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Songs of the Revolution: O’Brother

It’s that time again. New music revolution time. Every couple of weeks, we offer a new Songs of the Revolution session with some of our favorite artists, featuring exclusive, stripped-down performances and some free downloads. This week: O’Brother.

Atlanta’s O’Brother has released only one full-length album so far — 2011’s Garden Window — but they are already road-tested pros with a loyal and rapidly growing fanbase. Having completed tours with the likes of Manchester Orchestra and The Features, the band was crossing the country on their first major co-headlining jaunt (with Junius) when we caught up with them in Boston. While the rest of the band decompressed in the parking lot after a long drive, singer Tanner Merritt borrowed someone’s old guitar and banged out three affecting performances in the studio. Merritt’s extra-laid-back and unassuming demeanor belied the tense atmospheric shift that occurred in the room as soon as he starting singing. Check out the streaming videos and download the tracks… for free!

 

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Metal Monday: Best And Worst of 2011

Coming up with the 2011 Best and Worst List was an incredibly daunting task because this year has been one of the best for metal that I can remember. The effort left me with ten albums that probably beat out every album released last year. Heck, even my picks for eleven through twenty might be a step above last year’s Top 10. This year boasts great albums from old bands, new bands, and everything in between in just about every sub-genre that a metalhead could come up with. Progressive, death, thrash, black, metalcore, power, sludge, doom, etc.—great albums across the board. If you’re reading this, you probably already know how much metal ruled this year. So, without further ado, let’s countdown the Best and Worst Metal Albums of 2011, shall we?

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10. No Help For The Mighty Ones by SubRosa
Not all metal groups that have women members or violins feel cheap and tawdry, and SubRosa are a perfect example. No Help For The Mighty Ones is a great sludge metal offshoot that delivers on of the most unique and re-playable records of 2011.

 

9. The Great Mass by SepticFlesh
Take a really killer death metal band and add in a hefty dose of the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, and what do you get? Awesomeness, aka SepticFlesh. We did a Q&A with SepticFlesh after The Great Mass dropped. It’s a pretty solid Q&A, and a better album.

Metal Monday: 2011 In Metal Album Art

The metal world is a world saturated with pretty mediocre and often stereotypical artwork. Graphic satanic imagery, violent imagery, militaristic imagery, fantastical imagery, you get the point. Once you’ve seen enough album covers, you know how rare it is to find something that truly surprises or impresses you. This year seems to have had a really nice mix of fresh, interesting takes on album art as well as wonderfully executed standard-issue album art. This is not to say, however, that 2011 didn’t have its fair share of stinkers. In fact, some of the worst metal album art to come out of the last decade very well may have been this year. We’re going to count down the best and worst of the lot.

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Punk On The Rocks: The FEST 9 Set To Rock Gainsville, FL This Halloween

Still looking for Halloween weekend plans? Look no further than The FEST. Now in it’s ninth year, this weekend long punk rock bender is set to put the “rock” in “Gainsville, Rock City” this October 29th, 30th and 31st.

Past FESTs witnessed mosh pit pizza, trashed hotel rooms and surprise band reunions. Who will be on hand for this year’s madness? With 15 venues and over 280 bands, I think a better question might be “Who WON’T be there?” This year’s line-up has something for everyone, whether you prefer straight up punk, hardcore, folk-punk or even metal:

Cobra Skulls, Defiance, Ohio, Franz Nicolay, High On Fire, Joey Cape, Junius, Kylesa, Laura Stevenson and The Cans, Me First and The Gimme Gimmes, Municipal Waste, O Pioneers!, Planes Mistaken For Stars, Sainte Catherines, Smoke Or Fire, Strike Anywhere, Teenage Bottlerocket, Suicide Machines, The Menzingers, Tim Barry, Touche Amore, We Are The Union, A Wilhelm Scream, Bomb the Music Industry—and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

FEST veterans The Flatliners will also be returning to the fray this year. Check out the band performing “Run Like Hell” at FEST 8 in the video below!

As if all that weren’t enough, there will be a flea market filled with booth for record labels, design companies, non-profits and more, along with an art show featuring artists who’ve worked with Less Than Jake, This Bike Is a Pipe Bomb, Blondie, Fake Problems and Blacklist Royals.

Will you be at The FEST? Who are you most excited to see? Let us know in the comments!

 


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