Oliver Sheppard
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Oliver Sheppard

Oliver Sheppard is a writer from Texas. He's been writing for CVLT Nation for over 5 years. He's also written for Maximum Rock-n-Roll, Bandcamp.com, Souciant, and others. He started the Radio Schizo podcast in the early days of podcasting (2005) and began the Wardance and Funeral Parade event nights in Dallas and Austin, respectively, in 2012. He is the author of the upcoming nonfiction book Theda Bara in Her Own Words.

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In January, 1915, much of America was still lit by gaslight; women did not yet have the right to vote, and the First World War was in its early stages; Edwardian sensibilities and fashions ruled the day, as witnessed by the reigning “Gibson Girl” notion of ideal femininity; and in

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SILENT AGE from Chicago, consisting of ex-members of Population (see that band’s 2014 CVLT Nation interview with me here), play a kind of darkened minimalist postpunk that fans of The Sound and Modern Eon should check out. The hardcore punk pedigree of the band is still there, but this is introspective

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It’s hard to believe that The Creature is only the second album from the Bellicose Minds. In the six years since the Portland band released their Buzz or Howl Sessions cassette in 2010, the band has built a steady reputation of being one of the best bands playing in the

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Los Angeles’ Egrets on Ergot are a hard-to-categorize act that have been compared to everyone from the Birthday Party to the Virgin Prunes. Self-described as a postpunk and experimental band, their cacophonous four-piece approach gives attention to the influences of a particularly underground 80s LA art-rock scene that included the

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The deathrock revival that gripped the underground/DIY punk scene for the past 8 years or so seems to be waning. To some that’s good news; now a new trend can replace it that punk purists can gripe and complain about equally as much for not being raw d-beat/thrash. On the

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“If the radiance of a thousand suns Were to burst at once into the sky That would be like the splendor of the Mighty One […] I am become Death, The shatterer of worlds.” – Robert J. Oppenheimer, Los Alamos, New Mexico, July 16, 1945, quoting the Bhagavat Gita after witnessing

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