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David King

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David King

The Major Lift

by David King December 13, 2012

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Why are Muse still a band? They seem bored, copping the same Radiohead poses that have gotten them through what seems like a dozen or so releases. But it’s not the band’s laziness and boredom ...

Holiday Gift Guide: Video Games

by David King November 29, 2012

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  The gamer in your household is probably getting on your nerves just about now. With the holidays rolling in, game companies have let loose the floodgates and all the megasequels have hit the shelves. Halo ...

Between the Buried and Me

by David King November 15, 2012

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Between the Buried and Me are a metal band who speak a musical language all their own, but it’s one they have cobbled together with bits and pieces of the great work of others. With ...

Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson

by David King October 25, 2012

Marilyn Manson informed the crowd at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Tuesday night that the police had warned him not to advocate drug use and “anal sex” but the only people that bought that ...

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Twins of Evil Tour

by David King October 17, 2012

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  Halloween is a lucky time this year because the two scariest men in the universe are coming to the Glens Falls Civic Center just days before the bone-chilling holiday. No, we aren’t talking about Mitt ...

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The Major Lift

by David King August 30, 2012

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I feel confident saying that “The Full Retard” should have been the jam of summer 2012. Brooklyn’s El-P is an MC with indie cred and the kind of politically conscious but expectation-flaunting firebrand who is ...

The Major Lift

by David King August 9, 2012

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“Remember the ’90s?” It was the commercial I knew would kill me when I eventually heard it. Just the idea that the music of my teen years would be reduced to a greatest-hits collection to ...

Sleigh Bells

by David King March 22, 2012

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 Sleigh Bells’ second disc is sophomoric. The vibrant production that combined crunchy guitar work and big dropping hip-hop beats on the band’s debut Treats is nowhere to be found on Reign of Terror. Instead the ...

Skinny Puppy

by David King March 22, 2012

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Skinny Puppy reunited some years ago thanks to lucrative German industrial festival cash. Well, it turns out that Germany’s love of industrial wasn’t enough to keep the band fat and paid. And, hey, when a ...

Objet d’art

by David King January 12, 2012

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It’s a rare thing to find something so succinct and perfect as Cynic’s Carbon-Based Anatomy, like a little music box of out-of-this-time, ethereal prog rock. The six-song EP is far from straightforward or bare-bones: The ...

Between the Buried and Me

by David King December 14, 2011

Between the Buried and Me never fail to deliver an absurdly tight set of progressive metal, with an emphasis on “progressive.” Their playing is flawless, lead singer Tommy Rogers delivers a sense of drama and ...

Jay-Z and Kanye West

by David King September 7, 2011

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A CEO and a sex addict walk into a recording studio—stop me if you’ve heard this one before. You probably have, actually, in a number of ways. Jay-Z (the CEO) teamed up with sex addict ...

The Black Dahlia Murder

by David King August 3, 2011

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It’s always nice to be surprised—well, that is, unless you are a die-hard, slack-jawed metal/hardcore kid who digs Jamie Jasta, Godsmack, Slipknot and Emmure. In that case you want the same thing over and over ...

The Devin Townsend Project

by David King July 27, 2011

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Over the years, Devin Townsend, Canada’s mad scientist of metal and mastermind of the once-great Strapping Young Lad, has combined his absurd sense of humor with his complex metal compositions. You might not have caught ...

Thoroughbred Rock

by David King July 20, 2011

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Cheddar-flavored goldfish and beer—that is what the members of Travis Gray and the Frontiers were full of after playing their fifth show—an opening gig for Third Eye Blind at the sold-out Roseland Ballroom in New ...

Around the World and Back

by David King July 6, 2011

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Around the World and Back used to be quiet. While their last EP Songs to Sleep To was a dreamy collection of bedroom pop, their new full length Big Beat is full of thunderous Brit ...

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Fred Dicker, Man of Integrity

by David King July 6, 2011

There may be no better way to be simultaneously horrified and amused these days than to pick up one of Fred Dicker's columns. His latest masterpiece of tragedy and comedy, “Obama to Tap Cuomo to ...

I Have the Votes

by David King June 29, 2011

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On Friday (June 24), at a little past 10 PM, the New York State Legislature passed a bill allowing same-sex marriage in New York state. As the Senate finished its vote, the architect of the ...

They Do?

by David King June 16, 2011

On Wednesday, New York State Senate Republicans disappeared into their chambers to conference same-sex marriage. They emerged after four hours in chambers, having decided nothing. They expressed their intention to discuss bringing the bill to ...

The Major Lift

by David King June 15, 2011

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It isn’t particularly important for a pop star to make sense—just to be catchy—but, unfortunately, on Born this Way from Interscope, Lady Gaga buries what makes her good at her job: catchy, dirty, grinding synth ...

International Man of Metal

by David King June 8, 2011

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"Come stay in the Leo Bar; we have a lion.” Those were the words that started the weirdest night of Jason Keyser’s life. In 2007, Keyser left the comfy ...

The Will to Win

by David King May 25, 2011

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“Tss, tss, tss” is the sound echoing through the boxing gym at 91 Quail St. in Albany on a Monday afternoon in May. It gets louder: “Tss, tsss, tsaa.” More vowels are added, and the ...

Different Joke, Same Punchline

by David King May 18, 2011

For two years, Senate Demo-crats made fools of themselves while they controlled the majority. Their infighting, inability to pass important legislation and that messy coup made them look incapable of leadership. The Republicans have control ...

Legislative Chicken

by David King May 11, 2011

This week the Independent Democratic Conference, a group of breakaway Democrats who wanted to find a way to enjoy the perks of being in the majority without actually being in it, released a study showing ...