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Ashley Monroe’s Sparrow is Tastefully Gorgeous, For Better or Worse

The sturdy 14½ " x  14½" x 3½" hinged and burn-engraved wooden box enclosing vinyl Ashley Monroe album, CD, ¾-sleeve sweatshirt, and press kit that…
Chuck Eddy / April 24, 2018

Live: Third Eye Blind and Smash Mouth Play Philadelphia’s Electric Factory

Third Eye Blind and Smash Mouth played shows together in 1998, and Chuck Eddy was there to write about the spectacle. In honor of our feature…
Chuck Eddy / April 25, 2017

Review: Everclear – So Much for the Afterglow

This album originally came out October 7, 1997. In honor of the album turning 20 this year, and our feature on the Best Alternative Rock Songs…
Chuck Eddy / April 25, 2017

The Shrine Serve Up Some Primo 21st-Century Skate-Rock on the Scuzzy, Virile ‘Bless Off’

So about this new-school 'skate-rock' thing: I realize young people with way better senses of balance than my own have enjoyed half-piping on skateboards or…
Chuck Eddy / March 10, 2014

The Notwist’s Droning, Clattering ‘Close to the Glass’ Zones Out on the Autobahn

Bavaria art-rockers the Notwist used to sound too metal for indie people and not metal enough for metal people — both of whom were mostly…
Chuck Eddy / February 22, 2014

How M.I.A.’s Polyglot Pop Montage Was First Hatched by Japanese Duo Frank Chickens

It's easy, maybe even accurate, to think of M.I.A. as the definitive musical artist of our time, in the sense that only the 21st Century's…
Chuck Eddy / November 18, 2013

Katy Perry’s Campy, Gay-Baiting Polka-Dot Pop Was First Cooed By ’80s New Waver Josie Cotton

Once upon a time, there was a female modern pop singer in her mid-twenties from California whose debut single questioned whether her boyfriend was gay.
Chuck Eddy / October 18, 2013

Icona Pop’s Nightclubbing Catharsis Originated With ’90s British Dance-Pop Duo Crush

So the obvious question about Icona Pop is this: What kind of "'90s bitch" (or "chick," on the radio) are they, exactly? The Courtney Love…
Chuck Eddy / September 27, 2013

The Dirtbombs’ ‘Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-Blooey!’ Does Vintage Bubblegum Proud

First, two belated observations about metropolitan Detroit's resilient so-called "garage rock" scene, from whence sprung such world-beaters as the White Stripes: 1) It started out…
Chuck Eddy / September 13, 2013

How No Age’s Cagy Art-Punk Aspires to the Transcendent Negation of the Urinals’ Four-Song Blurt ‘Another EP’

In the Grammy-nominated 64-page booklet that housed L.A. noise-pop-punk-gaze duo No Age's first full album, 2008's Nouns, pages 12 and 13 were devoted to somebody's…
Chuck Eddy / August 20, 2013

How Mayer Hawthorne’s Retro-Soul Takes Its Cues From Robert Palmer’s Eccentric ‘Clues’

Soulster Mayer Hawthorne grew up Andrew Cohen in Ann Arbor, Michigan, not Detroit (his stage surname came from the street he was raised on), and…
Chuck Eddy / July 31, 2013

Metallica’s ‘Kill ‘Em All,’ the Album to Credit and/or Blame for ‘Extreme Metal’ Mania, Turns 30

In 1983's International Encyclopedia of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal, Tony Jasper and Derek Oliver make the claim that two different California bands put out…
Chuck Eddy / July 25, 2013

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band Birthed Queens of the Stone Age’s Stoner-Robot Rock

Everybody's always called Queens of the Stone Age "stoner rock," which you'd think would imply throwback turn-of-the-'70s acid-boogola in some sense. Truth is, they haven't…
Chuck Eddy / June 26, 2013

Megadeth, ‘Super Collider’ (Tradecraft/UME)

Dave Mustaine has always come with baggage attached, and as the Guy Who Got Booted From Metallica, that baggage has undoubtedly helped. It's hard to…
Chuck Eddy / June 7, 2013

Not Daft, Occasionally Punk: 8 Essentials of French Modern Rock’s Secret History

The typical American exceptionalist stance has long argued that French people have no business trying to rock or roll. And evidence in that truism's favor…
Chuck Eddy / May 24, 2013

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