HRC's Top 10 New Albums of 2010

I was kinda light on discovering new music this year. But, this is an honest list (last.fm keeps me honest – behavioral analytics FTW) that is schizo as hell but very, very me. I still refuse to write record reviews because I’m terrible at them, so it’s not a coincidence that I saw every act […]

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HRC's Top 10 Shows of 2010

Out of my 112 adventures this year….these were the 10 that rose to the top. How do I decide? I just went with the first shows that popped into my head. Generally, these are the shows that were the best stories for me. Sometimes it was because I had a lot of fun, or because […]

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Requiem: Killing Joke @ The Wiltern, 12/18/10

“And the meaning of words When they cease to function When there’s nothing to say When will it start worrying you? Death – requiem” The last show of the year is always bittersweet. It holds a certain amount of weight; it’s the memory that will pervade the couple of weeks of silence filled with food, […]

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Rock Superstar: Camp Freddy, Cherri Bomb @ The Roxy, 12/17/10

A bit more than a month after my last trip to LA, I found myself driving The Challenger up to the Sunset Marquis again. I was here for my final shows of 2010, and to finally look for a place to call a semi-permanent home in LA. My first trip of the year was to […]

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Father F*cker: Peaches Christ Superstar @ Music Hall of Williamsburg, 12/12/10

I’ve been a student of the teaches of Peaches for almost a decade. So when my Yankee friend saw she was playing the Music Hall of Williamsburg on one of the nights I was in town, we snatched up tickets without reading a thing about it. The first time I saw Peaches was with her, […]

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Du Hast Mich: Rammstein, Combichrist @ Madison Square Garden, 12/11/10

Seeing Rammstein live has existed as a myth in my mind for over 10 years. Saturday night that myth became reality, but it blew my mind so much that I’m not even sure what I experienced was real. I first heard of Rammstein in the late ’90s on the Trent Reznor curated soundtrack to David […]

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Exist: Skeletonwitch, Trap Them, Withered, and Landmine Marathon @ Red 7, 12/4/10

As soon as we walked into Red 7, I thought something was…a little wrong. Come to find out, the Austin School of Rock was performing Beatles hits on the inside stage before the metal show started out back. I looked at the little girl up there helping sing ‘I Wanna Hold Your Hand’ and thought […]

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Thrasher: Forbidden, Evile, Gama Bomb, Bonded By Blood, and Birth A.D. @ Emo's, 12/2/10

“Ohh…..shitttt….” The red and blue lights are the only kind of lights you don’t want to see this time of year. I pull over. The officer is nice but not nice enough to let me off the hook. I was going 84 in a 70….and I was slowing down. As he writes the ticket, I’m […]

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The Best Little Tasting Room in Arizona: Caduceus Cellars in Jerome, AZ, 11/28/10

Making a pilgrimage to Jerome has been on my to do list since my first Caduceus purchases, and especially since seeing Blood Into Wine. It was upon receiving my first shipment from the Velvet Slippers Club that I realized that I could make it happen. My interest in Maynard’s wine endeavor goes beyond my fandom […]

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Comfortably Numb: Roger Waters | The Wall, US Airways Center | Phoenix, 11/27/10

Sometimes you do things and don’t realize their full purpose until after the decision is made. A mere six months ago, my life- and the way I look at life- was almost completely different. That was when I told my mom to ask my dad (since I used to never talk to him directly) if […]

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