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“Never compromise. Not even in the face of Armageddon.” This quote, delivered in the famed graphic novel “Watchmen” by the vigilante Rorshach applies perfectly to the status of Texas hard rockers Flyleaf over the past few years. After the departure of renowned vocalist Lacey Sturm three years ago, the musical direction – and the continuation of the band – was questioned. H…

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Ever since rock bands started flexing their creative muscle, developing their skills to the point of virtuosity and realizing that they needn’t be hemmed in by pop conventions, a dichotomy has existed between those who prefer their music in short, organized and clinically precise 3½-minute bursts, and those who are eager to dive headlong into the stream of complex music. …

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Our Lady Peace has done what so many of its Canadian rock peers from the 1990s have failed to do – endure with integrity and relevance intact. Back in the mid-’90s, OLP was part of a class of emerging Canadian rock bands that seemed poised to follow in the path paved previously by the Tragically Hip. Acts like I Mother Earth, Moist, Pure and Moxy Fruvous represented a vibr…

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Full disclosure time: I’m no metal/hard rock fan. Besides having a healthy respect for Metallica and appropriately getting down when “Too Many Puppies” comes over the jukebox at my local bar, the genre is generally not my favorite. But if any performance could make a believer out of me, it was Sevendust’s Friday night show in Rapids Theatre, Nia…

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Sevendust has earned a reputation as one of the more inventive bands in the world of contemporary heavy metal. Intensely aggressive at one turn, abundantly melodic at the next, the group has cultivated a loyal following over the course of its 20 years together. It should also be noted that Sevendust presented a multiracial face to the world of metal at a time when the genr…