Book Review: ‘Mom, Have You Seen My Leather Pants?’ by Craig A. Williams

July 31, 2008

By Jennifer B. Kaufman

July 31, 2008

Many a teen boy has dreamed of strapping on an electric guitar, joining a band, playing to cheering crowds, getting it on with groupies and achieving both fame and fortune. For most of them, this is just a dream. But for Craig A. Williams, this dream was nearly a reality, and he documents his experiences in his book, Mom, Have You Seen My Leather Pants?

While still in his teens, Williams played lead guitar in an LA-based heavy metal band, Onyxx (later, Onyxxx). Originally called Onyx, the band added the extra xx-s to avoid copyright infringement due to a hip-hop group also named Onyx. And perhaps because their band was just too much rock for one measly X. Managed by a Loni Anderson look-alike, Onyxxx managed to graduate from small school gigs to the hottest clubs on the Sunset Strip.

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Remastery Reviewed: Marketing or Magic?

July 25, 2008

By Tracey Hackett, Contributing Editor

July 25, 2008

With this week’s release of digitally re-mastered versions of Boy, October and War, it may seem like Christmas in July for many die-hard U2 fans.

Each two-disc set of the Irish rock ‘n’ roll band’s first three albums also includes “b-sides, live tracks and rarities” that take listeners back to the beginning of U2’s professional career more than 25 years ago.

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The Forest And The Trees: The First Rothbury Fuels the Future of the Festival Scene

July 18, 2008

by Andrew William Smith, Editor

July 18, 2008

What do you do when your ambitious resort development in recession-riddled western Michigan faces serious financial woes? Collaborate with an eco-conscious production firm from Colorado to create America’s best new rock festival, of course!

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U2 Stream Deluxe Remasters on Imeem

July 16, 2008

July 16, 2008

For the week before the remastered, deluxe versions of Boy, October, and War hit the stores, fans can stream them for free on Imeem, a “social network that enables users to discover, interact and express themselves
with media, including music, video and photos, and form connections based on shared tastes and interests.”

The playlists with the remastered records can be found on the band’s profile page at http://www.imeem.com/u2music

Ahead to the Past with Fleet Foxes

July 11, 2008

By Luke Pimentel

July 11, 2008

 

If postmodernism and the recycling of pop culture have taught us anything, it’s that no genre of music is sacred when it comes to being sampled, re-mixed, or pastiched. With artists like Girl Talk getting considerable notice from mash-ups of songs that are themselves culled heavily from samples of other songs, the detritus of the past has become so fine that you need a microscope to tell what’s what anymore.

One movement that’s remained relatively untouched by this phenomenon is folk. [Read more]