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Nick Cave Tries to Deflect His Most Upfront Hurt in New Doc

Nick Cave Tries to Deflect His Most Upfront Hurt in New Doc

Eli Jace September 16, 2016 0

  As Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds rehearse Else Torp sings her part on the new song, “Distant Sky.” The camera zooms out the pace of rising mist through the ceiling to show

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Nels Cline scores your life on 2-disc Lovers

Nels Cline scores your life on 2-disc Lovers

Eli Jace September 13, 2016 0

If you’ve ever seen Wilco live you’ve noticed the tall guy in nice button-down dress shirts playing the guitar stage left. That’s Nels Cline and he shreds in equal parts beauty and chaos. He’s

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Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling Escape the Village on new EP

Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling Escape the Village on new EP

Eli Jace July 17, 2016 Comments Off on Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling Escape the Village on new EP

Michael J. Epstein, the husband, leads on guitar. Sophia Cacciola, the wife, pounds the drums and leaves her vocal chords unhinged. The duo are Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling, the downcast numbing

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Weezer make another album called Weezer

Weezer make another album called Weezer

Eli Jace June 5, 2016 Comments Off on Weezer make another album called Weezer

Somehow with each new album Weezer get more formulaic, but twice as weird. Their tenth album, self titled and deemed The White Album, is no different. If their self-titled debut, The Blue Album, was the classic and

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A Deep Peek at the Artwork for VIEWS by Drake

A Deep Peek at the Artwork for VIEWS by Drake

Eli Jace April 28, 2016 Comments Off on A Deep Peek at the Artwork for VIEWS by Drake

There he is. Tiny Drake sitting atop the CN Tower of the Toronto skyline taking in the views, reflecting on the city below. His legs dangle down like a kid sitting on a giant

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Deftones create new metal classic with heady “Gore”

Deftones create new metal classic with heady “Gore”

Eli Jace April 22, 2016 Comments Off on Deftones create new metal classic with heady “Gore”

The theme of this review is consistency. For twenty years Deftones have put out consistently adept albums steeped in their own style of what could be whittled down to, in layman’s terms, as “metal.”

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Beat Poet Turned Mystic Saul Williams Shines on Martyr Loser King

Beat Poet Turned Mystic Saul Williams Shines on Martyr Loser King

James Moore April 13, 2016 Comments Off on Beat Poet Turned Mystic Saul Williams Shines on Martyr Loser King

Review by Jon C. Ireson With Saul Williams latest stream of consciousness, the beat poet, turned mystic, turned rapper, turned icon satire, turned crooner (whew!) has managed to coalesce his strengths in to an

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Iggy Pop Sweats & Burns on Post Pop Depression

Iggy Pop Sweats & Burns on Post Pop Depression

Eli Jace April 6, 2016 Comments Off on Iggy Pop Sweats & Burns on Post Pop Depression

Iggy Pop is the last old gnarled tree standing in the empty field of rock and roll. The flesh on his bones splits like aging oak. His low-lying bellow comes deep from the root. Last

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Rihanna turns in a near classic with ANTI

Rihanna turns in a near classic with ANTI

Eli Jace February 28, 2016 Comments Off on Rihanna turns in a near classic with ANTI

Meanwhile, in another part of the pop stratosphere, RiRi season has begun. The eighth album from Rihanna, ANTI, arrived quietly in late January. There was more written about the nauseating album cover with a

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“Blackstar” is Bowie’s everlasting wink from heaven

“Blackstar” is Bowie’s everlasting wink from heaven

Eli Jace January 21, 2016 Comments Off on “Blackstar” is Bowie’s everlasting wink from heaven

As I listened to David Bowie’s new album Blackstar for the first time, the artist himself, unbeknownst to me at the time, was ascending into eternity. Bowie’s 25th album, and now his last, arrived

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