Staff Picks – March 2015


  • Butterflies Are Mortal Too: America’s Culture War And Kendrick Lamar’s Explanations

    Kendrick Lamar

    Not too long ago, I wasn’t a fan of hip-hop. Now, I see Kendrick Lamar as a soldier in a genre that I once despised. Growing up, I was never a fan of rap music, and for what I thought were solid reasons. The lyrics didn’t seem to relate to me, and the colorful language bothered…

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  • Red: Of Beauty And Rage

    Red - Promo

    Two years ago when I reviewed Release The Panic, the letdown of a fourth record by hard rock trio Red, I left readers with a hopeful prediction: Well, Red proved just that. Their follow-up to the bland Panic returns to the group’s roots – chilling strings, booming guitars, and an overall menacing vibe – in the…

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  • Interview: Erra

    Erra - Promo

    Progressive metalcore outfit Erra opened the Frozen Flame Tour at a sold-out Granada Theater in Lawrence, Kan. last Saturday. Staffer Tim Dodderidge talked to guitarist/clean vocalist Jesse Cash during the show about the implications of touring with a band as big as August Burns Red, where they currently fit in with their initial metalcore influences and more contemporary prog…

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  • Periphery: Juggernaut: Alpha & Omega

    Periphery - Promo

    It’s no wonder that I’ve had so much fun following progressive metal giants Periphery throughout their career; they’re an incredibly fun band. The most interesting thing – besides watching their popularity grow at a tremendous rate – has been seeing the group grow as musicians. A lot of stuff labeled “djent” doesn’t interest me, and…

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  • Tim’s Top In 2014

    10. Crowder – Neon Steeple 9. The Hotelier – Home, Like Noplace Is There 8. Beartooth – Disgusting 7. From Indian Lakes – Absent Sounds 6. Silent Planet – The Night God Slept 5. Pianos Become The Teeth – Keep You Lots of albums caught me off guard this year, but none did so like…

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  • Book Review: Flyleaf Spreads Their Wings


    Family is a huge part of everyone’s lives. It keeps people motivated to keep going when the times get tough and it makes bands feel supported as they go across the country playing shows. For Texas rock band Flyleaf, the bond between the group and Carl Phelan, grandfather of guitarist Jared Hartmann, consisted of miles…

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  • Silent Planet: The Night God Slept

    Silent Planet - Promo

    It’s easy for me to take a quick glance at modern music and be disappointed. Nickelback and Nicki Minaj remain popular, and a gimmicky slew of singles are taking over the airwaves. It’s also easy for me to look at the entire world in the same manner, to be frustrated because I don’t like what I…

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  • Pianos Become The Future: Punk Rock and Post-Rock in a Post-Influenced Society

    Pianos Become the Teeth 2014

    It’s obvious if you know me that I like sad music a lot. There’s something to be said about songs that make you second-guess the commonplace effects of happiness. The whole “it takes more muscles to frown than to smile” makes me admire the hardworking DIY feel and common darkness found in emo, punk, and…

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