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Guest Column: Justin Pearson - The Right Answers To The Wrong Questions

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Guest Column: Justin Pearson - The Right Answers To The Wrong Questions

Posted Aug. 27, 2016, 10:28 a.m.

When I was growing up, I nihilistically spat in one eye of the universe. At some point, I figured I might as well spit in the other...Universal symmetry, ya know? But I had to re-evaluate why I was spitting and make sense of it; I needed some sort of justification. I wasn’t drawn towards the Sid Vicious persona. I was drawn to the Johnny Rottens. I needed to have some sort of meaning in my bad attitude and actions. I always hear how I’m in a million bands -- I’m not. Even if I counted them from age 15 (when I started playing music) up until now, it’s not even close to a million. Sure, I ...

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Alex Hughes (Holy Money)

Interviews Alex Hughes (Holy Money)

Posted Aug. 27, 2016, 10:26 a.m.

I would like to start by saying, if you haven't heard Deconstruct by Hatred Surge, stop. Open a new tab and go listen to ...

Amenra

Interviews Amenra

Posted Aug. 27, 2016, 10:23 a.m.

Amenra’s 2016 release, Alive, from Consouling Sounds is a compilation of live acoustic performances from 2014. Comprising that track list is material from Amenra ...

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J.J Rassler: Livin' In Soul Country

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J.J Rassler: Livin' In Soul Country

Posted Aug. 13, 2011, 1:43 a.m.

In another of SPB's regular features, here's a guest column by New England-based rocker JJ Rassler. JJ covers record collecting, country music, bizarro taxi rides in Nashville and "Florida Bill". Read on for more from JJ. -- About 20 years ago, the record collector magazine of choice was, and to some degree still is, Goldmine. They ran a feature on Boston music, but not the ‘70s Boston rock’n’roll I was most familiar with. This was a glorious overview of various R&B and soul-related groups, labels and radio stations of the late ‘50s to early ‘70s. Well ...

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Remembering Erik Peterson

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Posted July 15, 2016, 4:39 p.m.

Today we lost Erik Peterson, the frontman and mastermind behind anarcho-punk act Mischief Brew. I had met Erik on a ...

Scene Point Blank's Favorites: The Year So Far (July 2016)

Music Scene Point Blank's Favorites: The Year So Far (July 2016)

Posted July 11, 2016, 3:25 p.m.

It hasn't been the most promising start to a year: with both David Bowie and Prince departing the Earth ...

Ashley Lynch on film editing

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Posted July 11, 2016, 2:50 p.m.
Beyond Casual Observation

For this edition of Beyond Casual Observation, Ashley Lynch, owner of Burnaby, BC-based Gingerbreadgirl Post—a versatile post-production studio that ...

SUMAC

Interviews SUMAC

Posted June 21, 2016, 3:35 p.m.

In 2015 SUMAC released their debut album, The Deal, offering a first taste of their musical vision. Heavy riffs and ...

Pkew Pkew Pkew

Interviews Pkew Pkew Pkew

Posted June 21, 2016, 3:33 p.m.

Pkew Pkew Pkew is fighting off adulthood with cheap beer and Power Chords. This summer I've been invited to ...

Top 5 TV Themes

Music Top 5 TV Themes

Posted June 21, 2016, 3:29 p.m.
The Set List

TV theme songs are their own art form: they aren’t singles and they aren’t cinematic scores. Instead, they ...

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