Tess Taylor is out to prove that there are second acts in American lives.
And Hollywood said, “Let us make a man, and let there be ink on his skin, and let him play guitar, and hit high notes, and date models, and judge a sing- ing competition, and act on television, and star in a movie.” And there was.
Dan Smith is living two dreams at once. When he’s not fronting the New Wave–inspired rock act The Dear & Departed, he’s busy at his other gig as a tattooer at High Voltage Tattoo in Los Angeles...
Boy, have we missed The Dillinger Escape Plan. While some of the time since the prog-metal band released 2007’s Ire Works was certainly spent practicing guitar scales, it seems much of it was dedicated to songwriting, as Option Paralysis sees the band finally realizing their Faith No More obsession without abandoning their own schizophrenic sound. That doesn’t mean the band has gone soft, proven by the seizure-inducing tech metal masterpiece “Good Neighbor” and sinisterly syncopated “Room Full of Eyes.” The biggest surprise is the album’s closer, “Parasitic Twins,” a NIN-worthy track that (like other sonic experiments on the album) the band manages to make their own.
What a long, strange, really weird trip it’s been for the Flaming Lips. The beloved band has survived more than 20 years of musical upheaval while becoming the elder statesmen of experimental rock whose “Do You Realize??” was named the Oklahoma state rock song. The Lips sound stranger than ever thanks to a formula of less guitar, more drums, and trippy sounds. The blown-out beats and throbbing bass lines of “Worm Mountain” and “See the Leaves” show the Lips’ psychedelic side. Singer Wayne Coyne lends his trembling voice to “If” with the opening line “People are evil this is true/But they can be gentle if they decide.” It’s that weird innocence that makes the Lips so endearing.
To say Jayceon “The Game” Taylor is a man of many contradictions is an understatement. An example: He grew up in Compton, CA, gangbanging with the Bloods even though his own mom was once affiliated with the Crips. He’s a cocky son-of-a-bitch who’s never been afraid to publicly champion himself as the greatest rapper alive. At the same time, he exhibits near-monk-like humility when it comes to thanking his friends, family, and hip-hop predecessors for paving the path of his success. Even The Game’s trajectory from Compton delinquent to international rap star has been riddled with paradox. He’s as hardcore a representation of West Coast as they come, and yet ...
On November 7, 2012, DC/Vertigo begins to roll out Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium Trilogy,” starting with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Vol. 1. But before you can get your hands on the hottest adaptation in memory, we present the exclusive excerpt.
When Hollywood is looking for a hard guy, the kind you wouldn’t want to meet in even a well-lit alley, they call Danny Trejo. You’ve seen his tough persona, you’ve seen his prison tattoos, and you’ve seen the distinctive lines on his face blown up on a big screen, but have you ever seen Trejo melt at the sight of puppies?