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Star Wars: Uncut

Greedo shot first. Han shot his own movie.

Movie Reviews & Stories
A long time ago, a USC student named George transformed his love of Buck Rogers serials, pulp novels and Japanese cinema into the greatest space-opera film of all time. Since then, he’s redeco   More
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 NATHAN CARSON

Giving Up the Ghost

Don’t fear the Reaper—even if it’s a really convincing-looking Reaper.

Music Stories
“A lot of black-metal bands have an agenda where they actually say, ‘We want you to kill yourself,’” bemoans Ghost’s frontman. “We don’t have an agenda. Our uppermost goal is not t   More
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 NATHAN CARSON

Album Review: Danava

Hemisphere of Shadows (Kemado)

Album Reviews
[METAL] On its self-titled debut album in 2006, local hard-rock band Danava established itself as a formidable power trio with a healthy laser-gloss of analog synth to push its sound into outer    More
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 NATHAN CARSON

Primer: Opeth

Music Stories
Formed: In 1990 in Stockholm. Sounds like: Swedish death metal from the ’90s having a fireside chat with progressive rock from the ’70s. For fans of: Morbid Angel, King Crimson, Camel, Metallica,    More
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 NATHAN CARSON

Cut of the Day (Exclusive): White Orange, "Dinosaur Bones," White Orange


The dream of the 90s is alive in White Orange’s jam space. This Portland quartet is unapologetically grunge in a way that’s markedly less metallic than even Red Fang. A band that is fearless about treading on questionable turf while also being driven to produce new music at a frantic pace is destined to experience rapid growth. Case in point: White Orange’s latest tune, “Dinosaur Bones.”...   More
Thursday, July 28, 2011 by NATHAN CARSON

Primer: Queens of the Stone Age

Music Stories
Formed: In Palm Desert, Calif., 1997. Sounds like: Innovative corporate rock with pop hooks that shoots from the hip. Yup, that used to happen. For fans of: Kyuss, Devo, ZZ Top, Nirvana, Led Zeppelin,   More
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 NATHAN CARSON

Primer: Steely Dan

Music Stories
Formed: Walter Becker and Donald Fagen met at Bard College in 1967. Sounds like: Yacht rock! For fans of: Michael McDonald, Fleetwood Mac, Chicago, the Doobie Brothers, Duke Ellington, Bob Dylan and E   More
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 NATHAN CARSON

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

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