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Samurai Who Were More Gangster Rapper Than Noble Warrior

Many people think of members of feudal Japan’s warrior class as essentially having been robots programmed to be honorable, go to war and kill themselves. That was probably true for some, but among the ranks of the samurai there were also master strategists, dead eyed sociopaths and guys who were were borderline superheros, not to...

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EndAnd

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Well, take this however you will, but the minute I first heard EndAnd, two words popped into my mind: Bad Religion. I mean that as a compliment. I really like...

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Vajra

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Look, I know a lot of us think of this when we think of “art rock”: But, I mean, is that so wrong? Clash at Demonhead was the best band...

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Xombie

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Well, it’s good to know that the collapse of Nu Metal didn’t entirely wipe the concept of a “lead singer/rapper” off of the face of the earth. No, seriously. Limp...

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Larusso

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I know you hip kids don’t think of Salt Lake City as a place you’d look for slick new music, but if you do a little digging a town like...

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Geiko

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Note: I sat here for twenty-some minutes trying to think of a joke about how listening to Geiko can save you 15% or more on car insurance that wasn’t hacky....

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Rival Empire

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You can hear flashes of Michael Jackson, Phil Collins and other members of the western musical zeitgeist in Rival Empire’s music. This helps to underline a theme in the Chicago...