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Primer: Lost Lockets


Music Stories
Formed: In Portland in the deep winter of 2006. Sounds like: It sounds a lot like what David Lynch directing O Brother, Where Art Thou? would look like. For fans of: Gospel, Twin Peaks, Kate Bush, 4AD   More
 
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 NATHAN CARSON

Primer: Man Or Astroman?


Music Stories
Formed: Auburn, Ala., in 1992. Sounds like: The Ventures on a steady diet of Space Ghost and Hawkwind. For fans of: Surf rock, Link Wray, Dead Moon, Estrus Records, Mystery Science Theater 3000. Why you care: Man or Astroman? launched from its pad in the    More
 
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 NATHAN CARSON

Primer: Gwar


Formed: 1984 in Richmond, Va.—at Virginia Commonwealth University.Sounds like: Musical theater set to the tunes of garish heavy metal. But how it sounds is a lot less important than how utterly insane it looks—and how drenched you are after the show.For fans of: Dethklok, Slipknot, KISS, Devo, Frank Zappa and Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive. Why you care...   More
 
Wednesday, November 24, 2010 by NATHAN CARSON

Primer: Gwar


Music Stories
Formed: 1984 in Richmond, Va.—at Virginia Commonwealth University.Sounds like: Musical theater set to the tunes of garish heavy metal. But how it sounds is a lot less important than how utterly ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 24, 2010 NATHAN CARSON

Primer: Slayer


Formed: 1981 in Huntington Park, Calif.Members: Tom Araya, Kerry King, Jeff Hanneman, Dave LombardoLatest release: World Painted Blood, released in late 2009, finds Rick Rubin back as executive producer, Dave Lombardo on the drum throne and songs that balance hardcore and melodic song structures.Why you care: Face it: Metallica let us down, Dave Mustaine is a cry...   More
 
Wednesday, September 1, 2010 by NATHAN CARSON

Primer: Slayer


Music Stories
Formed: 1981 in Huntington Park, Calif.Members: Tom Araya, Kerry King, Jeff Hanneman, Dave LombardoLatest release: World Painted Blood, released in late 2009, finds Rick Rubin back as executive produc ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 1, 2010 NATHAN CARSON

Calamity Jane Saturday, July 24


[PUNK] From 1989 to 1992, Calamity Jane was the premier all-female punk band in Portland—led all the while by guitarist Gilly Ann Hanner and her iconic, drawling voice. Joining in were sister Megan Hanner on bass and the jazzy Lisa Koenig on drums. It was this lineup that supported and (in this writer’s opinion) blew away Fugazi on its 1990 Repeater tour. Four fantastic singles ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 by NATHAN CARSON

Calamity Jane Saturday, July 24


Music Stories
[PUNK] From 1989 to 1992, Calamity Jane was the premier all-female punk band in Portland—led all the while by guitarist Gilly Ann Hanner and her iconic, drawling voice. Joining in were sister Me ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 NATHAN CARSON

Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage

Revenge of the—prog-metal—nerds.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Anthropologist and heavy-metal documentarian Sam Dunn is sincere, awkward and Canadian. The same can be said of his latest subject, the hugely popular and misunderstood rock band Rush. In the course o ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 NATHAN CARSON

Primer: Isis


Formed: 1997 in BostonSounds like: The perfect distillation of earth-crumbling hardcore (Neurosis) blended with ’90s Chicago post-rock (the entire Thrill Jockey roster).For fans of: Neurosis, Pelican, Mono, Mogwai, any acts on bassist Aaron Turner’s Hydra Head label, and thousands of young post-rock and metal bands that worship…Isis.Why you care: In t...   More
 
Wednesday, June 2, 2010 by NATHAN CARSON
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