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The death of Chris Cornell hit me hard. Normally celebrity deaths do not, but this one did. Maybe it is because Cornell has been part of my life since the 80’s. Before Black Hole Sun, before Audio Slave, before acoustic covers there was Louder Than Love.

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  • Logan Burtch-Buus, Tucson Local Media
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In the age of the internet releasing new singles, collaborations, mix-tapes and even full albums can be done in minutes – giving fans the music they so ravenously desire without having to leave the comfort of their couches. Despite the World Wide Web taking precedence in every genre of music…

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Minneapolis, Minn. based rapper-producer Kyle Smith, better known by his stage name Cecil Otter, hasn’t released any solo material since putting out his debut full length-album, “Rebel Yellow” in 2008. That changed recently when Cecil released a new single, “Cross Countries” via Doomtree Records.

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Kendrick Lamar’s “untitled unmastered” released earlier this month, a surprise from the Compton, Calif. native, and the album instantly set the hip hop world on fire. While many instantly compared the collection of B-sides and unfinished experiments to Kanye West’s earlier release of “Life o…

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Lemmy is dead. Those are word I can BOTH not believe I am writing and am shocked that I have not written before. Lemmy, the lead singer and bassist for Motorhead and before that Hawkwind, seemed both invincible and feeble at the same time. Think a badder, bolder version of Keith Richards.

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Last week former Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver front man Scott Weiland was found dead in his tour bus. Sadly, this came to the surprise of no one. Few musical artists had their battles with addiction so well chronicled. Those who did, Amy Winehouse, Layne Staley and Kurt Cobain come to…

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Some shows just give you more bang for your buck and that was the case last Monday night when Clutch, Mastodon and Corrosion of Conformity played the rialto. While none of the bands have enjoyed long term, mainstream success, all three are legitimate headliners with terrific core followings.

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Veteran hard rock/stoner rock band Clutch will bring their well-honed concert chops to the Rialto on Monday night.  The band had not played Tucson in quite some time, but came through town in support of their last record and return less than two years later.

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If there was any justice in the world rock music would be more popular and Clutch would be among the biggest hard rock bands in the world. Alas, rock music has slipped in popularity of the past decade and while Clutch’s latest debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard top 200 chart and No. 1 on the…

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Unlike most of their 80’s heavy metal brethren, Iron Maiden continues to produce quality albums. Instead of chasing trends, (anyone remember Winger’s grunge album or Tommy Lee rapping?), Maiden has slowly evolved their sound. They still possess the power metal gallop of 80’s classic “Number …

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Apparently it was 25 years ago this week that my life changed for the better. Twenty five years ago Alice In Chains released their debut album “Facelift” and my musical perspective was forever changed.

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In their song “Edison’s Medicine”, Tesla sings about a “man out of time.” They were referring to their namesake, inventor Nikola Tesla, but you could easily alter the lyrics to “band out of time” and refer to Tesla themselves. Thanks to the strength of some anthemic power ballads, they got l…

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In honor of last weekend’s Academy Awards recognizing the best movies of 2014 in February of 2015, I bring you the top-25 albums of 2014. In reality this list was begun in mid December, but as I perused other lists I discovered so many other great records. Better late than never, right?

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Pallbearer’s latest offering “Foundations of Burden’ is heavy. Not “heavy” as in loud, fast and with gurgling vocals straight from a demon’s mouth. No it is, as good doom metal should be, slow and thick and with layers and layers of guitar. It gives sound to a slab of granite.

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Devin Townsend earned the moniker as the “Mad Scientist of Metal” but more and more he should just be considered a musical mad scientist.