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Rock

Album Review: Russian Circles - "Empros"

November 15, 2011
Empros is the album Russian Circles have been striving to concoct since the band’s inception seven years ago.
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Album Review: Carolyn Wonderland - "Peace Meal"

November 15, 2011
Wonderland’s chops are strongly melodic, and she doesn’t get bogged down in riff-based noodling; it’s some of the most musical playing I’ve heard in a long time, and some of the hottest, too.
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Album Review: Rich Robinson - "Through A Crooked Sun"

November 15, 2011
Despite being known primarily as a veteran guitarist, Robinson admirably pulls off a triple-threat of feeling in epic riffs, great singing, and interesting lyrics.
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: The Oldsmobile Rides Again

November 15, 2011
After the show, my bandmates and I piled back into my newly purchased but very previously owned Oldsmobile and headed back into farm country where the chickens and our guitars awaited us.
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The Thinking Shredder: Open Heart and Open Voice

November 9, 2011
Ideas that will give your arpeggios a more angular sound.
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CD Review: Sleeper Agent - "Celebrasion"

October 18, 2011
The band’s debut full-length release, Celebrasion, celebrates hook-heavy, riff-laden, garage rock and had already enjoyed a wealth of critical acclaim prior to hitting the shelves a few weeks ago.
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DVD Review: Iggy and the Stooges - "Raw Power Live"

October 18, 2011
James Williamson, who took over the guitar throne for Asheton for the band’s most famous album, 1972’s Raw Power, was back in the fold when the band performed the record in its entirety at the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in Monticello, New York.
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CD Review: Red Hot Chili Peppers - "I'm With You"

September 20, 2011
The great news for RHCP fans is that new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer—a longtime Frusciante friend and collaborator who toured with the band for Stadium—is an excellent fit.
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CD Review: Wild Flag - "Wild Flag"

September 20, 2011
Wild Flag is not just a reworked version of Sleater-Kinney, but like that band, it’s so absolutely unique and innovative that it’s scary.
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CD Review: Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman - "World Wide Rebel Songs"

August 16, 2011
Thankfully, on his third solo album World Wide Rebel Songs, The Nightwatchman (Morello’s acoustic Johnny-Cash-meets-Che-Guevara alter ego) embraces his amplified roots and tracks with his touring band, the Freedom Fighter Orchestra.
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