This week, the world found out that, had he played his cards differently, Ryan Gosling could've been a Backstreet Boy. By all accounts, he thought joining the band would've been a waste of time, since New Kids On The Block had already happened. (Silly, silly Gosling -- as long as there are teenage g ... More >>
Reassuring us once and for all that turning 30 doesn't mean you have to start behaving like an adult, NOFX -- the West Coast punk icon/touring kegger that never winds down -- announced this week that they'll mark the end of their third decade in existence with a limited edition box set of deluxe LPs ... More >>
Iron Maiden Coheed and Cambria Friday, August 2, 2012 Shoreline Amphitheatre Better than: Spending the evening with any other '80s metal band, and arguably any metal band period. Reliving past glories with tours that focus on classic albums or eras has become a standard practice for bands across a ... More >>
Remember when you were 12 years old and you'd draw the logos of your favorite bands all over your school books? Well, one time, Kurt Cobain did that to The Melvins' van, leaving behind a little portrait of Kiss (plus logo) which remains to this day on the side of that piece-of-shit '72 Dodge Spor ... More >>
Ronnie Montrose, the intense guitarist and songwriter who led the band Montrose and helped bring Sammy Hagar to the world's attention, died Saturday, March, 3, of complications from prostate cancer, according to a posting on his website. He was 64. Throughout a 40-year career, Montrose worked with ... More >>
We know you like to rock. Perhaps you're reading this from your cubicle, and your colleagues have no idea there's an Iron Maiden t-shirt lurking underneath your sweater vest. You love live music, but every time you reach the front of the line at a concert concession stand, you're faced with overpric ... More >>
Last night, as I put our 23-month-old twins to bed and flipped on A Child's Gift of Lullabies, or Sleepytime Lullabies, or Sing Me to Sleep, or Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Fat Joe, or Baby's Dental Drill from the Pure White Noise series, or whatever the heck CD is sonically drugging ... More >>
Iron Maiden is better than Metallica. We don't necessarily agree, but that was the contention made by Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson in a recent interview with UK magazine Metal Hammer. "You've just got to have a sense of fearlessness," the singer said, according to a posting on NME. "I got in ... More >>
Diamond Rings at Rickshaw Stop last night.Diamond Rings P.S. I Love You March 7, 2011 @ Rickshaw Stop Better than: Relying on the ballet or pastoral art scenes to get your fix of pretty. There's an argument floating around amongst a certain segment of indie rock fans that the genre has become ... More >>
So last week you may have seen us going apeshit over this rad dude who made his three-year-old son a mind-blowing Deadmau5 costume for Halloween. Having concluded that he's pretty much the best dad ever, we started thinking about what band-related costumes we'd like to put on the (unfortunate) small ... More >>
Mark SeligerSlayer, with Kerry King at far rightLos Angeles thrash-metal juggernaut Slayer has been kicking ass so ferociously for so long that the word "fucking" has practically been appended to the front of the band's name. Raising the metal bar for brutality and blasphemy over the course of ne ... More >>
Iron MaidenDream Theater@Sleep Train PavilionSunday, June 20, 2010Better than: Any other metal band with 35 years under its belt. Iron Maiden has always fallen into that category of venerable metal or hard-rock outfit that you simply do not miss when they come to town. You don't miss Slaye ... More >>
Tiger LilyI Wanna Be Your Friend: Sir Lord Von Raven I recently received a MySpace friend request from Sir Lord Von Raven , an Oakland-based artist specializing in "Healing & Easy Listening/Christian/ Roots Music." That descriptor alone is enough to make me run to the hills faster than a bunch ... More >>
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Guitar Hero cranks rhythm-gaming up to 11.
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A survival guide for the summer's more vigorous music festivals
System of a Down's Fillmore show was the bee's knees. The proof was in the mosh pit.
Sasquatch and industrial music make the Bigfoot Lodge the perfect bar for ... yuppies?
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Innovation and irritation
Aquarius Records has changed owners, but its warm, informative approach to selling music remains intact
Woe to you of earth and sea, for Iron Maiden sends the beast with wrath
A fascinating graphic novel about growing up during Iran's Islamic Revolution
Week of February 5, 2003
The elephant known as Noise Pop has wandered into the living room
Zen Guerrilla's Marcus Durant wants to save your soul -- for rock 'n' roll
A walk through the "Torture Exhibition" can be a terror or a turn-on, depending on your point of view
There's no reason to fear Red Planet -- especially if you like high energy, old-fashioned rock
Independent View promo; Store Wars
The Fucking Champs aren't your typical metal band -- but they rock like one
Everything Quieter Than Everything Else; Studio Time
Take a Really Deep Breath