It's certainly understandable if you, like many, suffer band band reunion fatigue. Nowadays, it seems, no band actually breaks up. But this is a reunion we're generally thrilled about: Veruca Salt. Singer-guitarists Nina Gordon and Louise Post fronted the '90s band, releasing singles like "Seether" and "Volcano Girls," which were the sonic equivalent of Pop Rocks: all sweet harmonies and sharp guitar grinds. In 1998, Gordon left the band, which then went through several incarnations with Post at its helm. This summer the original line-up -- Gordon, Post, drummer Jim Shapiro, and bassist Steve Lack -- is back together and touring. We spoke to Gordon about why this isn't that kind of reunion tour.
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Better Than: Most of Jay Z's other collaborative tours.
It's difficult to believe power couple Beyonce and Jay Z have never toured together before. Their solo albums are hardly without a guest appearance from the other, and in their hometowns it's usually a given one will show up in support of the other. The timing of this particular collaboration is perfect, coming the summer after Jay joined Justin Timberlake on a stadium take-over of their own and Yonce embarked on her massive 'Mrs. Carter World Tour' and dropped her surprise self-titled album in time for everyone's year-end lists. Separate, they are empires never needing the other's name to validate their endeavors in both business and art, so why wouldn't they continue their world domination together?More »
Better Than: Whatever wimpy-ass indie rock show you hit up instead
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"The first time I heard Infest, I thought it sounded like a bulldog barking at the mailman." My friend Jack is a straight shooter if there ever was one, and his description of his first brush with California powerviolence legends Infest is nothing if not on point. "The best part is, they still sound like that!" It's a testament to powerviolence's staying, er, power that the songs these four dudes wrote, recorded, and last really thought about in 1991 still sound as vital and hungry as they surely did back then. Vocalist Joe Denunzio still sounds like a pissed-off bully when he's got a microphone gripped in his massive mitts, and his three partners in crime from way back when -- Matt Domino (guitar), Chris Dodge (bass), and Bob Deepsix (drums) -- can blast out their short sharp shocks of sound with their eyes closed. The foursome still cut an impressive figure onstage, even if they'd opted for comfort in basketball shorts and basic tees.
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