Evazan and Baba: A Tale Of Misadventure and Cosmetic Surgery
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The Cantina Cast has published a piece of mine on two of my favorite Star Wars "background" characters. This is a complete history of Doctor Cornelius Evazan and his mate Ponda Baba. These characters are the subjects of Bantha Fodder's...

Review: John Mayer - "Love On The Weekend"
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John Mayer has been teasing his return to pop music for some time, most notably through his Instagram.[1] Of late, he’s been touring with The Grateful Dead as a member of their band. It’s a bit of...

31 Days Of Halloween: ‘Halloweentown’
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Following the closure of Under The Gun Review in 2016, the site's longstanding tradition of Halloween adoration and criticism continued on at Substream with another round of 31 Days Of Halloween. This year, I contributed a piece on Halloweentown, a...

Perfect LP: Mansions
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The folks at Modern Vinyl asked me to write about Mansions some more, so I did. A few thousand words spewed out over the course of 7 hours and 10 loads of laundry. Perfect LP is a feature in which...

An interview with Lydia
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“I think I’m going to shotgun a Redbull. They don’t affect me like they used to,” said Lydia guitarist Justin Camacho as I walked into the green room of Musica, Akron’s coziest music venue. “Damn, you got...

31 Days Of Halloween: 'Alien 3'
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As is tradition, I lent my love of horror and science fiction to Under The Gun's 31 Days Of Halloween. My piece on Alien 3 was published this week. This year's series is dedicated to the memory of our late...

Day Jobs: The Lives of Musicians & Creatives In The Workforce
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This piece was published at AltPress on September 15, 2015 as part of my short-lived column on morality and creativity in the music industry. The day job: a time-consuming soul sucker that financially fuels the creative person. Many of us...

"I Am Not A Blogger" (My farewell to PropertyOfZack)
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PropertyOfZack will cease to update after this weekend. It's a sad thing, but not a bad thing. POZ has done a lot for the scene. It's nice to read and contribute so many words during its victory lap. I’ve...

Bands Need Mentors
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Art by Alexis HowickThis piece was published at AltPress on June 19, 2015 as part of my short-lived column on morality and creativity in the music industry. I'm frustrated, and the source of my frustration is our scene. Here we...

Calling It Quits, Moving On and Staying Creative
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This piece was published at AltPress on June 04, 2015 as part of my short-lived column on morality and creativity in the music industry. Growing up, those who support you most will encourage you to find what it is you...

Start Today: Star Wars
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In which I introduce Zack to Star Wars. I’ve known him for over half of a decade and this is my first piece on his site. What is this? Star Wars is a beloved (and presently ongoing) space opera...

For The Love of Film: The Star Wars Holiday Special
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My late friend Justin Proper of Under The Gun Review had a running column for several years called “For The Love Of Film.” He once asked me to fill in for him when he was too sick. Our colleague Dane...

31 Days of Halloween: Aliens
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My second entry in the 31 Days series, a follow-up to last year's column on Ridley Scott's Alien. This was originally posted on Under The Gun Review. Of all the holidays celebrated worldwide, no single day is more loved by...

Yellowcard: Setting Sail For New Territory
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Unlike the Beartooth Story, this one was planned out in advance. Like the story about Caleb and his wife Fleur, this story centered around Ryan Key and his wife Alyona. It got very personal and I felt quite honored to...

Plastic Galaxy: The Story Of Star Wars Toys
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I love Star Wars. I’d go so far as to say that I always have. I was shown Star Wars when I was still in my single digits and received my first lightsaber when I was probably about 6....

Beartooth: Sick & Disgusting
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This was my first cover story for any magazine. The opportunity came up last minute, but I'm pleased with how it came out. I wrote more about how I got the story here. This story joined my feature on Emarosa's...

An interview with Anthony Raneri
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This was a big one for me. As a long-time Bayside fan, getting to sit one-on-one with Anthony in the Grog Shop green room was really cool. We got coffee after. In December, I had a last-minute opportunity to interview...

Review: Mansions - 'Doom Loop'
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This review was originally published by Under The Gun Review. Artist: Mansions Album: Doom Loop Label: Clifton Motel Genre: Crunchy Alternative Rock When I love a record as much as I loved Mansions’ Dig Up The Dead, I feel it’...

An interview with Stages & Stereos
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This interview comes with a little background story. At the time, I had recently started talking to a girl who had a few mutual friends. She liked music, so I though it would be cool to take her to a...

31 Days of Halloween: You're Next
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This year, I wrote two entries for 31 Days of Halloween. In addition to my love letter to Alien, I also wrote about one of my favorite home invasion flicks, You're Next. Of all the holidays celebrated worldwide, no single...

31 Days of Halloween: Alien
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This was my first entry in the 31 Days of Halloween canon. Because I didn't write anything for the series in 2012, I contributed a second piece on You're Next as well. Of all the holidays celebrated worldwide, no single...

Review: The 1975 - 'The 1975'
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This review was originally published on Under The Gun Review. Artist: The 1975 Label: Dirty Hit/Polydor Records (UK) Vagrant Records (USA) Genre: Pop, Rock, Indie Talkhouse, Drive Like I Do, Bigsleep, The Slowdown, The 1975. Once a name finally...

Review: Parachute - 'Overnight'
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This review was originally published on Under The Gun Review. Artist: Parachute Album: Overnight Genre: Pop, Rock RIYL: The Cab, A Rocket To The Moon, The Summer Set In 2009, a band from Charlottesville, VA called Sparky’s Flaw changed...

Review: Late In The Playoffs - 'Alive And On Your Own'
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This review was originally published by Under The Gun Review. Artist: Late In The Playoffs Album: Alive and On Your Own Genre: Pop-punk Label: Unsigned Late In The Playoffs’ new album, Alive & On Your Own, is a huge step...

Review: John Mayer - 'Paper Doll'
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This review was originally published by Under The Gun Review. Today, John Mayer did an odd thing. That is to say, John Mayer did something I didn’t expect from him with a few elements that made it strange. See,...

An Interview with Will Pugh of Cartel
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I remember this as my first remote interview, recorded over a frightening array of wires from first iPhone to my 2004 Dell desktop running Audacity. This was also the first time I got the personal cell number of an artist...

Review: Fall Out Boy - 'Infinity On High'
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This review was originally published on Mind Equals Blown. What is “good” is totally subjective. I stand by that with a firm resolve. I write reviews with apprehension because of this fact. What is deemed quality by one can easily...

Review: Fall Out Boy - 'Save Rock and Roll'
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This review was originally published on Under The Gun Review. Artist: Fall Out Boy Album: Save Rock and Roll Genre: Pop/Rock Label: Island/Decaydance “We’re definitely writing all the time, so we’re not going to try to...

Review: Coheed and Cambria - 'The Afterman: Descension'
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This review was originally published on Under The Gun Review. Artist: Coheed and Cambria Album: The Afterman: Descension Genre: Progressive Rock Label: Hundred Handed/Everything Evil It seems strange to write an album review for Coheed and Cambria so soon...

Review: Fall Out Boy - "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark"
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This review was originally published on Under The Gun Review. Yesterday, one of the most influential bands in my life made a huge return to music after a 4 year hiatus. Fall Out Boy came back, sending my Internet world...

An interview with Joe Flanders
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This was the first and only interview that I ever conducted twice. After having a really great conversation with Joe about his work, I realized that I had not properly set up Audio Hijack to record the Skype session. Luckily...

Facebook Adds Drag/Drop Feature
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Writing for WhatCulture was a mistake. Apart from having my work chopped up into slide-based listacles, there is no longer any attribution on my pieces there. Last week, Facebook introduced Poke, a heavyweight competitor to indie real-time photo sharing app...

New Myspace: 9 Features Reviewed & In-Depth Analysis
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Writing for WhatCulture was a mistake. Apart from having my work chopped up into slide-based listacles, there is no longer any attribution on my pieces there. Trying to recover the now-dead images for the post yielded the thumbnails you see...

Review: Blaqk Audio - 'Bright Black Heaven'
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This review was originally published on Under The Gun Review. Artist: Blaqk Audio Album: Bright Black Heaven Genre: Electronic Label: Big Death / Superball Music It has been a long wait for a new Blaqk Audio record. The duo’s debut...