Mike Mettler

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Mike Mettler Posted: Jul 04, 2006 0 comments

With such a storied lineage, I have to ask you: When did you first become interested in gear and electronics? Well, despite growing up in a family famous for the invention of the 8-track player, unfortunately, I was not filled in by any of my relatives on the mysterious world of electronics.

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Mike Mettler Posted: Jul 04, 2006 0 comments

Godsmack, Boston's multiplatinum metal growlers, took the nation by storm this past April by debuting at #1 with their heavy-hitting, aptly named fourth album, IV (Republic/Universal). And though the band's drummer Shannon Larkin loves his iPod ("every single song on it came from my own collection"), he still has a thing for CDs.

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Mike Mettler Posted: Jul 04, 2006 0 comments

Musicians sound off about the merits and detriments of the CD and how they're dealing with a digital-delivery-oriented future

Mike Mettler Posted: Jun 09, 2006 0 comments
How We Operate ATO
Music •••• Sound ••••
This freewheeling British fivesome loves to follow its own ramshackle muse.
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Mike Mettler Posted: Jun 09, 2006 0 comments

On Robot Chicken, action figures are stop-motion animated in humorous, wacky, and sometimes violent sketches - and I can't stop watching. Why does the show work? MATT: Our big thing is that we play off of nostalgia.

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Mike Mettler Posted: Jun 09, 2006 0 comments

With a slew of superheroes in theaters this summer - X-Men: The Last Stand, Superman Returns, My Super Ex-Girlfriend - we feel a musclebound DVD assessment is in order. Batman Begins, a benchmark title, ascended beyond this list to the pantheon of torture test discs and will be revered in a future issue.

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Mike Mettler Posted: Jun 08, 2006 0 comments

You want a Renaissance man? Look no further than T Bone Burnett, the producer behind the soundtracks to O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Walk the Line. Now, after a 14-year break, Burnett re-dons his singer/songwriter and recording-artist hat to drop a gritty new album, The True False Identity (DMZ/Columbia, also available on DualDisc).

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Mike Mettler Posted: Jun 06, 2006 0 comments

In honor of Ted Nugent's role as one of the outspoken members of VH1's volatile Supergroup , I dug around in the S&V archives and found this interview I conducted with the Motor City Madman exactly 5 years ago on June 14, 2001.

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Mike Mettler Posted: Jun 05, 2006 0 comments

Live music in surround: You just can't beat it. When S&V was asked if we'd like to head down to our nation's capital and see Alan Parsons do an installment of Artist Confidential in 5.1 for XM Satellite Radio back on March 4, we jumped at the chance.

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Mike Mettler Posted: May 31, 2006 0 comments

Like the Rolling Stones, Styx continues to gather no moss. Singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw has been a member of these perennially successful road warriors - perhaps best known for enduring rock hits like "Renegade," "Come Sail Away," and "Too Much Time on My Hands" - for 30 years and counting.

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