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Lamb of God: As the Palaces Burn

Posted to Artist Spotlight on November 14, 2013

Ten years ago, one of the most influential metal albums of the new millennium was released. As the Palaces Burn was the breakout album for the hardcore metal band Lamb of God. Its critical and commercial success would trigger the resurgence of dozens of new groove metal bands in the spirit of Pantera on the underground metal scene. This album, held dearly by fans, has been re-released with a new, digitally re-mastered mix. Along with the album re-release, the band has issued a docum…

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Green Day: ¡Cuatro!

Ben Fong-Torres Posted to Artist Spotlight on October 3, 2013

It looks, early on, like a Beach Boys documentary, with the surf, the surfer, and the talk about a band needing to take some time off. But the surfer is Billie Joe Armstrong, and the band, of course, is Green Day, who probably could sound like Brian Wilson and company if it wanted to. ¡Cuatro! reveals the East Bay band as thoughtful and thought-out, from their perspectives on being in the music industry to the way they break down the elements of songs they’re wor…

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Slightly Stoopid & Friends: Live at Roberto’s TRI Studios

Ben Fong-Torres Posted to Artist Spotlight on July 1, 2013

Tommy Chong, playing host for this incredible, two-hour web cast, “We’re all stoned tonight—especially me.” He then screws up the name of the band he’s introducing. “A band called…” He looks at Miles Doughty uncertainly. “Something Stupid?” Perfect. But maybe only the Cheech & Chong co-founder is wiped out, because Slightly Stoopid proceeds to put on a show so smooth that one of their guests, Bob Weir, goes out of hi…

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Remembering George Jones

Ben Fong-Torres Posted to Artist Spotlight on May 1, 2013

The phone rang. It was the news desk at the local ABC-TV affiliate. “Who died?” I asked. “George Jones.” Soon, a camera operator was at my home here in San Francisco, asking questions about Jones, his impact on country music, and the state of country music today. I must be on some kind of Sound Bites List at local radio and TV stations. Whenever a noted entertainer dies, they call. From John Lennon to Whitney Houston; from John Belushi to Dick Clark. You l…

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Center Stage: Blake Shelton

Posted to Artist Spotlight on April 6, 2013

In our recent iOS update 1.4, we introduced a new FREE section to our app called Center Stage to spotlight premier artists. We’re excited to announce that we’re kicking off our first Center Stage Artist with only the biggest name in country Music right now! Blake Shelton. Blake fans not only have his new album “Based on a True Story…” to be excited about, but we’ve got two new full-length concerts right here in the Q. (See concert video below)…

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