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Hank of America: Henry Rollins, Punk’s Musclebound Man of Lettersnew

Since his days leading the charge as the singer of Black Flag and the Rollins Band, Henry Rollins has hardly had a wink of sleep through the majority of his adult life. He has become equally known as a spoken-word performer.
Montreal Mirror  |  Johnson Cummins  |  03-19-2010  |  Profiles & Interviews

The Oral History of Toronto’s Punk Rock Scene is Retold in 'Treat Me Like Dirt'new

Liz Worth’s oral history Treat Me Like Dirt proves to be long overdue, finally exposing Toronto’s influential but often forgotten punk rock scene between 1974 and 1981.
Montreal Mirror  |  Johnson Cummins  |  02-26-2010  |  Nonfiction

Nathan Williams of Wavves Likes His Rock Served Rawnew

Whether Nathan Williams, the multi-instrumentalist behind San Diego's Wavves, likes it or not, his musical vehicle has been shoved under the ever-widening umbrella of lo-fi, or "no-fi" or, to use my new personal favorite term from the blogosphere, "shitgaze."
Montreal Mirror  |  Johnson Cummins  |  09-18-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Atlanta's The Black Lips Cook Up Garage Rock Chaosnew

Atlanta, Georgia's flower punks the Black Lips have taken lysergic garage rock around the globe. The band's even been forced to flee India. Here bassist Jared Swilley discusses the group's instigation nation by nation.
Montreal Mirror  |  Johnson Cummins  |  08-07-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

The Black Dahlia Murder Keeps Death Alivenew

Michigan's the Black Dahlia Murder have been trying to shake the metalcore tag ever since they first got started in 2001. A shame, really, because they are about as molten metal as it gets.
Montreal Mirror  |  Johnson Cummins  |  12-15-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

The Volatile Voyage of Toronto's Fucked Upnew

Sure, they've been hyped to holy hell, but not only do they give yer gut a kiss with a mitt full of nickels, they actually challenge the listener.
Montreal Mirror  |  Johnson Cummins  |  10-10-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Welcome to Alice Cooper's Nightmarenew

The riginal shock rocker talks about on outrocking the kids and reconciling the biblical with a bloody good time.
Montreal Mirror  |  Johnson Cummins  |  10-10-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

AIDS Wolf Sticks to Principlesnew

The Montreal band changes and deranges as Cities of Glass arrives.
Montreal Mirror  |  Johnson Cummins  |  09-12-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Rock Reflections from Silver Jews' David Bermannew

Berman talks about touring, faith, and fighting with Frank Black.
Montreal Mirror  |  Johnson Cummins  |  08-29-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Miami's Torche Take Heavy Music to a New Extreme ... of Popnew

The recent Hydra Head signees have hooks in spades. Their new record, Meanderthal, lets their Beatles-esque harmonies come more to the fore, hovering over their downtuned onslaught of noise, doom, hardcore and pop.
Montreal Mirror  |  Johnson Cummins  |  07-11-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Megadeth is Not Dead Yetnew

Frontman Dave Mustaine on life after 25 years of Megadeth.
Montreal Mirror  |  Johnson Cummins  |  04-25-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Luke Doucet Settles Downnew

For the uninitiated, it may sound like Doucet is one of the new fret-shredders taking up the torch from neck-wringers like Steve Vai, but nothing could be further from the truth. Doucet's solos are kept on a leash and never overstay their welcome, and the one thing you should really know about Doucet is that the man is an expert songwriter.
Montreal Mirror  |  Johnson Cummins  |  03-28-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Reaches its Promised Landnew

The towering tunes on Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band's fifth album are rich and raucous, monumental and very Montreal.
Montreal Mirror  |  Johnson Cummins  |  03-21-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Sum 41: Older but Wiseguysnew

With a proven track record that continues to propel the band, Sum 41 has been rewarded with what few bands on major labels can boast, the freedom to call its own shots.
Montreal Mirror  |  Johnson Cummins  |  03-07-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Menace Ruine Are Darker Than Thounew

Ominous, chaotic, brooding, violent and punishing are all adjectives befitting the music of this Montreal duo.
Montreal Mirror  |  Johnson Cummins  |  02-22-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

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