OFWGKTA: Loiter Squad

It appears that winning a few MTV awards, becoming the most iconic young rap group of their generation, and being the most vulgar group allowed to rap on television wasn’t enough for leader and frontman Tyler the Creator. Now they have a television show on Adult Swim.

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I Hate Protest The Hero Live

Protest the Hero live at Slims SF

I really do…

This hate does not spawn from anger because one of the members killed my cat or stole my girlfriend, but rather because this band showed me that I have a long way to go before I can write and perform music of this caliber. Needless to say, I went home the next day and feverishly practiced scales for the first time in months, maybe even years.

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Unearth Have A New Album Coming Out

Unearth and Ronnie James Dio

According to Theprp.com, Unearth are set to release their upcoming album, Darkness in the Light, early in July.

In other news, Unearth suck at coming up with album titles. I mean, really… Darkness in the Light? Who do they think they are, Ronnie James Dio? It sounds like the inverse of something he would write.

Do people even still listen to Unearth? I’m still waiting for them to write a new song. Hopefully they will at least keep all of their content original on this one.

-BW

Why So Scurrilous? Protest The Hero Are Back

So, a while back, I dated this girl who told me a story about the time she saw DragonForce at The Pound (R.I.P.) in San Francisco. Supposedly, there was this band called Protest the Hero that opened up for them and the whole time they were performing, the entire plastic sword-wielding crowd was yelling at them to get off the stage because they wanted DragonForce. This story is hilarious to me now because 1) My ex girlfriend is stupid and wouldn’t know good metal if it shit in her cereal, and 2) No one has given a shit about DragonForce since 2006, meanwhile, Protest the Hero are still relevant and crushing it (without the help of countless guitar effects and studio wizardry).

Well, it looks like the Canadian Kings of Prog are back with another release entitled Scurrilous, which is due out March 22 (next Tuesday). I’ve had the pleasure of giving it tons of playtime and I am diggin’ it. A lot.

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WRECKED REVIEW: Glassjaw – Coloring Book

There are a few bands that have stayed with me over the last decade. Most of what I once listened to has gone the way of the dodo. There are some bands, however, that have the staying power of the cockroach. These are artists that continuously put out music they give a shit about. Among these artists is Glassjaw. Their new EP Coloring Book is a complete step away from their former sound and direction but, somehow, it makes complete sense and still sounds familiar.

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New BTBAM Preview!

Altpress.com just posted a sample of Between the Buried and Me’s new song “Specular Reflection” off their upcoming EP entitled The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues. Click here to go give it a listen!

My opinion? The beginning makes me want to chug a bottle of whiskey, put a tin bucket on my head, board a warship, and hunt the Kraken with Ultima Weapon. After that it goes into full blown BTBAM glory. They haven’t released anything really solid since 2005’s Alaska, so I hope they’ve ripped a page from that playbook and keep their songs creative and ambitious but a little more focused. Less bullshit. I don’t need to hear a new riff every ten seconds. Then again, I don’t respect a band that’s going to change their sound based off one person’s opinion. So whatever.

You can preorder the EP beginning on Feb. 28.

-Brad Whiteside

A Voyage into The Ocean.

2010 was a crazy hectic year for me in more ways than one. Anyone who knows me personally would agree. So in a way, I’m glad I found such a crazy hectic mix of records that really caught my attention throughout the year. This next record was one of the most impressive offerings of the year, despite my initial regret  I experienced after buying it.

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