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Adios, NIN. But what now?

Back in February, when Trent Reznor announced that it was "time to make NIN disappear for a while," I didn't think too much of it. I thought I'd just have to wait several years for another album from my favorite band ever. I figured if I could wait five years for "The Fragile" and six more years after that for "With Teeth," I could wait just as long for the next album or tour. Then he called Bonnaroo his last U.S. show, and that's when it hit me.

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Trent Reznor just about broke my dark heart when he announced that Nine Inch Nails was going to "disappear for a while."


There might never be another Nine Inch Nails album. The new tracks I downloaded from the NIN/JA tour EP might be the last new NIN tracks I'll get.

As sad as that might be, what concerned me more was what I was going to listen to going forward. (Remember, I'm the gal with the iPod stuck in the '90s. New artists don't excite me much.) Sure, I can spin all of the band's albums, but that's going to get old after awhile. I need something new.

Fortunately for me, when I saw NIN open for Jane's Addiction (playing as an opener on your farewell tour?! Don't even get me started), an amazing new band kick off the whole show: Street Sweeper Social Club.

Sharp lyrics, catchy hip-hop beats that mesh with amazing guitar riffs and a frontman who overflows with boundless energy make for an awesome musical project. Oh, did I mention that Boots Riley of The Coup is said frontman? And Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine is the guy behind the magic guitarwork. These two talents combined created a debut album that has yet to leave my CD player since it was released in mid June.

As for other new music, I don't know yet. My plan is to go back and revisit old favorites who had fallen off my radar in the last decade. (Perhaps I'll check up on the Prodigy and Chemical Bros.) After that, I have no idea.

What say you, readers? Any suggestions for someone who loves industrial but finds the new music in that genre subpar? Tips on how you moved on to discover new beloved bands after your all-time favorite called it quits?