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UFO and Saxon
Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia, September 26

Less than two miles away, legendary post-punks Wire were in town. This created quite the conundrum for maybe nobody but me

Some Girls Wander On Purpose

The whole “women in rock” thing is trite and boring and sexist—everyone knows that. That said, what makes metal bands with prominent female members unique is not about gender

Arcade Fire
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, September 17

Arcade Fire has been an unlikely success story for some time now, but it’s still an interesting and fairly unprecedented rise to

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)

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

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

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

For the Sake of Heaviness
by 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

Neurosis
Union Transfer, Philadelphia, August 7

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

Metal By Any Other Name

Encyclopedia Metallum is an excellent resource for all things metal—except when it’s not. While the website does a fantastic job cataloging more than 100,000 bands (and

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