Here's what happened
It's KISS vs. Aerosmith in a battle for your metal-god dollar
The Director's Cut (Ipecac), Morricone RMX (Reprise)
By Chuck Klosterman
(Scribner; 288 pages; $23)
Electroretard (Man's Ruin)
Valley rap-rock pioneers return with a new record
Chicago's Gaza Strippers take it all off and show their scars on a high-powered sophomore album
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The Half Visconte proves that breaking up isn't so hard to do
What happens when you cram too much music into one city and two pairs of eardrums? Nothing, if you move too fast to hear it all.
The Next Best Thing is the parent tripe
Trashman dreams of Genie, but he never shows
Shaping themselves after rock 'n' roll's bad girls (and boys), the Donnas get punk bitchy
After a messy split, Sugar High returns, refining its sweet sound with Ice Cream Anti-Social
Yearning for civil unrest from any '99 Grammy nominee
Scorsese's Bringing Out the Dead is a bumpy gurney into the dark side
Everyone has his crossovers to bear, but doesn't rock have enough problems without Garth Brooks signing up for membership?
Los Fabulosos Cadillacs take back the past with La Marcha del Golazo Solitario
Detroit Rock City fails makeup exam
Hall of Fame's recent induction of Billy Joel makes a bad idea seem that much worse
Kiss tribute band Hotter Than Hell just might be more real than the real thing
The trailer-park Grinch revisits his year of misery
Nikki Sixx sounds off on booze, dope and Kiss
Did Kiss rip off an old Alice Cooper anthem, or is this just a case of sincere homage?
In the tired realm of tribute albums, imitation is the sincerest form of flatulence
Where unit-shifting heroes of rock are exposed as the passionless poseurs they really are
He may be the godfather of shock rock, but Alice doesn't live there anymore
All dressed up? Well, you've got someplace to go. Royal Crown Revue is about to swing through the Valley.
The Boogie Knights in white polyester lit the fuse on a retro-disco craze that exploded in college towns across America. Tempe was ground zero.
In 1996, punk was murdered by its parents and resurrected by its children
Beat Angel Brian Smith's 10 Greatest Atrocities in '96
The fashionable dos and duds of pop's greatest costume gimmick bands
THE WORLD'S GREATEST-- OR DUMBEST-- ROCK 'N' ROLL BAND REFUSES TO DIE. PUCKER UP, BUTTERCUP.
DOES LIFE REALLY BEGIN AT 50 FOR AEROSMITH? ITS RECORD LABEL IS BETTING $30 MILLION IT DOES.