Brian Staker

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  • Live Music Picks: April 12-18

    Judas Priest, The Residents, Clownvis Presley, The Breeders and more.
      They're one of heavy metal's biggest and most influential acts, but Judas Priest shows a folk influence in taking their name from a Bob Dylan tune ("The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest") and covering Joan Baez' "Diamonds and Rust" (coincidentally a song about Dylan) on their third album, Sin After Sin (1977).
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  • Loving the Alienation

    Helios Creed and Chrome continue making iconoclastic music for outcasts.
      When seminal San Francisco post-punk band Chrome's debut album The Visitation (1976, Siren) dropped, it was disorienting, discombobulating and alienating.
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  • Live Music Picks: March 22-28

    U.S. Girls, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, Hell’s Belles, Columbia Jones and more.
      Canadian-American musician Meghan Remy seems like the noise-pop world's answer to Cat Power:
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  • Live Music Picks: March 15-21

    Coin, Bon Jovi, Cut Chemist, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Chick Corea and more.
      (No disrespect to Coin, but we've covered them before.)
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  • Live Music Picks: March 1-7

    Mr. Pickles Thrash-tacular, Gary Mullen, Blitzen Trapper, Mr. Carmack and more.
      There's no way that Bay-Area thrashers Exodus, in their salad days, thought that in 30 years they'd be on tour promoting a cartoon about a diabolical canine serial killer named Mr. Pickles.
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  • Live Music Picks: February 22-28

    Busty and the Bass, Margo Price, Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, Dorothy and more.
      So there's Chicago soul, Memphis soul, New Orleans soul, Philly soul ... But why doesn't anyone every talk about Montreal soul?
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  • Live Music Picks: February 15-21

    Cake, LP, Radio Moscow, Walk the Moon and more.
      One payday evening in 1994, the new-release wall at CD Warehouse in Taylorsville didn't offer a helluva lot.
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  • Live Music Picks: February 8-14

    Cashmere Cat, Diet Cig, Dizzy Wright, Caroline’s Spine and more.
      Magnus August Høiberg—aka Grammy-nominated Norwegian DJ/turntablist/producer Cashmere Cat—cut his teeth as an EDM guy at EDM festivals, and his music is more designed for bedroom introverts than frenzied club crowds.
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  • Live Music Picks: February 1-7

    Reverend Horton Heat, The Dickies, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Planet What and more.
      Since 1985, musical spiritual leader Jim Heath has been evangelizing pretty much without rest.
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  • Live Music Picks: January 4-10

    Richard Thompson, Jail City Rockers, Arturo Sandoval, Booker T. Jones and more.
      English singer/songwriter Richard Thompson has had a five-decade career, beginning in the classic folk group Fairport Convention, but he's never quite garnered much adulation Stateside.
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