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Thrice; Credit: Photo by Jonathan Weiner

Thrice Return to Reclaim Their Place Among Post-Hardcore's Best Bands

Thrice are nothing if not groundbreaking. For the better part of two decades, the O.C.-based four-piece have consistently rewritten the rule book for the post-hardcore movement they helped define. From the often emulated but never replicated sound of their 2003 breakthrough, The Artist in the Ambulance, to the edgy, progressive rock......
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Death From Above 1979 on Their Rocky Marriage

It's been a tumultuous decade for Death from Above 1979 . Following the release of their acclaimed first album in 2004, the dance-punk duo, composed of a bassist and a drummer, have behaved something like an L.A. celebrity couple: They had a rocky break-up, a sweet make-up and a successful......
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Trash Talk's Guide to Creating Chaos

Any punk band worth their weight in bruises always has one common denominator: a batshit crazy frontman. And Trash Talk's Lee Spielman ranks up there with the best. Signed to Odd Future Records, the hardcore punk band has become infamous around the globe for their ridiculous, chaotic live shows, recently......
Modern Life Is War at a hardcore festival in Philadelphia this year; Credit: Angela Owens

Modern Life Is War: They Lost The Battle But Won The War

In the mid-2000s, heavy music was in an odd place. Formula was king, with cookie cutter bands featured at Hot Topics and pictured on teens' bedroom walls. It was a real business. Iowa-based hardcore punk quintet Modern Life Is War was born into this environment. It would lead to their......
Deafheaven's George Clarke and Kerry McCoy; Credit: Randi Sumner

Deafheaven Is the Black Sheep of Black Metal

The metal community are a passionate bunch. Step out of line, and you'll get the horns. Just ask Deafheaven. The San Francisco natives turned heads with their 2011 debut LP Roads to Judah (released on Deathwish Inc), but not everyone was thrilled. Take, for example, YouTube member MorbidDaniel's comment, "LMAO!......
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The Unorthodox Punk Odyssey of Matt Caughthran

After five years fronting hardcore band The Bronx, cherubic Angeleno native Matt Caughthran and his band did something bizarre, risky and potentially brilliant. They formed a mariachi group. Mariachi El Bronx would go on to open gigs for Foo Fighters and The Killers; quite a successful 180. They've since returned......
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