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Author Archives: Nick DeSimone

Invisible Kids, or: how I learned to love Metallica in spite of them

Posted by on November 18, 2016

I like Metallica. This is not a hot take. However, I feel the need to severely front-load this piece with the ultimate point of the whole thing for a few reasons, the most important one being that I’m going against my better judgment and outing myself as being in my mid 20s in an internet […]

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Amplified: Sawyer Family and some swampy songs

Posted by on October 21, 2016

Amplified is a column focusing on small and emerging artists. If your band fits the bill, drop us a line at [email protected] We’re a few months removed from the chaos of Gwar-BQ, but one of the bands that had stood out to me was one of the festival’s many fun outliers – Sawyer Family, who […]

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Amplified: Nepal’s Chepang grind their way into our hearts

Posted by on September 16, 2016

Amplified is a weekly column focusing on new and emerging artists. Got a band that fits the bill? Email [email protected] GRIND OR DIE. I love grindcore, for the sheer belligerence and incomprehensibility above almost anything else about it. Grind makes me, even as a total pinko teddy bear pacifist, want to immediately start slamming beers and […]

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Amplified: Ruin “Reopen” a can of groovy thrash

Posted by on September 9, 2016

  Amplified is a weekly column focusing on unsigned and local artists. If you think your band fits the bill, email us at [email protected] Mmm, groove. There was definitely a time that every band I listened to had to sound like Ruin, and I’m disappointed my teenage self didn’t know about them. Ruin’s style is mostly […]

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Amplified: Deathwish go over “The Precipice” on new song

Posted by on September 2, 2016

  Amplified is a weekly column focusing on new and emerging artists. Got a band that fits the bill? Email [email protected] Hailing from my home state of Rhode Island, Deathwish make it immediately clear up front that their lineup is pretty ridiculously stacked in terms of technical ability on their newest track, “The Precipice.” This is […]

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Fear And Loathing On Hadad’s Lake: Or, What Went Down At GWAR B-Q

Posted by on August 24, 2016

If you’ve ever spoken to me at length about music, you probably came away from that conversation knowing that I adore GWAR B-Q. It’s everything I love about music festivals, and none of the stuff that tends to suck about them. I often refer to GWAR’s annual bacchanalia of meat, fake blood, and heatstroke as what […]

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Amplified: Gus MacArthur talks about first instruments, early inspirations

Posted by on July 29, 2016

Amplified is a weekly column focusing on new and emerging artists. Got a band that fits the bill? Email [email protected] California oddballs Gus McArthur recently released their debut EP, Chapter I: Hysterics From The Book of Gus, a truly fascinating cocktail of weirdness that effortlessly blends D&D-worthy folk, Bay Area thrash, neoclassical shred and some thoroughly […]

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Weekend at Bronys: I was a musical guest at Bronycon

Posted by on July 15, 2016

I had a weird weekend. If you’re me, the trick is to always have a weird weekend – but this one was beyond the pale in every sense of the phrase. A couple months back, I got a phone call from my old friend and musical collaborator George. We were in several bands together over the […]

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Amplified Scene Report: Olathia talk haunted venues, beer, Cleveland community

Posted by on June 17, 2016

Amplified is a weekly column focusing on new and emerging artists. Got a band that fits the bill? Email [email protected] A band that’s been on our radar for a little while now is Cleveland shredders Olathia. They’re a modern take on super-melodic thrash, dynamic but with loads of room for shreddy guitar work and vocalist Chris […]

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Amplified: One Hundred Thousand talk being in the studio with Sevendust, new record

Posted by on June 3, 2016

  Amplified is a weekly column focusing on new and emerging artists. Got a band that fits the bill? Email [email protected] New Jersey’s One Hundred Thousand just released their new record, The Forms In Which They Appear, which is an absolute powerhouse of hooky, un-pretentious prog rock. The band recorded in Architekt studios, owned by their drummer […]

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