Live Review: SSION with House of LaDosha at The Empty Bottle in Chicago


It was a cold and rainy Tuesday night in Chicago, but that didn’t stop the GLBT community from pitting fur coats and spandex against the elements in support of SSION (pronounced “shun”) at The Empty Bottle. “The Bottle,” as it’s affectionately called around these parts, is that classic kind of venue I remember as a [...]

Amanda Palmer wants professional musicians to “volunteer” to play with her on stage.


Amanda Palmer has recently issued a call to arms of sorts on her website, where she is asking for “professional-ish” horn and string backup for each city on her “Grand Theft Orchestra” tour. In return, Amanda Palmer says the musicians shall receive exposure. The only prerequisite is that you show up for a quick rehearsal [...]

Watch: Pantera, Slayer & Anthrax Members at Metal Masters 4, NY


Anyone who has ever thrown the horns to the sky probably has some inkling of who Pantera, Slayer and Anthrax are. More likely than not, they worship nightly at shrines dedicated to these masters of shredding, and if they don’t, they bloody should. It is a special, slightly terrifying night then, when members of all three bands [...]

Watch: Black Sabbath ‘Paranoid’ Live at Birmingham’s O2 Academy


After the entire show was posted in audio format on YouTube, metal godfathers Black Sabbath have taken to their official channel to edit and release a video of their performance of “Paranoid” at Birmingham’s O2 Academy earlier this year. Of course, following original drummer Bill Ward’s lack of participation in the show, the self-proclaimed “true fans” have stormed the internet [...]

Bon Iver to release EP next week

Well, it seems the old Bonny Bear just won’t call it quits. Next week, on Tuesday the 19th (before their collaboration with The Flaming Lips is even due to be released) Bon Iver are scheduled to release a new, seven-track EP. No, sadly, it’s not the no-doubt-to-be-phenominal collaboration with Astronautalis, but a live EP simply [...]

Review: Slash with Miles Kennedy & The Conspirators


While part of the reason Slash was at Download Festival last weekend was no doubt to flaunt his new album Apocalyptic Love with Miles Kennedy and The Conspirators, you wouldn’t know it from the set the group played. “One Last Thrill”, the second song of the new album, is a freight-train powerhouse of rushed vocals and squealing guitars, leaving little room [...]

Watch: Slash with Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators


On the release of his new album Apocalyptic Love, guitar legend Slash descended from his marble, guitar-laden pillar in Heaven to step his leathery pants in to New York’s Irving Plaza. In a show of good faith for those not lucky enough to attend the intimate show, the whole thing was broadcast online, and has since been made available on [...]

Watch: Beck Plays First Show Since October

After half a year of silence, Beck came out of hiding just days prior to his Sasquatch! performance. Serving as a warm-up show, he played at the El Ray Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. He punched through an exhaustive 24 songs, covering almost album in his discography. Although more love was shown towards the melancholy [...]