Episode 65 - Beggers AND Choosers

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Some of the topics this week include:

One of my predictions for Tomorrowland WInter coming true,

Aaron Lewis making himself another very strong case for Rezzie of the year,

A local Chicago artist proving age is just a number when it comes to music,

Spotify engaging in legal battle with Apple over anti-competitive business practices,

Another example of artists being too greedy without anyone even realizing it,

Spring Awakening making a new home for themselves in the burbs,

and much much more…

This weeks album review: Foals - Part 1 Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost

This weeks Rig Rundown: Brendan Ekstrom - Circa Survive 2011

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Episode 64 - Drugs Ain't Punk

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Some of the topics this week are:

A new classification of death metal,

Rick Ross and his new book release,

Megadeth and their exciting new graphic novel,

Some old school punk rock beef,

One of the best concert values ever,

Tomorrowland taking festivals to an interesting and exciting new place,

and much much more…

This weeks album review: Weezer (Black Album)

This weeks Rig Rundown: The Edge - U2 1983

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Episode 63 - A big 10%

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Some of the topics this week are:

The continuing saga of Mr. R. Kelly,

Eminem and his outlook on his previous albums,

Some unfortunate news for Amy Winehouse fans,

Spotify’s attempt to crack the market in India,

Mastadon and a case of mistaken identity,

Tidal making some very respectable moves to help out emerging artists,

and much much more…

This weeks album review: Gary Clark Jr. - This Land

This weeks Rig Rundown: K. K. Downing - Judas Preist 2004

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Episode 62 - A New Favorite

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Some of the topics this week are:

Ariana Grande racking up some major numbers with her new album,

Dee Snyder admitting he was mistaken about Metallica’s future marketability,

R-Kelly having drastic changes to his living accommodations,

Motley Crue making some dubious claims against KISS,

The continuing beef between the Gallagher brothers,

A profile of one of the most used works of classical music ever written,

and much much more…

This weeks album review: The Beast In Black - From Hell With Love

This weeks Rig Rundown: Doug Aldrich - Whitesnake 2009

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Episode 61 - Free 21 Savage

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Some of the topis this week are:

Some of Travis Scott’s fans getting a little too rowdy,

An insightful profile piece of Wes Borland,

Coheed and Cambria discussing their toughest opening gig,

Noel Gallagher’s opinion on the most influential album of all time,

Lupe Fiasco having suffering from a case of sour grapes over his experience in the business,

A certain member of the Misfits letting his old age show,

and much much more…


This weeks album review: Ariana Grande - thank u, next

This weeks Rig Rundown: John Petrucci 2002

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Episode 60 - Everybody's Getting Sued

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The Continent of Australia letting their stance on R Kelly be known,

Kanye West’s lawsuit against his publisher,

Aaron Lewis going diva on his live crowd,

A questionable new policy for Panic! At The Disco’s live shows,

Ja Rule’s attempt to resurrect the app that started Fyre Festival,

Jay-Z stepping up and taking care of business on behalf of 21 Savage,

and much much more…

This weeks Album Review: Weezer - The Teal Album

This weeks Rig Rundown: Jim Atkins - Jimmy Eat World

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Episode 59 - Bittersweet Victory

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Some of the topics this week are:

R. Kelly deciding to not take our advice,

Some fresh new rock beef,

Dave Gilmour selling a bunch of gear for charity,

Alanis Morissette bringing her best work to Broadway,

One of my predictions about Spotify coming to fruition,

Mark Hoppus’s plan for the future of Blink 182,

and much much more…

This weeks album review: Maggie Rogers - Heard It In A Past Life

This weeks Rig Rundown: James Williamson - The Stooges 2011

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Episode 58 - Hit The #1 Spot Through The Merch Shop

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Some of the topics this week are:

A nifty new Spotify feature,

A fantastic new commemorative piece for any metal head,

The ever-growing trend of Hip Hop artists using clothing sales to boost chart position,

Eminem proving he is still very much a rap god,

Remembering the anniversary of one of the most offensive t-shirts ever,

JUICE WRLD getting in some more legal trouble for possibly “borrowing” a young producers track,

and much much more…

This weeks album review: Papa Roach - Who Do You Trust?

This weeks Rig Rundown: Billy Howerdel - A Perfect Circle 2004

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Episode 57 -It's Not Fraud If You Use Your Real Name

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Some of the topics this week are:

Norway calling out Tidal for some possibly shady streaming numbers,

Rhianna’s dad making some promises he surely can’t keep,

A wonderful new chapter in the Robbie Williams/Jimmie Page house drama,

Corey Taylor’s preference for one super producer over another,

Kanye West possibly pulling out of Coachella because they couldn’t meet his stage needs,

The new criteria for hitting #1 on the charts,

and much much more…

This weeks album review: A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie - Hoodie SZN

This weeks Rig Rundown: Robin Finck - NIN 2014

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Episode 56 - Blind Rage