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Straight Edge: A Clear-Headed Hardcore Punk History
by Tony Rettman

Tony Rettman is an experienced documentarian of hardcore, the angry successor to punk rock that emerged in the ‘80s.

A Perfect Circle
BB&T Pavilion, Philadelphia, November 7

Maynard Keenan is a recluse. He traipses off to his vineyard for years at a time, leaving fans of Tool and A Perfect Circle

Goth and Metal: More in Common Than a Love for Leather

Gang of Four’s Andy Gill famously slagged off In the Flat Field in the NME by calling Bauhaus “a hip Black Sabbath,” but like many snarky British tabloid

From Dancefloors to Mosh Pits

It shouldn't be shocking that metal has incorporated goth and industrial elements. Whether it was Prong covering Chrome (and later employing Raven from Killing Joke), or groups

This Is Not a Death From Above Concert Review

I absolutely love You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine. It came out when I just started working in a record store in Columbus. I was the metal buyer, but the beautiful

Botanist
Collective: The Shape of He to Come

On first glance, Botanist is a peculiar project, but look deeper and it makes perfect sense. It started as a solo project for a guy calling

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

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