Holy Weather: A Conv...

Civil Twilight is one of those bands that lives in subtlety and is best experienced with headphones on and maybe even with the lights off.  It’s interesting that they would also take their name from that condition of the same name.  Civil Twilight is defined as that time that begins...

Still Can’t Stop The Rock: A Conversation with Str...

It’s hard to think back on certain eras of music without thinking about how those eras were branded. The sixties brought us free love, the seventies groovy acid rock and progressive rock, and the 80’s sort of combined the sixties and seventies and took its love affair with sex, drugs and rock and roll to new heights and gave it all to us in excess. In some ways the 80’s were so self indulgent that the negative stigmas and calamity born out of that time, especially when we remember bands that made headlines, were worn proudly like badges. The music you identified with most was your symbol. If you were a metal head, the Devil, wasn’t...

A Dramatic Turn of E...

For Dream Theater fans September 8th, 2010 was probably a day that none of them could foresee – Mike Portnoy leaves Dream Theater.  For those that were paying attention, Mike had already been on a significant hiatus from the band as the fill-in drummer for the deceased “Rev” on Avenged...

The Case for David B...

“Welcome to an oasis from a world gone crazy without Jesus.”  These were the words written and hoisted above the doorway of a local Bible Bookstore that I used to frequent as a teenager.  An Oasis.  It really did feel like a safe place to escape and pretend that the literature and music...

Drinking Made Easy: ...

Zane Lamprey often brags that he has the best job in the world and it could be argued that he might be right.  Only in America can one get paid to implement a good idea, especially if that idea is to explore drinking culture as Zane does on his current show Drinking Made Easy and its...

Hymn of a Broken Man...

It’s hard to imagine that the idea of suffering as a necessary part of life.  After all, we live in a country that finds difficulty fitting suffering in between the idea that we’re all entitled to a white picket fence and a two week paid vacation every year.  But as I reflect on this...