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Refused (are fucking alive)


Refused (are fucking alive)

Posted June 18, 2015, 2:42 p.m.

Refused are fucking alive, but they’re still fucking mysterious. I’ll never forget that late Sunday night in winter 1999 when I saw the premiere of “New Noise” on MTV’s 120 Minutes. (Back then that show was the way to find out about cool bands before everyone else.) My father, who was a musician and always watched the show with me, had the reaction of “What the hell did we just watch? Where is this band from?” My reaction was similar, “Who on earth are these guys? Are they punk, hardcore, electronic?” Only after the video’s airing did we learn that the band had called it quits. I wasn’t even sure if I loved or hated ...

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Levitation 2015 / Austin Psych Fest

Music Levitation 2015 / Austin Psych Fest

Posted June 18, 2015, 2:34 p.m.

Providing a welcome alternative to not only the blast of insanity that South by Southwest brings but also the increasingly-crowded shitstorm that is the Austin ...

Emmy The Great

Interviews Emmy The Great

Posted May 11, 2015, 2:25 a.m.

When Emmy The Great returned with her S EP nearly three years after her last release, a new band member suddenly appeared on the cover ...

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One Question Interviews


Posted Nov. 25, 2013, 7:55 a.m.

Terence Hannum (Locrian) SPB: What appeals to you most about collaborative projects as compared with working with your regular band? Hannum: You know I don't collaborate as much as the other guys. I think it is because it appeals to me less. I really enjoy the work I get to do with Steven and André in Locrian. The last collaboration I did was with my friends Sshe Retina Stimulants and The Fortieth Day. I am really proud of that collaboration and I think it was because I found the group interesting and the environment one where ideas were encouraged.

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Posted May 11, 2015, 2:16 a.m.
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Record Store Day 2015: our recommended local record stores

Music Record Store Day 2015: our recommended local record stores

Posted April 17, 2015, 5:04 p.m.

It's that time again – Record Store Day 2015. We all have a favorite or recommended store to pick up ...

Black Rivers

Interviews Black Rivers

Posted April 17, 2015, 4:45 p.m.

Twins Andy and Jez Williams braved the unforgiving Welsh winter to bring us the sound of their eponymous debut, their ...

BJ (Ancient Shores) on Nightbreed

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Posted April 17, 2015, 4:39 p.m.
Beyond Casual Observation

The story of Nightbreed’s production goes back to the pre-internet days reading fangoria magazine and conversations among those who ...

SXSW 2015 Wrap-Up

Music SXSW 2015 Wrap-Up

Posted March 30, 2015, 3:17 p.m.

Following a year in 2014 that not only saw Tyler, the Creator get arrested for “inciting a riot” during a ...

Hail The Ghost

Interviews Hail The Ghost

Posted March 30, 2015, 3:10 p.m.

Irish indie six-piece White McKenzie never officially broke up, they just went quiet. Frontman Kieran O'Reilly secured an acting ...

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