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2008 Stories by Saby Reyes-Kulkarni

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  • Styx

    published December 25, 2008

    If nothing else, we can thank Styx for burning the phrase "domo arigato, Mr. Roboto" into the public's memory — forever. Though the... More >>

  • Austrian Death Machine

    published December 25, 2008

    When it comes to metal, humor is as dead a horse as you can get. Let's face it: In the post-GWAR era, there arguably isn't any new boundary of... More >>

  • Gojira

    published November 20, 2008

    Life can be tricky for metalheads who turn to heavy music to galvanize their conscience. If that sounds like a stereotype, plenty of metal bands... More >>

  • Gojira A Go-Go

    published November 20, 2008

    Life can be tricky for metalheads who turn to heavy music either to galvanize their conscience. If that sounds like a stereotype, plenty of metal... More >>

  • Matisyahu

    published November 13, 2008

    Looks like everyone's favorite Hasidic reggae singer/rapper might just outlast his novelty status after all. But that doesn't necessarily make it... More >>

  • Professor Joe Satriani’s Class Is in Session

    published November 6, 2008

    With the release of his 1987 sophomore album, Surfing with the Alien, Joe Satriani effectively established himself as a guitar icon. Aside... More >>

  • Opeth Continues Its Quest to Fuse Metal and Mellowness

    published October 9, 2008

    By the ripe old age of 7, Opeth leader Mikael Åkerfeldt already considered himself a metalhead. So the disappointment he felt when his... More >>

  • Ra Ra Riot

    published September 25, 2008

    When guitarist Milo Bonacci started Ra Ra Riot at Syracuse University in 2006, he was looking to put together a classical-tinged rock band that... More >>

  • Portugal the Man brings its unique psychedelic boogie improv to Phoenix

    published August 28, 2008

    Portugal. The Man likes spontaneity. They also like random punctuation in the middle of their name. You could even say the Alaska-based quartet... More >>

  • F**k The Facts

    published August 28, 2008

    In grindcore's answer to the road movie (sort of), Fuck The Facts wrote its new album, Disgorge Mexico, while taking a group road trip from... More >>

  • Into the Wild

    published August 28, 2008

    Portugal. The Man likes spontaneity. They also like random punctuation in the middle of their name. You could even say the Alaska-based quartet... More >>

  • Dave Pajo returns to metal with Dead Child

    published August 7, 2008

    "I don't know why I didn't think it was wrong," says Dead Child guitarist Dave Pajo with a laugh, recalling how he used to steal metal albums... More >>

  • For ska-punk survivor Less Than Jake, self-sufficiency and longevity go hand in hand

    published July 17, 2008

    "The music industry," declares Less than Jake drummer and lyricist Vinnie Fiorello, "is pointing toward bands becoming their own cottage industry.... More >>

  • Steely Dan

    published July 17, 2008

    While parents have predictably freaked out over the social menace imposed by the blues, jazz, secular R&B, rock 'n' roll, heavy metal, rap, and... More >>

  • Darkness Calls

    published July 17, 2008

    While parents have predictably freaked out over the social menace imposed in turn by the blues, jazz, secular R&B, rock and roll, heavy metal,... More >>

  • Hot Topic Summer Slaughter Tour

    published July 10, 2008

    With 10 like-minded bands on the same bill, it'll be damn near impossible to avoid death metal overkill here. But if you can find a way to... More >>

  • Straight, No Chaser

    published July 10, 2008

    Not to be confused with the ultra-polished Indiana University a cappella group of the same name (though that would be funny as shit), this extreme... More >>

  • Give it to me, Straight

    published July 10, 2008

    Not to be confused with the ultra-polished Indiana University a cappella group of the same name (though that would be funny as shit), this extreme... More >>

  • Daughters, and Russian Circles

    published June 12, 2008

    Any band that puts out an 11-minute recording and presents it as a full-length album obviously has a sense of humor. Like Slayer's shorty classic... More >>

  • Cowboy Junkies

    published May 29, 2008

    On the one hand, you can look at the nagging tendency of veteran Canadian acts to hover at cult-level popularity in the U.S. as a bad thing. On... More >>

  • Sammy Hagar's gone country with Kenny Chesney and LeAnn Rimes

    published May 29, 2008

    If you haven't kept up with Sammy Hagar since his rockin' "I Can't Drive 55" days, you might find yourself alternately shocked, horrified, and... More >>

  • Hagar Twang

    published May 29, 2008

    If you haven’t kept up with Sammy Hagar since his rockin’ “I Can’t Drive 55” days, you might find yourself alternately... More >>

  • Megadeth ends this year’s Gigantour in Mesa

    published May 22, 2008

    With Ozzfest now firmly entrenched as a cultural institution (read: over-bloated corporate circus), Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine must have... More >>

  • Tera Melos

    published May 15, 2008

    To play math rock, especially the heavy, spazz-out variety, pretty much means to beat a dead horse. Audiences have become so accustomed to bands... More >>

  • Dios Malos

    published May 15, 2008

    Dios Malos gets points right off the bat for arousing the ire of none other than Ronnie James Dio, who, in a particularly befuddled show of... More >>

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