Author: Kurt Nelson

Ronnie James Dio’s Cancer Charity Bowls to Save Lives

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  In 2010, the world lost a musical icon. Ronnie James Dio succumbed, finally, to his long struggle with stomach cancer.  Yet, it is difficult to consider any aspect of Dio’s life as a tragedy.  This is a man who, in many ways, created heavy metal music.  From the uplifted two-pronged fist salute to fronting… Read more »


QUEENSRYCHE – Takes No Prisoners – A Sit Down with Michael Wilton

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Queensryche, as a musical force, stands alone.  Queensryche does not sound like other bands; other bands sound like Queensryche.  Representing a monumental shift in metal music at a formative stage of the genre, they laid the foundation for what would become progressive metal.  Formed in 1980, the band has produced several era defining albums during… Read more »


Let’s Get Ugly Again 1-on-1 w/ Klaus Eichstadt of UGLY KID JOE

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Not many bands can claim to be the soundtrack for a generation, but if you were alive circa 1991, Ugly Kid Joe blared relentlessly from your radio, your cassette player, and your angsty teenage heart.  Everything About You is and was a masterful hook filled hit that, even when revisited today, sticks in our collective consciousness… Read more »


CELEBRATING DAVID BOWIE Live! – Concert Review

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Losing David Bowie in 2016 was a gut punch to the musical universe that is still felt today.  It is an exercise in futility to try and express the impact Bowie has had on music, art, fashion, and cinema.  Even in his final days, he remained Bowie to the end, posthumously releasing Blackstar only two days… Read more »


STARING INTO NOTHING? – A Musical Review

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Social media and its intersection with increasingly powerful technology has had a measurable impact on our ability to interact with each other and fundamentally on how we think and feel about ourselves.  Truth has become debatable, and facts have little meaning.  Human cognition and emotional intelligence have been irrevocably altered.  Can we ever truly disconnect… Read more »


KING’S X – Rules Again – A Conversation with dUg Pinnick

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One of the most influential bands of the last forty years, King’s X, has returned after a fourteen year recording hiatus to deliver a masterpiece that is both musically and socially relevant. Three Sides of One is the long awaited follow up to 2008s XV, and it is as reflective as it is contemporary in… Read more »


THE GASÖLINES – Death or Eternal Glory – Album Review

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On their sophomore release, Death or Eternal Glory, the Norwegian rockers The Gasölines deliver a blistering repudiation of the decades long decline of raw rock n’ roll. The album is a blunt hammer to overproduction, oversampling, and the autotune of current productions. As Morten Nilsen, key songwriter for the band, makes clear, “I’ve been very… Read more »