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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 in the morning and ends in the evening

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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

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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 Sevenfold’s then just released Nightmare album as

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“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 that we

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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 predecessor Three

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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 idea

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I’ve only been listening to The Civil Wars for a few weeks.  When I was first introduced to their music, I will admit that I wasn’t impressed with the idea of a Folk/Americana duo hell bent on playing music that required that the listener come up for air once the music was finished.  After all,

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I know that I’m giving something away when tell you that when I first heard Nelson’s hit single “Love and Affection” on MTV during the summer of 1990 that I literally jumped in my car and raced to the record store to buy the album.  Sometimes I would just have an instinct when it came

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When Outkast hit the music scene in the 90’s – Hip Hop was already steeply rooted into the music culture – a culture that once rejected it and labeled it a trend that would never last. But as Hip Hop has persevered and continues to be a viable force – the arrival of Outkast (and other artists) – served notice that the music world is always poised and ready for more diversity than the one we were used to seeing…If you want to know what it is to study American culture, one only need to listen to the voices of its poets and artists. Thankfully artists like Big Boi aren’t afraid to tell you what they think. In fact, they want you to dive in.


I was in high school when I was first introduced to GWAR as a concept band or otherwise. At that time they were described as part rock show, part puppet show and the rest of the show was just plain gooey. It wasn’t until a few years later that a classmate of mine in college was telling me about this band named GWAR that was playing at a club in Los Angeles. Begging me to go to the show, I politely declined. I wasn’t into GWAR at the time so I passed. The following Monday when my friend returned to school, he was missing a patch of his hair on the side of his head…