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Tape Wyrm LV: The Ol’ Stigma of Nu Metal

Tape Wyrm LV: The Ol’ Stigma of Nu Metal

Discussing Nu Metal is difficult. Nu Metal, along with glam, deathcore, industrial, and maybe slam death, are some of the genres most maligned by fans of heavy metal. For whatever reason, these are the ones that never got the knack of being cool. Well, this isn’t exactly true, as glam...

By Kaptain Carbon
Los Campesinos! – No Blues

Los Campesinos! – No Blues

I wonder if Los Campesinos! misses Los Campesinos! as much as I miss Los Campesinos! I mean, they must. The Welsh sextet are nothing if not devout sentimentalists (even if much of their sentiment is delivered in bitter tongue-twisters and self-effacing glockenspiel lilts) so they must feel some of the...

By Charles
Tim Kasher / Laura Stevenson @ The Echo – 10.18.13

Tim Kasher / Laura Stevenson @ The Echo – 10.18.13

Words and Photos by Michelle Shiers // Michelle Shiers Photography Laura Stevenson Part shoegaze, part folk, Long Island native, Laura Stevenson took the stage at The Echo on October 18th, 2013. Stevenson and her backing band The Cans performed rock-meets-accordion-meets-Party-of-Five-soundtrackish songs with sweet aggression and both delicate and soaring vocals....

By Michelle Shiers
Treasure Island Music Festival 2013 – As a first-timer. Day Two

Treasure Island Music Festival 2013 – As a first-timer. Day Two

Photos by Misty Dawn; Words by Ashley Lauren Dickinson As I mentioned in my previous article, I had an amazing time at Treasure Island Music Festival’s day one. As a very recent SF transplant and TIMF first-timer, I didn’t know what to expect. But after my most excellent of adventures...

By Ashley Lauren Dickinson
Dealer’s Choice: Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit Edition

Dealer’s Choice: Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit Edition

We know it’s been a minute since we updated our little piece of “y’all better damn learn something about the wonderful world of weird ground-pounding your sleepy id” and for that we apologize. It is unkind of us to deprive you the pleasures of the underground and, admittedly, it is...

By eds.
Treasure Island Music Festival 2013 – As a first-timer. Day One

Treasure Island Music Festival 2013 – As a first-timer. Day One

Photos by Misty Dawn; Words by Ashley Lauren Dickinson Having just moved to San Francisco two weeks ago, I am a total newbie to the city as well as Treasure Island Music Festival. I had heard nothing but amazing things about TIMF, and after experiencing Outside Lands the past two...

By Ashley Lauren Dickinson
B L A C K I E…All Caps, With Spaces – Only 4 The Real

B L A C K I E…All Caps, With Spaces – Only 4 The Real

Ice T once said (and I’m going to liberally paraphrase here) that the Riots were a tantrum, the violent expression of a rage purely owned and unadulterated. The desperate action of a people offended, oppressed and ignored so long as to make the acquittal of the pigs who bashed Rodney...

By Charles
City and Colour – Club Nokia – 10-16-13

City and Colour – Club Nokia – 10-16-13

Words and Pictures by Michelle Shiers Photography Post-hardcore artist Dallas Green, serenaded Club Nokia on October 16th, 2013 with a soaring croon and backed by an incredible set of musicians to form the Canadian outfit City and Colour. As the former Alexisonfire vocalist/guitarist, Green has shifted to a new tone,...

By Michelle Shiers
Tape Wyrm LIV: German Speed

Tape Wyrm LIV: German Speed

One of the more confusing tasks of heavy metal is separating thrash from speed from early power metal. This is difficult because all three styles sound similar and were happening at the same time. Where thrash was heavily influenced by punk and retains an aggressive and chaotic disposition, speed metal...

By Kaptain Carbon
(the) Melvins – Tres Cabrones

(the) Melvins – Tres Cabrones

(the) Melvins are KISS and I’m glad. We need a KISS these days more than ever as the kids grow slow and America goes broke and the effete and impudent snobs of pleasure turn the visage of privilege into an untenable mask, gilded in anarchy from which no fun can...

By Charles
Treasure Island 2013 Artist Spotlight: Phantogram

Treasure Island 2013 Artist Spotlight: Phantogram

Who’s on my “can’t wait to see” list for Treasure Island Music Festival? Phantogram! As someone who always turns to music, especially whenever I’m craving a non-hangover inducing pick-me-up, I frequently look to Phantogram, knowing with certainty that the electronic beats of the New York based duo will turn around even...

By Ashley Lauren Dickinson
Toro Y Moi @ The House of Blues, Dallas – 10.11.13

Toro Y Moi @ The House of Blues, Dallas – 10.11.13

All photos by Sean Berry Photography. Editor’s Note: In our continued effort to document the beautiful people in the most illustrious of ways, we recently dispatched the incomparable Mr. Sean Berry to document Toro Y Moi (which I am led to believe roughly translates to “Bull and I”) in Dallas...

By Sean Berry