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Pressure Release Second Story-Album

Rock and Roll and Storytelling have gone hand in hand for a long time.  Some of the greatest rock records of all time (Tommy, The Wall, The Downward Spiral) have all been based around narratives that highlight the extremities of the human condition.  In a singles-driven market, that’s harder and harder to do.  But that doesn’t stop bands like Sweden’s innovative yet affectionately old-school rockers, Pressure. The band is dropping their next album, In a...

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Skatenigs Return with their Strongest Effort Yet

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