Rise Against 'The Black Market' Album Review

Rise Against ‘The Black Market’ Album Review

I saw a video of Sarah Palin comparing the need to impeach Barack Obama to a beaten house wife finally saying ‘no mas.’ I will make an equally awful and distasteful correlation- listening to this new Rise Against album at this point is like a battered wife pausing from her...
Country Pop: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Country Pop: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The country genre is considered the red headed orphan in the music industry. Sure, some major country artists have captivated audiences and sold out arenas for decades and years. Some great country artists have come and gone, and the genre has a healthy history. But every major genre has its...
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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Listen: Tennis 'Mean Streets' Single

Listen: Tennis ‘Mean Streets’ Single

I rarely cover a release of a new single. It just seems with all the major studio releases, indie studio releases, and even digital EP’s, it seems a single song release just ain’t all that fun and substantial anymore. And then I heard Mean Streets. And then I heard Tennis. And then I fell in...
Weird Al Yankovic 'Mandatory Fun' Album Review

Weird Al Yankovic ‘Mandatory Fun’ Album Review

Weird Al Yankovic is the definition of an acquired taste. One of the very first albums I ever owned was Weird Al Yankovic’s Running With Scissors. When I was soaking in the sounds and styles of 2014′s Mandatory Fun, I had a strong sense of deja vu. All of this has been done before. Now,...
Anberlin 'Lowborn' Album Review

Anberlin ‘Lowborn’ Album Review

The new announcement of Anberlin‘s Lowborn came with a critical catch- this is Anberlin’s swan song and will add closure to their entire career and story as a band. That is a boast of unbridled confidence in the record, demanding that it not only be a great album, but it follows as a culmination of everything the band...
Linkin Park 'The Hunting Party' Review

Linkin Park ‘The Hunting Party’ Review

Linkin Park has always carved their own path in music. Ever since their debut release about 15 years ago, the band championed nu-metal while simultaneously burning it to the ground. Those albums still somehow sound non-dated, a testament to their craft of universal appeal and brilliantly approachable songwriting. The Hunting Party finds this band seemingly...
Kanye West "Yeezus" Music Review

Kanye West “Yeezus” Music Review

None of us want to admit it. Fans as a whole want to take Kanye West back a notch or two. But there is no getting around the fact that you either have to take Yeezus in full swing or run for your bloody life, because it is at one time horrifying and in another...
Indie Spotlight: Bossiie

Indie Spotlight: Bossiie

Azealia Banks is getting all the buzz, still following the wind from the breakthrough jam of what seems like forever ago in 212. But as we admit her long delayed studio debut, there are things going on in the undercurrent of female driven R&B/pop/rap. Bossiie is a dive to the nth degree. Her demeanor and...
3 Main Reasons Why Concert Tickets Cost So Much

3 Main Reasons Why Concert Tickets Cost So Much

Going to a concert is an amazing experience. I could not consider myself a great fan of music if I didn’t have so many live shows under my belt. there is something about seeing great bands perform live, and I have seen everything from Paul McCartney perform Let It Be under fireworks to 22,000 fans...
Eminem 'Recovery' Music Review

Eminem ‘Recovery’ Music Review

When Recovery released in 2010, it ushered in Eminem’s second wave of world domination. His past had a tender balance between pop crossover and traditional hip-hop in the sense that both My Name Is could coexist peacefully with Brain Damage, and no one really cared. Kids were introduced to hip-hop by Eminem (I was one...
Indie Spotlight: Glasser

Indie Spotlight: Glasser

Glasser packs quite a lot of punch into her tiny frame. Her vocals elegantly channel the likes of Joni Mitchell, but sonically, she is far from the artistic folk master. Her sound has a far more R&B esque sound that is far more similar to Lana Del Rey or Birdie. Glasser has two albums under...
Indie Spotlight: Tachyon

Indie Spotlight: Tachyon

Daft Punk is so much more influential than many people have ever realized, and it took a massive hiatus and 2013′s album of the ear Random Access Memories to teach us that yes, this pair of robots is more important on a musical level than most people. The sound is infused into many genres of...
The Used 'Imaginary Enemy' Music Review

The Used ‘Imaginary Enemy’ Music Review

The Used has always been quite formulaic in what they are attempting to do, whether they are lambasting traditional emocore with 2004′s In Love and Death or they were going for a big arena goth-rock sound in Lies for the Liars or Artwork. When the group streamlined their sound a bit for 2012′s Vulnerable, I...
Mobb Deep 'The Infamous Mobb Deep' Review

Mobb Deep ‘The Infamous Mobb Deep’ Review

The legendary hardcore rap duo Mobb Deep returns with their eight record, and latest release in almost eight years. This absurdly long wait has left fans eager to here this new seeming return to form. Not only is The Infamous Mobb Deep a brand new album featuring 17 new tracks, there is also a bonus disc featuring 14...
Indie Spotlight: Casa Del Mirto

Indie Spotlight: Casa Del Mirto

The Italians know how to dance and sip wine. They also have a good bit of culture, unlike America where we don’t really have a culture at all but this messy dichotomy between attempting to be civil and yet failing miserably at being good people. Ok, that was a tangent. But what is not a...
Listen: Corea Blue "Facade EP"

Listen: Corea Blue “Facade EP”

Sleeplessness and pseudo-reality is sort of a universal theme, and one that I have always found an innate attraction to as I laid in bed listening to Aphex Twin on vinyl or watching an older David Lynch film. Dreampop is sort of the embodiment of traditional dreaminess- that middle ground between being awake and being...
Third Eye Blind 'Third Eye Blind' Music Review

Third Eye Blind ‘Third Eye Blind’ Music Review

It was my eleventh birthday. Being a 90’s kid and first discovering some great acts from the time, I found an instant sing-a-long in Third Eye Blind’s anthemic supped up ballad, Jumper. It came on. I sang. Quite simple. And so my mother, in a frenzy to recommend gifts for my birthday and being a...
The Beatles 'Help!' Album Review

The Beatles ‘Help!’ Album Review

The Beatles continued their extremely productive run of 60′s material with Help!, the red-headedstep orphan of the Beatles catalog. This record came out only months prior to Rubber Soul, which stands as one of their best albums. It is also the soundtrack to a film that is largely forgotten, or at least forgotten when it...
Manchester Orchestra 'Cope' Music Review

Manchester Orchestra ‘Cope’ Music Review

Manchester Orchestra absolutely astonished me all the way back in 2006 when the group debuted I’m Like a Virgin Losing a Child and did a a variety of tours as openers for what seemed like two and a half years because every handful of shows had another Manchester open slot billing. And then the group...
Listen: S. Zeilenga 'mid.west'

Listen: S. Zeilenga ‘mid.west’

Moody soundscapes and soft spoken tones come together for an ambient release that is quiet, reserved, and running with an underlying tension that is oddly eerie. This juxtaposition between tension and calmness runs throughout this release under Rave Boy Records.  S. Zeilenga propels each song of mid.west forward in a way that is somewhat new...
Phantogram 'Voices' Review

Phantogram ‘Voices’ Review

I found Phantogram in an online post in 2010 that talked about the group’s laid-back and chilly debut album, Eyelid Movies. It lacked a lot of the big sensationalistic sounds of their indie-pop counterparts, for it embraced a more lackadaisical melodic approach to the pop sound. It existed far closer to Massive Attack than their...
Listen: The Chewers "Chuckle Change and Also"

Listen: The Chewers “Chuckle Change and Also”

Avant-garde is so hit or miss, and it is all by design. The very idea of avant-garde is pushing the boundaries of conventional sound and being willing to fail spectacularly. One of the greatest experiments in avant-garden extremism was in Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music. Interestingly, he is one of the only artists to be...
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