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June 2006

Event Reviews

Fall Out Boy

The "Black Clouds and Underdogs Tour" brings Fall Out Boy, All American Rejects, Hawthorne Heights and other teenage poster pin-up popstars to Tampa's youth, to their parents, and to Jen Cray.

Ill Niño

Ill Niño's "One Nation Undivided Tour" disturbed Orlando just after supper on a quiet Mother's Day evening at Downtown Disney. Jen Cray arrived fashionably late for the night's metal festivities.

Jack's Mannequin

Former Something Corporate frontman Andrew McMahon takes his new project Jack's Mannequin on the road after a fight with Leukemia failed to drown his spirits. Jen Cray reports a vibe of hope at his warm-up Orlando gig.

Pretty Girls Make Graves

Pretty Girls Make Graves, along with The Joggers and Giant Drag, give Orlando an early bird special. Jen Cray indulges.

Interviews

As I Lay Dying

The San Diego metal act As I Lay Dying are gearing up to headline the annual metal smorgasbord- Sounds of the Underground- this summer. Lead singer Tim Lambesis took a moment during a rare week at home to chat with Jen Cray about the band's past, present, and future.

Beyond The Metro: Terri Nunn

An interview with Berlin vocalist Terri Nunn finds Gail Worley learning the truth behind the VH1 soundbite, apricot brandy, and career advice from your mom.

Blue October: Reality Radio

Andrew Ellis talks music and much more besides with Blue October frontman Justin Furtenfeld.

Brian Kenneth of Fooling April

Straight out of the Philly music scene, Fooling April is probably one of the best kept secrets--and not for long. Brian Kenneth talks about the band's summer plans, American Idol Underground and the worst karoke songs ever.

Glen Phillips

Andrew Ellis speaks to former Toad The Wet Sprocket frontman Glen Phillips as he gears up for the release of his new solo record and the brief reunion of his old band.

Josh Berger of Omnisoul

From the dormroom to the stage, Delaware's own Omnisoul are preparing to release their first CD. Brittany Sturges reckons you should prepare to make them your favorite band.

Pawnshop Roses

Sometimes, you have to weed through the junk to find the treasure. Well, here it is. Brittany Sturges meets Pawnshop Roses.

Smaktones

Kyrby Raine speaks to veteran session musician and entrepreneur Billy Trudel. the man who may soon be known as the Phil Spector of ringtones.

The Medium

With the release of their new album, Teetering on the Edge, New Jersey's the Medium chatted with Brittany Sturges about their first show, the Battle of the Bands, Prince and -- oh yea, their favorite fruit.

Music Reviews

Music B

Balatonizer

Occlused in Ottusity (Dark Reign). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Big 10-4

Testing the Atmosphere (Universal). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Music D

Brock Dain

A Little Bit of Everything (BDR Productions). Review by Kyrby Raine.

Music E

Jeff Eaton

Wish You Were Here (). Review by Kyrby Raine.

Erasure

Union Street (Mute). Review by Kiran Aditham.

The Evangelicals

So Gone (Misra). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

Music L

Lynam

Slave to the Machine (DRT Entertainment). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Music M

Madrepore

Overblown (self-released). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Masters of the Irish Guitar

Masters of the Irish Guitar (Shanachie). Review by Dave Aftandilian.

Mistress

In Disgust We Trust (Earache Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Music Q

Queens of the Stone Age

Lullabies to Paralyze (Interscope Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Music R

Revolting Cocks

Cocked and Loaded (13th Planet/Megaforce). Review by Kiran Aditham.

Music T

Travis Terry

Navajoland (Beautiful Landscapes). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

Thursday

A City by the Light Divided (Island/Def Jam Records). Review by Brittany Sturges.

Music V

Vyrus

Vyrus (Braintrust Records). Review by Kyrby Raine.

Print Reviews

Cold Comfort Farm

A classic of British parody gets a dazzling new facelift to match its yet thriving appeal, and Ian Koss happily discovers the old girl still delivers a sharp bite.

Goat Trees: Tales from the Other Side of the World

Okay, you armchair trekkers, the time has come to cut the tags from those hiking boots, swallow your malaria pills, and beat the bush. A new collection of traveler's tales that illuminate our shared humanity invites its readers to experience the real thing. The only tough part is beating Bob Pomeroy to the mailbox.

Heavy Metal Thunder

Metal up your... bookshelf? For Linda Tate, the memories come flooding back after immersing herself in the denim n' leather goodness of this anthology of heavy metal album covers.

Killing Molly

Eric C. Novack's earthy novel is grist for the mental mills of street intellectuals. His Killing Molly has Tom “Tearaway’ Schulte reminiscing over the lean comforts and late-night coffeehouse scenes of beatnik bachelorhood.

Letters of Marcel Proust

Isn't everything we need to know about Proust in his cycle In Search of Lost Time? Not by a long shot. Eric J. Iannelli finds that the correspondence in the newly reissued Letters of Marcel Proust offers a great way to separate the man from his work.

Sex Advice From...

Do you have sex? Do you have a job? Congratulations! You're an expert in l'amour, at least according to a self-help (ahem) guide from the Nerve.com folks. But rest assured their sources carry more cred than whoever's briefing Carl F Gauze on making the beast with two backs.

The Underachiever's Manifesto

Dream the possible dream! Go the extra millimeter! The stars? Reach for the popcorn bowl instead. If you've lowered your expectations and still have trouble meeting them, this how-not-to guide to achievement is a must-read. Better yet, ease back into that familiar-looking groove on the couch and let Carl F Gauze sum it up in three easy-to-swallow paragraphs.

Screen Reviews

The Break-Up

Break-ups are anything but funny - until now? Brittany Sturges, despite a healthy case of Aniston-phobia, is charmed by the humor and acting chemistry in this film.

The Notorious Bettie Page

How does a good church-going girl from Nashville end up launching a bad-girl look that's still imitated fifty years later? Carl F Gauze fills us in on this biopic of the rightfully (if unwittingly) notorious Bettie Page