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Young Rising Sons | s/t (Dirty Canvas/Interscope)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 19 September 2014 12:42

cd youngrisingsonsYou can’t listen to Young Rising Sons and not feel happy; it’s impossible.

 

Take 5 with Capital Cities

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Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 19 September 2014 12:38

prof capitalcitiessmCapital Cities has many fans, among them Perez Hilton and Katy Perry.

   

Christian Burghardt | Fate Has a Way

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Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 19 September 2014 09:35

prof christian-burghardtO_75I was afraid of working my life away in a job that I didn’t love, and that fear turned into courage to chase after this dream.

 

Sixx:A.M. | Modern Vintage (Eleven Seven)

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Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 10 September 2014 15:59

SixxAMNo less than stellar, this disc rages with emotion from the opening chords.

   

Sebadoh | Defend Yourself (Joyful Noise)

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Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 10 September 2014 15:27

Sebadoh 75Good music from a band that may still hit their stride...if they stay together long enough.

 

Sebadoh | Defend Yourself (Joyful Noise Records)

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Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 10 September 2014 15:27

Sebadoh 75Good music from a band that may still hit their stride...if they stay together long enough.

   

Siftercide | “Self-Titled” (Nailjar)

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Written by Nik Cameron Wednesday, 10 September 2014 15:13

SifterCideAs the tracks progress quickly, the listener hears more than the growling vocals, high gain guitars (and bass!)…there’s something else. 

 

Maroon 5 | V (Interscope/222)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 05 September 2014 14:31

cd Maroon5VV pushes the band toward new ground, even as M5 sticks to the catchy pop sound on which it’s built a solid reputation.

   

Erasure | The Violet Flame (Mute)

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Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 03 September 2014 23:01

cd ErasureThis is an album of high-energy synth-pop, complete with undeniably catchy melodies.

 

Adam Marsland | Westward, Ho

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Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 03 September 2014 22:24

prof Adam-Marsland“The ‘changing clothes in the bathroom thing’ has gotten old.”

   

Ace Frehley | Space Invader (eOne Metal)

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Written by Nik Cameron Wednesday, 03 September 2014 22:21

cd Ace-FrehleyThere is no substitute for the Spaceman’s dangerous playing and subpar singing.

 

Million Hits | Taking Over the World, One Hit at a Time

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Written by Jim Ousley Wednesday, 03 September 2014 21:46

MillionHits sqDon’t wait for your hipper-than-you friends to clue you in on how good these guys are.

   

Kelley Deal/The Breeders | Close Knit

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Written by Jim Dunn Wednesday, 03 September 2014 14:00

breeders sq“Look,” she said, “I’m not an idiot. I am a huge fan of Kim. Anytime you have an opportunity to play with somebody like Kim, you do it."

 

The Bad Things | After the Inferno (Silent City)

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Written by Nik Cameron Friday, 29 August 2014 16:27

cd bad-thingsThe singer croons, the drummer swings, and the album delivers jazzy rockers and slow and methodical jazz style blues tunes.

   

Ausländer | s/t (Domestic Genocide)

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Written by Nik Cameron Friday, 29 August 2014 16:25

cd AuslanderThese guys wrote a song about my favorite ballpark food. What’s not to love about that?

 

Anthrax | Chile on Hell (Megaforce)

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Written by Marc Farr Friday, 29 August 2014 16:17

dvd anthraxIt seems the Chilean fans have a special place in their hearts for Anthrax.

   

Sepultura | Sepultura and Les Tambours du Bronx (Eagle Rock)

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Written by Nik Cameron Tuesday, 26 August 2014 18:15

cd SepulturaMetal Veins – Alive at Rock in Rio

 

SomeKindaWonderful | s/t (Downtown/White Clover)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 26 August 2014 18:06

cd somekindawonderfulIf you’ve heard anything from this band it’s “Reverse,” and like the band’s other catchy material, it’s super inviting, yet not as good as it could (or should?) be.

   

The Griswolds | Be Impressive (Wind-Up)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 26 August 2014 18:00

cd GriswoldsLike little evil cheerleaders, children shout out the title track, letter by letter.

 

Gemini Syndrome | Lux (Warner Brothers)

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Written by Marc Farr Saturday, 23 August 2014 15:10

lux sqLux is a refreshing change from the normally bass-heavy production that haunts this type of music.

   

Midge Ure | Fragile (Hypertension)

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Written by Marc Farr Saturday, 23 August 2014 14:41

ure fragileIn a genre in which it is quite easy to be grandiose and overdo things, this album does not go overboard.

 

Devo | The Men Who Make the Music (MVD Visual)

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Written by Marc Farr Saturday, 23 August 2014 14:36

devo themenThe live footage here is fantastic, showing without a doubt that Devo was always on the cutting edge.

   

Monsterworks | No Rules

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Written by Nik Cameron Saturday, 23 August 2014 14:03

overhaul sqIt’s kind of ironic that a lot of music is created through or as a consequence of adversity, having to prove something.

 

James Leg | Someone Else’s Class

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Written by Nik Cameron Saturday, 23 August 2014 13:36

jamesleg 75You drive all day and drive straight to the club and set up, and you do the thing and you crash and you drive away.

   

Richard Fortus | Rocking the Great Divine

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Written by Jim Ousley Saturday, 23 August 2014 12:47

deaddaisies sqWe actually sit in a room together and just start bashing away, and out of that comes the songs.

 

The Glitch Mob | Love, Death, Immortality (Glass Art)

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Written by Marc Farr Friday, 15 August 2014 23:33

Glitch-Mob 75This is a mind-blowing opus of serious industrial pop.

   

Bleachers Preview: Jack Antonoff’s Next Act

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Written by Marc Farr Sunday, 10 August 2014 23:09

Bleachers 75

The group’s first album, Strange Desire, is almost modern pop perfection.


 

Acrania | Totalitarnian Dystopia (Unique Leader)

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Written by Nik Cameron Sunday, 10 August 2014 10:08

ArcaniaFrom the time this album begins, it’s clear that they are similar, and yet very different than their peers in the genre.

   

Cosmic Punch | FM Stereo (Tate Music Group)

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Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 23 July 2014 23:15

cd cosmic-punch_copyWith a sound rich in harmonies and melody, the album plays like a testament to the 1970s and early 1980s.

 

Amoreaux | Never Young as Tonight (Neurotic Yell)

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Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 23 July 2014 22:58

cd AmoreauxThe first single, “Lost the Plot,” is a syncopated piece with heavy percussion, which drowns out the melody at times.

   

Ministry | Last Tangle in Paris (UDN/Wacken)

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Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 23 July 2014 22:51

cd ministryThis set is nothing short of phenomenal.

 

Cole Swindell | Hardworking Southern Boy

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Written by Katie Herring Wednesday, 23 July 2014 22:42

prof cole-swindell_75There are a lot of tour dates and a lot of fans between him and a recording studio.

   

Jethro Tull | A Passion Play: An Extended Performance (Chrysalis)

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Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 23 July 2014 22:29

cd jethro-tullWith 30 tracks, this is a long listen, but the musical journey is a good one. 

 

Various Artists/Ronnie James Dio | This Is Your Life (Rhino)

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Written by Derek Lauer Wednesday, 23 July 2014 22:25

cd dioIt is time for you to get a fresh dose of Dio pumping through your blood.

   

Total Control | Typical System (Iron Lung Records)

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Written by Alex Wilking Friday, 18 July 2014 23:45

Typical-System 75Punk and house music kind of mix.

 

Black Lips | Underneath the Rainbow (Vice)

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Written by Marc Farr Monday, 14 July 2014 12:53

cd black-lipsThe album has true punk-style dissonant harmonies, grungy guitar work, and no-frills percussion.

   

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