. Of course, not everyone keeps up with the new albums by their musical heroes. Many fans prefer to listen to the classic stuff […]

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The Best Singer-Drummers, According to Mastodon’s Brann Dailor

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Mastodon drummer Brann Dailor belongs to an unusual breed in rock music: the kit player who also sings. It’s not an approach that came naturally at first. Rather, it manifested itself out of expressive necessity for songwriting and led to real contributions. Whenever Dailor had vocal ideas for Mastodon songs, he would go in and […]

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Guided by Voices Enjoys a Self-Contained Business Model. Can It Withstand a Global Pandemic?

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Guided by Voices routinely perform three-hour shows and slug out multiple albums per year, but last New Year’s Eve, the cult rock band pulled off a feat remarkable even for them: a 100-song, four-and-a-half-hour blowout at Los Angeles’s Teragram Ballroom. Their first gig of 2020 turned out to be their last. When COVID-19 grounded live […]

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Noodle from Gorillaz Chats About Her Record Collection and Shares a Playlist

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Noodle knows a thing or two about confinement. Near the advent of the Gorillaz, she arrived at the band’s headquarters in a crate. Nowadays, the four walls of her quarantine, Kong Studios, are much larger than a simple box. Noodle and the rest of the crew — Russel, 2-D, and Murdoc (along with flesh-and-blood members […]

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