All eyes -- or ears, rather -- in the music world, including ours, were on Chinese Democracy this week. Most of us honestly never thought we'd live to see the release of the mythical Guns N' Roses record, and now that we had a chance to listen to it all the way through, we're sticking by our original assessment, based on hearing just a few songs: meh. Although parts of it are infinitely more listenable than expected, as a whole, it doesn't really seem to have been worth the excruciating amount of time it took to be released. Anyhow, we weighed in on that album this week, as well as Kanye's new one, which hits stores next week, and delivered a ton of other content, the headlines of which we've conveniently hot linked for you after the jump. Have a great weekend. We'll see you again on Monday. -- Dave Herrera
Friday, November 21, 2008 • The Friday Rap-up • Your Friday distraction is here • Love.45 holding auditions for new guitarist • Beyond Playlist: Guns N' Roses, Kayne West and T-Pain • This weekend: Sharon Rawles tribute at Herman’s Hideaway • Live Review: Sisters of Mercy at Ogden Theatre • Live Review: David Guetta at Beta • The Fray’s new single makes its debut
Thursday, November 20, 2008 • ohGr from Skinny Puppy visits Fashionation • Free Negativeland shows • Slim Cessna riddles revealed • Zombie Hate Brigade's awesome micro-epic • Marty Jones returns to the stage with new songs • Scratch and Dent Sale: Twas the night before recording • If you're going to sing a Dio song... • Evidently, somebody REALLY digs KTCL • Thanks to You there, Beardo • The hi-dive celebrates fifth year of being awesome • Dressy Bessy's out-of-print debut made available • Operation World Domination continues for 3OH!3
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Wednesday, November 19, 2008 • Scott Baxendale makes guitar for Mike Cooley… • The Fray previewing new songs live at Snow Daze in Vail • Twist & Shout announces free Matisyahu show • Chinese Democracy reviewed by Chuck Klosterman • Chinese Democracy leaked. Axl can’t be stoked • Live Review: Danava at Larimer Lounge • A Shoreline Dream’s video short • Q&A with Apollo Sunshine’s Sam Cohen • Q&A with Hardy Morris of Dead Confederate
Monday, November 17, 2008 • Celine Dion's Pepsi Center Show rescheduled • Young Coyotes to record Daytrotter session • Cat-A-Tac parts ways • Single File previews new song and recordings • Red Rocks Riot, 1971 • KBCO Studio C celebrates its twentieth anniversary... • Tickle Me Pink releases explicit verson of "Typical Whore" video • Live Review: Of Montreal at the Ogden Theatre