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The Crazy Legend of Slowhand Jack

On May 29, 2015, Cleveland lost one of its greatest musical treasures. This is the story of his life, or at least the legend he shared every chance he got.
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Hot Wings & Hard Work

An Interview with Clutch drummer Jean-Paul Gaster...
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Hell Just Got Louder

RIP Jeff Hanneman, the revolutionary guitarist from Slayer....
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Generational Primal Scream

Catching up with the legendary Richie Havens, on the state of music, and how it's both changed and remained the same throughout the years....
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Richie Havens: "Love from a Telephone Booth"

In 1993, somebody called the Dalai Lama asked this man to play a few songs. He's Richie Havens, and 10 years later he's still pumping out the same intensity that captivated the crowds at Woodstock and the Isle of Wight in 1969. He's worked with a range of cats, stretching from Bob Dylan to Richard Pryor, and he's seen a hefty lot during his incessant touring acorss the globe. And now people are looking at him to star as the next 007......
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Tribute to Chi Cheng

We love you, Chi. Rest in peace....
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Wasteful Consumption Patterns

Review of the latest lacerating musical macabre from DJ Korpserape and his Wasteful Consumption Patterns....
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Hey Cruel World, Are You There? It's Me, Marilyn...Can You Hear Me?

Review of Marilyn Manson's new album, "Born Villain"...
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The Enchanting Magic of Black Moth Super Rainbow

BMSR frontman Tobacco talks about the new lineup and new album....
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Eulogy for a Beastie

RIP Adam Yauch, aka MCA, 1964-2012...
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Ra Ra Rocked It

Review of Ra Ra Riot at El Rey...
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Zach Rogue: The Kotori Interview

"I wanted something you could imagine being written on your back porch."...
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Hot Ham & Cheese's New EP Rocks Like None Other

"Wake Part One" is one of the best hard rock albums of the year...
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The Gypsy Heart of Rival Sons

Mike Miley talks muscle cars, blues, kush, politics and love....
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Movement: Detroit Electronic Music Festival

DEMF 2011 Opens Hearts up to Techno ...
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LA Rising

A Black Flag and a Red Star Looms Over the Coliseum...
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Lykke Li at the Wiltern

An uninhibited free spirit who is lost in the groove of her music....
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A Family Of Apes At Rock On The Range

Rock on the Range 2011 gets strange and rowdy as ever...
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Man Man at El Rey Theatre

Man Man rocks out El Rey Theatre...
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A Perfect Circle: The Kotori Interview

Interview with Billy Howerdel, founder of A Perfect Circle and Ashes Divide...
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Adele's "21"

Album Review...
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Billy Howerdel Talks Record Stores

A Perfect Circle and Ashes Divide's founder talks about the joy of independent record stores....
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Innerpartysystem: The Kotori Interview

Electro-rockers talk about their crazy light show, eclectic genre mixes, and their critique of major labels....
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Innerpartysystem's "Never Be Content"

Review of Innerpartysystem's new EP...
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Warpaint's "The Fool"

Review of Warpaint's new album...
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Beach House's "Teen Dream" album review

Album Blends Dreamy Ambience with Beautiful Melancholy...
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Pendulum's Immersion

Changing Directions or Selling Out?...
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Genius and Insane Music Producers

A look at some of the greatest music producers of modern times...
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Motorhead: The Kotori Interview

Is Rock and Roll Dying? Mikkey Dee of Motorhead Says No...
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Fag Rock, Doo-Wop, and Greek Boys

Evripidis and His Tragedies...
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Freewood - Talanzias

Review of the Freewood debit album....
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Nabil Elderkin's Bouncing Cats

Revitalizing Uganda through Hip Hop. Photo Credit: Nabil Elderkin...
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Album Reviews: January 2010

Our picks for good listening...
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DREAMEND: The Kotori Interview

Kotori's album of the year is Dreamend's "So I Ate Myself, Bite by Bite"...
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ONE DAY AS A LION - The KOTORI Review (w/videos)

So here we are again, on this hot day in L.A. ONE DAY AS A LION. ...
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A Chat with Captain Puscifer

Jonny Polonsky talks about his enigmatic and slightly freaky new band....
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Tobacco: "I Feel Really Normal Most Days"

The frontman of Black Moth Super Rainbow on his debut solo release....
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"Revolution is as Old as Humanity"

An Interview with Bobby Seale...
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OCTOBER 2008 REVIEWS

OCTOBER 2008 REVIEWS...
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Free daKAH concert this Saturday!

Free daKAH concert this Saturday!...
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Puscifer - "'V' is for Viagra - The Vagina Remixes"

Review of the badass follow up to Puscifer's "'V' is for Vagina"...
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Quote Of The Day

As much as we want to love Obama, we have to keep pressure on him......
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BAROCK THE HOUSEEEE!

This is a unique opportunity to drink, dance and mingle all while being ... politically pro-active? Yes! This Monday, August 11, the guys behind the...
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God Bless Bloc Party!

    It’s been a while since I last saw Bloc Party perform and this show couldn’t had came at a better time! For a while...
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McSexist: McCain's War on Women

McCain is ignorant about pay equity, wants to overturn Roe v. Wade and likes to brag about his "sexual conquests" and visits to a strip club. ...
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Telluride Blues & Brew Festival is Back!

The Telluride Blues & Brews Festival is Back!...
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ONE DAY AS A LION NEWS AND TRACK!

ZACK DE LA ROCHA (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE) AND JON THEODORE (MARS VOLTA) RELEASE THE FIRST SINGLE FROM "ONE DAY AS A LION," THEIR ALBUM...
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Matt & Kim: The Hideout, Chicago

Matt & Kim rock the house at The Hideout in Chicago. Show review by Diana Richardson...
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Bonnaroo: The UK Experience

The tale of a British Bonnarookie, from the 2008 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival....
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2008 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival review

Recap of the 2008 Bonnaroo Festival by Ryan McGee...
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ZACK DE LA ROCHA'S BACK!

Zack De La Rocha with the Mars Volta's legendary ex-drummer Jon Theodore???Just click here:http://onedayasalion.org/...
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Jeremy Piven's Sophomore Classic

The new season of HBO’s half-hour industry comedy Entourage will be on the air in a matter of weeks, but for those who need a good dose of Jeremy Piven, you can go to the DVD store and snatch up a copy of P.C.U. ...
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HIGH AND HORNY??!

Tara Patrick and HIGH TIMES under the mesmerizing music of Duress! Peep the flyer and click this text for more!!...
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EL-P/DIZZEE RASCAL "NO CHIEFS ALLOWED TOUR"

Def Jux was in full effect last night at The El Rey in Los Angeles, capping off the last day of the No Chiefs Allowed Tour....
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USTREAM TESTING TESTING

Live Videos provided by Ustream.TV...
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Merkaba Bandits take it to LA!

Merkaba Bandits are the freshest rock band out of San Diego right now. Kotori chats 'em up before their first LA gig at The Good...
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THE BEST OBAMA T-SHIRT EVER!

click the t-shirt... ...
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Living Legends In-Store

Half of the LL crew made it out to Ameoba(Los Angeles) last night to promote the new Living Legend's album "The Gathering" as well as The Grouch's solo...
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I Smell a BLEK LE RAT!

ART IS NOT PEACE BUT WARWerdz by Trina Calderon / Shots by Jennifer Jasso--Something you may not know about graffiti is that many of the...
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Justice Myspace Tour

Justice at the Mayan Theater, Los Angeles(3/31/2008)I feel like I should consider myself lucky that I didn't go blind or have blood seeping out my ears...
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The Black Keys @ Wiltern April Fool's

 "You know, we've got a new record out today and it feels good," said singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. The question was: How...
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TODAY'S NEWS!

THIEVERY CORPORATION SET TO HEADLINE AND CURATE THE OUTERNATIONAL MUSIC TOURParticipating artists include TV On The Radio, Gnarls Barkley, Seu Jorge, Ladytron, Bebel Gilberto, and...
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starofash "the thread" music review

StarOfAsh"The Thread" The Thread arrived among the piles of uninvited offerings that are hoisted on any foolish, self-proclaimed music lover who happens to be...
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MSTRKRFT vs Henry Fonda

"Dance-Rock" is not a trend, it's a kraft, and these guys are masters of it (I'm sure you saw that one coming but seriously...). MSTRKRFT...
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The Black Keys and Dangermouse!

The Black Keys new record 'Attack & Release,' produced by Dangermouse will be released on April 1. Check out this preview:  ...
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The Hard Sell Tour

Turntablist icons, DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist, swang by the Wiltern(Los Angeles) to drop their freshest collabo "The Hard Sell." For all of you lame ass...
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Viddy: We Are Wolves live

Live from Cinespace... ...
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IRONY ABOUNDS ON VALENTINE'S DAY

How to tell your significant other you love them after you've tossed their sister's salad......
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BLIND LOVE: A Vicious Romance Saga

"Love is a trainwreck whose wheels have come off as it collides with a short bus."...
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NEW GNARLS BARKLEY - LISTEN...

Here are official audio streams for "Run" by Gnarls Barkey, along with lyics and album art. The album "The Odd Couple" comes out April 15."Run"...
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Vampire Weekend Videos

Vampire Weekend played a free show for fellow music geeks last night at Amoeba Records. (Hundreds of bodies layered in v-neck sweaters sure made...
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Dance lessons from Ghostland Observatory

Grab your favorite cape and pair of white bellbottoms 'cause Ghostland Obervatory is gonna show you how to Robotique Majestique...-Skye Mayring  ...
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Dance lessons from Ghostland Observatory

Grab your favorite cape and pair of white bellbottoms 'cause Ghostland Obervatory is gonna show you how to Robotique Majestique...-Skye Mayring ...
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LA hearts Autolux

At the El Rey this weekend, Autolux rocked a sold out crowd who demanded an encore of the local band (their first ever). Here's...
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Shavo, Sway & King Tech Spread Democracy to Music Industry

SYSTEM OF A DOWN’S SHAVO ODADJIAN - ALONG WITH SWAY AND KING TECH OF THE “WAKE UP SHOW�?- DEMOCRATIZES THE MUSIC BUSINESS FOR BANDS, FANS...
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Sia Promises a "Proper" Show

  Last night, Sia gave LA fans a free mini-show to promote her new album, Some People have REAL Problems. Because of an agreement Sia signed...
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Take-ing over Los Angeles (Video)

   LA-based psych-hiphop/electronic producer Take has a weak spot for the City of Angles. Watch his new video, 'Slouched Over', to see why... -Skye...
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Alec Baldwin's Meat

In a moving narration, actor and activist Alec Baldwin exposes the truth behind humanity�s cruelest invention �the factory farm.  ...
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Saul Williams & Trent Reznor "Sunday Bloody Sunday" video

The new video for Saul Williams "Sunday Bloody Sunday" from the album "The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust." The album is produced by...
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Enduring the Writer's Strike : Part 2

A Day Late and Eight Hundred Dollars Shortby Scott Shapiro So, like most people (I hope), I’ve already flushed one of my most...
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Tusco Terror

Sonic Madness at the Grog Shop. Pics and video by Elizabeth "Ilza" Wise...
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Enduring the Writer's Strike : Part 1

Unemployment and the Credit Card: Enduring the Writer’s Strike (1.7.08)By Scott Shapiro (writer’s assistant extraordinaire!) Let’s get the formalities out of the...
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Finally! Green for Dummies!

The book, according to its website, is "your friendly, step-by-step guide to every facet of this Earth-friendly method of construction." Click here for a full...
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Giant Maximus NYE with Tiesto : The Kotori Review

You could literally hear the party going off from the 10 freeway. I almost felt compelled to hop out of my car and commence dancing...
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Graveyard - The Kotori Review

...For those of us who still light the spliff and enjoy trading barbs about the Mothership full of Cyloptic Mars masseuses... ...
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Wu Tang Clan : 8 Diagrams : The Kotori Review

Wu-Tang Clan8 Diagrams[Wu Music Group/SRC]I'm sure for all you hardcore Wu-Heads out there, there was no denying owning a sense of skepticism about this album....
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Chuck D and DMC launch Beyond.FM at CES

Hip Hop legends Chuck D of Public Enemy, DMC of RUN-DMC and DJ Johnny Juice Rosado team up for one night only at the Hard...
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A Disturbingly Convincing Argument Supporting Global Warming

Global Warming Will Save America from the Right...Eventually by Dave Lindorff - Say what you will about the looming catastrophe facing the world as...
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Radiohead LIVE NYE on Current TV

Radiohead will join Current TV to play an exclusive live US TV performance of their new album "In Rainbows," all commercial free. The pre-recorded performance...
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Peaches and Tone Loc break out the bubbly

 Break out the bubbly and hide your younger siblings. Peaches and Tone Loc perform her remix of "Wild Thing" in celebration of Delicious Vinyl's 20th...
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A Grave Contention - Short Fiction By Bob Freville

I love my job. I work at the local funeral home. They let me juice up the dead. ...
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Horrorpops "Kiss Kiss Kill Kill" : The Kotori Review

Horrorpops know their music like they know their tattoos, intimately...Spunky, salacious and serpentine offerings from a Spartan band of musical superheroes......
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VBS.TV knockin' down holy walls!

Vice Magazine's vbs.tv is running a series this week on the separation wall - the 26 foot wall imprisoning people in the west bank and...
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Watch Erykah Badu drop knowledge!

WATCH exclusive footage of Erykah Badu discussing her new single, "Honey" (prod. by 9th Wonder), from her February 26 release.... nu amerykah....
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Sigur Ros Documentary on Tour!

Sigur Rós Documentary film Heima goes "on tour"Theatrical screenings scheduled around USSigur Ros have confirmed a number of theatrical screenings of their new documentary film...
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Direct UNKLE's new video

UNKLE’S FILM STORIES – ARE YOU FEELING RESTLESS? Surrender All, the label behind UNKLE’s latest album War Stories, has teamed up with talent spotting network Filmaka.com...
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Sole bombs the U.S.

Sole depicts bleak future for the USA in new video, announces 2008 tour. Check it below.This video was produced & directed by Ravi Zupa in...
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Mike Patton : Officially a Legend

Mike Patton (ex-Faith No More, Mr. Bungle and currently of Peeping Tom, Fantomas and Mondo Cane amongst others) steps into the world of film with...
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A Kotori Review : Southland Tales

Kelly’s film isn’t suffering because it is a dreadful film, rather it has been stigmatized by an industry that is more invested in iconography than ideas, more endeared to celebrity than artistry. Perhaps the greatest example of this is the foreshadowing event of Southland Tales’ 2006 Cannes Film Festival Premiere....
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Kotori, WU, & U

So, here it is!!! After all the talk and all the hype and all the questions and the answers and the brouhaha, it's finally here....
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Tool : The Kotori Interview

An Interview With Justin Chancellor- They’re a prog-metal band that’s not missing the point. They don’t try to make a song fit a plan. It’s not...
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Vaja : The Kotori Interview

VAJAby Wasim Muklashy--"I'm telling you right now, Metallica changed my life."Now, before you look back and forth and wonder if we placed the wrong text...
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Thievery Corporation : The Kotori Interview

Thievery Corporation celebrates the turn of their CenturyBy Skye Mayring--Look, mom! Up in sky! Musicians? Producers? Revolutionaries? No, it’s Thievery Corporation!!D.C.’s dynamic duo of world...
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Stimulus : The Kotori Interview

Straight Outta Brooklyn : StimulusBy Pierce Jackson--This October, Stimulus, known for his work in the live Hip-Hop group The Real Live show walks on stage...
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DJ QZen : The Kotori Interview

How to Cause a Scene Without Being a ScenesterBy Susan Holland-If you have never listened to pirate radio or skulked through a mile of warehouse...
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North Coast Underground : The Kotori Interview

North Coast Underground-We reviewed the record in the last issue of Kotori and after spending some additional time with the band/ record we thought it...
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Miri Ben-Ari : The Kotori Interview

Miri Ben-Ari: Variations on a Theme of Peace and ToleranceBy Cole Williams--Miri Ben-Ari is no session violinist, not even in a joke. “That’s what I...
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Ming & Ping : The Kotori Interview

Ming and Ping: Showing Us How Things Are So Beautyby Cole Williams-    When I found out this interview would be going down AIM chat-room style...
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Graffiti

PIECEby Mike The Poet--Kotori readers, We are the movement!  Look beyond Hollywood, MTV & U.S. Weekly. The new beautiful is in your own backyard. It�'s...
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Lyrics Born : The Kotori Interview

LYRICS BORNBy JT Taylor--To many, Lyrics born is considered to be the perfect representation of the musical diversity and crossover potential in the ever-changing world...
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Katt Williams : The Kotori Interview

PIMPIN’ WITH KATT WILLIAMSby BOB FREVILLE-“A pimp is really a whore who hasreversed the game on whores.—Iceberg SlimKatt Williams, the self-styled actor/comedian/rapper of MTV’s Wild...
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Honeycut : The Kotori Interview

Honeycut: “The Day I Turned to Glass- Honeycut’s electro-symphonic-soul debut “The Day I Turned to Glassis fronted by the feathery vocals of Bart Davenport, MPC guru...
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Lester Grinspoon : The Kotori Interview Part 1 of 3

ROLLING WITH LESTER GRINSPOON : PART ONELEGALIZE THE MEDICINE…DOCTOR’S ORDERS…by Bob Freville-“Dr. Grinspoon, you Dirty Harvard Jew! You only did it for the money. This...
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Douglas Brinkley : The Kotori Interview

“You Just Gotta Believe in People(Interview with Douglas Brinkley)BY: Jake McGee In 2004, things got real ugly in Ohio.  Considered a powerful “swing state in the...
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Defari : The Kotori Interview

Defari: Street KnowledgeBy Emerick Tackett-The publicist says that we got the last interview of the day.  "Keepthe questions about the new album or Defari might...
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The Art & Soul of Comic-Con

The Art & Soul of Comic-ConBy Molly Hahn-This year’s annual Comic-Con was by far one of the most inspiring experiences that I have had as...
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Clear Channel : Corruption Up High

Corruption Up HighBY: Jake McGeeThe United Food and Commercial Workers Union were quite distraught when their plan for a billboard was shot down in April,...
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CL Smooth : The Kotori Interview

Let Me Reminisce Over You-- MY GOD!By: Pierce Jackson. Photo: Pierce JacksonHold up! Stop Reminiscing! He’s Back. Who’s Back? C.L. Smooth. MY GOD! For ten...
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The Breakbeat Story : Kotori Magazine

The Breakbeat StoryBy Norman Mayers--There is nothing in the world like a breakbeat. That thick 808 bass with a snare that makes your ass pop...
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We Are The Fury : The Kotori Interview

WE ARE THE FURYJeremy Lublin Talks to Bob FrevilleTransmissions Received By Bill V. BrofeeBob is a super-obsessive # 1 fan of We Are The Fury....
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Sierra Swan : The Kotori Interview

Sierra's Swan Songssights and syntax by Miranda Burch-After an unfortunate incident with a (small penis?) bouncer who NOT ONLY had the wherewithal to direct me...
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Sandbloom : The Kotori Interview

"Sandbloom : One crazy white boy with a LOT of soul"by Mike The Poet--There are very few voices that can stand alone with an acoustic...
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RJD2 : The Kotori Interview

RJD2 Feelin’ the Dark Side?By Bill Brofee--Ramble John Krohn, the artist known to the world as RJD2, started his auspicious career in modern hip hop...
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Radio Rebellion

REBELS WITH A CLUE!By Tom Pharo--Two words: Radio fuckin' Rebellion!  In the event that you have been living in a cave, or you are just...
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Metermaids : The Kotori Interview

What the Fuck Is Headphone Rap?By Matt ThomasSean Patrick McGaughan has worked as a dog walker and street fundraiser (yes, that’s an actual job) to...
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The Locust : The Kotori Interview

Bug a Locust!by Tom Pharo-It's here! It's here! My favorite season has arrived. No, notwedding season, you sand-baggin' son-of-a-bitch. Locust season!Hibernation is over, and your...
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Lester Grinspoon : The Kotori Interview Part 2 of 3

ROLLING WITH LESTER GRINSPOON PART II: THE PHARMACEUTICAL RAPE OF A SMOKEABLE PANACEA…THE PROHIBITION TARIFF AND THE SCHEDULE III DOUBLE STANDARDby BOB FREVILLE-I’m sitting under...
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Deerhoof : The Kotori Interview

A HOOT WITH THE HOOF: KOTORI TAKES ON TEXTURES WITH SATOMI MATSUZAKI OF DEERHOOFby Bob Freville-The green cosmos was whirling, the runners four in total....
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David Choe : The Kotori Interview

David Choe’s Scion Roadtrip American Head Tripby Shana Nys Dambrot---In Spring of 2006, an ad hoc crew of graffiti artists that included David Choe, Kenton...
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I Smell Nigras !

I Smell Nigras!BY: Jake McGee-For all the gibberish spit about the Sundance Film Festival (often by folks whose work didn’t get accepted), to deny its...
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Clutch : The Kotori Interview

This is Rock and Roll, not a factory job...
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Cattle Decapitation : The Kotori Interview

Cattle Decapitation: “Payback is a Bitch and We Call Her ‘Mother Earth.’�?BY: Tommy Digital-Are you ready for the end of the world as you know...
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Buff Monster : The Kotori Interview

Buff Monster: Graffiti to Street ArtBY: Morgan TharpLet’s face it: if street credit and making a name is all you’re after, then you might as...
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Asphalt Jungle : The Kotori Interview

BRINGING BOB FROM THE ISLAND TO THE ASPHALT JUNGLEby Wasim Muklashy--So the story goes a little somethin' like this: Two drum and bass producers, Brian...
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As Tall As Lions : The Kotori Interview

EVEN ANIMALS STARTED SMALL: A CURIOUS CONVERSATION WITH AS TALL AS LIONS’ DAN NIGROby BOB FREVILLE-It is not easy to find unique and spirited music...
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Kiva : Investors Seeking Emotional Returns

kiva: investors seeking emotional returnsby steve ghilsteve@kotormag.com-Have you ever considered how much a loan helps you out in your life? Maybe it is the down...
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La Coka Nostra - Hip Hop Gets a Bump

La Coka Nostra - Hip Hop Gets a Bump by Emerick Tackett- What started as a way to showcase new artists began to evolve slowly...
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Wu in Remix Mag

Check out Kotori Editor in Chief Wasim Muklashy gettin' deep with the Wu Tang Clan for Remix Magazine's cover story:http://remixmag.com/artists/hiphop_R&B/remix_shaolin_secrets/...
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Rock N' Roll 101

Starting on Monday, December 17 Seven Ages of Rock will give viewers a history lesson in rock and roll. For seven straight nights, every night...
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Listen to EAZY-E's Latest

EAZY-E FEATURING... EAZY-E CAPITOL/PRIORITY RecordsDecember 4[VIDEO] Eazy E - "We Want Eazy" http://emicat.edgeboss.net/wmedia/emicat/priority/video/eazy_e-we_want_eazy.wvxCLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO FULL ALBUM!!!EAZY-E'S BEST COLLABORATIONS AND RARE SOLO RECORDINGS...
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Stem Cells from your SKIN??!?

Two teams of scientists have independently discovered a way to turn ordinary human skin cells into stem cells with the same characteristics as those derived...
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Neko Case at Disney Concert Hall

Neko Case The Walt Disney Concert Hall November 16, 2007 "This place is so nice and fancy and quiet. I'm not used to...
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JOHN CHO & LEFT OF ZED

Forget for a minute that you ever saw a movie about an uptight Asian dude and his Indian slacker roommate traversing the state of New Jersey in search of very specific fast food chain munchies...Left of Zed are both impressively retro and refreshingly progressive in their sound and statements. ...
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Creature Feature "The Greatest Show Unearthed" - Music Review

Halloween may be over for the masses, but for those of us who wish it went on year round, for those Gothic cretins who would live in A Nightmare Before Christmas, there is The Greatest Show Unearthed, a delectably devious menagerie of musical macabre. ...
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RZA talks about inventing Final Scratch

RZA from the Wu Tang Clan talks about how his contributions in inventing Final Scratch/Serrato technology. Look out for the new Wu Tang album "The...
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DJ Krush's First Time!

DJ KRUSH TO CONDUCT HIS FIRST-EVER DJ SEMINAR AT SCRATCH ACADEMY LOS ANGELES ON NOVEMBER 2 Exclusive performance of original production “Drum, Q&A Session with students...
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Daft Punk Live Vegoose 2007

Here's a couple of vids from Daft Punk's encore set at Vegoose 2007. Keep checking back this week for loads more Vegoose viddys, pics, and...
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Daft PunkLive From Vegoose 2007

 Here's a quick vid I took of Daft Punk's encore set at Vegoose 2007.  Keep checking back this week for loads more Vegoose vids, pics,...
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FREE Saul Williams/Trent Reznor album!

NEW SAUL WILLIAMS ALBUM PRODUCED BY TRENT REZNOR AVAILABLE AS FREE DOWNLOADPre-Registration Open Now At www.SaulWilliams.com;DRM Free Download Available November 1st For Free Or $5...
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Wyclef announces to Kotori he's running for President!

Wyclef Jean reveals to Kotori Magazine that he is running for President of the United States of America!For the full interview, head over to KotoriMag...
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Justice gets the Viper Room to D.A.N.C.E

Party fists were thrust in the air.  Booties were a-shaking.  We tried our best to hold the camera still while rocking out to Justice's set...
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Kotori goes to Detour Festival 2007

Kotori Magazine presents part one of "The Festival Fuss" series bringing you a unique 'in the crowd' experience of a diverse selection of music festivals...
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Wyclef Jean & KOTORI!

Wyclef Jean shouts at Kotori Magazine...
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50 Cent Throws it all away...

50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather get crazy ...
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The Frames come through in more ways than one @ Henry Fonda Theatre


"The Stars Are Underground" was brilliant, and is still playing in my head, but what I was waiting for was "Revelate," and sho' nuff when it's unison bend guitar intro and searing violin lines took off the house was rockin' and everything got turned up.
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Fear and Loathing at Vegoose

DAY 1 - Saturday, October 27th1:15Viva Vegoose! Battles just hit the Snake Eyes stage, but we're still digging through a box of costumes at...
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Iggy Gets Jiggy

At Vegoose, Iggy Pop and The Stooges prove that age ain't nothin' but a number...-Skye Mayring...
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Daft Punk Live Vegoose 2007

 Here's a quick vid I took of Daft Punk's encore set at Vegoose 2007. Keep checking back this week for loads more Vegoose videos,...
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Daft Punk Live Vegoose 2007

 Here's a quick vid I took of Daft Punk's encore set at Vegoose 2007. Keep checking back this week for loads more Vegoose videos,...
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OFFICE!!

new video starring Randy West, Peter North, Tom Byron, Melanie Moore, and introducing OFFICE...buncha weirdos

 

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Kotori goes to Detour Festival 2007

Kotori Magazine presents part one of "The Festival Fuss" series bringing you a unique 'in the crowd' experience of a diverse selection of music festivals...
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Kotori goes to Detour Festival 2007

Kotori Magazine presents part one of "The Festival Fuss" series, attends the 2nd Annual Detour Festival in downtown LA. Artists Include Justice, Autolux, Kinky, Teddybears...
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The Pinker Tones "More Colours!"

Spain's very own Latintronica messiahs, The Pinker Tones, get a remix adjustment bestowed upon their fantabulous "The Million Colour Revolution" album - dance dance dance dance dance dance dance dance dance dance dance! ...
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2008 Telluride Blues & Brews Festival

The Blues is coming the Mountains!  Special by our dear friend Humphrey at Flying Dog Brewery.

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DJ Z-TRIP gets crazy at the House Of Blues

Somewhere between the Frat boys guzzling Fosters and the XBox console/TV exhibits-advertising All Pro Football 2K8-I found myself wondering if I made it to the right venue....
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All Good Music Festival

The time has come again for the annual All Good Music Festival, taking place at Marvin’s Mountaintop in Masontown, West Virginia, July 13-15. 

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AGAINST ME! - KOTORI GIBSON GUITAR GIVEAWAY

Against Me! will release their new album, New Wave, on July 10th. The follow-up to 2005's Searching For A Former Clarity was produced by Butch Vig (Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins).
 

New Wave
will be available on CD, a Special Edition CD/DVD, 180 gram yellow vinyl and digital download.
 
To celebrate the release,
Kotori Mag is giving one lucky winner an Against Me! autographed Gibson guitar.
 

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Ghetto Sports/MTM

Ghetto Sports/MTM
“Now or Never”
Ghetto Sports

These dudes aren’t fucking around. From the hardcore intro to “No More Struggling” (the last track in their impressively extensive collection), Ghetto Sports/MTM come real and unique with styles and beats that blow half the Mainstream shit out of the water and back into the ether from whence they came. These tracks are genuine bangers from a roster of rappers reppin’ Queens and Amityville, respectively...
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Joseph A. Peragine: The Schizo Multi-Tasker

This Ohio-bred madman is a beautiful creature, his words and musical notes two intersecting bolts of lightning in a cauldron of modern musical piss. An artisan who wields many instruments (guitar, bass, drums, samples, mic, etc.), Joseph A. Peragine plays music with a passion that could only be born of serious pain and many somber days spent sitting deep in somnambulist thought.  Read more...

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DAX SAVAGE: THE DANCECHILD IS A DANDY DOWNER

The future of electronic/pop music is as bleak as our short-term future in Iraq, although that might be stretching it a bit. What's more savage? The name or the sounds? Read on......
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The Nightwatchman's Battle Hymns of Redemption !

For the past few years, spooky rumors have floated in from the west coast of a new kind of superhero called The Nightwatchman......
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Sick Puppies "Dressed Up As Life"

Sick Puppies

“Dressed Up As Life”

(Virgin Records)

 

A lustrous black and yellow butterfly landed on a geranium at the right of my writer’s mug and poked at the bulb for a matter of seconds, maybe two, before fluttering away fast and gracefully. I thought of pop music and the people who listen to it. Maybe they are like the butterfly, I thought, touching down on something stunning and sucking up what they need fast and moving on. Except pop music isn’t nearly as beautiful as the plant or the butterfly and neither are the people who consume it.

 

Sick Puppies are a formula band, one rising in the wake of a barrage of bands that sound almost identical in every way. It’s that brooding, angsty music we all know so well, whether we want to or not; vocal moping layered over driving guitar lament and a steady drumbeat. If you are the butterfly of distinction then your palate will be dry after absorbing what is here. But if you are like most butterflies, then the formula will work for you.

 

The energy is strong and the feelings seemingly genuine, even if we’ve heard much of it before, again and again and again. There is a reason formulas are copied, usually because they work. Songs like “Pitiful” and “Deliverance” work on the id like sandpaper and soft velvet.

 I eat at fast food chains even though I have tasted more exotic culinary creations at Zagat-rated restaurants, because it is quick, it is convenient and it is a satisfyingly familiar taste. And every once in awhile the person preparing the food adds a noticeably different and delicious dash of special sauce to the sandwich. Sick Puppies’ music works for both metaphors; The opening track “My World” contains enough aggressive indifference to make things interesting, if not original, and the overall desire for change and salvation gives the listener something just substantial enough to carry with them after they’ve discarded the biodegradable container. “Dressed Up As Life” is a tasty enough package for any summer day, especially if you’re in a fast car with enough soda pop.—Bob Freville

Sundowner "Four One Five Two"

Sundowner
“Four One Five Two”
(Red Scare)

“Steal Your Words,” the album’s opener, is both haphazard and beautifully prosaic. It sets the stage for a full LP’s worth of simple, strategic and altogether earnest musical assault...
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The Nightwatchman and Lebron James: 'It's a lonely stretch of blacktop between here and home'

The Nightwatchman rocks out in Cleveland as the Cavs struggle a few blocks away to keep hope alive in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

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Leftover Crack Vs. Citizen Fish

Leftover Crack X Citizen Fish
“Deadline”
(Fat Wreck)

Not since Green Day’s Dookie have I appreciated an album’s artwork for its sheer simplicity and child-like configuration.
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Jamie Kennedy/Stu Stone "Blowin' Up"

Jamie Kennedy & Stu Stone
“Blowin’ Up”
(JKSS Records)
Ringtones: JKSS to 73804

The debut disc from JK & SS fulfills the promise of the album’s title and immediately pops off with a solid homage to club bangers (the brilliantly polished and adorably elementary “Circle Circle Dot Dot”).
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Onesidezero - Onesidezero

Onesidezero
Onesidezero
(Corporate Punishment Records)

Onesidezero manage to distill everything that is satisfying from each modern rock sub-genre and fuse it into one cohesive package that make's non sequiturs and cliches fun and justifiable again.

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Cattle Decapiation and The Locust Bring the Pain

The Locust and Cattle Decapitation played hard for the wretched crowd at the Grog Shop in Cleveland on April 9, and I was there for the blood.  PHOTOGRAPH BY SHAWNA CHANNELL...
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ZACK DE LA ROCHA finally PERFORMS

Zack De La Rocha and Tom Morello perform Rage Against the Machine songs (and a new one!!!) acoustically at the House of Blues Chicago this week...check these videos ...
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A-Trak digs up Fool's Gold

After 10 years of running the widely respected indie hip hop label Audio Research, A-Trak closed that chapter and linked up with Nick Catchdubs to start a new brand....
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STARZ announces "MUSAIC" lineup

STARZ CINEMA announces new lineup for monthly "Musaic" series...  
the exclusive Independent Music Series With Films Featuring U.K. Rock Band Stereophonics, Toronto Group Metric, Singer/Songwriter Paul Weller and Underground Band Rise Against
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El-P Throws it up for KOTORI

Check out our video interview with Def Jux big cheese El-P ...
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SLAYER & MARILYN MANSON TOGETHER AT LAST

Slayer and Marilyn Manson announce that they will co-headline a North American major-market summer tour set to kick off July 25... ...
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RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE & WU-TANG REUNITE!

First it was the reunion of the Wu-Tang Clan in 2004.  Then it was A Tribe Called Quest later that year.  Now, ROCK THE BELLS will make history again as Rage Against The Machine announces their plans to perform three exclusive engagements with the critically acclaimed world-class hip-hop festival this summer....
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PARTY WITH US AT SPLICE!!!!

Join us for our monthly night of libations and breaks and drum and bass at SPLICE LA ...
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KCRW's A Sounds Eclectic Evening

KCRW presents A SOUNDS ECLECTIC EVENING Saturday, April 14, 2007 at the Gibson Amphitheatre Featuring The Shins, Lily Allen, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Cold War Kids, Bitter:Sweet and an Exlusive After Party With The Pinker Tones and Mocean Worker.

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Lonely Planet announces HAYSTACK

Find that untapped jewel with Lonely Planet's new online accommodation booking website, Haystack

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'Make your own OZOMATLI video' contest

Los Angeles’ multicultural alternative rock collective Ozomatli have extended an invitation to their fans to lend their own artistic touch to Ozomatli’s new album, Don’t Mess With The Dragon, released April 3rd on Concord Records....
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The Rapture Debut Throne of Blood

The Rapture has announced the formation of a new label called Throne of Blood. 
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A-TRAK EXPANDS HIS EMPIRE IN 2007

If you thought Sunglasses Is A Must the DVD was it...you're thankfully wrong... ...
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OZOMATLI TO PERFORM IN INDIA AND NEPAL AS U.S. CULTURAL AMBASSADORS

From February 11th thru 21st, Ozomatli will be extending their devotion to polyglot urban sound clashing all the way to India and Nepal, representing the United States as Cultural Ambassadors on a Fullbright-Hays grant from the State Department....
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OZZFEST 2007...FOR FREE!!

Imagine a day of wall-to-wall hard rock.Imagine the world's greatest headliner sharing a bill with cutting-edge new artists. 
Imagine if this brass-knuckled beast was hell-bent on coming to your town.
Imagine this earth-pounding event...FOR FREE.

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KCRW Presents A SOUNDS ECLECTIC EVENING 6

SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2007 -- 7:45 pm -- Gibson Amphitheatre
Lineup includes THE SHINS, LILY ALLEN, RODRIGO Y GABRIELA, COLD WAR KIDS, and BITTER: SWEET with an exclusive After Party with THE PINKER TONES
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KOTORI at AGENDA and ASR (new cover sneak peak)

Oh damn we just got back from an intensely fantastic weekend in San Diego to represent at ASR and the Kotori sponsored Agenda Trade Show - Check the videos and pictures...
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You Ain't Fresh: The Downfall of an Artist (part one)

So I use to be a tour DJ for a female singer signed to Virgin Records. She shall remain nameless since this article is about what NOT to do as an up and coming R&B or Rap artist....
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The CURE to Headline Ultra Music Festival

Ultra Music Festival returns to Bicentennial Park in Miami as 2-Day Festival, March 23 & 24, 2007

The Cure confirmed to headline with Tiesto (live), Deep Dish, Shiny Toy Guns, & Miss Kittin to appear on the first night, & Paul Van Dyk, Carl Cox, Erick Morillo, Danny Tenaglia, Ferry Corsten and others scheduled for night two!

TICKETS ON SALE NOW !!

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DMC & WMC REUNITED

FUTURE DJs...time to get yo'selves some new needles! DMC and WMC reunite to co-host the WMC 2007 DJ-Spin-off!...
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Get The Do It

Launched November 3, 2006 www.getthedoit.com has taken the world by storm becoming one of the most visited music web sites on the internet today.  Averaging 3 registrations per minute and over 500,000 hits per day, bands from all over the world have been uploading their music on the site to have it rated on a scale from 1 – 10 by web site visitors.  This provides unsigned, indie musicians with instant feedback regarding their tracks. ...
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COACHELLA 2007

the gods must be smiling upon us...first the Democrats take back the house and senate, now Coachella is expanding from a 2 to a 3 DAY FESTIVAL!!! YAYERRR!!!!!
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Masta Killa: "Music is a Teacher"

Wu-Tang Clan's Masta Killa talks about his new album, and what's missing in music today

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STS9 - LIVE AS TIME CHANGES

Long overdue, Sound Tribe Sector NIne has finally given fans the means to absorb one of their live shows - since while attending one, you usually fall prey to musical hypnosis and chesire grins - this disc will help make sense of your trip long after the comedown....
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Cosmo Baker & Dj Ayers : Scion Award Tour v15

With a gifted roster of talent to choose from, Cosmo Baker and DJ Ayres have now problem blending these tracks together for a final product that deserves to be played at high volume with the bass banging! ...
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Lyrics Born and Cut Chemist at the El Rey

after a brief el pollo loco detour, we cruised on down to the el rey theatre in los angeles to see lyrics born, cut chemist, and pigeon john do what they do......
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VOTE for your favorite ALL TIME LOW YouTube video

Hopeless Records band 'All Time Low' YouTube Video Contest Finalists Announced!! Time for you to VOTE!!!

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Magnolia Electric Company

Molina’s project is not lacking in talented musicians or beautiful, folky lyricism but MEC comes from a honed, louder, and conversely more polished place than its predecessor....
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DJ KRUSHes IT!

A night of internationally flavored “Drum and Breaks” at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood, this time, courtesy DJ Krush! ...
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Now You Can Sell Your Own Music On DownloadPunk.com

Create Your Own Account For Your Band Or Label And Sell Your Music Now Through UploadPunk.com- There Is No Cost To Sign Up And Artists/Content Owners Keep 70% Of Their Sales!!...
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DEERHOOF LIGHTS UP THE TROUBADOUR

It was my first time, and they were not gentle, but like most spine tingling endeavors I'd do it again in two shakes of a Deerhoof's tail....
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BANG Fest!

BANG! MUSIC FESTIVAL, the Southeast’s newest music gala set for Saturday, November 11 at Bicentennial Park in Miami, is pleased to announce the confirmation of additional headliners DURAN DURAN and DAFT PUNK....
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Beatport and Pioneer announce Promotion Partnership

Beatport, the leading premium electronic music download store has partnered with world class hardware provider Pioneer Pro DJ to launch an exciting new promotion.
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CHOKLATE CD RELEASE PARTY with the Rebirth and Garth Trinidad

 
KAJMERE SOUND is proud to present the CHOKLATE record release party, featuring Choklate’s LA debut performance with her 6 piece band, a rare LA performance by fellow label mates – The Rebirth and hosted by none other than Garth Trinidad (Chocolate City, KCRW), who will also be dropping a DJ set.
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a lil' OUTKAST appetizer...

a lil' 'Morris Brown' behind the scenes footage...
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OOIOO - Taiga

With a band named OOIOO, an album named Taiga, and track names like 'ATS', 'KMS,' and 'UMO,' there's no way we were passing on popping this one in.
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Beatport launches 3.0!!

Beatport, the leading source for DJs and fans to legally download electronic music in premium  performance quality formats announces a major update to their incredibly popular Beatport.com online music store. ...
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MUSICFEST NW ANNOUNCES LINE-UP

Musicfest NW announces this year’s festival line-up which will be held at various clubs in Portland, OR on September 7th, 8th, and 9th, 2006. Highlights include The Dandy Warhols, Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Silver Jews, Stephen Malkmus, The Black Keys, The Zombies, The Mooney Suzuki, and Phantom Planet.

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DJ Magazine's Top 100 DJ Voting Opens

It is the single most important event in the dance calendar; it determines who’s up, down, in and out! It can only be the DJ MAG TOP 100 POLL. Vote for your favorite DJs at www.djmag.com ...
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Summer Music Conference : All Access Passes

SUMMER MUSIC CONFERENCE is the first annual electronic music conference & technology expo in San Francisco. All Access Passes are on sale now....
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Relient K back in the studio oh yah!!

Relient K is currently recording the follow-up to 2004’s mmhmm, their third consecutive Gold album, with producer Howard Benson. Once they wrap up recording, the band will head out on the fourth annual Nintendo Fusion tour, which will hit 40 cities nationwide between September 27th and November 11th.
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The Visionaries come proper on Oct.3

Fiercely independent and always marching to a beat of their own, the Visionaries come October 3 with their aptly titled release We Are The Ones (We’ve Been Waiting For) on Up Above Records....
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SA-RA GO SO-LO!

The Los Angeles/New York-based group/production trio consisting of Taz Arnold, Shafiq Husayn, and Om'Mas Keith are stepping from behind the boards......
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Halloween Hip-Hop

An Instrumental Hip-Hop Comp made especially for Halloween!  ...
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Hierocast Episode V: Opio In The Hot Seat

The latest Hieroglyphics Podcast is out now and this time, it's hosted by Souls of Mischief member Opio. This new chapter debuts some more great Hiero tracks and highlight's Opio's relaxed (read: comical) side....
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The Bang-Bangs original unreleased album

Seventies British punk rock phenomenon The Bang-Bang's previously unreleased album, "Brothers of the Head," featuring conjoined twins Tom and Barry Howe, will be available for the first time on CD from Milan Records. The remastered version includes both live and studio recordings of their first single "Two Way Romeo" as well as the controversial hit "My Friend You Cunt." Milan Records will release the highly anticipated album on July 25, just days before the fictionalized documentary about the remarkable duo is released in theaters....
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Time Has Come Tour

Oh my! Let's see...3 of the sickest labels this side of the ozone layer teaming up with one of the illest event production companies for a single tour?  This for real?

Sound in Color teams up with Om Records, Spilt Milk, and Massive Selector to bring you the “Time Has Come” tour beginning in the West Coast from July 21st, 2006 to Sept. 7th, 2006, featuring the stellar music and talents of Exile, J-Boogie, Strange Fruit Project, Blu, Scarub, and Aloe Blacc (plus Mark Farina + Zeph & Azeem for SF Show) live & direct!

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Astronautalis - The Mighty Ocean & Nine Dark Theaters

When the man dangled the keys to the studio in his hands and asked "Have you guys ever used Pro-Tools before?" Astronautalis asked himself, "If I tell this guy the truth...will he still give me the keys?"

So Astronautalis lied...

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Sabertooth Tiger - Extinction is Inevitable

When we ask for hardcore, we want hardcore, and once again, GSL comes through with Sabertooth Tiger. ...
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Tricky Bizzniss

Former Vocalist of The Crystal Method (from their platinum Vegas EP) Trixie Reiss and 2 time Grammy-nominee Ernie Lake prepare to release Tricky Bizzniss, their debut collaboration. ...
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2006 National Hip Hop Political Convention Kicks off Today

Chicago is the host city for the second annual National Hip Hop Political Convention. The four day event, to be held at several sites, is expected to build upon the success of the first-ever National Hip Hop Political Convention, where in 2004, over 6000 members of the Hip Hop generation converged in Newark, NJ. This year’s convention focuses on training future leaders and equipping the generation to become accountable and responsible with Hip Hop, both the culture and its music.
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Tupac Shakur lives on...

The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation (TASF) is proud to once again present Shoulders of Giants, a show based on works from Tupac’s The Rose That Grew From Concrete....
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Artists For Charity - Guitarists 4 The Kids

Over 18 International recording and performing artists come together to raise awareness of underprivileged children in need with Artists For Charity - Guitarists 4 The Kids....
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DJ Krush Double Album Release Coming This Fall

DJ Krush has rejected the idea for a standard 'best of' record, instead opting to select previous songs and re-work the compositions for a double disc release on September 19th....
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Kotori does Blues & Brews

14th Annual Telluride Blues N' Brews FestivalSeptember 14, 15, 16, 2007by Wasim Muklashy & Micah Lashbrook--Having missed the first day's lineup due to traveling inconsistencies...
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Hedonistic Bliss

Alcazar Interview...
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"Music Ain't Nothin but a People's Jam" Interview with Run D.M.C.

Darryl McDaniels (aka D.M.C. from Run D.M.C.) Mini-Interview...
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Brilliant Noise

An interview with Coppe', one of the most original, creative, and raddest musicians of our generation... a prism in the murky waters of today's music....
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Heart of the Pit

Live music, and the relationship between publicists and writers....
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My Life With Layne Staley

A reflection on an incredible Artist...
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A Weird Twist Of Fate

Confronting Change At The Kent Stage In Kent, Ohio...
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Lemonhead And The Red Sweater

A Journey Through Pittsburgh's Local Music Venues...
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"I Won't Freak Out This Time"

satanstompingcaterpillars: are they pagans, or just extremely creative? Meet the enigma behind "the autumn kaleidoscope got changed" (album, sing to us.), the most poignant and captivating album of recent years....
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