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Play Me: “Straight” by A Place to Bury Strangers

After exploding onto the scene in 2007 with one of the loudest and most jarring live shows in the game, the industrial-strength, New York noise band, A Place to Bury Strangers have often struggled to match the intensity of those early days when comparisons to Jesus and Mary Chain hung around the band's neck like the storied albatross, only to be obliterated by a ruckus so severe, the human ear buckled in ecstasy. Or, to put it more succinctly, if you love it loud, you loved A Place to Bury Strangers.
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Play Me: “Nights in the Dark” by California X

Don't be alarmed by the D&D inspired album art on the embed below. California X are still the same band of rippers who make motorcycle rock for people who'd rather stomp a Steppenwolf LP than consider the possibility that their old man has good taste in music
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Play Me: “Bury Our Friends” by Sleater-Kinney

Beloved, Washington rock trio, Sleater-Kinney are back, and, hot damn, are they back in a big way. First there's the matter of the career-spanning box set out tomorrow. Then, we found that career-spanning box set contained a mystery 45. The mystery 45 was confirmed to be from a new album, No Cities to Love (out 1.20 on Sub Pop). And, finally, that new album is leading to a world-wide reunion tour. Not a bad weekend for Sleater-Kinney fans, huh?
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A Jam Packed Thursday with Nothing, Cult of Youth, Mr Gnome, Twerps, and Parkay Quartz

When the book is closed on 2014, or a month from now when music pubs start pushing their end of the year round-ups, a surprising release will likely top my list -- Nothing's Guilty of Everything. Upon it's release, I found it more diverse and more engaging than most modern shoegazer albums (your best comparison may be '90s alt-rockers Hum, a band who weren't afraid to go full metal during their atmospheric rock jams), yet, I also felt emptiness upon my initial listens. Here was a band fronted by an ex-punk, ex-con and I wanted more of the story to come through in the lyrics. Turns out, Nothing wasn't lacking. My patience was lacking. The title track kills me to this day.
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Play Me: “Hollywood High” By Mike Hudson and the Pagans

Any Cleveland rocker worth their salt knows about the town's importance in the birth of American punk rock. Names like Pere Ubu, Rocket From the Tombs, and The Dead Boys are passed down from generation to generation with the type of reverence conservative politicians pay to our nation's founding fathers. Dig deeper, and you'll quickly find there's more to Cleveland's punk legacy than the big three. electric eels, Mirrors, and The Pagans should all be required listening, too.
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A Jam Packed Friday with Mark Lanegan, Godflesh, Yes I’m Leaving, and Jeff the Brotherhood

Those pining for the days of Mark Lanegan, shoulda-been grunge icon, should check out the latest LP by Seattle doom and drone pioneers, Earth, where the onetime Screaming Trees frontman lends vocals to two tracks. For if there's one thing that's become clear over Lanegan's long and varied solo output, it's that he's not always keen on repeating those days
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Play Me: “Rise and Shine” by mr. Gnome

While not quite the epic noise Cleveland art-rock duo, mr. Gnome are known for, new single "Rise and Shine," from the band's forthcoming album Heart of a Dark Star (11.18 on El Marko), isn't your standard garage rock stomper, either. By taking what they do best, i.e., rousing up a righteous wall of sound, and applying that knowledge to a down home melody, they've provided a convenient entry point for those who've slept on their career output to date.
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Play Me: “I am Mark E. Smith” by Fat White Family

  Known as much or more for their unhinged antics and questionable subject matter in their songs (pedophilia, anyone?), than their ...
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