Bite the Apple

by J Frazzetta September 3rd, 2015
In June 1983, three friends took their small punk band from Missoula, Montana, to Washington in order to break into the music scene.  Seattle seemed like a good place to start for Bruce Fairweather, Sergio Avenia and Jeff Ament.  In time, Ament would make acquaintances with some local Seattle
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Avenged Sevenfold

by Jason Lightner August 27th, 2015
As the very definition of a transformative musical outfit, Avenged Sevenfold is one of the biggest names in contemporary heavy metal.

What started as an effort in metalcore and loud screaming quickly gave way to more melodic songwriting and composition. Avenged Sevenfold was formed in 1999 out of Huntington Beach, California, and quickly gained notoriety for their gritty sound. After their earlier years and the releases of both Sounding the Seventh Trumpet (2001) and Waking the Fallen
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Sick Puppies — Connect

by Jason Lightner August 20th, 2015
Back in 2007 I had the opportunity to see three unique bands perform at one of Baltimore's favorite music venues, the now defunct Recher Theatre in Towson. That show confirmed my appreciation of Finger Eleven, gave me a taste of the then up-and-coming Canadian group Pride Tiger, and introduced me to today's exploratory session, Australian alternative metal outfit Sick Puppies.

At the time when I saw them live, Sick Puppies had just released their second studio album,
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  • Cable Car: Ride

    by J Frazzetta August 13th, 2015
    There are times that I go to my mailbox and find music waiting for me, which is great, Avid Reader, because I don’t have to go out and hunt for something new each week.  One thing is for sure, this trio did not take a bus, taxi or plane to get to my house.  It would appear their mode of transportation revolves around above ground, electrified steel units or
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  • A Rare, Rare Find

    by J Frazzetta August 6th, 2015
    Released in 1969 as the Beatles were making some exciting studio records and America was embracing the ‘Summer of Love’ while preparing for the 1970’s, it is easy to see how a small record like Five Leaves Left would be overlooked, Avid Reader.  Continuing my look at Nick Drake, this week I'll talk a little about his debut album and piece together why not many people heard it.

    There are
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  • Fifteen Quiet Years

    by J Frazzetta July 30th, 2015
    A little over a year ago, maybe two by now, Avid Reader, I started listening to post rock or math rock or post-hardcore depending on the circle you travel in and what some music nerd wants to call it.  There were some aspects that jumped out at me: the use of space, angling guitars, absence of vocals and the overall intense feel to some of the material.  You can
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