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    August 26, 2014

    How Do I Break Into Playing Shows in a Big City?

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you s ... More >>

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    April 13, 2014

    The Best Way to Experience Coachella? From the Couch

    By Lilledeshan Bose For the first time in a decade, I opted out of Coachella. There were a bunch of reasons: maybe it was the weak lineup, maybe I'm going through concert fatigue (three shows a week for 10 years can do that), maybe (gasp!) I'm really just too old for the neon and the Native Americ ... More >>

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    December 19, 2013

    Watching My Dad Get Into Dubstep Was Painful

    Yes, those are my parents in that picture. Their pet snake, Phallys, is no longer around, and thankfully my Dad has ceased wearing a chain linking a nose ring to his ear. But, now 43, he remains a wild man, especially when it comes to music. For almost my whole life he's been rocking out in ne ... More >>

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    April 15, 2013

    The Worst of Coachella, Weekend One

    Daft Punk Fake-Out Friday and Saturday, all anyone could talk about was if Daft Punk was going to show up during Phoenix's set. Why? Because we were fucking teased. On the main stage before the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, a long commercial for their new album played, and then we found out that members of the ... More >>

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    May 6, 2011

    Rock-Critic Pop Quiz: How Well Do You Know Anthrax's Back Catalog?

    ​Get ready to be caught in a proverbial mosh, New York, because The Big 4 of thrash--that's Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax--are coming to Yankee Stadium, and tickets go on sale this morning! To all you non-headbanging SOTC readers, this event is essentially as important to metalheads ... More >>

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    January 30, 2009

    Coachella: Paul McCartney's Coming to the Desert

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    March 17, 2008

    SXSW: Kate Nash at the Q Magazine Party

    Kate Nash Driskoll Hotel, Austin Saturday, March 15 Kate Nash is taking her boots off. She has slipped off her acoustic guitar and is settling in behind the keyboard, pulling her legs underneath to reveal two little feet covered in bright blue socks. The room—at least the front half of the room ... More >>

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    July 29, 2003