With a new documentary, L7 is back from the ‘Dead’

The film’s wealth of footage lets you track the band’s progress every step of the way. Rare performances; vintage interviews; home movies — it’s a terrific record of what exactly a band goes through, as seen from the inside: how you live on the road, how you work in the studio, and why it’s so hard to make any money.

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Review: Heavy metals: Foo Fighters “Concrete and Gold”

Which brings us to what seems to be the album’s central themes: depression and disappointment. It’s an album of gloom and doom, without a single uplifting sentiment, which would seem to make it the perfect record to listen to as the greenery of the world goes into hibernation and we head into the sterile chill of winter.

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Book Review: Barrett Martin explores “The Singing Earth”

The Singing Earth is Barrett Martin’s love letter to music. There’s an emphasis on drumming, of course; it’s Martin’s primary instrument. But he makes it clear that he’s excited by many other different types of music as well — and he has no hesitation in traveling around the world in his search to discover new sounds.

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Review: Filthy Friends extend you an “Invitation”

Filthy Friends is a mash-up between R.E.M. (Peter Buck) and Sleater-Kinney (Corin Tucker), along with part of R.E.M.’s touring lineup (Scott McCaughey, Bill Rieflin), and some Fastbacks (Kurt Bloch) on the side, plus a dash of Nirvana (Krist Novoselic). The result is an eclectic release that has the band exploring a number of musical styles with ease; this is a group that likes to mix it up.

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