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Primer: Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band

Music Stories
Formed: In 1989, thanks to producer David Fishof, who envisioned a show where “everybody onstage is a star in their own right.”  Sounds like: The Travelling Wilburys with a stoned Caveman on   More
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 NATHAN CARSON

Album Review: Lost Lockets

Love Not Fear (Cochon Records)

Album Reviews
[SIREN SONGS] After several years in the making, the surrealist pop duo Lost Lockets has finally immortalized a collection of its finest tunes to wax. It’s never been easy to describe Lost Locke   More
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 NATHAN CARSON

Album Review: Order Of The Gash

Configuraton (Self-Released)

Album Reviews
[DEATH METAL] Hearing Configuration makes me realize how many times I’ve seen Order of the Gash in DIY settings with inadequate sound systems. These three good folks operate without ego, alway   More
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 NATHAN CARSON

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
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