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Gimme Five: 1980s ‘Hair Ballads’ That Don’t, You Know, Suck

Gimme Five: 1980s ‘Hair Ballads’ That Don’t, You Know, Suck

I bristle when folks dismiss everything from this era as garbage.

Something Else! sneak peek: Exodus featuring Kirk Hammett, “Salt the Wound” (2014)

Something Else! sneak peek: Exodus featuring Kirk Hammett, “Salt the Wound” (2014)

Even without Hammett, this would have been solid, if unspectacular.

Queen – Live at the Rainbow ’74 (2014)

Queen – Live at the Rainbow ’74 (2014)

Edgy and raw, as bracing as any live Queen performance ever released.

‘Sometimes people get divorced': Eric Singer on wearing the classic Kiss makeup

‘Sometimes people get divorced': Eric Singer on wearing the classic Kiss makeup

Eric Singer also notes that the current lineup has lasted longer than any other.

Dead Neanderthals – Prime (2014)

Dead Neanderthals – Prime (2014)

A wake-up call to anyone who thought free jazz was a dying art.

Dead Earth Politics – The Queen of Steel EP (2014)

Dead Earth Politics – The Queen of Steel EP (2014)

They had me at “Redneck Dragonslayer.”

Skid Row – Rise of the Damnation Army: United World Rebellion, Chapter 2 (2014)

Skid Row – Rise of the Damnation Army: United World Rebellion, Chapter 2 (2014)

It seems, finally, that Skid Row has found its way again.

Alestorm – Sunset on the Golden Age (2014)

Alestorm – Sunset on the Golden Age (2014)

Alestorm honed their cutlasses to a razor-sharp point on this album.

Odd Couples: Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” vs. AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell”

Odd Couples: Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” vs. AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell”

These two songs have you coming, and going. But which one’s better?

Buckcherry – F**k EP (2014)

Buckcherry – F**k EP (2014)

In another time, this “concept” might have been shocking. Not anymore.