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  • 5 years ago | Music News

    This year was such a good one for heavy music, I wound up having to cheat when putting this list together. I couldn't settle on just ten albums that kicked my ass the hardest in 2009; there were dozens of candidates. The best I could do was 14, so...

  • 5 years ago | Concerts

    Lady Gaga's ear for pop hooks and eye for unsettling imagery have landed her atop the creatively moribund U.S. pop scene like a queen stalking a smoldering battlefield. Shrugging her off as a mere magpie assembling a momentarily diverting spectacl...

  • 5 years ago | Music News

    Lita Ford has been a professional musician since she was a teenager. As the tough lead guitarist with L.A. all-female hard rockers the Runaways, the statuesque California blond held her ground onstage and shredded as ferociously as heroes Ritchie ...

  • 6 years ago | Interviews

    It's easy to understand why Amon Amarth gains new fans on each U.S. tour. Starting with its fourth album, Versus the World (released in the United States in 2004), the Swedish "Viking-metal" band has perfected its stripped-down, fist-pumping anthe...

  • 7 years ago | Music News

    Onstage and in interviews, Lee "Scratch" Perry's persona is a mix of giddy surrealism, folk wisdom, apocalyptic theology, and simple crudity (fart jokes, raw sex talk, etc.). Although there's fun to be had in listening to him ramble, when you unpa...

  • 7 years ago | Music News

    It would be easy to look at the recent deluge of compilation CDs (the three Nigeria Special volumes, Nigeria 70, and the Lagos All Routes and Lagos Chop Up sets) and conclude that (a) all African music comes from Nigeria, and (b) Africans stopped ...