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Mike Mettler

Mike Mettler

Former Digital Trends Contributor

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 (, and champions the merits of high-resolution audio as the chief content officer of Hi Res Audio Central ( In his alleged spare time, he dreams of owning a fastback 1967 Mustang.

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Embracing the ’80s and flipping the script with The Shins frontman James Mercer

The Shins completely reworked all eleven songs on their 2017 album, Heartworms, for The Worm’s Heart, and band mastermind James Mercer thinks the Flipped versions are better overall.
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Naked but never nihilistic, Starsailor charts a course for indie soul

Starsailor’s fifth album, All This Life, connects all the right sonic dots, ensuring each of its 11 songs convey all the honest emotions soulful singers must share in order to reach their audience.
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How new wave legend Nick Heyward transformed his musical doodles into songs

Stalwart singer/songwriter Nick Heyward discusses how he turned his “musical doodles” into full songs, and why editing is crucial to the creative process.
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Avenged Sevenfold is down with Beach Boys covers, but not with going to Mars

M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold tells us how to know when certain songs are the right ones to cover, and the key differences between being an opening act and a headliner.
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Joss Stone tossed the script (and recorded her dogs) for ‘Project Mama Earth’

Singer Joss Stone and her four collaborators improvised some exciting new music around a pair of Cameroonian rhythms, Mangambe and Bikutsi.
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Pop a cork and sit down. For Slowdive, vinyl is all about the ceremony

Slowdive pioneered the sound of turning up the distortion, blaring the feedback, and distorting vocals beyond recognition, and bands like Beach House have taken this post-rock vibe to the next level.
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Silverplanes jet into the ‘Gulfstream’ of modern listening, one EP at a time

Silverplanes’ Aaron Smart on modern audiences wanting to consume music, working with legends, and the differences between digital and analog.
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Barenaked Ladies cut loose and show it all with ‘Fake Nudes’

Rather than get themselves worked up into a hot, dense state of indecision, the four main men of Barenaked Ladies decided to once again work with producer Gavin Brown on their new LP, Fake Nudes.
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For the Bloody Beetroots, sometimes building bridges means tearing down songs

Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo of The Bloody Beetroots is the ripped masked DJ who lays down some of the sickest beats around while also performing a punishing, physically demanding live set.
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How deep is your crate?’ DJ Cut Chemist digs down on ‘Die Cut’

Cut Chemist resides among today’s top turntablists, who have forged their own identities via the sound and vibe from the records they spin, mix, sample, and create.
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As loud and snotty as ever, the Dead Boys are keeping punk alive

Punk icons the Dead Boys defined the genre’s look, sound, and attitude -- and they’re still at it four decades later
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From early Macs to vinyl, Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo digs his tech relics

Lee Ranaldo and Sonic Youth took open guitar tunings and off-kilter rhythms and timbres to their absolute limits like no other experimental no-wave alt-rock bands had ever done before.
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Friends, admirers, and collaborators remember Canadian rock legend Gord Downie

Gord Downie leaves behind a recorded legacy with The Tragically Hip that is based in the grit and groove of the finest rock has to offer, along with his beyond-vivid songwriting.
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His father did it with sitar, but Dhani Harrison proves EDM can heal, too

An EDM-tinged aura that expands on his film and TV compositional work permeates all throughout Dhani Harrison’s first full-fledged solo album, IN///PARALLEL.

Rick Grimes and team ready to wage ‘all-out war’ in ‘The Walking Dead’ season 8

The Walking Dead’s next big arc finds Rick Grimes' group and other factions joining forces to finally strike back against Negan.
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Remembering Tom Petty with an unreleased interview on gear, recording, his legacy

The late Tom Petty discussed the sound he was going after in the studio, what makes for a good engineer, and what his vision of The Heartbreakers’ future was.
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Ever wonder how an album is made? Neil Finn live-streamed the process

Out of Silence shows Neil Finn in the moment as a live-streaming music creator, and he plans to continue to utilize the platform to launch new music.
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Backed by an orchestra, Kaki King shape shifts yet again on ‘Live at Berklee’

Avant-guitarist Kaki King discusses the philosophy behind Live at Berklee, how to bring classical performance and composition into the modern era.
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Deer Tick returns from hiatus with a double-barreled dual album release

Deer Tick is stronger than ever, as evidenced in their two new albums. Acoustic songwriting dominates Vol. 1 and punk-like abandon thunders forth on Vol. 2.
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Furious times call for furious songs on ‘Shade,’ Living Colour’s righteous return

Living Colour’s new genre-defying album Shade examines a constant dialogue about what it’s like being an American in today’s topsy-turvy modern times.
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Interview with ‘Walking Dead’ star Michael Cudlitz

The Walking Dead actor Michael Cudlitz talks his role as loyal solider Abraham Ford, his Southland days, and more.
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The Revolution carries Prince’s purple flag forward … with a little more bass

The Revolution discusses the Purple Rain band’s studio techniques when recording with Prince, the missing bass on When Doves Cry, and what’s next.
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The party is the show for Corin Tucker and her Filthy Friends

Guitarist/vocalist Corin Tucker discusses how her new band Filthy Friends keeps their songs feeling current in today’s ever-changing socio-political climate, the current status of Sleater-Kinney, and how to challenge yourself as an artist whenever you play live.
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On ‘To The Bone,’ Steven Wilson crafts accessible songs that transcend time

Steven Wilson discusses his new album To the Bone, the secrets of post-modern sound construction, and how to make music feel timeless.
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Vök drummer Einer Stef on the ‘Icelandic sound,’ Björk covers, and their first LP

Vök drummer Einar Stef discusses the band’s process, and which Björk covers it should do.
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Mellower but still a madman, Black Grape’s Shaun Ryder is all about the music now

Black Grape frontman Shaun Ryder talks ‘Pop Voodoo,’ signing vinyl the “right” way, and how his kids currently view his musical legacy.
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Broken Social Scene’s ‘Hug of Thunder’ brings 18 artists together for sonic harmony

Broken Social Scene reconvenes every few years to make beautiful music together, just as they’ve done on their new album, Hug of Thunder.
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From floppy disks to $500 music videos, Battle Tapes did it their way on ‘Form’

Battle Tapes mastermind Josh Boardman wanted to flip the sonic script while working of Form, the genre-busting EP that follows up 2015’s Polygon.
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Styx crosses solar systems and generations on ‘The Mission’

On their new album ‘The Mission,’ Styx revisits the space optimism of 1977’s ‘The Grand Illusion’ with a new mission: Mars.
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‘Tomorrow Forever’ is a long album for an impatient era, but Kickstarter loves it

Matthew Sweet turned to Kickstarter to record Tomorrow Forever, a 17-song forward-thinking melodic riff-fest that somehow never feels long.
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Shannon McNally busts borders and opens minds on ‘Black Irish’

Shannon McNally straddles the line between songwriter and song interpreter on ‘Black Irish,’ and isn’t afraid to state the obvious.
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‘Undercurrent’ isn’t a Matisyahu album, it’s a soundtrack for life

Matisyahu, the noted Jewish reggae/hip-hop beatboxer who’s taken live improv to another level with his new album, Undercurrent.
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Oh, the inhumanity! Rich Robinson of Magpie Salute on the tragedy of autotune

The Magpie Salute, led by Rich Robinson, founding guitarist of The Black Crowes, grooves along like the best jam-masters do.
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Finally in surround after 50 years, ‘Sgt. Pepper’ is getting better all the time