Amanda Hilken

Another tragic day in rock

Layne Staley 1967-2002 Grunge is dead, literally. The body of Layne Staley was found in his Seattle home Friday. His death was not a shock to fans, but rather an anticipated, inevitable horror. The agonized, brooding vocalist/lyricist for Alice in Chains and Mad Season had long been enduring the self-destructing and unrelenting clutch of drug […]

Bands honor godfather of Go-Go, Chuck Brown

Do ya’ll like to dance? Hell, yeah! Do ya’ll like to party? Hell, yeah! Chuck Brown is the godfather of Go-Go, and who could turn down a chance to party with the man himself on his birthday? Several artists gathered last Friday at the 9:30 Club to honor Brown. The sold-out show featured a variety […]

Dislocated Styles plays by the numbers

After five years and an independently released EP and LP, crossover outfit Dislocated Styles recently got its big break – a record contract with the infamous Roadrunner Records, home of such metal heroes as Fear Factory and Sepultura. Starting its music career in Phoenix, Ariz., was not an easy task for the septet, but the […]

Until the End of Time carries on the Shakur legacy

More than four years after his death, Tupac Shakur’s legacy continues to reach the hearts of fans with the release of Until the End of Time (Death Row Records). The collection knocked Shaggy’s publicly acclaimed Hotshot to the number-two Billboard slot after the album enjoyed two weeks at the top of the charts. Until the […]