Up at Stylus I have reviews of new albums by The Stooges and Titan. At Metal Injection, I've reviewed Dutch death metallers Devious, Finnish melodeath dealers Omnium Gatherum, hair farmers Dokken (who seem to be getting "they weren't that bad" reevaluation these days), and straightedge hardcore punkers Liferuiner.

Speaking of sXe, Decibel has an interesting feature up on breaking edge. And if you haven't already, check out Adrien Begrand's fine piece on Manowar for PopMatters. Sitting through a Manowar DVD is the metal journalistic equivalent of "taking one for the team."

I'm giving a talk on Berlin techno in Seattle at the EMP Pop Conference at 2:15 pm on Friday, April 20. The conference is free to the public, and loads (and I mean loads) of music writing heavies will be there, so feel free to drop by.

Also, I'll be in NYC from April 13-19, so if you want to get a drink, share record store tips, etc., email me at invisibleoranges at gmail dot com. On Wednesday April 18, I'll be at the Annihilate This Week weekly at Guero, 9 Avenue A between Houston & 1st, so feel free to stop by and say hi. I'm the dude with the shaved head, glasses, and black shirt - like every other dude there, probably!