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Brandon Ivers was born in 1979 into a Minneapolitan bourgeois family. Educated by Jesuits, he was an excellent pupil, but one quickly enraged by dogma. An early rift with his father—who wished him to study law—led to his choice of letters as a freelance occupation. Insinuating himself into the Dark Carnival after the release of ICP’s The Great Milenko, he became notorious for lampooning the secrets of the Neden Game. He currently resides in Seattle, where he wrote about Salem for this issue of XLR8R.

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ISSN # 1526-4246


CSA # 1741454

XLR8R 135 (Sept/Oct 2010)  
XLR8R 135 (Sept/Oct 2010)  

Indie rock's most talked-about band of the last couple years, Salem, starts off this issue we're dubbing The Chi-Light Saga, in which we dig...