David Bowie: The World's Coolest Musician Knows No Bounds

David Bowie: The World’s Coolest Musician Knows No Bounds

My first exposure to David Bowie was in the mid-90’s, and my father happened to have Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) on constant rotation in the CD player of his brown Ford Bronco. I thought it was creepy. The cover featured Bowie with mismatched eyes and an odd demeanor, as...
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...
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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How Even Terrible Pop Music Has Evolved in the Past 20 Years

How Even Terrible Pop Music Has Evolved in the Past 20 Years

One can write a novel about the evolution of music through the ages. From cavemen banging on pots, to monk-like chanting to Robert Johnson folk to big hair and new wave synths, music has seen trends repeat, evolve, and die as the mighty hand of time has ticked away. As of the last fifty years,...
Listen: LEGS 'LEGS EP'

Listen: LEGS ‘LEGS EP’

Ah, digital trendiness. How I hate digital trendiness. This facetious hate is hard to target because it doesn’t make any sense. But it is exactly what opens up the introduction to dance-pop groove band Legs. It is as follows: LEGS self-titled EP is dance-inducing, and manages to sound entirely of the moment without sacrificing intelligence and aptitude...
Listen: Crownover 'Years Gone By'

Listen: Crownover ‘Years Gone By’

  I have a really hard time finding a country artist that stays true to the sensibilities of the genre but does something innovative and refreshing with it. So many artists stick so close to the pop formula they may as well do a Kenny Rogers cover album. Fortunately, the indie scene is still doing...
Weezer 'Pinkerton' Album Review

Weezer ‘Pinkerton’ Album Review

After the introductory guitar crackles of Weezer‘s sort of cult classic Pinkerton in the opening track, Tired of Sex, the album is an exploratory descent into teenage angst madness. Surprisingly, Pinkerton is considered a classic of modern pop music. This 35 minute collection of 10 angst-riddled songs are so honest, it truly appears as if...
Indie Spotlight: Kishi Bashi

Indie Spotlight: Kishi Bashi

My only regret with Kishi Bashi is not having written about him all those years ago when his debut single came out between the release of his band, Jupiter One, first album and second album (they are both wonderful collections of music that should not be missed, by the way). I first saw Kishi Bashi...
Listen: Canopy Climbers 'Distances EP'

Listen: Canopy Climbers ‘Distances EP’

There is an enemy among us, and it is the horrible corporate crap trying to bury bands like Canopy Climbers from my Internet. Thankfully, there is enough sense in the world for the band to be shared that one time where I happen to be online and looking for some melodramatic Copeland-styled wonder. Canopy Climbers...
Copeland 'Eat, Sleep, Repeat' Album Review

Copeland ‘Eat, Sleep, Repeat’ Album Review

There is a haunting contemplative wonder in all of Copeland‘s music, dating back to their rough around the edges debut, to the stunning masterpiece You Are My Sunshine they released in 2008. Eat, Sleep, Repeat is a middle ground between Copeland’s indie softness and somber reflections to their sweeping grand statements of beautiful aplomb. The...
La Roux 'Trouble in Paradise' Album Review

La Roux ‘Trouble in Paradise’ Album Review

Most new wave and synthpop groups in the 70′s and 80′s dropped a release every year, taking a year off here and there to tour around the globe once or twice. La Roux is not necessarily part of this idiom of the new wave movement, though she takes just about everything else from it. 2009′s...
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...
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 pop leanings, an idea that...
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...
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