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R.E.M.'s misheard lyrics

R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe has always earned plaudits for his transcendent, expressive singing. This style of singing, however, frequently included the traithaving the lyrics pronounced in such a way where their meaning became nearly impossible to decipher. This was…
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Weird Rock Star Action Figures

The crafting of action figures is a business that normally focuses on the assumed physical likeness of world-famous comic book superheroes.  These are the make-believe characters possessing superpowers, characters with a selfless desire to change the world, those who appeal…
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Iggy Pop and Peaches collaboration

Iggy Pop has always provided his best work collaborating with other artists of the same ilk. He, of course, worked with David Bowie on two of his most famous albums, served as the inspiration for Ziggy Stardust, and has recently got Josh Homme involved in producing and…
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Dynamic rock duos: A top 10

Rock duos have proven themselves to be a great lineup alternative throughout modern music’s patchy history. As far as band configurations go, late 60’s hard rock did the most to strip things the band dynamic to their bare essentials: voice, guitar, bass, and…
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The Half Japanese method of playing guitar

Some bands simplify their way into musical excellence, other bands, like Half Japanese, prefer to reinvent the medium in their image. Here’s your guitar method via this great experimental rock group. In terms of DYI punk ethics few groups have taken it to the…
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Wrong place, right time: At the Drive-In

Continuing, the series, we remember the time that television was kind enough to bring At the Drive-In to the world. It was 2000 and the soon to be legendary post-hardcore band had put out the album “Relationship of Command”. It was their most successful album…