Author Archives: Amanda

Hang it all

Just because a band has multiple personalities doesn’t mean it’s ready for a straitjacket. Though ungodly heavy practically all of the time, unleashing mesmerizing torrents of distorted guitar noise upon tender, unprotected ears, the Burning Brides do have a soft …

Calling all writers

Do you think reviewers always get it wrong about your favorite albums? Do you feel like your prose measures up to the great Lester Bangs (pictured at right)? Well, here’s your chance to prove it. Goldmine is looking for writers …

Fishbone, Bad Brains and Living Colour? Make it happen

All right, everyone. I want your undivided attention. Fishbone, the energetic, stage-diving, ska-metal-funk-soul-jazz circus that burned down concert venues and aurally intercoursed with your ears with its fiery sonic assault in the ’80s and ’90s, is back … with a …

Feels like the first time

High atop my summer reading list is “My First Time — A Collection of First Punk Show Stories.”Edited by Chris Duncan, the book is essentially a clutch of essays from journalists, musicians and other punk faces in a crowd about …

Gram Parsons not in the Country Music Hall of Fame?

The world is full of injustice. Oil companies are reaping record profits while the little people shell out $3.42 a gallon for gas. No-talent hacks like Simon Cowell and Paris Hilton are richer than God, and yet, the Pixies have …

Beck-ology

Tribute albums aren’t exactly my cup of tea. The last homage to The Band being dreadful, I’ve just about given up on the concept altogether. But, if you’re into Jeff Beck (and really, who isn’t? I mean, come on … …

Acute ready for prime time

Arms Around A Stranger is the new album from the hot-shit Los Angeles indie-pop band Acute, and you should get to know its fuzz-toned guitar attack and catchy hooks. A collection of gorgeously crafted soundscapes — pieced together with pedal …

An X reunion?

Could an X reunion be in the offing? The answer to that would be a definite maybe. John Doe (photo at right by Autumn De Wilde) is punk rock’s resident Renaissance man. An actor who’s appeared in “Boogie Nights” and …

Smashing Pumpkins' Zeitgeist

‘Tis the summer to bury the hatchet, make peace and get the band back together to make some cash. This year has seen the reunions of Genesis, Dinosaur Jr., The Police … even Van Halen at least thought about it. …