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January 2008
ON THE COVER:
Beatallica *1/08


INSIDE:
Brew City Sludge 1/08
CD/DVD Reviews  1/08
Crystal Corner Bar 1/08
Eclectic Vibes 1/08
Fair To Midland 1/08
The Honorary Title 1/08
Letter To The People 1/08
Rock Star Death Notices 1/08
The Scarring Party 1/08
Slipped Discs 1/08

December 2007
ON COVER:
Ottoman Empire *12/07

INSIDE:
CD/DVD Reviews  12/07
Coheed & Cambria 12/07
Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks 12/07
Dry Bean 12/07
Fair To Midland 12/07
John 5 12/07


November 2007
ON COVER:
Dropkick Murphys *11/07

INSIDE:
Dad The Plow 11/07
CD/DVD Reviews  11/07
Robyn Hitchock 11/07
Reptile Palace 11/07

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Archives:
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30 Seconds To Mars *3/07
48 Hours In Iceland with Last Crack *4/05
420 *3/01
1956 4/05

A
Abstract Giants 10/04
Adema 4/05
Aerosmith *1/07
Alabama Thunderpussy 6/04
All Girl Summer Fun Band
Bernard Allison *6/00
Alston 2/05
Alter Bridge * 9/04
Amen 5/04
American Headcharge * 10/01
Ian Anderson  10/06
Anthrax * 10/04
Anthrax 11/05
A Perfect Circle 12/03
A Perfect Circle * 4/00
Arena Venus
Arrested Development
Asylum Street Spankers *2/07
Atomic Bitchwax
Autolux 10/05
Avenged Sevenfold *7/06
Awesome Car Funmaker *7/05

B
Baghdad Scuba Review 7/07
Beastie Boys/Mix Master Mike *12/04

Beautiful Creatures * 9/01
Black Label Society *7/00
Black Sabbath * 12/98
bloodsimple 2/05
Bif Naked *11/05
Big Sandy And His
Fly-rite Boys
6/99
Big Wu 8/04
Billy Idol 9/05*
Birth Of Tragedy 4/06

Blaqk Audio 9/07
Blind Boys Of Alabama
Blue Man Group * 10/03
Bo Diddley  10/06
Boney Fingers 1/05
Books On Tape/The Demix 3/05
Boris The Sprinkler *7/99

Broken Social Scene 7/04
Lonnie Brooks 9/05
Lonnie Brooks  8/01
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown *7/00
Jack Bruce  12/01
Bugattitype 35 *8/97
Burden Brothers * 6/04
Built To Spill  9/06
Buzzhorn, The * 8/02


C
Cadillac Pete 6/07
Captured! By Robots *6/05
Calexico 9/06

Carbellion 9/05
Cardia
Canned Heat
Canned Heat 7/07
Cates, Lucas  8/07
Cealed Casket 10/07
Cibo Matto *5/01
W.C. Clarke 9/00
Clutch
Coal Chamber * 2/98
The Cocksmiths *10/07
Coolzey 1/07
Cradle Of Filth 12/04

Cradle of Filth 10/07
Crepitus
The Cummies 7/05
Curran, Nick
CUT The Movie 4/07
Crest/Jack Cracker
The Cribs 4/06 3/04
Cynergy 67

D
Damage Plan * 4/04
Dark New Day 5/05
D.A. Sebasstian *2/05
Days Of The New 7/04
Days Of The New  *8/98

Danzig 10/04
The Dead Kennedys 10/05*
Decapitado * 3/04
Anthony DeCurtis  10/06
Default  12/01
Davis, Rachael 1/06
Deep Purple 4/04
Def Leppard 7/07
Deftones *12/06
Denali 4/04
The Dials 12/05
Dimmu Borgir
Dirty Three
The Dirty Three 10/05*
Disturbed * 8/00
Disturbed 9/05
Dismemberment Plan
Donnas, The * 7/03
Dorsey, Claude * 12/03
Drain S.T.H. * 6/97
Drill 187
Driver 13  9/01
Droids Attack
Droids Attack  12/06

Dropkick Murphys
Drown * 4/99
Drowning Pool 3/04
Drowning Pool * 11/01
Duarte, Chris

E
Eagles Of Death Metal *5/06
Edwards, David "Honeyboy"
El Donk
Electric Hellfire Club * 3/02
Endeverafter  9/06
Evanesence * 2/04

F
Factory 81 *12/00
Fear Factory *7/01
Fingertight
Finger 11 *11/04
Bradley Fish *2/06
Fluid Ounce *3/99

Freshwater Collins 1/05
Future Leaders Of The World 10/04

G

German Art Students
Gingerjake *6/07
Godsmack * 2/99
Godsmack 12/04
Goldfinger 3/05
The Gomers 9/02
The Gomers *4/06

Goo Goo Dolls
The Goo Goo Dolls *6/06
Gov't Mule 11/04
Gov't Mule  11/06
Guided By Voices 6/02
Tracii Guns 5/06

Grade8 * 1/03
Gravity Lost 10/04
Great Girls Blouse  9/01
Green Scene  3/01
Greene, Jackie * 8/03
The Gufs  12/06
Gwar

H
Halford  12/06
Hank Thomas & the Western Starlanders
Heavils, The * 3/03
Helliphant 2/07
HELLYEAH *5/07

Helmet 10/04
Hersh, Kristin 7/03
High Noon Saloon's Cathy Detmers 5/05
Hiss, The 4/04
Hope Conspiracy  10/06
Hot Tuna
Hotwater Music 12/04

Huun- Huur-Tu * 2/03

I
Icon The Mic King 4/07
Infantry Rockers 9/02
Innatrance
Iron Maiden 8/05*

J
Jessie Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter *4/05
JJO Band Camp 7/04
John Paul Jones  11/01
Judas Priest * 8/04

Junkers, The
Justin Hinds 9/00


K
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe 1/05

Katie Todd Band  8/06
Kid Rock * 12/99
Killingtons, The 3/04
King Crimson  11/01
King Gun 9/04
King Solomon
Kittie 7/04
Kodo Drummers 3/05
Korn *3/06


L
Lacuna Coil * 7/04
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Lamb Of God 11/04
Sam Lay 9/05
Last Crack * 11/02
48 Hours In Iceland with Last Crack *4/05
Last Crack in Amsterdam 6/05
Lavette, Bettye
Tommy Lee *6/02
Les Ballets Africains 3/07
Les Paul 5/07
Les Percussions De Guinee * 1/01
Life Of Agony * 5/98
Little Feat 7/04
Locksley 2/07

Bob Log III
Long, Chris11/04
Long Story Short
Lordi  8/07
Lorenzo Music * 2/98
Lotus 4/06
Lovlies, The


M
Machine Head *9/99
Magic 7 *9/96

Man.. Or Astro-man *10/96
Aimee Mann 6/06

Marilyn Manson *
11/00
Mickey Hart's Planet Drum * 10/98
Midnight Oil *7/02
Midwest Rock Opera Company (MiROC)
Mine
Ministry *3/96
Mississippi Cactus
MOD 7/04
Mofro
Monster Magnet *9/98
Moon Gypsies
Mötley Crüe 12/04
The Motor Primitives 3/07
Moving Parts
Mudride 3/05
Mudride 3/02
Mudvayne *1/01
Mudvayne 3/06

Must *3/05
Muzzy Luctin * 10/99


N
Natty Nation 2003
New Recruits
Nevada Backwards * 5/03
Nickelback
Nine Inch Nails 10/05*
Nomonic 3/04
Nonpoint 12/00
Nonpoint  12/06
North Mississippi All-Stars 9/05


O
O.A.R.  6/07
Oh My God
Osborn, Joan*5/96
Osbourne, Ozzy*12/01
Otep 5/07



PQ
Pantera 2/01
Papa Roach  *11/06
Paramount Records
Pelican 1/07
Pigface
Pimps, The
Poison  9/06
Polysics 10/07
Probers, The
Projekt Revolution  8/07
Psypchedelicasi  *9/97
Puddle Of Mudd * 8/01
Puta Pons 6/01
Q and Not U 3/05


R
Rammstein *12/00
Ray Condo And His Ricochets
Reason For Leaving
Rebels Without Applause *9/00
Red Elvises, The * 4/01
Reel Big Fish  11/06
Reptile Palace Orchestra * 11/03
The Residents *2/01
Rev. Horton Heat * 2/02
Rictus Grin 1/07
Marc Rizzo 3/07

Robert Randolph And The Family Band * 3/03
Roadrunner United 2/006
Roxy Saint 11/04
Rundgren, Todd 4/04

S
The Sadies 9/06
Schwillbillies, The * 12/02
Screamin' Cyn Cyn & the Pons  8/07
Second Coming *5/99
Sevendust * 4/97
Sevendust * 8/99
Sevendust 9/03
Sevendust *2/06
SevenOneFive *4/06
Shadows Fall 7/07
Billy Sheehan  10/01
She Might Have A Gun *3/99

Shinedown
Shotdown
Shot To Hell * 9/02
Siegel-Schwall Band *1/06
Skintones, The
Slayer *1/07
Sleestak 9/04

Slipknot * 4/04
Slipknot * 5/00
Skindred 10/04
Smithereens 1/05
Snooky 8/04

Snopek III, Sigmund 4/04
Jill Sobule 6/06
Something To Do
Eric Sommer 7/07
Southern Culture On The Skids * 5/04
Soulfly * 2/01
Soundtribe Sector 9 2/05
Space 2004
Spiral Seed 4/06
Split Lip Rayfield  *10/06
Static-X *8/07
Stone Sour *10/06

Suite 13
Sunshine For The Blind 1/07
Supersuckers, The * 5/02
Stone Sour *10/06
Stone Temple Pilots *10/00
Story Of The Year 3/04
Stuck Mojo * 4/98
Kasim Sulton 8/01
Sunset Black
Sunspot 6/04
Summerfest History 6/07
Super Deluxe 3/05
The Swanks 9/05
System Of A Down * 9/99

T
Koko Taylor 3/06
Taylor, Otis
Taylor, Otis 6/04
Tenacious D * 4/02
Telenovela 1/05
Terra Diablo 9/07

Tesla 3/04
Tesla *7/07
Thompson, Ed * 10/02
Tiesto 9/07
Tool *9/06
Tony Levin Band
Tormentula * 4/00
Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players
Trans Siberian Orchestra *12/05
Trinity James 12/05
Trout, Walter 4/04
The Tubes 4/06

U
Ultraspank *7/98
Umphrey's McGee *9/07
Under The Surface 9/04
Union Pulse
Union Underground *6/01

V
Voivod * 4/03

WXYZ
Wakeman, Rick
Wasp 4/01
Webley, Jason 2/06
Wickershams 9/02

Yakuza
Yamagata, Rachel 11/04
Youngblood Brass Band
Zen Guerilla

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"Underneath all that hair, there's a little, tiny, Jewish accountant." Gene Simmon's Wife

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein

"Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from poor judgement."  George Washington

"If the disclosure is true, it's breathtaking. The president is revealed as the leaker in chief." - Representative Jane Harman of California, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee

"I tell you, he's President George Bush, not King George Bush. This is not the system of government we have and that we fought for," Sen. Russell Feingold, D-Wisconsin:  The Associated Press.

“Priest Holmes told me to never get comfortable. He said that no matter what you’ve done, it’s never enough and that you always have to prove yourself. I think that stuck with me the most since I left.” Samkon Gado - Running Back, Green Bay Packers

"I've never supported him and certainly would never vote for him. I think he's a fool and a man without forethought. I have no confidence in him whatsoever. I think he's an idiot, I really do. He has done nothing to our country but drag it down to the ground." - Ronnie James Dio from an interview in Terrorizer Magazine in UK

"You may lose with me, but you'll never win without me." - Terry Bradshaw

"We are exquisitely social creatures. Our survival depends on understanding the actions, intentions and emotions of others. Mirror neurons allow us to grasp the minds of others not through conceptual reasoning but through direct simulation. By feeling, not by thinking." Dr. Rizzolatti, a neuroscientist at the University of Parma 

 "Which would you rather watch at halftime? Aging rock stars or supermodels playing full-contact tackle football in lingerie?"  former NBA Star Dennis Rodman

"Anything that seeks to rule using fear or guilt can't possibly be divine." Rökker, publisher, Maximum Ink music magazine

"Most rock journalism is people who can't write, interviewing people who can't talk, for people who can't read. -- Frank Zappa, Chicago Tribune - Jan 18 1978

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CD/DVD Reviews - April 2004
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CD/DVD Reviews - April 2004

CALEXICO
Convict Pool
(Quarterstick Records)
www.casadecalexico.com
CD

Ex-Giant Sandmen
Joey Burns and John Convertino have been quietly forging Calexico since 1997 and at least to this reviewer their results have been a beautiful crapshoot, until “Convict Pool.” This is one of the most perfect records ever made from the opening song, “Alone Again Or” [which has one of the best lines ever in a chorus “almost everyone is laughing at me”] to the closing “Sirena.” I may not be an alcoholic, but “Corona” is the song of the year. In typical Calexico style, Mexican Rancho horns, violins and accordions amp up the dynamics, but this time all the pieces fall together for CalexicoBurns and Convertino have laid their cards on the table and have come out champions. It was bound to happen sooner or later.
By David Kulczyk



50 FOOT WAVE
50 Foot Wave
(Throwing Music)
www.throwingmusic.com
CD

After years as a solo acoustic act,
Kristin Hersh recently rekindled her desire to rock out live after briefly reuniting her former band, Throwing Muses. Assembling another power trio, 50 Foot Wave, Kristin and company plan to play over 100 shows a year. The harder, faster and more intense Wave also hopes to buck industry standards by releasing mini-albums every nine months. Their debut, a powerful six-song cycle of interlocking fury, highlights a relentless precision that while certainly reminiscent of the Muses' thunderous power, devises its own uniquely twisted electricity. Wailing against a wall of shifting rhythms and gritty riffs, Kristin sounds invigorated by the change, delighting in her declarations as they swerve, spin and splinter around the spirited punk rock pummeling of her partners.
By John Noyd



OMAR & THE HOWLERS
Boogie Man
(Ruff Records)
www.omarandthehowlers.com
CD

Omar's gritty and slightly hollow baritone vocals pay homage to the boogie blues by way of Memphis, TN. The Howlers stay closer to traditional Texas blues rock with roadhouse influences and an open-tuning slide background. Omar's gruff and intense vocal interpretations are reminiscent of a more nasal and laid-back version of Bob “The Bear” Hite's recordings with Canned Heat in the mid-late 1970's (The New Age, 1973, Human Condition, 1978, Etc.) The ever-present influence of John Lee Hooker permeates every crevasse of this album with an 11-track, front-to-back boogie.  Many friends have shown their appreciation for Omar, lending their help for the release of “Boogie Man.” With a growing and rotating list of contributors, the Howlers on this album include (but are not limited to) former Frank Zappa drummer Terry Bozio, Texas guitar veteran Chris Duarte, and vocalist Alejandro Escovedo.
By Brett Lemke



ON THE SPEAKERS
On the Speakers
(17 Reasons Records)
www.onthespeakers.com
CD

If you had never heard of the edgy band
Creeper Lagoon in the late 1990s, you wouldn't know about the newest incarnation On the Speakers by frontman Ian Sefchick. Not necessarily the easiest music to categorize, OTS remains one of those sounds you just need to hear in order to decide if you like it for yourself. Forget about the fact that they just came off a residency at trendy Los Angeles club Spaceland.  Forget that OTS has played with Metric and Evan Dando. Lastly, forget that they recorded at singer-songwriter John Vandeslice's studio in San Francisco. OTS is a wake up call. Transitionally, this self-titled EP is one of the most interesting amalgamations of sound in some time. Mixing the right amount of guitar solos with the right amount of vocal range, OTS is a solid flavor in the saturated melting pot that turns so many others sour.
By Mario R. Martin



THE FRAMES
Set List
(Anti Records)
www.theframes.ie
CD

Harmonious Irish pop-rock hot on the tail of U2, focusing heavily on the electric-acoustic guitars, with sensitive yet recoilingly angry vocal tracks. “
Set List” lyrics speak of oppression and broken hearts, tugging at the listener’s heartstrings and giving a shot out to mum. When you hear the crowd shout every word of every chorus back to the band in “Set List”, you will have an idea of how well they are appreciated at home. The intimate setting in which the band speaks with the audience between songs and the additions of female vocalists and violins puts The Frames in an interesting situation. They draw from the techniques of their predecessors; Springsteen & Dylan speak through the frames, but more blatant influences of traditional Irish folk ballads and harmonies underline their already bold Rock & Roll. The band is currently on an international tour supporting “Set List,” and will travel to China in May as part of a cultural exchange program.
By Brett Lemke



FAT MAW ROONEY
End of the Beginning
(GrassRoots Music)
www.fatmawrooney.com
CD

“End of the Beginning” is the initial studio release from Southeastern Wisconsin's torchbearers of blues/rock spontaneity, Fat Maw Rooney. Having recently changed their name from the Roadhouse Blues Band, Fat Maw Rooney remains true to their blues roots, while at the same time successfully blending tinges of funk and improvisation. According to the band's web site, "our music has a redemptive and open ability to turn in any direction and to jump from mood to mood and genre to genre.” “End of the Beginning” is composed of 11 original tracks, including the ultra-funky “GrassRoots,” the buoyant “Shine On,” and “Blue Angel,” which features a lengthy Allman Brothers-ish instrumental section. The band has been playing together for nearly nine years, and it shows on the outstanding guitar work, very tight vocals/harmonies, and overall cohesiveness of the album. Fat Maw Rooney continues to develop a strong local following through powerful live performances, and with the release of “End of the Beginning,” the future appears very bright for these musical troubadours.
By Peter Kolesari



THE PROCLAIMERS
Born Innocent
(Persevere Records)
www.proclaimers.co.uk
CD

click to buy at amazon.comBorn in Scotland and raised on Rock & Roll, The Proclaimers are far from strangers to the international music community. The band centers around twin brothers Craig & Charlie Reed, highlighting their forceful vocal harmonies with acoustic guitar and accordion and drawing influence form traditional melodies. They shout and wail from the bottoms of their souls, vocals intertwining with their intimate connection to the audience. “Born Innocent” is the product of extensively touring Europe in 2003, capturing the Reed's charged live and shows; in London in April and May, and the Glasgow Carling Academy in October. Currently on another international tour, they will be promoting the album in the U.S. and Canada in March and April of 2004. The Proclaimers are best known to the first generation of MTV followers as the brothers who wrote “I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)” in 1987.
By Brett Lemke




FANTOMAS
Delirium Cordia
www.ipecac.com
CD

This quirky post Mr. Bungle band is fronted by vocalist Mike Patton. You may remember Mr. Patton from Faith No More, or more recently Tomahawk or Peeping Tom. He is co-owner of this delirious Ipecac record label. Scan their artist roster for other amazing music finds. Fantomas also features Buzz “King Buzzo” Osborne (Melvins), Dave Lombardo (Slayer, Grip Inc) and Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle & others). Patton wrote and produced the entire disk which contains but a single soundtrackesque song that is 70+min in length. This single track experiment will delight some and confound many. Expect the unexpected. Forget about traditional song structure; just experience the newest Fantomian experiment. Extreme to ambient; it's all there. “Delirium Cordia” is part one of two. The second half will come out in late 2004. Appearing live (somehow) with Melt Banana at the Metro 4/11 in Chicago. I can't wait!
By Andrew Frey




BEGIN THE END
Stain Of Creation
(Ministry Of Fire Records)
www.begintheend.com
CD

From the first song on “Stain Of Creation,” it’s obvious that Madison’s Begin the End doesn’t just mean to play hardcore. Rather, they mean to take hardcore, mix it with healthy amounts of death and sludge metal, and produce something that’s arguably heavier then anything else in Madison. For a local act, the production is more then adequate, with the guitar coming through heavier than anything else. This reflects the style of the band perfectly and the guitar driven rhythm produces breakdowns that are more then mosh worthy. Complementing this assault, vocalist Aaron Miller varies his approach from a throat-ripping scream to a detached and hollow chant. As he leads the listener through a variety of violently macabre themes, the influence of Acid Bath stands out, though Miller thankfully avoids many of the overdone gothic elements (such as cutting) used by the Louisiana band.
By Conor Kuzdas


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