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Cover Story: Smashing Pumpkins: Never Mind the Gatekeepers

Cover Story: Smashing Pumpkins: Never Mind the Gatekeepers

| October 31, 2022

    It’s not often that an artist is afforded the privilege of seeing the importance of their career painstakingly delineated in its relative historical importance. You usually have to wait until your screen has faded to afterworld black for that kind of cumulative honor. But at 55, after nearly four decades spent helming Smashing […]

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Cover Story: Lamb of God • Revitalize The Soil

Cover Story: Lamb of God • Revitalize The Soil

| September 30, 2022

It’s never a good battle strategy to telegraph your punches, swears Lamb of God growler L. Randall Blythe. Several years ago, he foresaw a possible post-EMP, Road Warrior atavistic future when banks have all failed and suggested, matter-of-factly, that when the grid went down, it would just be “me and my guns.” Did the Virginian have […]

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Cover Story: The Interrupters • Write Your Own Story

Cover Story: The Interrupters • Write Your Own Story

| August 31, 2022

  Looks, they say, can be deceiving. Hearing energetic vocalist Aimee Interrupter ricochet through In the Wild — the bracing new fourth album from The Interrupters, the SoCal ska-punk outfit she formed 11 years ago with dub-schooled guitarist Kevin Bivona, now her husband — it’s difficult to picture anything but unbridled joy and optimism fueling it. From […]

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Cover Story: Tears For Fears • “Heritage This!”

Cover Story: Tears For Fears • “Heritage This!”

| June 30, 2022

After many years of touring with a bevy of classic pop hits from their ‘80s heyday, including “Change,” “Pale Shelter,” “Shout,” and “Sowing the Seeds of Love,” British band Tears for Fears have returned to the road with a powerful new album. With The Tipping Point, co-leaders Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith revisit the heady […]

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Cover Story: Halestorm: “Never Give In”

Cover Story: Halestorm: “Never Give In”

| May 31, 2022

It’s a question without an answer, a paradox rooted in an ancient Chinese fable about a vendor selling both a spear that was impervious to attack and a corresponding shield that could never be pierced. What happened when you employed them against each other? No mere mortal could ever conjecture, leading to the latter-day rephrasing […]

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Cover Story: Midnight Oil • “The Last Dance”

Cover Story: Midnight Oil • “The Last Dance”

| March 31, 2022

As combustible as ever, Midnight Oil is again doing what they’ve done better than anyone else. At home and abroad, the band is rocking with furious post-punk energy and pop-savvy while agitating for change on social, political, and environmental issues. Like its biggest hit, “Beds are Burning,” the Oils’ 2020 release The Makarrata Project advocated […]

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Cover Story: Urge Overkill • “Oui, Oui”

Cover Story: Urge Overkill • “Oui, Oui”

| February 28, 2022

Time flies – especially if you mark time by 11s and years and releases from your favorite rock band – at least if that band is Urge Overkill. Some may feel it’s been a long time since their last release, Rock & Roll Submarine; others may say it feels like yesterday. It may undoubtedly sound […]

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Stage Buzz: Livestream Buzz February 2- February 5 • Joss Stone, New Order, Patti Smith, Underoath, Sammy Hagar

Stage Buzz: Livestream Buzz February 2- February 5 • Joss Stone, New Order, Patti Smith, Underoath, Sammy Hagar

| February 1, 2022

Patti Smith is holding an exclusive streaming event for her Substack subscribers on Wednesday, February 2nd at 7 PM. Smith will perform with her longtime collaborators Lenny Kaye and Tony Shanahan as well as read from her books during the event. Want access? Be sure to sign up here. New Order fans can catch a […]

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Cover Story: Sarah Shook an the Disarmers • ” The Four Agreements”

Cover Story: Sarah Shook an the Disarmers • ” The Four Agreements”

| January 31, 2022

Collectively, it’s relatively easy to look at the last couple of soul-trying pandemic years —  wherein one entire political party in America continues to deny not only the science of climate change but the enactment of any constructive legislation that could thwart it or at least slow it down — and say that we, humanity, […]

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Cover Story: Sophie and the Giants

Cover Story: Sophie and the Giants

| December 31, 2021 | 0 Comments

This is the way the Universe works if you’re open to the experience. Ever since we collectively lurched into these dark, foreboding waters of the coronavirus, you might have found yourself getting swallowed up by its inky blackness, losing sight of any easily-identifiable landmarks on shore, artistic or pop-cultural harbors where you could safely drop […]

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IE Rewind: Cheap Trick • Best of 2021

IE Rewind: Cheap Trick • Best of 2021

| November 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

At a seasoned 72, Rick Nielsen is the Frank Buck of the rock and roll world. By his own admission — and he’s not bragging, just stating the facts — the Cheap Trick axeman and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has bagged and brought home over 2,000 guitars in his lifetime. His trophy room […]

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Cover Story: Local H • “Navigating The Maze”

Cover Story: Local H • “Navigating The Maze”

| September 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

  Local H are lifers. That much should be evident to even those with only a casual knowledge of the band’s career over their 30-plus year history. The band consists of singer/songwriter/guitarist Scott Lucas and drummer Ryan Harding, who released their debut record Ham Fisted back in 1995, followed by As Good As Dead a […]

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Cover Story: Ministry • “My House is My Art”

Cover Story: Ministry • “My House is My Art”

| August 31, 2021 | 0 Comments

  Any other modern bandleader would be a tad nervous, if not downright filled with floor pacing anxiety. But not calm, cool, and collected Svengali Al Jourgensen. Sure, his notorious, pioneering industrial outfit Ministry is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year by — gulp! — heading out on post-lockdown, but mid-Delta-variant tour, which hits Chicago […]

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Cover Story + Podcast : Rise Against • “Mission Statement”

Cover Story + Podcast : Rise Against • “Mission Statement”

| August 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

For the members of Rise Against, the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the live event industry in 2020 provided something wholly unfamiliar for the band: downtime. “It’s kinda madness, when you look back on it all and think about what we did, and then managed to create this band and all the albums we […]

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Cover Story: Royal Blood • “No More Dirty Mirrors”

Cover Story: Royal Blood • “No More Dirty Mirrors”

| May 31, 2021 | 0 Comments

    When you’re young, the adages you get handed as advice from your elders might sound cheap and corny — ‘Be careful what you wish for,’ ‘Adversity often leads to great art,’ ‘What doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger.’ “Uh-huh,” most kids always nod begrudgingly, with a ‘Whatever’ eye roll, “I’ll be […]

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