Mike Mettler

Mike Mettler

Mike Mettler is the music editor of Sound & Vision, where he also served as editor-in-chief for 7 years. His writing has appeared in Guitar Player, Palm Springs Life, Car Stereo Review, Technology Tell, and UniVibes (a Jimi Hendrix quarterly published in Italy). He also interviews artists and producers about their love of music and high-resolution audio on his own site, The SoundBard (www.soundbard.com), and champions the merits of high-resolution audio as the chief content officer of Hi Res Audio Central (www.hiresaudiocentral.com). In his alleged spare time, he dreams of owning a fastback 1967 Mustang.

The Crystal Method explain the art of the remix, why MP3s suck, and Satan Gas

Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland have made a living remixing other artists as The Crystal Method, but on their latest album, it’s their work that goes under the knife as other mixers take the board.

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How many Avett brothers does it take to salute Elliott Smith? One, and an indie prodigy

Indie icon Elliott Smith inspired a generation of songwriters before he tragically passed away at 34 in 2003. Now Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield are rekindling his memory with a touching tribute album.

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Arcade Fire’s Will Butler burns short, bright and solo on Policy

Free from the constraints of Arcade Fire’s frantic sextet, multi-instrumentalist Will Butler explores everything from Americana to electronics music on his new solo album Policy.

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Pushing the aural envelope with high-res audio evangelist Steven Wilson

Steven Wilson doesn’t just prefer the clarity of high-resolution recordings, he’s genuinely dumbfounded by artists that choose not to make them in 2015. And his new album, Hand. Cannot. Erase. , is a perfect showcase of what it can sound like.

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For alt-J, recordings are a ticket to the afterlife (so don’t mess up)

After going from a tiny British electronic act to headlining Madison Square Garden, the guys behind alt-J are coming to their grips with their fame – but one thing remains the same: Recording quality trumps everything.

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What’s coming from Game of Thrones Season 5 (and a look back at the cruelest cut)

Winter is coming and All Men Must Die, proclaims the trailer for Season 5 of Game of Thrones. Alfie Allen, who plays Reek on the show, hints at what to expect this season, and the dark days his character has been through.

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After decades propelling the B-52s with her throaty growl, Kate Pierson flies solo

On Guitars and Microphones, B-52s singer Kate Pierson gets a chance to break out of formation and fly solo – alongside Australian songwriter Sia – on a record that showcases unique vocals that could “cut through steel.”

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After facing judges on The Voice, Michelle Chamuel faces the fire in the studio

After landing a runner-up position on The Voice in 2013, Michelle Chamuel steps back into the spotlight with Face the Fire, her first solo album and a hard-fought lesson in how to distill “the sound of emotion” in a studio.

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Butch Walker is all about that tape, about that tape (no digital)

Butch Walker has produced talents from Weezer to Taylor Swift, but on Afraid of Ghosts, he gets personal, and lays it down unpolished, over the hiss of tape.

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Banshee’s Hoon Lee plays the most badass cross-dressing hacker you’ll ever meet

Hoon Lee, the ass-kicking, cross-dressing hacker star of Showtime's killer series Banshee, talks to Digital Trends about gender roles, transvestites, and just where he found the character's unique voice.

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iTunes ‘sounds so small’ to punk rock founding father Marky Ramone

The Ramones may have had a reputation for rocking hard and living fast, but as drummer Marky Ramone explains, slowing down and getting meticulous to get record just the right sound in the studio was never out of the question.

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Slow down! The Ting Tings Katie White gets Super Critical about modern dance music

Katie White of the Ting Tings tells Digital Trends about the decision to go all-analog for the new album Super Critical, her club dreams of years past, and her Stevie Nicks obsession.

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‘You’re being cheated.’ David Crosby might hate MP3s even more than Neil Young does

Neil Young isn’t the only high-res audio fan: David Crosby insisted on high-res for the 2014 release of his fourth career solo album, Croz – and he laments the ongoing failure of MP3.

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Did Simple Minds fast forward, or new bands rewind? Big Music sounds fresh either way

They say you can’t recapture the past, but Simple Minds comes damn close on Big Music, a contemporary take on the sound the band brought to the mainstream in the ‘80s.

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The Wire cast members reminisce as an HD Christmas marathon kicks off

Cast members from The Wire reminisce about the show’s tumultuous 60 episodes, which have been remastered in HD just in time for a five-day Christmas marathon, December 26 through 30.

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