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Monday Rock City: A Conversation with Jimmy Wayne — Good Things Coming from Hard Times

Abandoned by his jailbird mama in a Greyhound bus station at age 13, singer-songwriter Jimmy Wayne seemed destined for destitution and an early grave. But through the kindness of strangers – “God sends strange angels,” he says – Wayne rose to become a hit songwriter, author, and advocate for the homeless. J.M. Blaine gets some down-home philosophy from Wayne, plus tidbits about Ozzy, the Nashville song mill, and Daryl Hall’s indoor pool. Continue reading

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Dissident Aggressor: An Interview with Trevor Phipps

If the true story of Mormons slaughtering Christians on the American plains sounds interesting, then the new Unearth record might be right up your alley. We sit down with frontman Trevor Phipps to discuss the lyrics and the making of “Watchers of Rule,” the band’s heaviest record yet. We also talk about “The Love Boat.” Continue reading

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Monday Rock City: A Conversation with Joe Perry of Aerosmith

Intrepid scribe J.M. Blaine chats with rock icon Joe Perry, lead guitarist and co-mastermind – with Steven Tyler – of Aerosmith, and it’s a helluva ride. Perry’s long-awaited memoir “Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith” drops this week, and the soulful brooder gives us all a sneak peek at his amazing, drug-addled, miraculous, and glitzy tale, which also includes advice on how to stay married for three decades, which may be his most amazing achievement of all. Continue reading

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The 12 People You Meet at a Babymetal Concert

Japanese pop metal threesome Babymetal must be seen and heard to be believed. Last year, they took the world by storm, with single and viral video “Gimme Chocolate!!” and just recently completed their first whirlwind world tour, which included opening slots for Lady GaGa. Veteran So-Cal punk author Jim Ruland talked his indulgent wife into attending Babymetal’s first U.S. show, which was full of surprises. Continue reading

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Razor Sadness, Wizened Eyes: Nirvana Unplugged, 20 Years On

Nirvana’s legendary last recorded performance, 1994′s MTV Unplugged In New York, was too painful for the Weeklings’ Robert Burke Warren to watch. Until now. Continue reading

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From Michael to Norman: A Meditation on Two Artists

In his discussion of Mike Bloomfield and Norman Rockwell, Scott Borchert deftly compares the style and flair of two groundbreaking artists, and the importance of their names. Continue reading

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The 50 Dorkiest Songs You Secretly Love

For once, internet-fostered shamelessness is a good thing, with “The Top 50 Dorkiest Songs You Secretly Love.” Weeklings music editor Robert Burke Warren boldly goes where we’ve all gone before – into the realm of uncool, guilty pleasures; rock, pop, soul, rap, and, of course, disco all get their dork due. You know you love it. Continue reading

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