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The Fall
New Facts Emerge
Aug 22, 2017 | by | No Comments | Read →

When introducing someone to The Fall, you might start with a disclaimer. Vocalist Mark E. Smith has a polarizing voice, not unlike, say, Tom Waits or The...


Au Courant

  • Stoner Rock Graduation Ceremony
    Stoner Rock Graduation Ceremony

    In a perfect world, The Midnight Ghost Train would have played to more than the dozen or so people who showed up at the Kung Fu Necktie. Cypress Ave. the...

  • Anger Is a Gift (and So Is Sadness)
    Anger Is a Gift (and So Is Sadness)

    Music is about emotion, but metal music is best when plummeting the depths of emotions that some feel are unwanted, unhealthy, or just best kept to one's self. Pyrrhon is about...

  • Pagan Altar Room of Shadows
    Pagan Altar
    Room of Shadows

    The story of Pagan Altar is so heartbreaking even the Biblical Job would have questioned what they did to deserve all of the tragedies that befell the group...

  • Bölzer Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, August 26
    Bölzer
    Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, August 26

    Bands such as Bölzer, underground black metal duos that record for niche labels based out of foreign lands, are not supposed to...


Album Reviews

The Fall
New Facts Emerge
The Fall New Facts Emerge

When introducing someone to The Fall, you might start with a disclaimer. Vocalist Mark E. Smith has a polarizing voice, not unlike, say, Tom Waits or The...

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Oxbow
Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, July 16
OxbowKung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, July 16

Tonight’s opening bands encapsulated both extremes of the noise spectrum, starting with the local Mob Terror, who merge equal...

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Past Perfect

Various Artists
Silhouettes & Statues
Various Artists Silhouettes & Statues

As I was reminded recently when I saw someone wearing black lipstick and black clothes reading a book called So Sad Today on the subway, it’s possible to be...

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Biblio Files

For the Sake of Heaviness
by Brian Slagel with Mark Eglinton
For the Sake of Heavinessby  Brian Slagel with Mark Eglinton

There are a few metal compilations that exist in deified air, usually for being ground zero of a particular scene. Witness Metal for...

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Something Wicked

Neurosis
Union Transfer, Philadelphia, August 7
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In 2003, Neurosis performed in Philadelphia, headlining Relapse Records’ Contamination Festival. It was noted even way back...

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