Review: The Game Attempts Do-Over On Purported Final Album
2008 / Music

Review: The Game Attempts Do-Over On Purported Final Album

Spurned by his former patrons, gangsta rapper the Game has carved out a musical niche that isn’t aligned with Dr. Dre’s West Coast or 50 Cent’s East Coast dominions. Unfortunately, this style, as exemplified on his new album, is little more than a star-sponsored imitation celebrating gangsta-rap’s golden age. Continue reading

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Concert Review: Melvins Continue Propagating Cartoon-ish Punk-Metal Hybrid
2008 / Live Reviews / Music

Concert Review: Melvins Continue Propagating Cartoon-ish Punk-Metal Hybrid

For all the jokiness inherent in the Melvins’ music, many might think fate has played the ultimate joke on the hardcore/metal pioneers. After all, 20 years is a long time to follow an artistic vision with meager results. But the group proved on Sunday night’s concert in Madison, Wis., that being eclipsed by Nirvana and other grunge grandmasters hasn’t tamed their sonic firepower or their sense of humor. Continue reading