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Mosh Pit Etiquette: Oxymoron or Sensible Thought?

‘MOSH PIT’ ETIQUETTE: Oxymoron or Sensible Thought? By Clay Smith ‘Mosh pit’ and etiquette; these two words don’t collide very often- not nearly as often as kids do at metal and hardcore shows, that’s for sure. With the advent of ‘moshcore’ bands who readily become brawl soundtracks, the aggression expected of fans is pushed ever further. “Don’t get involved in [a mosh pit] if you don’t want to get hurt,” one fan contends. But, is physical harm inevitable to those who mosh? With musical and subcultural lines blurring, the need for a...
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Memorable Concerts: Madalyn Wasilczuk

Madalyn always discovers it first. This former music editor of The Eagle has an ear for new and interesting music, and she’s here to share a few of her most memorable concert experiences. Madalyn’s an incredibly intelligent woman and a close friend, so we are honored to have her share her perspective on live music… Picture yourself in a vast auditorium. Bright red, yellow, blue and white lights shine down on you in the darkness. An impatient, rowdy crowd murmurs at a dull roar, with an occasional cheer for the show to start. Whose name are they chanting? No, not yours. Theirs. That...
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What Makes For an Epic Show?

Clay Smith rocks vocals for a sweet band called Sleep Serapis Sleep and also happens to be a very talented writer and overall cool guy. As a touring musician, we thought Clay might have some good ideas about what an epic concert really is and how it’s done. Turns out, we were right. Clay put together a fascinating commentary on “epic shows” and we are thrilled to have him as a contributor to this blog. Take it away Mr. Smith… The word ‘epic’ has only recently begun to take over the vernacular of our youth.  It is most often used with reference to movies like ‘300’ or...
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Top 10 Live Bands: Kris English

Do you have a Top 10 list of bands that you’ve seen in concert? Kris English does. We asked this Milwaukee, WI concert addict who his 10 favorite bands are to see live. Kris says, “I go to concerts more often than I drink water, which may or may not be healthy…” so we think his list might be worth something. Don’t worry Kris, water is overrated. As long as you’re drinking plenty of beer at the shows. We know this list wasn’t easy to compile, and Kris tells us plenty of great bands were unfortunately left off the list. So thanks for narrowing it down. These...
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