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Blink-182

Growing Pains: Considering the past and future of the reunited Blink-182.

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // Sep 2,2009 - Listening to Blink-182 usually puts me in a good mood. Singing along with “Dumpweed,” however, makes me feel like a massive misogynist.

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Pissed Jeans

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // Aug 26,2009 - Pissed have a shtick, and its a winning one: by juxtaposing a terrifying, lo-fi, 80s-style hardcore/noise rock squall with lyrics about commonplace subjects (scrapbooking, yuppie joggers, boring girls, etc.), they comment on the numbing mediocrity of the suburban world that bred the Allentown, Pennsylvania gangs aging ennui.

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Vans Warped Tour

Warped Beyond Belief: As the Warped Tour enters year 15, the plot thickens.

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // Aug 5,2009 - Since founding the Warped Tour in 1995, Kevin Lyman has been fielding criticisms aimed at every angle of the statejumping rock festival: Why has Warped become so big?...

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The Reverend Horton Heat

Holy Smokes: The Reverend Horton Heat serves the Church of Rock & Roll.

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // Jul 15,2009 - Quiz Jim Heath about the closest thing he's seen to a religious experience in his time in The Reverend Horton Heat and he'll have a story. Here it goes...

CD Reviews

Rancid & Spinnerette

Rancid repeats; Spinnerette tear into something fresh.

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // Jul 8,2009 - It was six years ago that the romance between Rancid ringleader Tim Armstrong and The Distillers dominatrix Brody Dalle publicly fell to pieces. As one of the few notable pairs in punk ...

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Cage

Softening the Monster: Cage’s violent past makes for a dark redemption story.

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // Jul 8,2009 - Horrific as it may be, Chris Palko's past deserves to be discussed. Born in Germany to an American military police officer who would be dishonorably discharged for dealing drugs ...

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L.A. Riots

Disarming the Mercs: L.A. Riots remix the whole song and nothing but.

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // Jun 10,2009 - The remix is an inherently shaky proposition. Manipulating a realized piece to produce future fruits is always a dare. A great remix will embellish the original by simultaneously stressing its adept facets and wrenching in chic new cues...

CD Reviews

Iggy Pop: Préliminaires

CD Review

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // Jun 3,2009 - Iggy and I have never been close. I've been following punk rock for eight years, but aside from some random discoveries (like his revved-up and unfiltered live take on "Louie Louie ...

Music Articles

Peaches

Agent Provocateur: Peaches crafts dirty electronic kitsch for the fringe

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // May 20,2009 - For the majority of the population that watched Lost in Translation, the critically beloved 2003 movie that temporarily turned Francis Ford Coppola’s daughter into an indie “It” girl, most of the film’s tension came from that moody romance between a graying Bill Murray and a sharp Scarlett Johansson ...

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Dan Deacon

Healthy Chaos: Choose your own adventure with Dan Deacon.

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // Apr 22,2009 - Saturday, July 14, 2007: Day Two of the annual Pitchfork Music Festival. Hundreds are gathered in Union Park, bearing the Chicago heat to witness Dan Deacon's performance.
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