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Thursday, October 13,2011

Revisiting a classic

Roger Daltrey thinks 'Tommy' stands the test of time

By Alan Sculley
The Who’s rock opera Tommy is now more than 40 years old. But one won’t hear Who singer Roger Daltrey accepting the notion that this piece of music, or for that matter, Who music in general, is something that falls into the realm of nostalgia or oldies.
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Thursday, September 1,2011

Good times for My Chemical Romance

The once-emo band is happier than ever after CD release

By Alan Sculley
In a way, the huge achievement that was The Black Parade CD and tour almost caused the guys in My Chemical Romance to forget who they are as a band.
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Thursday, July 28,2011

Frizzle frying up something new

Original drummer Jay Lane joins Primus for new album

By Alan Sculley
One thing fans can count on with the current Primus tour (with original drummer Jay Lane on board and a new CD on the way) is it won’t be a nostalgia trip.
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Thursday, July 14,2011

Divorce, new beginnings and music

Former husband-wife duo The Rosebuds find inspiration in separation

By Alan Sculley
Kelly Crisp talks of Loud Planes Fly Low, the recently released CD she made with her musical partner in The Rosebuds, Ivan Howard, as if it’s the duo’s first album all over again. “It made us feel new, like we had pressed reset,” she says.
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Thursday, May 12,2011

Black Wylde

Black Label Society’s Zakk Wylde on Ozzy, sobriety and playing live

By Alan Sculley
Wylde had recovered from a 2009 bout with serious blood clots, quit drinking (as part of his blood clot treatment regimen) and been dismissed as Ozzy Osbourne's primary songwriting collaborator and guitarist. Plus, for the first time, Wylde had his own studio in which to record Order of the Black.
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Thursday, March 24,2011

Do-it-yourself album

Helmet’s Page Hamilton still challenging himself

By Alan Sculley
'I was exhausted after almost 10 years of a run, the same dudes. I went down to New Orleans, and Trent [Reznor of Nine Inch Nails] had this great studio down there and they put me up and taught me how to use the computers,' Hamilton says. 'I said, "Yeah, I don't need the guitar."'
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Thursday, February 17,2011

New label, new concept

Cradle of Filth’s latest concept album explores new territory

By Alan Sculley
'I was struggling with the whole idea about what to do the whole album about,' Filth says. 'And then one night I sat down with the nucleus of the album, the sort of starting block of about three or four songs, and played them back to back. I drank some wine and really got into the whole feel of it.'
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Thursday, February 3,2011

Career change

Amos Lee’s success as a musician almost never happened

By Alan Sculley
"But I didn't know anybody that was necessarily pursuing that kind of thing. In my family, everybody just kind of works. There are people who are artistic, but none of them really have pursued that as a profession or whatever. To me it wasn't even an option."
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Thursday, December 9,2010

Stepping outside the country box

Radio execs frozen by PC, stingy country fans all in a day’s work for Phil Vassar

By Alan Sculley
The tune tells the tale of a guy who is a small town everyday Joe during the work week but shows up one evening at a nightclub dressed as a woman. While clearly meant to be an over-the-top, funny song, country radio was skittish about sharing in the joke.
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Thursday, December 2,2010

Country soul

Lucero brings in help to fight genre labels

By Alan Sculley
When we started we got lumped in with the alt-country stuff, Nichols says. And for sure theres a Southern accent to what we do, and I think thats the main reason. And were not offended by being included with that genre, but I think from the very beginning there was always something else in there.
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