The Naked and Famous "Passive Me, Aggressive You" Album Review

The Naked and Famous “Passive Me, Aggressive You” Album Review

Few people realize how important MGMT were to the indie and synthpop sound that has been cultivating a massive following in the last number of years. The duo’s 2008 debut, Oracular Spectacular, was fronted by distinctly two big and absolutely pristine pop singles. The rest of the album was fitted...
How Do Musicians Make Money on Spotify?

How Do Musicians Make Money on Spotify?

You would be astonished at the amount of ways a musician can get paid on Spotify. This, at first blush, may seem like a good thing. But there are inherent flaws in the structure of Spotify that seem to come from the very nature of the music industry and the...
Dredg "Catch Without Arms" Album Review

Dredg “Catch Without Arms” Album Review

The consumption and adoration of music rarely begins as this feverish desire to listen to anything and everything. It usually starts with five or six bands at most. These end up becoming important because they were there first, and if you like music enough you allow them to define a...
Nirvana 'Nevermind' Music Review

Nirvana ‘Nevermind’ Music Review

Perhaps I am a little naive. Essays, novels, dissertations, movies, and just about anything else has been written and created around the work of Nirvana during their three years of world domination and nine years together as a band. So what I am to, decades later, try to review something...
Navigating Free Downloading as a Musician: The Taboos of Stealing Music

Navigating Free Downloading as a Musician: The Taboos of Stealing Music

The entirety of music exists on this large cultural scale that ranges from the Beatles to some kids copy of Garage Band he nabbed last week from a torrent. Everything in between rests between these two extremes, and everyone exists somewhere in between there. The plain is defined by one...
The Top 9 Most Important Rock Albums in Modern Music

The Top 9 Most Important Rock Albums in Modern Music

What makes a band important? What makes a record significant? Of course, it is a subjective issue that is tossed up to who can speak louder and smarter about their beliefs. The following records remain incredibly important in some regard, but HOW important is subjective and up for interpretation. Also,...
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R&B Improved with the Weeknd: Coolest Artist of All Time?

R&B Improved with the Weeknd: Coolest Artist of All Time?

The Weeknd debuted onto the music scene in 2011 with a triple release of EP’s. House of Balloons became the most popular and enigmatic, launching his career into a weird pseudo purgatory of blog infamy and mystery. The second release, Thursday, followed a few months later and featured a verse from the comically famous R&B...
Dominic Balli: Not for Sale LP

Dominic Balli: Not for Sale LP

Dominic Balli has this endearing little inflection in his voice that works well with this reggae pop sound on his latest LP, Not For Sale. I became immensely displeased with the recorded handclaps of of the record’s first song, No Stopping Us. It is a cliche that is overwrought and rarely, if ever, used properly....
Buddy Holly, The Original Hipster: The Music and Premature Death

Buddy Holly, The Original Hipster: The Music and Premature Death

Buddy Holly was one of the greatest rock and roll pioneers of all time. He arguably rivaled Elvis Presley and certainly stands as a pivotal artist of those formative years. His premature death left a huge gaping back catalog of incomplete tunes, different versions of hits, and unreleased rarities. There is something extremely frustrating to...
Holy Ghost! 'Dynamics' Album Review

Holy Ghost! ‘Dynamics’ Album Review

By the first few seconds of Holy Ghost’s! sophomore LP Dynamics, you are escorted to a world where synthpop and new wave still dominate. A world where ergonimcially friendly and constructively bubbly beats can replace guitars entirely. It is a world where the sunny whimsy and echoing vocals take on this floatful purpose. Holy Ghost...
A Brief History of Controversy in Music: From Elvis to Satan

A Brief History of Controversy in Music: From Elvis to Satan

No matter the year, month, or day in the musical canon, one can name an artist that is pushing buttons and angering conservatives. Controversy is embedded in popular music, but it has certainly undergone a dirge of evolutions since the controversy really stepped up with the notorious Elvis Presley. Through the decades, major arcs have...
Foo Fighters 'Sonic Highways' Album Review

Foo Fighters ‘Sonic Highways’ Album Review

The Foo Fighters have become the posterboys for a slightly upper scale generic bore-rock that has permeated mainstream rock and roll since, well, 2003. This isn’t so much a damnation of the band. Their brief moments of incredible songwriting prowess popped up here and there, and even their murkier album cuts display some true intrigue....
LinkPlug: The Missing Puzzle Piece to Marketing Indie Music

LinkPlug: The Missing Puzzle Piece to Marketing Indie Music

Crowdfunding has a lot of pitfalls, and among them is the Kickstarter campaign to fund that frat guy’s collection of donuts or that girl who is making a tower out of the little cardboard cylinders between toilet paper. Yes, even that banjo-inspired psychedelic band you’re pseudo-hipster roommate is part of has a chance to succeed...
The Beatles 'Rubber Soul' Album Review

The Beatles ‘Rubber Soul’ Album Review

Many fans consider Rubber Soul one of the best records in the Beatles entire catalog. I do as well- almost. We get to a point in the band’s catalog where everything follows is in varying degrees of greatness. It is a point where a 1% differential would be somewhat effective, but this is not about...
The Gulf of Modern Music: From Coldplay to a Middle School Beat-Maker

The Gulf of Modern Music: From Coldplay to a Middle School Beat-Maker

 The swagger of the music industry bobs and weaves with the utmost confidence because it, like some enigma of grand proportions, knows that it can and does accomplish whatever needs to be done. Like a force of its very own, it can appease the smallest individual while sweeping away the hearts and souls of the...
Run the Jewels 'RTJ2' Album Review

Run the Jewels ‘RTJ2′ Album Review

Killer Mike and El-P are Run the Jewels, and they are the counter-cultural antithesis of Kanye West and Jay Z. While the latter are celebrating their triumph over their throne and their status at the top, the former pair are bellowing in the recesses of poverty culture, racism, commentary misogyny, and this swarm of triumph...
Counting Crows "Somewhere Under Wonderland" Album Review

Counting Crows “Somewhere Under Wonderland” Album Review

Some bands love to spin that web. Like a spider, they dominate one little corner of the universe with unrestrained abandon. Their universe is oh so small, but they speculate about the world at large and what it all means. Counting Crows has always been deeply reflective, and these musings on life, love, hatred, humanity,...
The Rockstar Cliché Turned Upside Down

The Rockstar Cliché Turned Upside Down

Hair metal from the 80’s did quite a few things, and few them worth revisiting. A world with less Motley Crue and twisted Sister is probably good. But they sure did make things fun and exciting for the moms and dads and prepubescent teens alike, if only for a moment. But there is a surefire...
The Academy Is 'Almost Here' Album Review

The Academy Is ‘Almost Here’ Album Review

For a time there, the pop-punk movement was hugely influential, displaying a quality that dipped in the early 200′s and was non-existent in the late 80′s. But just as Green Day and the Offspring were flirting with conventional radio rock formats (or big arena rock operas) a slew of pop-punk groups grabbed the helm and...
Leonard Cohen 'Popular Problems' Album Review

Leonard Cohen ‘Popular Problems’ Album Review

Leonard Cohen is an enigma. His raspy low=register voice has been ever-present since he debuted in the late 60′s with a batch of seedy cellar ballads about sex, doom, and meeting strangers that are lost and scared. So nearly 50 years later, and Cohen engages that dark synergy in all of us. That moment where...
Rancid '...Honor Is All We Know' Album Review

Rancid ‘…Honor Is All We Know’ Album Review

My good friends in Rancid (ok, I won’t pretend, I know Lars about as well as I know my great step-Aunt Penny) have launched back into their own little universe with what is widely being labeled a return to form in Honor Is All We Know. So what makes a return to form anyway? well,...
Caribou "Our Love' Album Review

Caribou “Our Love’ Album Review

Dance music is always able to be a whole hell of a lot smarter than it is perceived to be. Sure, the entire goal is to get you lifting limbs and bobbing heads and attempting to flirt with the opposite sex in a core ritual of the club scene. But not everything has to be...
The Top 5 Worst Band Names in Mainstream Music

The Top 5 Worst Band Names in Mainstream Music

Some bands simply cause frustration and anger by the very absurdity of their name. A misspelling here, a pompous allusion to lame metaphors here, and an unnecessarily convoluted name there, and you have a brief sampling of some of the worst type of band names to grace common music. Diving into the indie scene, the...
White Morning: Ghosts Inside EP

White Morning: Ghosts Inside EP

Many artists abuse the art of sampling. But the Beastie Boys proved all the way back to the 80′s that you can be taken as a serious art and use sampling and reinvent the very wheel of public perceptions (oh and the copyright industry, of course). The Beastie Boys needed 65 minutes and Paul’s Boutique...
Listen: The House United 'Made of Matches LP'

Listen: The House United ‘Made of Matches LP’

It is weird to think that Paramore has been widely influential on the genre, considering it was just a few years ago where they were following in the footsteps of everyone from Jimmy Eat World to Fleetwood Mac to Joan Jett. But Paramore has moved quite far away from the pop-punk set that has set...
Slipknot ".5: The Gray Chapter" Album Review

Slipknot “.5: The Gray Chapter” Album Review

Slipknot has always had this smelly pugnancy, a trashy sensibility that is part of their appeal and not necessarily a detraction. The band’s material is like low-brow doom metal. It is a sound wallowing in a dirt-infested rat hole with relentless barrages of double drum kicks and grueling seismic layers of displaced production. .5: The...
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