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Distributed by: Young Heavy Souls Producers: Chloe Drallos, Ben Collins Zilched is a Detroit rock & roll ensemble led by songwriter and guitarist Chloe Drallos, and it’s an immediately likeable project resulting from the sum of its influences, which is to say, a solid late ‘80s/early ‘90s alternative sound. The songs, tones, and rhythms are solid and driving, and Drallos’ deadpan vocals at times bring to mind a Kim Gordon or Courtney Love fronting a Smashing Pumpkins, Jesus And Mary Chain or even Wire. This is a good thing. In other words, Zilched is not out to reinvent the wheel, […]

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If one has the slightest interest in electric guitar effects pedals (or “stompboxes”), then this monster of a compendium is definitely for you. The book works on many different levels. It’s an absolutely fascinating rundown of an astonishing array of musicians who in their own words discuss the pedals that have been most influential in their creative process, accompanied by meticulous photos. The entries are absolutely enthralling, from classic rockers Billy Gibbons and Peter Frampton, to artier suspects like Nels Cline and Bill Frisell, to punkers Steve Albini and Meat Puppets’ Curt Kirkwood, and to J. Mascis/Dinosaur Jr.’s “Big Muff […]

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An absolutely beautifully written autobiography. Growing up a troubled gay teen, Bertei realizes she can express herself as a singer. Meanwhile, Peter Laughner is the coolest guy in Cleveland, but chews through his bands with the same fiery passion that he has for drugs and alcohol. When he nurtures Bertei with guitar lessons, moral support and exposure to his record collection, she blooms under the spell of Patti Smith, Television, MC5, Roxy Music, Velvet Underground and The Stooges. This is a great memoir of the nascent Ohio punk scene that spawned Pere Ubu, DEVO, Rocket From The Tombs, and the […]

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