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Chester Bennington On Heavy Metal and Opening for Metallica

Another one gone. News that Chester Bennington committed suicide this morning has only confirmed that we live in uncommonly dark times for rock music. By now it all feels so trite to dredge up all of those toothless observations about how important he was to so many, how much he had to live for and



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Sunspots Have Faded: RIP Chris Cornell

At a time when the flannel-draped paragons of the emerging new rock scene were noisily shunning the Epicurean excesses of the 70s, Soundgarden only doubled down. While Pearl Jam’s music dovetailed seamlessly into the arena-sized ambitions of bands like Bad Company and the Who, they eschewed the clichéd, Rolling Stone-friendly tropes like posing with groupies



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Ice-T: No Bullshit, No Compromise, No Mercy

When you write for a magazine, your editors tell you how long an interview feature needs to be and invariably, the most agonizing part of putting it all together is having to remove great quotes and really interesting discussions because they either don’t fit the word count or they run too far afield of the



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It never gets easy

I don’t know why it’s always been Nektar but since I’ve known Taylor, we always meet at the juice bar. The ergonomically-hostile iron chairs in front are exceedingly uncomfortable and the sun seems to reserve its sweatiest, skin-peeling rays for Nektar’s patio. For people who wear jeans, boots and black t-shirts, it’s one of the



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Where the Hell Have I Been?

I’ve been a bad, bad boy. I should be blogging the shit out of this every day but it’s been a hectic past month. And by “hectic,” I mean “periods of manic productivity spaced between sprawling interludes of leisure.” But yeah, I’m back to it this week. But for starters, please, please please pick up