Mogwai's 5 Best Biblical Songs

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Scottish post-rock heroes Mogwai is the band most instrumental rock groups that have started in the past decade want to be when they grow up. Beginning with 1997's epic Young Team and continuing with the release of the group's eighth studio LP, last January's Rave Tapes, Stuart Braithwaite, John Cummings, Dominic Aitchison, Martin Bulloch and Barry Burns have found inventive ways to avoid the sonic monotony that many guitar-driven instrumental rock acts eventually suffer from. Loud, quiet, loud and back again is great, but Mogwai pushes the formula with each record, whether it is a proper studio album or a film score.

While lyrics in Mogwai numbers are really rare, the band still finds ways to convey a rather sharp, sometimes perplexing, sense of humor. The song titles are often employed as vehicles to simply give the band a giggle, and nothing more, though so many titles are thought provoking, especially the many songs bearing titles with seemingly religious connotations. Guitarist Cummings admitted as much to the Observer when we spoke to him recently over the phone.


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TEEN's Kristina "Teeny" Lieberson: "We Like to Crush Ignorance"

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Shawn Brackbill
TEEN

Naming your band TEEN can have some repercussions. Just ask Kristina "Teeny" Lieberson. While some might assume a band called TEEN might feature a least a few teenagers, Lieberson simply used her childhood nickname as the inspiration for a moniker. And there is nothing immature about the music of this TEEN. Mixing brooding, experimental rock with slight elements of pop, Lieberson (along with her two sisters) are on tour in support of their great new album The Way and Color.

Speaking from a tour stop in Chicago and in anticipation of Wednesday's performance supporting Phantogram at the South Side Music Hall, Lieberson spoke with DC9 about being in a band with her sisters and how sexism is still alive in rock and roll.

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Manchester Orchestra's Chris Freeman on Losing Band Members and Appearing on Letterman Four Times

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Andrew Thomas Lee
Manchester Orchestra

Atlanta's Manchester Orchestra play indie music with an epic feel. Over the course of a decade, this nimble five-piece led by the enigmatic Andy Hull have released four albums of quality alternative rock. The band's most recent effort, Cope, may well be the band's best effort yet.

Speaking from his home the day before starting the tour that includes a stop at the House of Blues on Wednesday, keyboardist Chris Freeman spoke with DC9 about producing Cope themselves and how Manchester Orchestra drew inspiration (and a band name) from the city in England.

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Spider One from Powerman 5000 on Being Rob Zombie's Brother and Appearing on Beverly Hills, 90210

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David Block
Spider One from Powerman 5000

Even though he fronts the sonically aggressive electro-metal band Powerman 5000, Spider One (AKA Michael David Cummings) is a thoughtful and downright restrained individual. I guess you have to have a cool head to keep some form of a band going for 23 years. Over that time, Powerman 5000 has released nine slabs of intense industrial metal, including 1999's Tonight the Stars Revolt, one of the genre's signature statements.

Speaking from the tour bus in New Mexico and in anticipation of Sunday night's performance at Trees, Spider One spoke with DC9 about everything from being Rob Zombie's brother to how he got to be on the original Beverly Hills, 90210.


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Thrashin' Alan on His Love for Metal and Hosting KNON's Hard Time Radio for 18 Years

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For nearly 20 years "Thrashin'" Alan Tuggle has been promoting metal on his radio show Hard Time Radio on KNON. It's a position that has also afforded him opportunities to interview idols of the metal scene from Ronnie James Dio to "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott.

He's become a fixture in the local music scene, and he's one of the most important metalheads to come out of North Texas. He's introduced us to metal bands like Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage and Shadows Fall when no one else in the DFW area was playing them on the air. He's a father, a musician and an all around cool dude.

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The Rail Club Is No Longer "Just" a Metal Club

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The Rail Club has been a mecca for metal since opening its doors in 2010. But new owner Josh Campbell hopes to expand it to include other genres of music, making it a mecca for all musicians.

"When it comes to music, I play metal and I love metal," Campbell says. "But I don't think a venue can operate properly on just one genre of music."

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Eric Verporter of Centuries on Using Latin Album and Song Titles and Washing Dogs

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Chuck Johnson
Centuries

Although they have been around since 2005, Florida's punk/metal act Centuries have just recently released their full-length debut Taedium Vitae. Featuring a bruising style and vocalist Eric Verporter's unyielding singing style; Centuries have an intense style seemingly all to themselves.

Speaking from a tour stop in Florida and in anticipation of tonight's performance at Tomcats West in Fort Worth, Verporter talked with DC9 about his band's uncompromising roar and how he's lucky that his dog-washing job allows him time off for touring.


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How the Eli Young Band Stays Grounded As It Takes Off

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The Eli Young Band is, by now, a household name, at least in households across North Texas, where three of its four members still reside, and in other households whose speakers blare with country. With each single released by the four-piece, formed in Denton in 2000 and led by lead singer Mike Eli and lead-guitarist James Young, the band's name becomes more commonplace on the nation's playlists. With the release of its latest effort, the slick, something-for-everyone 10,000 Towns, a more prominent spot on Country Music's A-List seems inevitable.

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Girls Rock Dallas' Spring Fling Has Real Punk Attitude

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This year's Girls Rock Dallas' annual Spring Fling festival will be held on Sunday at Sue Ellen's bar in Oak Lawn. Although recently listed as one of the "Douchiest Bars in Dallas" by some local blog, this venue offers the perfect environment to channel a metal feel with a less chauvinistic touch.

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Ben Falgoust of Goatwhore: "Honestly, I Really Don't Care What Happens After I Die"

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Hailing from New Orleans, Goatwhore are one of the most anti-religious metal bands going. But despite the darkness of their overarching message, the music is tight, white-hot, stop-on-a-dime hardcore metal. Hanging together for nearly two decades, Goatwhore have released six full-lengths, but 2012's Blood for the Master and the soon-to-be-released Constricting Rage of the Merciless are by far the best albums the band has made.

From the road in Nevada and in anticipation of Friday's show at the House of Blues, vocalist Ben Falgoust spoke with DC9 about the band adopting a more structured songwriting approach and why he is so vehemently against organized religion.


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